100 Hoxton Street N1 9ES
100 Hoxton cocktail bar and restaurant, located on the edge of Shoreditch opened on 24th September. Situated at 100 Hoxton Street, the stylish 64-cover cocktail bar and restaurant serving affordable fusion food is the brainchild of the dynamic team behind Zilouf's in Islington, with the kitchen run by chefs previously of Nopi and Ottolenghi, watched over by Tim Yates, Zilouf's Executive Chef and headed by Francis Puyat.
Thai-trained Aussie chef Tim Yates and Francis Puyat, formerly of Nopi, have together delivered a concise sharing a clean, fresh take on Asian fusion and focusing on their combined passion and extensive experience with Thai and Vietnamese flavours in particular. As is traditional in Asia, all dishes are designed to share, enhancing the social aspect of dining experience.
The bar at 100 Hoxton serves a range of innovative cocktails priced between £7.50 and £8.50 created under the direction of Bar Manager Max Dennis, protégé of Zilouf's award-winning Stuart Binks & Benji Purslow.
154 Haverstock Hill NW3 2AY
Ballaró opened on 21st October in the heart of leafy Belsize Park. The elegant and charming, sixty-cover restaurant serving reasonably priced seasonal Sicilian and Mediterranean dishes from renowned Italian chef Carmelo Carnevale is set to become a neighborhood favorite.
Chef-owner Carmelo Carnevale and co-owner Massimo Pascale have thoughtfully created a much-needed addition to the local dining scene. The interior of Ballaró combines hints of old fashioned north London glitz, effortlessly fused with rustic Mediterranean warmth. The menu is packed full of well priced Sicilian classics, subtly refined by the experienced hand of Carmelo. Service is warm and friendly with manager and sommelier Gianni De Bellis and his charming team on hand to make every element of the Ballaró experience a pleasure for the customers. Ballaró is the local place that we all wish was just around the corner but for most of us is sadly not.
Carmelo’s menu at Ballaró jumps right off the page and immediately makes the diner want to tuck straight in. This is a chef whose sole interest in life is cooking and his sublime menu pays tribute to his native Sicily and its famous Ballaró market in Palermo. Starters include Red wine marinated organic eggs with pecorino cheese, Avola D.O.P almonds and Modica bitter chocolate, Calf’s tongue with red wine braised endive and walnuts or Deep fried squid Palermitana style with chickpea pancake and spicy lime mayo.
The pasta course is a must at Ballaró and examples feature Gragnano spaghetti with clams, bottarga, garlic, chilli and extra virgin olive oil, Ricotta gnudi with saffron pecorino cheese from Enna and Bronte pistachios or Cavateddi semolina pasta with pheasant and porcini ragout cooked in Nerello Mascalese wine.
Main courses include a few Italian classics such as a divine Fiorentina T Bone to share, Veal cutlet Milanese style, Whole sea bass roasted or salt crusted to share and Dover sole. Further mains include Sicilian couscous from Trampani with octopus and seafood, Rack of lamb with pumpkin tart, braised radicchio and orange blossom water or Roasted calf belly with chestnuts, fennel seeds and Marsala. Puddings follow on perfectly with Classic tiramisu made with Marsala according to the Sicilian tradition, Vanilla panacotta with mango jelly and Sicilian lemons and chocolate cake served with Zibiddo wine sauce and figs to name a few.
The wine list has been a labor of love for Gianni and the team and features some exquisite Sicilian wines, alongside reds and whites from across Italy and further afield.
Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge Store, 109-125 Knightsbridge SW1X 7RJ
The hugely popular Burger & Lobster will open in Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge this Autumn, 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 will be the ideal pit stop for some pre or post-shopping sustenance. With its buzzy atmosphere and laid back fare, Burger & Lobster will be a fabulous spot to meet up for a relaxed lunch or dinner in one of London's most stylish postcodes.
The restaurant will offer 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 will also offer the California Burger, a juicy burger patty in between two iceberg lettuce leaves.
Harvey Nichols SW1X 7RJ
This summer, Fifth Floor rooftop terrace at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge has been transformed into a stylish and luxurious haven bringing the craft, heritage and alchemy of Courvoisier, world-famous Cognac to life.
A bespoke cocktail menu and three food pairing packages have been specifically designed to highlight the spirit’s refined and versatile character. Cocktails include Courvoisier Collins (Courvoisier Exclusif, pressed lemon, wild thyme syrup, orange blossom water and soda water) and Exclusif Punch, served in a vintage copper punch bowl (black tea, violet, vanilla pods and preserved lemon). The food pairings include Exclusif Cold, Courvoisier Exclusif served neat in a glass, chilled to bring out flavours of candied orange and crème brûlée. This is beautifully paired with a decadent seafood platter of Scottish whole lobster, clams, mussels, langoustines, smoked eel and smoked mackerel.
L’Alchimie de Courvoisier terrace is open daily until 18 August 2013
St John Street, Clerkenwell EC2V 8AS
Will Beckett and Huw Gott are set to open their fifth restaurant on St John Street in Clerkenwell. The new 100-cover restaurant and bar is scheduled to open it's doors on Thursday, 14th November.
Will and Huw want Foxlow to be ‘the kind of restaurant they’d love to have near their homes, where they might go regularly with friends and family’ and as a result are bucking the trend of recent restaurant openings that revolve around single dishes and there are quite eclectic influences (Italian, Middle Eastern, Asian, American), albeit with the same geeky fascination with great meat from ethically reared animals, great, reasonably priced wines and cocktails and relaxed, friendly service from people who love what they do.
Foxlow will, perhaps unsurprisingly, focus quite a bit on meat and 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 will include Pluma (pork feather steak), supplied by Brindisa. Slow-smoked dishes that Richard Turner and his team have been perfecting over many, many months will form a big part of the menu and include Six-hour Bacon Ribs and Eight-hour Beef Shortrib. Fish and seafood will come from Brixham market and poultry from select North Yorkshire farms. Another big part of the menu will be 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 will include a great selection of Soft Serve Sundaes.
More information will come out nearer the time, but in the meantime people can follow the restaurant on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Foxlow) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/FoxlowEC2)
5A Air Street W1J 0AD
To welcome in 2013 Hawksmoor Air Street launches a new bar menu featuring 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.
11 Langley Street WC2H 9JG
The award-winning Hawksmoor Seven Dials steak restaurant and cocktail bar opened in late 2010 on the corner of Langley and Shelton Streets in Covent Garden. Situated at the site of the old Watney-Combe brewery, Hawksmoor Seven Dials is the owners’ Will Beckett and Huw Gott’s first West End venue and a sister to the hugely popular Hawksmoor Spitalfields, a restaurant that reignited London’s love affair with steak when it opened in 2006.
Hawksmoor’s generously-sized steaks, such as the Bone-in Sirloin, Porterhouse and Chateaubriand are simply cooked on a real charcoal grill (replica of the Spitalfields charcoal grill) by head chef Richard Turner and his team, with Tim Wilson from the Ginger Pig butchers continuing to supply the beef from his herd of Longhorn cattle, lovingly reared on his North Yorkshire farm.
157 Commercial Street E1 6BJ
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
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Not Afternoon Tea Experience coincides with the world premiere of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The Musical, directed by Sam Mendes.
Instead of the Great Glass Elevator, take the one to the 8th floor, where a fantastic adventure kicks off with the Neapolitan Hot Shot (Celaya hot chocolate and vanilla syrup, white chocolate ganache cream, strawberry foam). Arriving next, in a cloud of pink candyfloss, is Snozberry Slurp (Absolut Citron, Kwai Fai, Raspberry Eau de Vie, lemon juice and blue Curacao, jelly flowers, marshmallow twirl). A happily-ever-after ending awaits with a box of exquisite Children Truffles named after each of the golden ticket winners to enjoy at home or at the theatre as the musical unfolds
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Not Afternoon Tea Experience is available from Sunday to Friday between 3pm and 5pm and Saturdays between 2pm and 4.30pm. Priced at £42.50 per person.
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
This autumn, Harvey Nichols launches an exciting new dining concept, SEASON at the Fifth Floor Restaurant. Launching on 20 September, SEASON at the Fifth Floor Restaurant reflects the fashion trends of the Autumn/Winter season, inspired by the legendary Harvey Nichols window displays and the rich autumnal tones seen in the international designer collections, creating a unique, all-encompassing fashionable dining experience never seen in London before.
The autumnal feel of SEASON at the Fifth Floor Restaurant is also translated into the all day food and drink offering. The menu, priced at £25 offers a choice of openers and ten main courses. As well as offering aperitifs from the Champagne and cocktail trolley, the new wine list features more than thirty wines by the glass or carafe divided into sections from quirky and eclectic to bright and juicy.
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.
On 15th October, The Wells will hold Restaurants Against Hunger Charity Quiz, hosted and created by John Spiteri, much loved restaurant manager, currently residing at Bentley's.
Tickets are priced at £50 per person and include a three course dinner and half a bottle of wine with a £30 charity donation. Supper from 7pm, the quiz will start at 8pm
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'