London Foodies: 5 Things You Need to Eat This WeekBy Angelica Malin
When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.
From new members’ clubs to vegan restaurants, there are many fantastic new openings, menus and foodie events taking place in the capital this September – with a focus on vegetarian, sustainable and healthy eats. Here’s our pick of the best things to eat in London this week:
What: London’s oldest French restaurant, which has served hungry Soho dwellers since 1927, has just opened a private members club: the ‘Upstairs Club‘. It comprises of six beautiful, colourful rooms, and serves French food, wine and cocktails until 1am. Membership is defined by friendship with the owners and a liberal attitude to the arts and sciences. Naturally.
Eat: Steak Sandwiches with Frites, Lobster Salad, Pissaladière, Spicy Crab Toast with Asian Spices, the famed Crème Brulée and, of course, Snails.
Why: The club has been host to stars of stage and screen for many years, including Coco Chanel, Elton John and Judy Dench. Go and celeb watch.
What: Ethos is a brand new self-service vegetarian and vegan restaurant, close to Oxford Circus. The restaurant focuses on global cuisine; with meat-free BBQ, fresh salads and unlimited weekend brunch. The menu, designed by Jessica Kruger, is designed for the greedy veggie; it’s pick and mix, so you get to try a bit of everything!
Eat: Tuscan stews, curries and Hyderabadi Scotch eggs
Why: Because meat is *so* 2013
3. Join the Mushroom Mania: Carluccio’s
What: All this month, Carluccio’s are celebrating the humble mushroom with mushroom markets up and down the country, special products in the shops and fantastic mushroom dishes. They’ve even got mushroom foraging days, where you can learn how to identify your shrooms.
Eat: Pappardelle ai Porcini, a beautiful pasta that goes perfectly with white truffle oil and chilli!
Why: Carluccio himself will be in attendance on some of the Mushroom Market days. Come on, you know you want to.
What: To celebrate Golden Week, Michelin-starred Hakkasan will be offering a special menu especially for Golden Week. The menu costs £88.88 for 3 courses and includes peking duck with caviar, deep-fried sesame balls with green tea and unusual ingredients such as abalone, sea whelk and, er, fried tofu.
Eat: Gold macarons with champagne and popping-candy filling, of course.
Why: Golden macarons, people.
5. Try a Sustainable Supper: T.E.D, Kings Cross
What: Kings Cross is seriously hot at the moment, and this place is bang on trend. T.E.D has grown out of Think.Eat.Drink, a membership scheme designed to change the way the food industry approaches its supply chain. The beautiful food is based on sustainability and seasonality, with amazing Modern British dishes, and aims to create a hub for the Kings Cross community. Doing good for the world never tasted so sweet.
Eat: Cornish crab with pink grapefruit and radish, and plaice with cockles and girolles.
Why: They put potato vodka and dill in their T.E.D Bloody Mary. It’s a total game changer.