Every car park, rooftop and towpath at the more trendy end of London is filling up fast with food trucks, fancy cocktails and, if you're lucky, the odd art installation. Red Market, one of London's first pop-up street food markets (est. 2011) has now reopened for another season of alfresco revelry. Food this year includes tandoor-cooked rotis from the head chef of Whitechapel Punjabi restaurant Tayyabs and pizzas from Voodoo Ray's in Dalston. There will also be cocktails, DJ sets and a fake beach. What more could you wish for in the capital? Good weather, perhaps?
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288-299 Old St, EC1V 9DP. Open Wed-Sat, 5pm-midnight.
What’s more deliciously French than crêpes? Crêpes, galettes and cider. Which makes Mamie’s crêperie-cum-cidrotheque – that’s a cider bar, bébé – basically the culinary equivalent of Brigitte Bardot. Set across three levels of a Covent Garden space, the vibe is cosy-chic, with lots of hanging plants, warm lighting and a little open kitchen – which you can peak into and watch the chefs work their magic. On my visit the basement cider bar was still under construction, so it was pancakes only, ordered via a swish iPad system and dished up in what felt like seconds. First up were the galettes, French savoury pancakes made with buckwheat flour. Combining the chewiness of a dosa with the buttery crispiness of a crêpe, it’s the quality of this flat fella that makes Mamie’s such a big deal. The Forest Complète was excellent – topped with a luxurious melding of emmental, garlic mushrooms, thin-cut ham and beautifully runny egg – but the galette itself is so good you can ask for it plain, a perfect light bite for £3.50. Things are almost as good on the sweet side of the menu. The La Gauguin crêpe was a wonderfully boozy mess of flambéed banana and chantilly cream – and arrived at the table literally on fire. Feeling health-conscious? There’s an option on those iPads to make your crêpe vegan or dairy free. In fact, you can use them to build your own personal crêpe-galette nirvana from a range of luscious toppings (goat’s cheese, blue cheese, honey, sausage… ooh la la!). Once the cidr
Venue says: “We're a unique and colourful Breton crêperie located in Covent Garden. Crêpe and cider lovers, you are in for a fantastic treat!”