Each month that lovely lot at olive Magazine, aka the gurus of all things food, bring you a spankin’ new series about the best places to get your boozy lunch on in the capital. The ultimate food porn, olive is to food what BarChick it to booze, so if you’re as into your sushi as you are your Sweet Manhattans, you should probably check out them out here.
OLIVE’S BEST BOOZY LUNCHES IN AUGUST
Mayfair Pizza Co Mayfair Pizza is the skint way to do posh. Above the gorgeous Cartizze Bar in Lancashire Court chef Michael Lecouteur knocks out decent pizzas from just £8, though it being this part of town you can also go luxe with a truffle and porcini version (£14). There’s a nod to the current obsession all things meat, so pulled pork and nduja and the spicy calbrian sausage, are well represented. Now there’s a Bloody Mary collection, too, with the tomato base livened up with a shot of Belvedere Bloody Mary Vodka. In anticipation of a carb overload we kicked off with a light starter of tuna tartare with chilli oil which had a fair bit of welly, before tackling the pizzas. Bloody Mary no 1 is topped with celery, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, celery salt and smoked peppercorns and the most successful of the ones we tried. The Bloody BBQ Pizza is all butch with smoked beef brisket, pearl onions and smoked pancetta, fresh mozzarella, shallot rings and a sweet chili dressing. The detox option is Bloody Superfood (linseed, sunflower seed, avocado, red and black radish, butternut squash, beetroot and buffalo mozzarella, topped with a soft boiled egg and a Bloody Mary glaze) which we made considerably less angelic by drinking with a bottle of falanghina. 4, Lancashire Court, New Bond Street, London W1S 1EY Eelbrook The odd name - though familiar to Fulhamites – refers to the patch of green it’s on and the all-day restaurant’s terrace is made for boozy lunches on sunny days. In the kitchen is Brett Barnes (previously of Soho’s Ducksoup and Arbutus) a man who knows how to write a menu. Even before starters we’re snacking on deep fried crab-stuffed courgette flowers (£6) and pork crackling with rhubarb sauce (£3). Seasonality is key here and a starter of grilled baby artichoke with broad beans, mint and pecorino is a complete delight. Homemade rye crispbread is a lovely touch, served with hand chopped beef tartare with burnt shallot sauce. Mains of roasted poussin with allspice rub and grilled wild bream with summer veg and pistou (£18) are the kind of thing you (wish you) could eat everyday. A pithy wine list, most of which is available by the glass has a great gruner veltliner at £8.50 a glass. Fulham’s just hit the bloody jackpot. Eelbrook, Eel Brook Common, New King’s Road, Fulham, London SW6 4SE St Bart’s Brewery Is it a pub, is it a restaurant, is it a music venue? St Bart’s is all three. The owners of Hush Heath winery have created a versatile new space opposite Smithfield Market. No surprise, then, that the best of the menu is on the meaty side, although roast king scallops with cauliflower and caramelized pineapple and a prawn and lobster burger with marie rose and frites are offered, too. A breaded Somerset pork cutlet with a fried duck egg, anchovies and capers is a rib-sticking dish and the sharing mixed grill (£45) has signature dish written all over it. Puddings are on the patriotic side with blackcurrant jelly and vanilla ice cream and Cambridge burnt cream. Local tipples include Hush Heath Skye’s Chardonnay and Jake’s Orchard Blackcurrant Cider. The Balfour Bar, on the first floor, serves an entirely English wine and cocktail list, and is a quieter spot for times when live music dominates the ground floor. 66 West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DY