We all have a go-to favourite dish that makes us feel a little bit toasty and warm inside when winter’s icy curtain drops, so we’ve rounded up the tastiest portions of scrumptious stodge to be found in the capital for your delectation. These hearty treats span the comfort food spectrum, with some treasured favourites sitting alongside weird and wonderful twists on fail-safe classics. When the winter chill nips in, forget the calories with this button-popping countdown to full-blown carbicide.
1. Breakfast for 2 Book Hawksmoor Guildhall
Hawksmoor Guildhall, The City
From a speakeasy-style bar boasting the best steaks in London, pair up and share a monstrously meaty breakfast. A hearty feast for 2 (or for 1 if exceptionally famished) overflowing with sausages, eggs, black pudding, a smoked bacon chop, grilled bone marrow, short-rib bubble and squeak, trotted-infused baked beans, unlimited toast and more. Now if that’s not comfort food, we don’t know what is.
2. Paella Valenciana Book Arros QD
Arros QD, Fitzrovia
Celebrity chef Quique Dacosta brings his passion for paella to his latest restaurant fleet addition. Warm up from the inside out with his paella Valenciana, an authentic rice dish with Dacosta’s added flair, filled with chicken, rabbit and garrafo bean, and flavoured with rosemary and a traditional aioli. Other classic Valencian dishes include flame-grilled octopus and black squid ink rice with calamari and artichokes.
3. Tonnarelli cacio e pepe, tellicherry pepper & pecorino Book Palatino
Cosy up in sunshine-yellow booths while peering over the open kitchen at this ‘honest Italian’ spot and watch the toasty tonnarelli cacio e pepe or any of Palatino’s autumnal pasta dishes come together. A simple but punch-packing spaghetti-style pasta dish, literally meaning ‘cheese and pepper’, is seasoned with fragrant tellicherry peppercorns and then finished with a generous helping of grated pecorino cheese.
4. Lobster Benedict Book Aqua Shard
Aqua Shard, London Bridge
Comfort food doesn’t get more luxurious than this. Slathered in creamy hollandaise sauce, lobster benedict is a divine combination of tender-pink Colchester Blue lobster, toasted muffin and delicately poached eggs. In a sky-high perch over London, indulge in this signature brunch staple with 360-degree city views in Aqua Shard.
5. Beef Wellington Book Savoy Grill
Savoy Grill, Strand
Put Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill on your comfort food go-to list, because this wholesome beef Wellington for 2 is an absolute cold weather must. Not only is the traditional British dish easy on the eyes, but the pastry-wrapped fillet is matched with a red wine jus. Sample this sumptuous treat or any of Ramsay’s 28-day dry-aged British beef roasts or grills from the wood charcoal oven.
6. Classic fondue Book Heritage
Naturally, cheese dominates the menu at this suave and stylish Swiss-inspired eatery and what a better way to max out the daily lactose intake by swimming in pools of oozy, bubbly, cheesy fondue. Serving at least 2, the classic fondue blends gruyere and raclette, and comes with artisanal breads, potatoes and pickles to dunk to the heart’s content. Enjoy other cheese-slathered dishes like the Cobble lane charcuterie with mini potatoes covered in a blanket of raclette or the Alpine mac & cheese.
7. The Mighty Stack Book Sticky Fingers
Sticky Fingers, Holland Park
Of course comfort food cannot go without including an American classic, the meaty hamburger. At the Rolling Stones memorabilia-clad Sticky Fingers, the mighty stack lords over all with its multiple chuck and brisket patties, melty cheddar cheese, bacon, sauteed mushrooms and garnish, and somehow squished between brioche buns. As the restaurant name suggests, the menu offers plenty other finger-licking dishes such as buffalo hot chicken or sticky baby back ribs.
8. Shoryu ganso tonkotsu Book Shoryu
Shoryu, Liverpool Street
Because is there anything more satisfying than a rich broth and noodles? Shoryu’s signature bowl is made up of 12-hour-cooked pork broth, juicy pork belly and a tea-soaked egg. There are plenty of other moreish options, like gyoza dumplings, squishy bao-style buns, and vegetarian ramen. Guests can dine Japanese style at sweeping communal tables, and watch the chefs at work in the open kitchen.
9. Pork belly roast Book Roast
Roast, Borough Market
One of our most-cherished national dishes, the humble roast is surely served best at the eponymous Roast Restaurant atop foodie haven Borough Market. Tuck into soft roasted pork with crisp, piggy crackling and velvety mash in this gastronomic retreat, and the much-talked-about Sunday roasts are also a winner here.
10. Rogan josh shepherd’s pie Book Cinnamon Bazaar
Cinnamon Bazaar, Covent Garden
Whack a good old-fashioned pie and curry together, and you get a winning cross-cultural mash-up. Fusing two comfort food staples from Britain and India, the rogan josh shepherd’s pie at Bib Gourmand-awarded Cinnamon Bazaar has won the hearts of Londoners in search of the ultimate pie fix. This Anglo-Indian creation mixes spicy minced lamb and warming mashed potato, where two perfect comfort food worlds collide on a plate.