I know, I know, it's the worst month of the year - exams, which I truly, truly hate.  And now that I separated with Z again and came back to London, everything's just even more depressing.  Totally in denial.  All I want is the sunshine, the food, the fun and of course you, my dear.
PS. Miss you so badly, FaceTime simply cannot replace daily interactions ;(


Anyways, here's a collection of London good restaurants I really like, either for their interior or the food.  Why not procrastinate for a lil while to prep your tummy for all post-exam celebrations?
*CC Fun Fact 101* 3 top research I do every day: Clothes, Hotels and Food.
If you have followed me for a while now, you should know how much I love looking for pretty restaurants/cafes or delicate desserts round the city.  To be completely honest, that’s pretty much my top procastination thing to do.  Food or Shop.  It’s either this or that, nothing else.
I think I do have the reputation for that now (haha, complete no shame).  Here’s my first London food guide for your reference.  More to come, I promise.
(Key: $$ = £25-40)

Corner Room
Address: Town Hall Hotel, Patriot Square, London E2 9NF
Price: $$

I was totally attracted by their light decor at the background, so I knew I had to come.  In contrast to the other ones, Corner Room is a more homey, boutique kind of hotel restaurants.  Not as glam as the other ones, but the rawness and casualness do make it extra comfy.  And since it’s smaller and quiet, it’s perfect for 2-3 friends just to chill and chat.  Food surprisely of good quality for its price.  Again, the panna cotta.  Luffff it.

Starter: Grapes with cream cheese

Starter: Grapes with cream cheese

Starter: baby carrot

Starter: baby carrot

Main: Cod fish

Main: Cod fish

Dessert: Pain au choclat Panna Cotta

Dessert: Pain au choclat Panna Cotta

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Maze Grill (Gordon Ramsay Restaurant)
Address: London Marriott Hotel, 10-13 Grosvenor Square, London, W1K 6JP
Price: $$

Hands down, Gordon Ramsay never fails to impress my tongue.  And this too, absolutely.  It is a Japanese/Thai/Western fusion restaurant.  Soooo good, starting from their bread, to their starter, and the steak till the dessert.  Nothing more to say.  The good thing is they don’t make you over-full, but just right.  Taste just right, portion just right.  The only thing is the place is quite small, so make sure you make a reservation in advance.
And and, to my surprise, they had prepared a small brownie in rum for my birthday *v*  Totally over the top.

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Madison
Address: Rooftop Terrace, 1 New Change, St Paul’s, London, EC4M 9AF
Price: $$

Another rooftop restaurant, overseeing St Paul’s Cathedral.  I was already excited when I went up in the transparent elevator and I was so blessed to perk it with a blue sky in London.  It wasn’t so high but it’s just the perfect height, high enough to see St Pauls, yet close enough to get a detailed shot.  The interior is so nice, mostly in black, with that cushion chill space at its side, ceiling to floor glass slanting windows.  Would definitely revisit just for a sunset drink.
For food, oh my, the duck burger and lobster roll are so good.  And, of course the desserts.  We didn’t regret ordering the chocolate fondant and the creme brulee.  They are just so nice.  My creme brulee also has a lil twist - it has sweetened apples underneath the smooth creme brulee.  Another good thing about Madison is that it’s not a must to order 3-courses meal.  Perfect for people who don’t like fixed courses.

Interior design

Interior design

Side cushion area

Side cushion area

Duck burger (medium rare) with truffle fries

Duck burger (medium rare) with truffle fries

Lobster roll with truffle fries

Lobster roll with truffle fries

(Top) Chocolate Fondant (Bottom) Creme Brûlée with sweetened apples beneath

(Top) Chocolate Fondant
(Bottom) Creme Brûlée with sweetened apples beneath

Outdoor bar area

Outdoor bar area

Outside area, overlooking St Paul's Cathedral

Outside area, overlooking St Paul's Cathedral

The Magazine
Address: Serpentine Sackler Gallery, West Carriage Drive, Kensington Gardens, W2 2AR (inside Hyde Park)
Price: $$

What’s better than a fulfilling brunch in a Zaha Hadid designed architecture topped with a sweet blue sky?  Nice food, chic interior, good coffee, good price.  Simply delightful!  A place I will always bring my friends to.  Not many food choices, but they are real good food.  One reminder: they don’t do dinner.  They do have drinks tho.  Already planning my next visit for their afternoon tea!
PS. Hugs from London to one of my bffs from HongKong!  #QuickCorner

Interior

Interior

Matcha Latte Scrambled Eggs, H. Forman & Son’s Smoked Salmon, Dill Crème Fraîche

Matcha Latte
Scrambled Eggs, H. Forman & Son’s Smoked Salmon, Dill Crème Fraîche

Crushed Avocado, Cottage Cheese and Piquillo Peppers (v)

Crushed Avocado, Cottage Cheese and Piquillo Peppers (v)

Reunionnnn with thissssss girl

Reunionnnn with thissssss girl

I have actually been to more before this blog started, but unfortunately I haven’t taken good shots for them back then.  So, there’s quite a few I really wanna revisit and show you guys.  Finger-crossed.  Anyways, hope you guys like this.  They definitely make up part of my best memories in London.

With love,
CC

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