Go Beyond the Chippy: New Fast Food in London
By Malika Dalamal
February 5, 2014
While the gourmet fast-food trend might not be new, we still can't get enough of it. Here are five new joints offering sophisticated, quick takes on our favourite junk foods.
What: Dirty Bones
The Lowdown: Trash food comes to Kensington with this high-end hot dog restaurant from Ross Clarke of the Fat Duck Experimental Kitchen. By day, it's simply a take-away hot dog counter, but at night the downstairs restaurant opens up and offers an extended menu of dogs made from high-quality British sausage meat and a selection of other trashy dishes (fried chicken, steak and donuts).
Don't Miss: The Burger Dog - a beef burger in a hot dog roll - and triple-fried chips (£8.50).
20 Kensington Church St., W8 4EP; 020 7920 6434
What: Burrito Mama
The Lowdown: The team behind Mexican street-food chain Wahaca have launched a new build-your-own burrito restaurant concept. Years of research later, they have come to the conclusion that the secret to the best burrito is in the details, so they use homemade coleslaw instead of lettuce and put the cheese in first so that it melts.
Don't Miss: The Burrito Pot (£5) - the nontortilla option where just the filling is served in a pot makes a lighter lunchtime option.
First Fl., One New Exchange, EC4M 9AF
The Lowdown: The private dining room of Kensington Place restaurant has been transformed into a pop-up fast-fish restaurant for two months only. Expect a menu of junk-food favourites (hot dogs, burgers) all with a seafood and fish spin.
Don't Miss: The scallop dog with brown shrimp and cucumber vierge (£9).
201 Kensington Church St., W8 7LX; 020 7727 3184
What: Bunny Chow
The Lowdown: South African specialty bunny chow - a hollowed-out quarter loaf of bread filled with steaming curry or beans - is the latest street food to arrive in East London. Available in variations - including meatballs to ginger chicken or Boston beans - at the Box Park pop-up or roaming food truck, it's best eaten with a fork or your fingers.
Don't Miss: Monkey Gland Bunny (£8) is made with meatballs smothered in a delicious secret South African sauce. (No monkeys - or rabbits - were killed in the making.)
Boxpark Shoreditch, Unit 55, 2-4 Bethnal Green Rd., E1 6GY
The Lowdown: It's all about schnitzel at this Austrian-themed restaurant where owners Ed and Ben Robson pay tribute to their Austrian heritage and their grandmother's old recipes. There is also a selection of other classic Viennese dishes such as bratwurst, ox tongue and apple strudel.
Don't Miss: Pork, chicken or veal schnitzel buns (£4.50-£6.50).
31 Windmill St., W1T 2JN; 020 3205 0072