Harry Morgan’s – Pastrami Reuben

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I clearly have a Reuben problem. I can’t go to a deli style restaurant and order anything else. Like this time. It’s just part of who I am, and there’s nothing I can do about it.

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But who am I kidding? The Reuben is the mother of all sandwiches. A sandwich equally gross and glorious. A true champion of a pastrami tower, with melted cheese, sauerkraut and dressing, it’s just impossible to resist. Of course I couldn’t order anything else: it would be sacrilege to do so.

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Harry Morgan’s, a New York style Deli in St. Johns Wood, brings true honour to the legend of the Reuben. Their Pastrami Reuben is as huge as it is tasty, and comes with more fries than you’ll be able to handle after such a monstrosity.

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And so, I’m sure if I go again, I’ll just order the same damn thing once more. Because a Reuben is a Reuben. And it deserves respect and admiration. Specially when it’s done this well.

Slimy? A tower of meat in your palms. How can it NOT be filthy?

Satisfying? Glorious as a Reuben can be. Just glorious.

Harry Morgan’s
29-31 High St., London, NW8 7NH
http://www.harryms.co.uk/
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Stein’s – Schnitzel vom Schwein mit

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Oktoberfest is one crazy experience. I’ve been lucky enough to have been and lived to tell the tale. It’s possibly too intense for any human to handle, and it’s certainly a once in a lifetime experience. Go twice, and you’ll risk every single organ in your body.

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Which is why it’s great to have a close enough place like Stein’s in Kingston. Mixing the best of Bavarian cuisine with a lovely riverside location, this is the place to go for big beers and big food. And what could be more Bavarian than a schnitzel?

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Order the Schnitzel vom Schwein mit and you’ll get a humongous piece of breaded pork, a heap of potato salad and some more salad. It’s as delicious and German as it sounds. And for the brave, you can certainly match it with a 1lt stein of Paulaner.

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It’s a sublimely traditional place, but with a very happy vibe, and it reminds me of the parts of Oktoberfest I actually remember. The ones I don’t… well… those are probably best forgotten.

Slimy? Just look at the size! Massive!

Satisfying? Das ist gut!

Stein’s
56 High Street, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1HN
http://www.stein-s.com/
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Boom Burger – Boom Burger

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Just two words. Bacon jam. This piece could end right there and if that’s not enough to convince you to try Boom Burger’s signature burger, then nothing will.

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A deliciously cooked patty, covered in cheese (seriously, it’s COVERED in cheese) and topped with this surely magical and potentially deadly baconized jam, the Boom Burger is exactly what it name implies: an explosion of flavour.

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So brave the crowds. Go past the Portobello Road tourons (tourists+morons=tourons). You won’t find peace at Boom Burger. But you will find satisfaction.

 

Slimy? COVERED in cheese. Yes.

Satisfying? This is one boombastic burger.

 

Boom Burger
272 Portobello Rd, London W10 5TZ
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BúnBúnBún – Hanoi Bún

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Take one step onto Kingsland Road in London’s East End. One step. It’s all it takes. Count the number of Vietnamese restaurants you’ve seen so far. If the number is less than 37, then you’re clearly in the wrong Kingsland Road (you poor, lost soul. There’s this thing called Google Maps, you know?). In fact, there’s so many similar looking shops, that you’d be forgiven to think it’s some part of chain restaurant experiment where all shops in the street have the same owner.

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So it comes down to the food on each one to stand out and make a difference. Which is where BúnBúnBún comes into play. A Bún is basically a soup with noodles and some beef. Simple. And it’s this place specialty. And if you’re going to repeat your specialty three times in the title, it better be good.

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And it is. It’s also very strange. Their signature dish, Hanoi Bún, whose soup comes with lemongrass pork and pork patties, is plain bizarre. It also comes with loads of salads and toppings that, as I was told, you’re meant to “dunk” into the soup. And so I did. Boy it was good. And ohhh boy it was messy.

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But in the spirit of this blog, the messier, the better. If I leave a restaurant with stains on my shirt, then I consider that bonus points. And after dunking over and over, my shirt pretty much changed colour. No clue if the other joints in Kingsland Road offer something quite as delicious and unique. But if they do, then I better get some new, non-white clothing and try them all!

 

Slimy? Incredibly so. Maybe it’s me, but eating soup with chopsticks just isn’t natural

Satisfying? So tasty and interesting it more than makes up for the mess you’re bound to leave on the table!

 

BúnBúnBún
134B Kingsland Rd, London E2 8DY
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The Frenchie Bistro – Duck Fat Chips with Raclette Cheese

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Fulfilling the old adage that “everything goes better with cheese”, the super fancy Duck Fat Chips from the super trendy The Frenchie Bistro in the super cool container park at The Artworks Elephant in Elephant and Castle sure are a super treat.

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Frying chips is an art. Frying them in duck fat is nothing short of a masterpiece. That would be enough, but covering them with cheese would surely add to the experience, right? What if that cheese wasn’t ordinary cheese, but sumptuous Raclette cheese, melting around the already delicious chips?

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Well, that’s what you’re getting here. Simple. Genius. Cheesy. Delicious. Try to go back to regular chips after this. I dare you.

 

Slimy? Yes, you read duck fat and cheese in the same sentence. Very nasty, very yummy

Satisfying? How can I ever go back to regular chips? Only by being drunk I suppose…

 

The Frenchie Bistro
The Artworks Elephant, Unit 8, Elephant Rd, London SE17 1AY
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Bravi Ragazzi – Pizza Boscaiola

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So you’re in Brixton. There’s enough food options to satisfy even the hungriest of them all. No need to improvise. But where’s the fun in that?

Even for something as simple as pizza, sometimes to get to the good stuff it’s worth going a bit further. And that’s how I ended up on a sunny Brixton Sunday, taking a bus out of Brixton and into Streatham. Zone 3. Or as I’ve called it before: The Wasteland.

 

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And there it was, Bravi Ragazzi, a small and cute little pizzeria that had been on my radar for ages. But why go so far for just a pizza? Well, my fellow reader, this isn’t “just a pizza”. First of all, their pizzas are huge. Second, the dough will appear in all your subsequent pizza dreams (I have a pizza dream three times a week. Like clockwork). And third, this Boscaiola pizza, with tomato, mozzarella, mushrooms and ham was so extraordinary, that I’ve just sent an email to the manager to see if I can quit my job and open another branch of Bravi closer to my house in the north.

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Until then, I guess I’ll have to keep going south. At least I’ll know it will be worth it…

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Slimy? Thin crust, gooey cheese, much slime

Satisfying? Can a small pizzeria ever be bad? Yes it can. This one isn’t. This one rocks.

 

Bravi Ragazzi
2a SunnyHill Rd, London SW16 2UH
http://braviragazzipizzeria.co.uk/
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BiBimBap – Spicy Pork Bibimbap

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Mmmbop, ba duba dop
Ba du bop, ba duba dop
Ba du bop, ba duba dop
Ba du, yeah
Mmmbop, ba duba dop
Ba du bop, ba du dop
Ba du bop, ba du dop
Ba du, yeah

Sorry about that. But when reading BiBimBap, the name of this Korean chain and also apparently one of Korea’s famous dishes, all that comes to mind is Mmmbop, Hanson’s ode to joy and happiness.

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It’s tough for anything, let alone a dish, to be as good and timeless as Mmmbop. But BiBimBap’s Spicy Pork Bibimbap comes close. Marinated pork strips, with assorted veggies, eggs, on top of rice, and all in a very hot stone based bowl, this is a Korean delight. Plus, it’s stays warm no matter how long it takes you to eat it! Magic!

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So, is it better than Mmmbop? Probably not. But nothing is better than Mmmbop. Then again, you can’t eat a song. So this will do just fine.

 

Slimy? Only because you’ll eat it with chopsticks and make a mess. Nobody really knows how to eat with chopsticks.

Satisfying? Bibimbap, ba duba dop!

 

BiBimBap
11 Greek St, London W1D 4DJ
http://bibimbapsoho.co.uk/
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Sacro Cuore – Calzone Ripieno and Diavola Pizza

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Sisters. They can be a great or a terrible thing. Depending on how old they are, you’re either protecting them or… overprotecting them. At least so I hear, as I have no sisters.

But Ealing’s Santa Maria Pizzeria, already featured in this very blog, has one. It’s another tiny restaurant, this time in Kensal Rise, by the name of Sacro Cuore. Like a good sister, it shares some attributes. Same genes, if you will. They both serve outstanding, beautiful pizza.

Take these two dishes (what can I say? I’m a sharer!): on one side, the Calzone Ripieno, a delicious calzone style pizza filled with prosciutto, ricotta, mozzarella, salame and other stuff. What a delight. It’s a flavour bomb, all enclosed in the tight womb of delicious dough.

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Looks so perfect from afar…

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But look closer to see the cracks!

And on the other hand, a more traditional Pizza Diavola, with your usual assortment of salame, mozza and some very spicy chillies. A triumph, and it’s pizza as good as its Ealing sister’s.

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The view from the top

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Fire red!

Since I’m all about brotherly love, I salute how these two sister sites can coexist so close to each other (both in West London after all). Here’s hoping their parents get back in the sack and make a few more children, as I wouldn’t mind one of these popping everywhere in London!

 

Slimy? Both the Calzone and the Diavola are equally slimy, in just the right amount

Satisfying? This is some truly, holy pizza. Praying won’t get you a better slice.

 

Sacro Cuore
45 Chamberlayne Road, London NW10 3NB
http://www.sacrocuore.co.uk/
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Haché Burgers – Steak le Triomphe des Truffes

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It’s a known fact that adding french words makes anything sound more intellectual. “Le London”. “La joyeux restaurant”. I mean, I could call this blog something as simple as “Le Blog” and I bet I would double my audience (which, as of now, is still just my mom and a whole bunch of Russians, for no apparent reason).

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Ciabatta makes anything fancier

But when someone does it on a burger, well, they better mean business. Because you don’t call a burger something as sophisticated sounding as Steak le Triomphe des Truffes, unless it is, indeed, a very sophisticated burger. Thankfully, in the case of Haché Burgers, the sophistication is guaranteed.

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Touch the truffles!

This fancy schmancy burger comes with truffled Gruyère cheese and glaze (I’ve already expressed my adulation to truffle burgers before). It is a burger for the seasoned burger lover. The one who wants to get his hands dirty, but dirty with expensive sounding ingredients. I wouldn’t be surprised if Haché released a burger with caviar one of these days.

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Truffles from above

But until then, truffles will do. Plus, you can order it with ciabatta bread. Fancier than imaginable.

 

Slimy? That truffled glaze is as slippery as they come.

Satisfying? Thankfully, the glaze is fingerlickingly good, and so is this outstanding burger.

 

Haché Burgers
24 Inverness St, London NW1 7HJ
http://www.hacheburgers.com/
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Barraco – Feijoada

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Brazil is all over the news nowadays, isn’t it? Between an impending Zika epidemic, a not so hopeful turn at hosting the Olympics, and its president being impeached, you gotta feel sorry for the big South American country.

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Looks small. Isn’t small.

That is, until you try its food. Even here in London, Brazilian cuisine is a standout. And Barraco, a small and quaint place in Kilburn serves delightful plates of traditional Brazilian meals.

Take this Feijoada, for example. A stew with a mixture pork and black beans, it’s a little bowl that packs one hell of a caloric punch. But it has such an incredibly distinct taste, specially when coupled with rice, that you’ll be hopping like it’s Carnaval after just one spoonful.

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The steam in the picture is clearly intentional

So grab a pint of Brahma, and toast for the future of Brazil. Trust me, we want food this good to stick around forever…

 

Slimy? Like a curry, but Brazilian. You get the idea. Splash.

Satisfying? Beans will keep you full for hours. And yes, the people around you WILL notice afterwards.

 

Barraco
10 Kingsgate Place, London NW6 4TA
http://www.barracocafe.co.uk/
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