From doughnut burgers to peanut butter-dip chips, London's mind-blowing new restaurant dishes to try out right now

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We're lucky enough that London is rarely short of new and interesting when it comes to the restaurant scene and this summer is no different, with a number of creative, exciting - and more importantly, delicious - new plates of food for us to sample.

From gourmet chips with Marmite to Horlicks-flavoured desserts, cocktail-inspired burgers to tuna that looks exactly like a cigar (yep, really), we've picked 11 exciting and fun dishes in the capital you need to make room for. Happy eating!

Words: Amy Swales



  • The Breakfast Kebab

    Chifafa in Clerkenwell's stated mission is to "save the reputation of the kebab" with upmarket feasts to rival the soggy specimens you can't remember inhaling last night.

    The executive chef is Sven-Hansen Brit, a Masterchef: The Professionals runner up, and his take on a kebab for breakfast is a world away from the messy scene in your head. It features dry cured bacon, free range egg, tomatoes, feta, parsley, coriander and spicy tomato chilli sauce on their trademark fluffy souvlaki bread.


    45-47 Clerkenwell Rd, EC1M 5RS. Nearest station: Farringdon

  • Fried Horlicks Bao

    Bao were a street food set-up before recently putting down roots in Soho, ensuring a queue round the block every single evening for their steamed buns and precisely-executed Taiwanese dishes.

    A particular delight on the menu is the Fried Horlicks Ice Cream bao - a sweet bun of malty deliciousness unlikely to send you to sleep. One review effused, "It makes excited children of us," and having tasted it ourselves, we cannot disagree.


    53 Lexington St, W1F 9AS. Nearest station: Oxford Circus

  • Tuna Tartare Cigar

    Okay, so this isn't a new dish for Hotel Chantelle, but it's new to London. The New York favourite has just opened off Oxford Street and the menu, from executive chef Seth Levine, looks to be a wonderfully innovative and fun addition to the capital.

    This, believe it or not, is sushi-grade chopped tuna inside a crisp shell, served with wasabi tobiko dip on a vintage glass ashtray.


    23 Orchard St, W1H 6HL. Nearest station: Bond Street

  • The Donut Burger

    American barbecue isn't going away, and Red's True Barbecue - now in Shoreditch, in addition to restaurants in Headingly, Leeds, Manchester and Nottingham - offers such fare as brisket, pulled pork, burnt ends, waffles and burgers.

    One of said burgers includes two flame-grilled patties, double cheese, smoked bacon, 'dirty' sauce and deep-fried onions. Oh, and it's stuffed between two glazed doughnuts.


    54-56 Great Eastern St, EC2A 3QR. Nearest station: Old Street

  • Breakfast Bunny

    Another breakfast tip is this dish from Bunnychow, a Soho restaurant serving up the South African favourite. A bunny chow is typically curry in a small, hollowed-out loaf, but Bunnychow whip up variations on the theme, with a pulled pork loaf on offer, as well as breakfast bunnies.

    The follow up to their popular Full English Bunny is the Veggie Breakfast Bunny of halloumi, spiced tomatoes, seasonal veg and egg, all in a deliciously edible bread container.


    74 Wardour St, W1F 0TE. Nearest station: Leicester Square/Tottenham Court Road

  • Coco Pops Hot Chocolate

    With the number of cereals, milks and toppings available, you'd have a hard enough time working through Cereal Killer Cafe's menu as it is. Well, tough, because now they're adding another string to their sugary bow - super indulgent breakfast-based hot chocolates.

    As well as the pictured Coco Pops (cream, Coco Pops, Nutella, smashed Oreos, chocolate and a wafer straw),  there'll be Reese's Puffs Peanut Butter, Lion Salted Caramel and Nutella versions. Not strictly a 'dish' but surely a meal in itself. 


    139 Brick Lane, E1 6SB. Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street

  • Bone Broth

    Bone broth (stock made from bones, doncha know) is a big trend, ticking the dream combo boxes of being both delicious and nutritious. Bone Daddies ramen, made with gorgeous fatty pork bone stock that's been simmered for 20 hours, has been a runaway success and now places to buy cups of simply broth - as seen in New York - are popping up in London.

    Bone Tea, located within Bumpkin restaurant, is the capital's first outlet dedicated to the broth first and foremost, and offers a selection by the cup or by the litre to take home.

    £3 - £4.50,

    Bumpkin, 209 Westbourne Park Rd, W11 1EA. Nearest station: Westbourne Park

  • The Bloody Mary Burger

    The team at London's K West Hotel & Spa started experimenting with alcohol/burger mash-ups and after a "failed Tequila Sunrise", came up with the Bloody Mary Burger - pegged as an adults only kind of dish.

    It's a cheeseburger with celery and horseradish mayo and vodka ketchup, served with Bloody Mary jelly and celery salt chips on the side. As long as we're not moving toward edible Jägerbomb anything, we're on board.


    Richmond Way, W14 0AX. Nearest station: Shepherd's Bush

  • Gourmet Chips

    London has not had its fill of single-dish restaurants, and the latest addition making headlines is Come Fry With Me - a chips-only eatery. They offer gourmet versions of your standard fries, with such trusted combos as truffle/Parmesan and steak/Stilton (pictured), but we're more interested in the touted Marmite fries and dessert option of sweet potato chips and peanut butter and chocolate dips.

    It opens at an as yet undisclosed location in Covent Garden this autumn, but can be found at some food festivals until then. Keep an eye on the website for details.

  • Chicken and Waffles

    We couldn't resist adding another dish from Hotel Chantelle's menu, given it comes with candyfloss and a mini cola bottle. This is waffle-crusted chicken with maple syrup floss and a chilli-cola reduced drizzle.


    23 Orchard St, W1H 6HL. Nearest station: Bond Street

  • Freddar Dawg

    Byron have introduced the "hamburger that thinks it's a hotdog" to their branches nationwide. There are no sausages in sight however, just a 6oz hamburger, streaky bacon, pickles, onion, American mustard, Byron sauce, and 'Freddar' cheese: American-style cheese using a blend of Grana Padano, mature Cheddar and Red Leicester.

    It comes in a hot dog roll and is only available until the end of August on their summer menu.


    Nationwide, check website for nearest location

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Amy Swales

Amy Swales is a freelance writer who likes to eat, drink and talk about her dog. She will continue to plunder her own life and the lives of her loved ones for material in the name of comedy, catharsis and getting pictures of her dog on the internet.