As any London-based gourmand knows, the capital offers an amazing range of eating options, which can at times be over-whelming or even obscured by numerous steak houses and burger bars. Apps like Urban Spoon and Yelp are great for listing nearby eateries but have a tendency to swamp you with choices when you hit Zone One, with no real indication of quality. Wouldn’t a guiding hand be great?
Enter author and journalist Charmain Ponnuthurai, (author of Midnight Feasts and alumni of London recipe vault Books for Cooks (a Portobello Road institution started by Two Fat Ladies’ Clarissa Dickson Wright)) who lives and loves London life like any passionate resident or savvy visitor should, and has released a new application on the iPhone – London on a Plate, designed to make the great city a lot more intimate, memorable and accessible.
Rather than cataloguing every eating option the city have to offer, London on a Plate offers an advertising-free curated list and embraces every aspect of food culture – from taste, quality and service to recommendations for a handsome dinner party, including what to wear by the best British designers (although literally nothing in my wardrobe is in there so take their recommendations with a pinch of salt!).
Ah if you don’t live in London (so people can’t stand the place) London on a Plate also accesses London’s most acclaimed kitchens to source one hundred specially-commissioned recipes from elite chefs including John Torode, Fergus Henderson and Tom Aikens, which cannot be found anywhere else.
There are lots of cool images of fashion and furniture thrown in as well as a unique images of the city that are updated on a regular basis, making the app fun to casually browse.
The app was launched at £3.99 but is on sale for 59p at the moment in the App Store. A percentage of each app sale is also donated to London food charity Fareshare.