This list includes many of those which were on the Eater London 38 pre-pandemic, plus those which have featured on past iterations. There are also notable additions from exciting restaurants which continued — through enormous, unrelenting uncertainty during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic — to cook, create, and serve their local neighbourhoods, and continue to do so now.Read More
Eater’s Recommended Restaurants for Takeaway and Delivery
Lunch, dinner, snacks, wine, and coffee all over London
Etles Uyghur Restaurant
Mukaddes Yadikar’s acclaimed Uyghur restaurant, is Walthamstow’s finest neighbourhood restaurant. It remains open for takeaway and is delivering through Deliveroo. A great option both for smaller and larger households with dishes such as chaomian, a stir-fry of short, cut lengths of noodle wokked with chunks of of beef, spring onion and tomato; and the trademark da pan ji (‘big plate chicken’): a remarkably deep, savoury, and spicy chicken and potato stew, teeming with Sichuan peppercorns, served with flat hand-pulled noodles.
The Temple Fortune sabich slinger opened its second restaurant, Alaesh at the height of the COVID-19 lockdowns and its third, on Leather Lane, as things receded. It’s taken it in its stride, with that sabich, one of the best sandwiches in the city, flying out alongside tubs of mafioso-smooth hummus and top-tier chips. Call for takeaway or order through the apps.
Roti Joupa Finsbury Park
London’s famous Trinidadian roti specialist’s three branches are back to doing what they do best: Doubles: sandwiched fried barra filled with spiced chickpeas plus hot, sweet, and sour condiments are never not a good snack. For something more substantial, grab a dhalpuri (spiced lentil) roti, filled with curried goat or chicken; or that same, moreish chickpea curry which fortifies the doubles.
Chef Sirichai Kularbwong might have reopened for dine-in, but a takeaway from Singburi remains one of London’s great dining events, especially when shared with a large group. Menu staples such as phad thai, wok-fried morning glory with garlic and fish sauce, and fiery, acidic tom yums will no doubt be available, but look to the blackboard menu for the restaurant’s hits — and never miss the moo krob.
Xi'an Impression London
One of London’s most well-known Xi’an restaurants is still a hit for delivery and collection. Find some of the city’s best biang biang noodle dishes, liang pi, wood ear fungus salads, salt and pepper squid, and Chinese hamburgers.
East Ham is home to London’s largest Kerala community, and its greatest concentration of south Indian restaurants. The pick of them might be Thattukada, run by Biju and Preeti Gopinath. Call 020 8548 8239 ahead to see what’s available for collection. There’s still an extensive selection of curries, some of its famous fries, and biriyani parotta.
The best tacos in London right now, available for takeaway Friday through Sunday.
Islington stalwart which for a decade has offered a fun take on the street food-style snacks of Delhi and Punjab, Delhi Grill is available for takeaway. Chaats, samosas, lamb chops, and tikkas, and a selection of curries make for one of the most reliable bets in N1 right now. It also serves one of the best murgh makhanis (butter chicken) in the city. Try it. Check website for details.
The area around Euston station is replete with no-frills, delicious places to eat. This little Malaysian basement setup from chef Sugen Gopal on Doric Way may be the best. Two pieces of freshly made, high-moisture roti canai — eat in or take-away — are best served with curry dhal. That speciality costs only £4.50, and is available for takeaway. Roti King is also listed on the Dishpatch platform.
Kate's Cafe and Restaurant
Kate Armah’s outstanding Ghanaian restaurant is made for portability as much as for dining in: A sharing platter that includes tsofi, chicken wings, kebabs, plantain, and more, is perfect for big meals at home. Other highlights include akonfem (guinea fowl), red red (fried plantain with black eye bean stew and gari foto), and any of the soups, which come served with either fufu, omutuo, banku, kenkey, kokonte, or rice.
The Quality Chop House
A blend of prepared foods — including the quintessential comfort classic of mince on toast — meal kits, snacks, sweets, and staples from this Farringdon heavyweight, delivering nationwide.
Beigel Bake is probably London’s most storied bagel shop, and given its reputation stems from chasteningly direct service as much as warm, salt beef-stuffed parcels, it’s fitting that it eschews the delivery juggernauts for its own app.
Master Wei Xi'An
Master Wei, by London’s pre-eminent Xi’an Chinese chef Wei Guirong, is open for pre-order collection as well as delivery through multiple platforms: Biang biang noodle dishes, with vegetables or beef and hot chilli oil; fine liang pi, cold skin noodles with a cool, refreshing, umami rich dressing, and the chef’s inimitable “burgers” with a cumin-spiced beef or pork filling. It’s all available.
John Li’s Spitalfields Dumpling Shack — which spans the cuisines of Shanghai, Sichuan, and Hong Kong — offers some of the best and most consistent takeaway food available anywhere in the east end, if not the whole city. It is now up-and-running for delivery — sending out its trademark shengjianbao — pork and leek fried soup dumpling, hand-pulled noodles, and batches of chilli oil.
The iconic Soho gelateria is taking its ice cream to the streets, with flavours like ricotta with sour cherry and fresh mint stracciatella. A two tub minimum order makes the choosing less taxing, with delivery to inner London postcodes available Thursdays and Saturdays. It remains, of course, one of the best spots to grab a cup or cone and go in the city, too.
Old Chang Kee Covent Garden
Old Chang Kee’s approach to closure has been simple: take a single, unimpeachable item, and get it around the country to as many people as possible. Its Singaporean curry puffs arrive frozen in four varieties — chicken, chicken without egg, potato curry, and beef rendang — ready to burn greedy mouths. Frozen curries are also available. Their Goodge Street branch is open for takeaway, and available for pickup from Monday to Friday. Check their Instagram for more details.
Santa Maria Pizzeria
Ealing’s homage to Naples and one of London’s pioneering Neapolitan pizzerias is still delivering from its W5 headquarters (and from Chelsea and Fitzrovia, as well). Flash-cooking in a wood-fired oven blisters the crust of these excellent pizzas, while the interior remains chewy and yields spectacularly. Toppings are almost accessories, given the quality of the base, but there too, there’s quality — nduja, fior di latte, the tomatoes. There’s no such thing as a bad time for pizza, but right now there’s something extra special about the receipt of one of the city’s finest.
Rice Error by BAO
The inimitable Taiwanese restaurant brand that is Bao London fast-tracked the launch of a delivery service in May 2020, and Rice Error now operates out of Fitzrovia, Borough, Hackney sites, with the customary Bao union of careful, arresting branding and fine ingredients immaculately arranged. Choose from a range of rice boxes, which use the award-winning Taiwanese chi shang variety: beef, chicken, pork belly, prawn, or tofu; and a selection of sides, including fried chicken, and sweet potato fries.
Casa do Frango
Some of London’s best grilled chicken is now available via delivery. Casa do Frango make peerless Algarvian-style piri piri chicken, served with excellent fries, and a good crunchy, green pepper, tomato, and oregano salad. Available from London Bridge and Shoreditch via Deliveroo.
One of the city’s best bakeries is fully back in business. Check the website for up-to-date hours and the current menu, which now runs the full Tetote gamut outstanding breads both Japanese and French, chaotic savoury buns like the hot dog and barbecue chicken, and featherlight brioches filled with fruit and rich custards.
40 Maltby St
A treasure. Unmoved by the comings and goings of trends, Bermondsey’s 40 Maltby St is a 40-cover answer to the question, pejorative as it may often be: What is great British food? Chef Steve Williams’ usual mode of answering that question has returned, but it hasn’t dimmed the greatness of the 40 Maltby Street takeaway lunch: unimpeachable sandwiches, often using much-loved menu items like fritters, alongside bijou tarts and heftier savoury snacks.
Kaieteur Kitchen Original
Chef Faye Gomes’ outstanding Guyanese market stall has relocated to Castle Square following the controversial demolition of Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre next to which Gomes had traded for 17 years. For the chef’s trademark, long-prepared and slow-cooked traditional dishes like pepper pot, garlic pork, and cow foot souse, check in advance. Or go for a surprise and try dishes which draw on the many culinary influences and colonial legacies of Guyana: dal puri roti; phoulorie; fried fish with tomato; potato, green mango, okra, and coconut curry; stewed brown chicken which, like the pepper pot, is coloured and enriched with casareep, a liquid extraction from cassava root, as well as clove and cinnamon; and stew pumpkin. Check Gomes’ Instagram for the latest menu.
Peerless pica pollo, Dominican fried chicken, is available from La Barra, under the arch in Eagles Yard, Elephant and Castle for takeaway through lockdown.
Alhaji SUYA (Greenwich) Open 7 days
“Indisputable king of suya in London” Abdullahi Maikano’s Peckham suya spot has reopened, but his arrival in Greenwich was one of the success stories of the last lockdown, bringing his electric yaji a new, temporary home. Now he’s shipping his suya nationwide, alongside kilishi, a Hausaland dried beef snack dredged with even more of that yaji.
Pho Thuy Tay Cafe
One of London’s most accomplished Vietnamese restaurants, Thuy Nguyen’s Pho Thuy Tay is back to serving the hardcore Hanoi blackboard specials that attracted south east London’s Vietnamese students, but there is still a huge amount to love about the main menu which is available to pick up or order via Deliveroo. The pho is the best in the city, in the Northern crystalline style, but the pho chien trung is something rarely seen in London’s Vietnamese restaurants: noodles shaped into little rosti style patties and stir fried with beef, egg and vegetables. Don’t miss the beef and mustard green rice, the raw beef salad, or the pork belly stew, replete with one perfect and still runny deep fried boiled egg. Thuy’s phone number is 0788102988 — order by text.
Nandine - Camberwell Church St
Nandine — “kitchen” in Kurdish — is run by Pary Baban, her husband Pola, and sons Rang and Raman. Its renowned mezze, including kubba (minced beef and rice patties), onion dolma, and qawarma, plus delicious, intricate pastries like borek — made with a Kurdish pastry called galgali — and baklava are available for collection or delivery via Deliveroo from Church Street and Vestry Road branches.
FLADDA Fish & Chips
Probably London’s best, if not sole, high-low chippie. As Jonathan Nunn puts it: “A good fish and chip shop has to understand what fish and chips is about. There is no point trying to gussy it up...Fladda in Camberwell gets this, but isn’t shy to make improvements and alterations. Anonymous ‘chip shop’ sausages and pert, scarlet saveloys sit alongside battered sausages from The Butchery; homemade steak and ale pies alongside Pukka; whole fish fillets alongside a £5 fish bites...”
Possibly London’s best Jamaican jerk shop. On the edge of Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park, a smoky aroma detectable from many hundred metres, this stark room is still dedicated to one thing: immaculately, judiciously seasoned protein grilled without remorse. The age of these oil drums and the time-honoured expertise of Murphy Lawrence and his team turn out jerked pork belly, chicken, goat, and even lobster, that is penetrated with smoke, and lifted by all spice, scotch bonnet, and salt. Intoxicatingly delicious. Open Monday — Saturday,