One of the things I love most about traveling is the food! Trying new foods, finding interesting creations and stumbling upon the best versions of my favorite classics. I grew up as a super picky eater so I am kind of odd. Most of the meals I ate were vegetarian. I do eat seafood occasionally but no meat. I am not as picky of an eater now and I am always willing to try something new.
We went on a trip to Dublin, London and a day trip to Paris. Everything I ate on the trip was so amazing! Some of the places we ate were planned and others we stumbled upon. I hope you enjoy.
Koshari Street: This was my first time trying Egyptian food and I really loved it. I ordered the Klassic Koshari and the Feta & Thyme Bourek (feta in filo dough). I wouldn’t suggest the bourek, it was just okay. The Koshari was amazing! It was a mix of rice, lentils, and macaroni topped with tomato sauce, chickpeas, crispy onions and a special seasoning. The seasoning had such a good flavor! The dish was a little spicy for me, but I am weak when it comes to heat. Heather, that loves spicy food, thought it could use a little more heat so it really depends on your taste. I found out after I ordered that you can ask for a not spicy version of the tomato sauce. You can also choose to add or not add the red pepper flakes. I would definitely come here again! Lots of nice seating downstairs with plugs to charge your phone.
Maitre Choux: These are the prettiest eclairs I have ever seen and conveniently located next to Koshari Street. It was such a hard decision to pick just one but I ultimately went with pistachio. It was creamy and sweet on the inside but had the salty, crunchy pistachios on top of it. I probably should have waited to eat it since I was stuffed but I couldn’t resist.
Shepherd’s Tavern: We were starving and looking for a pub nearby to grab some fish and chips and we lucked out. They didn’t start serving food till 12 so we grabbed a pint and sat down. They had fish and chips and even better, they had a veggie version of fish and chips made with fried halloumi cheese. They were both so scrumptious and the atmosphere of the pub was great as well. I mean the vegetarian option was basically fried cheese so you can’t go wrong with that.
Karavas: This Greek restaurant was in walking distance of our flat. We gave it a try and it turned out the food was amazing. Cannellini beans, potatoes, and olives were placed on the table after we ordered. Everything was very good. I had a delicious Greek salad with feta cheese, spanakopita, and a halloumi cheese appetizer. The feta cheese on the salad was different than any feta I have had in the states. It wasn’t as salty and it was less crumbly. I really enjoyed it.
The Regent’s Park Bar & Kitchen: This garden cafe is located in Regent’s Park right near Queen Mary’s rose garden. The building has a lot of glass and is quite adorable. I ordered the avocado & poached eggs on sourdough toast with oregano roasted tomatoes. It was drizzled with olive oil. SO TASTY! I will be trying to recreate this at home. My travel buddy had the French toast and it was just as good! The eggs benedict seemed like an obvious choice but the bread it was served on did not look great. Looked like just a roll or something. They also have baked goods so I had to try an almond croissant. I was happy with my choice. Yum!
Kappacasein: We couldn’t resist, we had to get both a Cheese Toastie and Raclette over potatoes. The toastie is made with four types of cheese and three types of onions on sourdough bread pressed until golden brown.
Raclette if you have never heard of it is basically a half a wheel of semi-hard cheese that is stuck under a broiler until bubbly. It is then picked up and the melted cheese is scraped off onto a plate of potatoes, pickled onions and gherkins depending on where you get it. So basically melted cheese heaven. Need I say more? You can get this at a stall in the Borough Market.
Pret A Manger: Although this is a chain, I still recommend it if you have never been. They have excellent croissants. It’s a great place to grab something on the go. I also stopped here to grab some food for the long flight home. I had a delicious falafel wrap, grapes and a bag of roasted coconut chips. Yum.
There were more places I wanted to try but alas, there was no time for it all.
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