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Have a pizza this: Pizza Pilgrims

This street food favourite has added a new base to their shop offering. Now, ravenous locals in Clerkenwell can pick up one of their seriously moreish Neapolitan pizzas, or even slurp it, as ‘pizza soup’ is also available. Think tomato soup blended with all your favourite pizza ingredients alongside a dunking pizza dough roll. Delicious. And if you’re not in a rush, marvel at the pizza box artwork on the wall as you head for warmth downstairs. Pizza Pilgrims, 15 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 4QD.

Pho & Bun

Whilst the name isn’t representative of the whole offering here, it certainly is an accurate portrayal of the restaurant’s tastiest dishes. They do more than hold their own to compete with the long-established joints around the corner in Chinatown. The rare beef pho noodle soup is chin-drippingly delicious and packs a fragrant punch, whilst fluffy steamed buns housing beef patties and pork belly make for a truly indulgent alternative to the traditional burger. You can even team them with wine and if you fancy experimenting, Vietnamese beer for a more authentic experience. Pho & Bun, 76 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D 6ND.

Steak out at Manhattan Grill

If you’re ravenous and don’t care who knows it, you’ll do well here. This is not the place to be exercising calorie-control. Expect American-sized portions with meals you can never grow old of, however much you persist. The steaks top everything else on the menu, and they themselves can be topped with molten cheese and mushrooms if you can handle the extra flavour (yes, you can). Start as you mean to go on with extra-sweet desserts like the whippy chocolate sundae or zingy key lime pie. Manhattan Grill, 22 Hertsmere Road, Canary Wharf, London E14 4ED.

Bottomless Brunch at Asia de Cuba

All hail the bottomless brunch, for there isn’t much we’d rather do than indulge in a two-hour feast with a plentiful supply of cocktails or champagne. And there aren’t many places where you can gorge out and still feel completely civilised. It certainly has more style than your average and loaded with feel-good flavours of the Orient via Cuba to match. When your cigar box of treats arrive, nab the slow-roasted pork and cheese roll, a sandwich to rule all sandwiches, then continue the pulled pork pleasure with Cuban eggs Benedict. Finally, load up with unlimited Mexican doughnuts before concluding that no sugar-free resolutions will be made come New Year. From £48 per person. Asia de Cuba, 45 St Martin’s Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4HX.

Drake & Morgan at King’s Cross

You know you’re onto a good one when you start thinking about how the restaurant’s colour scheme and furniture might look in your own home. Aside from the sleek interiors, the menu is a good draw, consisting of familiar, home-cooked favourites like lamb chops with mint sauce and duck breast with chilli glaze that lure you further into ‘this feels like home’ territory. You’re onto a winner with any of the steaks, which come out nicely charcoaled whilst desserts like hot fudge sundae with liquor-laced cherries make you squeal with glee. Drake & Morgan, 6 Pancras Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4AG.

The Fir Room at Piquet

It’s unusual to journey to a bar for the food. Drinks always take priority so accompanying food menus are often severely limited. However, with the Fir Room – the bar at Piquet – you get standout drinks (seriously fine wine and small-batch champagne) with equally formidable food fare. There’s a casserole of tender cod cheeks with fried squid and chorizo that is joyful to launch into after braving the outdoors, the type of meal you want to hunker down with all night long. Duck rillettes on crunchy sourdough toast offers smooth but meaty bites that feel endlessly addictive, whilst the piggy burger with a large smoked patty, pulled pork and bacon (with chips on the side) is pure gluttony, and completely irresistible. Piquet, 92-94 Newman Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3EZ.

Reform Social & Grill

Sure, home-cooked dishes are great but sometimes you just have to hand it to the experts. The winter menu here is a good place to start, with well-prepared, hearty British classics that will be worth your while to emulate. There’s a tender, glazed beef shortrib with walnut-coated beetroot to provide a satisfying, crunchy point of difference. If you’re lucky enough to land plaice as the Catch of the Day, savour it neatly rolled up with capers and zingy bursts of lemon. On that note, you might as well finish with the lemon and raspberry posset which has just enough sharpness to reenergise the palate. Reform Social & Grill, Mandeville Hotel, Mandeville Place, Mayfair, London W1U 2BE.

50% off food at launch of The Ninth

New Fitzrovia restaurant The Ninth opens with a half-price food offer. French-Mediterranean restaurant The Ninth is the first solo venture by chef Jun Tanaka. Expect a sharing menu of seasonal dishes that have been given a distinctly lighter makeover, from salted beef cheeks with oxtail consommé, and lamb en croute with truffles, to razor clam ceviche and seabream with anchovy dressing. In advance of its official opening on 23 November, the restaurant will have a three-day (19 – 21 November) soft launch in which diners can enjoy dishes at half the usual price. Tables will be available for dinner on 19 – 20 November, and for lunch and dinner on 21 November. The 50% discount is only available with a reservation. To book, call 0203 019 0880. The Ninth, 22 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2NB

Spice Market launches Barley & Buns bao pop-up

For a limited time only, diners at Spice Market can tuck into Taiwanese-style bao buns with the new Barley & Buns pop-up menu. Capitalising on the success of Taiwanese gua bao (steamed, fluffy white buns traditionally filled with pork belly) on the London street food scene, Spice Market has launched its own menu of savoury bao buns with a pop-up, Barley & Buns, on the ground floor of its restaurant. There are six buns (£4 – £7) to choose from and one additional ‘bun of the week’ – on the evening we visited, barbecue chicken was in order. The fillings, all of which have south-east Asian influences, are comforting and well portioned, and the buns are pillowy soft with a trace of sweetness. There are lots of textures at play on the menu, from the more tender choices like classic pork belly with pickled shallots, basil and mint, and Thai shrimp cake with mango and a sweet nuoc cham fish sauce dressing, to one of our firm favourites – the soy-glazed short rib with apple …

PizzaBuzz brings tailor-made gourmet pizza to the City

New restaurant PizzaBuzz livens up Shoreditch and the City by inviting diners to create their own pizzas. Whether you’re the experimental type, or just a fussy eater, there’s fun to be had in PizzaBuzz, a cool new foodie hangout where you can whip up a tasty, custom-made 12-inch pizza in less than 10 minutes from counter to table. Set in the newly opened Alphabeta Building, located between Tech City and the City, the restaurant has everything that would appeal to the hipster diner, from colourful, mismatched chairs and curious animal-themed murals to gluten-free pizza bases and curly kale toppings. Just start at the counter and work your way along the extensive assembly line as you watch your pizza being created. First, pick from one of five pizza bases including margherita (£4.95), verde (£5.95) and tomato-free bianca (£5.95). All the bases are made using the restaurant’s own blend of white and spelt flour, with the addition of spelt helping to aid digestion. Second, add some protein – there’s pancetta, merguez sausage and fennel salami (£1.50 each) …