5 Things You Need to Eat in London This WeekBy Alicia Grimshaw
We say: life’s too short to go to the same restaurant twice. Why not try one of London’s best new restaurants, special dishes or one-off menus this week? Here are the best things to eat in London this week – forks out, get stuck in:
What: Sackville’s is an absolute beauty of a restaurant in Mayfair. Sackville’s combines black truffle with the highest quality prime cuts of beef from around the world. The restaurant offers a meat-focused menu using the truffle as a fundamental ingredient, it’s rich, decadent and totally dreamy. If you’re after a new restaurant for a special occasion – make it Sackville’s.
Why: Tuck into an array of meat and truffle goodness. Signature dishes include George’s Black Burger – a succulent Wagyu beef patty on a dark truffle brioche bun, buttered with foie gras mousse and served with a truffle mayonnaise. Mains also include spaghetti with ox tongue, boar shavings and truffle dust and a range of steaks that can be served alongside truffle mac n cheese and truffle chips. At Sackville’s they also create some killer desserts including their chocolate fondant burger (tastes better than it sounds) and their boozy take on the American classic with tequila lime pie served with salted popcorn.
Where: 8a Sackville Street, London, W1S 3DF
Photo Credit: Jamie Lau
What: We fell in love with Ceru and their delightful hummus when they popped up on the Southbank this summer. Good news, they’ve relocated to a new bricks and mortar site, which means you don’t have to battle through the crowds of selfie-sticks and tourists to get your mits on some of their fantastic grub.
Why: The concept behind Ceru is simple – fresh, seasonal ingredients, expertly prepared and available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tom Kime is the executive chef and has created a range of light and bright dishes of the region encompassing Cyprus, Turkey, Lebanon and Israel. If you’re on the hunt for Middle Eastern food, Ceru is the place you’ve been searching for. Think slow roast lamb shoulder with shawarma spices, pomegranate and mint; halloumi with cherry tomatoes, black olives and oregano and their tasty spiced roasted cauliflower salad. They also have a range of delicious wraps to takeaway including marinated chicken, falafel and halloumi and lamb shawarma. For a satisfying and tasty dinner, you can’t go wrong with Ceru.
Where: 135 Cannon Street, London
What: Nestled under the railway bridge in Camden Market, Cafe Loren is a new cafe that serves more than sarnies and coffee (although their caramel latte is cracking). At Cafe Loren, they mean big business when it comes to shakshuka with a dedicated menu celebrating this prized Middle Eastern dish.
Why: Cafe Loren offers a range of different styles of shakshuka including their green shakshuka – spinach, leek, green peppers and pesto to their home shakshuka which is served on a bed of hummus. For cheese lovers, order their balkan shakshuka with feta cheese and basil, with a side helping of hummus. They also have a seasonal shakshuka which changes on a weekly basis and can vary in spiciness. Each shakshuka is served with homemade brioche bread that will keep you full for hours.
Where: 6 Camden High St, Camden Town, London NW1 0JH
What: The sunny climes of the Caribbean have landed in Camden thanks to the new opening of Ma Petite Jamaica. Here, it’s all about the colourful decor, wooden tables and fake palm trees to help transport you to the beaches of Jamaica. You don’t have to travel too far to get your hands on some delicious jerk chicken, at Ma Petite Jamaica all of their meat is cooked in their jerk pit for a real authentic taste.
Why: The menu is an ode to classic Caribbean dishes. Smaller plates include ackee and smallfish, Jamaican patties and barbecued spare ribs. For main, you can’t go wrong with the curried goat with rice n peas or if you’re feeling adventurous order the jerk red snapper or the jerk burger served in a brioche bun with fries, onion rings and a house salad. Order one of their classic cocktails from their extensive drinks menu, including the mighty Mojito, cool Cuba Libres, or keep it traditional and order a can of Red Stripe. It would be rude not to.
Where: 4 Inverness Street, Camden, London
What: Recently opened, Orange Elephant in Fulham is a steak house with a difference. They’ve decided to go rogue and sack off the menu, instead concentrating on one thing and one thing only: steak. For an impressive £20, chomp down on a 12oz sirloin steak cooked to perfection served with a special house sauce, a side salad and portion of hand cut chips. That’s what we call a meaty win.
Why: Orange Elephant’s signature steak is carefully sourced from independent British farms, and created from specially selected cuts of quality beef which has been aged for a minimum of 32 days. Alongside the signature steak, Orange Elephant also serve gourmet truffle Mac n’ Cheese for vegetarians as well as the showstopper Tomahawk steak. The huge Tomahawk cut is designed for sharing, served on the bone and with delicate marbelling which gives it an enhanced sweet and rich flavour. Guaranteed meat sweats, but it’ll be worth it.
Where: 351 Fulham Rd, London SW10 9TW
Photo Credit: Daniel Jones Images Ltd