WHAT’S GOING ON?
Happy Halloween! This week has lots of ‘Halloween Themed’ events. Picks of the week is streetfood collective KERB which is holding a halloween special at their party venue, West Handyside Canopy at Granary Square, Kings Cross.
In restaurants, Foxlove by the hugely popular Hawksmoor Group has commenced its 50% off food soft launch this week. As with all Hawkmoor openings, all these places were snapped up within minutes.
The restaurant openings are slowing down and all are focused on the Christmas party season. However the streetfood and pop-up scene is going strong despite the onset of some light winter chills. Great news for streetfood fans as Street Feast has announced it will return in a new INDOORS venue called Hawker House in Haggerston with a 02am licence!
ABOUT THESE UPDATES: This is the weekly update of “What’s happening?”, “What’s opening?”, “What’s new?” and “What’s good?”. This lists events, openings, streetfood, bars, plus anything interesting which has sprung up on my radar. It IS NOT 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.
– Foxlow by Hawksmoor (Modern British, Farringdon) SOFT LAUNCH COMMENCED WED 30-OCT
– Bibendum Oyster Bar (Oyster Bar, South Kensington) RE-OPENING MON 04 NOV
– Forza Win(ter) (Supperclub, Hackney) THU 31st Oct to SAT 21st Dec 2013
– Wig Wam Bam (Rooftop Bar, Shoreditch) Opened THU 17th Oct, runs until Mar 2014
– KERB “Halloween Hellraiser” Party (Nov 1st)
– Street Feast (Fri/Sat 08 Nov for 6 weeks until 14 Dec)
EVENTS TO LOOK OUT FOR
– Lucky Chip, ‘Breaking Bad’ Burgers (Burgers, Bethnal Green) until 02 Nov, 18h-23h
Foxlow (Modern British, Farringdon)
IN SOFT LAUNCH NOW, EXPECTED TO OPEN MID NOV
Popular steak restaurant Hawksmoor opens Foxlow on the former venue of North Road and The Clerkenwell in St John’s Street, Farringdon. As expected, this 100 cover venue will be ‘meat-centric’. Good nows for those of you who were at ‘Meatopia’ earlier this year and loved Hawksmoor’s offering of ‘Anch & Deck’ (i.e. Anchovy butter on Deckle Steak). This deckle cut and is expected to feature on the menu.
The venue is currently in ‘soft launch’ mode and is expected to launch fully in mid-November. Unfortunately if you don’t have a soft launch reservation you’re too late. As with all the recent Hawksmoor soft launches, the ‘50% off food’ caused an virtual stampede and all the places were booked within minutes!
Bibendum Oyster Bar (Seafood, South Kensington)
Re-Opens Mon 04 Nov
Bibendum isn’t a new restaurant. In fact it opened 26 years ago in 1987. However it has just had a major facelift. Unfortunately for fans of the flower stall, that has been replace by an open kitchen. Fortunately for fans of warmth, rumours are that there will be some glass screens which will help keep the cold british winter away from oyster lovers.
Forza Win(ter) (Pop Up Supper-club)
THU 31st Oct to SAT 21st Dec 2013
Forza Win is an extremely popular supperclub amongst the London Foodies with their historic ties to Pizza Pilgrims and collaborations with quality suppliers such as The Ginger Pig Butchers it is no surprise that there is a clamour for tickets.
For their winter season Forza Win become Forza Win-ter (geddit?) with a focus on hearty dishes like Ginger Pig porchetta hand carved at the table, with polenta roast potatoes, with a Forza twist on some traditional Italian winter dishes like minestrone soup with basil pesto, and poached winter fruits with ricotta
BOOKING INSTRUCTIONS: To book go to the Forzawin website and type password “worzafinter” to gain access when prompted at the booking page
Wig Wam Bam (Rooftop Bar, Shoreditch)
Opened Thu 17th October, runs until Mar 2014
Every year an 8 meter tall tee-pee appears on the roof of the Queen of Hoxton for the winter season. Opening from 17h00 to 22h00 Mon-Sat with various events (see schedule)
“Inside the wigwam you’ll experience an atmosphere of Scandinavian settlement meets Norwegian tribe; a cosy den of deer hide covered seating, candlelit lanterns, colourful indigenous wall hangings and of course, the roaring flames of the central open grill cooking a daily rotating menu of delicious polar region inspired cuisine. Think Wild Boar Sausages with Forest Fruit Chutney, Leg of Pork with Chestnut and Herb Stuffing and Hot Smoked Salmon and Dill Burger. And it wouldn’t be a Queen of Hoxton experience without a well stocked bar of winter warmers such as Hot Gin Punch and Hot Pumpkin Spiced Cider.”
Hot Smoked Salmon & Dill Burgers with Lemon Mayo
Norwegian Lamb and Potato Stew (Fårikål)
Root Vegetable Stew (V)
Vegetable & Herb Sausage (V)
Monday: Wild Boar Sausages with Forest Fruit Chutney
Tuesday: Elk Meatballs with Wild Mushrooms & Lingonberries
Wednesday: Venison Redcurrant & Apple Burger
Thursday: Smoky Buffalo Burger with Barbecued Red Peppers & Smoked Cheddar
Friday: Crispy Leg of Pork with Chestnut & Herb Stuffing
Saturday: Leg of Lamb withChestnut & Herb Stuffing
- Sides (available with all of the above):
Potato & Dill Salad
Pickled Red Cabbage Salad
DIY Toast Your Own Marshmallows! (5 on a stick for £1)
Hot Alcoholic Drinks
- Cheeky Chocolate Monkey
Hot cocoa with a cheeky shot of Monkey Shoulder Whisky topped with whipped cream, sweet syrup and vanilla biscuits
- Mulled Cider
Hot spiced cider with a shot of Sailor Jerry Rum for a sweet and spicy finish
- Pumpkin Spiced Cider
Hot cider with spiced roasted pumpkin puree, star anise and a Sailor Jerry Rum twist
- Hot Gin Punch
A rich balance of Hendricks Gin, Madeira and Vermouth with spices and sugar
- Hot Buttered Rum
Appleton Estate VX Rum plays host to this WigWamBam favourite; spiced and buttery
*Drinks subject to change and availability
Source: Queen of Hoxton
IMPORTANT: Check their dedicated Wig Wam Bam Facebook page for full details and opening times as they have
the occasional private event.
KERB Halloween Hellraiser
Fri Nov 1st 18h00-23h00
TOP TIP: KERB events are very popular so can get crowded from 20h00 onwards. If you want to spend more time partying and eating rather than queing GET THERE EARLY.
KERB, the popular streetfood collective are throwing a Halloween party at the Westside canopy at Kings Cross. Past KERB parties in this venue have been excellent and have a similar ‘food rave’ atmosphere to the (soon to return) Street Feast”. Here’s the list of vendors who will be serving up spookily good treats on the night.
VENDOR LIST (at time of writing)
- TONGUE ‘N CHEEK
OFFAL MAESTRO MAKING THE BEST BURGER IN TOWN
- BBQ LAB (INKERBATING)
TAKING BBQ TO THE NEXT LEVEL IN A SOUS-VIDE AMBULANCE
THE BUNS ARE BACK IN TOWN.
- KOOKY BAKES
OUTRE CAKE CHARMER, SCOTT LOADS UP THE TABLE WITH BAKED PSYCHEDELIA
- WHAT THE DICKENS!
TWEEDY, OLD SCHOOL, RAMBUNCTIOUS DELIGHTS
- YOU DOUGHNUT
BALLS OF HOT, FLUFFY, SAUCE-DRENCHED MAGIC
- DOSA DELI
DOSA SKILLS PICKED UP ON THE SPICE TRAIL AND BROUGHT TO LONDON
NASHVILLE’S TACO TORNADOES COMES TO LONDON
- DONOSTIA SOCIAL CLUB
THE INCREDIBLE PINTXOS-MOBILE, BASQUE-IFYING THE KERB
- THE GRILLING GREEK
SPYROS SPEARS MEAT AND CHAR-GRILLS IT INTO SOUVLAKI
- WELL KNEADED
FIREBREAD WITH A CAUSE
BEST BONNET IN LONDON DRIVING GYOZAS MADE WITH LOVE
- SORBITIUM ICE
BEST ICE CREAM FLAVOUR COMBOS WE KNOW
- FLEISCH MOB
SCHNITZEL SANDWICHES, CHEESE-STUFFED FRANKFURTERS AND AUSTRIAN SCHNAPPS
- BELL & BRISKET
EXPERTLY ASSEMBLED SALT-BEEF FROM THE BAWDY BEL
Street Feast London
17h00-02h00 Every Fri/Sat from 08 Nov until 14 Dec
It’s back! For those of you who miss the regular Friday night food festival which is Street Feast it’s time to rejoice as they will return next week “creating an amazing late night indoor eating emporium out of an old factory and African ministry near Broadway Market”. In an homage to the awesome streetfood scene in Singapore, ‘Hawker House’ is modelled on the the bustling markets you will find throughout Asia where people eat outdoors all year round.
IMPORTANT: Finally a late licence (02h00am), plus the new venues is inside and warm!
Pitched up in a former factory and store on Pritchard’s Road E2, Hawker House is sandwiched between Broadway Market and Hackney Road. Street Feast regulars Yum Bun and Stripped both started out in the Broadway Market school yard market nearby and Netil Market’s shack alley includes Lucky Chip, Bao and Fin & Flounder, alongside Hawker House residents Cooking Cooks and Breddos Tacos.
Following the success of their Taco Shack at Dalston Yard this summer, Breddos Tacos return with Slider Bar. There’ll be fresh pasta from Cooking Cooks, a naan bar from Rola Wala, and steamed gua bao from Yum Bun, while both Baba G and Spit & Roast will be creating new one pot wonder dishes for Hawker House. There’s only space for one van inside Hawker House and for our six week run the charming red & white VW of BOB’s Lobsters will be serving up lobster treats aplenty. Smokestak will park up their 4.5 tonne smoker right outside Hawker House, ensuring a supply of perfectly smoked beef and pork ribs. Sorbitium’s Sweet Station will feature a host of warm puddings to complement their ever tempting ice cream creations.
After a summer of lubricating Dalston with Mojitos and Margarita slushies, autumn ushers in a change of pace at the bar. The Gin Store will be back at Street Feast next spring, replaced by The Whisky Bar at Hawker House with 50 different whiskies to try – Scotch, rye, Irish, bourbon and more. In the heart of Hawker House is the Hot Bar, with bubbling cauldrons of our unique takes on seasonal favourites like Hot Buttered Rum, Hot Wine, and the Hawker Hot Chocolate laced with cognac and green chartreuse, plus Hot Applegrasss with Zubrowka, lemon, ginger and apple juice.
Wine lovers will welcome the return of Street Vin with a full restaurant ready list of house favourites and big hitters plus a Magnum of week, some bargain bin ends, a special selection of claret and lots more Lambrusco. The main Rotary Bar will serve some of London’s best craft beers and expect to enjoy a new list of short, long and strong cocktails that will warm you from the inside out.
Over the summer, Saturday afternoons were brought to life by events like Ginstock and Gizzi Erskine’s Street Fiesta. We have similar plans at Hawker House and expect Street Feast family members Gizzi Erskine, Ben Spalding, Tim Anderson, Carl Clarke and others to make an appearance or two along the way.
With a Whisky Bar, a wine bar, a hot bar and the Rotary Bar, we won’t kick you out into the cold at midnight just when you’re getting comfy. Hawker House stays open late every Friday and Saturday night, with DJs playing your kind of soundtrack until 2am.
Over the summer, Street Feast transformed derelict city spaces into vibrant eating environments for thousands of people and we’re doing the same this autumn – creating an amazing late night indoor eating emporium out of an old factory and African ministry near Broadway Market.
See you there.
Source: Dominic Cool-Lartigue, Street Feast
EVENTS TO LOOK OUT FOR
‘Breaking Bad’ Burger Menu by Lucky Chip (Burgers, Bethnal Green)
Extended until Sun 04 Nov
It appears that the ‘Breaking Bad’ menu from Lucky Chip has been so popular that they have decided to extend this menu for one more week. These guys are listed as a top burger in London by many reviewers including a 10/10 from Burger-Me and 5/5 by Burgerac.
I visited last weekend and had a Jessy Pinkman burger… who knew that the combo of peanut butter, jam and chilli would work so well. Definitely recommend you try this freaky halloween combo.
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.