Still queuing for Bao Soho? Good news, they’re set to open their third site in Fitzrovia. And, even better news, the space will be bigger, so too the menu. Aside from the baos (the cod black bao comes highly recommended). There is a new selection of sharing dishes, with many of them cooked on a charcoal grill, Plus, rice bowls feature heavily and there’s a much bigger drinks menu, which includes cocktails, wine and most interestingly milkshakes (in flavours such as papaya, almond, toasted rice, and banana with condensed milk). The only bad news, the Horlicks bao has stayed faithful to the Soho branch and didn’t make the transfer.
For an English seaside break, the only way is Margate. Aside from The Turner Contemporary and Dreamland, there’s now Xiringuito, the new seaside restaurant by friends Conor Sheehan and chef Jackson Berg (previously of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, St. John Bread & Wine, and Bistrotheque) that has put Margate well and truly on our summer radar. Moments from the sea, the menu may have a serious side (think chicken and razor clam soup, brown shrimp on duck fat toast and curried crab burgers), but it’s the playful dessert of ice cream sandwiches, tacos (chili chocolate taco, anyone?) and donuts in experimental flavours that has us upping sticks.
Berber & Q Shawarma Bar
The Middle Eastern wave continues in the capital. Berber & Q Grill House, Josh Katz & Mattia Bianchi have opened their second restaurant, Berber & Q Shawarma Bar, specialising in shawarma, slow-cooked on a rotating spit over hot coals alongside Middle Eastern cocktails, wine and beer. Aside from lamb shawarma and Middle Eastern style rotisserie chicken, we like the sound of the Shawarma Bar’s Bowl, a Middle Eastern rice and lentils dish, topped with harissa and anchovy. Plus, there’ll be ice cream pitas and Middle Eastern frozen slushy cocktails. Oh yes!
Remember macarons?Well, they’ve crept back into the limelight, thanks to Yolkin. The dessert brand which has updated the French meringue treat, by turning them into macaron ice cream sarnies. Only available Saturday and Sundays at the pop up shop inside Siam Eatery (opposite Sophie’s Steakhouse) in Covent Garden.
If you have yet to try a Blu Top ice cream cookie sandwich, make it a must-do. If you’re not already sold by the ” two cookies, your favourite ice cream in the middle and toppings on top’ recipe, try it for the ice cream alone. Custard based and made from organic milk and free range eggs, it’s the best ice cream you’ll have. Find them driving around in their Piaggio Porter van, parked on Thursday and Friday at with KERB (King’s Cross and West India Quay) and Saturday at Druid Street Market
Top 5: Ice Cream Sandwiches
Things are hotting up