Save the date for the hottest openings and menu launches in London this August. Here we pick our favourites to get you inspired…
Rum-fuelled Dining: The Rum Kitchen
It’s all about rum-fuelled good times at the Rum Kitchen’s sunny new set up in Brixton. So if it’s soul-food you’re after, don’t fork out on a trip to the Caribbean, just head south of the river. Newcomers on the menu will include a Grilled Red Snapper with mixed pepper escovitch and avocado salsa and a Jerk Fried Chicken Burger with spicy lime salt, scotch bonnet mayo, Swamp hot sauce and House pickles, whilst house favourite – the Jerk Chicken Bowl – three pieces of Jerk boneless chicken with jerk gravy, coconut black eye pea rice and homemade slaw will stay on the menu.
What to Eat: It’s really all about the starters; treat them like sharing plates, mix with plenty of rum-tails and you’ve got good-times guaranteed! The 18-hour, slow-cooked BBQ pork belly Ribs fall-off-the-bone, smoky perfection, while the sunny, lime-drenched Squid (or calamari) is the ideal light and crispy counterpart. But the must-have of the evening, are the Jerk Wings.
With over 200 types of rum to choose from, a hefty book of cocktails and a £5 Happy Hour from 4-7pm there’s more than enough to keep you going.
The Rum Kitchen | 435 – 437 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LN
Pizza and Beer: Four Hundred Rabbits
Following on from the success of their opening in Crystal Palace, this beer and pizza restaurant is set to open its doors in Nunhead. Inspired by pizza found in Napoli, Four Hundred Rabbits use a sourdough starter, made with British Rye flour, which is then used to ferment their dough for up to 48 hours. Then it’s topped and prepped and into a wood-fired oven for a great tasting pizza, with a sourdough twist. Four Hundred Rabbits focus on the best British seasonal produce to make their pizzas. The charcuterie comes from Cannon & Cannon, part of a new wave of British producers creating cured meats using animals that have been ethically and sustainably reared.
With a beer lineup that changes each week, get a taste of the best brewers in the UK and Europe.
What to Eat: The pizza of course! But don’t miss Four Hundred Rabbit’s guests Gelupo who will serve up Gelato – the perfect ending to your feast.
Four Hundred Rabbits | 400 Rabbits, 143 Evelina Road, Nunhead SE15 3HB
Olympic feasting: Darkhorse
Founded by Lee Glen and Ian Goodman in the former athlete’s village of the London Olympic Park, Darkhorse is part of the regeneration of the area. Feast on a Brazilian inspired menu for the duration of the games (5-21 August).
What to Eat: Try the starter of baked crusted Bacalhau with onions, potatoes and sweet pepper dressing, served with a Cachaça, watermelon & passion fruit cocktail; or there’s a main of roast hake with pancetta, black beans, and chorizo feijoada paired with a glass of Alianca Dao, while dessert is a lemon custard puff pastry tart served with a cashew & coconut batida.
The menu is priced at £24.95 and will be available for the duration of the Olympics, 5–21 August.
Darkhorse | 16-19 Victory Parade, East Village, Stratford London E20 1FS
Chicken feasting: H.en
H.en, the ethical chicken restaurant based in Brighton, are bringing the roost to Upper Street in a residency for six months. H.en will offer Londoners a ‘beak to feet’ menu using high welfare chickens raised on Caldecott Farm.
What to Eat: Don’t miss signature sides including chicken wings coated in sweet spicy hot sauce, and exclusive to London will be Crispy Chicken Feet, which all guests will receive on the house on arrival. Choose buttermilk spiced chicken by the half or whole – served with a choice of one of three marinades: a classic sweet and tangy BBQ; a rich and savoury South American-style Red Eye; and a hot chill with plenty of fiery kick. The H.en Burger can be served with pulled, fried or grilled chicken and is then topped with chicken skin mayo, charred gem lettuce, tomato and pickled cucumber.
H.en | 154-155 Upper St, London N1 1RA