You will all know B.Y.O.C by now, it’s the BYO Cocktail Bar that’s hit Covent Garden, Camden, Brighton and now Soho. For those of you who don’t know it, or can’t fathom the idea; you rock up with a group of pals, £25 and a spirit of choice and talented bar men will plaster you with delicious, innovative and utterly potent cocktails for the next few hours.
In the basement space of a Grade II listed Soho townhouse an exciting revolution is brewing. Zima, or “Winter” in Russian, combines Russian cuisine with small plates and drink in a kitsch speakeasy atmosphere.
You may not know this about us, but at B&B we are BIG fans of Mongolian Hot Pot – it’s something about the DIY attitude and the variety of flavours you can conjure in one sitting that gets us excited, so we are stoked to hear a new Hot Pot concept restaurant, Shuang Shuang, has hit China Town.
Taking its name from a colloquial Japanese expression describing a sense of anticipation or ‘butterflies’, Tokimeite is headed up by internationally renowned chef, Yoshihiro Murata.
There have been Duck and Rice whispers on the grapevine for months, and by months we really mean yonks! We first heard rumours of Allan Yau’s new opening in March 2014, so it’s pretty fair to say that Duck and Rice is 2015’s hottest opening! Why? Well, the high-end ‘gastro pub’ comes from the spearhead behind Hakkasan, Yauatcha and Wagamama.
Situated an old (disinfected) brothel in Soho (where else do restaurants take over sex shops!), Blacklock is all about chops cooked over charcoal with a little help from an old iron. So listen to this, Blacklock’s offer is simple; Lamb, beef, veal and pork chops, seasonal vegies, wine and £5 cocktails on a roaming trolley like they used to display desserts on.
Russell Norman and Richard Beatty, the founders of Polpo, Spuntino and Mishkin’s, have re-opened Polpetto, the duo’s much-loved Soho dining room.
Polpetto occupied the first floor of the French House pub on Dean Street for two years with Florence Knight at the helm.
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