Portobello Garden Arcade | London

The Portobello Garden Arcade
Having a little bit trouble getting out of my hood as you can read.. But the cool thing about London is that there are places coming and (sometimes regretfully) going all the time. So even though you don’t leave your hood doesn’t mean you can’t try new things!! Anyway, discovered this amazing place this month and was blown away by the few things I tried from their menu. The place is owned and run by Italians and you can see, feel, smell and taste this without trouble. “Bongiorno! Hav’e a’e seat’e”  is how I was welcomed. Tucked away behind an arcade on the busy Portobello Road this is the perfect stop to make to refuel and regain your strength! You can have a full Italian lunch, breakfast or dinner, or just have a coffee, a glass of wine or a cookie. I adored the Parmigiana di Melanzane and the cookies they gave me for free when I asked for the bill.
Great place! 269 Portobello Road, London | Tube: Ladbroke Grove | +4475 3453 2039 | ££ |  No website

Wahaca


If you fancy something simple and inexpensive on a weekday, and you love Mexican market/streetfood, this is just the place to go. You can’t make any dinner reservations so you have to either be on time (before 7pm) or wait and have a drink at the bar. Wahaca is a chain and I quite like the one on Wardour Street best. The interior is so cleverly done, it’s fun and fresh. Food is lovely. I especially like the street food dishes to share and the MSC Ceviche Tostadas in particular. Perfect with a Corona or a home made Mojito. 80 Wardour Street | Tube: Piccadilly | £ | Website