London is probably one of, if not the world’s greatest, foodie cities. With a range of offerings from amazing street food to mind-blowing Michelin starred gourmet experiences there is something for everyone. I just returned from an amazing week in the capital and had a chance to dine at several of the city’s best, newest and / or most delicious spots.

Heddon Street Food Court
The Heddon Street Food Court off Regent Street

My first night was spent in Mayfair at Gordon Ramsay’s latest spot, Heddon Street Kitchen. Located in what’s known as the Food Quarter off Regent Street, this is a cool spot that’s crowded for breakfast, lunch and dinner. My meal was really good, a nice South African Merlot, a charcuterie plate and a delicious pork chop.

HSK cured meat plate with chorizo, Parma ham and Coppa Lombardi salami
Heddon Street London
Gordon Ramsay’s Heddon Street Kitchen

Next day’s lunch was a great one, although I got myself lost trying to find it. Arabica Bar & Kitchen is truly a delicious discovery, a former food stall in Borough Market turned real restaurant. This is delicious Arabic / Middle Eastern food from The Levant, the area of the Middle East including Jordan, Syria, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon and even parts of Turkey and Egypt.

Arabica Bar and Kitchen
The author dining at Arabica London
Chicken shish kebab
Pistachio chicken shish kebab, marinated in cardamom, honey and green chili at Arabica Bar & Kitchen
Fattoush salad at Arabica
Fattoush salad with tomato, cucumber, radish in pomegranate vinegar

My next dinner was at 108 Brasserie, the really good restaurant inside the hip Marylebone Hotel in Marylebone Village. With a great staff and amazing food, this is another must-dine spot for foodie visitors to London.

Free range chicken
Free-range Cotswold chicken cooked on Josper grill

I had Cotswold white chicken cooked on a Josper grill. I’ve now learned this is a fancy, indoor BBQ grill that is a combo oven / grill. It’s made in Spain and very popular with chefs. The chicken was cooked with lemon, thyme and garlic and was just perfect. 108 Brasserie had great bread (sourdough, soda and Guiness brown) with what might have been the best butter I’ve ever had. It’s called Abernethy Butter, it’s made in County Down, Northern Ireland and it’s hand-churned.

Abernethy butter
Abernethy butter from Northern Ireland
Chips at 108 Brasserie
Hand-cut chips

Even the most basic things, like these hand-cut chips, we perfectly prepared. It was a great dinner and the restaurant is in a cool part of London, a short walk from the amazing shopping of Oxford Street. At the wonderful waitress’ recommendation, I had a Vista Hermosa Pinot Noir from Chile.

I used to plan the culinary and other parts of my London adventure. This post covers just the first few days, check my other posts to see what else and where else I ate during my trip.