Ready, steady, EAT!
If you like your steak with a side of macho theatrics, the new Macellaio RC will be just the ticket. Following the Exmouth Market and South Kensington outposts, Roberto Costa has added a new string to his surf 'n' turf bow. The Union Street joint has a raised ‘stage’ for in-house butchery, for diners to watch chefs preparing steaks, carpaccios and tartares to order. And for the less carnivorous, there’s a Ligurian bakery serving traditional breads, vegetable tarts, fresh pasta and pastries. Nifty knife tricks and fresh-from-the-oven baked goods? Consider us wooed.
Dirty Bones is bringing its winsome combo of American dude food and punchy cocktails to Shoreditch – except this time, it's doing a weekday breakfast menu. Who needs a sad bowl of cereal when you can have matcha custard French toast or bourbon-poached pear and banola? In-keeping with the Shoreditch vibe, you can team that with a turmeric latte. Another fun new addition: the ‘Dirty Sunday’ roast, comprising brisket and ox cheek; spiced buttermilk fried chicken or beet and Portobello melt, served with homemade gravy and all the trimmings. Hey, autumn’s not looking so bad after all.
Don’t get your knickers in a twist if you missed the chance to go to Italy this summer. A sprawling disused paper factory in Elephant & Castle has been transformed into an artisanal Italian food market – so you can drift about pretending you’ve escaped to Turin or Milan. Burrata, focaccia, gnocchi, Neopolitan pizza, handmade tortellini, house-roasted coffee and genuine article Italian gelato – all under one roof, for your sampling pleasure. Don’t let your stomach capacity stop you, though, they also sell all manner of produce straight from The Boot itself. Buon appetito!