5 Things You Need to Eat in London This WeekBy Angelica Malin
If reading about free fried chicken burgers in London doesn’t make you happy – nothing will. Here’s the best eats you need to munch in London this week. Time to feast:
What: Single item restaurants and pop-ups are the latest craze sweeping London, and Whole Earth are getting in on the action. Known for their healthy bites and peanut butter, Whole Earth are opening a nut butter bar where everyone gets to experience Whole Earth nut butters through the powers of fondue. Your nut filled dreams have just been answered.
Why: Opening on Friday (24th November) for two days only, Nut butter lovers can purchase tickets for themselves and up to three friends to take part in a two hour nut-butter fondue extravaganza, trying both sweet and savoury fondues like Original Peanut Butter and Chocolate Peanut Butter. Tickets are a fiver, and you can fill your boots with unlimited nut butter.
Where: Whole Earth Nut Butter Bar, Perseverance Works, 25-27 Hackney Road, London, E2 8DD
What: To celebrate the launch of Dirty South, a new restaurant and bar launching in Lewisham, Other Side Fried will take over the kitchen to offer Londoners the chance to get their hands on #100FREEBURGERS every day, from 20th – 24th November.
Why: Chicken kings Other Side Fried will be the first in a series of rotating local street food stars to take up a residency with Dirty South. The fried chicken masters will take over Dirty South, bringing their dirty done proper fried chicken to the south London masses. The menu includes: the Buffalo Burger with fried chicken, buffalo sauce, ranch dressing, lettuce and pickles; the AT team favourite – the Honey Butter, a dreamy combo of fried chicken, smoked honey butter, bacon, lettuce and pickles; and the veg burger with fried celeriac, cheese and chive sauce, fried egg, lettuce and pickles. To get involved, sign up here. Successful entrants will receive a voucher to claim a free burger all week between 5-10pm.
Where: 162 Lee High Road, London, SE13 5PR
Photo Credit: Jake Davis
What: If you’re hankering after an authentic bowl of ramen from Japan’s finest, stop by newly opened Yamagoya near Waterloo. Having been in the noodle game in Japan for over forty years, the Yamagoya team have opened their first international restaurant, and it’s right on your doorstep.
Why: If you’re going, there’s only one thing you need to order: the signature Yamagoya ramen. The warming bowl of tonkotsu broth is peppered with traditionally prepared Japanese Chashu pork belly, marinated bamboo shoot, Kikurake mushroom, nori and marinated Burford Brown egg, and their legendary handmade noodles. Get your chops around the chicken kara-age – Japanese-style fried chicken thigh served with a punchy yuzu mayonnaise. The skin is next level; crispy without the oily residue. Damn good, people.
Where: 49 the Cut, London, United Kingdom, London SE1 8LF
Photo Credit: Paul Winch Furness
What: Suvlaki on Brick Lane has teamed up with London’s very own Lily Vanilli for a Baklava Bake Off. Paying homage to the classic Greek dessert, Lily has created three brand new baklava recipes which are available on the Suvlaki Shoreditch menu throughout November – the perfect end to any Grecian feast.
Why: Traditionally bite-size pieces of filo pastry stuffed with nuts and honey, Lily has taken on the challenge of turning Baklava on its head. Based just around the corner from the restaurant, Lily has been hard at work in her Shoreditch bakery experimenting and recipe testing to bring her Baklava creations to her Greek neighbours. Her menu includes a spin on the classic British dessert, sticky toffee pudding; an autumnal inspired fig and walnut version; and an exotic turmeric and sweet coconut baklava to complete the line up.
Where: 161 Brick Lane, London E1 6SB
Photo Credit: Jade Nina Sarkhel
What: Francesco Mazzei has opened Fiume, a new restaurant situated in the Battersea Power Station development. Fiume, which translates as ‘river’, is situated right on the bank of the Thames, and pays homage to the Mezzogiorno, the Southern ‘boot’ of Italy that holds a special place in the heart of Calabrian native, Francesco. Expect wholesome, hearty recipes made with the fresh, vibrant ingredients from the Mediterranean.
Why: Mezzogiorno has a rich culinary heritage encompassing eight distinctive regions, each of which is reflected in Fiume’s menu. A tempting selection of cicchetti and antipasti includes saffron and mozzarella supplì di riso, and octopus with cannellini beans, served alongside freshly-made breads. Handmade pastas follow, such as burrata tortelli with hazelnuts and sage, and lamb ragout fettucine, while ‘Secondi’ include beef tagliata and classic aubergine parmigiana. In addition, Francesco has brought several signature dishes south of the river, such as his zucchini fritti, seafood fregola and tiramisu.
Where: Circus West, Battersea Power Station, London SW8 5BN