Did you catch London’s last list of restaurant recommendations? Well, here’s more “Live Like A Local” food favorites from our ACCENT London team!
Kristin Hall likes: Benito’s Hat, 56 Goodge Street
Benito’s Hat is dedicated to fresh and authentic food. They have a simple menu with tacos and burritos at its core, which now includes innovative favorites such as antojitos (Mexican tapas) and très leches cake. It’s not some fast food burrito joint – it’s a constantly evolving establishment with the best modern Mexican cuisine London has to offer. I’ve been going to Benito’s Hat since it opened, back when they only had the Goodge Street and Covent Garden branches, and let’s just say I’ve used up a whole lot of loyalty cards since then! After ten stamps, you get a free burrito, and the card itself is free, so who can resist? As an American, I really missed proper Mexican food when I first moved to London. When I discovered Benito’s Hat, my fears dissolved away like soft flour tortillas melting in your mouth. Total (and FILLING) heaven with a side of tortilla chips. My ideal meal is a pulled pork baby burrito with rice and black beans, cheese, tomato, lettuce, and a whopping splash of salsa verde! Although, their “naked burrito” (a burrito salad) has been running a close second as of late. What’s more, the Goodge Street branch is just around the corner from ACCENT!
Jess Brookes likes: Bodean’s BBQ, 10 Poland Street
Sometimes there is nothing more necessary than a giant bowl of chicken wings and a plate of ribs. On those days, I always go to Bodean’s. A London-based chain with five restaurants, Bodean’s serves the best Kansas BBQ in the city, following the current trend for fast but delicious food at reasonable prices. Their Soho branch is about 20 minutes away from ACCENT London Study Center, just off Oxford Street and on Game Days, they serve up ribs, wings, fries, coleslaw, and a drink for £15. Warning though: this is definitely no place for vegetarians!
Paul Costello likes: Le Big Fernand, Percy Street
Parisians opening an American-style gourmet burger bar in the heart of London may sound like the least French culinary notion ever, but not so, if you judge by la langue du Français you’ll hear being spoken in the queue for Le Big Fernand.
I was curious to see how the atelier du hamburger chain would work on this side of La Manche. The answer is “successfully.” There was plenty of seating, service was fast and friendly, the atmosphere lively and, most importantly, my Lucien (a mushroom burger, which they cooked in front of me), was delicious!
While not a “bargain” (£12-£15 for a burger, side, and a drink), it’s no dearer than other central London gastro-pubs. The only note I’d add to le boîte à idées would be “change the background music” – Françoise Hardy while I eat, please, not the hardly-Gallic Fleetwood Mac!