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What: Hām

In a nutshell: Neighbourhood spot in West Hampstead

Summing it all up: An ex Ledbury and ToastED chef is in the kitchen for this new West Hampstead opening which has a strong brunch offering and will offer a regularly changing menu

 

The low-down

We're so used to hearing about newsworthy openings in places like Stoke Newington, Peckham and Brixton that it's genuinely a red letter day to hear about somewhere interesting opening up in West Hampstead of all places. Run by owners and friends Rose Tuckey and David Houten, it'll be taking over the space occupied previously by La Brioche on West End Lane.

Hām isn't as you might first guess a homage to all things piggy - but rather a nod to the homely vibe they're hoping to create. Ham is actually the old English word for home (or village). Now don't tell us you don't learn anything here at Hot Dinners.

It's who's in the kitchen though that really elevates this neighbourhood spot into one you might want to cross town for. Head Chef Matt Osborne has worked at The Ledbury, Terroirs and was in the opening team for The Other Naughty Piglets. He most recently held the position of Head Chef at the much-loved ToastED in East Dulwich.

Matt will be serving up brunch and dinner at the restaurant kicking off the day with crumpets, honeycomb and Westcomb ricotta with pear or maybe Bircher muesli with almonds, Hurdlebrook yoghurt and rhubarb.

But the main event will be dinner and we're promised dishes like:

  • Norfolk quail, artichoke, kombu and watercress
  • Raw beef, English wasabi, ginger and shallots
  • Cornish Brill, verjus sauce, Pink Fir & mussels
  • Delica pumpkin & buttermilk tart, basil & yuzu
  • Chocolate crémeux with blood orange sorbet and peppermint

 

More about Hām

Where is it? 238 West End Lane, London NW6 1LG

When does it open? Early March 2018

Find out more: Visit their website or follow them on Instagram @hamwhampstead/

 

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