January’s London Food Finds (2018)

The first food finds of 2018 are in and there’s pancakes, a pie that’s torched in front of you and salad you’ll want to eat. The new years diet is over so start making your list! 1. Blueberry pancakes, Proud Mary’s. Tucked away on a quiet side road is the bliss that is Proud Mary’s… Read More »

January's London Food Finds - The best eats of the month. Check out the whole list on notsobasiclondon.com
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The first food finds of 2018 are in and there’s pancakes, a pie that’s torched in front of you and salad you’ll want to eat. The new years diet is over so start making your list! :)

1. Blueberry pancakes, Proud Mary’s.

Tucked away on a quiet side road is the bliss that is Proud Mary’s cafe. This unassuming neighbourhood spot does a lovely Aussie style brunch and these epic blueberry pancakes are on the menu. Not so much a pancake but more of an actual cake, they are so thick and fluffy and come with banana, creme fraiche and of course maple syrup on the side to drown them in. You’ll feel like you’ve just eaten a big slice of cake for breakfast. What a perfect morning.

Blueberry pancakes at Proud Mary's - One of January's London Food Finds. Check out the whole list on notsobasiclondon.com 1C Oaklands Grove, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 0JD http://www.proudmarys.co.uk

 

2. Any pasta dish, Flour & Grape

Over the last few years handmade, luxury, affordable pasta has become a bit of a thing in London and that’s exactly what they do at Flour & Grape in Bermondsey. The menu offers fantastic Italian starters starting from just £2 (the cheese and pear salad if amaze) and a whole load of fresh, fast pasta dishes for main with nothing coming in at much more than £10. There’s meaty option like beef short rib ragu, fish-inspired plates with tiger prawns and basil and a butter emulsion with truffle for any vegetarians. YUM. Inside is rustically decorated and a mix of communal and separate tables means there’s a nice social buzz perfect for both a solo lunch and lengthier dinner.

Pasta at Flour & Grape - One of January's London Food Finds. Check out the whole list on notsobasiclondon.com 214 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3TQ https://www.flourandgrape.com

 

3. Poke Bowls, Ahi Poke.  

Healthy food does the trick for five minutes or so then if you’re anything like me you’re reaching for a chocolate bar straight after. The Hawaiian poke bowls from casual eatery Ahi Poke are far from just a salad and full to the top of everything that’s good for you (not to mention they look bloody beautiful too.) Loaded with brown rice, fresh fish, avocado and pickled vegetables, you can pick one of their own creations or build your own bowl.  Make sure you add crispy onions too you won’t regret it.

Hawaiian Poke Bowls, Ahi Poke - One of January's London Food Finds. Check out the whole list on notsobasiclondon.com 3 Percy St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1DF https://www.ahipoke.co.uk

 

4. Banana Jam Pie, Chin Chin Labs.

Chin Chin Labs brings science to desserts and are famous for using liquid nitrogen to freeze their range of unusual ice creams. How cool is that? While they are best known for their epic marshmallow hot chocolate (which you can see here) they have a huge menu full of other amazing desserts and this banana jam pie is one of them. It’s got a biscuit base, banana jam, burnt caramel ice cream and is caramelised in front of you using a blow torch. Desserts at another level.

Banana jam pie, Chin Chin Labs - One of January's London Food Finds. Check out the whole list on notsobasiclondon.com 54 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 3DS https://chinchinicecream.com

 

5. Burgers, Hache.

Long gone are the days of bog-standard burgers in London. Hache has got a big menu full of interesting creations that you won’t find many other places. There’s truffled cheese, a Canadian special and a Mexican fiesta to name a few and every month they do a  special like the French onion soup one above. All come cooked to perfection (ask for medium rare!) and for any bread dodgers out there they also have an option to go low carb with a substantial salad as a substitute. Good to know but who doesn’t LOVE glossy brioche bun? :) Carbs are for life not just for Saturday nights, haha.

Burgers at Hache - One of January's London Food Finds. Check out the whole list on notsobasiclondon.com 95-97 High Holborn, London WC1V 6LF http://hacheburgers.com