About Time You Tried: London’s Craziest Dishes This MonthBy Angelica Malin
London’s gone a bit mad, but we’re totally OK with it. Here’s some crazy menu items to chow down on this month:
The Lowdown: The Easter bunny has arrived, just not how you expected! Hightail it to your nearest ETM Group venue for the limited edition Hot Cross Bunny Burger. Bringing diners the best in British produce from field to fork, ETM Group is living up to its reputation as an innovative authority on game by hunting out wild rabbits in the heart of Suffolk and serving them up as a seasonal specialty in the nation’s much-loved hot cross buns.
What: Priced at £12.50, the rabbit patty is teamed with smoked bacon, mushroom and topped with a generous slab of Lincolnshire rarebit before being sandwiched between a sweet, light and fluffy hot cross bun. Served with thick-cut chips and crunchy carrot mustard slaw, wash down with a complimentary bottle of Long Arm Brewing Co. craft beer.
Where: Only available at participating ETM sites from Friday 25th March – Friday 1st April
The Lowdown: M, the luxury dining and drinking destination, has partnered with four ultra premium Diageo spirits brands – Zacapa Rum, Johnnie Walker, Mortlach Single Malt Whisky and Tequila Don Julio, to create multi-sensory ‘food cocktails’.
What: Created by Daniel Dove and Andrea Montague and M’s Executive Chef Michael Reid, the drinks are a combination of the very finest food and spirits. Each sensory experience begins with the presentation of a scented hand towel infused with the fruit characteristic of each M DEN DUET before a luxurious combination of ultra premium spirits and foods are served in a crystal ‘double glass’ tumbler to create a unique taste sensation.
The collection, which is exclusively available to members of the M DEN at M VICTORIA STREET, features four duets, such as Zacapa Biltong – where a towel scented with peppercorn, mandarin, rosemary and coffee, is followed by Ron Zacapa XO and South African Biltong. There’s also Mortlach Rare Breed where Mortlach Rare Old Whisky is paired with rare breed Spanish Galician beef, and Don Julio Scallops, Don Julio 1942 and diver caught king scallops are matched. Finish with Johnnie Walker Blue Cheese Ice Cream, for fun.
Where: Membership costs £800 per year and includes benefits such as access to weekly networking events, daily complimentary breakfast, an engraved welcome bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label, guest list privileges and more.
The Lowdown: Good news London! Multicoloured bagels are now available to buy at Beigel Shop on Brick Lane – and we’re pretty excited about it. Beigel Shop is a London institution – they’ve been serving the best salt beef bagels and Jewish-inspired bakes to hungry East Londoners for years. Taste one of their smoked salmon bagels and you’ll know why.
What: The bagels are actually still savoury, so don’t worry you can still have your favourite filling. This craze apparently started in New York – at Rossillo’s Bagel Store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the colourful bagels are served with Nutella or cream cheese (because, #America), then blended with hundreds and thousands for a sweet overload.
Where: Beigel Shop, 155 Brick Lane, E1 6SB
The Lowdown: Greek street food restaurant Hungry Donkey, located on Wentworth Street, Aldgate, is to launch a new menu including a ‘pay by the kilo’ spit roasted meat option. The new menu will launch on March 3rd, to coincide with the Greek day of Tsiknopempti, and will encourage groups to share platters of succulent spit roasted meats served with a selection of traditional Greek sides.
What: Customers will choose the meat they want and how much they’d like of it, this will then be spit-roasted to order. The meat will then be simply served on a platter with a generous portion of green salad for the table to share and enjoy, best enjoyed with a selection of starters and sides for the existing menu. The meat, sourced from Hungry Donkey’s existing suppliers will include Cotswold white chicken, Blythburgh pork and west country lamb from award-winning butchers Aubrey Allen.
Where: 56 Wentworth St, London E1 7AL
The Lowdown: Launching on 29th February 2016, Kurobuta Harvey Nichols are introducing Scott Hallsworth’s unique take on afternoon tea with his Tokyo Tea Party. On the weekly changing menu, guests can expect delicious tea-time treats with an Asian twist.
What: Think warm Kabocha scones (Asian Squash), artichoke chopsticks, punk rock sushi, toasty chicken katsu sandwiches and sticky short rib buns. There’s also Green tea ice cream, as well as daily “sweet surprises.” All this will be washed down with tea, coffee or Kurobuta’s super refreshing, homemade iced tea for just £19 per person. Iced tea flavours include zingy cranberry and crushed lemongrass, uplifting apple, jasmine and lime leaf and tropical coconut, pineapple and yuzu. Or why not really indulge and add a glass of prosecco or a cocktail to the tea party mix for £25 per person.
Where: 109-125 Knightsbridge, Fifth Floor, London, SW1X 7RJ