Inaugural London Oyster Week – 21-29 April

The first city-wide celebration of oysters will take place in London from Saturday 21 to Sunday 29 April 2018. London Oyster Week will see venues across the capital joining together to demystify oysters and raise awareness of the benefits of eating them, as well as raise funds for oyster education and restoration. Over 25 restaurants, bars and pubs – including Bentley’s, Wright Brothers, Noble Rot, Northbank, and the Hawksmoor group – will develop featured oyster dishes and serve special oyster-matched drinks and cocktails, designed with event sponsors, to encourage customers to try … [Read more...]

Mark Hix in praise of oysters

Time flies when you’re having fun and this April it’s the HIX Oyster & Chop House 10th anniversary. When I broke away from the Caprice group after 18 years of second-to-none experience and working with some great people in the industry some of which are still there now including Tim Hughes and Jesus Adorno-s. The Oyster & Chop House was a small restaurant compared to Scott’s, J Sheekey, The Ivy and Le Caprice, but for your first site on your own it fitted perfectly in the heart of Smithfield. We opened in times when serving meat on the bone was a tad controversial with BSE - and … [Read more...]

A Modern Take on Fish and Chips

United Chip has recently opened on the corner of Clerkenwell Road and Goswell Road, and thus within a short walk of the Barbican.  It offers what it claims to be a more modern take on fish and chips. It provides take-out and eat-in options. Cod, haddock and Pollock come in fresh daily. Along with Dingly Dell pork sausages, the fish is beer battered and fried in sunflower oil (lighter than alternative frying oils). Other food choices include: the very popular fish finger sandwich; Japanese-style Panko bread crumbed halloumi; soft shell crab burger and prawn burger served after 3pm and … [Read more...]

25th Ward. Good food, good prices, well presented.

If Barbican residents are looking for a close-at-hand restaurant serving well prepared and well presented dishes at a reasonable price, then they probably need look no further than the new 25th Ward establishment on Long Lane.  Going back in time the venue was once the home of Mustard’s Restaurant and then Il Boteglio, but the latter was replaced by 25th Ward back in November last year and we were impressed with the quality of the food and the service when we visited on a cold, damp February evening.  The restaurant is right opposite the eastern end of Smithfield Market and will be well-placed … [Read more...]

Temper City: Ultimate Fusion

Temper City is nestled in Angel Court, just off Throgmorton Street between Moorgate and Bank.  It is the second such restaurant from Neil Rankin.  The first still operates very successfully in Soho and the City restaurant opened in July last year.  Both are quite dazzling “firepit” restaurants with giant barbecues and grills in the centre of the dining rooms with all the prep and cooking on show and with everything radiating out from that central open kitchen area.  The menu is unique in offering flavour combinations seldom seen elsewhere.  It might be described as the ultimate fusion … [Read more...]

A True Taste of France off Charterhouse Square

The Café du Marché, off Charterhouse Square, is a true Barbican Life favourite. Immaculately white painted brick exterior with blue awnings and smartly tended window boxes may belie the spacious auberge-style main dining areas within, but reflects the care, vision and dedication of an over 30 year old independent family run French restaurant and still employing some of their original staff.   The restaurant’s attractive exterior in Charterhouse Mews The restaurant is tucked away in a tiny dead-end cobbled Mews next to the Malmaison Hotel and given that it thus cannot attract passing … [Read more...]

New veg-centric restaurant at Somerset House  

In Spring 2018, celebrated Welsh chef Bryn Williams is set to open his first London restaurant in a decade, located in the renowned arts and cultural centre, Somerset House.   Bryn Williams at Somerset House will offer modern British dining, serving seasonal dishes where – although not necessarily all vegetarian – the fruit and vegetable components will always take centre stage. With a relaxed and contemporary environment, Somerset House’s creative community will be at the restaurant’s core – reflected through the food, service and design. The restaurant will be Williams’ second … [Read more...]

Lively Irish bar/restaurant south of Silicon Roundabout

Of particular interest to Barbican residents because of its proximity a new lively Irish themed Bar/Restaurant has been opened on City Road around 50 yards to the south of the Old Street roundabout. Recently opened by Niall Davidson, the new bar/restaurant, NUALA, is open all-day Monday to Saturday. By day, NUALA promises comforting flavours cooked over a giant fire pit, with modern riffs on classic combinations. By evening the NUALA basement bar also beckons; an underground Irish bar with live music daily, too many whiskeys to mention, cocktails, pints and Tayto’s. We were privileged … [Read more...]

10% off private events at Le Café du Marché in January and February.

  10% off private events at Le Café du Marché in January and February. Le Café du Marché is an authentic and atmospheric French restaurant in Smithfield, London. The first floor private dining room, Le Grenier, is a unique and characterful events space for formal dinners or relaxed parties. Book an event for January and February for 30 or more people and Le Café du Marché is offering 10% off.* Le Grenier dining room is a high-ceilinged converted loft-space ideal for private parties, corporate events and wedding celebrations. The private dining has large windows and characterful … [Read more...]

Temper in the City

Unfortunately we missed the opening of this, the second Temper restaurant, following the huge success of the first in Soho.  The new one is in Angel Court within spitting distance (well almost) of the Bank of England in the heart of the City and opened mid-summer.  Temper is the brainchild of chef Neil Rankin, noted for his Smokehouse BBQ restaurants.  Neil is said to have pioneered London’s high end barbecue scene and is well known for his experimental use of bold flavours, drawing on global influences. For those familiar with the original Temper restaurant, which has a Mexican theme, be … [Read more...]