Top 10 food and drink trends

Casual dining and comfort food are proving big hitters with pizza, chicken, doughnuts and tea among today’s culinary success stories.

Layout 1With London having emerged as the culinary capital of the world, the pace of change in the city is fast. While last year people went wobbly at the knees for MeatLiquor burgers, Pitt Cue Co pulled pork buns and MASH steaks, chicken is indisputably the meat of choice in 2013, with Zuma founders Rainer Becker and Arjun Waney choosing to open a rotisserie restaurant rather than a steakhouse on the 32nd floor of The Shard.

Meanwhile, pizza is also enjoying its moment in the sun, with Polpo’s Russell Norman soon to open a Brooklyn-style pizzeria in Soho and the erstwhile peripatetic Homeslice London setting up a fixed address in Covent Garden offering gourmet pizzas by the slice and Prosecco on tap, another trend emerging in the capital despite the practice being banned in 2009.

Also on the fizz front, a buzz is building around cava with two specialist cava bars opening in the capital in as many months, offering flights, tapas and vintage examples of the northeastern Spanish sparkler. On the subject of vintage offerings, forward-thinking London bars have been expanding their liquid libraries with vintage spirits, serving cocktails mixed with 19th century rye and Edwardian gin at £100 a glass.

And if it all gets too much, Londoners can lay off the sauce and switch to tea, which is seeing a surge in popularity through the opening of a slew of tea bars across town, offering everything from bubble teas and chais to vintage and single estate brews at the top end – gan-bei!

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