London’s most Instagrammed dishes

By Clerkenwell Boy for British Airways High Life magazine

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April 2016

Prolific Instagram food blogger Clerkenwell Boy is the capital’s authority on dishes that are dressed to impress. Here he gives us a rundown of the eight most photogenic (not to mention delicious) plates around.

Shackfuyu, Soho

The dish to order: That kinako French toast with matcha soft serve – one of my favourites and probably the most Instagrammed dessert in London.

Atmosphere: Japanese fusion tapas and cocktails, with a rock ’n’ roll vibe.

Great for: Going out with friends or date night.

Instagram: @shackfuyu

Where? 14a Old Compton Street, W1D 4TJ (+44(0)20 7734 7492)

Shackfuyu’s French toast is probably the most Instagrammed dessert in London

Paradise Garage, Bethnal Green

The dish to order: The rabbit for four to share. Cooked several ways, you'll soon be fighting over the “pie”!

Atmosphere: A cool and hip restaurant in East London located under a railway arch with a beautiful bar and delicious seasonal dishes from the guys behind The Dairy.

Great for: An adventure in trendy East London.

Instagram: @Paradise254

Where? 254 Paradise Row, E2 9LE (+44(0)20 7613 1502)

  • Rabbit cooked several ways for the whole table at Paradise Garage © Clerkenwell Boy

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    The restaurant serves a four-course set lunch menu for £25, Wednesday to Sunday.

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  • Shackfuyu’s kinako French toast – possibly one of London’s most photographed desserts © Clerkenwell Boy
  • Feast on dim sum at Yauatcha City © Clerkenwell Boy

Yauatcha City, Broadgate Circle

The dish to order: The crispy prawn cheung fun (rice noodle roll) is the signature dish here. Other favourites include the famous venison puffs and sesame prawn toast.

Atmosphere: Relaxed dining in the heart of the city.

Great for: A business lunch, birthday dinner or fantastic long Saturday brunch.

Instagram: @yauatchacity

Where? 1 Broadgate Circle, EC2M 2QS (+44(0)20 3817 9888)

Taberna do Mercado, Spitalfields Market

The dish to order: Cuttlefish and trotters, plus the rice of the day. Daily specials include cuttlefish rice, oyster and coriander, and duck and mushrooms. Save room for an oozy custard tart!

Atmosphere: Fantastic flavours that transport you to Portugal. From the team behind Chiltern Firehouse, the focus here is on honest and robust flavours, with a modern twist.

Great for: A date or quiet catch-up with friends

Instagram: @tabernamercado

Where? Old Spitalfields Market, 107b Commercial St, E1 6BG (+44(0)20 7375 0649)

  • Not to be missed: cuttlefish with pigs' trotters at Taberna do Mercado © Clerkenwell Boy
  • Tuck into fluffy Taiwanese buns at Bao London © Clerkenwell Boy

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    Bao London doesn’t take reservations, so get there early to beat the queues. Opening times: Monday to Saturday (12:00-15:00; 17:30-22:00)

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  • A match made in heaven: honey glazed ham and confit potatoes © Clerkenwell Boy

Bao London, Soho

The dish to order: Pork belly bao and aged beef in white soy.

Atmosphere: Originally a street food stall, Bao now serves its fluffy Taiwanese buns and other tasty treats in a permanent spot in Soho. Go early – or be prepared to brave the queue (there are no reservations).

Great for: Popping in for a quick lunch or pre-theatre dinner

Instagram: @bao_london

Where? 53 Lexington St, London W1F 9AS

The Quality Chop House, Farringdon

The dish to order: The special of the day – check the blackboard for the best cuts of pork, beef, lamb or seasonal game. Don’t miss the confit potatoes: slow cooked, thinly sliced, compressed and pan fried = potato goodness.

Atmosphere: A traditional British chop house with an adjoining butcher and grocery store that serves hearty seasonal dishes and brilliant rare wines.

Great for: Lovers of meat and wine. Perfect for business lunches, birthdays, date night and anniversaries.

Instagram: @qualitychop

Where? 88-94 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3EA (+44(0)20 7278 1452)

  • Yauatcha City © Clerkenwell Boy
  • Head to Hoppers for Sri Lankan street food © Clerkenwell Boy
  • Freshly made pasta at Burro e Salvia © Clerkenwell Boy

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    Opening times (restaurant): Lunch: Daily (12:00-15:00) Dinner: Thursday to Saturday (18:00-22:00)

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Hoppers, Soho

The dish to order: The duck roti and egg hoppers with black pork curry.

Atmosphere: Sri Lankan street food flavours executed beautifully from the team behind Gymkhana.

Great for: A casual but epic feast with friends

Instagram: @hopperslondon

Where? 49 Frith St, London W1D 4SG

Burro e Salvia, Shoreditch

The dish to order: Pasta of the day – the menu changes weekly.

Atmosphere: This tiny pastificio (pasta factory/shop) pumps out freshly hand-made pasta to take home or to eat in at the communal table.

Great for: A quick and tasty lunch. Pair with a glass of wine or a cheeky Negroni.

Instagram: @burroesalvialdn

Where? 52 Redchurch Street, E2 7DB (+44(0)20 7739 4429)