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Fang-tastic black pizzas at Lost Boys

Featuring Coffin Dodger cocktails, a special black dough that takes 72 hours to make, and a strong environmental ethic, this vampire pizzeria is bloody good fun

04 May, 2018 — By Tom Moggach

The Lost Boys’ black dough is made by adding vegetable charcoal

LOST Boys Pizza in Junction Road is a radical restaurant that’s big on original ideas.

Jet-black pizzas and killer cocktails, with names like The Coffin Dodger, got the ball rolling. Next, the two owners built a vegan-friendly hotdog cart inside a metal coffin. The venture, which celebrates its first birthday next month, boasts rave reviews online. “This place doesn’t lack personality” reads one.

Lost Boys was launched by two friends who met while working at TGI Fridays. Their concept ticks all the boxes for a certain demographic: 80s pop soundtrack; cult craft beers; gluten-free brownies and the like.

The restaurant itself is one small room with a well-stocked bar, decorated with memorabilia from The Lost Boys – a 1987 vampire film set in California.

The Crypt downstairs is available for private hire.

I asked for a menu but was politely refused.

“We’re trying to reduce paper and plastic waste,” said the waiter.

This smart attitude to sustainability is a theme at Lost Boys.

“Everything here is on its fourth or fifth life,” explains Chief Vampire Peter Crozier-Clucas, as he shows me around. Most fittings and equipment have been recycled from ailing restaurants. Plastic straws are banned.

The special black dough is made by adding a small quantity of vegetable charcoal. It’s a 72-hour process, which involves a “double activation” for a lighter dough and the use of malt extract instead of sugar to add flavour.

Options include the vegan Kale All Vampires (£10), with kale, cherry tomatoes, caramelised shallots, lemon zest and oregano.

The Frog Brothers Special (£10) is topped with apple smoked ham, artichokes and pickled mushrooms. I chose a spicy number slathered in chorizo, peppers, onion and chillies.

The style of pizza served here is a crisp, thin base and crust cooked in an electric oven – so expect more crunch and less chewing than with the puffier Neapolitan pizzas.

My verdict? 7/10. Personally, I prefer a chunkier pizza and left feeling slightly peckish.

Pizza purists should note that they also serve jet-black pizzas at Zia Lucia in Holloway Road. Try both for a comparison.

On Sunday, Lost Boys is hosting a boozy bottomless bingo session in the basement. It’s called “Bingo de Mayo”, in homage to the Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Mexico.

“Promise me you’ll try the cheesecake next time you come,” says Peter. I’ll be back. This vampire pizzeria is bloody good fun.

Lost Boys Pizza
141 Junction Rd, N19
020 7272 8955
www.lostboyspizza.com

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