How do we siphon this list down to just 10? Well it helps that we arrived back in London mid year after spending the previous year living in Kuala Lumpur. We came back for the London food and drink scene – and were we impressed? Hell Yeah!
Here’s what we consider to be London’s best dishes of 2015:
Quality Chop House – Chicken liver parfait
Funny enough this was one of the very first dishes I had on our return to London and after the first mouthful I said to the others at my table that this will be one of the best dishes I will eat this year. I was indeed wright as this is THE BEST dish I had all year. I tried to get a booking on Christmas Eve to try to have it one last time in 2015 but alas the team have lives and family. This is a restaurant that I fell in love with a few years ago and it’s well worth an effort to get there is you haven’t yet.
Contact: Quality Chop House – 88-94 Farringdon Rd, London EC1R 3EA. Ph. Website
Berber & Q – Cauliflower Shawarma
We’ve banged on enough about these lads, but in 2015 they could do no wrong. After taking some of the FoodieHub TV crew to test out our East London recommendation they agreed that the cauliflower shawarma was our first to go on our Essential Eats list with them.
How big do you want your cauliflower? Yep, at this fast-paced, Lebanese grill house, that’s actually a question. And while trays of meat – hand-pulled goat, smoked short ribs and harissa hot chicken wings – are hard to look past, the vegetable mezzes are equally worth paying attention to. The cauliflower shawarma comes perfectly charred, doused with creamy tahini and sprinkled with fragrant rosewater and pop-in-your-mouth pomegranate seeds. Order yours as a quarter, a half or a whole – that is, if you can make yourself heard over the throbbing house music soundtrack.
Contact: Berber & Q – 338 Acton Mews, London E8 4EA. Website.
Dishoom – Mango Lassi
When you’ve had one hell of a weekend and you need something to realign bad decision in your life – Dishoom’s mango lassi is there to hold you. Stick a star in this thing and it remains upright – the way it should be. The flavour will blow your socks off.
Contact: Dishoom – 5 Stable St, London N1C 4AB Ph. Website
MeatLiquor x Barrafina Collaboration Burger
I love MeatLiquor to death but this beautiful car crash of a burger was something I seemed out to try at MeatMarket at the tail end of this year. You won’t find this on the menu any longer but does give you a reason to keep your ears peeled for the next iteration.
This mouth-watering burger, created by Michelin Starred chef Nieves Barragan, is based around the classic MEATliquor beef patty, but is then combined with unpasteurised Ermesenda cheese, deep fried panko-covered rice morcilla, mojo picon, Russian dressing and MEATliquor house pickles.
Contact: MeatMarket – The Deck, Jubliee Market Hall, Tavistock St, London WC2E 8BE. Ph. Website.
London Cheese Truck – Grilled Cheese Toastie
There wasn’t another street food trader in 2015 that had me salivating on a Friday night knowing that there was every chance I could drop past Maltby Street Market and pick up one of their creations. I tried each of these sandwiches this year but cannot go past their Keens cheddar, Ogleshield and onion mix.
Contact: Maltby Street Market – Ropewalk, London SE1 3PA. Website.
Homeslice – 20″ pizza
A pizza has to make this list and the one that I kept taking people back to was Homeslice to experience their twenty in pizza to share with them. To me a pizza’s a pizza’s a pizza. But as The Castle taught me – it’s also the vibe. It’s a short menu but I love the idea of having a 2L bottle of wine to chew through then pay for what you’ve drunk.
Contact: Homeslice – 13 Neal’s Yard, London WC2H 9DP. Website.
Meatopia – Beefsteak with beef dripping mash
Meatopia was/is an event that I cannot stop talking to people about both here and overseas. It’s not something that anyone can replicate and it was done so well in London that it’s convinced me to go back every single year to watch men and women cook meat over fire. I would have thought that growing up in Australia would have gotten that out of my system – but we don’t do it like this. The beefsteak with beef dripping mash was my jam. And seeing the chefs fling the meat directly not a pit of coals to cook just made it taste even better.
Patty and Bun x Pitt Cue Co Residency – Drippings bread, ham fat and onion sauce & chutney
This happened at the start of December and was one hell of a way to finish off the year. All the courses were on point but amazingly it’s the bread that our table came away at the end of the night talking about. The top was slathered in garlic butter who the load was still hot then placed in front of us to dabble at will.
Shackfuyu – Korean Wings
As you know buffalo wings are a hit and miss affair – but luckily I was able to stumble across thee beauties from Shackfuyu on Old Compton Street at the end of the year. I was unlucky enough to get the hidden viper wing from Orange Buffalo at Street Feast this year – and it completely destroyed me. These though, have an amazing sticky sweet sauce and perfect battering surrounding succulent meat.
Contact: Shackfuyu – 14A Old Compton St, London W1D 4TJ. Ph. Full review
Gotta support these Aussies in London. Doughnuts have taken Melbourne and Australia in general by storm but there seems to only be a few decent places on the uptake here in London. The Crosstown doughnut that made my year was another collaboration effort – this time with Jura whisky which really gave you a nice hit if you had one for breakfast like I did. Saying that, you can’t go too wrong with any of the offerings from the crew.
Contact: Crosstown Doughnuts – 4 Broadwick St, London W1F 0DA. Website.