There is no better city for food lovers than London at the moment. Spring’s longer days and warmer evenings mean alfresco eating and drinking. London Food Month – which celebrates the diversity of London’s gastronomic landscape – is around the corner.
Plus, there’s a string of new restaurant openings in the pipeline, each promising to bring something new to London’s already exploding food scene. Here’s what to watch out for!
We couldn’t believe our good fortune (and yours!) when we heard that our dear friend and supperclub sensation Asma Khan has found a permanent abode in Carnaby, Soho.
Asma’s all-women kitchen team will be serving food that reflects India’s ‘nawaabi daawat’ traditions based on her family recipes from various regions of India – dum biryani from Calcutta, baingan from Hyderabad, and Darjeeling’s unmissable momos. We’re also hearing some chatter of an extended naashta feast with kati rolls and bottomless chai on Sundays.
What’s more, Darjeeling Express will take reservations. So no huddling in endless rain or shine queues, and a meal at a decent hour! Hurrah!
Opens in June, at 6-8 Kingly Street, London W1B 5PW.
If you’re familiar with Indo/ Pak-Chinese food, you’ll know there’s nothing quite like its tongue-tickling sweet-and-sour notes punctuated by fiery chillies that us desis are particularly partial to, and those of us that grew up with it always hanker after. Those days are almost over – it’s FINALLY coming London.
The founders of Gunpowder are opening a new 25-cover restaurant focused on the cooking of Chinese-Tibetan immigrants in India. Madame D, which opens doors on May 9th, will combine Indian flavours with influences from the neighbouring countries of Nepal, Tibet and China.
Keeping with the tradition that many South Asian restaurants in London seem to be heading towards, Madame D’s menu will centre around small plates such as Tibetan duck momos, naga chilli beef puffs, and garlic coriander steamed chicken.
Opens on 9th May, at 76 Commercial Street, London, E1 6LY
Karachi’s favourite roadside attraction, the humble bun kabab, made its mark in London thanks to Numra Siddiqui’s Bun Kabab stall. She’s now paired up with drinks pop-up Sister Slush to bring a taste of Karachi’s street cafes to Hackney.
The restaurant’s name Empress Market is reminiscent of the bustling marketplace located in Saddar, Karachi – the very epitome of the subcontinental city that never sleeps.
The Empress’ coronation – planned for the end of April will be solemnised with bottomless chai or prosecco naashta featuring aloo parathas, desi omelette, and spicy chicken livers (kaleji).
We’re looking forward to seeing how the hearty and decidedly unhipster nihari fits in to the Hackney scene – see for yourselves this Spring!
There are various events planned for the opening weekend (including the naashta) which you can check out and and buy tickets for here.
Opens on 29th April, at 171 Mare Street, London E8 3RH
By Rida Bilgrami.
Photos courtesy of Camille Mack and Ed Mooney (Empress Market), Tarunima Sinha (Darjeeling Express) and Joe Woodhouse (Madame D). Top photo is Empress Market.
Posted on 23 April 2017.