This week we bring you a host of iconic names, as well as a couple of more underground gems. As London venues go, it doesn’t get more iconic than The Ivy, so the opening of their Market Grill has caused quite a stir on the London foodie scene. If that’s not iconic enough however, then how about dining in the House of Commons? For some slightly less formal feasting, we bring you a Bloomsbury brasserie, a Michelin-recommended Indian, and a chicken-heavy communal pop-up in Peckham.
1. The Ivy Market Grill Book The Ivy Market Grill
This Ivy offshoot has got many a foodie tongue wagging since it opened at the end of last year, and with its big sister closed for refurbishment it’s taken up the mantle with aplomb. Unabashedly British, afternoon tea here oozes the kind of sophistication you’d expect from the Ivy family, so look forward to fruit cake with Cheddar, warm scones, and a smoked salmon blini. And lots of tea, of course.
2. House of Commons – The Members’ Dining Room Book The Members’ Dining Room
Whatever your political leaning, that grand building with the famous clock is impressive and intriguing in equal measure. For a limited time only, the House of Commons are giving the public the chance to see what goes on behind those usually closed doors, with a 3-course menu in the extravagant Members’ Dining Room. Amongst the suitably refined options are roast pigeon breast with spelt risotto and truffle jus, braised guinea fowl with caramelised cauliflower purée, and naturally smoked halibut with slow-poached duck egg and watercress velouté. Now that’s a menu that gets my vote.
3. Hush Brasserie Book Hush Brasserie
New to Bookatable, Hush is bringing upmarket brasserie dining to Holborn and St Paul’s. What more do you need in life than hearty British food and classic cocktails? If you answered boozy afternoon tea to the above, fret not, for they’ve got that covered too. If you answered pulled pork in a brioche bun with chilli mayo, then you’re very specific with your answers, but you’re in luck.
4. Hazara Book Hazara
Sometimes it’s well worth venturing out of zone 1 for something a bit special. Hazara in Belsize Park is proof of this, serving up exquisite Indian food worthy of a place in the Michelin Guide. A quick scan of the menu confirms that there’s something different about this place: It’s not every day you get to order chicken cooked in a roasted coconut sauce and flavoured with star anise, fennel and stone flower.
5. Forza Win Spring Chicken
Major players on the pop-up dining scene, Forza Win are back with a spring in their step. This time around it’s all about communal tables, cocktails and Italian food inspired by the impending arrival of Spring. Expect spit roast chicken, rabbit terrine and natural wines. And ‘good music,’ apparently.