5 Things You Need to Eat This Week in LondonBy Angelica Malin
There’s so many new foodie treats on offer in London this March; beef-themed cocktails, a thousand different kinds of sweet treats and all those fun new pop-ups. Life is too short to be drinking bad wine, and it’s certainly too short to be devouring sub-par food. Here’s 5 things you need to eat in the capital this week and why…
What: Award-winning pastry chef Daniel Fletcher has just launched SWEET – a new pastry pop-up at the South Place Hotel. Guests, dessert devotees and confection connoisseurs can follow their noses to the 1st floor to find fresh-baked treats that will satisfy even the most discerning sweet-tooth.
Where: South Place Hotel – 3 South Place, London EC2M 2AF – Saturdays from 10am – 4am
Why: Chef Daniel brings his star quality to SWEET offering an array of hand-made pastries, cakes and cookies from the simply delicious peanut butter jammy dodgers to the decadent Nutella “Kouign-amann” – a buttery, flaky cake with caramelised sugar running through it and a Nutella bomb exploding in the centre.
What: SUSHISAMBA has just introduced a new cocktail menu with culinary-inspired libations created by Richard Woods. A trailblazer in the field of mixology, Wood’s cocktail program brings a fresh SUSHISAMBA experience that is not to be missed whether on the outdoor terrace or in the panoramic setting of the main dining room. There’s some fantastic limited-edition specials, such as Tom Yam – a fresh, fiery and cooling creation with coriander, ginger, lime leaf and chilli – and the Pistachio and Avocado Batida, a colourful variation of the classic Brazilian favourite, featuring fresh avocado purée swizzled through crushed ice with cachaça, pistachio orgeat and cacao.
Where: Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
Why: Don’t miss the Kobe Cocktail – a classic rift on the Old Fashioned, treated to a wash of the highest grade of Kobe fat before being stirred with maple and salted caramel. Nom.
What: Following on from this vein, why not try a whole restaurant dedicated to Kobe. Engawa is a brand-new restaurant bringing Kobe to the capital – specialising in the caviar of meat, Kobe beef, the freshest of sushi and sashimi and exclusive sakes. It’s located in the Ham Yard Village – the first London opening from the prestigious Japan-based restaurant and bar operator, Salt Group, responsible for restaurants and bars in Tokyo and Osaka.
Where: 2 Ham Yard, London, W1D 7DT
Why: One of just a handful of restaurants in London to offer Kobe – the most exclusive beef in the world, the meat is sourced from the Tajima breed of Wagyu cattle with only around 3,000 heads of cattle qualifying annually. Try the daily selection of Kobe cuts, served with seasonal vegetables and a dessert of tofu cheesecake. Don’t miss the small-batch International sakes, too.
4. The New Healthy Hangout: Bel-Air
What: Bel-Air, the new home of feel good fast food, will open next week in Paul Street, Shoreditch. Founder and entrepreneur Andrew Bredon has spent a lifetime chasing the sun and surf in Australia, Mexico, Costa Rica, the Caribbean and California. Open for breakfast and lunch, Bel-Air is all about sunshine. The menu takes its inspiration from California – light, healthy dishes packed with flavour whilst using only the best, natural ingredients and fresh produce, focusing also on being low in salt, low carb and free of refined sugar.
Where: 54 Paul Street, EC2A 4LN
Why: They have a ‘Build your own Breakfast’ bar, including buckwheat porridge, homemade pineapple and coconut granola, or jumbo rolled oats as a base – topped with homemade coconut yoghurt, almond milk or greek yoghurt. There will be three types of free-range breakfast eggs – Healthy Hangover Hash with chorizo, grated courgette, smoked paprika, Shakshuka and the Muscle Beach, a minute steak served with a poached egg and smoky spinach and sweet potato hash. Stop it.
What: The brothers behind Boopshi’s, Ed & Ben Robson, are furthering their already successful mission to bring modernised Viennese cuisine to Londoners through the launch of a second location at The Horseshoe in Hampstead. Taking over the kitchens in a four-month stint, Boopshi’s will bring an array of their classics alongside new interpretations of Viennese dishes to the Hampstead dining scene.
Where: 28 Heath St, Hampstead, London NW3 6TE
Why: The menu will offer up their signature schnitzels (rare breed pork, chicken and British rose veal), schnitzel burgers and sausages (including bratwurst, weisswurst and paprika sausage) with other plates to tempt hungry visitors, including smoked chicken and truffled dumpling soup and gurnard with pumpkin and sage. One word: delicious.