London may be in Lockdown and there may still be a 10pm curfew, but the capital still steadies on with world-class hospitality and unrivalled flare. Refusing to lay down and shut down, the city keeps proudly continuing to serve its millions of residents and visitors to keep its global appeal.
DDW reports a stream of exciting new openings, events and, despite all odds (and without government financial support), the continuation of the discounts provided by the highly popular Eat Out To Help Out scheme.
We take a look at some of the capital’s best restaurants offering the scheme and what to have when you visit this month:
Latin American fusion meets lush interiors and a kick-ass cocktail bar on High Street Kensington. Situated opposite Kensington Palace (the official Royal residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank) Zuaya offers a mix of Latin American cuisines across Brazilian, Peruvian & Mexican flavours, in the form of delicious sharing tapas.
During October diners can enjoy a complimentary glass of Champagne or signature shot as well as 50% off food and AF drinks (up to £10 per person) from Monday-Wednesday.
What to order: Try the Raspberry Gazpacho with Feta & Pistachio followed by the Wild Rice, Shiitake Mushroom & Duck Confit
Address: 35B Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 5EB
We have written about Nobu quite a bit in the past, but that’s only because decades after opening, they seem unstoppable in their ability to deliver exceptional Japanese fusion amidst modern, stylish, venues around the world. In keeping with their crowding title as London’s premiere Japanese destination, they are now offering 50% off of lunch on Mondays and Tuesday for the whole month of October. They now even deliver via Supper or Deliveroo (although the discount does not apply), if that doesn’t make your mouth water- nothing will.
What to order: Most Nobu aficionados have their “regular order”, but for the uninitiated, try the Japanese Wagyu Beef Tacos (6pcs), the Black Cod Miso and of course the Yellowtail Jalapeno Sashimi – all washed down with a bold and silky glass of rare CHO DAIGINJO YK 35 Sake.
Address: 19 Old Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 1LB
Flesh & Buns
In 2013 Australian chef Ross Shonhan recognised that London did not have a single real Izakaya and sought to remedy this glaring omission from the capital’s restaurant scene. His answer was the now much lauded Flesh & Buns empire which carried on the Japanese tradition of Izayakas as informal taverns where strong drinks and tasty snacks are served in a convivial atmosphere for those escaping work or the doldrums of the the week.
F&B has been a resounding success and its Covent Garden outpost is now offering the Eat Out To Help Out scheme throughout October.
What to order: Start with the Softshell Crab with Spicy Yuzu Mayo, follow with the Crispy Piglet Belly Mustard Miso and the Spicy Beef Hot Stone Rice and finish with the spectacular S’More (a delectable combo of Strawberry, Marshmallows, Almond Chocolate and Graham Crackers).
Address: 41 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9LX
The Chesterfield Hotel
Tucked away on Mayfair’s grand Charles Street is The Chesterfield – one of London’s best hidden gems and a 2 minute walk from member’s clubs, Mark’s Club, 5 Hertford Street and Soho Houses’ Little House Mayfair. The hotel is offering all afternoon tea customers in October 50% off of their bill between Mondays and Wednesdays.
What to order: choose from a classic afternoon tea selection here
Address: 35 Charles Street, Mayfair, W1J 5EB
Genius Indian flavours delivered courtesy of power-duo Will Bowlby and Rik Campbell who have grown this concept from pop up to fully fledged multi-restaurant-site goodness. Enjoy sharing platters with top notch cocktails and a decidedly cool ambience. Their first permanent location in Soho (a one minute walk from Piccadilly circus) continues to be a knockout hit and permanently busy so make sure to book in advance.
What to order: Bhel Puri with Raw Mango, Tamarind, Sev and Yogurt followed by Keralan fried Chicken, Curry Leaf Mayonnaise, Pickled Mooli and Lassoni Sea Bream, Summer Tomatoes and Lovage.
Address: 12 Denman Street, Soho, W1D 7HH
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