Pan global pancakes
Don’t put up with the same old crepe! Toss aside the sugar and lemon topping and go international with our guide to London’s best global batters
Tue Mar 4 2014
Photo: Rob Greig
Okonowhat? Master saying it, then you can get on with the important business of eating it. The word means 'as you like it’, and at this Brixton joint you can have the cabbageand- batter-based Osaka street-food snack with any topping you want, from basics like pork or beef, or more exotic things like kimchi, prawn and squid. Now practise saying ‘oishii’. It’s Japanese for ‘delicious’.
- Unit 39, (Brixton Village Market, Coldharbour Lane), SW9 8PS
Think your wheat/dairy intolerance excludes you from Pancake Day? Think again. South Indian savoury dosas are made from rice and lentil flour, and there's a full selection at this Tooting mainstay, from the spicy potato and onion masala sort to the 'paper roast' – a huge, ultra-flat version.
- 68 Tooting High Street, SW17 0RN
At this stylish Camden Austrian café, palatschinken – rolls of thin, sweet crepes – come with apricots as well as vanilla ice cream and whipped cream for full-on calorific joyfulness. If you like things more thrown together, go for the kaiserschmarrn: chopped pancake chunks with raisins, cherries and a dusting of cinnamon. A much more exciting breakfast than muesli.
- 20 Camden Passage, N1 8ED
Here in the heart of north London’s Turkish community, you can get half-a-dozen types of savoury filled pancakes, handrolled by an efficient team of hairnetted ladies, for less than the price of a pint. Kebabs aren’t the only late-night budget treats to come out of Turkey: if only ‘cheap as gözleme’ was as catchy as ‘cheap as chips’, they might be better known…
- 29 Grand Parade, (Green Lanes), N4 1LG
- Price band: 3/4
What could be a more ooh-la-la dessert than the crêpe suzette? This sweet, thin pancake, smothered in buttery orange syrup and orange liqueur before being set on fire, is well worth getting hot under the collar over. Try it at Garnier, a newish bistro with a timeless flair that makes it seem like it’s been around forever.
- 314 Earl's Court Road, SW5 9BQ
Across the pond, brunch ain't brunch without a good stack of pancakes. Mosey on down to longstanding, stylish west London diner Lucky Seven, where you can order plain, blueberry or banana varieties all day, every day. Cause when you want pancakes, you want 'em now.
- 127 Westbourne Park Road, W2 5QL
In smart Southwark restaurant Baltic, blinis are a flippin' hit. Toppings include mushroom 'caviar', marinated herring or standard keta caviar all at reasonable prices, though if you've got the budget of a Russian oligarch, you'll be wanting yours with Royal Belgian Oscietra Caviar. A snip at £65 per pancake.
- 74 Blackfriars Road, SE1 8HA
Remember Kingsland Road from ‘The X Factor’? The street that inspired last year’s most forgettable pop act has a claim to fame with greater staying power: its band of Vietnamese restaurants. Of the selection, Song Que shines brightest: its two types of bánh xèo (savoury crepe) have delicious fillings, both veggie (tofu) and non-veggie (pork and chicken). We don’t like them. We love them!
- 134 Kingsland Road, E2 8DY
Feast your eyes on the top restaurants in London, from the new gastronomic game-changers to the seasoned heavyweights who give this city its culinary chops Even for people as gastronomically experienced as Time Out’s Eating & Drinking team, whittling down the very best places to eat in London to just a handful of absolutely essential culinary stars was no simple task. Setting the criteria for our list of the 100 best restaurants in London was the easy bit. Anywhere we felt compelled to revisit again and again was instantly in, as were the places doing bold things with simple ingredients. The city’s latest culinary trends had to be acknowledged, of course, but only those at the top of their game could be considered for inclusion. We fretted, we sweated, we chewed on toothpicks while dramatically shortening shortlists with a big red marker. Until, at last, we had London’s best restaurants. So in the list below – surely the ultimate guide to eating out in London – you’ll find it all: zeitgeist-defining celebrity haunts, simple but stunning food from some of the world’s most exciting chefs, places with starched linen napkins and places where you’ll have to eat with your fingers. What they all have in common is that they serve uncommonly good food, at fair prices, with service befitting the setting. In short, if you’re looking for a great meal, you’ve come to the right place. You can browse the best restaurants in London by area or focus on a specific cuisine – if you’re looking f
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