What’s On: A Brixton Brasserie, City Seafood & Shoreditch Street Food

What do piglets, crustaceans and street food have in common? Arguably not much, but they all feature in this week’s guide to what’s hot on the food scene, is the answer. Variety is the spice of life and all that, so we’ve got recommendations for diners of all persuasions up our sleeves, with casual French, rustic Italian, contemporary Thai, and City seafood all making an appearance. And for the trendier among us, there’s a bit of Shoreditch street food for good measure.

 

1. Naughty Piglets  Book Naughty Piglets
Brixton

Naughty Piglets

Naughty Piglets
Image source: The Independent

Lavished with praise in The Evening Standard, The Independent and Time Out, Naughty Piglets turned a few heads when it opened up in Brixton earlier this year. French at heart, the menu’s a whistle-stop global tour of flavours, with the likes of Sri Lankan spiced quail, and barbecue pork belly with Korean spices joining the more classically Gallic fare.

 

2. Valentina Book Valentina – Notting Hill
Notting Hill

Valentina

Valentina

With a riverside restaurant near Tower Bridge joining the original East Sheen site, the growing Valentina family has been bringing rustic Italian food to Londoners since 1991. Freshly made pasta and signature Valentina-made produce ensure the Notting Hill branch is just as authentic, with the seasonal menu packed as ever with recipes handed down through the family for generations.

 

3. Busaba Eathai St Christopher’s Place Book Busaba Eathai
Marylebone

Busaba Eathai

Busaba Eathai

An al fresco square just off Oxford Street, St Christopher’s Place offers the unusual mix of Thai dining, in a Mediterranean-style setting, in the heart of London. As with all Busaba venues, this one’s effortlessly cool, with authentic Thai food served amidst minimalist decor behind a huge glass frontage.

 

4. Crab Tavern Book Crab Tavern
Liverpool Street

Crab Tavern

Crab Tavern

New to Broadgate Circle, London’s latest food hotspot, Crab Tavern is unsurprisingly a specialist in seafood. The classic American surf ‘n’ turf menu is given a European makeover, with moules frites, crab Caesar sub, and lobster BLT amongst the most mouthwatering options.

 

5. Summer Tales 
Old Street

Summer Tales London

Summer Tales
Image source: London Pop-ups

We all know by now that Old Street is the place to be seen (and be on the scene), so it’s no surprise that Summer Tales has attracted some of the biggest names from the street food world. Burger & Lobster, Bonnie Gull, Forza Win, and Pizza Pilgrims are just a handful of the options, and that’s before we’ve even mentioned the 4 bars, DJs and sun-drenched terrace with hammocks. This place is cool, and then some.

About Chris Tilsed

After stints in Brighton and France, Chris returned to his native London and its restaurant scene. Bringing back a love of French cuisine, Brasserie Zédel and Bleeding Heart are amongst his current favourites. When he's not eating food or writing about it, Chris can usually be found playing or listening to music.

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