The first food finds of 2018 are in and there’s giant pancakes, a sweet pie that’s torched in front of you and salad you’ll actually want to eat. The new year’s diet is over so start making your list!
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 so 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.
1C Oaklands Grove, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 0JD http://www.proudmarys.co.uk
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 a fantastic Italian menu with starters from just £2 (the cheese and pear salad is amaze) and a whole load of fresh, fast pasta dishes 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 decadent 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. Really loved this place.
214 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3TQ https://www.flourandgrape.com
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 and avocado, you can pick one of their own creations or build your own bowl. Make sure you add crispy onions too.
3 Percy St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1DF https://www.ahipoke.co.uk
Chin Chin Labs brings science to desserts and are famous for using liquid nitrogen to freeze their range of unusually flavoured 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.
54 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 3DS https://chinchinicecream.com
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 below. 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?