It has been a few years since our last visit to London so we were anxious to see if some of our favorites were still there and thriving.
Several locations in London. A trailblazer a decade ago and still excellent, now a Global sensation. Big bowls of Udon and Soba noodle soup with a variety of ingredient options. Affordable and one of our favorites for lunch but also open continuously. $
Konaki Greek Restaurant
5 Coptic Street, London. WCIA INH
A block away from the British Museum we try to visit this at least once a visit just to check in. We are happy to report it is still there and still authentic, and still a good value. Charming dining room, nice menu and the 3 course menu is a great bargain at 13.95 pounds not including beverage. We have only been for dinner. Check website for hours. Www.konaki.co.uk. $$
31/33 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London W1Y7HR
We make it a point to get to Al Hamra on every visit though in recent years their ‘Holiday Closure’ seems to get longer each year. Authentic Lebanese cuisine is among the best we have enjoyed anywhere in the World. We typically will order our favorite small dishes and add a grilled meat dish to round out the menu. Everything we have ever ordered is excellent. Service is excellent. Clientele tend to dress above average. It is not inexpensive but worth the splurg. Open daily 11 AM continuously. Reservations are recommended. $$$
50 Cannaught Street, London W2 2AA
Among the best Indian food anywhere with 10 locations around the world, three in the US (New York, Beverly Hills, and Washington DC). The quality classic dishes are prepared with the best ingredients and the spice to your taste. We think the lunch represents the best value. Service is consistent with the quality. Reservations suggested. Www.bombay-palace.co.uk $$$
Corner of Leigh and Sandwich, Saint Pancras, London WC1H 9EP
This neighborhood pub reinvented itself with all the trappings of a typical pub but with a whole lot more. Upgraded artisan brews and other libations include an impressive wine list and several daily offerings from an authentic sangria to Grappas and beyond.
The menu changes daily offering Spanish style tapas prepared to perfection. On this visit we sampled bruschetta with Spanish blue cheese, toasted walnuts and wild honey. It was awesome! Their version of saganaki featured a Greek cheese blended into a spread served with toasted pita bread wedges. We also sampled amazing fried pork bellies and killer chicken wings. Www.norfolkarms.co.uk $$