5 Things You Need to Eat This Week in LondonBy Alicia Grimshaw
Don’t go wasting your money on crappy pizzas and wilted leaves. We’ve tracked down the best eats you should be trying this week. Go forth and get stuck in:
What: Aubaine the contemporary French brasserie, patisserie and boulangerie is celebrating the historical Southern province in stye with a month-long summer in Provence menu available throughout August.
Why: High-quality food is at the core of Aubaine and with this new menu expect nothing less. The chefs have created a specially crafted set menu of traditional Provençal dishes, which showcase the gastronomic roots and cuisine at the heart of the region. Think traditional salad Niçoise or quiche Provençal. Don’t leave without ordering one of their desserts of Tarte Tropeziene or Fraise des Bois Tarte. Round off the foodie journey with a refreshing classic, Thé de Provence.
Where: Locations here
What: Graham’s Port has teamed up with The Port House to create a unique Port and Tapas pairing menu that will be available throughout August and it will blow your ruddy socks off.
Why: The new menu shows that Port is for life and not just for Christmas. Founded in Porto in 1820, Graham’s is renowned worldwide for producing outstanding vintage ports as well as Aged Tawny Ports and Late Bottled Vintage Port. Each dish is paired with a different Port to complement the Spanish tapas flavours. The Port House sources its wines from all regions of Spain and Portugal, whilst serving more than 30 fine ports, sherries and madeiras by the glass.
Where: 417 Strand, London WC2R 0PD
What: Pret has created a new sandwich that is an absolute bread-y delight and a lunchtime game changer.
Why: Don’t get us wrong, you can’t knock Pret’s avocado and chipotle chicken wrap, their BLT baguette and don’t get us started on the classic super club – that sandwich is absolute perfection. But there’s a new sheriff in town and it’s all about that beef life. Pret have created a limited edition beef baguette available until the 7th September. Shoddy homemade salads no more, people. A freshly-baked artisan baguette filled with rare roast beef, Argentinian-inspired chimichurri, roasted tomatoes and red onion – your sandwich prayers have just been answered.
Where: Every street in London. Locations here
What: Tom’s Kitchen has recently introduced a new menu throughout their four London restaurants – expect some fantastic dishes.
Why: You don’t need to travel to tropical climes in order to get your mits on some summer grub with the new dishes celebrating the best of British summer ingredients. We’re talking about jasmine cured salmon, pickled cucumber and lemon puree, roast fillet of gilt head bream with braised chicory and heritage tomato salad and gooseberry and elderflower fool for dessert. Tom’s Kitchen serves fresh, ethically sourced ingredients and the chaps go to great lengths researching the finest sustainable produce around.
Where: Locations here
What: Dabbous are now serving ‘single plates’ in the restaurant and downstairs in Oskars Bar. We’re not too sure what single plates are, but we do know they taste damn good.
Why: Dabbous is an industrial-styled restaurant dishing up modern European cusine full of flavour, creativity and bright colours. The single plates are new to the menu and means you can pop by (without the need for a reservation) and enjoy some of Ollie’s latest seasonal dishes, quickly and affordably. Single plates include, grilled lamb with charred socca, lesser calamint and violet mustard and for dessert choose the show stopping wild strawberry tart. It isn’t outrageously priced, the food is fantastic and best of all it’s a satisfying and quick dinner.
Where: 39 Whitfield Street, London, WIT 2SF