What would you eat if you could eat what you want?
We all know we should try and eat sensibly and that is fine for 364 days of the year, but there is one occasion when you are encouraged to break all the rules. Eat What You Want Day falls on 11 May and if you are lucky enough to be in London, there are plenty of treats to tempt you.
Here are some of the things we like to indulge in when we can eat what we want:
Croque monsieur at Dominique Ansel Bakery
Dominique Ansel may be famous for inventing the cronut, but it is not the croissant-doughnut hybrid that we recommend you order on Eat What You Want Day. Instead, go for the unctuous combination of béchamel, ham and cheese on crusty bread that is the croque monsieur. You will leave this Belgravia bakery with a big smile on your face, guaranteed.
Cornelius Fudge doughnut from Doughnut Time
Cornelius Fudge was the minister for magic in the Harry Potter franchise and his namesake doughnut can be conjured up all over London – from Shaftesbury Avenue to Shoreditch. Doughnut Time’s creation involves a chocolate glaze, pieces of brownie and toasted hazelnuts. What’s more, it is vegan, making this doughnut an indulgence for the masses.
BBQ beef brisket pizza from Homeslice
Sometimes all you need is a pizza and with five locations across the capital, Homeslice is there to fulfil your tomato, cheese and dough cravings. The other toppings at this wood-fired favourite are far from usual, however. A generous serving of BBQ beef brisket is sure to hit the spot, while the pickled carrot and celery will cut through the rich seasoning for a well-rounded and satisfying meal.
Cinnamon roll from Ole & Steen
The Danes really know how to bake and luckily for visitors to London, Ole & Steen have brought the Scandinavian style of cakes and pastries to England. While Eat What You Want Day is a good excuse to go all out, some people may wish to keep it simple and the cinnamon roll is the perfect way to do just that. Fresh, soft dough is rolled in the bakery’s signature cinnamon and butter mixture for a delicious pick-me-up.
Fish and chips at Ffiona’s
When in Rome, as they say… and when in England, eat fish and chips. Just a short walk from Royal Garden Hotel is Ffiona’s, a homely bistro that specialises in traditional British fare. It represents a great opportunity to sample a really authentic version of the classic fish and chips. Fresh haddock is encased in temptingly crisp batter and the hand-cut chips are deliciously moreish. Finished off with homemade mushy peas and tartare sauce, it is an unrivalled taste of old England.
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