THE GRILLING: new London eateries on a flame theme
Rumour has it is that it is in actual fact, summer (clearly the memo for the sun to switch on the shine and balmy temperatures got lost in the post…). And what could be more apt than feasting on the pared-back fabulousness of a freshly caught lobster roll or flame-grilled steak practically seductive in all of its saucy, earthy undertones? Luckily for us Londoners, the burgeoning trend for ‘luxury holiday food’ of the sort you might find in uptown New York or just as easily, a little hacienda or beach-side shack on the coast has evolved into full-blown grill fever. Refreshing, fun yet luxurious in that grown-up, nonchalent kinda way, these are our favourite grills either already landed or coming soon.
MARK HIX TRAMSHED Mark Hix’s long awaited ode to the happy marriage of steak and salad has opened its doors in Covent Garden. Expect velvety meats, softly smoke-infused Woolley Park Farm free-range chicken that tastes precisely how chicken should rather than the anodyne, pasty nothingness that supermarket stuff would lead you to believe. 32 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3LX. Chickenandsteak.co.uk
SHRIMPY’S From those mad, bad (in a very good way) but cute boys behind Bistrotheque comes this Kings Cross seafood grill housed in a positively incansecent art-meets-architecture semi-permanent building the Filling Station (whose fibreglass walls glow at night, making it look a little like something from a Edward Hopper painting meets luxe Americana). The King’s Cross Filling Station, Goods Way, London N1C 4UR. Shrimpys.co.uk
THE STANDARD GRILL Cult New York Meatpacking district hotel grill opens London outpost with as much softly spoken glamour (that you secretly know costs a pretty penny to achieve) and cool as the original. From Andre Balazs, the man who gave us Chateau Marmont, there is likely to be the eponymous Raw Bar of shellfish, charcuterie and fine cheeses to accompany the all-day grill staples. Chiltern Street, London W1
BURGER & LOBSTER One of the few restaurants we can openly say was a case of love at first bite (sorry). Opening a new Soho restaurant with the same £20 for a gorgeous hunk of burger, lobster or lobster roll with frites and salad and an unpretentious, democratic ’no-booking’ system. 36 Dean Street, London W1. Burgerandlobster.com
STK opening in September as part of the ME by Melia takeover of former BBC Marconi house building revamped by Sir Norman Foster, another New York steak house but one that pledges to be more ‘female friendly’ with lighter takes on the grill for those who like their Peter Pilotto dresses tight and their waists Prada waspish. Also features a roof terrace overlooking the Thames for when the sun does decide to come play. Marconi House, The Strand, London W2. Stkhouse.com
And then there are the caterers and food trucks we know who do a mean line in grills for events too….but we’ll keep those cards close to our chest,,,