Pastéis de nata or pastéis de Belém are one of the most popular specialties of Portuguese pastry. Although you can taste custard tarts in many cafes and pastry shops around the world, the original recipe is an exclusive secret of Fábrica dos Pastéis de Belém, in Lisbon (the only place whose pastries should be called Pastéis de Belém). Traditionally, the pastries are eaten hot, sprinkled with powdered sugar and cinnamon.
Did you know that the Pastel de Belém was elected in 2011 as one of the 7 Wonders of Portuguese Gastronomy?
Well and that’s of course why everyone wants a bite. These now world-wide replicated creamy custard tarts are now a delicacy you can pretty much find anywhere, even in London. You can almost find them at any bakery, café or even at the supermarket. However, if you are looking to find their dairy and egg free versions (i.e. vegan) the story has a different turn.
Finding insanely “custardy” plant-based versions of these Portuguese delicacies is no longer impossible and we bring you our top 3 picks.
Plant bliss - The proof that plant-based food can be delicious, whilst representing different cultures and being kind to all species. Plant bliss is a small bakery, operating mostly in South West London that recreates the taste of sunny Lisbon in a mouthful. Try some of their Pastéis de Nata and embark on a journey of authentic flavours and crunchiness. Find them at your next vegan market around Surrey or order online for delivery in London.
Café de Nata - Café de Nata is a UK based artisan Bakery/Café concept with a core product offering of freshly made Pastéis de Nata, the world renowned Portuguese custard tart, accompanied by great tasting freshly ground coffee. With their 5 London locations it will be hard to miss this one. Find these yummy Natas in South Kensington, Hammersmith, Soho, Camden town and Knightsbridge.
Madeira Patisserie London - A traditional Patisserie & Bakery supplying innovative and high quality products made with the finest ingredients to produce a wide range of different types of Pastel de Nata. From passion fruit, to the Vegan Nata these are just some of the innovative creations you must try at Madeira in Vauxhall area.
These are our top 3 places to eat Vegan Pastel de Nata (a.ka. Portuguese Custard Tart) in London. If you know any more places make sure you let us know!