There are some things that I find less attractive of living in London, but the variety on food is not one of them. Coming from Lausanne, I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the almost unlimited number of choices.
Should I eat a brazilian feijoada? Or should I try indian curry? Do I feel like fish? Or shall I go for vegetarian? Should I choose from this street? or should I walk 10 minutes and check out what else is in the neighborhood? Do I want someting fancy? Or rather a more relaxed ambience?
It’s exhausting to suddenly be open to so many options, and don’t really know where to start. Sometimes I just wish for someone to choose for me. I’m a newcomer anyways, and am happy to try anything at least once.
Well, lucky me.
After only a week in London, Amy from Foodspotting contacted me to tell me about a food event that would be taking place in London between te 3rd and the 17th of October – Regent Street food Safari. During these days, some of Regent Street‘s most notorious restaurants offered sample plates of their signature dishes. All participating venues are placed on two of London’s most important food quarters – Heddon Street and Swallow Street – making it really easy to visit 2-3 places in one session.
I was offered the chance to take a pre-opening tour that consisted of sampling plates at 4 out of the 9 venues that were going to be part of this event. I grabbed my camera, a food loving friend and was ready for my my food and drink marathon.
When moving to a new city, it’s always nice to have a guiding hand. Someone to tell you about cute boutique stores and second hand shops. Someone who will share with you their secret bars and favorite restaurants. It’s a starting point, out of which you can then explore by your own.
I’m still the kind of newcomer that will fight her way into Oxford Street’s Topshop together with another 30,000 shopaholics every single day. The kind who visits expat bars and clubs, surrounded by spaniards and french, wondering where the locals go. However, I’m not anymore that girl going to the same food chains over and over again. I could even say that, so far, I’ve acquired a favorite restaurant!
This should be the beginning of feeling at home….
Visit the Foodspotting blog to read My review on Regent Street’s Food Safari