I recently had the pleasure of dining at Fallow Restaurant, in the heart of St James / Piccadilly Circus. It turned out to be the best brunch experience, and it is not a tourist trap. I promise! Whether you live in London or just visiting, it’s hard to deny the charms and buzz that pull you to central London. Particularly at this time of the year with the festive spirit and Christmas decorations lighting up our streets. Not to mention the beeeeeeeeautiful twinkling Christmas angels watching over you as you grace along Regent street and the St James’s neighbourhoods. So quintessentially London!
For this reason, when Alan and I are not travelling, you will often find us wandering around central London. There’s something about being pushed and shoved through a sea of people that makes me feel so alive! Welcome to London! haha…
From shopping on Regent Street to brunching in Mayfair to picking up a bubble tea in Covent Garden and grocery shopping in Chinatown. I know, it is seriously one of the most stressful experiences of my life! So when it comes to finding places to eat, we have definitely been to our fair share of tourist traps. But we’ve gotten pretty good at finding nice places to eat with good quality food.
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When in central London, don’t always trust the queues
Central London is always busy! Particularly on the weekends and especially this time of the year! Most eateries will have people spilling over to the pavement, in a queue waiting patiently for a table. However, just because there is a queue, doesn’t mean it is good! Without insider knowledge, you may end up in a tourist trap with suboptimal food and paying high prices. Hello Cafe Concerto!
Therefore, I am here to share my tried and tested places so that you can have the best experiences in London!
If you are on Tik Tok, you’d probably already know about Farrow, a newish trendy restaurant. We always walk past the restaurant and I did think it was another tourist trap, I’m not gonna lie. BUT after seeing their mouth-watering Tik Tok video, we finally decided to give them a go, and guys this is a keeper!!
A bit of background, the restaurant was founded in May 2019 by two chefs, Jack Croft and William Murray and an entrepreneur James Robson. Both chefs came from Dinner by Heston Blumenthal with combined experiences in some of the world’s top restaurants such as El Cellar De Can Roca, Fat Duck and Clove Club, just to name a few! That’s how I know I will be in for a treat! This is where “conscious culinary creativity meets hospitality experience and passion”.
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And creativity was indeed what we got
We ordered from their lunch menu and from their brunch menu. It was a difficult decision, let me tell you!
I love corn cobs, especially grilled corn cobs! And I’ve had plenty of them, but never had corn ribs!
These crispy corn ribs sprinkled with kormu seasoning were just divine! An explosion of salty, spicy and tangy (from the lime) in your mouth!
The next dish got served was beef carpaccio with anchovy mayonnaise, grated horseradish, chicory & gherkin. Anchovy mayonnaise and grated horseradish?! Match made in heaven. Who would’ve thought?
The prize is actually their breakfast Royale
This is where crispy croissants meet English muffins and it comes with an in-house Fallow stamp as a bonus… hehe… But look at the golden delicious pastry! And isn’t this creative?! I’ve never had any brunch like this before.
Alan went for the Royale with Cheese served with sausage, bacon, kombu ketchup, egg cooked to perfection and sriracha sauce.
I got the Salmon Belly Royale, served with sautéed spinach, lemon mayo and egg. I must admit, I found the salmon to be a little on the salty side. But when eaten together, the different flavours were nicely balanced with the pastry?!
We always switch our meals halfway… They were both delicious and very creative. I’ve not seen any breakfast served like this before. But I did like Alan’s a little bit more than mine.
10 out of 10, the best brunch experience around the St James’s neighbourhood
All in all, it was a very enjoyable experience with amazing food! But you should try it for yourself and see if you agree. Run, don’t walk!
As I mentioned earlier, reservation is a must, especially on the weekends, so I suggest booking at least 2-3 weeks in advance to guarantee your table.
Now time to walk off our food and soak in the Christmas spirit
After all that food, a long walk is a must! I absolutely love London at this time. Have I mentioned this already? 🙂
Hope you have a good week! Don’t forget to make a reservation for a meal at Fallow. I am going to try their Sunday roast next time. It looks yummy!
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