The 100 best dishes in London 2012 - at a glance

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  • Beef ribs at Duke’s Brew & Que

    £13, Duke’s Brew & Que, 33 Downham Road, N1 5AA

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  • Beyti kofte at Mangal Ocakbasi

    £9, Mangal Ocakbasi, 10 Arcola Street, E8 2DJ

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  • Chargrilled pork at Eyre Brothers

    £21, Eyre Brothers, 70 Leonard Street, EC2A 4QX

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  • Chargrilled quail at Song Que

    £6.50, Song Que, 134 Kingsland Road, E2 8DY

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  • Chicken satay at Satay House

    £6.60, Satay House, 13 Sale Place, W2 1PX

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  • Chilli lamb skewers at Manchurian Legends

    £1.50 per skewer, Manchurian Legends, 12 Macclesfield Street, W1D 5BP

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  • Kebabs at Antepliler

    From £9.50, Antepliler, 139 Upper Street, N1 1PQ

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  • Lamb chops at Tayyabs

    Four for £6.20, Tayyabs, 83 Fieldgate Street, E1 1JU

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  • Pulled pork at Pitt Cue Co

    Pitt Cue Co, 1 Newburgh Street, W1F 7RB

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  • Seseri skewers at Bincho

    £1.80 per skewer, Bincho, 16 Old Compton Street, W1D 4TL

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  • Veal chop at Zucca

    Veal chop with lemon and spinach: £16, Zucca, 184 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3TQ

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  • Mince and tatties at Dean Street Townhouse

    £13.50, 69-71 Dean Street, W1D 4QJ

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  • Venison scotch egg at the Harwood Arms

    £3, Corner of Walham Grove and Farm Lane, SW6 1QP

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  • Full English Breakfast at Pollen Street Social

    £10.50, 8 Pollen Street, W1S 1NQ

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  • Fish and chips at Poppies

    From £9.90, 6-8 Hanbury Street, E1 6QR

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  • Pie and mash at the Square Pie Company

    £6.99, Old Spitalfields Market, 105C Commercial Street, E1 6BG

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  • Sunday roast at Trinity

    £35, 4 The Polygon, SW4 0JG

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  • Kedgeree at The Wolseley

    £11.75, 160 Piccadilly, W1J 9EB

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  • Matcha green bubble tea at Boba Jam

    £3.50, 102 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 5EJ

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  • Blueberry éclairs at the Lobby Lounge, Corinithia Hotel

    Afternoon tea: from £38 (excluding service), Corinthia Hotel, Whitehall Place, SW1A 2BD

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  • Barley sponge at Dabbous

    £5, 39 Whitfield Street, W1T 2SF

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  • Apple tarte tatin at Galvin Bistrot de Luxe

    £8.50, 66 Baker Street, W1U 7DJ

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  • Blood orange granita at Gelupo

    From £2, Gelupo, 7 Archer Street, W1D 7AU

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  • Friands at Lantana

    £1.90, 13 Charlotte Place, W1T 1SN

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  • Baked Alaska at Lawn Bistro

    Served as part of the set-price meal: from £19.50 for two courses, 67 High Street, SW19 5EE

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  • Pastel de nata at Lisboa Pâtisserie

    £1.05, 54 Golborne Road, W10 5NR

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  • Malaga raisin ice-cream with Pedro Ximénez sherry at Morito

    Two scoops £4.50, 32 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QE

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  • Cinnamon buns at Nordic Bakery

    £2.20, 14A Golden Square, W1F 9JG

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  • Salted caramel ice-cream at Oddono’s

    Scoop £2.30, tubs from £8.50 (half litre), 69 Northcote Road, SW11 1NP

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  • Salted chocolate caramel tart at Pizza East

    £6, 56 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ

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  • Peanut butter and jelly ice-cream sandwich at Spuntino

    £6.50, 61 Rupert Street, W1D 7PW

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  • Custard doughnuts at St John Bakery

    £2, St John Bakery, Arch 72, Druid Street, SE1 2DU (no phone)

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  • Heaven and Earth at Hix Soho

    £8.95, 66-70 Brewer Street, W1F 9UP

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  • Own-made charcuterie board at the Bull & Last

    £15, 168 Highgate Road, NW5 1QS

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  • Salt beef bagel at Brick Lane Beigel Bake

    £3.70, 159 Brick Lane, E1 6SB

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  • Wiener Schnitzel at The Delaunay

    £19.75, 55 Aldwych, WC2B 4BB

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  • Bacon naan at Dishoom

    £3.70, 12 Upper St Martin's Lane, WC2H 9FB

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  • The Kiwiburger at Gourmet Burger Kitchen

    £8.95, 44 Northcote Road, SW11 1NZ

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  • Shortrib French dip at Hawksmoor bar

    £10, Hawksmoor Spitalfields, 157 Commercial Street, E1 6BJ

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  • Persian fesenjân at Kateh

    £14, 5 Warwick Place, W9 2PX

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  • The charcuterie at Terroirs

    £7.50, 5 William IV Street, WC2N 4DW

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  • Rump and confit belly of Herdwick lamb at Lamberts

    £18, or from £25 when part of a set meal, 2 Station Parade, Balham High Road, SW12 9AZ

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  • Bone marrow and parsley salad at St John

    £7.10, 26 St John Street, EC1M 4AY

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  • Beef pho at Cay Tre Soho

    £9, 42 Dean Street, London, W1D 4PZ

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  • Walnut miso udon at Koya

    £11.50, Koya, 49 Frith Street, W1D 4SG

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  • Khow suey at Mandalay

    £6.50, 444 Edgware Road, London, W2 1EG

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  • Laksa at Providores

    £12, 109 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 4RX

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  • Lagman noodles at Samarqand

    £13.50, 18 Thayer Street, London, W1U 3JY

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  • Sea bass ceviche at Ceviche

    £6.75, Ceviche, 17 Frith Street, W1D 4RF

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  • Fish pickle at Rasa Samudra

    £3.50, 6 Dering Street, London, W1S 1AD

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  • Lobster roll at Burger & Lobster

    £20, 29 Clarges Street, London, W1J 7EF

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  • Mussels with nduja and fennel at Elliot’s

    Lunchtime £12.50, small plate dinner £8.50, Elliot’s, 12 Stoney Street, SE1 9AD

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  • Pa jeon from Cah Chi

    £6.50, 34 Durham Road, London, SW20 0TW

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  • Grilled razor clams at José

    £8, 104 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3UB

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  • Robata-grilled scallops at Roka

    £10.90, 37 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 1RR

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  • Soondooboo chigae at Koba

    £8.70, 11 Rathbone Street, London, W1T 1NA

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  • Natto maki at Atari-ya

    £2, 1 Station Parade, Uxbridge Road, London, W5 3LD

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  • Classic tortilla at Barrafina

    £5.90, 54 Frith Street, London, W1D 4SL

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  • Shredded pork summer roll at Café East

    £5.50, Surrey Quays Leisure Park, 100 Redriff Row, London, SE16 7LH

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  • ‘All Balls’ at Cinnamon Soho

    £4 each, £8.80 for a selection., 5 Kingly St, London, W1B 5PF

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  • The chips at Comptoir Gascon

    £3.50, 63 Charterhouse Street, London, EC1M 6HJ

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  • Wagyu beef nigiri at Dinings

    £10.95, 22 Harcourt Street, London, W1H 4HH

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  • Baby gem salad with anchovies and pancetta at Fino

    £6.80, 33 Charlotte Street, entrance on Rathbone Street, London, W1T 1RR

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  • Deep-fried pickles with blue cheese dressing at Meat Liquor

    £3, 74 Welbeck Street, London, W1G 0BA

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  • Sea urchin sushi at Nizuni

    £4.50, 22 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 2NB

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  • Duck egg tart with red wine sauce at Medlar

    £39.50, 438 King's Road, London, SW10 0LJ

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  • Croquetas at Pizarro

    £6, 194 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3TQ

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  • Fried yam paste meat dumplings at Royal China

    £3.10, 13 Queensway, London, W2 4QJ

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  • Ceps with bone marrow at Soif

    £9, 27 Battersea Rise, London, SW11 1HG

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  • Venison puffs at Yauatcha

    £4.50, 15 Broadwick Street, London, W1F 0DL

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  • Chicken livers at Yalla Yalla

    £4, 1 Green's Court, London, W1F 0HA

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  • Nigiri sushi at Yashin Sushi

    From around £8, 1A Argyll Road, London, W8 7DB

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  • Squid and mackerel burger at Arbutus

    £11.95, 63-64 Frith Street, London, W1D 3JW

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  • Frenchie burger at Bar Boulud

    £12.75, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LA

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  • Radish, celeriac, and pomegranate salad with truffle oil and pecorino at Bocca di Lupo

    £7 small/£14 large, 12 Archer Street, London, W1D 7BB

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  • Flame-grilled mackerel with smoked eel at The Ledbury

    £14.50, 127 Ledbury Road, London, W11 2AQ

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  • Confit of pork belly with rosemary-scented cannellini beans at Opera Tavern

    £6.95, 23 Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5JS

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  • Anjou pigeon, sweetcorn, bacon popcorn at Texture

    £16.90, 34 Portman Street, London, W1H 7BY

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  • Spicy pork and fennel meatballs at Da Polpo

    Three for £6, 6 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7NW

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  • Meat fruit at Dinner

    £14.50, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LA

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  • Goats’ cheese-stuffed courgette flowers with lavender honey at Salt Yard

    £7.95, Salt Yard, 54 Goodge St, W1T 4NA

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  • Banh mi at Banhmi11

    From £4.50, Banhmi11, Berwick Street Market, W1F 8TW (07775 029365)

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  • Chorizo sandwich at Brindisa, Borough Market

    £3.75, Brindisa stall, Borough Market, 18-20 Southwark Street, SE1 1TJ

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  • Cochinita pibil taco at Buen Provecho

    £3 for one or £6 for three, Buen Provencho, Lower Marsh, SE1 7RG (07908 210311)

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  • Hot dog at Big Apple Hot Dogs

    From £3, Outside 239 Old Street, EC1V 9EY

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  • Lamb jalfrezi burger at Bhangra Burger

    £6, At Eat St: King’s Boulevard, N1; 11am-2.30pm Tue-Fri (07859 004628)

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  • Mutton roti at Jerk City

    £7, Jerk City, 189 Wardour Street, W1F 8ZD

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  • Som tam at KaoSarn

    £4.90, Units 2 and 96, Brixton Village Market, Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8PR

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  • Beetroot ravioli at Bistrot Bruno Loubet

    £8, St John's Square, 86-88 Clerkenwell Road, London, EC1M 5RJ

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  • Ajo blanco at Copita

    £3.95, Copita, 26 D'Arblay Street, W1F 8EP

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  • Burrata with blood orange and coriander seeds at NOPI

    £12, 21 Warwick Street, London, W1B 5NE

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  • Cabbage thoran at Rasa

    £3.60, 55 Stoke Newington Church Street, London, N16 0AR

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  • Chestnut tagliatelle at Locanda Locatelli

    Around £14/£19 for a starter/main course, 8 Seymour Street, London, W1H 7JZ

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  • Dosa at Dosa n Chutny

    Start at £1.95, 68 Tooting High Street, London, SW17 0RN

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  • Houmous at Hummus Bros

    From £3.50, 88 Wardour Street, London, W1F 0TJ

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  • Panipuri at Sakonis

    £3.30, 129 Ealing Road, London, HA0 4BP

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  • Poached rhubarb with coconut bread at Caravan

    £7.50, Caravan, 1-13 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QD

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  • Roasted aubergine with turmeric yoghurt and pomegranate seeds at Ottolenghi

    £2.80 per 100g take-away, £9 dinner, Ottolenghi, 287 Upper Street, N1 2TZ

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  • Spicy chickpeas at Roti Chai

    £3.60, 3-4 Portman Mews South, London, W1H 6HS

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  • Turkish eggs at Kopapa

    £7.70, 32-34 Monmouth Street, London, WC2H 9HA

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Prenisha
Prenisha

Provided all the information.and it was really helpfull

Monty
Monty

How about the legendary Smoked Haddock&Salmon Fish Pie in Wright Brothers Soho &Borough Market????

Douglas
Douglas

I hate everybody who has posted before me.

Nick
Nick

GBK? Really?

LB
LB

Andrew - the short-rib French dip is served in the Hawksmoor bar, not the restaurant. You can't order steak in the bar. I have had the short rib French dip and I think it's a very appropriate entry on this list; it's pretty unique and in a different league to anything at Bodeans, hardly somewhere I would call amazing....?!

Andrew
Andrew

Shortrib French dip?! from Hawksmoor?! REALLY?! Who goes to Hawksmoor and don't order a steak?! this list is ridiculous, not to mention several amazing places missing such as Shaka Zulu an Bodeans even...but you put Big Apple Hot Dogs?! JOG ON.

Carlos
Carlos

Am I to believe that the best dishes in all of London can only be found in the SE or SW post code or W1?? Come on..

edible
edible

and Pizza. A glaring absence....

edible
edible

and Pizza. A glaring absence....

Edible
Edible

Yep. Agree. With pretty much all of it. Apart from where the hell is Lucky Chip? Gourmet Burger Kitchen. What is this? The Noughties?