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Another place that had caught my eye on my lunch time walks around my office, Kurz & Lang is another lunch spot that offers both great produce and something a little different. I’m not sure that a month in Germany for a World Cup subsisting on sausages makes you an expert, but I am confident that the bratwurst here are authentic – they’re imported fresh from small independent producer in the rural area between Frankfurt and Cologne in Germany.

The menu is simple – a few different types of sausage, served with bread, delicious German mustard and ketchup (the lunch special costs another 60p for delicious sauerkraut and grilled potato cubes.) I couldn’t eat it everyday (and still wear my own clothes,) but it was tasty and delicious – and I looked after myself by getting some extra fruit from a nearby vendor.

This review shows they’re open late on weekends, and it’d be perfect after a few beers in the evening. Kurz & Lang also serve a list of German beers, including my favourite Löwenbräu.

Kurz & Lang, 1 St. John Street, Smithfield, London EC1M 4AA (Farringdon tube – 020 7253 6623)

  • Great produce, authentic German food, and good service – 4 stars.

Known in my office as the café for “posh Italian sarnies”, this has been the early favourite as I have been trying to get out and explore the streets and lanes near my place of work.

Piada serve piadines, a filled flatbread. My research suggests they’re a northern Italian street food – from the Emilia-Romagna region. It’s a thin dough cooked (with olive oil) on a hot plate, and filled with simple but delicious produce. There are 13 different piadines on the menu, numbered zero through to quattordici (this superstitous bunch have skipped 13!) – so far I’ve had the Otto, with perfect spinach and mushrooms.

I’ve found some recipes here and here, but for inspiration check out the menu at the Piada website.

Piada, 12-14 St John St, EC1M 4AY (Farringdon tube – 020 7253 0472)

  • Delicious and fresh, with high quality produce and good service – 4.5 stars