In restaurant news this week: Dining out in the UK is predicted to fall by over a third in September, London wine bar Top Cuvée gets ready to open a shop, and a MasterChef: The Professionals finalist prepares to open a West African restaurant in October.
Perfect wines for imperfect times: Chardonnay and shakshuka
Following on from last week’s stale pastry and Madeira pairing, today we suggest a Chardonnay for a showdown over shakshuka.
Food for community delivery service in Shropshire stolen during raid
A hotel and brasserie in Shropshire has been forced to cancel its community food service after its supplies, worth £1,200, were stolen during a break-in.
Cava DO partners with gastronomic researcher to seek out new food pairings
As part of its ongoing effort to raise the reputation of Cava worldwide, the regulatory body for Spain’s fizz producers is working with food writer and molecular gastronomy expert François Chartier to develop new ideas for food pairings.
WLC Eats: Bob Bob Cité
db’s resident sybarite, Lucy Shaw, heads to Bob Bob Cité in London’s financial heart for sensational snails, lashings of Champagne and an exquisite glass of 1983 Yquem.
Opera Tavern to reopen in August after revamp
The home of the much-loved Ibérico pork and foie gras burger, Opera Tavern in Covent Garden, is to reopen with a new head chef in August following a revamp.
These are the world’s 50 best restaurants
The world’s 50 best restaurants, including two forward-thinking London venues, were revealed at a glittering ceremony in Shanghai last night.
American rapper Nas to open London restaurant
American rapper Nas is to open a UK branch of his fried chicken and waffle restaurant Sweet Chick in London’s affluent Fitzrovia district this year.
WLC Eats: The Baptist Bar & Grill
WLC’S resident sybarite, Lucy Shaw, heads to the sumptuous Baptist Bar & Grill at L’oscar hotel in Holborn for divine smoked cod mousse, sinfully good Dover sole and a heavenly Sauternes.
UK restaurant closures reach ‘epidemic levels’
The number of restaurants filing for insolvency in the UK has nearly doubled over the last eight years, according to accountancy firm Moore Stephens, with the uncertainty over Brexit and rising business rates contributing to a cocktail of pressures.
Restaurant chain lost £145m in value after dead rat found in soup
Chinese restaurant chain Xiabu Xiabu saw its stock value slide by £145 million after video footage emerged on social media of a diner fishing out a dead rat from a bowl of bubbling broth.
London’s top 10 burgers
Nothing hits the spot quite like a burger. In honour of National Burger Day, we round up our 10 favourite pimped-up patties in the capital.