BOOK NOW: Diwali at Kricket, POP Brixton

On Wednesday 11th November, new kids on the block Kricket at POP Brixton will be celebrating Diwali, the ancient Hindu Festival of Light, with a special three course dinner.

Chef Will Bowlby has designed a menu showcasing his Indian cooking practice using British ingredients, with the centerpiece being the Goat Raan, an Indian delicacy saved for special occasions. The three course meal will also include a Masala Chai welcome cocktail and a selection of Kricket’s infamous Indian street food such as Bhel Puri with raw mango, sev, yogurt, and Samphire Pakoras with wild garlic mayonnaise, date and tamarind chutney. For sweets, try the delicious Gulab Jamum with carom seed crumble and clotted cream.

That’s not all for the evening as British-born artist Rupert Newman has designed a bespoke projection, transforming the event space at POP Brixton with abstract colour and light to applaud the biggest and brightest festival of the year.

Tickets cost £35 for 3 courses and a welcome cocktail. To purchase, click here.

POP Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Rd, London SW9 8PQ

www.kricket.co.uk | Twitter/Instagram: @KricketBrixton

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NOW OPEN: Sexy Fish, Mayfair

You might have heard a thing or two about the latest from Richard Caring’s Caprice Holdings as Sexy Fish in Berkeley Square is making quite the splash. Now open in the heart of Mayfair, the Asian fish and seafood restaurant has everyone putting on their glad rags and is even giving the great Chiltern Firehouse a run for its money, challenging its title of ‘hottest spot in town’.

The kitchen is run by chef Ben Orpwood (Zuma, Japanese izakaya, Daniel San) with the menu being split into robata grilled fish, a raw bar, sharing platters, market fish over charcoal and caviar. The restaurant itself has been designed by Martin Brudnizki and features work by famous artists including Frank Gehry (think installations of shimmering fish hanging above the bar and a giant crocodile crawling across the wall) and Damien Hirst. There’s also a huge ceiling mural from highly respected fashion figure Michael Roberts, Style Editor-at-Large of Vanity Fair.

The restaurant is huge, seating 190 and the ‘Coral Reef Room’ private dining area which seats 48 comes complete with its own huge coral reef tank.

We know it should all be about the food, but we kinda want to make a reservation just to have a tour of the place – who’s with us?

www.sexyfish.com

1-4 Berkeley Square, W1J 6BR | For reservations call 020 3764 2000 | Twitter @sexyfishlondon

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COMING SOON: German Gymnasium, King’s Cross

This November, the restaurant power-group that is D&D London is set to open a series of cafés, restaurants and bars at the German Gymnasium, the newly renovated former Grade II listed gymnasium in King’s Cross.

Designed by London-born architect Edward Gruning in 1865, this was the first purpose-built gym in England. Incredibly influential in the development of athletics in Britain, German Gymnasium hosted the first-ever indoor events of the 1866 Olympic Games and now, 150 years later, this historical establishment is to re-open with a brand new 447-cover complex comprising of a ground floor grand café, an outdoor terrace, a restaurant, bars and private dining spaces.

Interiors are designed by Conran and Partners, who will work with the building’s key original features to create a space that evokes the heritage of this London landmark. The décor will be a contemporary take on the grand cafes and brasseries of Central Europe and, influenced by the building’s original purpose, playful gymnasium details will also filter through the overall design.

Food will be overseen by German-born executive chef, Bjoern Wassmuth who will create broad-ranging grand café and brasserie menus featuring some classic Mittel-European dishes as a nod to the site’s German heritage. The dining areas will combine one of Kings Cross’ largest al fresco terraces, a patisserie counter, an all-day grand café serving breakfast through to dinner, a first-floor restaurant and the Meister Bar, playing Berlin beats until 1 a.m. There’ll also be a specially curated wine list from Head Sommelier Virgile Degrez showcasing niche German, Austrian and Hungarian labels as well as a selection of bottles from Eastern Europe. The bar will be managed by Fred Tartas who will be designing an innovative cocktail menu whilst the German Gymnasium as a whole will be looked after by General Manager Sam Bernard.

Without a doubt, the German Gymnasium is bound to be a spectacle not to be missed so stay tuned for news about the opening by visiting www.germangymnasium.com

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NOW OPEN: Il Cudega, London Fields

Now open in London Fields is Il Cudega, the new deli, wine bar and restaurant (or ‘eco-gastronomia’ if you’re more acquainted with Italian!) offering an array of Italian dishes and produce from the northernmost region of Lombardy.

Created by Italian-born Hackney resident Giovanni Brighi, his Milanese business partner Luca Gaggioli, and head chef Paolo Eslebani who joins the team from Brescia in Lombardy, Il Cudega promises to offer a truly authentic Italian culinary experience.

Il Cudega features a café for sit down meals and a deli for take away produce and freshly prepared meals to enjoy at home. There’s also a standalone Focaccia and Espresso bar for those who really want to live the Italian dream (and get a caffeine kick that will last them a lifetime).

Open for breakfast, brunch and lunch seven days a week, this new pocket of Italy is guaranteed to make you want to hop on a plane to the real thing quicker than you can shout Bellissimo!

Arch 358 Westgate Street, E8 | Mon – Fri 8:30am-6pm, Sat – Sun 9am – 6pm

Website: www.ilcudega.com

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BOOK NOW: Under the Sea Supper Club

They’ve catered for the likes of Jimmy Choo and David Cameron, and now Top Hat Catering is serving up dinner for their exclusive supper clubs  – and you’re invited.

Taking place on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd October, guests will enjoy a welcome drink on arrival followed by canapes of wild trout ceviche, crispy fish skin and cod brandade. The courses are set as follows:

 

1st – cucumber, rye and home smoked salmon with tartar

2nd – seared yellow fin tuna, daikon carpaccio on avocado, fried garlic and shallots with ponzu and frozen horseradish

3rd – wild sea bass, grilled and pureed celeriac, peas and caper sauce

4th – palette cleanser ‘Apple Oreo’

5th – Mum’s lemon drizzle cake, lemon yoghurt ice cream, passionfruit curd and vanilla crisp

 

BYOB rules apply, to book call 0207 924 3180. The supper club can seat up to 45 people, with 9 seats available at the Chef’s Table.

Prices: Dinner – £45 pp / Chef’s Table – £55 pp

Venue: Unit 1, Heliport Industrial Est, Lombard Road, Battersea, SW11 3SS

Website: www.tophatcatering.co.uk

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THIS WEEK: KERB is 3!

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Street food specialists KERB are celebrating their third birthday this Friday and they’re taking it right back to where it all began – to West Handyside Canopy, the 120-year-old warehouse in King’s Cross.

The celebrations kick off at 6pm with the very best in street food being showcased. There’ll also be some never-seen-before trader KERBlaborations (including Claw X Oh My Dog! and Oli Baba X Born & Raised), plenty of beer, cocktails, DJs, photography and films from the KERB team. The party will be bringing back some of the original collective including Bleecker St. Burger and The Ribman as well as introducing some new kids making waves including Tongue ‘n Cheek, Kimchinary and Luardos, Capish? and Donostia Social Club.

It’s a chance for all to reminisce about everything that’s gone before, share in the great successes of KERB’s first three years and look forward to all that comes next in the ever-evolving world of London street food. You say party? We say see you there.

Entry to KERB is 3! is free. Friday 9th October, 6-11pm.

www.kerbfood.com

 

 

 

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