There’s always an abundance of new fast foods to try. Whether it’s reborn again classics or healthy new concoctions from the latest hipster restaurant, fast food doesn’t just need to taste amazing; in the modern era it has to look amazing too.
Because fast food now has to satisfy another hunger: one for likes and comments on social media.
The importance of food aesthetics determines a large proportion of its popularity, but of course, there can be no sacrifice on taste.
Each year there are plenty of new food fads, here’s a rundown of some of our favourites you need to try in 2018.
Leon: Naturally Fast Food
Dubbed as the future of fast food, Leon is a rising star among fast food chains and the only feature in our list with a brick and mortar site.
Their founder wanted to move away from the realisation that conventional fast food “makes you fall asleep and wake up fat.”
Inspired by Mediterranean cuisine, think falafel wraps, mezzes, beautiful club salads and Sicilian chicken meatballs.
They cater for veggies, vegans, nut allergies, dairy and wheat intolerances, pescetarians, pregnant women, dieters, the adventurous and those who are really hungry.
Go to their website and be amazed at the future face of fast food outlets.
“Indian” Street Food?
More than ever before there is a demand for new flavours, bold colours and exciting textures.
These days consumers want detail and specifics.
Simply saying “Indian” won’t cut it, foodies want to celebrate that their goat meat gosht dabal roti is from the Far-Western Indian Streets of Gujarat.
Globally there is an abundance of goat meat, and yet, in the UK it’s seldom found on our plates or in our takeaway curry boxes.
2018 will see a surge in UK-bred goat meat offerings which is erroneously referred to as mutton in India.
Keep your eyes peeled for curries, samosas, bajis and dahls all containing locally-farmed British billies.
Warming, spicy, and full of amazing flavours.
Many spots in London are serving spiced or mango-infused goat’s milk to wash down their spicy delights.
Doner kebabs have, for a long time, been a taboo in the UK, being mainly consumed as ‘drunk food’ for clubbers wanting to binge on greasy meat in pitta at 2am on a Sunday to soak up the night’s excesses.
How times haven’t changed.
Happily, while the not-so-authentically-Greek kebab vendors continue to serve their nocturnal market, vegans of London can have their kebab and eat it, even for lunch.
What The Pitta are based in Shoreditch (E1) and serve vegan doner kebabs crammed full with spicy soy meat, chilli, salad, hummus and tzatziki.
So popular is this animal-friendly street snack, that WTP are expanding and are due to pop up in two more popular London spots.
The best part? You don’t need to drink 10 jagerbombs before you eat one!
The Cholesterol Stroll
Let’s face it.
Healthy is good, but sometimes, it’s good to be bad.
If you like cheese, this one’s for you.
If you haven’t already been to South Bermondsey’s Maltby Street Market (SE1), then shame on you!
Set among the iconic railway arches and frequented by artistes, trendies and foodies, this market is a long alleyway which is, shockingly, unfamous.
Meander your way through the crowd and get in line for The Raclette Brothers.
Hailing from the Savoie region of alpine France, traditionally this cheese would have been melted over fires, but the guys at Raclette Brothers use special raclette grills that allow them to scrape waves of cheese onto herby potatoes and pickles.
Of course, you can opt for the sausage option which inevitably disappears under a sea of cheese.
Don’t worry, it’s aggressively-topped with maple-bacon crumb.
The key to this incredibly indulgent delight is to simply not think about it, just enjoy it.
You will not be dissapointed!
Pour-overs and lashings of melted Raclette cheese gives a whole new meaning to naughty but nice.