5 quirky dining experiences in London

*Dedicated to Santa’s dancing elf*

Hello readers!

If you’re visiting England or just thinking of visiting, you’ve probably been told to try traditional foods such as fish and chips, a Sunday roast and an afternoon tea. However, some of you (whether you are a tourist or a local) may be looking for a more unique dining experience in the capital city and so I’ve rounded up five of my favourites.

Let’s start with two that I have written about separately before:

  1. Sarastro

Nearest Underground Station: Holborn

Dinner and a show can be an expensive night out, but there’s no need to fork out twice when you’re dining at Sarastro. With a menu of Mediterannean/Turkish style cuisine and a truly unique setting to eat in, your senses are going to be spoilt for choice. The restaurant is designed in an ‘opera style’ with plush fabrics, gold and tables built in rickety balconies up the walls. The best part is that if you go there at the right time, you can listen to incredible live music – from opera, to string quartets to Latin salsa.

For more information about Sarastro, you can visit my dedicated blog post or their website.

     2. Circus 

Nearest Underground Station: Covent Garden

As mentioned in my previous post about this place, they serve mainly pan-Asian cuisine with lots of Western classics such as steak and lamb chops on the menu as well . They also have a bar with funky cocktails, but the main draw is the entertainment. As the name would suggest, a different points throughout the evening, the middle table turns into a runway for performers to showcase their dance, acrobatic, fire eating and hula-hooping skills.

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This makes for a great dining experience and is definitely something very different! For more information about Circus, you can check out my previous blog post about this place or have a look at their website.

Moving on to a more expensive option, with more twists than ‘Orange is the New Black’:

3. Sushi Samba 

Nearest Underground Station: Liverpool Street

I was lucky enough to be taken here with work and as you will see from the photos below, the food is more like art. Looks aside, this restaurant uses a combination of Japanese and South American flavours (hence the name) to create some explosive dishes. A must try  for me (aside from the sushi) was the crispy squid – it was the best I’ve ever tasted.

Not only is the food delicious and artistic, the location is on the 38th and 39th floors of the Heron Tower, which means amazing views of the city through the windows and from the balcony bar. For more information, you can check out their website here.

And finally, finishing with two dessert options:

4. Milk Train

Nearest Underground Station: Covent Garden

I discovered this small ice cream shop while on my weekly walk to Pineapple Dance Studios, when I saw lots of tourists taking selfies with what appeared to be tiny clouds. Upon closer inspection, they were actually ice cream cones surrounded by a halo of candyfloss! The ice creams come in a range of flavour combinations, with a great emphasis on matcha and roasted green tea flavours (although more standard ones are also available).

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These ice creams are definitely more than just a gimmick, although you may want to think about going for a run after having one! Pictured above is the cookies and cream cone, with crumbled oreos.

For more information, you can check out Milk Train’s Facebook page here.

5. Maxwell’s Bar & Grill 

Nearest Underground Station: Covent Garden

Finally, we end with freakshakes. These have been doing the rounds on social media and while I was desperate to get my hands on one (having heard rave reviews about Molly Bakes), I wasn’t actually prepared to trundle over to Dalston and wait in an hour long queue for a heart attack inducing milkshake. This restaurant’s location/atmosphere/menu aren’t actually anything special, but the freakshakes are really good.

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Pictured above is an Oreo milkshake topped with Oreo cheesecake and a salted caramel milkshake topped with a donut. Despite their size and ingredients, they aren’t actually as sickly as they look!

Please note that if you plan on going to Maxwell’s for this sugary delight, you won’t be allowed to sit at a proper table unless you also order a main course with it. We learnt this the hard way after reserving a table and receiving some dodgy customer service from the staff there…

For more information about these freakshakes, you can head to Maxwell’s website here.

Have you got any quirky recommendations for dining in London? Feel free to leave me a comment below  🙂 I also now have my very own Instagram account, which you can find at @planeemoji .

Thanks for reading,

~Plane Emoji

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