One of the great things about being the Executive Chef at Londolozi is that I get to meet the most wonderful people on my travels through the five camps. There is nothing that I enjoy more than connecting with ‘foodie folk’ who are as passionate about food, wine and beautiful places as I am.
We went to visit him during our stay and what a delightful establishment it is. Owned by Chef Tom Kerridge, this one Michelin Star ‘gastro pub’ is more than what meets the eye… Delicious food is served in an informal space where the emphasis is on comfort and quality of food. The food is distinctive and bold while retaining its simplicity, a style that resonates with our Londolozi food ethos of being ‘simply sophisticated’.
Next up was something new and exciting in London –NOPI is part of the famous Ottolenghi dynasty and has recently opened its doors.
This Soho based restaurant still celebrates the traditional bold flavours of Ottolenghi, however, NOPI has a slightly different feel to its trademark delis. We ate downstairs in the informal communal dining area, which was a novel experience. Surrounded by all the ingredients used on the menu, it was fun to see the chefs popping out the kitchen to grab a litre of Virgin olive oil or a large tin of olives.
I always love meeting up with old friends, so when Dominic called up and suggested lunch at Baraffina, the answer was easy. I used to be Dominic’s private chef in Cape Town before moving to Londolozi, so we had lots of catching up to do. With Dom being an esteemed foodie himself, I knew the restaurant recommendation would not be disappointing. This two Michelin Star Tapas Bar is situated in the heart of Soho and is incredible. Don’t be later than 12h00 though, otherwise you won’t get a table!
Barraffina serves contemporary and traditional dishes from all regions of Spain – expect the freshest seafood and dishes that are prepared in front of you. We trusted Dominic’s suggestions as he knows Barraffina well and were definitely not disappointed.
One of my big foodie inspirations is that of Skye Gyllenhall.
Having moved from Petersham Nursery Café in Richmond– Skye has moved into a beautiful dining space set in the New Wing of the iconic Somerset House. The food is wholesome and produce driven (a lot of the ingredients come from their farm called Fern Yarrow). The interiors are peaceful and artistic with hundreds of paper flowers pasted to the walls and the staff are donned in different shades of green.
In conclusion to my London Food Safari 2015 – I leave you hopefully wanting to get on a plane and experience these wonderful restaurants for yourself. If you have been to any of the past featured restaurants or markets, please let me know as I would love hear all about it.
Written and Photographed by Londolozi Executive Chef Anna Ridgewell