By Carly-Ann Clements
Sweet dreams are made of cheese and so is a bloody good meal in London. Here are 10 places you can get extravagant, Insta-worthy cheese dishes in the city.
Let’s start things off with a bang - the viral sensation at Covent Garden’s Maxwell’s. The indulgent Cheesebomb burger set the internet on fire when videos of gluttonous cheese sauce poured over a bacon laced burger hit every news site in London and beyond. It left the menu for a short time but now it’s back and ready to help those Instagram likes pour in.
Camden Cheese Wheel
Another fave dish from the internet is pasta rolled in a giant Parmesan wheel and London’s
favourite place to get it is the aptly named The Cheese Wheel in Camden. The market-based
eatery takes freshly made spaghetti and rolls it in cheese with white wine and herbs before
topping it with tasty extras including more cheese.
One for the foodie explorer, The Poutinerie is a roaming food truck that specialises in that famed
Canadian dish which sounds like a pregnant woman’s cravings but is actually heaven on a plate.
Marrying chips, cheese curds and gravy with optional extras, it’s a carby delight that’ll make you
consider upping sticks and moving across the pond. The location changes every day so be sure
to check out the Instagram page.
From the streets to the slopes… kind of. Street food sensation Raclette Brothers serve up
traditional Alpine fare that’ll make any cheese lover’s heart beat fast - and not because of high
cholesterol. Before you get to dig in, you’ll see the Savoyarde cheese grilled and scraped over
potatoes, mini gherkins and optional meat. It makes for a great Insta story and an even better
meal. Get dinner and a show by visiting either the roaming stall or the permanent restaurant in
Fancy mac and cheese? Well, yes, always, but this mac and cheese is also a little more
sophisticated than your usual Thursday night tea. Packed full of Salcombe crab, London raclette
and Ogleshield cheese, Claw’s signature dish is a decadent bit of pasta you’ll want to eat over
and over again. Which you can because on Mondays there’s bottomless crab and salad for £15.
As Kappacasein is run by cheese makers, you can’t go wrong with any dish at this Borough
Market staple. However, if we were to sway you, we’d suggest the toastie. Often touted to be the
best toastier in London, Kappacasein’s grilled sarnie is packed with their raw milk, Bermondseymade Ogleshield cheese designed by owner William Oglethorpe. The melt also features other cheese blends along with leeks, garlic and onion.
If you believe pizza should be 70% cheese and 30% everything else, then Japes in Soho is an
absolute must for you. Serving deep-dish, Chicago-style pizza, Japes is the only pizzeria of its
kind in London. Though there are only seven pizzas on the menu (as well as pastas and salads),
you couldn’t get more variety. Choose from a traditional Margherita or pepperoni or go all out with a wild Carbonara and get all the stringy, melty goodness you could dream of.
It’s 2019 which means vegans are leading the way in cheese innovation. And this year, the UK’s
first vegan cheesemonger opened. Though this isn’t a restaurant, it is a brilliant place to get a
wide variety of plant-based cheeses - ideal for a post-dinner cheeseboard that’ll make all your
guests question if you’re trying to dupe them or not.
Honey & Co
Who can talk about cheese without mentioning cheesecake? And Honey & Co’s signature dessert
is one of the city’s best. Though the simple dish comprises just whipped ricotta, kadaif pastry, raw Essex honey, blueberry and nuts, this Middle Eastern-take on everyone’s fave afters packs a
punch that you’ll be talking about for months after.
Pick & Cheese
In September, the team behind Camden’s Cheese Bar will be offering a brand new cheese-eating
experience in Seven Dials’ KERB streetfood market. Diners will be able to enjoy a selection of fine cheeses which will be delivered to them via a 40-metre-long conveyor belt. There will be 25 British cheeses available to choose from, each of which will be paired with a complimentary condiment. There will even be cheese-flavoured ice creams to round off your meal.