12 Things You Need to Eat in London This WeekBy Mayola Fernandes
Looking for some delicious things to eat in London this week? Want to know about the best new restaurant openings in London this July? From Frozen Afternoon Tea to Insta-worthy desserts, we’ve got the lowdown on the best things to munch in the capital right now. Read on to see our top picks:
What: The Grand Slam dessert at PF Chang’s Asian Table, created by Head Pastry Chef Helen Clark.
The Lowdown: Pour over hot toffee sauce and watch as the white chocolate sphere disguised as a tennis ball melts away, revealing a classic British summer combination of fresh strawberries and clotted cream, with meringue and shortbread for added crunch. An Instagram dream!
Where: 10 Great Newport St, Covent Garden, London WC2H 7JA (available until 14th July)
What: The Karma Salad – a summer salad bursting with health, colour and flavours. Organic quinoa tabbouleh, feta, watermelon, avocado, grilled Portobello mushrooms, assorted salad greens, fresh mint, lemon and vegan vinaigrette.
The Lowdown: LPQ has focused on organic, plant-based cooking for many years but this new plant love summer menu really brings the concept of plant-based cooking to life. You’ll also find organic turmeric houmous tartines and summer quiches on the menu too (veggie, natch)
Price: £10.95 and for every bowl purchased LPQ will donate 10% to The Frazzle Cafe, an initiative, to get people with anxiety and mental health issues talking.
Where: LPQ branches all over the UK and Ireland
What: Halo Top Creamery and Bluebird Café are launching the UK’s first Frozen Afternoon Tea!
The Lowdown: Halo Top Creamery is collaborating with Bluebird Café to celebrate National Ice Cream Month with the launch of the Halo Top Frozen Afternoon Tea. This tea brings a unique twist to a British tradition combining classic cakes with playful ice cream flavours. Available throughout July at Bluebird Café White City, cool down with the impressive selection of limited-edition Halo Top ice cream delights. The menu features exciting items such as: Candy Bar Macaron – a luxe ice cream sandwich in the form of a macaron filled with Candy Bar ice cream and Red Velvet Scones – Halo Top takes the classic British scone to the next level incorporating its decadent and all-American Red Velvet ice cream.
Price: £21.50 per person | Prosecco: additional £10
Where: Television Centre, Wood Ln, White City, London W12 7FR
What: Emilia’s Crafted Pasta casarecce with homemade parmesan, pecorino and basil pesto. Delicious.
The Lowdown: This summer, why not spoil yourself with a refreshing basil pesto casarecce from Emilia’s Crafted Pasta, where they take the pairing of hand-crafted pasta to the right sauces very seriously. There’s a science behind the pairings to ensure the flavour is perfectly distributed and a craft behind the making the perfect pasta that allows the sauces to stick perfectly to the pasta ensuring each mouthful is as flavoursome as possible. The same goes to this basil pesto casarecce where the curves of ridged pasta like casarecce allow delicate recipes like homemade pesto to nestle in their twists.
Where: 77 Alie Street, Aldgate, London, E1 8NH or Unit C3 Ivory House, St. Katharine Docks, London, E1W 1AT
What: Looking for a different cocktail this summer? Try the Vegan Pina Colada Cocktail at Genuine Liquorette.
The Lowdown: The fantastic Genuine Liquorette is serving a vegan Pina Colada to celebrate National Pina Colada Day on 10th July. Liquorette’s bar manager Robyn Wilkie has created the recipe to add a great twist to her favourite cocktail, keeping the serve non-dairy so it can be enjoyed by vegans and non-vegans alike. The recipe combines the perfect mixture of Malibu, Havana 3 and pineapple juice with coconut milk to create a premium and creamy cocktail that tastes amazing but doesn’t compromise a non-dairy diet.
Where: 6 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, London W1T1HJ, UK
What: Jason Atherton’s Hai Cenato has announced the Tarte Flambée sourdough pizza to celebrate Bastille Day.
The Lowdown: Tarte Flambée is this month’s new guest chef pizza with Gregory Marchand, Founder of Frenchie Covent Garden. The Tarte Flambée sourdough pizza, designed by Greg, will feature Crème Fraiche, fromage blanc, smoked bacon and onions finished with Munster cheese and is inspired by Greg’s wife, Marie. Gregory Marchand follows a string of brilliant collaborations with the likes of Massimo Bottura, Monica Galetti, Clare Smyth and Paul Ainsworth having taken part previously.
Price: The pizza, available throughout July, will be priced at £15.50 with £1.00 of every pizza sold going to the charity, Hospitality Action.
Where: Hai Cenato, 2 Sir Simon Milton Square, Westminster, London SW1E 5DJ
Photo credit: Lateef photography
What: Louie’s is the first ever London restaurant dedicated to Nashville Red-Hot Chicken, a specialty of Tennessee.
The Lowdown: Their chicken is coated in buttermilk and seasoned with paprika, garlic and brown sugar and fried in cayenne-infused hot oil. Guests can create their own personal serve at Louie’s – from the cut of the chicken right through to the level of spice desired. This ranges from the ‘Mellow’ to the ‘Afterburner’, which warns to ‘strap yourself in’.
Where: 37 Hoxton Square, Hoxton, London N1 6NN
What: San Marzano Tomato Risotto accompanied with basil oil and mozzarella
The Lowdown: Ours Restaurant has a new summer menu that focuses on offering diners the very best Mediterranean flavours and seasonal ingredients. They have created a dedicated vegan and vegetarian menu that includes truffle ravioli, burnt cauliflower
Where: Address 264 Brompton Road,Knightsbridge,London, SW3 2AS
What: Delicious vegan tortillas from The Gate. They’re filled with sweet potato, corn, coriander, spring onion and chilli, and served with a black bean and chipotle puree, guacamole and sour cream.
The Lowdown: The Gate are also known as the ‘Plant-Based Pioneers’ of London, and their mostly vegan menu and completely vegan wine list have been delighting a range of diners, from vegans and veggies to curious flexitarians, since they opened their first restaurant in Hammersmith 30 years ago.
Where: 87 Allitsen Road, St John’s Wood, London, NW8 7AS
What: Aegean Octopus Salad – mixed peppers, red onions & diced potatoes, dressed with extra virgin olive oil & white wine vinegar, finished with Greek oregano.
The Lowdown: The Real Greek, the UK’s only group of authentic Greek restaurants, has debuted a summer Seafood menu to launch its new Aegean Kitchen exclusively at its flagship Bankside site.
Where: Locations here
What: Pachanga spring roll, peppers, mushrooms, kashar, cured beef, red pepper volute
The Lowdown: Part of the new tapas menu, new tapas-style lunch menu, inspired by Executive Chef Maz Demir’s recent travel to Anatolia. The dishes takes inspiration from the region’s produce and culinary traditions, which Maz Demir has updated to create an exciting and contemporary offering.
Where: 12 Cockfosters Parade, Barnet EN4 0BX
What: Kadaif Prawns – delicious prawns wrapped in Kadayif pastry and deep-friend for crunch.
The Lowdown: Mamounia Lounge has just launched a new Lebanese and Moroccan Weekend Brunch menu, giving an Arabic take on the Capital’s favourite meal. The menu is designed to be enjoyed banquet style and includes a selection of delicious mezze plates, salads, tagines, sides and desserts.
Where: Mamounia Lounge, 136 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW3 1HY