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The top ten dishes in London

From street food snacks and sophisticated small plates to theatrical stars of the table, here's our pick of London's ten best dishes. Now, form an orderly queue...

We've sampled dishes across the capital to make dining out in London a piece of cake for you. From show-stopping plates at London's best restaurants to street food eats and simple, comforting menu mainstays, these are the top ten dishes in London that are well worth seeking out.

RECOMMENDED: Read our full list of the 100 best dishes in London


Classic tortilla at Barrafina

How much? £6

What makes it so special? Soft, pillowy and oozing in the middle, this particular Spanish omelette is whipped up before your very eyes. Hola!

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

How much? £7/£14 (small/large)

What makes it so special? There’s a reason this dish has been a mainstay on the Bocca di Lupo menu since the restaurant opened in 2008. Earthy, sweet and peppery salad components are perfectly offset by a heavenly truffle dressing.

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Kebabs at Antepliler

How much? From £11

What makes it so special? The kebabs here do justice to Anatolian eats. The alti ezmeli shish (£12.50) is particularly tender and rich, so be sure to seek it out.

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Beetroot borani with feta, dill and walnuts at Morito

How much? £4.75

What makes it so special? This crimson beetroot dip is full of garlicky goodness, with a sharp finish from red wine vinegar. Grab a flatbread and get dunking.

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The Spaniard (ceviche) at Señor Ceviche

How much? £8.50

What makes it so special? This ceviche is jam-packed and full of flavour, but plays a softer, more enduring game with the palate thanks to the addition of tomato and plantain. Sí, Señor.

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Butter chicken at Chai Ki

How much? £14.80

What makes it so special? Sure, it’s butter chicken. But this spicy dish uses tender chicken thigh meat that's been given a good old bath in tandoori spices – plus splashes of umami magic – before simmering in this sauce. Hot damn.

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Cauliflower shawarma at Berber & Q

How much? £4.50 (quarter), £7 (half), £9 (whole)

What makes it so special? This beautiful twist on the brassica is cooked in a whole host of Levantine spices. The humble cauli is flame-grilled, slathered in shawarma butter and topped with pomegranate molasses, so it totally steals cauliflower cheese’s crown.

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Steak tartare at Chiltern Firehouse

How much? £16

What makes it so special? 48-day aged Irish beef, a Burford Brown egg yolk and all kinds of emulsions, pastes and julienned accoutrements. Every mouthful is different and delicious, whether or not you add in the famous Firehouse hot sauce that’s served on the side.

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Confit pork bao at Bao

How much? £4.50

What makes it so special? Tender, slow-cooked pork with a topping of crunchy, deep-fried shallots is served inside the most fluffy bao milk buns you’ll find in the capital.

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Lamb chops at Tayyabs

How much? £7 for four

What makes it so special? The lamb comes charred around the edges and packs plenty of punch from a smoky, gingery Punjabi spice coating. It’s no surprise that this sizzling special has been lighting up Tayyabs’ tables for over 40 years.

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Now see our readers' favourite dishes

The people's top ten dishes in London

By now you'll have read our tantalising top 100 countdown on London's very best plates of food. But we wanted to hear from you. Which dishes from our list had your pulses racing this year? You voted in your thousands and below you'll find the results for the people's favourite London dishes. RECOMMENDED: Read the full countdown to the 100 best dishes in London

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By: Tania Ballantine


Nathan M
Nathan M

How come the top 10 here is different from the top 10 in the magazine last week?  Both seem to be from same authors and issued about the same date?

Marianne H
Marianne H

I would like to vote for Senor Ceviche! The website doesn't seem to be working, have tried multiple times. There isn't a table. Please can you register it from your side? Thanks! M

Sicxpence .
Sicxpence .

The Pork Belly Tajine with Ras el Hanout, dried apricots & Israeli couscous from The Palomar. Best thing I've put in my mouth this year :)