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Shake Shack

Shake Shack

July 10, 2013 By Nick Savage

Shake Shack

 

Ten years ago, a burger was a burger. Mr Danny Meyer reimagined the fast food burger as a work of art, slinging them from sexy stalls in designer locations, sourcing beef and bacon usually reserved for fine dining, and serving them piping hot on potato rolls alongside salty crinkle cut fries. On the way to creating an international foodie empire, he also created a buzzing movement, the crusade for the perfect burger. His first London installation in Covent Garden offers many of the staples that have earned Shake Shack its global following: ShackBurger, Shack-Cago Hot Dog, etc. However where it will differ is with the produce, the beef is Aberdeen Angus and all of the vegetables are locally sourced. They’ve also collaborated with St John for their signature Frozen Custard, the Union Shack, which brings together chocolate custard, chocolate hazelnut brownies, fudge sauce and paul.a.young chocolate chunks with sea salt. Get some.

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Soho Barn Diner

Soho Barn Diner

July 10, 2013 By Nick Savage

Soho Barn Diner

 

The Soho House group obviously made a sage decision in enlisting Au Cheval’s Brendan Sodikoff to consult the kitchens at Electric Diner, for the popular authentically American eatery has already spawned a sequel in London’s most depraved (and fabulous) hood. Named the Soho Barn Diner and residing in the space that formerly housed Boheme Kitchen and Bar, it will feature the shame retro-chic design of the original, and the same laidback roadside fare that made its Notting Hill tables difficult to attain. This includes Sodikoff’s mammoth double stack cheeseburger (which earned him bragging rights for best burger stateside), as well as staples like spicy Korean-style honey fried chicken, flat iron chicken, and his amazing all-beef hot dog. New additions include a Philly cheese steak sandwich and Soho Barn Diner’s cocktail offerings. Straying from the tried and trusted formula of bartender + shaker, Soho Barn Dinner will be doling out their cocktails from tap. To that, we say, encore!

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The Miller

The Miller

June 26, 2013 By Nick Savage

The Miller

 

The brains behind Hackney’s seminal Sebright Arms (birthplace and stronghold of The Lucky Chip) have decided to take their talents south of the river and rejuvenate London Bridge pub The Miller, giving it a craft beer and haute fast food makeover that would make a Zach Galifianakis out of Bill Oddie. Eschewing their beloved burger menu in favour of their tubular younger siblings, The Miller will be offering a selection of hot dogs ranging from the popular pork flavour to hot-smoked salmon. The design has been updated with vintage chesterfields, a rotating art collection for Shoreditch’s Pure Evil gallery, and that old East End hipster bar standby: vintage video games.

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Disco

Disco

June 26, 2013 By Nick Savage

Disco

 

Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Sterling are the players responsible for West London favourites Bunga Bunga, Maggie’s and Bart’s. These days they seem to have the West End in their crosshairs, and their newest underground boite Disco seems to be breathing some fresh, quirky air back into the done-to-death nightclub formula. Guests descend from Soho’s Kingly Court into a 1970s slipstream through a Pan Am style entryway complete with air stewardess and baggage check, before entering through a neon lit, rollerskate-adorned corridor into a cacophony of disco signifiers. These include Keith Haring-style paintings on the wall, an abundance of disco balls (including the enormous one that serves as the vinyl-only DJ booth) and slinky wait staff uniforms straight out of Boogie Nights.

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Hutong at The Shard

Hutong at The Shard

June 26, 2013 By Nick Savage

Hutong at The Shard

 

Perched on the 33rd level of The Shard and adjoining its sibling restaurant Aqua at The Shard on the 31st through a grand stairwell with captivating views of the Tower and the City, Hutong already wears the laurels of a standalone restaurant. The design pays homage to Chinese heritage with beautiful lacquered lattices of carved screens, one of the most cinematic toilets in all of Britain, and views to boot of course. The food served lives up to the promise of the location, with dishes representing the diverse and fascinating cuisines of Northern China. Red Lantern, a crispy soft-shelled crab, is served from a pot of dried Sichuan chillis in a fiery display of culinary prowess, while crispy de-boned lamb ribs tasted unlike anything we’ve ever tried before, being marinated for 24 hours before being braised and deep fried. One would be remiss not to mention the roast Peking duck, which is cut crosswise to retain its delicious moisture. Everything taken together, Hutong seems like it may be one of the most towering culinary achievements in London this summer.

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The Lockhart

The Lockhart

June 19, 2013 By Nick Savage

The Lockhart

 

American food continues to trend in London, and Marylebone now plays host to The Lockhart, a restaurant launched by four Texans with a passion for Southwestern and Creole cuisine. A light and airy dining room will channel the spirit of Texas, as will the menu, which boasts a variety of countrified delicacies like polenta fried okra with a chipotle dipping sauce, lobster nachos, or seared king scallops served with Andouille sausage succotash, grilled corn puree and a crisp fennel salad. Cocktails veer towards cactus juice and bourbon with a plethora of margaritas, old fashioneds and sweet teas to choose from, not to mention a generous selection of beers and wines, many of them from across the pond.

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The Grain Store

The Grain Store

June 19, 2013 By Nick Savage

Grain Store

 

The gentrification of King’s Cross continues apace, and on this occasion it’s spearheaded by the great Bruno Loubet, who has opened a veggie-centric, pan-global eatery on the hip Granary Square. Mr Loubet sets great store in fresh produce, and the Grain Store will give seasonal ingredients pride of place with dishes including sprouting beans and seeds with miso aubergine, crispy citrus chicken skin and potato wafer or a chilled lobster ‘Bloody Mary’. The stripped-back, deconstructed dining room was designed by Russell Sage, features unmatched chairs and wooden tables with al fresco seating next to Regent’s Canal – ideal for sunny afternoons and late evenings. For those more liquidly inclined, the bar is headed up by famed bartender Tony Conigliaro, who has devised a menu focusing on the Greco-Roman tradition of spicing wines.

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Casa Negra

Casa Negra

June 19, 2013 By Nick Savage

Casa Negra

 

Soho’s moody Bodega Negra was one of the hottest openings of 2012, luring droves of London’s glitterati behind its sex shop façade and droves of paparazzi outside of it. BN’s newly launched sibling Casa Negra is well situated to produce the same buzz. For those looking for high quality Mexican food, there simply is no substitute. Brooklynite Brad Macdonald of the trendy Grand Electrica and Governor restaurants will be heading up the kitchen, creating an array of sumptuous sharing plates including carnitas de lechon, a suckling pig served nose to tail with fresh salsas and traditional garnishes. The upstairs bar area has a slightly dark and debauched vibe and the bartenders are terrific at filling tumblers with intense tequila-based cocktails. There’s rumoured to be a basement club in the pipeline, which could well become one of the neighbourhood’s most fashionable dancefloors.

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Hoxton White Horse

Hoxton White Horse

June 12, 2013 By Nick Savage

Hoxton White Horse

 

Hoxton Street is quickly becoming the new Broadway Market, with a DJ-driven Saturday street market which vies with the best and a plethora of eateries worthy of your hard-earned lucre. Its newest addition, craft beer pub and booze den Hoxton White Horse, lives up to its locale. If you are a brew enthusiast, White Horse boasts one of the most unique selections of craft beers and ales on tap, including the excellent American Fordham Brewery and Chapel Down’s award winning Curious Brew. Head downstairs to The Bolt, HWH’s snug stripped-back subterranean whisky haven for a speakeasy vibe and an excellent selection of aqua vitae.

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Psychic Burger

Psychic Burger

June 5, 2013 By Nick Savage

Psychic Burger

 

Following hot on the heels of the dear, departed Rita’s at Dalston’s popular bar and music venue Birthdays – Psychic Burger aims to fill her shoes with a nouveau Yank menu worthy of Uncle Sam’s saliva. Alongside the eponymous burger (crafted from fore rib and chuck steak on a glazed brioche), the kitchen is whipping up brined and smoked fried chicken, pork skin popcorn, cured salmon with goat’s curd, and chili cheese fries of course (any American diner worth its salt has these, obvi). Complement these dishes with a Mind Sweeper (Olmeca tequila, Sagres beer, and lime juice served in a pint glass with a salted rim) or opt for one of Birthdays delicious craft beers.

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