Troubadour Cafe ~ London
I remember the first time I heard about the city called “London”. I was watching the movie Mary Poppins at my grand-mother’s house in a rural town in the heart of my homeland, South Africa. Not only could I not understand most of the movie as it was in English, a language I only had the privilege of being acquainted with starting 6th grade (and which I failed miserably at that time BTW), but also did it seem impossible that such a tremendous place could exist! It was magical, full of promises, hidden gems and surprises. For me it was a cornucopia of secrets told by big and old, rich and poor, happy and sad.
Of course, as my knowledge about the world improved so did my knowledge about London. I luckily realized that today it is not a place where chimney sweepers reside as in the aforementioned Mary Poppins, but today it is a a living, vibrant and ever changing metropolis still guarding secrets told through centuries and telling a few stories of its own.
During my most recent trip I spent some time with my cousin in her neighborhood, Earls Court. Like each region of London Earl’s Court has a story to tell and a little of this story was revealed to me in one of the restaurants that she took us, called Troubadour. Little did I know I was walking in the footsteps of singers such as Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Jimi Hendrix. The atmosphere is eclectic and buzzing and I would not recommend this spot if you are seeking an intimate and romantic dinner with your loved one. However, if you want to experience a piece of what makes London the place we love today and share this priceless piece of knowledge with friends, you should go to Troubadour during your next visit.
Last, but not least, the food at Troubadour was just as impressive as the eclectic atmosphere and background music. Its prices are reasonable and daily specials are available. Our orders included the traditional Belgian specialty, Mussels & Frites, cheeseburger & fries and a veggie burger with sweet potato fries. I was particularly impressed by the veggie burger, a composition of various ground up vegetables infused with a tangy & sweet white vinaigrette sauce to provide a unique and fresh flavor. The Mussels & Frites, served in either a white wine sauce or tomato garlic was also exceptional & super fresh. As a drink option we opted for the special of the day: 2 for one Mojitos which definitely lived up to our expectations although I noted a splendid wine list that will impress even the professional wine lover.
Overall rating: 8.8/10