Gizz & Green’s x Passo
After the success of their weekly lockdown Instagram mini-series ‘Giz & Green’s Monday Night Fakeaway’, where musician Professor Green was taught how to make his favourite takeaways by chef Gizzi Erskine, Giz & Green has taken over Old Street’s popular Italian-inspired restaurant Passo. Highlights from the menu include the classic Hawaiian, pepperoni and veggie ‘stuffed crust’ pizzas (all Anglo-American, deep-dish, stuffed-crust style), with dough made from the highest quality white rye sourdough and sourced from local bakery hero Breadstation. All other ingredients are fresh and locally sourced, while Dalston’s Soda Co. soft drinks will all be available. The menu is available to eat in (bookings and walk-ins are on offer), take-out and delivery – and, due to popular demand, has just been extended until the end of September.
80 City Road, Old Street, EC1Y 2BJ; until the end of September
Spring In Summer
Skye Gyngell has launched ‘Spring In Summer’ – a pale pink shipping container in the courtyard of Somerset House, serving ice-cream and other treats throughout the rest of the summer. Refreshments include seasonal ice-cream flavours like peach or lemon and josterberry ripple, which can be eaten in cones, tubs or freshly baked brioche buns; granitas with softly whipped Heckfield Home Farm cream; and ice lollies in flavours such as fior di latte or elderflower. Guests can also expect to sample toasted sandwiches made with Spring’s homemade sourdough – fillings will include prosciutto cotto with Montgomery cheddar and wholegrain mustard; and Neals Yard Dairy three cheeses with sage butter. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out some of the gallery’s newly reopened spaces, including its critically acclaimed free exhibition Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi, which has been extended throughout the summer.
Strand, Covent Garden, WC2R 1LA
Returning to his former home in the old Dock Kitchen site on Portobello Docks, chef Stevie Parle has opened an outdoor summer restaurant designed to make the most of late summer and seasonal British produce. A collaborative project alongside designer Tom Dixon and gardener Arthur Parkinson, the space overlooks Regent’s Canal, with a range of activities on offer. Enjoy a drink at a standalone bar; shop fresh produce directly from The Goods Shed and eat at Flora, a 70-cover restaurant. There’s also a wine shop on site from Uncharted, and a beer shop from BierCraft. The space is open Wednesday to Sunday, and serves weekend brunches from 10am, and an all-day menu from 12pm to 10pm. Finally, to give something back, Joy is working with a number of local charities to deliver fresh and delicious raw ingredients to those in need. Guests will also be given the option to ‘pay it forward’ by adding a vegetable box to their bill for Joy to donate on their behalf.
Portobello Docks, Ladbroke Grove, W10 5BU
Tiffany & Co. x Harrods
Tiffany & Co. has opened an exclusive Elsa Peretti pop-up at Harrods to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the launch of the iconic Bone Cuff, originally designed in 1970s. To celebrate, Harrods has two exclusive new editions of the cuff for sale; one limited-edition green coloured cuff and a yellow gold and green jade carved stone cuff – the first time the gems have been used in this style and the first time the cuffs have had an update in half a century. The Tiffany & Co. Blue Box Café at the department store has also reopened, complete with a new summer menu. Expect to sample the likes of Cornish crab muffins and Breakfast At Tiffany’s-inspired afternoon tea treats.
87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL
Henry Harris is bringing his much-loved restaurant Racine back for one day only on 22nd August at Chelsea Physic Garden. Guests can book for lunch (£70pp) or dinner (£80pp) for an aperitif and four-course menu embodying the essence of Racine – think relaxed dishes with the flavours of south-west France, such as bayonne ham, duck magret and agen prunes. A chef’s table experience will also be available (£110pp) as well as a picnic hamper (£40) to enjoy at your own pace within the gardens. The ‘Racine Revival’ is the first of a series of cook collaborations launched by Company of Cooks at Chelsea Physic Garden – keep your eyes peeled for further dates and launches.
66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, SW3 4HS; 22nd August
Sidechick x Allpress
The team behind Patty & Bun launched a new concept during lockdown. Focusing on roast chicken, Sidechick’s birds are corn-fed and come from highly esteemed butcher HG Walter. The chicken is served either half or whole, with a choice of marinades: za’atar, garlic, honey, olive oil and lemon; clarified butter, herbs and lemon; or piri piri. Vegetables and salads aren’t an afterthought – expect the likes of smokey aubergine with tomato compote, labneh, mint, coriander, breadcrumbs and pecorino, along with salads, crispy potatoes and a selection of sauces including roast chicken mayo. Now Sidechick is taking over the outside courtyard at Allpress Dalston for two nights to host a pair of intimate supper clubs. Expect a set menu, some cracking St John wine, cocktails and tunes.
55 Dalston Lane, Dalston, E8 2NG; 20th and 27th August
Kricket Guest Chef Series
Top Indian restaurant Kricket has announced its 2020 chef series, with Andrew Wong, Vivek Singh and Nuno Mendes all taking part in collaboration dinners with Kricket’s Will Bowlby in September. The series is in aid of the Ape Aap Women’s Collective, an anti-trafficking charity which serves the women and children who live in Mumbai’s red-light district. Taking place at Kricket Television Centre in White City, the events will take place on subsequent Tuesdays in September (Andrew Wong on 15th, Vivek Singh on the 22nd and Nuno Mendes on 29th). Tickets cost £50pp for a three-course sharing menu and a welcome drink.
From the team behind Mercato Metropolitano comes a new outdoor hot spot, MM Caffé in an open-air setting in Mayfair. Located in the spacious Brown Hart Gardens, around the corner from Oxford Street and Selfridges, this outdoor café is the perfect spot to enjoy delicious food in the sun. A new addition to the area from the larger Mercato Mayfair, the café is set in a beautiful Grade I-listed building. Meanwhile, all ingredients are fresh, artisanal and sustainably sourced, to create a menu which includes croissants and focaccias baked every day, as well as locally brewed beer and gin. Over the course of the summer, there will be a range of new additions such as farmers' markets, art fairs and community initiatives.
Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair, W1K 6TF
Royale x East London Liquor Co
Royale is a rotisserie from the team behind Michelin-starred Leroy in Shoreditch. As such, it’s a bit special. You’ll find it at East London Liquor Company’s home in Bow Wharf, where a no-messing menu of chicken and sides is matched to cut-above wines, spirits and cocktails courtesy of the host bar. The temporary restaurant offers a simple menu of rotisserie corn-fed Anjou chickens from HG Walter, cooked on a vintage Rotisol BBQ, plus salads, potatoes and wines on tap from Uncharted Wines. Don’t want to travel? Royale also offers a Big Night In delivery service.
221 Grove Road, Bow Wharf, E3 5SN
Bone Daddies’ ‘Tour of Ramen’
This month, Bone Daddies has teamed up with some of its favourite UK ramen joints to bring limited-edition dishes to its menu each week, giving Londoners a taste of what the nation’s ramen scene has to offer without leaving the city. From 17th-23rd August, Scotland’s Maki & Ramen will be serving its ‘Salmon Yuzu’ ramen – seared Scottish salmon, salmon miso broth, yuzu tare, soy Clarence Court egg, bamboo, beansprouts, spring onion, daikon cress and nori. And from 24th-30th August, Manchester’s CBRB will have its ‘Green Miso’ ramen on the menu – expect mushroom broth, chilli green tare, grilled padron peppers, beansprouts, soy Clarence Court egg, garlic roasted mushrooms and mayu. The ramens will be available in a limited supply, available while stocks last across all Bone Daddies restaurants each week, and as the launch coincides with the government’s ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ scheme, guests can enjoy the specials at 50% off every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday throughout the series.
Various locations; until 30th August
Mao Chow x Mortimer House
This August, Mortimer House is hosting its latest guest chef takeover – Julian Denis of Mao Chow. For four days from 20th-23rd August, Julian and his team will bring their popular vegan Szechuan dishes to Fitzrovia. Mao Chow will take over the Living Room and Den, plus the terrace and balcony on level five of Mortimer House. The menu, created exclusively for the residency, will feature exciting new dishes such as ‘Husband + Wife Celeriac’ (braised celeriac with pickled chilies, toasted rice powder, roujiamo, cumin mushrooms and green chilli dip served in a Xi’an flatbread); Lijiang rice sausage with crispy greens and chili oil; dongpo tofu with spicy and aromatic ginger sauce with jasmine rice; and ‘Xiao Mian’ – numbing oil and garlic noodles with tempeh and chickpeas.
37-41 Mortimer Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3JH; 20th-23rd August
One Love x Clapton Country Club
One Love, a brand-new pop-up from Fred Sirieix and Andi Oliver, is launching on 20th August at Clapton Country Club. Andi will be bringing real Caribbean home cooking (with some Sirieix family favourites and classic French dessert list) to a month-long residency every Friday and Saturday, while Fred has curated a list of affordable French wines that pair with each dish. Expect dishes such as Andi’s famous chocolate curry goat, Wadadli mac and cheese, and BBQ tofu, and dishes that will be given a French twist, such as plantain fried in French butter with lime and ginger. The Department of Life bar will be on hand serving rum cocktails for guests to enjoy pre- and post-dinner, plus, there’s the option for groups to book two private spaces. In addition, a special collaboration beer by BrewDog will also be on tap, with a portion of profits being donated to charity Hospitality Action.
38-40 Upper Clapton Road, Clapton, E5 8BQ; from 20th August
The Botanist Gin x Nutbourne
The Botanist Gin has teamed up with Battersea restaurant Nutbourne to host a summer-long pop-up terrace featuring foraged cocktails paired with a daily-changing menu inspired by the Sussex countryside. Nutbourne’s bartenders and The Botanist have worked together to develop a menu of six G&Ts and six seasonal cocktails, including a gooseberry martini made with The Botanist gin, Cointreau, foraged gooseberry compote and fresh lemon; and a Sage Negroni made with sage-infused The Botanist gin, Noilly Prat, Lillet Blanc and orange bitters. Nutbourne is located on Ransomes Dock, near Battersea Park, and the space outside the restaurant has been transformed to allow visitors to sip on cocktails beneath a decorated marquee. Operating under a walk-in and bookings policy, great care has been taken by the team to ensure the safety and comfortable social distancing of guests.
35-37 Parkgate Road, Battersea, SW11 4NP