Lost Boys Pizza Camden restaurant review
London is full of brilliant pizza restaurants, which has led Lost Boys Pizza to make a few things drastically different to stand out. Neil Simpson visited the new Camden site to find out more.
If you’re not familiar, The Lost Boys is a 1987 comedy-horror movie starring Corey Haim, Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland, about California schoolboys who become involved with a pack of vampires. It’s a cult classic and the owners of Lost Boys Pizza clearly love it, very dearly. There are Lost Boys references everywhere, including the comic strips stuck to the ceiling and the pizza names.
The dining room is very informal, colourful and relaxed. The longer you sit here, the more you realise that Lost Boys Pizza loves everything about the 1980s, from the music playing in the background, to the ‘80s film screenings every Thursday night at its sister restaurant in Archway: it’s the ideal place for 1980s pop culture fans to geek out.
The other unusual element to this restaurant is the pizza bases, which are all a suitably spooky black colour. That’s because the dough has charcoal added to it (taken from the pizza oven itself), which is designed to give it a smoky flavour.
I didn’t think that the pizzas tasted particularly smoky, but this baking method also results in a lighter base, which means that you don’t feel as bloated as you might after eating most pizzas. Black crusts aside, the pizzas are delicious anyway: thin, crispy and topped with interesting, thoughtful ingredients. I love a Hawaiian pizza, so I ordered the brilliant Ready Pizza One (£10; named after Spielberg’s recent ‘80s-themed movie) with apple-smoked ham, red chilli and spicy green pineapple relish. If you don’t like Hawaiian, I would also recommend Pop Goes to Pizza (£10), which combines sausage meat, Parmesan shavings and broccoli.
The kitchen is far less flesh-hungry than vampires are, with plenty of vegan options including the dips (garlic and aubergine, hot BBQ or spicy green pineapple relish). Even the desserts are vegan and the menu can cater for gluten and dairy intolerances, too.
And what lies beneath? Don’t worry, there aren’t any dead bodies in the basement, but a bar dedicated to absinthe called Croque Monsieur (above). It has church pews for seats and one absinthe fountain per table, with several varieties of the super-strong green spirit available to sip, or enjoy in a cocktail.
If you’re sightseeing in Camden but want to eat something different and away from the tourist crowds, I would certainly point you in the direction of Lost Boys Pizza.
245 Eversholt St, NW1 1BA (and 141 Junction Rd, Archway, N19 5PX)
020-7388 2101 | [email protected]
Mon-Sat noon-3pm, Mon-Fri 5pm-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 5pm-11pm
Prices and times correct at time of publishing
If you like the sound of a basement bar but you’re south of the Thames, read our review of Nine Lives cocktail bar in London Bridge
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