I’m not an adventurous person when it comes to food, but in London I decided to go for it. Going to a foreign country and eating American food would take away from the experience.
- I started with Nando’s. I ordered a chicken burger with medium sauce. I took off the tomato and lettuce because I’m not a vegetable person. I could’ve eaten Nando’s every day. I’m all about spicy things, so I would’ve loved to try more of the sauces.
- Moving on from chain food, I went to a restaurant and ordered the very British chicken and leeks pie with mustard sauce. The leeks made me hesitant because they’re a vegetable that I’d never had, but I ordered it anyway. The crust was perfectly flaky. The sauce warmed my insides. The leeks didn’t taste much which was good. I’m a picky eater, so finding something that I like that isn’t a chicken sandwich or noodles is a big deal.
- When I was waiting for a Jack the Ripper tour outside one of the tube stations, I ordered vanilla ice cream from a food cart. I usually prefer chocolate, but the vanilla ice cream in London is much creamier than in the United States. Plus, I got a chocolate flake in it so I was happy.
- I’d passed so many Pret a Mangers that by the second week I had to grab lunch at one. I picked a ham and cheese sandwich from the cooler and they heated it for me. It was pretty average.
- There’s the stereotype that British food is bland, but aside from less sugar in the cookies and muffins I hadn’t really noticed. Then I got a chicken and bacon sandwich in Stratford-Upon-Avon. I ordered it without tomatoes and lettuce as usual, but I left the bacon on. I don’t like bacon, so I don’t know what compelled me to leave it on. I’m glad I did though. The bacon was the only thing that gave the sandwich flavor, but even then the flavor was salt. That was the worst thing I’d eaten in Britain.
- Fittingly, the best thing I ate in Britain was also in Stratford-Upon-Avon. I went to tea place and ordered a Cajun chicken and mango chutney sandwich. The sweet and spicy was perfect. I’d been hesitant since I didn’t know what chutney was and mango isn’t my favorite fruit. It was amazing, even though I had to get it to go and eat it on the train back to London.
- The last thing I tried in London was a lemon tart for breakfast. My choice was between cherry and lemon, and the lemon tart looked more appetizing. I’d never had a tart before, but the gooey filling hit the spot.
I plan to go back to London in the future, and I’ll definitely try more things along with re-visiting my favorites.