Where to Eat Insects in London
By Ailis Brennan
Monday 25 June 2018 15:36
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Eating bugs is more than a gimmick – it could actually be the future.
As a more sustainable source of food than the greenhouse-gas-billowing meat and dairy industry, eating high protein, nutrition-packed insects on the regular isn’t a bad idea – and they can taste pretty good too.
London's avocado obsession has seen it served in all forms – even topped with grasshoppers. At its new London Bridge location, Mexican restaurantSanto Remedio is continuing to inject a protein punch into its version of guacamole. Its Oaxaca-hailing dish of lime and chilli-packed guac comes with a sprinkling of crunchy edible grasshoppers, sourced from Mexico itself – who needs the tortillas?
152 Tooley Street, Southwark, SE1 2TU,
Including insects in a meal isn’t that unusual – people in 80 per cent of countries around the world already do it regularly. One of those is Thailand, the birthplace of Greyhound Cafe. The fashion house-turned-restaurant opened up its first UK location in Fitzrovia last year, serving Thai street food crossed with European favourites. One of the kookier dishes on the menu is Bugs in my Salad, a dish of green salad, soy wasabi dressing, and crunchy fried Thai pupae.
37 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3LZ,
Sustainability is the key ingredient at Native, a restaurant dedicated to embracing seasonal, local produce, foraged foods and a zero waste ethic. That means British bugs are up for grabs and make their way into the climax of the restaurant's tasting menu – leave room for the petit fours, and you can treat yourself to a helping of fudge topped with wood ants.
32 Southwark Street, London Bridge, SE1 1TU, eatnative.co.uk
Archipelago’s menu specialises in double takes – yes, you really did read “kangaroo skewers” and “python carpaccio”. Among their think-outside-the-box menu, you’ll find a Love Bug Salad to enjoy on the side and a dessert selection including chocolate-covered locusts and Bushman’s Cavi-err, a dish of caramel mealworms served on blinis with coconut cream and vodka jelly. You might need the vodka jelly.
53 Cleveland Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 4JJ, archipelago-restaurant.co.uk
Eating insects is definitely for those who like a little texture in their lives, with crickets and co offering enough crunch to conquer the humble crisp. At Covent Garden’s Lao Cafe, you can swap your bowl of pre-dinner peanuts for a bar snack of Malang Tod – in other words, a bowl of Laotian-style fried insects. Follow it up with Laotian mushroom soup with ants eggs and your pre-theatre dinner just got a little more dramatic.
60 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, WC2N 4HG, laocafe.co.uk
It’s not just restaurants that are getting in on the act. The creative folk at cocktail bar Nightjar are putting a rather literal spin on the classic mint-chocolate cocktail known (forebodingly) as the Grasshopper. Nightjar’s version comes with pisco, Fountaine chocolate herbal liqueur, tahini and carob wine, date milk and a garnish of “Chapulines” – an edible Mexican grasshopper. Previous concoctions at the bar have also included the Inca, which came sprinkled with dried Buffalo worms.
129 City Road, Hoxton, EC1V 1JB, barnightjar.com