This post is perfectly timed for a Saturday morning. If you’re gasping for a glass of water and you’re belly is rumbling for a Dominoes. Stop. Read this. And re-think your fast-food options.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to get high and mighty and tell you not to eat fast food. Heck, this is prewritten and I’m probably scanning the fridge for carbs as we speak.
In recent years (and even months) there has been a revolution in the world of fast food. ‘Fast’ no longer means greasy sub-standard dishes filled with god-knows-what reserved solely for students . It’s all going up-market and here are my favourite companies doing good things in London.
Started in 2013 by Rose Lloyd Owen, Peardrop London delivers delicious, healthy lunches to West Londonders from her Portobello kitchen. Dishes include, Lentilicious!: beluga lentils with pickled courgettes, caramelised red onions, dried cranberries, hazelnuts, spinach, rockets, parsley and feta and Spring Chicken Salad!: grilled chicken with shaved breakfast radishes, peas, pine nuts, quinoa, mange tout, spinach, baby gem, parmesan, sunflower seeds and croutons with a lemon french dressing.
Main dishes from approximately £5 to £7
Specialising in global food delivered from several London kitchens, Deliverance has been on Londoner’s speed dials since the late 90s. This year they introduced a new healthy menu, including all the favourites, but for under 500kcals. They’ve added a delicious crunchy Asian Ribbon Salad to classic dishes such as their Pad Thai, Nasi Goreng and Vietnamese Chilli Pork Ball.
Main dishes from £7.80 to £9.90
The Flying Burger Company
New to London at the end of 2013, FBC brings West London a taste of quality burgers straight to their door. Using 100% grass-fed Aberdeen angus that has been aged for 28 days, carefully created and lightly toasted demo-brioche buns and the best accompanying bacon, salad, tomatoes and homemade sauces, FBC burgers are top-notch. The menu includes eight burger varieties, sides, sauces, desserts and drinks.
Burgers from £7.50 to £11.95
An oldie but a goodie, Franco Manca is a London institution. With sites stretching from Chiswick to Tottenham Court Road via Brixton, each and every pizza is made with slow-rising sourdough and a selection of carefully sourced ingredients. Although they don’t deliver, you can place orders over the phone and pick them up – they only take a few minutes to cook.
Pizzas from £4.50 to £6.95
There’s no shame in it people, get ordering!