Is there anything more comforting than a big bowl of gooey Mac ‘n’ Cheese? In our eyes there’s not, so with the current weather situation reminding us that autumn really is just around the corner, we’ve found you the best places to get it in London.
There are, literally, nearly no words to describe how bloody good the Mac 'n' Cheese at Berner’s Tavern is. Low funds made us order the dish in the first place (it’s one of the cheaper plates on the menu), but goddamit are we glad we visited on a budget. The portion is immense: large steaming cylinders of al dente macaroni come swimming in a creamy, tangy cheese sauce. If you think that sounds good, the best thing about the dish is the generous helping of tender ox cheek and the crispy bone marrow and brioche crumble on top. Just. So. Good.
While still indulgent, the Mac 'n' Cheese at street food regulars, Anna Mae’s, offers something different. The macaroni is firm and the cheesy sauce creamy and rounded, finished with a delicate tang, but it's the variety of toppings that makes this mac standout. Our favourite has got to be The Spicy Juan, which comes topped with chipotle pepper, jalapeños, coriander and sour cream.
The Mac 'n' Cheese at Hawksmoor is the stuff of dreams. Firstly, it’s served as a side dish, which means you can still indulge in the excellent steak, but it also comes as two versions: classic (£5) or with lobster (£20). Feeling flush, then definitely opt for the latter: the cheese sauce is a blend of cheddar, Oglesheild and Stilton - just for an extra punch - and the lobster meat has been cooked lightly within the macaroni, keeping it nice and juicy. To top it off, you get lobster bisque on the side. Why? We’re not sure, but we sure as hell are pleased you do.