Restaurant news round up
happening in Restaurant land this January? We had a quick
skim through all the press releases, rumours and, frankly,
near libellous scuttlebutt and boiled it down to
a few facts we're fairly confident about.
been a long time since Brixton was a byword for rioting
and general bad behaviour. Today's Brixton has a smart
Sainsbury's next door to the (still being) revamped tube
station, a cosmopolitan mix of locals and an ever-expanding
list of places to eat, drink and be merry. Coldharbour
Lane (used to be a canal running down it according to my
granny) links Brixton with nearby undiscovered Camberwell
and is about to see the opening of a new bar and diner Harlem. This will be a partner to the Harlem in Notting
Hill (a bit of a theme here?) and is rumoured to be even
Back in the West End where property prices are almost as high as in Brixton, but there's more chance of getting your Rolex ripped off, the owners of the Michelin starred Chapter One near Bromley in Kent are rumoured to be looking to open Chapter 3 . What about Chapter Two? That's in Blackheath. Book early, ho ho!
When I was a lad, a visit to an Aberdeen Steak House was a real treat.
I loved the tinned mushrooms, the grilled tomato, the excellent chips and the steak wasn't that bad either. I felt so sophisticated I didn't even mind that I was in shorts while other kids my age had natty flared jeans. Well the Aberdeen experience is coming back for a new generation of hipsters. The old owner has bought back the London sites he sold during the bad times and they're being rebranded as Scotch Steak Houses. If he can bring back Watney's Red Barrel as the house beer, I'll be in nostalgia paradise.
is neither a new artificial intelligence nor a device for
clearing weeds in your garden. It's a style of Japanese
barbecue cooking already going down a storm with our European
cousins. We're about to get a taste of it as the owners
of the achingly trendy restaurant Zuma make
plans to open a Robatayaki restaurant in Charlotte St.
This will be more mid-priced than its bigger brother but
equally zero-tolerant to smoking. Do you approve of totally
non-smoking restaurants? Let us know either way and we'll
pass on our findings.
So as the last turkey burp escapes from your bloated frame and your mind turns once again to eating in London, keep an eye out for the new places and don't forget to review them for us and other Londoners at www.london-eating.co.uk