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Voodoo Ray’s Late Night Pizza – Dalston, London

At last…the famous New York pizza slice has finally come to London at brand new Dalston pizza joint, Voodoo Ray’s.

Just a few doors down from its sister venue Dalston Superstore, Voodoo Ray’s serves 14 different gourmet slices (or whole pizza at an enormous 22-inches) with Frozen Margaritas, craft beers and an impressive range of soft drinks in a rough-luxe canteen setting.  If you like Paris’ Pink Flamingo and Roberta’s in Brooklyn, Voodoo Ray’s is an absolute must.

Just order your slices and drinks at the counter, sit down and within a few minutes they are brought to the table, after a quick firing in the pizza oven.  Slices are served simply on disposable paper plates, just as they should be, and you can finish them with some chili oil, dried Parmesan, chili flakes and black pepper.

I ordered the delicious Cabbage Patch Kid – savoy cabbage, bacon, tomato sauce, mozzarella (£4.20).  The base was thin, crispy and authentically Italian (made with 00 flour) and covered with just the right amount of slow-cooked tomato sauce and creamy fresh mozzarella.  Savoy cabbage is a surprisingly perfect pizza topping and it went well with the small strips of thick bacon.

Steven went for The Meat Is On – minced steak, pepperoni, ham, pancetta, mozzarella, tomato sauce (£4.20).  It was a scrumptious meat feast without the usual oiliness and toppings were high quality and plentiful.

For round two, I wanted to try a Regular Slice, but they had just run out, so I couldn’t resist another tasty Cabbage Patch Kid – well, there are many more occasions to work through the menu.  Steven went for a slice of Got Beef – minced steak, béchamel, aubergine, mozzarella, tomato sauce (£4.20).  This pizza version of a moussaka was covered in well-seasoned minced steak, a slice of soft roasted aubergine and a good drizzle of creamy béchamel.

The pizza slices are affordably priced at £3.50-£4.20 and drinks are surprisingly cheap, so you can drop by for a quick and easy dinner or have a boozy pizza party with friends without breaking the bank.  Arrive extra late and you will be rewarded with a special Full Moon pizza topped with bacon dust and mayonnaise – served only after midnight.

As expected from the people behind Dalston Superstore, the music at Voodoo Ray’s is brilliant, with a bit of Smashing Pumpkins and New York disco while we were there.  We heard rumblings from the mysterious Dance Tunnel downstairs, which has already hosted parties.  Rumour has it that the tunnel stretches all the way to Dalston Superstore.  Unlikely, but how awesome would a Dalston disco pizza tunnel be!

Voodoo Ray’s – 95 Kingsland High Street, London, E8 2PB

Afternoon tea, Cafes, London, Paris, Restaurants

A Very Foodie 2010…

2010 has been a thoroughly foodie year for Chérie City and over the past year, I’ve unearthed some incredible discoveries –  in fact, I’ve never eaten so well!

A mixture of new openings and long-time institutions, here are the top new finds of the year.  If you’re feeling tempted, click to read Chérie City’s review…

10 favourite restaurants in London:

Cafe Luc – Marylebone’s neighbourhood Belgian bistro that outshines the rest!

Empress of India – Victoria Park gastro pub with seriously good seasonal dishes.

The Fish Place – Michelin-standard seasonal dishes…and not just fish!

Fox & Anchor – Mighty, hearty pub food with gourmet touches served up in the snug.

Camino Puerto Del Canario – Authentic Spanish produce and the best tapas I’ve ever tasted!

Belle Vue – Scrumptious Sunday Roast with well-seasoned meat and huge portions.

Mestizo – Traditional Mexican mole dishes with a huge selection of tequila.

Old Queen’s Head – Perfect Sunday Lunch with homemade Yorkshires and duck fat roast potatoes.

Dishoom – A Bombay Cafe in London with atmosphere and delectable dishes.

Moti Mahal – Grand Trunk road cuisine at its best with exceptional service.

Delectable cakes and afternoon tea:

Winter Tea at The Goring – The quintessential afternoon tea at London’s oldest family-run hotel.

Cox Cookies and Cakes – Cheeky fashion cupcakes from Soho’s suitably camp cupcake store.

De-Light Afternoon Tea at The Met Bar – Low-fat concept, haute cakes!

Ruinart Afternoon Tea at Miller Harris – The most refined and understated afternoon tea in Mayfair.

The Bridge, Shoreditch – The cakes aren’t the best in London, but it’s worth it for the weird and wonderful decor.

Albion at The Boundary – Forget the queue, grab a latte and slice of Victoria Sponge and take-out, cheaper too!

New Paris hangouts…

Hotel du Nord – Intimate, bobo and full of character with great food and nutty waiters.

Pink Flamingo – Punk rock pizza joints in Paris’ hip neighbourhoods – try the chicken tagine pizza!

Chez L’Ami Jean – Baskets of charcuterie, taster menus and chef Stéphane Jégo yelling from the kitchen.

Le Comptoir – 6 months wait for a table, but they Yves Camdeborde also does a cracking breakfast!

Le Chateaubriand – The place to see and be seen and the heart of the neo-bistro revolution – food with feeling!

Hotel Amour – André’s hotel lives up to the reputation with a buzzing atmosphere and pretty decent food.

La Tete Dans Les Olives – Tiny olive shop and dining table run by former slack rope walker, Cédric Casanova.

Rino – Quietly pushing the boundaries with a Nordic influence – a new favourite of Le Fooding.

New openings for 2011:

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal – modern British dishes with a bit of ‘Heston’ alchemy at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, opening January.

Pollen Street Social – Ex-Maze chef Jason Atherton’s first informal restaurant with a separate all-day tapas bar and dessert bar.

The Gilbert Scott – Marcus Wareing opens a British bistro at the spectacular St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in February.

Spice Market – NYC chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten opens Asian street food restaurant at the W Hotel on Valentine’s Day.

Chérie Wish List for 2011: Les Deux Salons / Tierra Brindisa / Koffmann’s / Bistro Bruno Loubert / Hotel Thoumieux / Chez Jeanette / La Cantine du Troquet.

Have you visited any of these restaurants?  Which places are you dying to try out in the New Year?