Eat & Drink
Eat & Drink Features 2013
If you've been out lately, you have probably swapped your Cab Sauv for a Volnay, lined up for a 7 Rue de la Pompe instead of a Mahoosive cocktail and replaced your crystal with a plastic stemless Govino glass.
As far back as we remember, London's been more about having fun than healthy eating (and drinking).
Brave New Worlds
Fancy dress here, kitsch bar there, we love a good theme and lately it seems London has gone from a playful sprinkle of one-trick venues – Mahiki, Bodo's Schloss, Ruski's – to a downpour. Themes have gotten serious.
THE PUB REVIVAL
Pub was a dirty word for a while. Gastro joints – with their generic "country" paint jobs, scuffed wooden floors and chalkboard menus – killed it for us. But now, after years of high concept bars, speakeasies, and hipster hole-in-the-walls, we're going back to basics. And thanks to London's trailblazers, we're ready for a pub comeback.
ALL GROWN UP
Exposed brick, warehouse parties and hole-in- the walls – we've had some good times. But the 'trendulum' has swung and London is looking to bigger and better things. The city is growing up – and it's growing fast!
This year, it's all about stoking, coking and poking. The opening of Pitt Cue Co's first restaurant meant that BBQing meant more than just a meaty trip to Bodean's
London's foodie tide is still high, and we've been suffering a case of "too many restaurants too little time". So, we've replaced the traditional pub crawl and instead been eating our way through the capital from SE1 to W1 (with a few drink stops along the way). Restaurant routes – get set, go!
America Take Two
London’s culinary love affair with the Big A still seems to be going strong – Shake Shack and Five Guys opened last week – but here at UJHQ we’ve had our fill of burgers and dawgs. Literally. Instead, we’ve been looking to some other micro trends (and we aren’t just talking about the Dosant (now available at the Duck & Waffle, if you were wondering), with an eye on a new region moving in.
YOU GOT KALE'D
It all started with lemon sole. It got kale'd. Recently, all the restaurants we've been frequenting are featuring copycat versions of similar dishes. It's the "same menu, different venue" bug – and it's spreading.
We at UJ love the bubbles: at celebrations, launch parties, on holiday – and now every day of the week, apparently. We're not referring to the flute clinking, Moët-sipping style. In fact, we're moving into more of a post-Champagne era (or at least we now have more options when it comes to fizz).
Medium or full bodied? Carafe or glass? Hint of citrus or chocolate and spice? No, we're not talking about choosing a Cab Sauv. These are all recent questions UJ has received while ordering coffee. In the post-Flat White era, baristas are the new sommeliers—and picking up your morning coffee is no longer a straightforward exchange.
Fried food it’s been fun (doughnuts! buttermilk chicken! gherkins!), but your days are numbered. The grill is moving into your greasy, hipster territory.
THE BILBAO BUZZ
Spanish food in London is nothing new. Sure, we have our fair share of authentic pizzazz – Barrafina, Pizarro, Brindisa, José and Bar Tozino, to name a few – but now joining the likes of Basque go-tos Pix and Donostia are two big openings.
The Brasserie Revival
The rebirth of the brasserie has been brewing for some time now. It all started with Zédel and Colbert last year, and now it’s in full swing with some new heavyweight contenders.