Two famous museums have launched new culinary ventures
LONDON: Thanks to ROAST restaurant in London’s Borough Market, you don’t have to choose between a traditional British Sunday roast and a juicy burger! Their epic new ‘roast burger’ is a mouth-watering combination of roast potato, rosemary and garlic bun stacked with Welsh Black roast beef, carrot piccalilli, horseradish sour cream, melted ale and mustard cheddar, curly kale and pickled red cabbage, served with red wine and onion gravy.
Anne-Sophie Pic, the only French female chef to be awarded three Michelin stars opened her first UK restaurant, La Dame de Pic. Diners can expect creative French luxury cuisine in the classical English setting of Four Seasons Hotel London Trinity Square.
Also opening her first solo restaurant is Monica Galetti, former senior sous chef at two-Michelin-starred La Gavroche. Her Mere opens this month in Fitzrovia with a laid-back vibe and a simple, seasonal menu. Over in the City of London, English Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton opened his second London restaurant, Temple & Sons. The grill restaurant and all-day deli and bar caters for the increasing appetite for casual-style dining in the financial district.
Two of London’s famous museums have launched new culinary ventures. Head to the newly re-opened modernist Design Museum and its new restaurant, Parabola. Or, on Sundays, visitors exploring the wonders of the V&A Museum can take a break with a Victorian-style afternoon tea in the elegant Morris Room. Devised by food historian Natasha Marks, the tea recreates authentic 19th Century dishes that would have been served in Queen Victoria’s time.
California dreaming came to London with the opening of Pomona restaurant and its American bar. With a menu inspired by chef Gareth Sanderson’s travels along the west coast of America, dishes include ‘sweet potato toast with avocado, labneh, lime and cilantro gremolata’ and ‘caramel croissant and prune pie with crème Anglais’.
The brunch aficionados behind Timmy Green opened their latest cafe in Victoria’s new Nova development in October, open from morning coffee to evening drinks, with local craft beers, an Australian wine list and house cocktails. Highlights on the menu include the famous banana bread sandwich and the huge side of barbecued lamb carved at the table. The team behind south-west London’s Brew Cafes opened Antipodea in December by Kew Gardens station, an Australian inspired all-day Restaurant with a grocery-style shop. Dishes include baked eggs and a yellow Bloody Mary.
Where better to try a taste of the Caspian than JAN, a new restaurant celebrating Middle Eastern flavours from the culinary styles of Iran and Turkey. Signature dishes like grilled lamb chops and sea bream with harissa are cooked in a traditional charcoal oven, and there is heated al fresco space.
Newly opened Bala Baya brings Israeli cuisine to the arches of Southwark and is the first solo venture of Eran Tibi, who has worked alongside Yotam Ottolenghi. During the day feast on Tel Avi-style pitta bread, stuffed with slow cooked meats and salads, or larger dishes in the evening such as salt-baked salmon with tahini.
The team behind one of London’s top vegetarian restaurants, The Gate, has launched The Gate Seymour Place, bringing its creative vegetarian food to Marble Arch in central London, with vegetables centre stage on its menu.
If you’re looking for a cool drinking den with a few bites to eat, try tiny wine bar Enfant Terrible, which opened in Hackney. Inspired by Parisian wine bars, it offers a daily changing wine list alongside cocktails and bar snacks like mutton tartare and the intriguing cognac and kampot pepper caramel brownie.
Over in Soho, Company Below bar has reopened after a design and menu overhaul and is a great place to knock back a cocktail or two.
British seaside restaurant Bonnie Gull opened its second Seafood Shack in Soho, offering the very best of daily fresh British fish and shellfish. Drawing inspiration from the British coast, Bonnie Gull Soho serves sustainable seafood and small sharing plates.
Float your boat on Regent’s Canal and climb on-board for lunch or a cruising dinner on London Shell Co., a new floating restaurant that opened in December, housed inside the refurbished Prince Regent canal boat. Specialising in seafood, unsurprisingly, the menu includes oysters, home-cured Scottish salmon and game for autumn.
Pizza. Pick a number from one to five! Stefano Cresci’s Florentine pizza restaurant Pizza Toscana is opening its first UK site in Soho. It will serve a core menu of five pizzas – named simply Pizza 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 – with Tuscan toppings such as pecorino cheese instead of mozzarella and chopped Costoluto Fiorentino tomatoes instead of passata.