Heard it on the vine’s London restaurant picks

Although I am no longer on holiday, (I got back Thursday) I have a couple of guest posts still to share which due to my lack of preparation weren’t scheduled whilst I was away. Normal blogging will resume next week! 

Apart from makeup and fashion my other love is food. I love trying new things and eating in new places so when Stephanie from Heard it on the Vine offered to share her top 5 restaurants in London how could I say no?! It is a slightly different post but hopefully you will enjoy it as much as I did especially as my food posts often get a good reception. Don’t forget to follow her Instagram and Twitter too. 


Since Sabrina has jetted off on holiday
(Jealous) I jumped at the chance to do a guest post for her and to say hi to
all you guys. I’m bringing something a little different over to A Little
Obsessed in the form of a post all about some of my favourite restaurants in

I moved to London a year ago and although I have
eaten in some amazing restaurants I am still finding new ones every week, so to
cut the list down to just 5 was a bit of a struggle but I’ve tried to come up
with something for everyone.

I stumbled upon Yoobi one day while looking
for a quick lunch in Soho and it has quick become one of my favorite spots.
Yoobi is the first temaki (Japanese for
‘hand roll’) restaurant in London The deco so inviting and is what first drew
me in, it has an airy and super modern feel to it and is relaxed but perfect
for a quick business meeting.
temaki is a large piece of nori (seaweed)
rolled in to a cone and filled with sushi rice and ingredients. This is their
signature dish but every flavour, and they have quite the range, can be made in
to a maki roll, so perfect if you are not a lover of seaweed. The menu also
sports some amazing soups, side dishes and if you have room for dessert their
ice cream Mochis are delicious!
Location – 38 Lexington
Street  London, Soho W1F 0LL
Price – Cheap eat
Hidden out to the East of London, is the
Hackney Pearl and as it’s name suggests it is quite the little gem. This cute
little café come restaurant is just a hop step and a jump from the Hackney Wick
over ground entrance. Close enough to the Stratford centre for a little
Tucked behind a row of houses (but still
easy to find, I promise) the cafe has a humble exterior with a few chairs,
tables and plant pots scattered around.
The café boasts freshly made food daily,
and they change the menu depending on seasonal produce, meaning the menu is
never the same. The food is so fresh in fact, when I was there I even saw a
chef walk out to one of the pot at the fount of the cafe and snip off some
The chairs and tables are mismatched and
the cafe is full of little nicknacks on shelves, vintage crates filled with
fruit and veg and the kitchens is open so you can watch as your meal is cooked.
I can’t stress enough that if your looking
for somewhere out of the way in East London with really good fresh food the
Hackney Pearl is the place to go.
Oh and their homemade lemonade is to die
Location – 11 Prince Edward Road
Hackney Wick, E9 5LX
London, UK
Price – Something for
every budget.

Duck and waffle –

The Duck and Waffle is perfectly
located on the 40th floor of the Herron building and has been the talk of the
town for a while now. After spending your day at street level there’s nothing
better than taking the super fast express lift to the top of the building and
enjoying an evening above the city.
Now most people would big this place up for
it’s views alone (which are amazing) but the food also speaks for its self, and
head chef in the clouds @DanDoherty_  has created a
beautiful menu.
Choose from such delectable delights such
as dorset scollops, burrata, spiced herdwick lamb cutlets or go for
something a little different such as cod tongues or pigs ears… Or go the whole hog
and have the signature dish “the duck and waffle.” I can’t recommend the duck
and waffle enough and best of all it’s open 24/7 if midnight snacks are
Location – Heron Tower  110
Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
Price – On the pricey
side but worth every penny.

La Bodega Negra

This is one for those
of you who like a little secret but I warn you now you have to book and you
certainly can’t turn up in a suit and tie!
Soho is full of peep
shows and table dance bars but behind this neon lit peep show front is
something I find much more appealing, A under ground Mexican bar and
Upon entering 16 Moor St you are greeting by a host at a desk and asked for your reservation
and lead down some stairs in to a bustling restaurant. The cellar restaurant is
dark but very atmospheric, walls are exposed brick with the odd distressed
metal sign. In a small cove at one end of the restaurant all of the walls are
covered by a 3d elaborate cardboard “Mexican town” including voodoo dolls.
The food is a mix between small plates,
such as crab tacos, grilled corn (which is damn spicy) and Tuna Chipotle
tostaitas, and larger plats such as Pork belly mescal, wild sea bass and even a
half roasted chicken.
La Bodega Negra is
somewhere a little bit different to try out and it has become so popular among
Londoners they are opening a sister restaurant, Casa Negra, in Shoreditch this
Location – 16 Moor St  London, Greater London W1D 5NH
Price – A place if
you’re looking to push the boat out.

Jen’s Cafe –

So jen’s Cafe is not at the top of a 60
floor tower or a Michelin stared restaurant in fact it is a little place on a
corner in the heart of London‘s china town, but let me assure you these are
traditional dumplings just like the ones you get in Hong Kong.
You might be forgiven for walking past this
little gem, but next time your in china town I beg you to go in and try some
dumplings. All authentic even down to the fact you mix your own dumpling dip.
You’ll recognise Jen’s by it’s green
exterior and usually there is a woman sitting in the window making dumplings,
yes, that’s how fresh they are!
I would recommend any of the dumplings and
a steaming cup of jasmine tea. YUMMY!
Price – Bargain!
Ok so I said I would only do 5 but I wanted
to quickly sneak in an extra place…
This gem sits on the top of 1 New Change at
St Pauls, take the lift to the top floor and there you will find a little bar
popular with bankers called Madison, for a beautiful summers day in London it’s the perfect spot. You
can sit outside and enjoy a cocktail or two at the tapas bar, or if you want
something to eat I suggest heading inside and grabbing a table.
Wait! I forgot the most important thing…
The View! Have your camera at the ready because you get the most stunning view
of St Paul’s and can see over to the OXO tower and beyond. P.S it makes for a
great Instagram shot, cocktail in hand (I suggest a porn star martini) with a
stunning back drop.
…And if you’re not up for a cocktail or
food you can still go up to the top floor as there is a viewing platform.
Location – Rooftop Terrace, 1 New Change,
St Pauls, London
Price – treat yourself
to something a little special at a reasonable price.

Where is your favourite place to eat in London?
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  1. 15th June 2013 / 6:32 pm

    Cool post. I really enjoyed reading this! Got some new dining experiences to try too 🙂

    • 15th June 2013 / 7:00 pm

      Thanks Yinka, I did too! X

  2. 15th June 2013 / 7:30 pm

    This post was amazing! I feel like I haven't explored London to the fullest, dining wise haha xo


    • 15th June 2013 / 8:32 pm

      I completely haven't too! X

  3. 16th June 2013 / 8:08 am

    Great post. I have been to some of these places and highly recommend them, but I will be adding the others to my list of places to visit.

    Hope you had a great holiday.



  4. 16th June 2013 / 9:45 am

    OMG I love sushi!! I could eat just on sushi!!! thanks for sharing!

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