January Top Picks and News

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Forget the detox, diets and January blues, let’s get back into the swing of things with our pick of what to eat and drink in the city this month. It’s what we do best…

Revival Brunch: Chai Ki

Chai Ki have whipped up a Revival Brunch for those in need of the comfort of delicious soul food. Featuring ingredients to give you a quick pick-me-up, including turmeric for its antioxidants, chilli for an endorphin hit and spices to get your digestion moving, it’s perfect to ward off the office cold doing the rounds right now.

What to Try

Brunch highlights include the Curry Leaf Turmeric Scrambled Eggs with vitamin-packed kadi patta, along with the Full Nashta – an Eastern take on the Full English – with Aloo Tikki Hash and Masala Beans, made with Rohit’s mum’s secret spice blend.

Buttermilk Pancakes anyone?

Head to Chai Ki over the weekend and sample all-day dishes, including Winter Duck Ishtu  confit duck leg, coconut, green chilli and roasted root vegetables. Chilli-lovers should try the Slow Burn Hot Sauces, which are sure to clear your head. And if it’s more of a cuddle than a slap around the face that you’re after, the Buttermilk ‘Chaas’ Pancakes are served with honey and maple syrup.

Don’t Miss

Chai Ki’s Reincarnation Bloody Mary packed with healing house spices.

Chai Ki | Crossrail Place, London E14 5AR

Chai Ki’s Revival Brunch Menu is available every Saturday and Sunday throughout January and February, 10am-4pm | The breakfast menu is available Monday to Friday, 7am-10.30am

New Opening: Kricket

Kricket has a new home in buzzing Soho

The team behind Kricket Brixton have opened their latest spot in Soho, serving up a new and extended menu of Indian plates using the best of seasonal British ingredients.

What to Try

Keep an eye out for new dishes including meats, fish and breads baked in a clay tandoor. Don’t miss dishes inspired by trips to India, including the Goan Sausage Fry with coriander chutney, peanuts and pickled fennel, Delica Pumpkin with makhani sauce, fresh paneer, hazelnut crumble and puffed wild rice, and Cornish Crab Meen Moilee with castlefranco and peanuts. If you’ve been to the original Kricket in Brixton, you’ll be pleased to know the Samphire Pakoras and Keralan Fried Chicken will feature on the menu.

Don’t Miss

The bar downstairs has a great range of Indian-inspired drinks that pack a punch. The cocktails will be seasonal, featuring Indian flavours and aromas, including refreshing infusions such as gin, black pepper and apricot, as well as warming blends, like tequila, cardamom, pomegranate and orange.

Kricket | 12 Denman Street, London W1D 7HH

Mocktails: German Gymnasium

Get back on track with the Beetberry Mocktail

Whether you’re having a dry January or just cutting back on the booze this month, head to German Gymnasium for their range of mocktails.

What to Try

The Beetberry Mocktail – a rich blend of raspberry, cranberry, beetroot and ginger, which should be enough to kick start your healthy January! It’s packed with antioxidants and vitamins, and it’s a great immune booster for the colder months.

German Gymnasium | King’s Boulevard, Kings Cross, London N1C 4BU

New Opening and £5 Burgers: Patty & Bun

Don’t miss your old favourites at a new spot

Patty & Bun tease us with yet another opening (YES!) on Richmond Road this January. Expect their signature mix of burgers, booze and cool music, plus an outdoor seating area. And get in quick, as there’ll be burgers for just £5 from Monday 16 to Wednesday 18 January!

What to Try

The classics of course, including the Ari Gold burger and the Hot Chic burger, as well as new additions including the Chicken Platter.

Don’t Miss

Happy hour cocktails and local craft beers on tap.

Patty & Bun | 2 Arthaus Building, 205 Richmond Road, Hackney, London E8 3NJ | Opens Monday 16 January

Keep Face: Bluebird

Good for the face and the soul: Bluebird’s new mocktail range with FACEGYM

Head to Bluebird, the iconic bar and restaurant in the heart of Chelsea, and beat the blues this January. Whether it’s an after-work catch up or a post-yoga indulgence, sip your way through mocktails made from collagen-boosting and anti-oxidising ingredients.

What to Try

Choose from two vibrant mocktails created in collaboration with Open Beauty Lab at FACEGYM, London’s first ever gym studio dedicated to the face. Made from nourishing ingredients selected by the pioneering team at FACEGYM and blended by Bluebird’s master mixologist Egzon Kastrati, each mocktail has been expertly developed to improve the skin’s texture and appearance after a busy month of festive partying.

Bluebird | 350 King’s Road, London SW3 5UU

Punchy Brunch: South Place Hotel

Get fit and indulge after…

What to Try

Getting fit for January doesn’t have to be boring, why not try a ‘Saints & Sinners Workout and Brunch’ at South Place Hotel, in partnership with 1 Rebel and ROOTED London. Start the day at 1 Rebel, Broadgate, with Rumble, a high-intensity boxing session. Then follow it up with a virtuous Vinyasa yoga class by ROOTED London in one of the hotel’s calming spaces. After all this fitness, you’ll be in need of some good food. And it doesn’t have to be boring… Choose from indulgent dishes such as Waffles with Chocolate sauce if you’re feeling sinful, and for the more saintly, go for a Quinoa Bowl or Raw Key Lime Pie.

South Place Hotel | 3 South Pl, London EC2M 2AF

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