London might be part of the health revolution but at the same time it is also part of another revolution. The over-the-top, indulgent, decadent food campaign. You know, the sort that should probably come with a health warning, shared with friends or only indulged in when celebrating (or commiserating). From 20″ pizza, to doughnut burgers and beef the same price as a holiday, here are nine seriously decadent dishes.
What: £150 steak
Why: If you’re serious about steak and have a reason to splash some cash (you’re commiserating, celebrating, just had a pay rise – you know the drill) then for the price of a European mini break you can order a Kobe grade 10+ fillet from M Restaurant for a rather hefty £1 per gram. It is from Hyogo in Japan, though, and graded A5 so at least for your money you’re getting the top steak around.
Where: 2-3 Threadneedle Walk, 60 Threadneedle Street, London EC2R 8HP
What: Waffles as messy as they come
Why: When it comes to unhealthy food if it’s not as messy as physically possible it’s not really been done right. The folks at Nosteagia have got it right with their Bubble Waffles. We’re talking egg waffles turned into a cone and stuffed full of cream, sauce and a variety of toppings including Oreos or raspberries (you know, for the health conscious….). Not only do they sound amazing but they’re super photogenic and sure to make all your insta-buddies jealous.
Where: Shoreditch Service Station, 168-175 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, E1 6HU
What: Doughnut meets burger
Why: How often have you eaten a delicious meal, eyed up something amazing on the dessert menu, but not had enough space to fit it in? For us it’s a pretty regular occurrence. Well count your lucky stars, because Red’s True BBQ have the answer. Why not combine the main course and dessert into one mouth-watering dish – swap the buns of a burger for two sticky, glazed doughnuts and you’re onto a winner… all-be-it a rather messy one.
Where: 54-56 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3QR
What: The mother of all cocktails
Why: Never before has a cocktail had a name so apt. Meat Liquor have created the most brilliantly questionably cocktail of all time, unhealthy in more ways than one – physically, mentally and, more than likely, emotionally. Vodka, gin, rum, tequila, triple sec, pisang ambon and absinthe all in one glass, topped off with lemon juice and tropical Red Bull. Definitely not one for the faint-hearted.
What: An omelette fit for a royal
Why: You might wonder why an omelette has made it on to this list, but this isn’t just any omelette. This isn’t the sort that Gwen might cook Ness with cheese and ham (Gavin & Stacey reference, obviously). No, this is the signature dish at The Goring. And if you’ve been to The Goring then you know that nothing is done by halves. It’s decadent, smart and favoured by royalty, so only seems right that the omelette is given the same treatment, with the addition of glazed lobster, duck fat chips and lobster Caesar salad. Indulgent, creamy and definitely like any other omelette you’ll have had.
Where: The Goring, Beeston Place, Belgravia, SW1W 0JW
What: Milkshakes on steriods
Why: Freakshakes: part milk shake, part pudding, part dream, part heart attack. These Australian creations have made their way across the world and have ended up in Dalston at Molly Bakes. They’re outlandish, perfect Instagram fodder and, we imagine, sugar-headache inducing. Made using ice cream from Ice Cream Union they’re available in four flavours: chocolate, peanut butter, raspberry, caramel and topped with the likes of brownies, cookies, tarlets, marshmallows and honeycomb! Book in a pre Freakshake gym class now.
Where: 450 Kingsland Road, Dalston, E8 4AE
What: 20" Pizza
Why: Magnums of red wine, Prosecco on tap and 20″ pizza – if you’re in the mood to indulge then Homeslice is the place to go! The pizzas are crispy and topped with the likes of goat shoulder and sumac yoghurt and caramelised onions with olives and anchovies, so whilst you’re eating alot you won’t leave feeling like you’ve just consumed a bucket of grease.
Where: 13 Neal's Yard, Covent Garden, WC2H 9DP
What: Bleecker Black Burger
Why: When it comes to burgers, Bleecker St. are at the top of their game, but if you want to up your own burger eating game then you want to order the Bleecker Black. Topped with sauce, onions, cheese and wait for it, a good old slice of black pudding, the Bleecker Black is not one to miss.
Where: Old Spitalfields Market Unit B SP 4, Shoreditch, E1 6EA
What: Deep fryed foie gras
Why: When it comes to indulgent food it doesn’t always have to be as big, messy and greasy. If you’re the kind of person who likes to tuck into something unhealthy but still wants to keep things classy then look no further than 100 Wardour St.’s Crispy Foie Gras. Sticking to the traditional way of making things unhealthy, 100 Wardour St. are taking out the deep fat fryer and unleashing it on their already-indulgent foie gras to make it, well, amazing.
Where: 100 Wardour Street, Soho, London, W1F 0TN
Freakshake Photo: Zoe Fleming