It’s been a long time between treats, of my favourite chocolate and coconut coated sponge kind. Too long in fact. So it’s with great pleasure that I bring you the latest contestant in my search for the World’s Best Lamington, all the way from the other side of the world.
Mini lamingtons (GP 4.60)
Ottolenghi – 63 Ledbury Road, London, W11 2AD – 020 7727 1121
This one’s not just international, but earning some serious cred for hailing from one of my all-time favourite chefs and foodie crushes, Yotam Ottolenghi.
I honestly never thought we’d have an international entrant in my quest – who even knows what a lamington is outside our Australian boarders? So you can imagine my delight to find one in Notting Hill in London one chilly Tuesday morning. And how did they find their way over here? “Our creative director is an Aussie”, the Aussie waiters tells me. Gosh, we’re everywhere.
I was at Ottolenghi for breakfast, enjoying my bacon and egg pie when I spied the little box of them. And although I’m not one to need an excuse to eat sweets at any time of the day. I decided to spread the word of this national treasure and take them to share with my friend, Mnkey. At first he looked perplexed and asked me if ‘lamington’ was in fact a real word. And there was one missing by the time I arrived to meet him… oops. But he loved them. And I feel I’ve done a service to my country.