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Tim Anderson’s London Address Book

27th March 2015

Interview: Killian Fox
Photographs: Yousef Eldin

The chef on an amazing northeast Chinese restaurant, the closest thing to good Japanese food in London and an exceptional butcher

EATING OUT

Silk Road

49 Camberwell Church Street, London SE5 8TR; 020 7703 4832
Restaurant in south London serving food from the northeastern Xingjiang province of China at hard-to-argue-with prices. “This place is amazing. It has an unusual menu – you don’t find food like this very much in London – and everything is so full of flavour. The lamb skewers are amazing. The pork and celery dumplings, the medium plate chicken. I could go on…” – Tim

Chuan Chuan Xiang

27 Newport Court, London WC2H 7JS
“This is not really a restaurant – it’s a little stall next to Baozi Inn that just serves skewers. Everything is £1.10 and you get a weird mix of ingredients – broccoli, tofu skins, pig tripe, beef trip, enoki mushrooms – and everything gets boiled in this very delicious salty spicy broth. It’s my favourite place to eat.”

Asakusa

265 Eversholt Street, London NW1 1BA; 020 7388 8533
“It’s weird because there’s not a lot of hype around this place: they’ve never had a PR and they’re not on Twitter so you don’t see people talking about it much but it’s always full. It’s hard to get a booking because they don’t answer their phone, but it’s the closest thing I’ve found in London, in terms of vibe and menu, to what I’ve loved in Japan – it’s like a really casual old-school izakaya. They’ll make you good sushi, good karaage, but they’ve also got other interesting things on their menu like monkfish liver, when they can get it, or chicken skin skewers, and they’ve got great shochu. You can have a feast there and only spend £30.”

Shoryu (pictured above)

9 Regent Street, London SW1Y 4LR; www.shoryuramen.com
“It’s hard to pick a favourite ramen place in London but I like Shoryu a lot. Their ramen seems to taste a lot like how I remember it in Japan. But I also like Bone Daddies, for more creative crazy stuff, and Tonkotsu East[footnote]When we visited Tim, he hadn’t yet tried newcomers Ippudo or Kanada-Ya [/footnote]. It’s nice that we have a few options now.”

Seoul Bakery

55 Saint Giles High Street, London WC2H 8LH; 020 7240 0877
Tim rates this very inexpensive Korean restaurant off Charing Cross Road and its similarly inexpensive neighbour, Po Cha.

St David Coffee House

5 David’s Road, London SE23 3EP; 020 8291 6646, www.stdavidcoffeehouse.co.uk
Tim speaks highly of his local coffee shop in Forest Hill.

Sylvan Post

24-28 Dartmouth Road, London SE23 3XZ; 020 8291 5712, www.sylvanpost.com
Tim takes us to his local pub, which used to be an old post office and has a lot of postal memorabilia on the walls. “To be honest I go to the local Weatherspoons more,” he admits, “because they have better beer and it’s cheaper, but it’s not as nice.”

BUYING IN

New Loon Moon supermarket

9A Gerrard Street, London W1D 5PN; 020 7734 3887, www.newloonmoon.com

SeeWoo supermarket

18-20 Lisle Street, London WC2H 7BE; 020 7439 8325, www.seewoo.com

Loon Fung supermarket

42-44 Gerrard Street, London W1D 5QG; 020 7437 7332, www.loonfung.com

“There are three great supermarkets in Chinatown. New Loon Moon probably has the best overall range, whereas SeeWoo probably has the best produce. But I’d go to all three: it really depends on who has what on the day.” – Tim

The Butchery

49 London Rd, London SE23 3TY; 020 8291 4219, www.thebutcheryltd.com
“The butcher down the road has really good meat – their beef, especially, is incredible. They’re only open Wednesday to Sunday.” Tim notes that they have a production space at Spa Terminus in Bermondsey that opens to the public on Saturdays.

Ocado

www.ocado.com
“They have a surprisingly good range. (I don’t work for Ocado by the way.) I get my fish from them and they have a deal with Natoora[footnote]A high-end online grocer [/footnote] so they get really good vegetables, which is surprising.”

Japan Centre

19 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7ED; 020 3405 1246, www.japancentre.com
“This is very expensive but they’re your best bet for Japanese food if you need something specific. I wouldn’t go there for basics because Chinatown will have you covered.”

LS Mash & Sons

11 Atlantic Road, London SW9 8HX; 020 7274 6423
“The fishmonger at the top of Brixton Market, under the railway, usually have really good fish and their stuff is affordable.”

Posted 27th March 2015

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Interview: Killian Fox
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