Even the most carbo-phobic of people would be hard-pressed to walk past Pizza Pilgrims in Soho’s Berwick Street Market on a weekday lunchtime and not give in to the smell of freshly baked pizza. Established by brothers Thom and James who went on a six-week pilgrimage around Italy to learn how to make authentic pizza, they’ve now built an oven in the back of an Italian three-wheeled van. Pizza Pilgrim is all about authentic ingredients - the flour is imported straight from Naples and the Italian cheese is of the highest possible quality. The dough is proofed in the nearby cellar of the Endurance pub, but you can watch your pizza being made and choose from the infamous nduja (a chilli and pork belly sausage) with rocket, Italian sausage with broccoli, nutella ricotta or tomato and mozzarella pizzas. Prices usually range between £5-£6.
Address: Berwick Street Market, W1, Monday - Friday; Pizzapilgrims.co.uk.
Launching 30th June: Pizza Pilgrims’s pop-up restaurant, above a pub in Shoreditch: Forzawin.com.
For something a little bit different, look no further than Kimchi Cult. If you can find them, that is... Although they move around a fair bit, they do fixed sessions in certain places like King’s Cross ‘Eat Street’ on Thursdays, Camden Town Brewery on Fridays and Chatsworth Road on Sundays. The brainchild of two culinary fiends (known to punters just as Danny and Sarah) who spent a lot of time in Korea and then blogged for two years about Asian food, they brought their Korean fusion food to London in April last year. The menu is full of well-known western dishes (think burgers, sausages, pulled pork sandwiches and fries) with a rather large Asian twist, usually in the form of the trademark ‘kimchi’, a fermented veg dish which tastes a little like Japanese pickles. It’s fairly high on the Western ‘yuk’ scale but when turned into Kimchi Cult’s Scottish-Mexican-Korean fusion relish, it seems to work just perfectly. The ‘sliders’ (mini versions of items on the menu) are great for quick bites, or if you fancy hiring these guys to spice up your party.
Address: Thursdays in King’s Cross, Fridays in Camden and Sundays out east; Streetfeastlondon.com.
Twitter handle: @kimchicult.
Big Apple Hot Dogs
Gluten-free sausages made with only natural casings and served in buns baked daily in Hoxton; there’s not much in Big Apple’s hot dogs for sausage-fiends to complain about. Supposedly inspired by the New York hot dog (though in reality they’re not much like the mass produced sausages served on the New York street corners), the emphasis here is on quality and simplicity. You can choose from any of four ‘dogs’ on offer according to your hunger levels and cash flow; the ‘big dog’ (£4) a double-smoked mix of pork, beef, marjoram, garlic and black pepper; the ‘pimp steak’ (£3), beef, garlic, paparika and black pepper; the ‘big frank’ (£4),a nutmeg and paprika flavoured, super high-quality frankfurter and the smaller (£3) version ‘Frank jnr’. Delicious toppings like onions and sauerkraut are included at no extra cost.
Address: 239 Old Street, Tues-Friday 12-6pm; Bigapplehotdogs.com.
For the ultimate comfort food, not much beats a buckwheat crepe - whether it's savoury or sweet (or both). Creperie Nicolas was set up by Keith and Gill Wyles, who learnt how to make these delicious French galletes in Brittany, from the comfort of their cutesy Citroen H van. Found at Eat Street, King’s Boulevard, N1C and at various food fairs across London, Creperie Nicolas’s savoury choices include the usual French mixtures of spinach and cheese, cheese, mushroom and ham, cheese egg and spinach (you get the idea - it’s basically anything half-healthy, with cheese). Then, for those who aren’t yet full or have a sweet tooth to sate, there are plenty of sweet crepe options involving sugar, lemon, nutella and Grand Marnier (to mention just a few), available along with the finest Italian coffee. You don’t need to feel too guilty, either: the Wyles use organic Buckwheat flour, so it’s gluten-free, which is added just to salt and water to make an unprocessed, authentic batter.
Address: King’s Cross and at various food fairs and festivals; Creperie-nicolas.com.
Twitter handle: @creperienicolas.
Calling itself ‘guerilla dining’, Meatwagon is famous for being continually on the move, although it did hang about New Cross for a few months under the name of Meateasy and there’s now also the associated restaurant Meatliquor. It all started on an industrial estate in Peckham where Yianni Papoutis, who used to be a touring technician for the English National Ballet, started dishing out made-to-order beef burgers topped with incredible cheese. (Don’t bother asking which type, though - Yianni is very secretive about this, along with his suppliers, which he insists are the best available.) Add in a sprinkling of chili and some seriously good fries and it makes for one satisfying lunchtime. This summer, it's well worth keeping an eye out for the London pubs Meatwagon is set to pop up in.
Address: All over; Themeatwagon.co.uk.
Twitter handle: @meatwagonuk.
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