Scan below and you’ll find superlative signature dishes, , drop-dead marvellous dude food, restorative. Shochu cocktails and rare sakes are the drinks of choice. The variety of London food options is mind blowing – sit down to Michelin-starred dining, tuck into street food or hang out at outdoor restaurants. In fact, we reckon these little beauties are brilliant – doughy and golden with a creamy ginger and lime aïoli for dipping. Every mouthful gleaned from this thick tangle of crunchy stuff reveals a new surprise  – a halved olive here, a whole toasted almond there, plus the sweetness of orange and the heat of fresh chilli, all strewn with zingy fresh coriander, mint and parsley. Just make sure your other half orders the same thing, or you’ll get it in the neck later on. We’d urge you to sample it too – the effect is almost transcendental. The milk bun is so soft and pillowy it’s like eating a cloud (we imagine), while inside there’s impossibly tender slow-cooked pork, plus a sweet, sticky sauce and crunchy deep-fried shallots. However, it pays to delve deeper into the menu. The perfect accompaniment to some lively chatter. The minimum order is four, but believe us, this is a blessing. Kulfi with malted caramel, pistachio and rose at Tandoor Chop House, 40. Venue says A vibrant Mexican restaurant with an upstairs tequila and mezcal bar, serving authentic regional Mexican cuisine and cocktails. 07 Dec 2020 Hideaway, Mayfair. What makes it different is the fact that you add veg or salad and roll it up like a hot wrap. Tapioca marshmallow with ocopa sauce at Chicama, 18. Pappardelle with beef shin ragù at Padella, 19. From the achingly trendy to the reliably timeless, tuck in to our top 100. True to form, Rovi’s eclectic small-plates menu is an absolute blast, although our favourite bobby dazzler comes from the list of nibbles (served with or without drinks). The crisp-edged, chewy-in-the-middle cubes are pretty damn delicious on their own, but also come with blobs of ocopa (a faintly cheesy sauce spiked with fruity amarillo chillies and even blended fresh marigolds). Sea trout tartare with bloody mary jelly at Parson’s, 39. Yauatcha’s executive head chef, Tong Chee Hwee, is highly innovative, as demonstrated in dishes such as the venison puffs (popular at both the Soho and City branches). Not exactly the elixir of life, but close. Sounds a breeze, but it’s a dish best left to the professionals. You bite into the crunchy shell and lo! With Italian restaurants popping up at a rate of knots in central London, Manteca is a standout affordable classic. Mince and potatoes at Dean Street Townhouse, 96. The portion is barely enough to fill an eggcup, but its flavours will transport you right back to Seville. They do fantastic hearty, comforting Thai food packed with flavour, spice … Boxpark Shoreditch. We’ve encountered similar versions of this dish, but none as tender or as explosively flavoursome as the one at Japanese restaurant Dinings. Venue says We are now closed for dine-in until further notice. At Herman ze German, sausages are everything they should be: fat, juicy and made with the highest quality ingredients – they’re actually imported from a German butcher called Fritz, don’t you know? Taste it and you’ll put aside any gripes about its supposed Britishness: this is a banoffee pie built upside-down in a paella pan (caramelised bananas, then dulce de leche cream, then cookie crumbs). Half-and-half hot pot at Shuang Shuang, 88. A tea-pickled egg, some eye-wateringly fiery bamboo shoots (pickled with scotch bonnet chillies) and a scattering of spiced seafood powder add yet more depth and flavour. But until you’ve had it at this funky Sri Lankan street food specialist, you haven’t lived. Scoop it on to the restaurant’s excellent bread and pair it with a glass of bone-dry sherry. Best restaurants in London: GQ reviews London's best restaurants to eat at for steak, pasta, seafood and loads more. It’s the dip of your dreams. Veggie and beef versions are available on the menu and the restaurant has been known to serve a taster of this dish as a freebie amuse-bouche. That would be beautiful enough in its own right, but Hatched has also gilded its glorious dessert with generous shards of honeycomb and a scoop of velvety vanilla ice cream. When ordering dim sum, it’s important to consider a balance of textures: after all, that’s what Cantonese cooking is all about. The ideal accompaniment? Like the shredded jellyfish. So stunning. ), this buzzy semi-industrial eatery has a day-to-night vibe that suits all comers and all occasions, from breezy business lunches to dinner dates with drinks. Named (loosely) after the Hebridean island of Orsay, it specialises in seafood – although the star turn as far as we’re concerned is a dessert with zero piscine connections. Flying across the globe, picking up titbits here and there, this Sparrow is a busy bird with a taste for adventurous curiosities. You’ll lick the plate clean. London Cheap Eats is the ultimate insider guide to finding the best cheap food in London for £8 and under, reported, written and captured by a select group of some of the city’s most prolific food writers, food photographers and intrepid culinary explorers. Here’s a funny thing about venison. You can also chomp the ‘deluxe’ burger at Temple’s second shrine to seitan in Camden. If you’re an absolute dumpling addict, head to Baltic’s bar, where they serve sharing boards loaded with pelmeni, pierogi and kopytka – perfect with a carafe of house vodka. It’s then topped off with molasses, parsley, pine nuts, pomegranate seeds and rose petals. After all, now that you’re here, the aim of the game is to fill up on as much of the menu as possible in order to avoid navigating that queue again any time soon. Our favourite dish has to be the vegan ‘walnut miso’ udon: a ‘why didn’t I think of that?’ combination of intense nuttiness, in which sweet-salty red and white misos are mixed with walnut purée. You know that a vegan dish is special when you recommend it to a load of chest-beating City alphas with rib-eyes on speed dial and they all love it. Founded back in 1956, this Singaporean street-food chain is now peddling its legendary curry puffs in Covent Garden – and pretty damn good they are too. 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