April 1, 2011

London treats


This post will focus on some great London restaurants (and I'm only mentioning the really good ones.)

Ane and me went to London for a weekend, end of March; mostly for shopping and dining, and a  bit of art.

It was spring in London and winter back in Oslo. What a treat. Spring is the greatest bonus of living in a winter country - a feeling of pure bliss is the prize for those of us who can endure the long Norwegian winter.

Restaurant recommendations:

1. Spannish tapas bar Barrafina in Soho:

Yummy - at Barrafina (the very top photo is also from Barrafina)

This is a tiny restaurant. All the guests are seated along the bar, where you get to watch everything that goes on in the kitchen. Great spannish tapas dishes are served in a friendly atmosphere.

2. Yauatcha - Chinese dim sum in Soho

Heavenly at Yautacha

Amazing lunch at dim sum restaurant Yauatcha in Soho: This is a big restaurant with seatings on two floors. Fine pastries are displayed at the entrance, so you might feel lost at first, but don't despair. If in London you must not miss this place. They served the best Chinese food I have ever had.
We had a hard time figuring out the menu, and was to hungry to bother with it, so we asked the waiter to bring som of the restaurants specialities. What a treat - one dish after another filled us with pleasure.

3. Italian tapas dishes at Il Polpo in Soho

Make room for a great lunch at Il Polpo

Amazing Italian tapas dishes are served at Il Polpo in Soho: If I had a restaurant it should be exactly like this one. Chique, rustic interior, friendly service, great wine and amazing Italian dishes. I could have stayed here forever...

In addition to the all important shopping and dining, we went saw a memorable exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, called Modern Brittish Sculpture.

There was a bit of action in town as London was taken over by anti capitalist demonstrators. Ane took some great shots in Oxford Street:

Thanks London - we're coming back soon :-)