The best potato dishes in London right now

We have nothing but the utmost respect for the late Douglas Adams, but when he wrote “It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.” he couldn’t have been more wrong. As proof, just look at these amazing potato dishes currently on the menus of London restaurants.


Kudu's potato rosti

119 Queen's Rd, London SE15 2EZ

Dinner at Kudu in Peckham is what you need to book if you want to enjoy this fabulous side of ‘pommes rosti’ which is drizzled with smoked yoghurt and dusted with dulse vinegar powder.

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Fallow’s boulangere potatoes

Fallow’s boulangere potatoes

2 St James’s Market, London SW1Y 4RP

Fancy a change from confit potatoes? Then you’ll be wanting the boulangere potatoes on the menu at Fallow. The potatoes are layered and pressed and braised in stock before they get a lovely dip in the deep fryer.

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Milk Beach’s potato gems

Milk Beach’s potato gems

Soho and Queens Park

A dish so loved by its customers, that it also had to go on the menu when they opened their second restaurant in Soho. Grated potato is pressed and then fried in cubes before being topped with buttermilk, chives and salmon roe.

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The Petrossian Cafe’s caviar potato

The Petrossian Cafe’s caviar potato

6 Fulham Rd., South Kensington, London SW3 6HG

What do you get when you pair the most basic of carbs with the most luxurious of foodstuffs? This luxe take on the humble baked potato, which features a generous amount of caviar topping a potato shell filled with smooth mash, cream and chives.

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Juliet's Quality Foods hash browns

Juliet's Quality Foods hash browns

110 Mitcham Rd, London SW17 9NG

There are many great ways to start the day, but for an absolute guaranteed hangover-busting, face-the-day-with-confidence dish, you'll want The Poacher Hash at Juliet’s. It’s a plate of super crispy hash browns topped with an unseemly amount of cave-aged Lincolnshire Poacher cheese. Simple, but effective.

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Smoked eel brandade with crisps at Bottle & Rye

Smoked eel brandade with crisps at Bottle & Rye

Ground Floor, 404-406 Market Row, London SW9 8LD

For a double potato dream order this dish at Robin Gill’s Brixton wine bar. You’ll be served a bowl of creamy mash and smoked eel topped with handmade crisps for scooping. It’s probably supposed to be for sharing, but who would want to split this?

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Pink Fir Potatoes at Scully

Pink Fir Potatoes at Scully

4 St James's Market, St. James's, London SW1Y 4QU

This may look simple at first glance, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The potatoes are blanched, lightly deep-fried and then barbecued before being served with a one-year-old Pumpkin Seed and Chilli Miso that’s split with, among other things, a 6-month old Parmesan and Mimolette cheese garum made using the rinds of the cheeses they’ve collected over three years. So, it's definitely not something you’d knock up at home.

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Hawksmoor's Tunworth mash

Hawksmoor's Tunworth mash

Various locations across London

Hawksmoor has all manner of carby treats, including some particularly good beef dripping fries, mash & gravy and triple cooked chips. But it's the deeply cheesy Tunworth mash that we return to again and again. Essentially it's mash with a quarter piece of Tunworth cheese in the middle - hard to beat. 

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Sessions Arts Club's Eel and Potato

Sessions Arts Club's Eel and Potato

24 Clerkenwell Green, Farringdon, London EC1R 0NA

Florence Knight's take on the confit potato really takes things up a notch - with layers of eel in between the crispy layers of potato. Definitely a must-order if you book a table here. The addition of the roe makes it feel almost like a new take on fish & chips. 

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Quality Chop House's confit potatoes

Quality Chop House's confit potatoes

Clerkenwell - 92–94 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3EA

Probably London’s best-known potato dish, this has been on the menu at Quality Chop since it was first devised by chef Shaun Searley back in 2013. Sliced, baked, compressed and then deep-fried before serving with a simple addition of Maldon salt and mustard dressing, it’s the dish to beat.

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Quality Chop House's confit potatoes

Core's Potato & roe

Notting Hill - 92 Kensington Park Rd, London W11 2PN

One of the classic dishes on Clare Smyth's tasting menu at her multi-award-winning restaurant is 'Potato and roe’ - sitting in a pool of dulse beurre blanc, and topped with herring and trout roe. It's a dish inspired by Clare's childhood growing up on a farm in Northern Ireland by the sea and it's probably the poshest potato dish we've ever tried.

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Brat's Smoked Potatoes

Brat's smoked potatoes

Shoreditch - 4 Redchurch St, London E1 6JL

Take potatoes, place them in the fire at Tomas Parry’s Shoreditch gaff and then let the application of heat, fire and smoke do its work. Serve in a puddle of melted butter. Job done.

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Barrafina's Tortilla

Barrafina's tortilla

Soho, Covent Garden, King's Cross

The arrival of this oozy, not quite set tortilla to London in 2007 was a revelation. Chef Nieves Barragan turned the original 27 stooled bar on Frith Street into somewhere foodies would queue for an hour for tapas. Nieves is now at Sabor (which also do a mean tortilla), but the made-to-order tortilla at Barrafina is still a thing of beauty.

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Trivet's Hokkaido Potato - Baked potato Millefeuille

Trivet's Hokkaido baked potato millefeuille

Bermondsey - 36 Snowsfields, London SE1 3S

At Jonny Lake and Isa Bal’s London Bridge restaurant, the dessert you’ll be most intrigued to try is this - made from roasted potato skins which are then added to puff pastry to form the layers, it’s served with sake and white chocolate mousse, butter and sake gelato. They’ve managed to turn a basic potato into this thing of architectural patisserie beauty and for that, they should be lauded.

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Dauphinoise potato, winterdale cheddar & caramelised onion

Dauphinoise potato, Winterdale cheddar & caramelised onion pie at Holborn Dining Room

Holborn - 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN

This vegetarian wonder is served up by Nokx Majozi who has taken on the reins as Head Pie Maker at Holborn Dining Room. They may be known for pork pies but this potato pie is every bit as worth the journey as its meaty counterparts. It's also their first gluten-free pie, so even more people can try its potato goodness. 

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Chaat masala chips at Brigadiers

Chaat masala chips at Brigadiers

Bank - Bloomberg Arcade, 3 Queen Street, London, EC4N 8BN

Originally described as chaat masala aloos, these are now called chips on the menu - but they're really another great example of confit potatoes in London. They're deep-fried and then dusted in their house chaat masala, and served with masala ketchup. Awesome. 

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Placki at ognisko

Placki potato pancakes at Ognisko

South Kensington - 55 Exhibition Rd, London SW7 2PG

With a whole section of the menu devoted to placki - Polish potato pancakes - a visit to Ognisko in South Ken has to be on any tuberphiles hit list (yes, we're aware that's not a real word). You'll have to take it from us that there's actually some underneath all the chicken livers in the picture above. These rosti-like pancakes are heaven and you'll need them if you're going to work your way through Ognisko's vodka list. 

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