olive's Best Boozy Lunches in March 2014

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 their Facebook page.


Big Easy, Covent Garden We’re already big fans of the The Big Easy Bar.B.Q and crab shack on the King’s Road, so are pretty pleased to hear that a second restaurant will be opening in Covent Garden on the 17th of this month. If there’s one thing that makes an ideal boozy lunch, it’s cocktails on tap and The Big Easy has purpose built machines turning out as many Frozen Margaritas as your heart desires. The new restaurant will have the trademark industrial design of its older sibling, so expect dramatic light fittings, exposed brick walls, communal tables, booths and bibs, for messy seafood. A dedicated barbecue pit will be turning out amazing oak, hickory and apple and cherry smoked meats – but be sure to look out for daily specials and don’t miss the legendary waffles! 12 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E big.easy.covent.garden Blackfoot Once an old pie and mash shop, Blackfoot is a pig-loving restaurant nestled on the cobblestones of Exmouth Market from Tom Ward and Allegra McEvedy. The design is simple, clean and crisp and the menu is fairly concise and largely piggy, with pork sourced from Dingley Dell in Suffolk. The drinks menu is small but perfectly formed with a good selection of wine, and glasses of house red or white start at £4.50. There’s also a great selection of beer, cider and perry and we highly recommend getting stuck into a Sheppy’s Traditional Cider, £4.50. On the menu, go for whipped lardo on toast, £4, and the long smoke, £15, fiery smoked belly pork with a black treacle and anise crust. Dessert is also a must, the Like a Key Lime Pie is a super-limey cheesecake, £5.50 and the chocolate éclair is a sure fire winner too. 46 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R blackfoot.int Vivo This new all-day dining restaurant in Islington manages to pack a bakery, café, restaurant and wine bar in all under one roof. Taking inspiration from Italian gastronomia, diners can choose from different sections serving sweet pastries and desserts, pizza al taglio (by the rectangular slice), sharing cheese and meat boards or hot Italian main dishes. Food is ordered and served from the 14 metre granite counter, if you only order a few nibbles, go for the lamb and pecorino meatballs, a meat board to share and finish things off with a Gianduja and hazelnut tart. Don’t worry, we’ve not forgotten about drinks, a separate bar serves regional Italian wine as well as prosecco on tap, or if you’re just popping in for some aperitivi, why not go traditional and have an Aperol Spritz. 57-58 Upper Street, London, N1 0NY vivo.int