Top 10 London Restaurants You Didn’t Know Delivered To Your Door

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The smoked duck at Shotgun BBQ. Photo: Tom Bowles.

Shotgun BBQ

The second restaurant from The Lockhart’s Brad McDonald still has an American focus, but this time it’s BBQ. The trend for cooking ‘cue has been a major one this year, which sadly means that many places have been more about willy waving than they are about good cooking. There’s been a lot of ‘grrr, man make fire’ posturing to endure, but when proper ‘low and slow’ BBQ is done right, it’s a magical thing. McDonald does it right. It’s mostly about the wood-smoked meat of course, and we suggest you try the Boston butt. This is better known as pulled pork, another dish ruined by the masses who cook it to the texture of wet cotton wool and sluice it with too-sweet sauce. McDonald’s kitchen leaves it with texture, plus nuggets of silken fat and shards of crisp skin. It’s perfect.

Available in Mayfair. Check Deliveroo site for exact delivery areas.

Pizarro

There are now two branches of this restaurant from Spanish chef and restaurateur Jose Pizarro. His croquetas are legendary; wobbly balls of béchamel in crisp, tan crumb, served with or without pink jewels of ham. We say get the ham. Speaking of which, we always knew the day would come when it would be possible to order a plate of shiny Iberico ham and have it delivered to the door. Truly one of the greatest foods on the planet, the very idea of doing this makes us go weak at the knees. Nothing could be more perfect, unless perhaps you have a glass of crisp, chilled manzanilla to go with it.

Available in the east central area. Check Deliveroo for exact delivery areas.

Wibble wobble. A croqueta at Pizarro.

Maroush

The Maroush group have several Lebanese restaurants around town. Menus are long, which can be a bad sign, but not with Maroush. The Lebanese table is typically set with many different dishes, from cold mezza like hommos beiruity (a jazzed up version of hommos with ground chilli and parsley); hot mezza such as kibbeh (minced lamb wrapped in bulghur wheat and deep fried); wonderful Lebanese pastries filled with white cheese, meat or spinach and other classic dishes like fattoush, stuffed cabbage and shawarma.

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Taberna do Mercado

Taberna do Mercado is a Portuguese restaurant from Chiltern Firehouse and Viajante chef Nuno Mendes. They sell a range of sheep’s milk cheeses such as Serra de Estrela and cured meats from acorn-fed black pigs. The real star on the menu however is the pastel de nata, or Portuguese custard tart, which we think is the best in London. Their pastry chef is very talented, and this really shows her off skills; the tart base is a crisp, layered swirl of pastry, and the custard itself is the silkiest we’ve ever tried. Leave this tart alone after taking a bite and it will ooze its contents onto the table. Thankfully there’s no chance at all of that happening.

Available in the east central area. Check Deliveroo for exact delivery areas.  

The best Portugese custard tart in London.

Xi’an Impression

Xi’an is one of the best new Chinese restaurants in London, serving food from the Shaanxi province. Regional Chinese cuisine is now happily, finally a ‘thing’ in London and this menu is packed with classics that would have been hitherto virtually impossible to find. There’s rou jia mo, which is a kind of meat sandwich, usually spiced lamb in a split circular bread, and pao mo, a stew thickened with pieces of torn flatbread. Xi’an was an important point on the Silk Road, and so the food is the happy result of a mixture of cuisines. 

Available in the Islington area. Check Deliveroo for exact delivery areas.

Goodman Canary Wharf

Goodman is one of the best steakhouses in London, so if you fancy a chunk of high-quality grass-fed, well-aged beef of an evening, this is the place for you. Why not start with the smoked salmon, served with heritage beetroot, sour dill cream and orange dressing, before moving onto the Nebraska Angus beef steak, cooked medium rare. We’d order a side of truffle chips to go with that, and perhaps some mushrooms with garlic butter. You can even order a selection of cheeses including Keen’s cheddar, Barkham Blue, Tunworth and Driftwood, before moving onto your dessert of triple-layered chocolate torte. You can do all this of course, comfortable in the knowledge that you are very close to your bed, for that inevitably necessary postprandial snooze.

Available in the Canary Wharf area. Check Deliveroo site for exact delivery locations.

Xi’an Impression. Photo: Lizzie Mabbott.

Ganapati

Ganapati is one of south east London’s best south Indian restaurants, and it’s been going great guns from a little corner site in Peckham long before the trendies starting moving in. The food is characterised by aromatic flavours such as mustard seeds and curry leaves and the spicing is always bang on. We love their ‘vegetarian street snacks’ starter, which consists of a bonda (spiced potato ball) and vadai (spiced lentil patty) served with chutneys, and crab thoran — which is the meat, stir fried with spices, fresh coconut and spiced yoghurt chutney. They do serve some chicken and lamb dishes, but mainly vegetables and fish, and we think that’s where they really excel. Their parathas are some of the best examples we’ve ever eaten, and their lassis are made with homemade yoghurt.

Available in the Peckham area. Check Deliveroo site for exact delivery areas.

Dishoom

Dishoom is a chain of self-styled ‘Bombay cafés’. They’re famous for their breakfast options, which include the bacon naan — Ginger Pig bacon inside a naan bread with chilli jam and cream cheese. It really shouldn’t work, but it does. The main menu has a few standouts like their signature ‘black dahl’ — much improved over the time they’ve been open, and we’re keen to try their roomali rolls, which come with either chicken or vegetable fillings.

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A thali at Ganapati. Photo: Ewan Munro.

Cinnamon Soho

Cinnamon Soho is an Indian-British fusion restaurant, an offshoot of the higher end Cinnamon Club in Westminster. One of our bugbears with the place has always been the oddly shaped corridor-like restaurant, which makes receiving the food as a delivery just that bit more satisfying. Dishes include hake with Bengali mustard and spring onion, seared duck breast with sesame tamarind sauce and pilau rice, and masala mash, something executive chef Vivek Singh came up with when the restaurant opened; it has remained on the menu ever since.

Available in the Mayfair area. Check Deliveroo site for exact delivery areas.

Bone Daddies

First came the trend for ramen, then came ramen delivered to your door. The classic tonkotsu version is a 20-hour pork bone broth with Clarence Court egg, chashu pork, spring onion, bamboo and bean sprouts and it’s an intense, milky example. A big bowl of this, plus some gyoza on the side (chicken and prawn, or pork and truffle, perhaps) and you’ll be as warm and contented as a cat in front of the fire.

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Tonkotsu ramen.

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15 December 2015 | 4:00 pm – Source: londonist.com

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