This week, Blacklock opens its big City site, Bibendum comes over all Bosi, a Canton-style bao house selling buns for £2.50 lands in Soho and Andi Oliver (Miquita Oliver’s mum) opens her Stokey restaurant – to get the full info on each scroll down and click though below.
Words: Neil Simpson and Eamonn Crowe
Andi’s, Stoke Newington
When: Opens on soft launch today (Monday) with 50% off food and cocktails until Sunday, but the whole thing is sold out. You might get lucky this Saturday or Sunday with a walk-in table and then Andi's is closed next Monday and Tuesday, before fully opening on Wednesday 5 April. Sorry to tease.
What: This all-day brasserie and brunch spot is owned by TV personality (and Miquita Oliver’s mum) Andi Oliver. House specials include French toast bacon sarnies and a Reuben sandwich, filled with home-cured salt beef, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese. In the evenings, expect starters of beef tartare with Marmite soldiers, before mains including Scottish beef fillet with cauliflower fritters.
Where: 176 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0JL
When: Opens today (Monday) for its fully-booked soft launch (no surprises there), with 50% off food until Friday
What: Soho’s wildly popular basement chophouse Blacklock has birthed a City sister. This larger, 100-cover site serves an expanded menu which still highlights the signature offering of the ‘all in’ stack of beef, lamb and pork chops atop crisp flatbread. A separate bar serves impressively cheap £5 cocktails and unlike the original, you can book – but be quick, we anticipate lengthy waiting lists.
Where: 13 Philpot Lane, EC3M 8AA
Bun House, Soho
When: Opens today (Monday)
What: This bun fight comprises a casual dining room and basement bar and lounge. It’s all about Canton-style bao (the closed, ball-shaped variety), so go for the signature pork bun or try out a sweet option. Buns can be paired with Chinese-style sides, including ‘chips’ made from deep-fried duck tongues, while Chinese soft drinks and craft beers from Hong Kong complete the picture.
Where: 23-24 Greek Street, W1D 4DZ
Claude Bosi at Bibendum, Chelsea
When: Opens on Thursday
What: This famous spot has been given a new lease of life via a refurb and Claude Bosi, who’s cooking here following the 2016 closure of Hibiscus in Mayfair. A refreshed menu makes room for both Bibendum and Hibiscus classics, as well as new creations such as oyster omelette with caviar and watercress. This is Michelin House, so of course Bosi’s gunning for those stars.
Where: Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, SW3 6RD
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This article was modified 27 March 2017