Celebrating the Olympics with Food: Exploring London Cuisine
London is the lucky city that has been honored with hosting the 2012 Olympic Games and millions of visitors have been flocking there to celebrate. Tourists will enjoy the games, the sights, the sounds, and the taste of London. It is only fitting, then, that we pay homage and highlight London’s best foods and restaurants.
Tasty must-have meals in London
- Fish and Chips: A classic, simple yet delicious traditional UK dish: deep fried fish with a crispy batter and chips (thick cut and fried potatoes or what Americans like to refer to as “fries”). This About article lists restaurants with the best fish and chips you can find in London.
- Shepherd’s Pie: Talk about comfort food! A savory meat (usually lamb or mutton) pie with a crust of creamy mash potatoes. The Ivy Restaurant in London has great reviews for their shepherd’s pie.
- Cornish Pasty: Or simply, “pasty,” this dish is comprised of minced steak, vegetables and seasonings wrapped neatly in a pastry dough and baked; it’s the perfect light meal and it’s portable, too! You’ll likely find a West Cornwall Pasty shop around the corner in London – this chain offers many varieties of the pasty with different fillings and flavors.
- Sunday Roast: If you really want to feel authentically British, you will definitely want to savor in a English style Sunday roast which typically includes roast meat, potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and vegetables. Depending on the meat you’re devouring (pork, beef, chicken or lamb), you’ll enjoy it with an accompanying sauce such as apple sauce, currant jelly, horseradish or mint sauces. Yelp reviewers are raving about Bacchus Pub and Kitchen’s Sunday Roast.
- Trifle: End your meal with trifle; layers and layers of sweet goodness, the trifle is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. What’s in in it? Usually sponge cake, gelatin, custard, fruit and whipped cream. There are even some variations that soak the cake in port or sweet sherry. Check out the dessert menu of any restaurant if you’d like to try out an English trifle.
May the Games be merry and your belly, too!