1. Spag Bol Croquettes – Coin Laundry (Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell)
Spaghetti bolognese just like your mum used to make, deep fried in a ball of breadcrumbs (somehow), snowed upon by finely grated parmesan cheese. I’m fairly certain I need say no more.
2. Beer Battered Cheeze Fries – Club Mexicana (Dinerama, Shoreditch)
One for the vegans, and everyone else for that matter. All of the supporting acts work in unison here: sour cream, hot sauce, beer battered breading. But the miracle is the cheese. How the blinding-light-of-the-sun is this not animal cheese?
3. Deep Fried Mac ‘N’ Cheese Balls – The Blacksmith and the Toffee Maker (Clerkenwell)
Deep fried macaroni cheese balls are two-a-penny these days, but so consistently disappointing. Too often stodgy or starchy with whatever’s been used to bind the mix, and very rarely riding that stringy cheese vibe as you cut the ball open (which, let’s face it, is what we’re all really after). This one has that in spades. Tasty marinara dip too.