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The Scotch Egg Challenge: Who Will Egg-cel?

The humble Scotch egg; loved and appreciated by many a hungry Brit at lunchtime or in the pub at just about any time, there isn’t much else we require for such a classic. Until now. Returning for its sixth year, the Scotch Egg Challenge will be coming to The Canonbury Tavern in Islington in eggtraordinary style. Shortlisted contestants will compete in two categories, Conventional and Unconventional. Chefs from Ealing Park Tavern and The Rat Inn will take part in the Traditional Egg category, paying homage to the classic Scotch Egg, whilst chefs from The Cinnamon Collection and Tang will be battling […]

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Thai Silk Review: What We Thought

What: Minutes from Southwark underground, Thai Silk is classic Thai cuisine. New: The restaurant itself isn’t new, but it has recently joined the Royal China Group, whose restaurants are more known for their dim sum. This is their first venture into other Asian cuisine. Where: Thai Silk, 94-95 Isabella Street, Southwark, SE1 8DA, www.thai-silk.co.uk On the Menu: The menu is typically Thai – you’ll find dishes like Thai green curry, pad Thai and spring rolls but there are also dishes such as Jungle Curry chicken and Kaeng Massamun beef. First Impressions: The restaurant is a tucked away on a little […]

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Cooking up a storm: TMRW Project Presents the Chefs of Tomorrow

There’s not many things we Londoners love more than food, new places to eat, and talented chefs with shiny new menus – that’s exactly what Chefs of Tomorrow is promising. Started in 2015, Chefs of Tomorrow was Dan Doherty’s (of London favourite Duck and Waffle) idea to find a way for young chefs to grow, develop and connect with each other and others in the industry. He has since teamed up with writer Anna Sulan Masing and Emily Underwood (of Burnt Truffle) for a collaboration entitled the TMRW project. At its foundation, the project’s basis is the Chefs of Tomorrow, which is […]

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Monty’s Deli Gets a Permanent Home

Sure New York has Katz’s and LA has Langer’s but London has Monty’s Deli and in April it’s going to get its first permanent site and we.can’t.wait. If you haven’t head of Monty’s, 1) shame on you 2) let’s bring you up to speed. Back in 2012 Monty’s began life as a market stall with the pastrami smoked in founder Mark Ogus’ backyard. Joining forces with Owen Barratt, they gained a loyal following – mainly because their sandwiches are just the best. Piled high with hand carved towers of their home-made signature salt beef and pastrami, it’s the sandwich you […]

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We Meat Again: Meatopia Returns to Tobacco Docks

Thick cut steaks, burgers and smoked racks of ribs, no this is not an advert for M&S, but a public service announcement: Meatopia UK is back. The event, scheduled for September 2017, sees the return of Meatopia to London’s Tobacco Dock to host a legendary line-up of chefs from around the world. Yes, we know it’s not even Spring yet, but tickets have just gone on sale so get in there whilst you can. The carnivorous congregation will see chefs, restaurateurs and gourmands uniting over ethically sourced meat, cooked fresh over fires (no mircowaves, no propane, but actual fires).  The […]

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Amici Miei Review: What We Thought

What? The work of Cristian Nocco, Amici Miei (which means ‘my friends’) is a cosy, neighbourhood Italian restaurant on Kingsland Road, where sourdough wood-fired pizzas are the order of the day. New? No, Cristian Nocco opened it back in 2011, following ten years of running a pizza restaurant with his business partner. Where?  28-30 Kingsland Road, Old Street, E2 8DA, www.amicimiei.co.uk On the Menu: As well as their sourdough pizzas you’ll find pasta, antipasti, secondi and cichetti. Signature pasta dishes include the likes of Malloreddus Alla Campidanese – traditional Sardinian pasta served with tomato sauce, saffron, fresh sausage and pecorino, […]

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A Michelin Basque Brunch Comes to Covent Garden

Brunch: possibly our favourite meal ever. Great for all occasions, from boozy gatherings to a hearty meal after a particularly heavy night, we’re sure you’ll agree everything is better with a side of fluffy pancakes and eggs benny. Right? Wrong. Three Michelin-starred chef Eneko Atxa has forgone all these brunch staples to create an entirely new menu at Eneko at One Aldwych, bringing a taste of the Basque-country to Covent Garden. Eneko at One Aldwych offers a variety of culinary styles, from Euskal Azoka (street food), to Txoko (classics) and Asador (grill). Txistorra, a spiced Basque sausage cooked in cider with soft corn talo, and street […]

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What to do This Weekend

What To Do This Weekend 3rd-5th February

The first weekend of February means our wallets are full and we want our glasses to be too. Not to mention our stomachs, that pretty much goes without saying… Good job then that this weekend sees a couple of new brunches, a new Thai street food restaurant opening, and for all the night owls out there, the Super Bowl – aka the biggest sporting event in the USA. Celebrate accordingly with hot dogs, foam hands and the big game on a big screen. Friday: we’re ready for you.

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Les Deux Salons Review: What We Thought

New? Les Deux Salons has proudly stood off Trafalgar Square since 2011 but a recent facelift and 2014 takeover from Terence and Vicky Conran and Peter Prescott has given it a new lease of life. A new ‘en famille’ menu, designed for sharing is the latest new addition. Where? 40-42 King William IV Street, WC2N 4DD www.lesdeuxsalons.co.uk First Impressions: The illuminated frontage and elegant green awnings made Les Deux Salons an inviting place to dart from the rain and, inside, an unmistakably Parisian feel is split across the ground floor bistro, épicerie and cave à vin and the first floor restaurant. On the damp […]

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3rd Yard Sale Opens

One day we will travel the length of every tube line and, when we do, we’ll start with the Victoria line – mainly because it is the shortest but also because at one end is Walthamstow, soon to be home to the award-winning Yard Sale Pizza and if anything is going to get us on the tube for longer than necessary then it’s going to be pizza. It’s the third opening for the Yard Sale team, who already have ventures in Clapton and Finsbury Park and once again it’s all about that double fermented dough. You’ll want to try The […]

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