Thursday, 12 November 2020

Links to help you survive the November lockdown


A meal delivery from @chefrishimsachdeva - DM him on Instagram for details

Here we go again.  Here are some links to help you survive the winter lockdown, and to help support the independent chefs and restaurants.

Bars Open for Takeaway Beer (& often food too)

My map of the bars open for takeaway draught beer in sealed containers ('growlers').  Several are also doing food, and with many you need to book in advance.  Find your nearest, click on the links, and work out what the deal is.  Then go and support your local, and buy some great beer.

Meal Kits

Since March a whole ecosystem of meal kits has emerged, with a few companies offering ways to buy the best available from multiple chefs.

Dishpatch - Nine restaurants currently listed, including Andrew Edmonds, Bubala and Farang, selling cooked menus for you to re-heat at home

Restaurant Kits - Lots of the best meal kits on one handy site - inc Mac & Wild, Hop & Roll, Flank, Kricket and more

Great Food 2U - Meal Kits from restaurants inc Bleecker, Meat Liquor and Gunpowder

Pezu - Meals, sauces and more from Sambal Shiok, Rice Guys and others

Plateaway - Lots including HOP Vietnamese, Burger & Beyond, & Homeslice

Lots of other restaurants are doing their own, including

Pizza Pilgrims - Pizza in the Post - All you need to make a frying pan pizza at home

Honest Burgers - A meal kit to make your own burgers, now available nationally

Charred - Slow cooked brisket, fish, pickles, sauces and more - National delivery on a Friday, either by them or a courier 

Chukus - Ideal for two people, each kit makes 4 Nigerian-inspired wraps - For collection from N15 on Thursdays & Fridays 

Hop & Roll - A new range of Sri Lankan hampers to let you cook hoppers from scratch 

Meat, Cheese & Produce

Turner & George - Meat boxes, including Burger Night, Steak Night and more

HG Walter - Survival boxes, inc Patty & Bun’s burger box, a breakfast box and more

Flatiron - A meat box, from their herd in Yorkshire

The Cheese Bar - Cheese, wine, meal kits and more

Food Chain App - Independent producers now selling direct to the public


My map from last time with bars that were selling fresh draught beer to takeaway in sealed containers (aka growlers).  I suspect that lots more will be doing so this time!

Beer Guide London’s list of all of the London breweries offering deliveries

Unwined - Selling wine boxes and more for collection from Tooting and Waterloo, or for national delivery 

Little Nan’s Bar - Cocktail Party Boxes - their distinctive cocktails (Queen Pat Butcher, Sir Lionel Richie etc)  now available nationally

The Manhattans Project - A new range of cocktails, sent to you first class, ready to drink now, or to keep in the freezer

The Isle of Wight Cocktail Co - Set up by Adam ex of The Dead Dolls Club - Currently offering a Bloody Mary and an Old Fashioned - just serve over ice

World of Zing - Pre-mixed cocktails including some winter and Christmas specials

(I'll be updating this every week)

Friday, 30 October 2020

Pop-ups in London - 30th October - 6th November 2020


New & This Week only

Last Chance - 

Pop-up Restaurants

Rogues London at Well St Kitchen in Hackney - every Friday night in October

Food in Pubs & Bars

Baba G’s at Parlez in Brockley - Daily with a special spiced Sunday Roast

Open Air inc Street Food Markets

Thursday, 29 October 2020

Miss Mac's Mac 'n' Cheese at The Seveney pub in Essex Road

A Mac 'n' Cheese pop-up has come to The Seveney in Essex Road, N1, serving Mac 'n' Cheese from Thursday to Sunday til Christmas 2020.  It goes without saying that it's a perfect winter dish - and Miss Mac's is an excellent version, made on site with a mix of three cheeses, with toppings and adornments like pulled port and jalapenos.  
I tried this last weekend and loved it.  The Mac 'n' Cheese is lovely and creamy (I had it with added blue cheese, making it a 4 cheese one, and I also added spicy jalapenos), the deep fried mac balls were perfect to nibble on, and the 3 chocolate brownie was one of the best I've ever had (I've had a lot), coming with big chunks of chocolate inside.
I can't recommend this one enough!

When - Thursdays to Sundays til Christmas 2020
Thurs & Fri - 5pm-9.30pm
Sat & Sun - 2pm-9.30pm

Where - The Seveney, 382 Essex Rd, London N1 3PF

Link - Miss Mac's on Instagram

Friday, 23 October 2020

Pop-ups in London - 23rd - 30th October 2020

Rogues London at Well St Kitchen in Hackney - every Friday night in October

Food in Pubs & Bars

Baba G’s at Parlez in Brockley - Daily with a special spiced Sunday Roast

Open Air inc Street Food Markets

Boca Chica's Dominican Dishes at the CLF Art Lounge in Peckham


Boca Chica, founded by the excellent Dominican chef Vigmar, has started a new residency at the CLF Art Lounge in Peckham, serving dinner from 5pm on Wednesdays to Sundays, and brunch from 1pm-5pm on both Saturday and Sunday.  Vigmar made a huge splash with her food when she popped up at the King & Co earlier this year; can't wait to visit her new place!  As with everything these days, it's best to book in advance.

"Beyond excited about this location not just because it’s beautiful and absolutely breath taking - you will see - but because great deal of our community is based in Peckham.
During lockdown we were able to keep the business alive and that was thanks to our amazing customers based in Peckham and for that we are Eternally grateful 🙏🏽
We’ve got so many exiting things and surprises coming up!"

When - Wednesdays to Sundays - 
Wednesdays to Fridays - 5pm-10pm
Saturdays and Sundays - 1pm-5pm (brunch), and 5pm-10pm (dinner)

Where - 4a Station Way, Peckham, London SE15 4RX

Bookings - via CLF Art Lounge here

Link 1 - Boca Chica on Instagram
Link 2 - Booking page

Friday, 9 October 2020

Pop-ups in London - 9th -16th October 2020


See the listings on a map here

New & This Week

Alex Dilling at Carousel in Mayfair -  Tuesday-Saturday for two weeks from 13th October

Pop-up Restaurants

Rogues London at Well St Kitchen in Hackney - every Friday night in October

Food in Pubs & Bars

Baba G’s at Parlez in Brockley - Daily with a special spiced Sunday Roast

Open Air inc Street Food Markets

Alter's Six Month Residency at Leman Locke in Aldgate

Alter, chef Andy Hogben's take on vegan, Asian cooking, is starting a new residency at SHAMAN, the cafe inside the Leman Locke Hotel, just round the corner from Aldgate East tube station, starting on Friday 23rd October.  I've had - and loved - Andy's food at two previous pop-ups, and I can't wait to see what he will do at this new residency.  Get booking!

"alter was founded by Andy Hogben, (ex Dabbous, Som Saa & Andrew Wong) in response to the paradox of suddenly becoming vegan, but being completely disillusioned by vegan food, and its wider culture in the UK.⁣
⁣Having worked in some of London’s most exciting restaurants and with a head full of Anthony Bourdain travel shows, Andy realised there could be so much more to vegan food than simply replicating a British meat & dairy led diet and set about creating dishes that married up to veganism’s own worldwide sense of perspective.⁣
Andy says:  'Delighted to announce the next chapter of our journey begins this month with a 6 month residency at Leman Locke in Aldgate East.
This is the big one. The first, full fledged version of the concept. Full menu. House Cocktails. Craft Beer. Low intervention wine. We'd love to see you there!'"

When - Starts Friday 23rd 2020
Then Weds-Sun evenings

Where - SHAMAN, Leman Locke Hotel, 15 Leman St, London E1 8EN

Booking - Via Alter here 

Link - Alter on Instagram