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 June
High-up restaurants continue to pull in the punters snapping away with their iPhones at the city view. Ting at The Shard has plenty of people turning the camera on their plates too – picture-perfect dishes such as a delicate Dorset crab starter served with mango, passion fruit and coriander leaves, and mains like halibut with teriyaki, spring vegetables, lemon balm and citruses - lemon balm deserves the attention. While the menu has Asian touches with a nod to the Shangri-La’s roots, the kitchen makes the effort to source British ingredients, some from neighbouring Borough Market. There’s homegrown fizz on the wine list too. Sommelier Anne Lomas’s list includes Ridgeview Grosvenor sparkling wine as well as plenty of imaginative old and new world finds by the glass.
Level 35, Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9QU
Until this week you had to eat dinner early or late (or be prepared to wait) at this rocking new counter-dining joint near Chinatown. No reservations and the best atmosphere in town meant peak times were busy, busy, busy. Now it’s open for lunch too. Based on Machneyuda restaurant in Jerusalem, siblings Zoe and Layo Paskin (of Layo and Bushwacka fame) have created an instant hit. Chefs wearing hats (Trilbys, beanies, you name it) jostle for space while knocking up mezze and small plates to share along to a LOUD soundtrack. Kick off with The Palomar (blanco tequila, pink grapefruit, lime juice, agave syrup, grapefruit bitters and soda), dig into polenta Jerusalem-style with asparagus, mushroom ragout, parmesan and truffle oil, and don’t miss the signature shakshukit, a deconstructed kebab. Expect to leave full, happy, and with a cocktail or two under your belt and a ringing in your ears.
34 Rupert Street, London W1D 6DN
This couldn’t be more Knightsbridge if it opened up a department store and named itself Harrods. Discreet entrance on private road: tick. Dimly-lit bar with expertly made drinks: tick. Model-like waiters: si. Super-sleek manager who greets guest like long-lost relatives: all present and correct. Toto’s has reopened on Walton Street after a two-year, multi-million refurb – much to the relief of its well-shod, perfectly-coiffed regulars. A classic menu offers simple, authentic dishes: vitello tonnato, a faultless fritto misto and pasta tagliatelle with wild mushrooms – with a liberal sprinkling of truffle throughout.
The wine list is a joy: you won’t find Franciacorta wines in too many London restaurants, certainly not the still variety – try a glass of the heavenly Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Marina Cvetic, Masciarelli Terre di Franciacorta and do dress up.
Walton House, Lennox Garden Mews, London SW3 2JH