BEST FOR MODERN INDIAN: Kricket
Combining the best British seasonal ingredients with authentic Indian flavours, aromas and spices, Kricket offers a casual approach to east-meets-west dining. Cooked and packaged with care, its delivery concept offers feasts of differing sizes, plus a huge selection of dips and sides, such as mooli pickles, two types of raita, date and tamarind sauce and chilli garlic mayo – all outstanding accompaniments to the excellent Keralan fried chicken.
What To Order: Welsh lamb leg korma and king prawn moilee.
BEST FOR PIES: M. Manze Pie & Mash
M. Manze Pie & Mash’s pies, mash, green liquor and eels are legendary and uphold the traditions created by founder Michele Manze more than a century ago. Today, three London sites – Bermondsey, Sutton and Peckham – deliver pies made with its famous handmade pastry. A light, flaky crust is filled with minced beef sourced from the freshest prime cuts – no filler meats or offal here – and a modest amount of gravy, before the final pastry lid is added. Looking for a meat-free option? There’s a vegan version made with soya mince.
What To Order: Pie, mash and liquor – for just £4.99.
BEST FOR JAPANESE FUSION: Nanban
One of our favourite spots in Brixton, former MasterChef winner Tim Anderson’s Nanban offers a quirky take on Japanese dude food. Alongside umami-laden dishes such as crispy jerk pork belly, a variety of ramen and yaki udon, there’s his knockout chicken karaage: crispy marinated deep-fried chicken thighs with honey-miso mayo. Delicious with a cold pale ale or sparkling sake, which also just happen to be available to order.
What To Order: The ‘Nanbanoffee Pudding’ – banana custard, honey cream and miso butterscotch.