Bruno’s separation anxiety helped me discover a different dining scene in London. Not only are the places listed here dog-friendly, they tend to also be tourists- free, even while sited in Zone 1. So if like me, you prefer dining with the netizens especially when visiting, here’s a few of our favourites.
Andrew Edmunds, 46 Lexington Street
Tiny, quaint, atmospheric. An oenophile’s paradise. The wine list is imaginatively curated and well-priced. Christmas Dinner needs to be booked in advance.
The Crown And Two Chairmen, 31-32 Dean Street
Max is in residence! On Sundays, there’s a delicious Nut Roast.
Polpo, 4 Beak Street
Small plates, pulsating by nightfall. Bruno always requests for the croquettes.
B. Chelsea/South Kensington
Polpo (again!), 81 Duke of York Square
Similar/same menu, a more sedate crowd. Work lunch off by strolling through the Saatchi Gallery, situated close by.
Cuisine de Bar by Poilane, 39 Cadogan Gardens
Tucked away from the crowd behind Peter Jones, it’s an unfussy pit stop for coffee and (tartine) sandwiches.
Maze Grill, 11 Park Walk
Bruno’s favourite Chelsea restaurant serving comfort food. The only place we eat at, where he fights to stay awake, hoping for more bread.
Jak’s, 77 Walton Street
Organic Mediterranean, fresh juices, fat cakes. Order to go, or to eat in, from a main counter.
Jakob’s, 20 Gloucester Road
Similar concept to Jak’s, but more down-to earth in terms of presentation. The food tastes home-cooked. Live music on certain nights.
Lucio’s, 257-259 Fulham Road
Intimate Italian, dressy service, family-run. Bruno and I always share the burrata appetiser and bread. On some nights, their family dog, Coco, accompanies diners.
Blakes, 33 Roland Gardens
Tea for two in a secret, stylish garden; or dinner and drinks in chinoiserie chic.
C. Notting Hill
The Commander Porterhouse & Oyster Bar, 47 Hereford Road
His favourite in our old hood. Easy dining with seasonal menus, fresh oysters, a choice of vino and drinks.
Kensington Wine Rooms, 127-129 Kensington Church Street
Wines by the glass/bottle, small plates served at the bar area, or heartier fare from the kitchen if necessary.
D. Marble Arch/Marylebone
The Grazing Goat, 6 New Quebec Street
(Actually pretty)Delicious gastropub grub, a hop from the nightmare of Oxford Street.
Le Vieux Comptoir, 26- 28 Moxon Street
Cosy French served in a light-filled basement. Unfortunately we don’t go much anymore, since moving further away.
Vintage Stall, (previously called the Fish and Chip Shop), 189 Upper Street
Generous portions, fresh fish, chill neighbourhood hang-out. The gentlemen, approved.