9 MUST-TRY DISHES IN LONDON
With the infinite number of tasty restaurants this city has to offer, we couldn’t possibly name this article “London’s best dishes”. Instead, we came up with a list of the dishes we crave most.
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Roast Bone Marrow & Parsley Salad @ St John Restaurant (£7.50)
26 St John Street
London EC1M 4AY
020 7251 0848
The St John team cooks everything from “nose to tail”. This cuisine might not be suitable for the faint-hearted but we love it. Even though their menu is a daily work in progress, you will always be able to order their delicious bone marrow. Spread it on a crispy toast, sprinkle some fresh parsley and sea salt on top and don’t forget your napkin, as things might get messy.
Minced Pork Steamed Rolls @ Long Kee Café (£5.50 for 12 rolls)
134G Kingsland Road
London E2 8DY
020 7729 8344
Our Sunday mornings usually start with a trip to Kingsland road, as Vietnamese food is said to cure unusual dehydration and hunger. While everyone recommends Song Que Café, we insist that you walk an extra 30 seconds to Long Kee Café as it’s way better. Before ordering your usual Phò, we suggest you start off your meal with the minced pork steamed rolls. You won’t regret it.
Truffled egg toast @ Spuntino (£6)
61 Rupert Street
London W1D 7PW
We literally could eat this dish every single day for breakfast. Instead we have it after a stroll in Soho with a cocktail.
Homemade Charcuterie Board @ The Bull & Last (£17)
168 Highgate Road
London NW5 1QS
020 7267 3641
What we love most about this place is their duck prosciutto, ham hock terrine, chicken liver parfait, rabbit rillettes, pig’s head, pickles and toast – with a pint.
Patatas Bravas a la Peruana @ Coya (£5)
London W1J 7NW
0 20 7042 7118
Peruvian food is clearly trendy these days. If you don’t know what a ceviche is, go to Coya order one and get a side of Patatas Bravas. You’ll thank us later.
Black rice, coconut milk, banana, mango @ Nopi (£8)
21-22 Warwick St
London W1B 5NE
020 7494 9584
Nopi –also known as Ottolenghi’s last baby– is a great spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The dish we recommend most is on the breakfast menu – but their entire cocktail menu is also pretty tasty. (The bar opens at 11am).
Kappacasein’s three cheese toast @ Borough Market (£5)
8 Southwark Street
London SE1 1TL
Borough Market can easily become quite overwhelming. But no need to panic: we’re here to help. Go straight to Kappacasein’s stand – right next to the Cathedral on the corner – and order a 3-cheese toast.
Or make one at home with:
80g Montgomery’s Cheddar, grated
10g Comté cheese, grated
10g Ogleshield cheese, grated
2 slices of Poilâne sourdough bread
2 tsp of chopped white and red onions mixed with leek and crushed garlic
Assemble the sandwich and place it on a hot, lightly greased griddle pan (assuming you don’t have a panini toaster). Place a frying pan on top of the sandwich and weigh it down with a couple of cans.
Cook it for about 3 minutes until the crust starts to go brown and the cheese melts through the pores of the bread. Flip it around a couple of times so it cooks evenly, but make sure not to overcook it.
Courgette, Feta, red onions and Gremolata Pizza @ Crate Brewery (£11)
The White Building, Unit 7, Queen’s Yard
London E9 5EN
This brewery not only makes pizzas, it makes damn good stone baked, paper-thin pizzas. We especially like the courgette, feta, red onion and Gremolata one.
Tuna tar-tar gunkan style sushi/sashimi with poached quail egg and spicy miso @ Dinings (£4.45/piece)
22 Harcourt St
London W1H 4HH
020 7723 0666
While this spot may be painfully expensive, it’s definitely worth the torturous bill. Since we don’t expect to go bankrupt just yet, we haven’t tried the whole menu. What we do recommend though is the spicy tuna sushi roll, as it’s truly divine.