5 Things You Need to Eat in London This WeekBy Alicia Grimshaw
London restaurants are always buzzing with new ideas, new menus and new concepts. From a pop-up inside a radio station to some of the best dumplings in town – here’s 5 things you need to eat this week in the capital. Time to tuck in, London:
What: Launching on 20th March (that’s today FYI), Smoking Goat are giving entrails the limelight with their new Monday night offal takeovers. Expect a weekly changing menu that takes its cue from dishes found across South East Asia, with the aim of offering likeminded intrepid eaters a fun and inexpensive introduction to lesser-known ingredients.
Why: Co-founder Ben Chapman and Head Chef Ali Borer will be kicking off with a menu of northern-style duck offal laab; suckling pig liver Isaan-style nam tok; Makassar-style smoked beef cheek; spicy fried lamb kidney nam prik pao; and to accompany a jungle-style som tom salad. And the centrepiece will be a huge pot of fish head curry, made with smoked and dried fish offal. Each week the team will be pouring matched wines selected by Zeren Wilson specifically for the evening.
Where: 7 Denmark St, Soho, London WC2H 8LZ
What: Located near Chancery Lane, The Refinery New Street Square is a new day-to-night restaurant bringing a touch of glamour to the City. Think stunning high ceilings, huge windows, and stylish dining and drinking areas. Ahead of the restaurant’s official launch on 3rd April, head there to get your hands on 50% off food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from 20th – 24th March on bookings, and 25% off drinks, after 5pm from 27th – 31st March on bookings of 6+.
Why: From power breakfasts, business lunches and cocktails with colleagues to intimate dinner dates; The Refinery New Street Square has it covered. The beautiful bar and restaurant will offer an enticing all-day menu of seasonal British fare, including small plates of broad bean and ricotta on toast, and asparagus and poached egg. Flatbreads, such as crispy hoisin duck are perfect for sharing, whilst bigger plates come in the form of pea and lemon risotto, and sirloin steak sandwich with horseradish, mayo and truffle oil dressing.
Simply book by emailing email@example.com or call 020 7842 0750 and quote “soft launch”.
Where: 12 New Street Square, London EC4A 3BF
Photo Credit: Giles Christopher – Media Wisdom Photography Ltd
What: This year marks the launch of the exciting collaboration between two names in lifestyle and music: Jägermeister and Soho Radio. Both fiercely championing innovative music from local, established and emerging talent, they have teamed up to forge a creative space, JägerSoho, at the home of Soho Radio on Great Windmill Street.
Why: This week JägerSoho launches its first residency, a new pop-up bringing the best of Berlin brünch to Soho. A 2-month residency, brünch will be serving a variety of its signature Berliner stulle and homemade brünch granola with Quark to take away, as well as a Soho-inspired latte menu ranging from black sesame lattes to red bean lattes with changing specials, all made with Oatly Oat Milk (vegan friendly). Brünch is also hosting a series of guest Berlin roasters at the pop-up, bringing the best of Berlin’s artisan coffee to London. First up: Fjord Coffee.
Where: Soho Radio Great Windmill Street, London W1D 7LD
What: Florentine, an all-day dining restaurant and bar is opening on Thursday (23rd March). Florentine champions fresh, seasonal ingredients with an elegant, creative execution that runs the gamut from bar snacks and small plates to larger sharing mains through to grills.
Why: Get started with home-roasted almonds glazed with truffle honey and rosemary; lamb and cumin meatballs in a rich tomato sauce; piadina topped with mozzarella, parma ham and aubergine; smoked burrata; or tuna tartare with avocado, chilli, lime, ponzu and pane Carasau. Meander through to mains including braised ox cheek with creamy mash; and grilled seabass with Amalfi lemon and corn-fed veal milanese with herb breadcrumbs. The casual dining menu includes weekend specials of Bottomless Brunch on Saturdays and slow-cooked roasts on Sundays including the ‘Tomahawk’ – a 35-day aged rib of beef to be shared between two. Teamed with a DJ and live music programme in the bar every Thursday – Saturday, Florentine presents the ultimate relaxing kick back.
Where: 6 Hercules Rd, Lambeth, SE1 7DU
What: Foley’s restaurant in Fitzrovia has just launched their brand new set lunch menu. Fresh from winning the restaurant’s first Michelin Bib Gourmand award, Head Chef Mitz Vora showcases his bold, trademark flavours in a compact lunch menu priced at £20 a head.
Why: Drawing together the best of Foley’s Asian and Middle Eastern-inspired dishes, Vora’s carefully chosen lunch selection includes a signature Cornflake-crusted popcorn chicken with pickled shimeji and chorizo; succulent tamarind BBQ pork belly with apple and swede vermicelli; grilled pineapple and cured red onions in a saffron coconut curry; plus superb vegetarian selections including aubergine with pomegranate, dates, quinoa and chilli lime yogurt; and kale and squash with fennel, feta, pistachio and orange. Foley’s set lunch menu is available Mondays to Wednesdays.
Where: 23 Foley St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 6DU
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What: Marking their 1st Birthday, the dynamic duo and co-founders of celebrated restaurant, Native, Imogen Davis and Chef-Patron Ivan Tisdale-Downes will be bringing back by popular demand their much-loved signature pigeon kebab as a permanent fixture on the menu at the end of this month.
Why: Hugely passionate about nose to tail and stem to root eating, the Native aim is to change the public’s perception of game meat; using innovative techniques, bold flavours and taking inspiration from street food. The lunch and dinner menus constantly change with seasonal demand and feature twists on familiar dishes, such as their southern fried rabbit; charred cauli with Rye Bay scallop, Tentsuyu broth and pennywort; and braised chicory, with walnut and buttermilk.
Where: Seven Dials London, 3 Neal’s Yard, London WC2H
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What: Created by Street Feast veterans Yum Bun, Yumplings are bringing their own unique take on a Chinese street food staple to Street Feast’s East London mega-market. Expect Northern Chinese-inspired Xian spices with cumin and coriander, chive-infused oils and rich fillings inside a fresh and delicate dumpling case, known as ‘The Big Hug’.
Why: Yumplings new simple menu consists of Yum Bun’s two original fillings: pork and mushroom. Dig into steamed pork dumplings with Xian style sauce, but don’t forget to try the insanely good steamed mushroom dumpling with green oil and roasted cashews. Because just the won-ton is never enough.
Where: 19 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3EJ