5 Things You Need to Eat in London This WeekBy Alicia Grimshaw
There’s so many new foodie treats on offer in London this month; a truffle menu, an oyster deal and a plant-based opening. If you need a little bit of guidance on what to eat this week, here’s 5 things we think you simply cannot miss:
What: Hand selected from Italy’s most renowned areas of great truffle provenance, 45 Jermyn St. is welcoming the finest seasonal white truffles with a new menu. Four dishes have been created to showcase the ingredient in its purest form, allowing this rare and exceptional delicacy to shine.
Why: The star of the show comes in the form of the toasted cheese sandwich; this toastie is the epitome of decadent comfort food, oozing with raclette chosen to compliment the truffle with its strong but delicate taste. Before toasting, 45 Jermyn St. chefs coat homemade sourdough with freshly whipped butter laden with truffle shavings and as a final finishing touch, the dish is topped with fresh shaved truffle at the table.
Where: Corner of Jermyn Street and Duke Street, London, SW1 6DN
What: Former Dorchester chef, Emilia Strazzanti is taking residency at Carousel, Marylebone, from the Tuesday 23rd – Saturday 27th October, with her Sicilian pop-up. Emilia showcases her interpretation of Sicilian cuisine, combining her Michelin starred training with recipes from her heritage and the best local and Sicilian produce.
Why: Highlights from the six course menu include: ricotta, basil and lemon ravioli with langoustine bisque; pistachio and confit langoustine; involtini di melanzane with stuffed and rolled parmesan-baked aubergine; and her signature cakes of Sicilian pistachio, almond and hazelnut.
Where: 71 Blandford St, Marylebone, London W1U 8AB
What: From Saturday 27th October, Prawn on the Lawn is launching a seasonal ‘Oyster Happy Hour’ for the first time to celebrate this native delicacy.
Why: The Oyster Happy Hour runs from 4.30pm to 6.30pm each day at their Islington seafood restaurant and fishmonger, with the choice of freshly shucked Cornish Porthilly oysters or deep-fried oysters with garlic crème fraiche for £1.50 each; alongside a glass of Cornwall’s award winning pink fizz, Trevibban Mill Organic Sparkling Rose, for £7 a glass.
Where: 292 – 294 Saint Paul’s Road, London N1 2LH
What: Plant-based grab ‘n’ go concept Flipside in Farringdon is opening on Tuesday 23rd October, and to mark the occasion, they’ll be giving out free mac n’ cheese on a first come, first served basis.
Why: Breakfast options include organic chickpea scramble boxes, mocha morning oats, sourdough donut with Almond feta and honey enjoyed with organic Bullet coffee, fresh-pressed juices, smoothies and teas. Visit the ‘Mac Bar’ and customise your mac n’ cheese with the likes of chopped sticky rashers, baked shiitake, chargrilled broccoli, caramelised onions and roasted cherry tomatoes. A daily-rotating line-up of freshly-made soups offer heartiness with bold flavours, including New England chowder, velvet butternut and alphabet minestrone.
Where: 88 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6BP
What: Fitzrovia’s Salt Yard is embracing the autumn with a new menu and a decor refresh. Following a light-touch refurbishment, the Spanish and Italian charcuterie bar and restaurant has a range of new dishes alongside fresh spins on signatures. What’s more, the star of its tapas menu has had a makeover and there’s an intriguing line-up of hand-crafted cocktails at the bar.
Why: Head Chef Joe Howley has been working to reimagine a mainstay of Salt Yard’s tapas menu: its stuffed courgette flowers. The result is a limited-edition Courgette Flower Power menu, which mirrors the structure of the restaurant’s menu by offering fish, meat and vegetable variations. Choose from a rich salt cod brandade filling accompanied by pickled clam and squid ink, a spicy ‘Nduja option with citrus-laced courgette ribbons and mint, or the vegetarian option, smoked burrata with pickled mushrooms and truffle.
Where: 54 Goodge Street, London W1T 4NA