If you’re planning a gastronomic tour to London, then you’ll be hard-pressed to decide exactly what to eat, but we think we can help you out a bit with this list of our must-try casual dining dishes.
It's one of our favourite cities, the people, the landmark buildings, but also for the quality of food and the range of restaurants. We’ve spent some time eating our way around the city and have narrowed down your decision-making time down when looking for a casual bite to eat.
Read on to find out which dishes we’d travel to London for.
Liquid Peanut Butter Mousse Cake
Dominique Ansel London, Elizabeth Street
This dish comes from straight from the brain of Dominique Ansel, the man who invented the croissant-doughnut hybrid, the cronut. Having tasted Dominique’s cronuts (which still sell out daily from his bakeries), we can safely say that this dessert is one we would travel for. Consisting of caramel crémeux, peanut butter mousse, cinnamon and caramelised puffed rice, we think of this beauty almost daily.
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One of our signature pastries is the Liquid Caramel Peanut Butter Mousse Cake. Made with caramel crémeux, peanut butter mousse, cinnamon and caramelised puffed rice, this beauty is so delicious you'll definitely be tempted to eat your desserts first ☺️ #Dessert #DABLondon ( #Regram @coco_jessy07)
Bacon and Egg Naan
Dishoom, multiple locations around London
Dishoom is so popular that it’s rare for there not to be a queue outside to get in. Echoing old school Bombay cafés, Dishoom offers a range of delicious dishes, but it’s the brunch that holds a special place in our hearts. While you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, the bacon and egg naan roll is a firm favourite. A freshly baked naan is brushed with cream cheese, chilli tomato jam and herbs before being stuffed with smoked streaky bacon and perfectly fried eggs. Add a portion of masala beans and you’re sorted for the day.
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The Bacon & Egg Naan from @dishoom 肋 Ever wondered how it’s so good? @gingerpigltd smoked streaky bacon is dry cured for 5 days with rock salt & Demerara sugar then cold smoked over oak chips. The naan is freshly baked to order in the tandoori oven, graced with cream cheese, chilli tomato jam and fresh herbs before being stuffed with bacon and fried eggs 襤 video by @plateexpectations #eatmcr
Pappardelle with 8-hour Dexter Shin Beef
Padella, Southwark Street
Padella is another spot that might look jam-packed when you try to visit, but it’s definitely worth the wait. Known for its delicious pasta, Padella’s menu changes regularly but our favourite dish is usually available. The pappardelle is silky smooth and freshly made on site, while the shin beef is full of flavour and will melt in your mouth.
Peanut Butter Carmel Brownie
A Pie Party, Victoria Park Market
A Pie Party is an amazing market stall serving up American-style deep-dish pies in a range of wildly delicious flavours. The flavours change regularly but the last time we were there, we tried their classic peanut butter caramel brownie, which is out of this world. We’ve heard that the team are announcing a new location soon, so keep your fingers crossed for a permanent store somewhere in London.
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Hello gorgeous There are brownies then there’s THIS BROWNIE. Exclusively available at our @siameatery popup (12-8 Saturdays, 24 Wellington street). Thanks for the delicious pic @platesoftate ❤️ #Repost @platesoftate ・・・ CARAMEL PEANUT BROWNIE 襤 Dreaming about this beauty that I picked up from @apieparty last Saturday. Like everything it was insanely delicious and one of the best brownies I've ever had. The perfect level of fudgyness with added crunch from the peanuts and soft smooth frosting ♥️ .. .. #brownie #peanutbutter #london #londonfoodie #londonfood #londoneats #dessert #caramel #hungry #londonfoodguide #toplondoneats #instafood #instagood #igeats #eaterlondon #eater #cake #foodgasm #feastagram #eeeeeats #dailyeats #dailyfoodfeed #foodstagram #feedfeed #junkfood
Smokestak, Sclater Street
Originally available as street food at various marketplaces around London, Smokestak caused a bit of a frenzy with their brisket buns. Now that they have a permanent home on Sclater Street, Smokestak is synonymous with high-quality American smoked barbecue in London. Their signature dish, the brisket bun, is made with barbecued brisket that has been cooked low’n’slow for about 12-16 hours. Topped with pickled chilli and stuffed in a barbecued bun, this dish is a must-try.
Tacos al Pastor
El Pastor, multiple locations in London
The tortillas at El Pastor are all made by hand using heritage Mexican corn so you know you’re in for a truly authentic experience when you visit. While the whole menu is pretty delicious, the tacos al pastor are a true winner. Including 24-hour marinated pork shoulder, caramelised pineapple and guacamole taquero, these tacos are bursting with flavour.
Fried Jalapeño Cornbread
Caravan, multiple locations around London
Combining good coffee and good food, Caravan has multiple restaurants around London that serve up some of the best brunch options in the city. While you can’t really go wrong with anything on the menu, the fried jalapeño cornbread is a total winner. Featuring black bean salsa, fried egg, tomatillo, feta, pickled red onion and chipotle mayonnaise, we love that this dish offers something different than the usual brunch fare.