This week’s “Where to Eat” spotlight is on London––a city with an increasingly robust, exciting––and crowded––food scene. From a new dining outpost straight from Istanbul to a celebration of Catalan’s delicious (and fleeting) calçot green onions, here are this week’s “can’t miss” dining experiences in the UK’s capital city.
This month, Istanbul’s critically acclaimed restaurant Yeni Lokanta teamed up with Cem Bilge and chef Civan Er to open Yeni in London’s Soho neighborhood. Like the original, Yeni will serve modern interpretations of Turkish cuisine with a focus on bright, fresh, vegetable-forward dishes. The menu includes dishes like kofte tartare with sumac molasses, pan-fried aged feta with samphire and spiced honey, and tamarind-flavored whole lamb shank with porcini and chard. For dessert expect custard fritters covered with shredded kadajifi pastry and served with smoked buffalo milk ice cream.
The Yeni team partnered with Istanbul-based designers and craftsmen to create a Turkish-inspired dining room. The space will be filled with floral-painted Levantine tiles, hand-blown glass chandeliers, Nile sea green table toppers, and softly glowing lanterns. 55 Beak Street; 44-20/3475-1903.
Town House: London Landmarks Afternoon Tea
The Kensington’s gorgeously refurbished Town House restaurant is launching a special afternoon tea that riffs deliciously off of the city’s most recognizable landmarks and architectural feats. Diners can tour the capital via a menu of sweets, sandwiches, and other treats enjoyed in the stately, sun-filled space.
The menu includes “The Gherkin,” constructed out of white chocolate with dark chocolate ganache, “The Shard,” made of carrot cake and milk chocolate, a Big Ben-inspired lemon curd tart, and a “London Telephone Box,” fashioned from rhubarb mousse. Other tea classics—scones with clotted cream, egg and cress rolls, stilton and broccoli quiche—and a bevy of bellini and other festive cocktails will also be available. All of the teas will be sourced from The Bare Tea Company, which was founded in London in 2004. 109-113 Queens Gate; 44-20/7589-6300.
Rosewood London: Pie Baking Master Class
London’s luxury, 5-star hotel is home to The Pie Room––executive chef Calum Franklin’s one-stop destination dedicated to Britain’s most iconic pies. Now diners with a hankering for savory pie can join chef Franklin for an exclusive, pie-baking master class.
The classes, which will be held in The Pie Room, focus on savory, double-crusted classics like pork pie and curry mutton pie. Guests and visitors will spend two hours, constructing, decorating, and baking their savory masterpieces alongside chef Franklin and complete the class with a gin cocktail and three-course private dinner curated by the culinary team at Rosewood's Holborn Dining Room. Upcoming classes will be held on March 2, March 30, April 27, and May 18. 252 High Holborn; 44-20/7781-8888.
Tapas Brindisa Shoreditch: Catalan Food Festival
Monika Linton’s network of Brindisa restaurants are widely regarded as the home of Spanish food in the UK. Fittingly then, on weekends throughout February and March, Brindisa’s tapas-focused spot in Shoreditch will celebrate the traditional winter Catalan festival, Calçotada. The festival commemorates the seasonally-available calçot onion, and the restaurant will prepare the long green onions the traditional way—chargrilled, dipped in romesco sauce, and served alongside cava.
The allium-centric feast will be complemented with grilled lamb, Butifarra sausages, sautéed white bean stew, grilled Spanish artichokes, and grilled tomatoes on sourdough toast. Vegan and vegetarian alternative menus featuring flame roasted vegetables and baked potatoes with tomato sauce and Catalan spinach will also be available. Other Brindisa locations (Soho, South Kensington, London Bridge, and Battersea Power Station) will also honor the fleeting festival with a selection of dishes like calçot croquetas. 152 Curtain Rd; 44-20/7749-9961.