100 Hoxton Street N1 9ES
Since its launch in early Autumn 2013 Londoners have been flocking to 100 Hoxton to sample the innovative cooking and cocktails and demand for their fabulous fusion foods has been so great that they are now open for weekday lunch and weekend brunch.
Lunchtime diners at 100 Hoxton can choose from a delicious and concise selection of 100 Hoxton Wraps ranging from Lamb paired with onion tahini yoghurt and pomegranate or 7-spiced Crispy Quail with yellow plum chutney and chicory pancake amongst others.
For the weekend brunching crowd, 100 Hoxton offers a fusion inspired brunch, which is sure to be an instant hit. The 100 Hoxton Big Breakfast with Pork Belly and spring onion hash, fried eggs, tomato, mushrooms, avocado salsa and jalapeno dressing or Spiced Scotch Egg with coconut, pickled radish and watercress are just some of dishes available to cure an end of the week hangover or to relax over with the weekend papers while enjoying a Bloody Mary with homemade chili sauce and coriander.
154 Haverstock Hill NW3 2AY
January 2014 is proving to be a busy time for Carmelo Carnevale and his talented team at the recently opened Sicilian restaurant Ballaro with three exciting new offerings launching at North London’s most talked about new dining experience.
Firstly Carmelo has devised a stunning, yet affordable two course Italian family Sunday Lunch offering. Inspired by Sundays back home in Palermo, his large family all getting together on the day of rest, tucking in to dishes cooked by him and his Mamma.
Think comforting Italian and Sicilian classics, which include Winter onion soup with Nero D’ Avola and pecorino cheese, Sicilian octopus salad with orange and mint and Fassona beef carpaccio with rocket salad and parmesan.
Main courses feature Tagliatelle with veal Bolognese and mushrooms, Gnocchi with wild mushrooms and rosemary, Baby roast chicken with sun blanched tomatoes and roasted potatoes and Grilled lamb chops and grilled vegetables. The Italian Family Sunday Lunch at Ballaro is priced at £18.50 for two courses.
Carmelo has kept himself busy over the holidays and January also sees the launch of Ballaro’s brand new a la carte menu and the always popular weekday set lunch offering at just £12.50 for two courses.
The new Ballaro late winter a la carte features the likes of Trio of salmon, tuna, baccala with quails eggs and pomegranate, Red prawns tartar, clementine, capers and Campari dressing and Fassona beef carpaccio, watercress and puntarelle chicory.
For Mains think Homemade spaghetti with slow cooked veal osso buco ragout, Nero D’Avola, Paprika and orange marinated sea bream fillet, lentils and savoy cabbage and Beef fillet with Belgian endive and Marsala.
Dessert follows along nicely with Alphonso mango soup, passion fruit mousse and Sicilian chocolate “Budino” with grappa, cantucci crumble and lemon zest or Pear cooked in red wine with sweet ricotta and sesame seed nougat.
The Brand new 2014 weekday set lunch menu offers exceptional value at £12.50 for two courses and dishes feature Portobello mushroom with braised pear and pecorino cheese fondue and Winter salad with radicchio, oranges, Avola almonds and Muscat dressing.
For main course it’s Rigatoni with lamb ragout, Spicy penne with cauliflower, sun dried tomato pesto and smoked Sicilian smoked cheese and Chicken supreme filled with Mozzarella, cappers, olives and tomatoes served with broccoli.
Finally Valentines Day is fast approaching and this year it falls on a Friday. Ballaro is offering the full a la carte menu with a 10% discount on all room rates at the Haverstock Hotel, the brand new, 19 Bedroom Boutique Hotel directly above the restaurant, perfect for those wishing to make a night of it. Please quote StVal2014 when booking.
Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge Store, 109-125 Knightsbridge SW1X 7RJ
The hugely popular Burger & Lobster opened in Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge in October 2013, luring foodies and fashionistas to the Fifth Floor for cocktails and crustaceans.
Located next to the Fifth Floor Café, Foodmarket and new Wine Shop, easily accessible via the escalators and express lifts from the ground floor, the new Burger & Lobster is the ideal pit stop for some pre or post-shopping sustenance. With its buzzy atmosphere and laid back fare, Burger & Lobster is a fabulous spot to meet up for a relaxed lunch or dinner in one of London's most stylish postcodes.
The restaurant offers the trademark simple menu, featuring just three items, whole live 1.5lb lobster from Nova Scotia or Maine, steamed or grilled and served with clarified or garlic butter, lobster rolls served in a brioche bun with Japanese mayonnaise or a 10oz handmade burger in a brioche bun, all served with chips and salad and all priced at £20. For those who are looking for a lighter option, the restaurant also offers the California Burger, a juicy burger patty in between two iceberg lettuce leaves.
Harvey Nichols SW1X 7RJ
Spring may not quite yet have sprung, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look ahead and enjoy the delicious flavours the season brings.
Indulge this spring in a delicious cocktail at the Fifth Floor Bar. The team have created a cocktail list with intriguing tastes and flavour combinations that they believe will be big hits for the months ahead.
The savoury basil works surprisingly well with campari, agave syrup and sharp zesty grapefruit juice, making this vivid drink thirst-quenching and flavoursome. A simple and sophisticated choice.
GINGER FIZZ £14.50
Kamm & Sons “the British aperitif” is gently stirred with elderflower cordial and complemented with Harvey Nichols Brut Champagne. This delicious combination is perfect for a light spring treat.
HNIX ADJUSTER £12.50
A perfect mix of Beefeater 24 and Solerno liqueur blended with lime and crushed ice. Finished with a hint of rose water and served caipirinha style. Citrusy and refreshing.
BUBBLE BLISS £14.50
An elegant blend of spring delights exploding with fruity and floral freshness. Apricots and oranges are mixed with Makers Mark bourbon and mellowed by peach liqueur and vanilla sugar. Topped up with Harvey Nichols Brut Champane; pure bliss!
PARIS BLOSSOM £13.50
With the trees heavy with blossom and the sun breaking through, this beautiful blend of bay leaves, Martell vsop, chartreuse and orange combine to toast the changing seasons. Delicious!
PICNIC CHIC £12.50
The refreshing, simple ingredients work harmoniously to create a flavoursome, long cocktail. Thyme and lemon juice combined with Absolut vodka and livened with lemonade.
THE FENNEL MULE £13.50
A simple drink based on the classic Moscow Mule, a refreshing creation that perfectly fits with the ethos of the spring season. Fennel infused Chase vodka is shaken with grapefruit and dill bitters, fresh lemon juice and charged with Luscombe ginger beer. Cool and tasty!
The Spring Cocktail Menu is available at the Fifth Floor Bar, Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge until Friday 28 March.
The stunning Fifth Floor Champagne Bar at the flagship Harvey Nichols store in Knightsbridge is an exclusive collaboration with Perrier-Jouët.
69-73 St John Street, Clerkenwell EC2V 8AS
Foxlow, Will Beckett and Huw Gott's new 100-cover restaurant and bar opened in November 2013.
Serving slow-smoked and charcoal grilled dishes, salads and sides alongside original cocktails and reasonably priced wines.
Foxlow is a neighbourhood restaurant, the sort of place Will and Huw would like to have near their homes to visit regularly with friends and family. Warm, informal service and a comfortable, lived-in interior add the the relaxed atmosphere.
Foxlow, perhaps unsurprisingly, features charcoal grilled steak albeit in less known cuts, such as Deckle, the top, fatty part of the rib- eye, butchered by Tim Wilson of The Ginger Pig. Other grills include Pluma (pork feather steak), supplied by Brindisa. Slow-smoked dishes that Richard Turner and his team have been perfecting over many, many months form a big part of the menu and include Six-hour Bacon Ribs and Eight-hour Beef Shortrib. Fish and seafood comes from Brixham market and poultry from select North Yorkshire farms. Another big part of the menu is a large selection of salads, available to order individually or as an assortment providing lighter options for lunch or dinner. Desserts, from Hawksmoor’s pastry chef Carla Henriques include a fabulous selection of Soft Serve Sundaes.
5A Air Street W1J 0AD
The Hawksmoor Air Street Bar menu features amongst other dishes, it's latest favourite thing: The Mitch Tonks' Crab Sandwich.
A heavenly sandwich first tasted at Mitch's restaurant Rockfish in Dartmouth, lovingly made with only the freshest crab meat, cucumber and pickles, layered between fluffy white bread now takes pride of place alongside Hawksmoor's already infamous buttery Lobster Roll.
Cornish rock oysters or Colchester natives served with or without Hawksmoor sausages are also available as well as fried rock oysters served with tartare sauce and lighter snacks such as Fried queenies, triple cooked chips and pickled cockles. For those with a sweeter inclination, macaroons and salted caramel rolos round up the offering.
10-12 Basinghall Street, EC2V 5BQ N1 6NN
Will Beckett and Huw Gotts third steak restaurant cocktail bar, Hawksmoor Guildhall opened on 31st October 2011 on Basinghall Street in the City. Situated in the shadow of the actual Guildhall, a stone’s throw from Dolly’s, the 18th century restaurant that lays claim to being the first steakhouse of them all, it feels like it has been a City institution since the dawn of the 20th century.
While the 'dictionary thick' charcoal-grilled steaks from Longhorn cattle are the main feature at lunch and dinner, breakfast revolves around the long-forgotten Plum Pudding Pig. The breakfast menu, available 7-10am Monday to Friday, features everything from Devilled Veal Kidneys on Toast to Manx Kipper and Poached Eggs and the Ultimate Hawksmoor Breakfast to share with Smoked Bacon Chop, Sausages, Black Pudding, Short-Rib Bubble & Squeak, Grilled Bone Marrow, Trotter Baked Beans, Fried Eggs, Grilled Mushrooms, Roast Tomatoes, Dripping Toast and HP Gravy.
3 Yeoman's Row SW3 2AL
Will Beckett and Huw Gott are excited to announce that Hawksmoor will be coming to West London this summer with the opening of Hawksmoor Knightsbridge on Yeoman’s Row planned for June.
Will and Huw have taken over the site that housed Frankie’s restaurant. Huw says to expect “a bit of old school glamour and atmosphere and another menu that revolves around what we do best – amazing steaks from ethically reared British cattle and a few surprise dishes and cocktails which we’re currently perfecting”.
11 Langley Street WC2H 9JG
From Monday 10th March there'll be a new Third Burger at Seven Dials – the Five Pork Burger. Working on the assumption that more is always better, we've topped a Tamworth pork patty with sausage meat stuffing and a couple of slices of smoked bacon. On the side there's sausage gravy for French-dipping and a couple of extra-long pork scratchings. To balance it all out we snuck in some Spring Greens which brings a little Sunday Roast into the mix and a dollop of homemade apple ketchup. Definitively the piggiest way to get your greens.
157 Commercial Street E1 6BJ
This month's Desert Island Drinks at Spitalfields Bar sees Barberos "Captain" Inan showing off his famous 'double shake' technique with five incredible cocktails, including our first ever hot cocktail on these hallowed pages. "Barbie" may look like a young Bruce Springsteen on his way to a Pirates of the Caribbean fancy dress party, but the man makes a mean drink … On the first Tuesday of every month (that's today!) you can get any drink from the list and any sandwich from the menu for £15
Hawksmoor Spitafields Bar opened in March 2012 in the basement space under the original Hawksmoor Steak restaurant on Commercial Street.
Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar has a short drinks list with five monthly changing Desert Island Drinks, personal favourites chosen by a different member of Hawksmoor's crack cocktail team, along with five non-changers.
The food menu features a compilation of sandwiches ideally suited to soaking up the carefully selected cocktails. The menu will also feature a selection of popular staples of the Hawksmoor bar menus: Hot Dog and Chili Cheese Dog, Shortrib French Dip, Cheeseburger and the Lobster Roll amongst others.
Die-hard fans will be surprised with the ‘almost vegan’ (there is some butter in the brioche bun) Chana Masala Burger, a tribute to a much-missed local curry house, Sweet and Spicy on Brick Lane.
Other new dishes include a supercharged Fillet ’o’ Fish, with Jalapeño tartare, Seoul Ribs, XO Chicken Wings, Pulled Pork Bun and the not-very-vegan Pig’s Head Poutine.
69 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9JS
Machiavelli Kitchen and Dining Room, Covent Garden’s best-loved Italian deli, café and restaurant has put together a perfect selection of Christmas hampers, filled to the brim with finest Italian products. There is a hamper for every occasion with the elegant Classic Hamper with a bottle of Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Extra Dry Col de'Sallci along with biscotti biscuits and a panettone, a Cheese Hamper with three delicious artisan cheeses and a bottle of Massolino Barolo from Serralunga d'Alba. The Tea Hamper has a wonderful Continental alternative to the classic English afternoon tea. The Cook's Hamper is the perfect answer for cooking up some classic Italian fare and the Larder Hamper will ensure you have everything you need to create a delicious Italian meal this Christmas. Prices start from £45.
83-85 Duke of York Square SW3 4LY
Manicomio nestles perfectly in the converted barracks that once housed The Royal Military Asylum in Duke of York Square, hence the name, Madhouse in Italian. Over the years, Manicomio’s offering, including a fine Italian restaurant and bar, casual café, deli and takeaway and a delightful dining terrace have built a loyal following, becoming an absolute must both with the discerning Chelsea set and lovers of fine Italian food from all over this city.
This May Manicomio Chelsea restaurant, café, deli and bar will be ten years old. To celebrate a decade as one of London’s best-loved Italian restaurants, Manicomio’s delectable new anniversary a la carte menu will feature ten years of seasonal spring and summer signature dishes, handpicked from menu archives by Head Chef Tom Salt. This brilliant anniversary menu will run in the restaurant at Manicomio Chelsea from Monday 13th of May through to August with seasonal changes along the way due to some of the ingredients featured.
Poco Café (sister to Manicomio restaurant) has just launched a delightful summer terrace complete with a BBQ menu and a cocktail list created in collaboration with Tanqueray Gin. Think cocktails with a distinctly Italian feel, such as Tanqueray Negroni and String Cello (Tanqueray Ten, limoncello, pineapple juice, lemon juice, basil).
The Poco Café BBQ menu is short and sweet with daily changing antipasti to start and mains including Swordfish with rocket and daterino tomato and Banham free-range chicken spiedino and Wye Valley asparagus, parmesan and lemon. Prices range from £10.50 to £14.
The Poco Café summer BBQ terrace menu and Tanqueray cocktails are served from Tuesday to Friday only, from 5.30-8pm until end of July.
6 Gutter Lane London EC2V 8AS
Manicomio City restaurant, café, deli and bar opened in June 2008 and over the last five years has built a first class reputation as a destination for some of the finest Italian food, drink, produce and service on offer, not only in The City but all over London.
This Autumn, as the nights begin to draw in and temperatures drop slightly, Manicomio City, housed in an impressive glass fronted Norman Foster building dominating one end of Gutter Lane, launches an exceptionally priced, evening only, T-Bone steak and Chianti Classico sharing offering at its first floor restaurant.
Priced at £65 for two people (just £32.50 per head), this delectable steal of a special features a 750g longhorn T-Bone steak from the award winning Ginger Pig, alongside a bottle of 2009 Castellare Di Castellina, Chianti Classico. Manicomio Head Chef Tom Salt and his talented team will expertly season and chargrill this fine piece of meat to your spec. Every Ginger Pig longhorn T-bone steak is served simply, the Italian way, with maple roasted onion squash and salsa verde.
The award winning Ginger Pig Farm was started twenty years ago by founder Tim Wilson on a near derelict Yorkshire moors farmhouse with three Tamworth Pigs. The company now has five butchers shops around London and farms 3000 acres in the finest stretch of the Yorkshire Moors as well as supplying meat to a handful of London’s best restaurants. Their longhorn T-Bone steaks for Manicomio City are expertly aged, the meat perfectly marbled with fat to create a sublime tasting, succulent piece of steak that just melts in your mouth.
This excellent Chianti Classico featured hails from the Poderri Castellare di Castellina vineyard close to the village of Chianti. Castellare di Castellina produces 250,000 bottles of wine a year in over 33 hectares of vineyards. The 2009 Vintage Chianti Classico is aged in French durmast barrels creating an elegantly complex, full-bodied wine that marries perfectly with red meat.
An identical 750g Ginger Pig longhorn T-bone steak will also be on offer at lunchtime on the a la carte menu priced at £45 for two people without the wine
OXO Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, South Bank SE1 9PH
Meanwhile, at the OXO Tower, Mum will most definitely be the word! Starting off with signature cocktails at the Bar, taking in the glorious riverside views and then choosing between the elegant, fine dining Restaurant or the buzzy Brasserie for a celebratory lunch.
Jeremy Bloor’s Restaurant menu, priced at £65 per person includes Spring risotto, wild garlic and morels to start, Whole steamed bass, shaved fennel, orange, basil and pea cress salad to follow and Bitter chocolate mousse, honey comb, caramelized hazelnuts to finish.
Over at the Brasserie, live jazz will add to the atmosphere, creating a perfect backdrop for Deon Jansen’s delicious menu, which includes: Salt & Pepper squid, green paw paw, sweet chilli dipping sauce; Roasted cod, saffron mash, roasted baby fennel, crispy shrimps, shellfish bisque and Rhubarb, mascarpone ginger mousse, hibiscus jelly. The Brasserie Menu is priced at £55 per head.
To book, please call 020 7803 3888
OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie
Barge House Street
South Bank SE1 9PH
37a Hoxton Square N1 6NN
Red Dog American Sandwiches opened on 15th October 2013 at 37a Hoxton Square. Serving Tom Brooke's authentic take on an American classic: the humble, hearty and delicious sub, available to eat in, take-home or to have delivered.
Tom, an "aspiring legend" in his own words, was a pioneer of the early days of the gourmet, fast 'dude' food scene having opened Red Dog Saloon, an American burger and BBQ joint back in Summer 2011. For the past three years, Tom has been perfecting recipes, smoking techniques and bread-to-filling ratios while plotting to unleash the simple, unputdownable sub on London.
The Red Dog American Sandwiches menu features fifteen hot and cold subs, four dogs, a handful of sides, salads and deserts with Soft (sodas, milkshakes, coffee) or Hard (Kona Longboard Hawaiian larger, Rebel Yell bourbon) drinks to wash them down.The 26-cover diner does not take reservations.
Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge SW3 1DB
Mother’s Day at Fifth Floor, Harvey Nichols
Celebrating Mother’s Day on Sunday 30 March in true style, Season at the Fifth Floor, Harvey Nichols has a special treat in store: fashion illustrator Louise O’Keeffe will create beautifully drawn sketches for mums to take away. The elegant and relaxed restaurant provides the perfect setting to pose for an iconic sketch while sipping a Lady Godiva Martini, created especially for the day. In addition, the restaurant has devised a sumptuous five-course menu including Honey roast Anjou quail, quail boudin, onion marmalade, pomegranate, confit leg, chilli dressing to start, Braised shoulder of Kent lamb, courgette puree, goat’s curd, black olive, roast artichokes and, finally Apple and blackberry delice, caramelized apple, apple jelly, cinnamon ice cream, golden sultana puree. The menu is priced at £50 per person and children’s menu is also available.
To book, please call 020 7235 5250
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109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7R
34 Rupert Street W1D 6DN
The Palomar, a dynamic new restaurant is set to launch in April at 34 Rupert Street in Soho. Layo and Zoe Paskin, the siblings behind The End and AKA have teamed up with the chefs who created Jerusalem’s celebrated Machneyuda restaurant - Yossi Elad, Uri Navon & Asaf Granit. The Palomar's kitchen will be headed up by Tomer Amedi and specialise in the food from Jerusalem, influenced as it is by the rich cultures of Southern Spain and Italy, North Africa through to the Levant.
More information to follow. In the meantime, you can follow The Palomar updates on Twitter: @palomarsoho / Instagram: thepalomar or sign up for soft opening details at www.thepalomar.co.uk
30 Well Walk NW3 1BX
Beth Coventry’s pub-with-food in Hampstead is a firm local favourite. Situated between the Heath and Hampstead Village, the Georgian building has three dining rooms on the first floor, seating 10, 16 and 20, which lend themselves perfectly to private dining and events. The main bar downstairs is a comfortable space, suitable for eating, drinking and regular events and there is also plenty of outside seating, ideal for warmer months.
Soho, Marylebone and Farringdo W1F 9SH
Vinoteca offers it's customers an inviting environment to enjoy a unique selection of wines from all over the globe. With over 285 wines on the menu, incredibly helpful staff, as well as a food offering of unpretentious frequently changing dishes, all four venues are sure to please any wine lover. The wine list reflects a passion for small producers, and is great value for money. The full selection of wines are available to drink in, take away or order online.
Vinoteca Soho on Beak Street, offers a ground floor wine bar with a striking central bar and informal seating as well as a first floor dining room flooded with natural light; a bright an airy space to relax in and enjoy lunch or dinner.
Vinoteca Farringdon boasts an intimate private dining that can accommodate up to 30 people for a seated event. Choose from a selection of menus offered exclusively in the private room from informal sharing platters to feasting menus.
Vinoteca, the second opening in the Vinoteca family, also has an impressive private room, as well an authentic ambience, with a reguarly-chaging menu of largely British cuisine together with a spattering of innovative European dishes.
Soon to join the fold will be a new restaurant in Chiswick.
For those wishing to learn more about the wines on offer Vinoteca has a fantastic selection of Events designed to please and educate any palate from 'Organic & Biodynamic Wine Tasting' to a full tasting of the Winter wine list at the 'Winter Portfolio Tasting'