1. The Pale Blue Door in Dalston, possibly London’s weirdest supper club, is back. Drag queen A Man To Pet kept us entertained with sponge boobies and other unmentionable things, while the eclectic decor and hearty cooking (I like a rhubarb crumble after 3 bottles of wine me) ensured a fun time was had by all. Book here.
2. Arabica Bar and Kitchen in Borough Market is one of those restaurants that consistently delivers. This is their soft and spongey halloumi and I doubt you’ll find finer without jumping on a plane in search.
3. My dear Mum doesn’t cook many things well but tomatoes on toast with bacon is one that she rarely ruins. With a hangover in full swing, I recreated this childhood staple for myself. Sometimes you just want white bread right?
4. You know when guacamole just isn’t enough so you add grasshoppers to it? Well that’s what Santo Remedio, a new Mexican restaurant near Old Street have done and it’s lush. Really. So is the octopus with carrots, ox tongue pipián rojo and churros with dulce de leche.
5. Chinatown’s latest hot pot spot Shuang Shuang has started serving a lobster tom yum (yum being the operative word). Leaving the lobster head in the broth to intensify the flavour, while making a total mess getting the flesh out of the shell, is super fun and super tasty.
6. Holland Park is lucky indeed with the addition of Six Portland Road, a new restaurant from the chap who used to run Terroirs. It’s a simple menu but one which makes you want to order the lot. To start, this squid, brandade and piment d’Espelette was just the ticket.
7. Tonkotsu continue their series of collaborative ramens with a Kricket mash up (Kricket is an Indian small plate restaurant in Brixton which you MUST go to). This was a tonkotsu broth topped with Karnartican pork belly and pickled fennel which was even more moreish than usual.
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