Top Spring Dishes

While most of you spent the end of last week poring over cute snow photos on Instagram, those of us in the Anteater office were busy thinking about Grace. No, not a certain well-known national restaurant critic, but Canova Hall’s new gin still, who was handmade in the US before being setting up in her Brixton home. Expect news of springtime cocktails in the next few months.

On the subject of new things, may we take this opportunity to welcome Sanja Moll and Georgina Laing, co-founder and managing director of the Salt Yard Group, which we’re excited to now be handling the PR for. A collection of four modern Italian and Spanish tapas specialists, each with a focus on charcuterie, cheese, small dishes and exceptional wines, there is Salt Yard (Fitzrovia), Dehesa and Ember Yard(Soho) and Opera Tavern (Covent Garden). Do get in touch if you have any questions about them.

New Openings

POPINA83 Duke Street, Mayfair, London W1K 5PF

Her name might be like the children’s TV wizard’s, and indeed she’s a dab hand when it comes to baking: this month chef Isidora Popović opens her first daytime deli in Mayfair as an extension of Popina, the leading bakery stall she has been running for 20 years at London farmers markets, including Broadway, Portobello and King’s Cross. At Popina Mayfair, Popović will continue to serve her famous artisan sweet and savoury goods, alongside a new extensive daytime menu.

THE HERO OF MAIDA55 Shirland Road, Maida Vale, London W9 2JD

Who’s up for seven-hour slow-roasted shoulder of lamb and rosemary, or traditional British roast rib of Angus beef with all the trimmings? (Also, try saying that in a hurry). Well, in April a very well-known Maida Vale pub, The Hero of Maida (formerly the Truscott Arms) will re-open under the direction of Henry Harris. And if that’s not enough, he’s joined by two other (well-)seasoned hospitality heavyweights, Steve Collins as head chef and Thomas Blythe as general manager. Bookings for those signature Sunday roasts commence from mid April.

FARM GIRL9 Park Walk, Chelsea, London SW10 OAJ

Been to Farm Girl yet? You’ll know about their signature brunch and super lattes, then. The latest from the family is a bigger affair that arrived in Chelsea in February. In the all-day restaurant and bar off Fulham Road there’s a superfood cocktail bar and an Antipodean-inspired dinner menu of things like BBQ Jackfruit Tostadas with Guacamole and Slow Cooked Lamb & Ararat Bread with Roasted Pistachio Yoghurt. Book here.

ANTEATER PICKS 

OUR FAVOURITE SPRING DISH:
Grilled rabbit, mustard sauce, smoked bacon
The Coach

Why? Classic French cooking at its best – the Grilled rabbit leg, mustard sauce and smoked bacon dish by chef Henry Harris has been an instant hit on the menu (and on Instagram). Crisp, smoky bacon complements juicy, tender meat, and the accompanying mustard sauce is glossy and rich with a kick. A regular, along with Henry’s popular steak tartare, on the otherwise daily changing menu. Simple food done right.

Where? At Clerkenwell’s new favourite,The Coach

 

OUR FAVOURITE SPRING COCKTAIL:
‘Little Red Door’
Martello Hall

Why? It’s a gin & Lambrusco cocktail that’s a slightly sassier, older sister of an Aperol Spritz – because not only has there been a resurgence in Lambrusco, the sparkling Italian red, but these longer days and (slightly) warmer temperatures have made us want to replace hot toddies with refreshing coolers and spritzes. We expect this to be THE drink of spring.

Where? Martello Hall, Hackney. Sister to Brixton’s latest arrival, Canova Hall.

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