Everybody knows that the best part of any meal is dessert, yet people still lamely insist on planning their meals around the other, lesser courses. Crazy, right? Well, it ends today, thanks to our guide to the best pudding places in the city...
What you're getting: Surprise Surprise
Run by a former pastry chef at Gordon Ramsay's Maze, BS cuts the, er, BS, by simply doing desserts. Go for the Surprise Surprise, a black truffle streusel with a Champagne-poached pear and chestnut cream. Oh, and BS does cocktails too, just to make the deal a little sweeter.
What you're getting: The Pistachio Soufflé
If you're looking to up your class and your waistline, then The Berkeley Hotel is your destination. It's hitting all the South-West French notes with pastel colours, white table cloths... and a bewilderingly good Pistachio Soufflé, which brings the competition to their knees in terms on height, structure, and taste. Also, it's served with a ball of house pistachio ice cream, just for good measure.
Shoreditch, Kentish Town, Portobello
What you're getting: Salted chocolate caramel tart
Pizza East does some lovely, Neapolitan-style pizzas, and -- in an apparent effort to dominate the flat foods game -- it also happens to do a fantastic salted chocolate caramel tart, too. The crust is crumbly, the filling is silky, and the taste is spectacular.
What you're getting: Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich
We are 100% forgiving Spuntino for using the word "jelly" to describe something other than the wobbly stuff here, because by the time you take a bite of the two, thick, peanut butter ice cream slices sandwiching thick, chunky, berry jam with peanut brittle sprinkled on top, you just won't care about semantics. Also worth an honorable mention is Spuntino's brown sugar cheesecake.
Bloomsbury, St. Paul's, Farringdon
What you're getting: A Duffin
Remember Cronuts? Well, back when Frankenpastries were the new black, this little cupcake shop played god with the Duffin; the lovechild of a Nutella/raspberry jam-filled donut and a muffin. They were such a success, Starbucks copied them and consequently lost a lawsuit over these sugary morsels. If you want one, go early (they always sell out), or order a dozen online.
What you're getting: Picarones Doughnuts
This Peruvian taste bud playground has a dessert that can almost count as one of your five a day: pumpkin picarones with purple maize syrup and chocolate fudge. A picarone, by the way, is a traditional Peruvuan dessert that's like a donut made from sweet potato/squash (or in this case, pumpkin).
What you're getting: Torrejas for two
Sitting high up on the 40th floor, everything seems just a bit sweeter. Not dining alone? Good. Then get stuck into the torrejas for two, which basically is French toast with maple caramel apples and cinnamon ice cream.
What you're getting: Ronnie's Bramley apple pie
Apple pies are a classic for a reason, and that reason is because they are delicious when made right -- that is, by either an older female relative, or apparently the chefs at Hixter, who craft individual little pies with just the right ratio of apple, spice, sweet, and tart, and then smother them in cream.
What you're getting: Whatever gelato you want
It's not ice cream. It's gelato. And with classics like hazelnut, fresh mint stracciatella, or coconut strangely paired with the delicious likes of ricotta, chocolate & black pepper, or beetroot, you really can't go wrong here.
What you're getting: S'mores
If you live in London, then you've likely never had s'mores before. They're marshmallows sandwiched by sweet crackers, and usually you need a campfire and a giddily excited 12-year-old American to make them. Luckily, F&B is here to overcome these obstacles by giving you a mini campfire, and rotating components (right now it's passionfruit marshmallows & almond chocolate biscuits) to scorch over it. Try them, and you will provide the giddiness.
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1. Basement Sate8 Broadwick St, London
2. Koffmann'sThe Berkeley Hotel, Wilton Pl, London
3. Spuntino61 Rupert St, Soho
4. Andina1 Redchurch St, London
5. Duck & WaffleHeron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London
6. Hixter Bankside16 Great Guildford St, London
7. Gelupo7 Archer St, , London
8. Flesh & Buns41 Earlham St, London
Everyone knows that cocktails and desserts are the best part of any meal, which is why subterranean Soho outfit Basement Sate is going straight for the delicious jugular, and doing ONLY COCKTAILS AND DESSERTS in a space with bare brick walls and leather furnishings.
Koffmann's, located in one of London's most luxurious lodgings, the Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge. The restaurant itself has a casual dining room, with a menu that specializes in Southwest French cuisine, with a focus on fish and seafood. All the dishes are seasonally inspired, with all your brasserie favorites.
Spuntino boasts New York-style flavors in Soho, such as a variety of sliders, mac & cheese, and steak & eggs, with diner-style seating.
Andina is Martin Morales’ bright space on the corner of Redchurch and Shoreditch High serving Peruvian fare. Most of its dishes feature nutritious ingredients such as Peruvian quinoa, maca, amaranth, cape gooseberry, purple maize, and more. Plus, between the front room, chef's counter, downstairs dining space, and the hidden room in the back (hello skylight!), the staff can find somewhere to squirrel you away no matter how busy it gets (and damn does this neighborhood favorite get busy).
If you're not good with heights, you might want to request a table away from the windows. This classy establishment offers an incredible view of London, 40 stories above the ground in the Heron Tower. And regardless of when your hunger pangs pop up, Duck & Waffle has you covered 24/7.
Opened by the acclaimed Mark Hix, Hixter is a simple resto with a simple concept: it’s chicken or steak to share. Starters and puddings change by the season, and don't you dare forget to sample some dessert (Pro tip: you can't beat the apple pie).
From the chef and owner of the acclaimed rustic-Italian restaurant, Boca Di Lupo, Gelupo is a gelateria and espresso bar located just across the street. Set in a sleeve-like space simply outfitted with blue-tiled walls, wooden floors, and a bar stool-abetted marble countertop, all the freshly made Italian ice cream here is wonderful.
Flesh & Buns has a great selection of cocktails, s'mores (that come with your own mini-fire pit!), and oh yeah... buns w/ awesome fish (flesh) options. We think that Flesh & Buns is the best Izakaya bar in London, and a great place to bring visiting friends and family.