5 Things You Need to Eat in London This WeekBy Alicia Grimshaw
There’s so many fantastic new openings, menus and residences taking place in the capital this October – with a focus on local produce and sustainability. Here’s our pick of the best things to eat in London this week:
What: Burger giants Burger & Beyond are taking up a new residency at Camden Assembly from Tuesday (16th October). Shaking up the food offering, Burger & Beyond are bringing their burgers to this Camden institution, and to celebrate, Burger & Beyond will be giving away 100 free burgers on the 19th, on a first come first served basis from 5pm.
Why: The menu is superb – try the likes of the cheeseburger, a hefty 45 day aged beef patty, topped with double American cheese, pickled onion and smokey mayo, or the BBB, 45 day aged beef patty crammed into a bun with double American cheese, crispy bacon, burnt butter mayo and pickled onions. And for sides, there’s fries and tater tots.
Where: 49 Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AN
What: Chef Jun Tanaka is introducing a ‘Wild Pasta’ menu at his Michelin-starred restaurant The Ninth, from Monday (15th October). The menu centres around premium wild British game and wild mushrooms, and is available for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday throughout the annual game and mushroom season.
Why: The menu features dishes such as venison tortellini, bone marrow, wet walnuts and Belper Knolle; pheasant ravioli with chanterelles, celeriac and consommé; hare and foie gras agnolotti, trompettes and Jerusalem artichokes; and orecchiette, ceps, tarragon and egg yolk. Jun uses roe deer shoulder inside the tortellini, which has been marinated for 24 hours then slowly braised for a further six. The pheasant ravioli is made with confit leg and roasted breast bound with a light pheasant mousse, and all of the game is supplied by Vicars Farm in Berkshire, with the sourcing of the wild funghi changing to reflect the very best available during the season.
Where: 22 Charlotte St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2NB
Photo Credit: Paul Winch-Furness
What: Now open, Motley, housed within London’s greenest hotel, Qbic, is an all-day dining destination championing a veggie forward menu and ‘waste not’ dishes, using produce that would otherwise have been discarded.
Why: Typical breakfast and brunch dishes include a breakfast big pan and a daily breakfast frittata, while the à la carte menu features dishes such as charred tender stem broccoli with Beluga lentils, garlic, chilli, tahini labneh and nigella seeds; baby back ribs served with roasted peanut sauce and autumn slaw; naked superfood avocado burger with beetroot patty, lettuce, pickled red onion and chickpea mayonnaise; and a Motley fish and chips with battered codling, salt and pepper squid, tempura prawns and tartare. Desserts include sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream, and Eton mess with lemon curd and blackberries.
Where: 42 Adler Street, Whitechapel, London E1 1EE
What: Inspired by the traditional Japanese izakaya, Zuma have extended the inspiration to a wide selection of dishes, now available at the bar. In Japan, izakayas have been popular spaces for years; a traditional spot for after-work drinking and dining in an informal bar environment, dishes classically range from grilled meat or vegetable skewers to fried tofu, salad and okonomiyaki (Japanese-style pancakes).
Why: The chefs at Zuma have worked carefully to craft an interesting selection of skewers for the izakaya bar menu, including lobster and crayfish okonomiyaki skewers, chicken with baby leek skewers, and spicy beef with soy, garlic, ginger and ancho chillies skewers. Other plates include grilled red Mazara prawns with ume boshi and bonito flakes as well as crispy squid with green chilli and salt.
Where: 5 Raphael St, Knightsbridge, London SW7 1DL
What: Daylesford have opened a new organic farmshop and café on Sloane Avenue. Spanning three floors, the new farmshop and all day café, celebrating the sensational food and artisan skills of Daylesford’s renowned organic farm in the Cotswolds.
Why: The farmshop is the ideal food shopping destination, with daily deliveries of the award- winning organic food made by hand on the Daylesford organic farm. Browse the cheese, milk, yoghurt and butter from the Creamery; freshly baked bread, cakes, pastries and biscuits from the Bakery; wholesome meals and soups from the farm kitchens and meat from Daylesford’s high-welfare, pasture-raised, organic animals.
Where: 76-82 Sloane Ave, London SW3 3DZ