The best way to keep a secret is to eat it, which is why off-menu goods stay off the radar too... but not anymore! We've managed to coerce London's finest chefs to dish the dirt on their off-menu dishes (well, not literally, but you get the idea). So without further ado, here are the capital's finest hush-hush meals.
Scrambled Eggs w/ Périgord Truffles, Boisedale
Because of their ultra-rare, trained-pig-necessitating scarcity, you'll need to ask the waiter at Boisedale if they have any Périgord truffles available for their off-menu scrambled eggs, and if they do, you'll need to order them immediately.
Gold Leaf Dumplings, Mr Chow
Mr Chow is offering some under-the radar chow in the form of these gold leaf dumplings (shockingly not filled with carats), as well as lobster rolls, and seafood squab w/ lettuce.
Fasolari Pasta, Luna Rossa
Hit up Luna Rossa in Kensington, and if you're lucky, you'll be able to ask for their in-the-know-only Fasolari pasta. What are Fasolari? They're an extremely rare and highly prized shellfish, which "need to be expertly cooked to avoid ruining the delicacy and becoming chewy".
Sea Urchins, Wright Brothers
The Wright Brothers are doing the right thing, by offering totally new off-menu sea urchins, served au-natural straight from the shell, or with a little scrambled egg if you'd like.
This award-winning Scottish resto's outside space evinces a (let's face it, pretty smart) northerly mistrust of Brit weather, what with its awning, heaters, and tartan blankets, but you can trust in by-request-only, caviar-butter-sauce'd fillets of Dover sole & Scot langoustine tails, uniting the finest swimmers from the two nations, somehow without deep-frying them!?
This is the original Mr Chow, which also opened on Valentine's Day in 1968. If that isn't enough of a reason for you to head there on a romantic quest with back pocket-knowledge to impress your date, then let their noodles be the culprit. They're deliciously filling, and must be washed down with a serious chow-tail.
Luna Rossa pizza is like diving head first into a delicious plate of fluffy, heavenly clouds (the clouds are made out of mozz, duh). Now that you have that image in your head, make your way over to their 'za slinging abode and get comfy with some delectable wines.
Just soft-opened, the second incarnation of the Borough market fresh fish house encompasses a ground floor open kitchen with casual high-table seating, plus a more traditional white linen, leather-seated affair upstairs. Coming direct from Cornish day boa
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.