Every month we ask a foodie Londoner to tell us their Top 10 favourite places to go for for amazing food. Sam Pryor is a chef and founding partner at Bonapeti. So without further ado, Sam, please tell us what is your favourite:
Brixton market. I’ve been visiting Brixton since I was a young apprentice in London, and I briefly lived there. It’s always been good for Afro-Caribbean and African ingredients, but it has really taken off recently with some great street food, which in turn has fed into the restaurant scene there.
For a weekend brunch, I love the Providores in Marylebone. I love their Turkish eggs – poached eggs with runny yolks that combine with spicy butter and yogurt.
Its a real cliché but, after lunch at one of Soho’s exciting restaurants such as the Ember Yard or Koya, I love to sit in Bar Italia for a coffee. Then it’s onto Gerry’s Wine and Spirits to fawn over interesting Mescal and Vermouths.
Date night restaurant?
Zuma in Knightsbridge makes a great date night restaurant. Stunning surroundings and light, clean and flavourful food.
Dinner with friends?
I really enjoy going to Ceviche for Peruvian food with friends. The menu is light and inviting, and the little dishes or brochettes and ceviches are perfect for sharing. They also make great cocktails – a great way to start the evening.
Gokyuzu restaurant is definitely not a secret to the Turkish community in Haringey, but it’s far enough off the beaten track to be unheard of by most. If you want really good-priced mezze, kebabs, fish and flat bread straight from the wood-fired oven, you can’t go wrong.
With its dark wood bar and lively atmosphere, Vinoteca always reminds me of a pub. It’s my favorite drinking spot in Soho with great wines by the glass and bottle, and bar snacks.
La Fromagerie is a great cheese shop. They really know their stuff, and the variety and quality of cheeses is excellent. They have olives, pickles, charcuterie and other great deli items too.
Homemade dinner party dish?
I like to bring something interactive to a dinner party. Recently, I took a big cooked crab with sriracha mayo, lacto-fermented pickles, roasted peanuts, coriander and lettuce, so everyone could roll their own Vietnamese-style parcels.
Finally, imagine we could transport you to any London restaurant right now. Where would you go and what would you be eating?
As a young chef in London, I never had much money but I always wanted to eat out on my days off. The Royal China, with a couple of sites around London, was always a good bet for great-priced, exciting Dim Sum. Although I haven’t been in a long time, I think nostalgia for my youth means The Royal China pops into my mind whenever I think of a great foodie destination.