For the weekend wanderer.
A no fuss, no frills portuguese cafe near Portobello, Notting Hill . Rough around the edges and famous for their glossy, caramelised custard tarts. Expect a long queue that goes down really fast and table seats that turn around quickly. Take a de-tour here if your around Portobello Market.020 7375 0649)
For the indulgent.
A classy, Portuguese restaurant in Spitalfields Market that serves dainty but indulgent pastel de nata. The only one I’ve had that ACTUALLY OOZES smooth, creamy, liquid custard. Not really a grab and go nata, more of a grab a friend for a nice afternoon nata. A good place to rest your feet after a wander around the market, and put the calories back on you burned off walking around.
For the adventurous.
You can’t miss them in Southbank Food Market, just up from the London eye, with their piles of cookies and rows of nata. Try the raspberry or blueberry one. The whole sharp fruity thing together with the rich custard. Wow. Mind blown. It’s also 4 for £5, and who ever just eats one…020 7240 6926)
For the serious types.
A trendy tapas and wine bar in the heart of Covent Garden. Think yummy mummies and people catching up over a beverage. Great savoury food, delicious Portuguese treats and a large selection of wine. If you feel the urge to splurge get all three, or just pop in for a hot drink and crispy nata. Like me.020 7734 8040)
For the posh people.
Fortum and Mason seem to have their own version of a nata. Stickier and more caramelised than you average. I suppose they can bend the nata rules if they want, their Fortum and Mason’s after all. Find them on the same floor as the beef wellingtons, caviar and bottles of champagne. Told you it was for posh people020 7836 7049)
For the sweet tooth.
A cute little café in Covent Garden that only serves nata (and sweet/warm/gooey ones at that). Sit inside and use their nata shaped sugar shakers or take it to in its own little box and sachet of cinnamon to go! I seriously need one of those shakers. Any family reading this it’s my birthday in August remember.020 7485 7963)
For the cool kids.
In the East Yard of Camden Markets amazing food stalls, this cute little stand sells chocolate truffles too as well as nata. Get something savoury first at another stall and end up here for dessert. Ask for a napkin their SERIOUSLY flaky (in a good way).0333 300 1000)
For the ones who want to say I’ve eaten in Harrods.
If your in Harrods and looking at the designer handbags, 50 inch tv’s and four poster beds for your pet I commend you. Me? I look at the pastry as it’s usually the only thing I can afford. To be honest, I am very okay about that, especially if it means I get to buy one of their pastel de nata. I can now say I’ve eaten in Harrods. Life goal achieved.020 7735 0592)
For those around South London.
Authentic Portuguese tarts by authentic Portuguese people. They have a deli, cafe and a restaurant with a range of meats, seafood and more sweet treats. They do mini nata too! I’ve read they supply to the likes of Nandos and you can’t get more Portuguese then Nandos right? Peri Peri chicken anyone?020 3583 6949)
The the coffee lovers.
If you like coffee and love nata this place is for you. A tiny cafe that has just three tables, artisan coffee and fresh pastel de nata. Stalk out a seat and watch the word go by while eating custard wrapped in puff pastry. What’s not to love.