The Hot Dinners review of the year PLUS win a meal at the new Hawksmoor
The Hot Dinners review of the year PLUS win a meal at the new Hawksmoor | Hot Dinners
And so, we come to almost our final newsletter of the year. Which in normal times would make it a perfect time to round-up our favourite restaurants of the year. If only people would just stop opening them! So while we digest last night's meal at El Pastor and wait to try Ole & Steen, here's our pick of the best things we've eaten over the past 12 months. So far.
15 December - head to South London's Mercato Metropolitano for 7pm where they'll be putting on a special Parma Ham and Parmigiano Reggiano cookery demonstration with tasters on the house.
18 December - Artist Residence in Pimlico is hosting a pop up dinner in London to celebrate the group's newly-appointed Head Chef Ollie Moore for their next venture: Artist Residence in Oxfordshire. Dishes will include Beef with Cep Parmentier, Mushroom Puree and Wilted Wild Greens. Tickets are £55 and include a welcome drink.
18 December - enjoy an early Christmas feast at Sardine where the main event will be a whole duck, stuffed with chestnuts and prunes, and roasted atop our wood-fired grill. The four course dinner is £35 including vin chaud to start.
20 December - London Shell Co are putting on a booze cruise down London's canalways. For £30 you get to meet their suppliers, taste their wine and they'll put on cold plates and oysters in abundance.
21 December - Jason Atherton’s 7 Tales bar underneath Farringdon spot Sosharu is hosting a Christmas Karaage-oke event. Sing alone while tucking into chicken karaage and try the discounted cocktails mixed up by the 7 Tales bar team.
Bonnie Gull - Soho Bonnie Gull are expanding from their Fitzrovia shack with this Soho spot. There'll be lots of small seafood plates - but the space will be a bit smaller and with no reservations.
Breddos - Clerkenwell They've been a fixture of Street Feast for many a year, but now Breddos are opening their first restaurant. They'll be serving up tacos, tostadas, tortilla-based Mexican pizza tlayudas and more.
El Pastor - Borough This is from the same people behind Barrafina and they are on a mission to do the same for Mexican food as they did for Spanish. Expect a big focus around tacos, particularly on the signature Al Pastor.
Lao Cafe - Covent Garden Rosa's Saiphin Moore comes from a Lao family in Thailand’s Phetchabun Province and this new restaurant features trad Lao salads, curries and char-grilled dishes - with a mix of dishes from their pop-up and some new additions. Opens 16 December(Soft launch until 15 January)
Antipodea - Kew This sees the people behind Brew Cafe open and all-day cafe and restaurant in Kew. Expect international cuisine with more than a little Australian influence. Opens 17 December.
Ole and Steen - St James's Market Joining some top restaurants in St James's Market, this is a new concept for much loved Danish bakers Ole Kristoffersen and Steen Skallebæk. Expect and all-day restaurant with Scandinavian flatbreads, soups, stews, salads and luxury sandwiches. Opens 19 December