The Most Delicious Date Spots To Satisfy Every Hungry Londoner
Whilst dating apps like Badoo have simplified the process of finding a partner, one problem remains the same - how to nail the first date? Dining with a stranger can be unpredictable so it's best to have some certainty in the location — an awks date with good food is at least half a success. London based and dating? One of these spots could be for you:
Jones & Sons ££
Dalston, N16 8JH
Do you take your brunch bottomless? Well at Jones & Sons, it's not just the drinks that are unlimited — the food is all you can eat too. (Note: a plate must be finished before you can order another). It's £38 with alcohol and £29 without. I went with the former and managed three proseccos, eggs florentine, french toast and blueberry pancakes. Not for the faint hearted — a bit like an eating contest — but a raucous date if ever I've had one.
Pizza Union £
Kings Cross N1 9JY, Spitalfields E1 7HW, Aldgate E1 8PT, Dalston E8 2JP
My no. 1 cheap eat of 2017. Open till 12am, Pizza Union is a growing chain that has retained an independent feel. Strictly self service; diners sit at high tables, under dim lights as soft electronic music plays. Prices start from £3.95 for a Margherita and a meal for two (with beer) only cost me £13. If you're on a budget, this is the place to be! Everyone I take loves it.
Soho, W1F 0PL
Polpetto is an intimate restaurant with a cosy interior. Candlelit tables line the walls and comfy stools surround the bar. They serve tapas-style Italian food for around £6 a plate and main meals for £9. I'd recommend the Baked Jerusalem artichoke, gnocchi, sage & gorgonzola and the beef shin ragú. They also do Aperitif hour from 4-6pm, which means £5 Aperol Spritzs and Negronis.
MIDDLE EASTERN & NORTH AFRICAN
Maison Du Mezze ££
Leicester Square, WC2H 7NG
Maison Du Mezze is perfect for a lunch or after work date, its vibrant interior is a welcome break from the grey streets of Piccadilly. They serve a range of hot and cold Lebanese food and the staff are happy to help with recommendations. I went for the falafel platter (£8.25), which came with delicious side of Tahini. They also serve non-alcoholic freak shakes and juices — if you are in fact dating on your lunch break.
Zayane Moroccan ££
Notting Hill, W10 5NL
In West London, we have Zayane: a Moroccan restaurant just off Portobello Road. You'll spend half your time oggling the table wear and wondering when you'll be able to afford a tagine dish. But it's what comes out of these that's the real treat. I ordered the sweet potato tagine, which was £10 and delicious. Zayane is also versatile spot; they serve traditional and Moroccan brunch on weekends.
VEGGIE AND VEGAN
Palm Vaults ££
Hackney, E8 1HY
This vegetarian cafe is a favourite with locals in Hackney. It's pale pink exterior extends to its table wear and even some of its dishes. It's the prettiest date spot on this list. You'll love it if you're into flavoured coffees and smoothie bowls. I tried the red velvet latte (£4) and the unleash the dragon bowl (£8). Both were delicious. Vegan offerings were good too, my date tried the banana bread and was impressed with its "moistness".
Primrose Hill, NW3 3AJ
Vegan or not, you'll enjoy Manna in Primrose Hill. This restaurant has been around for 50 years, but its menu is nothing but modern. Fancy bonding over a shared meal? I'd recommend the Mezze Platter (£23). You get to pick three starters of your choice; the leek and almond tart is popular. Like your own food? Go for good old (vegan) bangers and mash (£14). Any meat eater would agree; they're just as tasty as the real thing.
So give one of these a go this coming month! And if you're in need of someone to go with, download Badoo! It has 370 million members and counting — you're bound to like one of them.
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