"Another hit from Jason Atherton. Great food with even better views. Incredibly attentive service and they know how to pour a decent glass of wine. Yes it's expensive, but it's a class act."
"My favourite local restaurant, what a total gem. I'm not really a dessert person but their chocolate ganache with sea salt and olive oil is one of the best things I have ever eaten!"
"I eat here more than I would happily confess to. The quality is just so high for the money - the staff are always really nice and the rare errors they do make are made up for ten fold. Although I may be recognised as a regular (although I'm not sure) a recent tough steak was replaced (with both being removed from the bill) we were then comped our wine and desserts. Excessive, but very impressive."
"This is a decent enough burger and chips at ok prices, but my goodness they're slow. I went in their on a crammed Thursday night and waited nearly an hour for my burger. Feeling forgiving I went back a couple of weeks later for lunch and sat in a nearly empty restaurant for 35 minutes waiting for a cheeseburger and chips. Through the open kitchen (and being quite familiar with restaurant kitchens) I can detect the attitude of a brigade that believes it's rather more big-time than its circumstances support. £5 for a 330ml can of beer is nigh-on larceny too. It's a shame as the concept is actually rather good. Oh yes - and it only takes about 8 diners for the place to sound like a Brazilian football match."
"The sort of review you only write anonymously - but however you view it, Byron is a really reliable spot for a decent burger and sides at reasonable(ish) prices. Their staff seem to be very well trained and always helpful and smiley. Beer prices also seem quite good compared to some of their try-hard competition."
"One of the best burgers in town but for my money - there isn't much else to recommend this place. A recent visit felt like purgatory...albeit with a fine burger."
"What a fantastic concept. The epitome of giving people what they want. Some lovely nibbles, decent wine at sensible prices. On my visit - a few weeks back now - the staff were truly enthusiastic about what they were doing, and who could blame them. I shall look forward to trying the Sunday lunch."
"I had a great time here and my food was perfectly passable. I think it does well because vegetarians aren't particularly well catered for in general. My curry was essentially decent vegetarian dinner party food, but fine. The ambience was buzzy and friendly and the staff were attentive and well meaning although their attempts at being super-efficient didn't really come off as they certainly lacked the training. Perfectly good lunch for a carnivore like me though."
"I think it's worth just stating at the off that the food here is very good indeed. The caveat is to follow. The prices here seem low largely due to the lack of alcohol and service on the bill. For a quality 3 course meal I don't really find BYO to be a bonus as I don't know what I'll be eating before I arrive and may want a different wine with all 3 courses. I may also run out! That accepted - £15 for a bowl of pasta isn't cheap. This is truly fantastic pasta, but then the same is true of antico, zucca, bocca di lupo - all of which charge a similar price but have all the trappings of a top-flight London restaurant. By comparison anima e cuore is somewhat like eating in the living room of a soviet coal miner in the 80s. No music, no interior design, and rather amateur (though well-meaning) service. Truly wonderful food, but with the above considerations, I wont be rushing back. There are better options at a similar price."
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CLAW @ The Three Compasses, Dalston
From 25 November
Virgin's Foodpreneur 2015 winner, CLAW, is heading to the East-End this winter with its exclusive pop-up at old-school pub, The Three Compasses. As the name suggests this place is all about the crab. Using only traceable and sustainable fresh crab from Start Bay in Devon, founder Fabian Clark is on a mission to bring this shellfish back to British plates. His latest pop-up will see CLAW serving its signature burgers, as well as a brand new brunch menu, created specially for The Three Compasses.
Thursday 26 November, 7.30 pm
For L'Etranger's next monthly wine tasting evening they will venture to the Americas – Napa Valley to be exact. And quite rightly too, as the tasting lands on Thanksgiving Day. Five excellent wines have been chosen, to be served alongside a tasting menu inspired by Thanksgiving. On the menu: Butternut squash cappucino, ginger syrup and nutmeg; Miso-glazed turkey roulade, pumpkin purée and potato and truffle gratin. The price includes four courses as well as coffee, macarons, mineral water and service charge. There will be some wine buffery provided by wine speaker Rory Brenham (a major importer of Californian wines) and a raffle to win a magnum of Duckhorn Paraduxx Zin/Cab 2010.
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26-27 November, sittings at 7 pm and 8 pm
£10 deposit required for booking
Julian Porter and Lauren Johns, the founders of popular all-day café Milk in Balham, and Fields café on Clapham Common, have confirmed they will host the first in a series of Milk Lates supper clubs at Milk. For the first time, the hip café will open its doors in the evening with a one-off dinner menu curated by Julian, accompanied by a selection of modern natural wines. On the suitably trendy sharing plates menu: ‘Crystal-fried whole pigeon with wild blackcurrant salt’, ‘Rabbit, barley & stout butter’, ‘Cured trout, hazelnut milk & apple’ and ‘Wood-roast beetroot, sloe berries & brown cheese’ (dish prices range from £6 to £16).
Julian and Lauren have worked with ex-Viajante head sommelier Christophe Richelet to curate a list of natural wines that will complement the food menu, as well as beer from Kernel Brewery in Bermondsey.
Love J-culture? Well then this is the alternative Christmas market for you. Head to Hyper Japan at London's Tobacco Dock this weekend for three days of sushi, ramen, sake, and loads of eclectic activities like origami gift wrapping, cosplay parades and a Japanese Arabiki hot dog eating challenge. Super oishi!
November Crosstown doughnut @ Caravan
From 9 November
Caravan, the all-day restaurant, bar and coffee roastery has joined forces with Crosstown in Soho to create a limited edition doughnut this November. The ‘Sourdough Coffee Doughnut’ is a premium Crosstown doughnut made using Caravan Coffee Roasters’ Single Origin Nicaraguan Bosque bean. The new 'nut includes the Caravan Bosque bean three ways – in the coffee custard filling, coffee glaze topping and also in a finely ground dusting on top for the finishing touch. The limited edition doughnut will be available at Caravan King’s Cross, Caravan Exmouth Market and Crosstown Doughnuts in Soho from Monday 9 November until the end of December.
Available Tue-Sat, 12.30-2.30 pm
We know that with sub-par lunch offerings littering the streets of south west London, you need a quick and quality alternative, and it has to be incredible value. Introducing the £10 lunch at Lamberts - a main and a drink for only a tenner! As ever it will be seasonal, but here's a taster of what you can expect: Lemon sole, seaweed butter, spinach; Middlewhite pork, squash, cobnuts, sage; and Potato cake, burnt onion, truffle. Book online, via email or call 020 8675 2233.
From 28 November
This weekend Jose Pizarro launches ‘Patadays’ at his Broadgate Circle restaurant. It's sort of the Spanish equivalent of a Sunday roast – but on a Saturday! ‘Pata’ means the hind leg of an animal so diners can expect to see a change of joint as we move into different seasons. Right now it’s a leg of Castilian Lamb, plus pica pica and a half bottle of Ana Cordorniu per person. There are also a range of tapas dishes included in the price, like croquetas, prawn fritters and pan con tomate.
Novikov's Mayfair Christmas Market @ Novikov Restaurant and Bar
This Saturday from 10 am-9 pm the whole of Mayfair Place will be closed to traffic as Novikov's Christmas Market moves in. Enjoy the Louis Roederer Champagne Ice Bar, beer from Birra Moretti, as well as high end retail stalls and, of course, plenty of food. There will even be a visit from Santa.
£75 pp (£95 pp with wine pairings)
Learn the secret to cooking traditional, healthy Indian home-cooking with a masterclass from chef Manoj Karnavar. The event starts at 11 am with selection of Indian savouries, coffee and tea, followed by the cookery class and then a three-course lunch, showcasing all the main courses explored in the class with paired wines. Participants will get a goodie bag with recipes to take home. Friends and family are welcome to join you for lunch at £30 pp (£50pp with wine pairings) and £15 for children under 10-years-old.
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Prices from £40 pp
Food and design magazine, TOAST have launched SLOWmotion, a series of intimate, supperclub-style brunches and workshops, that celebrate slow living, hosted by some of their favourite people in the food and design industries. 29 November, noon-2.30 pm: Slow Food Brunch with Meera Sodha.
30 November, 7 pm
Gaucho Piccadilly has teamed up with Scottish Chef of the Year 2015, Adam Handling, to create a one-off dining experience to celebrate St Andrew’s Day. Adam (possibly best known as the guy who should have won MasterChef: The Professionals and now with his own restaurant at the Caxton) has created a three-course menu using the finest Argentine Aberdeen-Angus beef. The night will also include a beef masterclass with Gaucho’s master griller Fernando Larroude.
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Wednesday 9 December, 7 pm
After their first successful supper club in November, the team at Vinarius are hosting another – this time presenting the region of Piemonte (AKA Piedmont) in north west of Italy. Piemonte is, in fact, one of the most celebrated gastronomic regions in Italy and the centre of the ‘Slow Food’ movement, famous for its truffles, meat and cheeses. Three courses (including fresh tagliatelle and black truffle; Brasato al Barolo with polenta and Cavolo Nero; and a selection of Piemonte cheeses) will be paired with three superb wines from the region.
Regular pop-ups and residencies
Saturdays, 10 am-3 pm
Every Saturday, this market offers a diverse range of produce from some of London's most established food and drink companies, farmers and people who are passionate about their products. Get your burlap out and head here to do your weekly shop and enjoy exceptional products that can't be found in supermarkets.
Croft Kitchen is a new pop-up restaurant and bar taking place Thursday-Sunday evenings inside Vagabond cafe on Holloway Road. Guests will be served a seven course micro-seasonal British menu, created by head chef Phil Walthar. Walther brings with him a wealth of experience having worked in some of the most prestigious kitchens in the world including Mugaritz in Spain and Ryugin in Tokyo. Phil is assisted by sous chef Katy Sethna (previously at Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's) and James Bidgood (previously Caravan King’s Cross manager) runs the front of house. On the menu: Golden beetroot, peaches, sorrel, nasturtium; baby carrots, crab, samphire, buttermilk; seared beef, bulls blood, radish, malt; and for dessert, chocolate, hay cream and grains. Alongside the food, the drinks menu features English Sparkling wine, IPAs and lagers from Kent plus a selection of seasonal cocktails.
Mother Clucker @ The Cat & Mutton
From 27 August
Broadway Market pub, The Cat and Mutton, is clucking excited to announce its next guest residency: experts in tea-brined, buttermilk soaked fried chicken Mother Clucker. Usually found serving fans in its converted US ambulance truck at the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, Mother Clucker will be roosting at The Cat and Mutton from Thursday 27 August. As well as chicken, wings and strips, cheese fries and hot nuts, Mother Clucker is offering its own cocktails – the Mint Julep and a New Orleans-style take on the Bloody Mary.
From 12 September
Following on from the success of their bottomless brunch on a Saturday, One Canada Square has launched this 'bottomless dinner'. The Canary Wharf restaurant believes it will be the perfect Saturday night – a two course dinner, free flowing drinks and late night DJ for £45 pp.
Designed to complement both Borough and Maltby markets, Druid Street Market launched by Miranda York, opened in July. The line-up includes: FAT by Freddie - pickles, kimchi and hot sauce, plus toasties; Blackhand charcuterie; Decatur London (oysters, po boys, gumbo); Lardo; Raw Duck and much more.
The Little Yellow Door (an eclectic pop-up bar based on a fictional flat-share between friends) returns to Notting Hill Gate. The Wandering Chef – the chef behind the recent Game of Thrones themed pop-up at the Andaz Hotel that almost sent Twitter into meltdown – will create a regularly changing menu, the first one being inspired by Luigi, the newest ‘flatmate’ of the house fresh off the plane from Toscana. No bookings required, just knock on the door.
Underground Supper Club
Enjoy a multi-course tasting menu experience on an iconic London Underground Carriage. Hosted for an intimate group of up to 20 diners via trip4real, dinner is served inside decommissioned 1967 Victoria Line car in Walthamstow. On the menu: Kohlrabi velouté; Shropshire Blue baked figs, celery & Amaranth salad; Prosecco sorbet; slow-roasted pulled pork fillet or courgette, aubergine and mint Tian). There's even an on-site bar serving bespoke cocktails and wine.
One Table Experience @ The Clocktower
Join Argentinian culinary master, Martin Milesi, for an evening to remember – dining in St Pancras' Clock Tower at his one table dining experience through trip4real. Guests will gather together around one table to share a Latin American foodie experience with seven courses, a cocktail on arrival and Argentinian wines.
Singapore Street Food @ Spice Market
Housed in Soho's W Hotel, Spice Market's menu draws on flavours from across the Orient. From 1 May until August the dining room will offer a 10-course tasting menu to bring the essence of Singapore’s street food culture to London. On the menu: Crispy chilli crab with fried steam buns and kaffir lime salt; Sambal glazed skate with cucumber and mint; and Pandan macaron with kaya jam, caramel, and soy ice cream to finish. They've even created a new cocktail to complement the dishes, the Cherry Yuzu Singapore Sling.
The tasting menu is available for lunch and dinner call 020 7758 1088 or visit www.spicemarketlondon.co.uk to book.
Bone Daddies Shackfuyu
Currently closed - to reopen in November.
On the former site of Made in Italy, this pop-up from Bone Daddies owner Ross Shonhan fuses Japanese cuisine with Italian methods, cooking in an old pizza oven. Shackfuyu, at 14a Old Compton Street, is currently closed but will reopen in November. It derives its name from 'Shack' (a rough and ready space) and 'Fuyu' meaning winter in Japanese and serves a menu of 'drinking food' popular in Japan's izakayas (pubs) including: a roasted Picanha of beef with kimchee tare; Mentaiko mac & cheese, cock scratchings and fried potatoes with Japanese curry sauce, as well as snacks like Hamachi tostadas, prawn toast and roasted scallops with spicy miso butter.
The Square Mile’s only pop-up, which brings hirata buns, Japanese craft beers and pinball to the city’s suited and booted, has announced its permanent residency above K10, Appold Street. Beer & Buns offers hirata buns, spicy wings, Super-Cold Asahi pints and frozen cocktails, as well as an astonishing array of Japanese beers you won't find anywhere else in London.
Bobby's Rock 'n' Roll Brunch @ House of Ho
Bobby Chinn's “creative” and “tasty” Vietnamese newcomer will host another of London's über popular bottomless brunches. Every Sunday this Soho dining spot offers a lychee Bellini on arrival, three sharing plates per person (like chilli glazed chicken wings, summer rolls and seven spice squid), one signature dish (like lemongrass chicken in fish caramel sauce) and unlimited bubbly from noon-5pm. You can book online or call 020 7287 0770.
Breakfast and brunch @ Chutney Mary
From 7 September
After 25 years of outstanding Indian cuisine on the King's Road in Chelsea, Chutney Mary moved to a new, glamorously refurbished venue in St James's (the former site of Wheeler's). Now they have launched a breakfast (weekdays 7.30-10 am) and brunch (Saturdays 12.30-2.45 pm) menu available in the Pukka Bar. Indian inspired dishes like Masala omelette, dosa with chutneys and Akoori no toast will be available, with a breakfast set menu for £17. Brunch is £22 for two courses and £30 for three and includes: Tandoori lobster, chargrilled Jaipur lamb and kid gosht biryani.
Bottomless brunch @ PizzaBuzz
From 1 September
Enjoy a bubble-filled brunch at the City's newest pizza place. Available every weekend from 11 am-3 pm, £25 buys you a two hour slot with bottomless prosecco and delicious sodo pies. Gluten free pizzas are also available.
Mexican brunch @ El Patron
Every Saturday this recently launched, Latino-inspired bar and restaurant will host brunch parties from 1-5pm, featuring bottomless José Cuervo frozen margaritas and a build-your-own breakfast burrito menu. There will also be a live band, a party piñata, sombreros, stick-on moustaches and colourful ponchos, to set the scene.
Charlotte Street’s high-end burger and small plates dining concept, Bobo Social have launched a Saturday brunch Experimental Burger Society. Guests will be invited to join their head chef in the EBS laboratory for an experimental burger creation brunch featuring a starter of exotic meats tasting and a Bloody Mary or glass of Prosecco on arrival. Diners will then get involved and learn some gastronomy by creating their very own unusual burgers with a range of interesting and tasty meats, such as kangaroo, zebra, alligator, venison, ostrich and Bobo’s classic rare-breed beef.
Head to this elegant yet hip Cambridge Heath warehouse conversion for some light exercise and stay for brunch. Join friend of Bistrotheque and all-round Mr Fit, Chris Miller, for a one-off Stevie Nicks Yoga, held downstairs in the private dining room. Tickets are £15 and available via this link. Stay on for brunch in the restaurant. produce your Stevie Nicks Yoga ticket and get £10 off your bill. Now that's karma. There are no showers or changing rooms on site and guests are asked to bring their own mats.
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