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#WilkesWeekly – (29-Aug-2013) inc @GizziErskine @TheBunnyChow @LickyChops


 

Feast London Jul 2013 - The Summer 'Meringue Kisses' Selection

Feast London Jul 2013 – The Summer ‘Meringue Kisses’ Selection

WHAT’S GOING ON?

NEW! For all of you asking, “What’s happening?”, “What’s opening?”, “What’s new?” and “What’s good?”, this series of posts is for you. This will list events, openings, streetfood, bars, plus anything interesting which has sprung up on my radar. It won’t be a comprehensive listing, as there are way too many in our great city and there are others already doing a great job of that right now.

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RESTAURANTS:
– Boopshi Schnitzel & Spritz (Schnitzel Restaurant), The Gin Joint (Bar & Brasserie)
POP UP EVENTS:
– Licky Chop
STREET-FOOD:
– Bunny Chow at Boxpark, Gizzi Erskine’s Street Food Fiesta
BARS
– The Gin Joint: (Bar & Brasserie)
SPECIAL MENTION:
– Congrats to the Meringue Girls on their book launch

 

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RESTAURANTS

It is the start of restaurant opening season. There are at least 27 venues due to open in the 30 days of September. This week’s big fuss was over David Beckham and Gordon Ramsay’s collaboration, Union Street Cafe, which opened its booking lines yesterday.

The Gin Joint (Bar & Brasserie)

(Opens today) – This gin bar and brasserie is overseen on the food side by Executive Chef Oliver Tobias, ex-Royal Opera House and Maze. More details to follow…

(See Hot-Dinners feature “Gin Joint brings gin on tap to Barbican” for more info.)

Ww: searcys.co.uk/venues/gin-joint/ | Tw: @GinJoint_London

Boopshi Schnitzel & Spritz

(Expected Oct) – A bit further out on the time-scale but quite interesting is a ‘Schnitzel Restaurant’, from the team who previously ran the popular gastropub, The Horseshoe in Hampstead. More details to follow.

(See Hot-Dinners feature “Boopshi’s schnitzel and spritz restaurant to open on Windmill Street” for more info.)

Ww: Not Yet Announced | Tw: @boopshis

FULL LISTING: If you like trying new places visit the Hot Dinners Coming soon page for a comprehensive listing.

 

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POP-UP EVENTS

Licky Chops BBQ

Licky Chop - Squid potatoes and Aioli

Licky Chop – Squid potatoes and Aioli

‘Licky Chop’ is a weekend BBQ From the team behind Lucky Chip Burgers. (Hence the name!). These guys are excellent with the BBQ oven and take up residency at Helmsley Arches from Thursday through to Sunday.

I highly recommend the fantastic ‘Onglet Steak with chimichurri’ or the ‘Squid potatoes and aioli’.

Thu 17h30-22h00
Fri 17h30-23h00
Sat 12h30-23h00
Sun 13h00-21h00

Ad: Climpson’s, Arch 374, Helmsley Place, London, E8 3SB (map)

Ww: N/A Tw: @LickyChops

FULL LISTING: For a detailed listing of pop-ups see the excellent weekly newsletter by London Pop-ups

 

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STREET-FOOD

Open East Festival - Bunny Chow

Open East Festival – Bunny Chow

Bunny Chow

(Late September) – Especially for all you South Africans, street-food vendor ‘The Bunny Chow’ will be serving the classic Cape Malay dish at The Boxpark in Shoreditch. Despite the name, a ‘Bunny Chow’ doesn’t contains rabbit. It is traditional South African fast food consisting of a curry served in a hollowed out loaf of bread.

A selection of 12 bunnies will be on rotation including a “Money Gland Bunny” (Meatballs simmered in ‘Monkey Gland Sauce’) and a “BBQ Bunny” (Pulled pork in BBQ sauce with melted cheese)

Saffas wanting a taste of home will be pleased to hear that they will also be serving a Bobotie Burger and Biltong.

Bunnny Chow are due to be serving from “late September”
Ww: www.bunnychow.com | Tw: @TheBunnyChow

Location: Boxpark (Shoreditch)
Ww: www.boxpark.co.uk | Tw: @boxpark

 

Gizzi Erskine’s Street Fiesta (Spanish Streetfood)

Chilli Stand Off - Gizzi prepping

Chilli Stand Off – Gizzi prepping

(Sat 12h00-24h00 Free Entry) – The team behind the hugely popular Street Feast Street-Food Market in Dalston Yard have teamed up with Celebrity Chef Gizzi Erskine to present a Saturday of Spanish food. The line up includes well known restaurant and street-food names including Jose Pizarro, Morito, Salt Yard Group (Salt Yard, Dehesa and Opera Tavern), Tramontana, Bar Tozino, Camino, Omar Allibhoy (Tapas Revolution), Rachel McCormack and Bocaface. Drinks will be available from Copa de Cava and Street Vino, plus Spain-inspired ice creams from Sorbitium Ices.

For full details see Tweat Up‘s page.

Ww: www.gizzierskine.com | Tw: @GizziErskine

 

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BARS

The Gin Joint (Bar & Brasserie)

(Soft Opening Today) – Gin Joint brasserie and gin bar starts their first day of soft-opening at Barbican Centre today. They claim over 40 varieties of gin, and the first in London to offer chilled Brokers Gin on tap!

For more info see “Gin Joint brings gin on tap to Barbican”

Ww: searcys.co.uk/venues/gin-joint/ | Tw: @GinJoint_London

 

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SPECIAL MENTION

Feast London Jul 2013 - The Summer 'Meringue Kisses' Selection

Feast London Jul 2013 – The Summer ‘Meringue Kisses’ Selection

Meringue Girls – Book Launch

Congratulations to Meringue Girls for their book launch last night. These two girls been working the street-food scene relentlessly appearing at street-food markets and events like KERB, Feast London and they are even stocked in Selfridges. Look out for their ‘meringue kisses’.

Unfortunately I couldn’t be there but I understand there was a lot of frivolity. For those with a sweet tooth, definitely check out their new wares.

For more info on the book: www.meringuegirls.co.uk/the-book

Ww: www.meringuegirls.co.uk | Tw: @Meringue_Girls

 

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HOW TO FIND OUT WHAT’S HAPPENING:

London is an awesome city for events. I am asked what is happening a lot. There is no way I can cover everything happening, however there are several good sites to use, depending on what you’re seeking.

Best for… Restaurant Openings: “Coming soon” by Hot-Dinners
Best for… Pop-Up Events: “Weekly Newsletter” by London Pop-ups

All Images & Content ©2013 Wilkes McDermid. May not be copied, printed or otherwise disseminated without express written permission

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