Roti Chai pops up on Southbank – Roti Chai’s Chaat Shack and Chai Bar returns this month as part of Alchemy, the Southbank Centre’s annual Indian culture festival. At their colourful shack under Queen Elizabeth Hall, they’ll be serving soul food chaats, chilli chicken buns, fragrant masala chai, and their excellent signature cocktails from noon to 10pm daily until 26th May.
Chicken Shop and Dirty Burger to open in Whitechapel – Soho House (the group who own Dean Street Townhouse and Pizza East, amongst others) are opening a restaurant in east London this month. The new site will serve the classic burgers and rotisserie chickens from their Chicken Shop and Dirty Burger restaurants, plus weekend brunches and ‘dirty doughnuts’ made fresh each morning.
Good food for a great cause – On May 22nd, Action Against Hunger will host their annual fundraising auction at Dalston Yard, with help from top chefs like Nuno Mendes, José Pizarro and Sat Bains. There are some incredible foodie prizes on offer this year, ranging from Champagne breakfasts and butchery masterclasses to the chance to dine and review with Evening Standard critic Fay Maschler. Tickets are £55 which includes fabulous food from the chefs’ stalls and plenty of fizz and cocktails.
Farewell Viajante, hello Typing Room – While Viajante is planning to reopen somewhere in east London, the new restaurant at the Town Hall Hotel (their former home) is set to open next week. Backed by none other than Jason Atherton, Typing Room will serve a ‘refined European menu’ put together by head chef Lee Westcott (ex-Claridge’s, Per Se and Noma). The hotel’s new bar, Peg + Patriot, opens on May 16th with talented mixologist Matt Whiley at the helm.
Peruvian cooking comes to Covent Garden – Following the success of Lima in Fitzrovia, Gabriel Gonzalez and his team will open Lima Floral on Covent Garden’s Garrick Street in July. Expect plenty of ceviche and a bar menu of Peruvian small plates and punchy Pisco cocktails.
Will Young heads for the coast – Following his departure from La Bécasse, chef Will Young has opened a stunning new restaurant on the Pembrokeshire coast. The beach-front restaurant, Coast, is a step away from fine dining for Young and his modern British menu has already impressed the locals. If you’re in the area this summer, stop by to check out the view and enjoy some freshly caught fish.