10 Things You Need to Eat in London This WeekBy Claudine Levy
Looking for some delicious things to eat in London this week? We’ve got you covered with our weekly round-up of restaurant news; check out the below restaurants for some foodie inspiration in the capital this week:
What: Pink Free-Flowing Brunch at Nobu Shoreditch
The Lowdown: An oasis of calm just moments from the hustle and bustle of Great Eastern Street, Nobu Shoreditch is the perfect spot for open-air drinking and dining this summer. Available every weekend throughout August, guests can revel in two hours of unlimited pink Prosecco and specially curated ‘Japanese Palomisha’ cocktail, along with unlimited access to the restaurant’s famed Brunch and Dessert Bars complete with freshly-made sushi and cold dishes and a selection of Nobu-style deserts
Price: £75 per person
Where: 10-50 Willow St, Hackney, London EC2A 4BH
What: The Muffuletta – salami, smoked turkey, mortadella and grilled vegetables sandwich
The Lowdown: The Thameside restaurant has added a new dish to the iconic brunch menu; The Muffuletta. Featuring decadent layers of salami, smoked turkey, mortadella and grilled vegetables with a slick of bell pepper relish. The delicious sesame bread sandwich originates from the Italian quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. The Muffuletta is just one of the many dishes for brunch that are influenced by the Mediterranean’s rich variety, colour and freshness. The Pressed Sandwich “Muffuletta” is priced at £13 and is available on the Sea Containers Restaurant brunch menu, available between 12 and 4pm Saturday and Sunday, every weekend.
Price: Priced at £13, can enjoyed as part of standard or bottomless Mimosa, Rossini, Prosecco, Grey Goose Bloody Mary brunch (£19) or Laurent-Perrier Brut (£59)
Where: Sea Containers Restaurant, Sea Containers London 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PD
What: Cold smoked aubergine panko bao and Bao Borough
The Lowdown: Where to start with this place. You’d be hard-pressed to order anything bad from this menu, every single item is a revelation. If you’re an aubergine fanatic and are into flavours which feel like a smack to the palette (in a good way), go for the unsung hero of the cold smoked aubergine with panko boa – and don’t let the simplicity fool you, this is a deeeep dish. While you’re here, you need to order the milk tea ice cream served with strawberries (and topped with a pinch of sea salt) for pudding, then pop downstairs to the secret karaoke room for a J-pop jam.
Where: 13 Stoney St, London SE1 9AD
What: Miso glazed corn on the cob at ROBATA
The Lowdown: Fine, this place is all about the robata meat skewers (pork belly with apple glaze anyone?), but something unexpected can be found from those smoky realms too. The corn on the cob is cooked over the robata coals, so the kernels become sweet and juicy and almost caramelised, while a coating of crushed wasabi peas keeps things fiery and crunchy. Genuinely the most balanced side hustle you can imagine. While you’re here, grab a spicy tuna and salmon roll for a sushi hit.
Where: 56 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 4UE
What: King crab burger at Fancy Crab
The Lowdown: This place prides itself on making fancy and often pricey seafood accessible. It’s seafood, so it’s still not cheap as chips, but if you want to celebrate pay-day in style, come for a king crab burger – succulent king crab meat with avocado crammed into a juicy brioche bun. If you like the sound of that but want something slightly less ££, check out their £16 lunch menu which has a shellfish roll – lobster tail, prawns, crab, brioche bun – served with fries.
Where: 92 Wigmore St, Marylebone, London W1U 3RD
What: Modern Indian Afternoon Tea at Cinnamon Bazaar
The Lowdown: Great British Bake Off favourite Tamal Ray has partnered with chef Vivek Singh, founder of the Cinnamon Collection, to create a spicy twist on the classic afternoon tea, bringing together their shared backgrounds in Kolkata, Bengal to Cinnamon Bazaar in Soho. Afternoon tea is reimagined as traditional finger sandwiches are shunned for the Kolkata fish finger sandwich with tomato chutney cooked in turmeric, chilli and mustard oil – and Chicken Kathi ‘spring rolls’, yet another take on the traditional street food rolls found in Kolkata. Guests can also tuck into Tamal’s favourite Pani Puri – semolina shells filled with spiced chickpeas, mint and tamarind water – and Papdi chaat, crisp wheat chaat with yoghurt, tamarind and coriander chutneys.
Price: £25 per person and at £29.50 per person including a glass of prosecco
Where: 28 Maiden Ln, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7JS
What: Kricket has launched an exclusive summer menu to celebrate the best of this season’s British ingredients, with a signature Indian twist.
The Lowdown: At the Television Centre venue, the new menu features a small plates section, with a tomato, sesame raita, spring onion and coriander salad and Cornish Mackerel crudo with peas, almonds and Panch Poran offering guests a lighter dish with a unique spice. In all restaurants, Kricket’s summer menu features new large plates including an Iberico Pork Chop, with peanut & tamarind and fennel kachumber and seafood dishes such as Pollock with Andra spiced ‘curry’ sauce and carom seed scraps, available at the Brixton site. To finish on a sweet note, guests can indulge in new summer puddings including elderflower kulfi with apricots and ginger and blood orange sorbet.
Where: Kricket, all locations (Brixton, Soho and Television Centre)
What: Squeg & Bonez Bank Holiday Carnival Party
The Lowdown: On the 24th and 25th of August, Squeg & Bonez will be donning their feathers and brining a splash of colour to Mare Street with two days of Carnival celebrations. From 17:00 – 21:00, the kitchen team headed by brilliant chef Holly O’Leary (aka Bonez) will be serving a special Caribbean-inspired vegan menu with colourful and vibrant dishes, including Salt Roast Yams with Pineapple Curry Sauce and Jerked Aubergine with a Crunchy Lime Salad. The bar will be mixing up fantastic cocktails including two special-edition cocktails created by Alice (aka Squeg), inspired by the duo’s mums until 1am; Lou Lou is Your Muma is a Cold Brew Bahama Mama, and Ange’s Tropical Tipple a Tropical Deluxe Pale Ale Punch. A resident DJ will be on hand to play the best carnival classics, and the tables will be pushed aside to create a dance floor perfect for samba-ing the night away to.
Price: Free entry, food and drinks varied
Where: Squeg & Bonez, 171 Mare St, London E8 3RH
What: Six course dinner of London’s most underrepresented cuisines
The Lowdown: From Thursday 22nd – Saturday 24th August, OpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, and Carousel, Marylebone’s chic dining venue, will launch a three-day pop-up to champion a selection of the most underrepresented cuisines in the capital, according to Londoners. The menu will bring to life these cuisines through a specially curated sharing style menu consisting of tasty treats, from Ukrainian Barbecued Khorovats and Goan Fish Curry to Armenian Flatbreads and Pistachio and Walnut Baklava. Guests will also receive half a bottle of wine or two beers, with all meals available in vegetarian options. To see the full menu and book, check it out.
Price: £50 per person
Where: Carousel London 71 Blandford Street London, W1U 8AB
What: Pink Pegasus Afternoon Tea at Brasserie of Light
The Lowdown: Brasserie of Light has unveiled its fabulously decadent, limited-edition Pink Pegasus Afternoon Tea, served alongside a delicious bottle of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé for the ultimate treat. The striking afternoon tea will be served on Wednesdays and Saturdays from Wednesday 14th August to Saturday 5th October. The beautifully pink tea will include a selection of indulgent sweet and savoury treats, including fresh smoked salmon on rye bread, shredded Asian vegetable rice paper rolls, feta, fennel and red pepper puffs and a delectable lobster, mango and avocado cocktail. Those with a sweet tooth will be able to enjoy delicious pink meringues, a mini Pegasus Pie, passion fruit and butterfly meringue, and a devilish chocolate bubble dessert.
Price: £65 per person. To make a reservation, please visit www.brasserie-of-light.co.uk or call 0203 940 9600.
Where: Selfridges, Duke Street Entrance, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB