Hungry for some London restaurant news? Here are some of this month’s top stories…
Chef Simon Rogan (L’Enclume, Roganic) will take the helm at Claridge’s restaurant when it reopens in early 2014. Widely regarded as one of the UK’s most inventive chefs, Rogan will use his first permanent London restaurant to showcase his modern British cooking style and creative techniques. He replaces Gordon Ramsay, who ran the restaurant for 12 years before his departure earlier this year.
Don’t miss your chance to dine at AD12 at T42, Anthony Demetre’s 12-week pop-up in the high-rise Tower 42. It’s open until Christmas for lunch and dinner with a modern bistro menu that will impress fans of his other restaurants, Arbutus, Wild Honey and Les Deux Salons.
Over in Chelsea, Scott Hallsworth (ex-Wabi and Nobu) is running a Japanese pop-up before his new restaurant Kurobuta opens later this year. Situated on the King’s Road, the Kurobuta pop-up is serving izakaya-style treats like beef tataki with onion ponzu, baby shrimp tempura, and BBQ pork belly buns. It’s not there for long so check out the menu and book now!
Bam-Bou has reopened after a mini-makeover and their pan-Asian menu is looking better than ever. Their third floor Red Bar had a revamp too and now boasts a brand new whisky menu with over 60 Japanese whiskies on offer. There are some exotic cocktails on offer too, so swing by for a couple before you head downstairs for some crispy squid and prawn dumplings.
This winter, Fish Market near Liverpool Street is bringing all the fun of the fair to their cosy heated terrace. Settle under the fairy lights with a mug of hot spiced cider and get stuck into popcorn shrimp, corn on the cob, gingerbread goldfish and toffee apple fondue. Why not try the Funfair Tray – a cod burger, fries and a Coke float for just £15.50?
In Farringdon, the Malmaison Hotel has launched a slick new steakhouse called Strip Bar & Steak. Expect lots of dark wood and plush leather seating, a lengthy wine list, and a menu specialising in the classic New York strip steak. If you don’t fancy a steak, you can try specials like lobster curry, Strip Steak stroganoff and tuna tartare.
Love truffles? Cantina del Ponte has launched an affordable white alba truffle menu. Throughout November, diners can enjoy three courses of truffled delights for just £39.50, including slow-cooked Burford Brown hen eggs with shaved truffle and tagliolini al tartufo bianco. Across the river, City favourite Coq d’Argent is serving a luxurious pasta dish with truffle sauce and shavings. Guests can choose from either black or white truffles, which are shaved over your tagliatelle at the table.