Tacos, pilgrimages and a fitting National Pizza Day bite.
Two days of eating and drinking in London this month began straight out of the traps with a dash from Euston to Clerkenwell for lunch at Breddos. Beginning life as a taco shack in a Hackney street food market, Nud Dudhia and Chris Whitney were soon selling so many tacos that they needed a space of their own, snapping up a cosy place in Clerkenwell, before opening another in Soho. We ate the whole menu, so can vouch, but it’s the tuna ceviche tostada that sticks in mind.
After a long day it was over to Fourpure for copious amounts of beer and when the beer ended, some meatballs courtesy of Melter Meatballs. Prime beef meatballs cooked in a rich marinara sauce, served on smooth creamy mash potato, with homemade slaw, chilli jam, truffle mayo and crispy onions is good post-beer food, trust us. Still peckish, we headed for a salt beef bagel (the thinking man’s kebab) courtesy of Brick Lane’s Beigel Bake. Staff surprisingly chipper and pleasant. Not sure if gentrified or had epiphanies.
The following day’s first stop came courtesy of boutique hotel, The Pilgrm, in Paddington. After a wonderful tour and a chat with developers it was time for lunch. The chicken broth, despite being modest in size, was to die for, with cabbage noodles and a perfectly formed egg yolk on top. The lentil dhal with baby courgette, tomato, sorrel and in our case, added chicken was also a delight. Sometime after lunch, but before dinner there was time for an Origin flat white, which are always great.
After a day’s wandering, straight over to the ‘OG’ Yard Sale Pizza in Clapton. Cosy enough to strike up an interesting chat with a stranger (or a friend you’ve never met) and post-pizza it’s not difficult to understand why the place won The Observer Food Awards ‘Best Cheap Eats’. A light and tasty pizza experience that’s not crust-dodgingly laborious. The perfect amount of sauce to sneak up over the crust making every bite enjoyable. Harlamb Shake if you like meat, Jack To The Future if you’re a vegan. Delicious and coincidentally (we had no idea) the perfect way to celebrate National Pizza Day.