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
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
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
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
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
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.