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Paul Turner of Hungry Londoner chooses his five secret London spots

Posted at 5:30 pm, February 4, 2013 in Secret London, Top 5
Paul Turner - The Hungry Londoner

We’re all human, and humans are all hungry at least some of the time. And Londoners, with the unending array of delicious foodstuffs available either on their doorstep or a short, Oyster card-fuelled journey away, are often more hungry than the citizens of other cities. Paul Turner has come to terms with his rumbling tummy, and is telling us all about how he soothes it at www.hungrylondoner.com. Here are the five London spots he recommends for the next five times you feel that familiar tummy rumble…

Mimi's, Camberwell

Mimi’s, 2 Brixton Road, SW9 6BU
‘This Italian deli is a sight for sore eyes in comparison to some of its neighbours. Mimi’s is not exactly spacious, but they’ve made the most of the interior so that it’s packed to the rafters with panettone, wines, chocolates, dried pasta, oils, fresh cheese, and a superb variety of warm paninis. The friendly staff go out of their way to help and make a point of getting to know every one of their customers in a non-intrusive way. I often head to Mimi’s for one of their superb cappuccinos, only to find myself leaving with a loaf of bread, a bottle of Tuscan white wine and one of the homemade sausage rolls that are the size of my forearm.’

The Gun, Docklands

The Gun, Docklands
‘Positioned in the Docklands with perfect views of the O2 Arena, this old gastropub retains its decor while offering a fine-dining experience. The Gun is perfect all-year-rounder, with two open fireplaces roaring away in the winter, and an outdoor riverside decking area that’s ideal for summer drinking. They’ve really got their customers pegged, offering free lunchtime taxis for Canary Wharf workers. The Gun is in my top five places to spend a lazy Sunday with friends. The roast pork is sensational and their roast potatoes are cooked to crispy perfection. I’m actually drooling over my keyboard thinking about it.’

The Fentiman Arms, 64 Fentiman Road
‘The Fentiman Arms in Oval is pretty much all you want from a pub. A warm welcome and a decent pint, with some simple but well cooked food. You will find me there on a near weekly basis at lunchtime. I enjoy a pint of ale (Cornish Coaster, most of the time), sit by their warm open fire and connect my laptop to their free wifi. Sometimes I meet friends for lunch and enjoy one of the their superb burgers, or something from the specials board. In the summer there’s an excellent garden with a barbecue, table service, and plenty of nicely shaded areas. The locals are friendly chaps who clearly appreciate the pub just as much as I do. It’s certainly easy to see why they are in there all the time.’

The Cheese Board
‘London seems to be packed full of cheese shops right now, so in order to succeed these fromagerie outlets really need to stand out from the crowd. Enter The Cheese Board. This small shop in Greenwich supplies a marvellous selection of hard and soft cheeses from the UK and France, as well as some very interesting olives, biscuits, artisan breads, oils, meats and – most importantly – cheese and wine matching events. The staff never subscribe to cheese snobbery, always happy to help and encourage tasting samples. There’s even a free delivery service for locals. If you enjoy cheese as much as I do, you will never be bored in the Cheese Board. (Sorry if that sounded a bit cheesy).’

Tai Won Mein Noodle House, 39-41 Greenwich Church Street, SE10 9BL
‘A stone’s throw from the Cutty Sark, this Chinese cafe serves takeaway style food at long bench seats. Whatever you order, all the food arrives the moment it’s ready. Often this can mean you’re eating your main course before the starter, but in a place like this it’s somehow acceptable. Food-wise I can vouch for the chunkiness of the sesame prawn toasts and the crispiness of the deep fried squid. The duck noodles and Singapore rice are also superb. A cross between a Chinese takeaway and a café, Tai Won Mein is ideal for a quick lunch or a cheap date.’

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