Pastel de nata are the creamy, custardy, caramelised tarts that I started an obsession with when a friend bought me one in Nandos. This was the only place I’d seen them until I moved to London and found so many places doing their own take on them. I’ve gathered what are my top 10 places… Read More »
Pastel de nata are the creamy, custardy, caramelised tarts that I started an obsession with when a friend bought me one in Nandos. This was the only place I’d seen them until I moved to London and found so many places doing their own take on them.
I’ve gathered what are my top 10 places to eat pastel de nata in London. If you know anymore make sure you let me know!
1.Lisboa Patisserie, Notting Hill.
For the weekend wanderer.
A no fuss, no frills portuguese cafe near Portobello, Notting Hill . Rough around the edges and famous for their glossy, caramelised custard tarts. Expect a long queue that goes down really fast and table seats that turn around quickly. Take a de-tour here if your around the market.
2.Taberna do Mercado, Spitalfields Market.
For the indulgent.
A classy, Portuguese restaurant in Spitalfields Market that serves dainty but indulgent pastel de nata. The only one I’ve had that ACTUALLY OOZES smooth, creamy, liquid custard. Not really a grab and go nata, more of a grab a friend for a nice afternoon nata. A good place to rest your feet after a wander around the market, and put the calories back on you burned off walking around.Galeta, South Bank Market.
2.Galeta, South Bank Market
For the adventurous.
You can’t miss them in Southbank Food Market, just up from the London eye, with their piles of cookies and rows of nata. Try the raspberry or blueberry one. The whole sharp fruity thing together with the rich custard. Wow. Mind blown. It’s also 4 for £5, and who ever just eats one…Canela, Covent Garden.
4.Canela, Covent Garden
For the serious types.
A trendy tapas and wine bar in the heart of Covent Garden. Think yummy mummies and people catching up over a beverage. Great savoury food, delicious Portuguese treats and a large selection of wine. If you feel the urge to splurge get all three, or just pop in for a hot drink and crispy nata. Like me.
5.Fortum and Mason
For the posh people.
Fortum and Mason seem to have their own version of a nata. Stickier and more caramelised than you average. I suppose they can bend the nata rules if they want, there Fortum and Mason’s after all. Find them on the same floor as the beef wellingtons, caviar and bottles of champagne. Told you it was for posh people.
6.I love Natas, Seven Dials
For the sweet tooth.
A cute little café that only serves nata (and sweet/warm/gooey ones at that). Sit inside and use their nata shaped sugar shakers or take it to in its own little box and sachet of cinnamon to go! I seriously need one of those shakers. Any family reading this it’s my birthday in August remember.
7.Sweet Brigadeiro, Camden Market.
For the cool kids.
In the East Yard of Camden Markets amazing food stalls, this cute little stand sells chocolate truffles too as well as nata. Get something savoury first at another stall and end up here for dessert. Ask for a napkin their SERIOUSLY flaky (in a good way).
For the ones who want to say I’ve eaten in Harrods.
If your in Harrods and looking at the designer handbags, 50 inch tv’s and four poster beds for your pet I commend you. Me? I look at the pastry as it’s usually the only thing I can afford. To be honest, I am very okay about that, especially if it means I get to buy one of their pastel de nata. I can now say I’ve eaten in Harrods. Life goal achieved.
9.Cafe Maderia, Vauxhall
For the South Londoners.
Authentic Portuguese tarts by authentic Portuguese people. They have a deli, cafe and a restaurant with a range of meats, seafood and more sweet treats. They do mini nata too! I’ve read they supply to the likes of Nandos and you can’t get more Portuguese then Nandos right? Peri Peri chicken anyone?
10.The Espresso Room, Covent Garden.
The the coffee lovers.
If you like coffee and love nata this place is for you. A tiny cafe that has just three tables, artisan coffee and fresh pastel de nata. Stalk out a seat and watch the word go by while eating custard wrapped in puff pastry. What’s not to love.