Opera Tavern, the beloved Spanish-Italian small plates restaurant in Covent Garden, has now reopened following a sleek redesign with a brand-new menu and Head Chef at 23 Catherine St, Covent Garden, WC2B 5JS.
Sister to London’s Spanish/Italian tapas restaurants, Salt Yard, Ember Yard and Dehesa, Opera Tavern opened in 2011 in a former pub in the heart of theatreland. At a time when Covent Garden was not high on people’s agenda of good places to eat, Opera Tavern shone out like a beacon. Known for its incredible quality Spanish and Italian-style tapas and lively atmosphere, it quickly became something of an institution, attracting both rave reviews and loyal customers. With a refreshed look and feel, Opera Tavern is buzzy, warm and inviting.
New menu dishes include an incredible Sharing plate of Iberico pork served with piquillo pepper relish & pork glaze. In addition, there is Chicken saltimbocca, aubergine, capers, marsala; Welsh lamb belly, summer vegetables, hazelnut & cabra pesto; Lemon sole, courgette, basil & brown shrimp sauce and Chargrilled paleta, tropea onion, bone marrow.
Just in time for the summer holidays, the chippies’ and (arguably) the nation’s favourite dish, Scampi & Chips gets a Hawksmoor makeover. It will launch on Monday 8th July as one of the specials on the new Summer Lunch Menu and will be available from all Hawksmoor London restaurants alongside Manchester and Edinburgh over the summer months.
Matt Brown is known for creating the legendary Big Matt, which also makes a welcome return as a summer lunch special served with fries (£16) or as part of the Big Matt Meal (with fries and Shaky or Steady Pete Ginger Brew, £20). Langoustine Scampi & Chips (£21) is Matt’s latest signature dish featuring langoustines served with classic tartare sauce and triple cooked chips.
The Summer Lunch Menu, priced at £25 for 2 courses and £28 for 3 features seasonal starters such as Heritage tomato salad and Spring herb salad, goat’s curd, radishes, sourdough crisp. Mains feature Roasted hake, heritage tomatoes & new potatoes, Chargrilled heritage courgettes, Twineham Grange dumplings, courgette fries and 35-day aged rump with triple cooked chips. For puddings, choose from Peanut butter shortbread, salted caramel ice cream, Original Beans chocolate, Pannacotta, raspberries, lemon & elderflower granita or Grilled peaches, almond meringue, muscat cream, lemon bomb.
The Hawksmoor Summer Lunch menu and Summer Lunch Specials will be available for lunch only, 12-3pm Monday to Saturday at all Hawksmoor restaurants from Monday, 8th July.
It has been a busy year for Baozilnn Group with their flagship, three floor Borough restaurant and bar opening next month and plans for a second Market Hall site on the cards at Lakeside. The team at Baozilnn Soho has not stood still either and have been busy creating a wonderful new selection of Northern Chinese street food and all-day Cantonese Dim Sum, with a brand-new menu that has recently launched at Romilly Street.
Some of the exceptional new dishes include Crispy fried tofu, Cucumber in chillies and the ever so fiery Shredded chicken in Chef’s special red oil. Other favourites include the Asparagus with garlic or XO sauce that is perfectly cooked with just the right amount of bite and the moorish Steamed Scallops with garlic, XO or spicy sambal sauce that are just exquisite – delicately steamed and infused with flavour on a bed of soupy glass noodles. Finally, the Chef’s special king prawns with crispy noodles in ginger and spring onion sauce are a real showstopper.
With Hawksmoor getting ready make its much anticipated debut in the Big Apple, it seemed only right that Hakwsmoor Spitalfields’ annual 4th July party should this year be super-sized, with DJs, cocktails and hotdogs.
Take your pick from the dazzling selection of American-themed cocktails, such as the Cherry Pie Old-fashioned (home-made Brown Butter Woodford Rye with home-made cherry syrup); Peachy Keen (Woodford Bourbon, peach wine, mint and cider vinegar); Watermelon Slushy (Woodford Rye and Watermelon) and Maximum Security Highball (Woodford Bourbon, Cream Soda, Suze, grapefruit and honey).
These larger than life creations will be priced at a mere £5, from 1st to 4th July.
And for something quintessentially American to soak up the booze, Hawksmoor’s incredible hotdogs include the Chilli Cheese Dog coated in chorizo, laden with chili and covered with Ogelshield cheese); the Reuben Hotdog (Sauerkraut, and Russian dressing with crispy pastrami and Swiss cheese) and the Cast Iron Hotdog (Bone Marrow and onions cooked in the skillet with mustard and crispy fried onions topped over a Frankfurt on a brioche sub roll).
Priced from £10 to £12, the hotdogs are available throughout from 1st to 31st July.