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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. From helping ease a broken heart to celebrating a new job potatoes are just the ticket and that’s before we get to their legendary properties in warding off the winter chill. As for chips, well they need their own devoted guide. Here are London’s best ways with the terrific tuber. 

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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Le Comptoir Robuchon's Purée

Le Comptoir Robuchon's purée de pommes de terre

Mayfair - 6 Clarges Street, London W1J 8AE

The "Puree" by the late Joel Robuchon is often touted as the best mash in the world. Broken down to its core, it's essentially 50/50 butter and potato. So no, it's not terribly good for you - but it is quite astonishingly delicious. We'd only heard tales about this before trying it at Le Comptoir and it really lived up to its reputation. Then we had three dishes of it between two of us. Not remotely sorry. 

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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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Daffodil Mulligan's Mash

Daffodil Mulligan's mash

Old Street - 70-74 City Rd, Old Street, London EC1Y 2BJ

We voted this dish our ‘best reason to carb load’ in the 2019 Hot Dinners Awards. There are various iterations of the mash, gravy and bone marrow combo around London but, in our humble opinion, Richard Corrigan’s Old Street restaurant is nailing it.

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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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Pink fir potatoes with smoked cod's roe at Manteca

Pink fir potatoes with smoked cod's roe at Manteca

Soho - 58 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7JY

There’s no doubt London’s restaurateurs love a bit of cod’s roe on the menu, whether they’re putting it on grilled bread at Brat or serving it with radishes on The Grand Duchess. But pairing creamy cod’s roe with roasted pink fir potatoes, hot from the oven was a genius move on chef Chris Leach’s part. 

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Fondant potatoes, filled with Stinking Bishop cheese at Loyal Tavern

Loyal Tavern's Stinking Bishop potatoes

Bermondsey - 171-173 Bermondsey St, Bermondsey, London SE1 3UW

Tom Cenci came down to earth from Duck & Waffle to launch Loyal Tavern in Bermondsey and while these potatoes were originally on the specials board, they're now a permanent fixture. Because who wouldn't want potatoes full of melted cheese?

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beef fat potatoes with ogleshield cheese at temper

Beef fat potatoes with Ogleshield at Temper

Soho, Covent Garden & City

This “yummy, gooey, melted cheesy hug-in-a-dish” is finished off with a bit of blowtorch action. Boyfriend/girlfriend just broke up with you? Hate your job? Hate your flatmates? Quite frankly, who cares when you’re eating this?

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Potato, Comté & caramelised onion pie at Holborn Dining Room

Potato, Comté & caramelised onion pie at Holborn Dining Room

Holborn - 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN

Chef Calum Franklin may have first found Insta-fame with his extraordinary pork pie creations, but this vegetarian wonder, which he serves up to fans who come from all over the world, is every bit as worth the journey as its meaty counterparts.

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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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