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The Handbook

When the team behind one of London’s coolest Michelin-starred restaurants announces they are opening a pizza takeaway joint, we want a slice.

Lyle’s, the modern British (and starred) Shoreditch restaurant and Flor, it’s little sister bakery and wine bar in Borough Market, are both the much-loved eateries from James Lowe and John Ogier. It’s no secret London’s food scene has taken a beating from the Covid crisis but James and John have reacted to the tough times and come up with an interim plan: ASAP Pizza.

Operating out of Flor’s Borough Market premises and available to order on Click & Collect and Deliveroo, the team will be serving up NYC-style, sourdough (naturally) creations, and with their Michelin-worthy credentials we expect them to be banging.

The posh pizza joint will launch this week, 10th June, and even though very little has popped up on their socials thus far (a mere two pictures), we have no doubt these are going to be some of London’s best pizzas. The menu will feature both red and white bases and take inspiration from some of the classics. Think a modern ‘Hawaiian’ scattered with red onion, grilled pineapple, cured pig’s cheek and scotch bonnet if you dare. As well as the ‘Prosciutto,’ adorned with delicious homemade prosciutto cotto from Gothelney Farm down in Cornwall. If you’re more of a white pizza base fan, the ‘On and On’ sounds seriously good thanks to green onions, new season garlic, wild garlic and wild marjoram.

Millennials will be pleased to hear of a selection of small plates too, most notably the ‘Burrata, asparagus and preserved lemon’, plus desserts like a classic Tiramisu and ice cream sandwiches from east London’s ice cream supremos Happy Endings to round off the menu.

The menu has been a collaborative effort with the ASAP team enlisting the help of one of the world’s biggest pizza names, Pam Yung. Yung is known for throwing some of the coolest pizza pop-ups around the globe, from the legendary Bonci in Rome to L’Industrie Pizzeria in NY, Montreal’s Le Vin Papillon to Tartine Bakery in Seoul.

The long term plan is that ASAP Pizza will naturally turn into a larger bread and pizza-led restaurant, something the founders James and John have long wanted to do. But for now, we’re thrilled to try the takeaway option and happy to hear one of our favourite restaurants is having some good news after these testing few months.

ASAP Pizza launches 10th June out of the Flor kitchen in Borough Market. Orders are available via Click & Collect and Deliveroo, with a delivery radius including parts of London Bridge, Southwark, Elephant & Castle, and Kennington.

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