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 JULY
If you are looking for a celebratory yet laid back lunch the Typing Room at The Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green will tick that box perfectly. The room is light and comfortable and Lee Westcott’s menu is a delight to eat. Dishes are dainty yet packed with flavour and if you sit facing the open kitchen you’ll be treated to a masterclass in concentration and precision plating. Snacks (all £5) include crispy fish skin, smoked cod, oyster, dill & courgette and cumin lavoche, crab, sweetcorn & curried egg and two dinky loaves of bread which arrive with some gorgeous marmite butter. Starters include yeasted cauliflower, raisins, capers & mint (this will convert any cauliflower sceptic) and mackerel (£10), passion fruit, burnt cucumber and radish (£12), and mains like brill, heritage tomato, courgette & squid (£23), and lamb, smoked aubergine, wild garlic yoghurt & onion (£24). The flavours in all these dishes sing, matching each other perfectly so when it comes to what to drink leave yourself in the capable hands of sommelier Miguel Gomez. Service here is quiet, accurate and friendly, you will have a great time.
Town Hall Hotel, Patriot Square, London E2 9NF
It's been open for a whole year already and to celebrate its first anniversary bar manager Myles Donneky has created a new cocktail list focused on tea infusions such as a Fujian Breeze (white silver tip tea, Hendrick’s Gin, Fernet Branca, mint, cucumber). At lunchtime the best deal has to be its weekday dim sum set lunch for £28 for 5 dim sum dishes (4 pieces in each dish), or pick and choose from new menu highlights such as Sichuan style double-cooked Iberico pork loin with cabbage and bell peppers (£26). The room is gorgeous with a dramatic wall of lanterns and semi-private screened off tables for bigger groups, as well as plenty window tables that make the most of the dramatic view. Waiting staff are as knowledgeable and intuitive as they come – we loved the recommendations for the signature red Lantern: crispy soft-shell crab with Sichuan dried chilli (£29) and a terrific gruner veltliner.
Level 33 The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY
This cute little newbie near Smithfields is big on gin, giving it its own dedicated menu; have a Gin Mare with rosemary and orange or a Miller Westbourne (£9) with strawberries and black pepper while snacking on chicken crackling (£2.50) and seasonal pickles (£3). Share a few small dishes like black dahl, deep fried cauli and panner (£6.50), braised beef croquettes and mustards (£6.50) or go large with a grilled Comte, Bermondsey Fryer and Raclette sandwich (£8) or half a roast chicken with fries and gravy (£13). The dessert menu is scrawled on a brown paper bag featuring on-trend treats like little doughnuts with dunks (£4). Mismatched vintage furniture, modern artwork and neon adds to the relaxed vibe. There’s a hidden door into a secret bar too.
50-52 Long Lane, London EC1A 9EJ