London’s fast-paced restaurant scene is always evolving – and with new kids opening their kitchen doors all the time, 2015 looks set to be big for food fanatics. The beloved burger continues to win our hearts, while share plates and communal eating seem here to stay. Expedia’s Aussie travellers spend at least 3 nights in London, so that’s plenty of time for a few fancy meals and a few bites to eat on the go. To help you keep on top of the latest trends, we’ve compiled a list of everything the cool set will be tucking into this year and where to find it.
1. Third-wave burgers at Patty & Bun
This fast-food favourite is still going strong, with a host of hip new sites popping up across the city. With an emphasis on quality British-sourced ingredients, the Patty & Bun team can be found in their 30-seater space behind Oxford Street throwing beef, lamb, chicken and chunky Portobello mushrooms on the hotplate for hungry punters to enjoy alongside a Red Stripe beer. The Liverpool Street branch is now going head to head with the nearby McDonalds, offering gourmet breakfast options – think bacon in brioche with eggs, cheese and green tomato salsa served on weekdays from 7:30-9:30am. 54 James Street, Marylebone W1U 1HE and 22-23 Liverpool Street, The City EC2M 7PD
2. Cauliflower at Grain Store
Forget kale, this year’s vegetable darling is cauliflower. And Kings Cross is where to find it. It’s been years in the making, but the massive regeneration of the Kings Cross area is nearing completion, meaning 2015 is the time to wave goodbye to the bitumen wasteland that was and say hello to a stunning new public space surrounded by restaurants and galleries. Leader of the pack is renowned French chef Bruno Loubet’s Grain Store, where the vegetables come first and the meat comes second. So what better place to get reacquainted with the humble cauliflower? Low in carbohydrates and bursting with anti-inflammatory properties, dismiss this nutrient-packed member of the cabbage family as pale and uninteresting at your peril. The good vibes continue through to the wine menu, where organic grapes and biodynamic production techniques rule. Grab a glass at the stunning bar space or sprawling outside terrace.1-3 Stable Street, King’s Cross N1C 4AB