The weather in London has been quite pitiful recently, but under no circumstances should that deter gluttons from venturing out of their warm homes in search of food. Last weekend, I decided to go to Broadway Market- a place that has been on my hypothetical ‘bucket list’ for quite some time, and my experience there can be summed up in one sentence: I will definitely be back again soon!
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m pretty obsessed with eating at food markets and food stalls, and rarely am I left disappointed or with an empty stomach. Whilst the other stalls have been delicious, I think that I’ve finally found my top pick – The Frenchie, a food stall that specialises in the most drool-inducing duck confit burgers ever.
Over the weekend, a friend of mine came to visit, and we decided to pop over to Greenwich for a relaxing Sunday out, and to check out the food scene at Greenwich Market. After much deliberation, we decided to have lunch at La Ficelle, one of the market traders selling that day, and I’m happy to report that I had a deliciously simple, yet hearty meal!
8 Southwark Street, London (Right outside London Bridge Station)
Being back in London means that I have hardly any time at all to write about food in amidst the ever-increasing workload and internship applications. However, this weekend, I took some time off to visit London’s most renowned foodie wonderland- Borough Market! Even on a gloomy Saturday afternoon, this place was alive with the hustle and bustle of tourists and locals alike, trying out various samples of comté, apples, paella, pâté…the list goes on! I’ll just let the pictures do the talking: It’s apple season in the UK right now- and numerous types of apples were available for purchase on the day I went. ^Different flavours of homemade mustards infused with garlic, peach, basil etc The fruits and veg here were plentiful and a lot were cheaper than the produce you get at your local supermarket- I managed to get 4 huge avocados for a pound, which is an amazing price considering that they cost around a pound per avocado in HK!
I tried this delicious Swiss dish – raclette- at a stall called Kappacaesin (http://www.kappacasein.com/), which also serves grilled cheese sandwiches. The raclette is basically a dish made out of grilled cheese (in this case, an unpasteurized cow’s milk cheese called Ogleshield (see more here:http://www.nealsyarddairy.co.uk/cheeses/Ogleshield.pdf)), which is then scraped, in all its gooey, bubbly and crispy goodness onto a pile of crushed potatoes. Served with pickles, this dish was exceptionally hearty and filling- perfect for a chilly day out. The only downside was that I couldn’t manage to eat anything else afterwards…so I’ll have to make another trip to Borough Market sometime soon 🙂 ^ This flower stall was featured in Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban movie (it’s the exterior of the Leaky Cauldron!) I came across these beautiful rainbow roses and just had to snap a picture of them.
After your trip to the market, you can burn off some calories by walking to the nearby Tate Museum, or walking across the Millennium Bridge towards the impressive St Paul’s Cathedral. If you’re lucky you might come across some street vendors selling caramelised peanuts 🙂
All in all, it was a great trip to the market. Next time I’ll probably go on a weekday, where it’ll be less crowded, although I have to say the hordes of people did contribute to the amazing atmosphere! Borough Market, I will be back 🙂
P.S See my post on the nearby Maltby Street Market here!