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Recent London Eats – Round Up

Big Apple Hotdog

Recently I’ve been having lots of yummy snacks here and there. Although not worthy of a full review, I thought I’d share with you my recent foodie adventures around London.

Big Apple Hotdog
Big Apple Hotdog

I got this “Huge Pole” hot dog from the Big Apple stand at Munch London mini street food festival. Smothered in sauerkraut, pickles, American mustard and ketchup – it was delicious!

Fried plantain
Fried plantain

I had it with a side of fried plantain, which I normally love. Could no way make even a dent in this after the Huge Pole.

Chorizo, potato and pepper tortilla from Brindisa Soho
Chorizo, potato and pepper tortilla from Brindisa Soho

I’ve always wanted to go to Brindisa for tapas. Sadly, it didn’t live up to expectations. Also, they brought the wrong thing to our table and then tried to charge us for it. Little niggles, but annoying all the same.

Croquetas de Jamon from Brindisa
Croquetas de Jamon from Brindisa
Cheeeeeese from Neal's Yard Dairy
Cheeeeeese from Neal’s Yard Dairy

I am a cheese fiend. Neal’s Yard is one of my favourite cheese shops, just behind La Fromagerie in Highbury Barn.

Bakewell Tartlets from Lily Vanilli on Columbia Road
Bakewell Tartlets from Lily Vanilli on Columbia Road

We stopped off at Lily Vanilli over the bank holiday.

And a cuppa!
And a cuppa!
More tea! This time from the excellent Dishoom in Shoreditch
More tea! This time from the excellent Dishoom in Shoreditch

My re-visit to Dishoom was much better than my slightly let down meal in Covent Garden.

A delicious Bacon Roll Naan for breakfast from Dishoom
A delicious Bacon Roll Naan for breakfast from Dishoom

This chap was filled with well-cooked bacon, cream cheese and chilli ketchup. Not a combo I would have considered before, but now I am a convert.

Top 5… Places I Must Eat in London

meatliquor
Meat Liquor – dead hippy burger x2, chilli cheese fries and onion rings. YUM!

 

Over the last 12 months London has seen a surge in junk food makeovers. That is food previously dismissed as junk (burgers, fried chicken et al), which has been done badly by cynical corporate Mcchains, being restored to its former glory. Burgers with glossy buns and plenty o’ pickles, smokey and meaty hot dogs, fried chicken that’s juicy and crunchy.

I’m on this UnJunk Food badwagon heart, spirit and soul. And I plan to blog about all my UnJunk food endeavours here. I’m feeling really excited about London’s dining scene at the moment. Here are some of the places I’m itching to get to…

1. Slider Bar, Soho

Mini burgers from the folks at Lucky Chip. What’s not to like? I’ve only heard excellent things about this place. They even have an ice cream burger! Gimmicky joy! Reading Cherry Healey’s tweets about her meal there made me green with envy.

Slider Bar @ The Player, Broadwick Street, Soho

2. Burger & Lobster

Twenty quid for a burger? WELCOME TO LONDON! But £20 for a lobster? Hell-o! The concept of Burger & Lobster is simple. There are two options on the menu: burger, lobster. Both come with sides too. Both are £20. You pays your money, you takes your choice. This place has been such a hit they’ve opened at another location, in Soho. Get me there, STAT.

Burger & Lobster, Dean Street, Soho.

 3. Lucky Chip

The big sister of the Slider Bar, Lucky Chip is located at the Sebright Arms in Bethnal Green. Lizzie’s review of the place has made me desperate to go. I love the creative fillings for the burgers, and that they all have film star’s names. The Darryl Hannah fish burger anyone? I can’t wait to get my chops around one.

Lucky Chip @ Sebright Arms, Coate Street, Bethnal Green.

4. Spit & Roast

 Ahh, a food truck. Many of London’s UnJunk food establishments have enjoyed a stint as a food truck. There was Meat Wagon, Pitt Cue Co under Hungerford Bridge and Engine Hot Dogs.

Spit & Roast are paying tribute to that old southern American favourite, fried chicken. Served with potatoes and a little pot of gravy, this place has made me, a loyal burger fan, excited about fried chicken.

Spit & Roast, Hackney Homemade Market (St John’s Churchyard Carpark).

5. Big Apple Hotdogs

These guys supply my local, The Lamb, with their meaty treats. I can’t wait to go to the pig’s mouth, so to speak, to sample their smokey porky all-American hot dogs from their cart.

Big Apple Hot Dogs, Outside 239 Old Street EC1V 9EY.

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