Five places putting sweet and savoury dishes on the menu

Meet the London caterers and restaurants experimenting with sweet and savoury flavour combinations, from Bompas & Parr to Hotel Chocolat.

Rabot 1745's menu features cured salmon with cocoa gin jelly
Rabot 1745's menu features cured salmon with cocoa gin jelly

Rabot 1745

This cocoa-centric restaurant in London is owned by chocolate brand Hotel Chocolat and features a huge range of sweet and savoury dishes. Most notable is the white chocolate mash, available as a side or in the Yorkshire pudding starter, and the ‘Choc au vin’, a chocolate-inspired take on the classic French dish.

Laura Wilson, PR executive at Hotel Chocolat, explained: "Savoury is normally the last thing people associate with chocolate but it’s actually been adored that way for more than 3,000 years."

Where: 2 - 4 Bedale Street, Borough Market, London, SE1 9AL

Bompas & Parr

The culinary experience company are constantly experimenting with flavours and is planning a range of sweet and savoury dishes for a 200-course tasting menu next month. There are sweet and savoury elements to all 10 sessions of the colourful dining experience, with Bompas & Parr particularly excited about the Purple Five O’Clock Tiffin.

Erris De Stacpoole, brand account manager, said: "It’s a combination of the dark richness of summer with wild game birds, and what better way to blow your brain than by eating purple food?"

Food by Dish

London-based caterer Food by Dish recently launched a hybrid canapé menu that highlights the possibilities of sweet and savoury food pairings. The company's offering includes chocolate éclair hot dogs, chicken liver ice cream cones, doughnut burgers, Eton mess pizza and raspberry macaroons with foie gras parfait.

Sales manager Ben Paris told Event: "These are all combinations which you think wouldn’t work, however, our chefs spent hours finding the right balance of sweet and savoury flavours to make them delicious. They create a real talking point at events and leave a lasting impression."


Michelin starred-chef Claude Bosi’s restaurant has a history of combining sweet and savoury flavours as in his infamous white asparagus, white chocolate and goat’s cheese ice cream dish several years ago. Bosi’s current menu offers a Scottish langoustine starter with a strawberry "Sauce Vierge".

Where: 29 Maddox Street, London, W1S 2PA

La Gelatiera

Italian-run La Gelatiera in Covent Garden has three award-winning sweet and savoury gelato flavours on its menu. The basil and chilli, porcini mushroom and chocolate cream and Cornish blue cheese and walnut gelatos are all permanent fixtures on the menu and have each snapped up three gold stars at the Great Taste Awards in 2013 and 2014.

Where: 27 New Row, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4LA

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