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2020’s Top 10 Gourmet Trends

As we head into 2020 at full speed, we’re thinking of one thing only – what will we be eating over the coming months? Well, it’s out with the avo on toast and in with the Middle Eastern cuisine, and keto and ‘locavore’ diets look set to be making their mark on the food industry. The Resident picks out 10 trends that you’ll definitely be seeing on your Instagram…

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1 Non-Alcoholic Drinks
Many of us will be ditching the vino and gin for Dry-January, but the alcohol-free trend looks set to continue throughout the rest of the year too. There’s no doubt that we’re all becoming ever-increasingly aware of the need to look after both our mental and physical health, and of the damaging impact that drinking too much alcohol can have; in fact, the IWSR’s recent Global Opportunities in Low and No-Alcohol report revealed that 65% of the UK’s heaviest alcohol consumers (25-34) are either trying, or have tried, to cut back their alcohol intake. Perhaps as a result, we’re seeing bars, pubs and restaurants upping their game when it comes to the mocktail offering, whilst others are banning alcohol altogether. Redemption prides itself on being the world’s healthiest bar restaurant, serving vegan, sugar-free and wheat free food with an alcohol-free bar – there are branches in Notting Hill, Shoreditch and Covent Garden. Expect options such as a Humble Warrior tumeric and mango spritzer, or a ‘winter zinger’ featuring cold pressed apple and lemon juice with ginger.

2 Brunch All Day, Every Day
Okay so going for brunch might not be nothing new – is it really a weekend without a brunch? – but many restaurants have taken it up a notch to offer all kinds of fun and games whilst you eat. A good example is Flight Club, which you can find in Shoreditch, Victoria, Bloomsbury and Islington; on a Saturday you’ll be treated to bottomless pizza and a bottle of Prosecco (what more could you want?) whilst playing an interactive game of darts. Similarly, at the wonderfully named Ballie Ballerson in Soho and Shoreditch you can indulge in a bottomless brunch whilst diving into a giant ball pit, and if you’re going for brunch at Bunga Bunga you should come armed with your singing voice, since it’s infamous for its karaoke.

3 Late Night Vegan Treats
Veganism was everywhere in 2019, and it doesn’t look to be going anywhere any time soon – research has said that in 2018 the UK launched more vegan products than any other nation and orders of vegan meals grew by a whopping 388% between 2016 and 2018. However, one area where it has historically been hard to find vegan food is in your local greasy takeaway, but this looks set to change: many completely vegan fast food chains are now popping up on the streets of London, such as Temple of Seitan in Camden and Hackney. Expect burgers, nuggets and mac’n’cheese, that have all been created using plant-based alternatives. Another good option is by CHLOE, where you can feast on vegan tacos, burgers, pasta and cakes.

4 The Celebrity Keto Diet
Thanks to the Kardashians, the keto diet is everywhere at the moment – for those of us who aren’t in the know, it is essentially a very low-carb diet that means the body gets its energy through burning body fat and producing ketones, rather than through the simple sugars that we usually get from carbohydrates. Meat, fish, eggs and dairy products are staples, so steak houses are among the most keto-friendly restaurants. Chipotle offers a hugely popular keto salad bowl too.

 

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5 Out with Avo; In with Nut Butter
Avo on toast is so last year – now, it’s all about the nut butter spreads such as almond, peanut and cacao. Not only are these vegan, but they’re often a super healthy option too; generally they are low in sugar, and high in healthy fats and protein. Ella Woodward, also known as Deliciously Ella, has loads of fantastic recipes for these spreads, and she also serves them up in her deli which is located just behind Oxford Street. Other cafes are quickly jumping on the bandwagon too: Ginger and White in Hampstead is the place to go if you’re after proper home-made peanut butter.

 

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6 Hummus, Hummus, Hummus
As a nation, we LOVE hummus – whether it’s as a lunch time snack, on toast, with salads…you name it and we’re trying it. In fact, according to Market Watch, the demand for chickpeas grew at a rate of 6.5% between 2014 and 2018 and supermarket shelves are stocking an ever-increasing number of variations on the traditional recipe. We love hummus so much that some cafes are dedicated solely to serving this tasty treat, such as Hummus Bar in Golders Green and Hendon. Humpit Hummus is another hugely popular option in the likes of Leeds and York, as well as in university unions such as Westminster and Royal Holloway. Perhaps we’ll be seeing more pop up in London soon…

 

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7 Middle Eastern Food 
Hummus is of course just one part of the huge range of delicious Middle Eastern cuisine that is out there – think falafel, tahini, tagines and flatbreads. Waitrose’s most recent Food and Drink report cited a rise in the sale of spices such as sumac, baharat and zaatar, suggesting that more and more of us are opting to try and create these dishes at home too, which perhaps shouldn’t come as a surprise since this food is often super healthy and vegetarian and vegan-friendly. Fortunately for us, there are already loads of amazing Middle Eastern restaurants across London; some of the best include Honey and Smoke where you’ll find dreamy options such as smokey aubergine with chilli and garlic marinade, as well as Berber & Q which also uses flavours from North Africa and across the Ottoman.

 

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8 West African cuisine
This was a highlight of Whole Food Markets’ annual trend report of 2020, which predicted that an increasing number of us are going to start looking to this region on account of its many superfoods. This includes moringa and tamarind, as well as lesser known cereal grains such as sorghum, fonio, teff and millet. As a result, West African restaurants look set to become as popular as ever this year – try Ikoyi in St James’ Market if you’re after fine dining, with options on the tasting menu such as plantain, beetroot and smoked cauliflower and smoked crab Jollof rice. Or keep an eye out for the excellent Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen, which still pops upon the street food circuit and runs kitchen residencies and supper clubs.

9 Sushi Mania  
Over the last year or so, Sushi restaurants have popped up left, right and centre in London, and our Instagram feeds are constantly filled with this Japanese delicacy – this is a trend which doesn’t look to be stopping anytime soon, but good sushi certainly doesn’t have to be limited to fine dining. In fact, we’re seeing a rapid increase in the number of sushi take-away outlets, with Wasabi leading the way. Sticks ‘n’ Sushi, which you’ll find on many high streets now, including Wimbledon, Greenwich and The King’s Road, never fails to please and does takeaway. Other good options include the likes of Zaibatsu in Greenwich, where you’ll find tasty noodles too, and Kokoro in Wimbledon.

10 Cutting Down on Food Miles
If you’re someone who goes above and beyond to eat locally sourced foods, you might label yourself as a ‘locavore’ – trust us, this is a health trend which is firmly on the rise. Locavores only eat food that has been sustainably sourced from within a certain radius, such as within 50, 100 or 150 miles, and there is an emphasis on buying from local farmers’ markets as well as growing your own. This is of course part of the movement to cut down on food miles, which in turn helps to reduce harmful CO2 emissions. Fortunately, there are plenty of thriving farmers markets here in London, which are great places to go if you want to buy food that has been produced organically, ethically and locally – you can find a list at lfm.org.uk. There are plenty of restaurants that focus on keeping their food miles low too, such as The Clerkenwell Kitchen where you’ll find delicious breakfasts and coffee.



 

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