Having really only visited London in the past to see tourist sights, I never really gave much thought to finding out what the best places to eat were. I normally visit friends or relatives when I travel so I tend to rely on them to take me places for meals, otherwise my go-to destination would be Chinatown where you have an abundance of choice for Chinese food…or stick to the eateries I recognise, like Nando’s. Our friend recommended Muriel’s Kitchen while we were in Soho and we weren’t disappointed.
The restaurant was named after the owner’s grandmother Muriel who brought the family together with fantastic home cooked meals. The decor of the restaurant is set to look exactly like home: with garden furniture and an assortment of cooking utensils on display, you can’t help but sit back and relax while waiting to be served. Even the design of the menu reminded me of a cookbook that my grandmother or mum would have had!
Unfortunately, we weren’t that hungry when we decided it was probably as good a time as any to get our dinner. We knew if we didn’t have something in our tums, they would be grumbling later on at night, so we decided on a salad each and chips to share.
Rustic cut chips with rosemary salt
Asian Broccoli salad with red onion, red pepper, roasted peanuts and sweet chili vinaigrette (top) and Roasted Beetroot and Caramelised Apple salad with crumbled Gorgonzola, walnuts, micro herbs and a drizzle of olive oil (bottom)
Mushroom Medley salad with Portobello, Oyster, Shitake abd Button mushrooms with pearl barley, spiced nuts and cherry sun-blushed tomatoes
There’s a general misconception that salads are for diets, but the salads were fully packed to fill you up as a starter or a light lunch. We shared our salads and our chips and we left feeling like we ate just the right amount of food. It was a bit disappointing that our tummies weren’t a wee bit more hungry so we could’ve sampled the main course menu, but this won’t be the last time I visit London. There’s always next time!
Soho 36 – 38 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 4TT – Tel. 0207 434 0111
Richmond 30 Hill Street, London, TW9 1TW – Tel. 0208 948 7011
South Kensington 1-3 Pelham Street, London, SW7 2ND – Tel. 0207 589 3511
Leicester Square 7-9 Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7NA – Tel. 0207 494 3919