The 7 Dishes You Need to Try This Summer in London
Summer is (nearly) here, which means the crops are growing, the trees are blooming and everyone is coming out to play — and eat. There's a lineup of new restaurants, dishes and drinks for you to try in London. Here are the ones everyone will be talking about this summer.
Fish 'n' Chips at Bonnie Gull Seafood Cafe
Bonnie Gull seafood cafe in Exmouth Market — a beautiful blue and white restaurant reminiscent of the British seaside in the 1950s — is always a safe bet for summer. All the seafood, from oysters to crab, squid or mussel, is sourced from around the U.K., and if you're overwhelmed by the choices, you can't go wrong with the classic beer-battered North Sea haddock with beef-dripping chips, scraps and mushy peas (pictured above).
55-57 Exmouth Mkt., EC1R 4QL; 020 3122 0047
Seafood Spaghetti at Ivy Chelsea Garden
Well done if you've managed to secure a table at the Chelsea offshoot of the famous Ivy restaurant. Sit in the stunning garden terrace and order the seafood spaghetti — this feast of prawns, clams, mussels, squid, chile, tomato and garlic will transport straight to the seaside.
197 King's Rd., SW3 5EQ; 020 3301 0300
Salted Caramel Éclairs at Maitre Choux
French pastry chef Joakim Prat spends all day baking colourful and fresh éclairs, choux and chouquettes in delicate gourmet flavours at this specialist patisserie in South Kensington. Get there early for salted caramel éclairs or the pastel-hued pistachio version as they often run out by lunchtime.
15 Harrington Rd., SW7 3ES; 020 3583 4561
The Benedict Melt at The Melt Room
As well as classic cheese on toast, a heavenly Nutella and mascarpone version and other unexpected combos, London's first gourmet grilled cheese shop serves breakfast sandwiches to cure even the most deadly hangover. The Benedict Melt (pictured below) comes with ham, hollandaise, vintage cheddar, scrambled egg and ham stuffed between bread and melted together.
26 Noel St., W1F 8GY
Kinako French Toast at Shackfuyu
The Evening Standard's Grace Dent called the Japanese French toast at Bone Daddie's fast-food pop-up 'the greatest pudding in London for 2015.' Try if for yourself to find out if the perfectly crisp toast with a gooey centre and a generous serving of green tea soft-serve ice cream (pictured below) is worthy of the title.
14 Old Compton St., W1D 4TD
Popcorn Sazerac at Chez Chow
Located beneath French bistro North Audley Canteen is Chez Chow — one of the hottest drinking spots in the West End right now. Try the popcorn-infused bourbon, served on the rocks, with a splash of agave syrup and a dash of absinthe to keep you on your toes.
41 N. Audley St., W1K 6ZP
Soft-Serve Sundae at Foxlow
Cool down with a soft-serve sundae available at both branches of this Modern European from the team behind Hawksmoor. Choose from Passion Fruit Eaton Mess, Chocolate and Popcorn or Bourbon and Caramel and expect a generous portion layered with sweet treats.