August has seen my first ever Bleeker Burger, the best sticky toffee pudding ever and vegan Japanese food. Here are five London food finds from August.
Ask most Londoners and they will say Bleeker Burger is in their top three burgers that they’ve ever eaten in the capital. Shockingly it’s taken 6 years for me to eat one and I have no idea why. It’s got a sesame bun, high-quality medium-rare beef and loadsa cheese. Really there’s nothing else to it. It’s super rich, super messy, and super simple. I won’t be waiting long for the next one.
Pavilion Building, Old Spitalfields Market, London E1 6EA http://www.bleekerburger.co.uk
Hawksmoor is one of those places that lives up to the hype and deserves every bit of praise it gets. As well as their AMAZING signature steaks it does one of the BEST set value menus in London which has the BEST sticky toffee pudding you’ll ever eat for dessert. A MUST visit when in the capital. Especially on a Sunday for their roast.
11 Langley St, London WC2H 9JG, http://www.thehawksmoor.com
Brixton has so much good food to offer and that extends right out to Pop Brixton just a short walk from the station. Pop Brixton is an outdoor food hub made up of little stalls, a few bars and a load of benches where people sit, eat and enjoy. Koi Ramen is just one of a few places to eat and they specialise in Japanese ramen and THE most delicious gyros. They even do a vegan version if that’s your thing too. Next visit will be the truffle pizza from Made of Dough.
49 Brixton Station Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8PQ, http://www.popbrixton.org
The best places are always off the beaten track and that’s right for Jaz and Juls chocolate shop in Angel, North London. Two friends and former flatmates (Yes Jaz and Juls) sell their own flavoured hot chocolates as well as a full weekend brunch. This grilled chocolate banana bread is part of the menu and one to try.
1 Chapel Market, London N1 9EZ http://www.jazandjuls.com
Don’t expect Michelin star dining at Fiddies Italian Kitchen but what you will get is good, solid home cooked food. This tiramisu is amazing but the real star of the show is Fiddie himself. If you’re lucky enough to have him serve you on your visit tell him I said hello.
13, New College Parade, Finchley Rd, London NW3 5EP, www.fiddiesitaliankitchen.com