5 Things You Need to Eat This Week in LondonBy Angelica Malin
London restaurants are always buzzing with new ideas, new menus and new concepts. From pop-ups inside art galleries, to the best Italian in town – here’s 5 things you need to eat this week in London and why. Time to tuck in, London:
What: If you need you Bao fix you’ve come to the right place. This October, Spice Market, Soho’s hottest South-East Asian restaurant is launching its new, Barley & Buns pop-up which will run until Christmas. It seems people can’t get enough of Taiwanese Bao buns and with Spice Market’s focus on street-food style cuisine, Barley & Buns will offer a simple menu of six bespoke Taiwanese Gua Bao-style buns, paired with six beer-based cocktails.
Why: Peter Lloyd is Spice Market‘s globetrotting Executive Chef and has called upon his expert street-food knowledge, to create a menu of savoury soft buns. The buns are generously filled, bursting with Spice Market-inspired fusion flavours, which include: succulent soy glazed short rib, apple and jalapeño; crispy soft shell crab with Asian slaw and sriracha; and Malaysian vegetable, crispy garlic, ginger and sweet soy. A selection of sides such as Edamame Beans and Spicy Thai Slaw will also be available. Wash is all down with of on the many beer cocktails on offer, make ours a Spiced Negroni’ (Campari, gin, Peroni and Elemakule bitters).
Where: Spice Market, 10 Wardour St, London, W1D 6Q
What: This autumn, in celebration of British food and producers, Tate Britain will be supporting the 2015 YBF Awards (Young British Foodies) by carrying specially created YBFs dishes on the menu throughout October and November. In addition there are two exclusive events at the Rex Whistler Restaurant, on Saturday 10th and Friday 16th October.
Why: Sip on a specially created Tate signature cocktail ‘Tate aged Negroni’ served after a tour of the 1960 to 2000 rooms of the BP displays, followed by a delicious four-course dinner with the option of paired wines. The dishes contain fine British produce supplied by YBF 2014 and 2015 shortlisters, alongside those crafted by the Rex Whistler’s resident chef Tony Martin. Think; wild pigeon breast, Kentish cobnuts served with Billy Franks bourbon bacon jam, for main dig into Kenton Hall estate slow cooked Jacob’s ladder with grilled corn on the cob and for dessert olive oil cake, preserved plum, hazelnut, ancient grain and star anise and to finish a selection of British Isles cheeses
Where: Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG
Photo Credit: onEdition
What: MASH is a red meat lovers paradise – they’ve taken the best from the American steak tradition of big steaks cut from the best cattle in the world. Indulge in marvellously tender piece of Wagyu, succulent meat from grain fed American cattle, dry-aged meat from Denmark or a delicate piece of Uruguay Hereford. They’ve recently launched a new lunchtime offering, which includes 3 courses and a glass of sparkling, red, or white wine for £35. Boom.
Why: The new lunch menu is a treat for the stomach. Starters to share include gazpacho with prawns, beef carpaccio or a charcuterie board and for mains dig into a MASH classic, you can’t go wrong with their American N.Y. strip with green beans and chips or for fish fans order the salmon supreme with green salad and chilli fries. At MASH they certainly don’t scrimp on the sweet sweet, we’re talking about buttermilk panna cotta with strawberries, profiteroles with crème patissiere and chocolate sauce and ice cream.
Where: MASH, 77 Brewer Street, London, W1F 9ZN
What: Bernardi’s, a new modern Italian restaurant from brothers Gabriel and Marcello Bernardi has has opened in Marylebone and we can confirm it is very good news. It’s all about a fresh, seasonal menu from these guys.
Why: In the kitchen Head Chef Sabrina Gidda, a two-time Roux Scholarship finalist, joins the team from Restaurant Associates, and has created a simple and seasonal, modern Italian menu full of punchy flavours. Dishes include antipasti of rose veal tonnato, parsley, red onion and caper salad; white peaches, burrata, almonds & basil and Market fish crudo to share. Pastas such as tarragon gnocchi, rabbit ragu, broad beans and pancetta is our pick of the menu and orchiette, n’duja, romanesco broccoli and basil is equally dreamy.
Where: 62 Seymour St, London W1H 5BN
What: KERB is turning three this Friday and to celebrate they’re holding a special birthday party at West Handyside Canopy, King’s Cross. There will be food from KERB vendors old and new, a range of unique trader collaborations, fine beer, great cocktails, DJs, photography and films. Our top tip: come hungry.
Why: To celebrate all this, KERB will be bringing back some of the original collective including Bleecker St. Burger and The Ribman as well as introducing some new kids. Prepare yourself for some pretty special KERBlaborations’ for never-seen-before collaborative dishes: Claw X Oh My Dog! are two new kids coming together to present the CRAB DOG, Oli Baba X Born & Raised are whipping up wood-fired flat breads with delicious Levantine toppings and halloumi fries. Decatur X Poke have teamed up to bake tropical Hawaiian filled doughnuts. Expect pineapple cream and some very vivid colours! That’s a Friday night well spent.
Where: Friday 9th October, 6-11pm – West Handyside Canopy, King’s Cross, W1C