I am an Australian freelance writer living in Adelaide.
Published December 4th 2011
Life in London can become a little overwhelming, and sometimes you just need a quiet place where you can grab a relaxing bite to eat. Skip expensive and booked-out restaurants in the city and take the tube north to Little Star Restaurant, just across the road from Willesden Green station, for some tasty tucker on the cheap.
The menu is quite small at this suburban eatery, but this can only be a good thing, as it means the chefs are good at what they cook and to order, rather than simply heating up day-old spaghetti sauce. The other aspect of a smaller menu means that their produce is always fresh, so it helps keep their prices down. Ensure to try some of their seafood, as Little Star specialises in it.
For fantastic value, start with the King prawns, pan friend in butter, garlic, parsley and white wine (£3.95) or a Roasted red pepper stuffed with feta (£3.25). Move onto mains, where there is a choice of duck, pork schnitzel, rib-eye steak, pasta primavera, seafood linguine or vegetarian wellington (from £6.95). Potatoes, vegetables, fries or salad can be ordered as side dishes (from £1.50).
My housemate, savouring the smell of her King prawns
As expats living around the corner, Little Star was our regular haunt and my housemates and I decided to dine in for dinner one Valentine's Day. Despite all being single females, the atmosphere created by the owners (it's a family-run business) was delightful. They decorated each table with a candle which sat in a very creative holder—a recycled wine bottle—and sprinkled heart-shaped confetti over the table. They even created a special set-menu for the night, which included wine, chocolate and strawberries.
You may wish to book ahead on Friday and Saturday evenings as the restaurant is only small and is well-known by those who live nearby. Yet do make the effort - you will be rewarded with fresh, home-cooked meals in an intimate setting, in an area you may not otherwise visit.