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Popular local restaurant L’Antica makes Neopolitan style pizza. Dough rises over 24 hours and is cooked quickly in a super hot wood fired oven. The hallmarks of this style of pizza are a puffy crust and soft, 'soupy' centre, with a spotted ‘leopard print’ on the base. Toppings are great quality and some come with names to match, like the Sofia Loren (tomato, mozzarella, artichokes, black olives, courgette, aubergines, parmesan, fresh basil and extra virgin olive oil) and the Michelangelo (smoked mozzarella, gorgonzola, porcini mushrooms, speck, parmesan, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil).
We love the focus on street food specialities and tandoor cooked dishes at Guglee, a Hampstead favourite. Intriguing starters include guinea fowl tikka with Kashmiri chilli and tandoori rabbit, while Indian street food snacks include pani puri — hollow pastry puffs filled with chickpeas and chutneys, which burst in the mouth. From the mains, the tandoor cooked Guglee salmon and Kashmiri lamb chops sound excellent.
This good value café serves noodles (as you’d expect from the name), sushi, sashimi and other Japanese classics. We love that Udon will deliver a chicken katsu curry with rice for £7.90 — this mild, sweet curry contains breaded, deep fried chicken, and it’s high up on our list of comfort foods.
Byron is always a solid choice. Their attention to detail shows in their burgers and we love their ever-changing specials, which are creative and fun. Past specials have included such beasts as the ‘Bunzilla’ — a Japanese inspired burger containing a soy glazed patty, miso-roasted bacon, an onion ring, shredded cabbage, wasabi mayo and pickled cucumber. Alongside the specials there are tonnes of stalwart burger favourites to choose from - classic cheeseburgers to smashed avo burgers, fried chicken to beef brisket, so there's always an excuse to get one of these down you.
Yes ok it’s Nando's but also, it’s Nando's! This ever-popular chicken chain now delivers to your door via Deliveroo. We’ll have a half chicken with chilli-garlic sauce and a side of those crushed peas, please. Oh and some corn. Maybe a few chips on the side.
At Arabesque you’ll find all the classic meze dishes such as vine leaves stuffed with rice, meat and herbs; falafel with hummus; spinach and cheese pastries, and plenty of sprightly pickles. For main courses there’s shawarma, and a large range of skewered meats. Vegetarian options include stuffed vegetables and fragrant biryanis. Beer is also available. Beer!
There’s an emphasis on seafood at this popular Italian restaurant. You can even order a 'Fisherman's Basket' platter at Locanda 311, which comes with juicy tiger prawns, calamari and crab claw, all lightly battered and served with chilli mayo and chips. Chuck in some added fried courgettes on the side (hey, that's healthy, right?) and that is one seriously indulgent takeaway.
Formerly One Sixty Farenheit, Porky's BBQ in West Hampstead has changed owners but kept their fare all about the barbecue. Hickory-smoked baby back ribs are soft and sweet, and there are hot wings served buffalo style, with blue cheese dip on the side. Burgers are present, of course (everyone must serve burgers nowadays, it’s the law) and it’s clear that this is one for the carnivores, with only a couple of vegetable options present, including the Memphis bean burger.