Ah, the jackfruit. Known for being the stinkiest and, without a doubt, strangest fruit known to man. And yet there’s a major trend popping up over the city where restaurants are taking this tangy fruit and turning it into a meat substitute, replicating something a little like pulled pork (we’ll let you be the judge). While it can be on the chewy side, if done right, it’s outstanding. Here are a few restaurants across the city championing this weird ol’ fruit:
On a revolution of their own is Biff’s Jack Shack who’ve made it their mission to serve up the world’s filthiest, most indulgent vegan junk food. And you guessed it, their foodie products are made our of the world’s strangest fruit, which is then double dipped into a panko crumb and fried. If you go for anything, go for their wingz. They’re legendary.
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Club Mexicana is taking London’s vegan scene by storm with three major vendors across the city. If you’re taco crazy like us, one dish you need on your jackfruit radar is their pulled jackfruit carnitas topped with pico de Gallo, pink onion and salsa verde. Squeeze over a wedge of lime and it’s a bite of pure beauty!
For any herbivore looking to satisfy their comfort food cravings, Wulf and Lamb have you covered with their hearty ‘wulf pie’, layered with pulled jackfruit and lentil stew and topped with creamy mash potato. It’s creamy, it’s dreamy and makes for a great Insta pic too.
As if one jackfruit taco inclusion wasn’t enough, anyone on a taco frenzy should head over to one of Redemption Bar’s hideouts and order in their jack soft tacos. Think slow cooked spicy jackfruit stuffed into soft corn tacos and lavishly topped with fresh tomato salsa, guacamole, pineapple salsa and chipotle mayo. Yum!
Get by with a little help from Tell Your Friends and dive into their Moving Mountain hotdog piled high with barbecue jackfruit, gherkins, crispy shallots, and slathered with American mustard. Make sure you grab a tasty bowl of their ‘chicken’-inspired crispy jackfruit bites, they’re little balls of amazingness.
Inspired by old Irani cafés of Bombay who welcomed everyone from businessmen to taxi drivers, families to lone diners, Dishoom champions this united ethos. Although you can expect a hefty waiting time for your table, their jackfruit biryani is well worth the wait. It’s served with delicately saffron’d rice, potted and cooked with mint, coriander and sultanas.
If you’re starting out on a raw food diet, Vantra is probably going to be your first port of call. Vantra uses three key techniques to prepare their delicious dishes; raw, fermentation and steaming, to enable the maximum amount of nutrients can be retained in their food. But nestled amongst the salads and veggies, you’ll find jackfruit making a regular appearance on their menu. Venture over to Soho to try their super fresh and delicious plant-based offerings.
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