After (yet) another public vote in which pollsters got the outcome disastrously wrong, perhaps it’s time to look a little further afield for the nation’s superforecasters. Those in search of an all-knowing seer could do worse than Kate Mossman, who penned an instantly legendary op-ed in the New Statesman in July of last year, proclaiming her love for what she termed hot items, viz. “Wraps. Falafels. Hot dogs. Samosas. Bits of hot meat. Greggs vegan sausage rolls. Buttermilk fried chicken cutlets from the branches of Sainsbury’s that have a hot oven”. She was met with ridicule on Twitter, as is customary.
Well, to quote the great Bob Monkhouse, they’re not laughing now. Far from an object of ridicule, such as a doomsday prepper 999,999 times in a million, Mossman has actually turned out to be right, like a doomsday prepper that one time in a million. A Londoner looking for a bite to eat these days is confronted with only a handful of options: cooking at home (thrifty but hard work), getting delivery (costly, and almost certainly ethically shady), or taking to the streets in search of whatever warmed-up to-go options restaurants have chosen to offer in these benighted times.
In other words: hot items. Those who might once have turned their noses up at Mossman’s diet are now forced to admit what some people knew all along: there a few things more satisfying than a well-selected hot item in the right circumstances. And make no mistake, these are most certainly the right circumstances. Here, accordingly, are 11 of Central London’s best.Read More