This November Paradise by Way of Kensal Green, one of London’s most decadent drinking and dining destinations, reopens its doors after a stunning transformation. What’s more, with a new head chef at the helm, there’s now an exceptional Sunday Lunch in place.
The new Sunday Lunch features the likes of 21-day aged beef rump, Waveney Valley pork belly with expertly crisp crackling and juicy Suffolk chicken with lashings of sage and sausage meat stuffing. Not forgetting a generous selection of trimmings: fiery yet creamy horseradish, toothsome Bramley apple sauce, tip top Yorkies, goose fat roasties, plenty of buttery cabbage and carrots and rich meaty gravy to top it all off. All of this can be enjoyed in the sumptuous and decadent surroundings that Paradise was first known for, now with a reinvigorated look and feel.
Luxury Hot Pot Restaurant Hot May is now officially open in a stunning townhouse on Beauchamp Place. This really is a unique and incredible new restaurant, a modern and contemporary take on tip top quality Chinese Hot Pot, an absolute culinary delight.
Hot May founder and Hot Pot fanatic Joseph Nie guides the diner through an incredible Northern Chinese feast. It starts with top grade sushi and refreshing house salads that excite and refresh the palate. Next up it’s onto the main event, their prized Hot Pot. Choose from a selection of delicate broths, then pick from a wealth of prime quality ingredients, starting with wafer-thin-sliced Wagyu beef brought to the table in all its marbled beauty over crushed ice, gently poached for seconds and dipped in wickedly moreish dipping sauces. Then it’s onto shellfish including Geoduck, lobster, scallop, king prawns, raw fishballs, abalone, sea cucumber and Scottish langoustine again quickly poached, dipped and eaten.
Now it’s the turn of a selection of choice vegetables and silky tofu, followed by the exquisitely flavoured broth itself. Finally, three rainbow-coloured noodle nests conclude the Hot Pot experience. Don’t miss out on Wagyu beef pancakes, a very happy ending to the most incredible meal.
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.