October 2015 Food Guide

Blues Kitchen is opening a new location in Brixton; the team behind Manicomio have migrated to Spitalfields and opened a new modern Italian restaurant, Dalston’s got a token Jamaican jerk den; MEATliquor’s started plating up Barrafina burgers; and BarChick is officially ravenous. VietFood Michelin-starred chef Jeff Tann (former Chef of Mayfair’s Hakkasan) has opened a Vietnamese street food joint in Soho. Think steaming bowls of Pho or Bun (made from sixteen hour simmered bone marrow stock or chicken broth) with your choice of fillet steak with garlic Hainan style or spicy brisket and mushroom to crispy coconut calamari with sweet chilli herb sauce. Five-star food, sans outrageous five-star prices: prices for dishes range from £2.80 to £9. 34 – 36 Wardour Street, W1D 6QT vietfood Canto Corvino The guys behind Manicomo’s swooped down on Artillery Lane in Spitalfields and you know the deal: sh*t hot modern Italian grub. Prepare to be plated up dishes like blood sausage gnudi (outrageous) Portland crab arancini, short rib Rossini with autumn truffles, leeks and roast cabbage and poured cocktails/aperitifs that’ll boast retro Italian flavours. And as it’s in Spitalfields, a warehouse aesthetic is almost prerequisite. When you go, snag the table closest to the Josper grill so you can get involved in the sweet meaty aromas. Only have time for weekend brunch? No problem. Sort yourself out with their short rib hash with fried eggs. 21 Artillery Lane, London E1 7HA cantocorvino Dirty Bones - Kingly Court A burger, topped with rib, and mac n cheese. Hell yeah! The Mac Daddy Burger at the new Dirty Bones has got it going on: house burger topped with pulled beef short rib, mac n’ cheese, Dirty Bones’ barbeque sauce and pickles - ‘cos layers are in now that winter is fast approaching. Wash it down with a whiskey-heavy cocktail. Top Floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, London W1B 5PW The Lodge Clapham’s apres-ski winter haven (complete with hot buttered rum) is back for another year and it’s bringing Neal’s Yard cheese fondue, chateaubriands of venison to share and grilled duck hearts with it. Last year the waiting list was two months long, but this year there’s an actual booking system, private hire of the Snug upstairs and a sick dining room for 70 people. This is how to do winter. 409 Clapham Road, SW9 9BT // From 8th October Barrafina Burger at MEATliquor Barrafina and MEATliquor have collaborated and it’s a conjoined force with which to be reckoned. Think classic MEATliquor beef patty and house pickles dressed with Ermesenda cheese and deep fried panko-covered rice morcilla. Snag it before November. Your money will not only go toward obtaining a wicked burger, but it will also go toward keeping Action Against Hunger afloat. Nice. All MEATliquor locations barrafinaburger Vico Jacob Kenedy and Victor Hugo of Bocca di Lupo have opened London's very first piazza-eria at Cambridge Circus - an ‘intensely casual’ Italian street food concept; think pizzas by the slice, arancini balls, antipastis and whatever’s fresh outta the market that day. Oh, and attention no-frills boozers: there's Prosecco and Aperol Spritz on tap. Go wild. 1 Cambridge Circus, Seven Dials, London WC2H 8PA eatvico The Bowler Meatballs for breakfast? Yes please. Well balls are rolling into Covent Garden and you can expect beef chuck, chorizo and cheddar, lamb and feta kofta and green chilli chicken. These guys are set are on serving you all the meatballs you could possibly handle from breakfast to dinner, so open wide and long. Nothing solves a hangover like balls... so we’ve heard. 1 Monmouth Street, London WC2H 6DA // From 7th October 2015 bowlerballs Dishoom - Carnaby Another Dishoom is swaggering into London, so expect v. b*tching vibes and killer curries. And as it’s on Kingly Street and constructed as an homage to one of those old Irani cafe-bars in Bombay blasting The Stones on a jukebox circa 1968 where everyone is swigging and passing a bottle of Old Monk, you’ll be encouraged to let your sixties self emerge. You’ll also be encouraged to gorge yourself on samosas, paneer and kebabs. Go on and put on the pastiche threads and start getting in the mood. 22 Kingly Street, London W1B 5QB dishoomfood Rudie’s This’ll be Dalston’s token Jamaican den where there are gonna be genuine jerk drums smoking up chicken and lamb fillets with pimento and sweet wood. Sweet Jesus. Envision a central rum bar with (rumour has it) the largest selection of quality Jamaican rums in any UK bar/restaurant smashing out bespoke cocktails, beloved Jamaican patties and Sticky Rum Cakes. The team behind Rudie’s travelled all over to scavenge for premier Jamaican ingredients so us Brits could bask in the Caribbean dream in East London. It’s going to get messy. 50 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 7XB // From 7th October 2015 rudies   Blue’s Kitchen - Brixton Columbo Group is taking the party to Brixton and as the Shoreditch one’s got a party bus (OK, caravan) out back, we can’t wait to see what this sister site has in store for us. The Americana fixation continues with yet another Blue’s Kitchen (this time south-side) and they’re sticking to staples: bad *ss burgers, bourbon and general transplanted dirty south blues ‘cos if it ain’t broke… 40 Acre Lane, London SW2 5SP // From 9th October 2015 blue.s Sexy Fish An Asian fish and seafood restaurant is swimming into Berkeley Square this October (19th) and it’s going to be wicked because Richard Caring of Caprice Holdings is behind it. Crack into some shellfish prepared by young Brit Ben Orpwood (think Isle of Man Queenie scallops with ponzu and Japrese salads of tofu, shiso and sherry vinegar) whilst perving on Damien Hirst's cast bronze mermaids on the bar. Head to the basement if you’re after a more private affair: a Coral Reef dining room housing the world’s largest live coral reef tank awaits you and 47 of your mates. Pimped. Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BR sexyfishjaprese