SAY “HAI” TO HAI STREET KITCHEN & CO
The latest Japanese-inspired food revolution sweeping the cool Californian coast has landed in London with the launch of the UK’s very first “Japanese burrito” bar – Hai Street Kitchen & Co. This new fast casual dining concept opens in the city’s Leadenhall Market and will be the world’s first Hai Street Kitchen & Co, followed by a US opening in Philadelphia this spring and two more sites in the UK later this year – Hai time too!
This new culinary trend is fresh, healthy, tasty and quick. Designed along the lines of a burrito bar, diners first choose whether they want a burrito style sushi rice roll or bowl (rice or salad), which will be made up in front of them. Next up is the choice of filling, which includes Chicken or Fish katsu, Grilled pork belly, Salmon pastrami, Flank steak or Roasted carrot for vegetarians and vegans. Add to that a selection of homemade sauces, toppings and crunchy bits (fried garlic, shallots or yucca chips) and Hai-lo – you’ve got a ridiculously yummy munch!
Address: 38 Leadenhall Market, London, EC3V 1LT
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 11am -4pm
Get ready for Head Chef and founder Josh de Lisser’s Jamaican take on the burger experience,with loud Caribbean flavours at the heart of the concept.
The burgers are the star of the show, with the menu will see the return of old favourites such as the Boom Burger (a classic beef burger covered in cheese and bacon jam), Jerk Boom (jerk chicken with fried plantain, rocket, mango and pawpaw sauce) and the Brunch Boom (sweet-cured bacon topped with a fried egg, bacon jam and fresh avocado salsa).
Meanwhile, new menu additions include the Fish Boom (pan-fried red snapper with rocket, escovitch sauce and jerk mayo), a Jerk Salad (shredded jerk chicken salad with a mango and papaya dressing) and Stamp & Go (saltfish, chilli and herb fritters).
But that’s not all, plantain fries are served alongside the standard potato variety; house mayo is pepped up with Scotch Bonnets, while mouth-watering free-range chicken wings are marinated in a fiery jerk rub.
Open for lunch and dinner, add some jamacian spice to your life!
Open from March 4th
Address: 272 Portobello Road
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 12 noon to 11pm
SIPSMITH MARTINI BAR POP UP
Sipsmith, in partnership with Kettner’s, opens London’s ultimate ode to the Martini- curating 100 classic Martini recipes in the perfect sipping environment, for a limited period only.
London’s first 100 Martini Bar offering 100 classic Martini recipes to its guests in the perfect sipping environment. Curated by Sipsmith’s Master Distiller and Martini historian Jared Brown, and delivered by Kettner’s elegant bar team, it will be the first time that 100 timeless variations of the classic Martini will be available to order from one bar.
So make sure you get your hands on some tickets! Shaken or stirred Mr. Bond?
Address: 29 Romilly St, London W1D 5HP
Opening hours: March 26th – April 12th 17.30 – 23.00, each time slot gives you 90 minutes of a once in a lifetime experience and a martini of your choice.
EDIBLE EXPERIENCES + BACKDOOR KITCHEN – THE FLAVOUR EXPATS
14 chefs, 8 nights, 2 teams and one only chance to try the food of two countries yet at the same table. Take whizz round the globe and settle down with a group of friendly for a mouth watering feast!
ONIN have popped down already!
Twitter: @BackDoorKitchen @edible_exp
Opening hours: Running Fridays or Saturdays till 12th April
THE BIG EASY
Born from the ashes of an old electrical power station, the new restaurant is a steel girder and exposed timber beam grotto, the Big Easy guys are dishes up a good dollop of rustic southern style living. Think BBQ & Crabshack, housing home smoked BBQ, fresh lobster, steaks, margaritas & live music every night of the week. Make sure you wear slacks, your belts in for a bustin’
Opens March 17th.
Address: 12 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7NA
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 12 noon – 11pm
Tiny Jerk BBQ & Rum Shack Dub Jam is bringing the laid back vibe of the Caribbean to the hustle and bustle of Covent G. But this laid back vibe boasts sensational BBQ flavours fused with the legendary Reggae label ‘Trojan Records’ tunes.
As for a tipple rum’s the name of the game here, and not to be missed is the signature “Wray & Nephew Reggae Infused Rum Punch”. So sit back, relax and enjoy the Jamaican life……
Open from March 1st.
Address: 20 Bedford St, Covent Garden
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 7am-Midnight, Sunday 7am-10.30pm
Graphic designer by day, chef by night Erica Dorn teams up with Oliver Hilton-Johnson from Tengu Sake to bring a taste of Japan to Hackney. The evening will be based on Hanami the boozy Japanese tradition of cherry blossom gazing reserved for the two or three weeks of the year that they are in full bloom.
To us this means a cracking supperclub where it’s social acceptable to get a little tiddley. That’s okay, I think we’ll manage.
Address: Palm2 – 152-156 Lower Clapton Rd., London E5 0QJ
JAMAICA PATTY CO.
Caribbean cuisine seems to be the name of the game in London this year, and the next tummy filling establishment is non other than Jamaica-born Theresa Roberts, Jamaica Patty co. which teams authentic flavours with a contemporary approach.
But don’t worry, you can still get your hands on melt-in-the-mouth patties, which will be freshly baked in store every day, with a variety of deliciously spicy fillings including jerk chicken, prawn, curried goat and saltfish and ackee. There will also be home-made, speciality soups, Blue Mountain coffee, freshly squeezed coconut water and soursop juice along with delicious Tortuga rum cake and banana bread for those with a sweet tooth!
Jamaica Patty co. opens its doors on 22nd March.
Address: 26 New Row, Covent Garden, WC2N 4LA