Where To Dine: July

Summer’s officially here – which means the arrival of brand new restaurants, menus and delicious pop-ups. From tech-free feasts to cheesy afternoon teas, here’s the latest (and tastiest) ways to dine this July. 

London

1 Try a No-Tech Tuesday at Heliot Steak House 

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Heliot Steak House, the award-winning restaurant located inside The Hippodrome, is launching No-Tech Tuesdays in a bid to encourage diners to get back to the joys of ‘good old conversation’ during dinner.

Guests will have the choice of foregoing their electronic devices for the duration of the meal and those who succeed will be awarded with 20% off the total bill.

In order to participate in the challenge, all devices must be put in the middle of the table in a sealed bag before ordering. The bag can be opened at any time during the meal but for those who resist and conquer the challenge of enjoying a tech-free meal, the reward will be a discount on all food and drink ordered.
When: This new digital detox for dining is available every Tuesday in July from 5pm
Where: 14, Cranbourn St, London WC2H 7JH
Bookings: To book a table for dinner at Heliot Steak House email London_reservations@togrp.com or call 0207 769 8844. 

2 Indulge with the Cheese Afternoon Tea at Georgian House 

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Riding the glorious wave of themed afternoon teas sweeping across the nation, five-star boutique bed & breakfast Georgian House is about to launch a cheesy version. But far from being naff, this new Cheese Afternoon Tea oozes sophistication and innovation, while championing regional suppliers.

Savoury dishes include Ashdown Forresters Smoked Cheddar Welsh rarebit, and Little Sussex cheese, ‘nduja & roasted pepper sandwich. Follow this with a baked Sussex Charmer Cheddar & thyme scone with apple & chutney.

Finish with sweet treats such as ricotta with whisky-soaked apricots, toasted almonds & honey, and L’Ubriaco Drunk Cheese Basajo with currants & oat biscuit. Accompanying drinks will be available with each dish.

When: Available every Saturday and Sunday between 22 July and the end of August
Where: Georgian House, 35 – 39 St Georges Drive, London, SW1V
Cost: £35pp
Bookings: Must be made 24 hours in advance by emailing reception@georgianhousehotel.co.uk or calling 0207 834 1438.

3 Enjoy Greek treats at Meraki

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Meet Meraki, a contemporary Greek restaurant thats just opened in the heart of Fitzrovia. ‘Meraki’ is a Greek term referring to the love and soul that someone puts into their work. The new eatery instils the principle of Greek hospitality, filoxenia, in everything from its creative sharing dishes to the spaces for dining and entertaining.

Led by Greek chef Dimitrios Siamanis, Meraki’s menu will celebrate produce that he and the team have tirelessly scoured the length of and breadth of Greece’s regions to find, such as bottarga from Mesologgi, graviera cheese from Naxos and galotiri cheese from Crete. Dishes will include Slow-cooked ox cheek with hilopites from Trikala, artichokes & graviera; Baked cod wrapped in vine leaves, artichokes and broad beans in a mussels broth, as well as seasonally changing sharing mezze dishes, chargrilled meats and whole fish dishes.

Bookings: Click here or phone 0207 305 7686.
When: daily from 12pm until 1am. Lunch will be served until 3.30pm every day and dinner from 6pm until 11pm (excluding Sundays).
Where: 80-82 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7QT

4 Sample Peruvia delights with Coya Angel Court
Coya Angel Court has teamed up with Bacardi to offer an exclusive cocktail and Peruvian food pairing menu, only available on the restaurants uniquely designed Rum Round Table.

A group of six guests can book the intricately carved table for an evening, where they will be treated to a tasting menu of COYA’s delicious dishes created by Executive Chef, Sanjay Dwivedi. Each course will be paired with a different cocktail, crafted using either Bacardi Carta Blanca or Bacardi 8 Year Old Carta Ocho.

Highlights include the Valle de Pisco which is a twist on the classic Pisco Sour made with Bacardi Carta Blanca, egg white, lemon juice, lychee juice, peach puree and Pisco Quebranta. The Valle de Pisco will be paired with delights such as Calamares Fritos con Octopa and Gambas Anticucho.

When: Launching on Monday 10th July
Price: £125 per person.

5 Tuck Into Champagne Gogo At Zuma 

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This July the terrace at Zuma, the internationally acclaimed contemporary Japanese restaurant and bar will be launching their new ‘Champagne Gogo’ menu. The menu, which takes the name ‘Gogo’ from the Japanese word for afternoon, pairs classic Japanese ice cream mochis with refreshing Champagne cocktails.

The menu features two delicately flavoured mochis; sweet cherry and white chocolate and fruity guava and mango. The specially curated cocktail range includes Sugi Zai (Ketel One vodka infused cedar wood, lemon juice, cherry brandy , yuzu juice , champagne),  Rose Petal Martini (Crystal Head aurora vodka, ginger and rose petal syrup, lychee puree, lemon juice and champagne) and one of the summer specials the Hokkaido Blossom (Tanqueray No. TEN, lillet blanc, plum sake, lemon, orange blossom, Champagne). A selection of Champagnes, spritzes and other cocktails are also available.

6 Enjoy a leisurely gluten-free meal at Leggero

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Open all day and located in the heart of Soho, Leggero is located just a stone’s throw from the most famous theatres and cinemas many customers come before or after their attending the show. The only entirely Italian gluten-free concept in the Uk certified by Coeliac UK, this is an ideal pitstop for those with an entirely gluten-free meal in mind.

Where:  64 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 4UQ

7 Tuck in at Tuyo

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Broadway Market in Hackney is set to gain a new resident with the opening of Tuyo, a new restaurant serving a menu of Mediterranean and Levantine small plates with a Spanish twist.

Chef Ricardo Pimentel (formerly Salt Yard Group) has created a selection of “pinchos” or small bites to share such as Harissa lamb rump served with pisto and black olive couscous, pistachio and harissa dressing.

Tuck into duck and figs on a bed of pearl barley, gremolata, pomegranate, carrot puree and smoked almond; and Picos blue and date croquetas that are served alongside a selection of charcuterie and cheeses, predominantly sourced from Spain and Italy.

Main dishes follow a Mediterranean theme with hints of Turkish influence such as Chicken thigh with honey poached apricots, sumac yoghurt and pistachios; Halloumi, roast beetroot, orange hazelnuts and 8 year aged balsamic; Dill and lime cured salmon and beetroot, served with yoghurt and berries; and Burrata, black beans, confit mixed peppers and sourdough croutons

Where: Tuyo, 129A Pritchard’s Road, London E2 9AP
Bookings: Please phone 020 7739 2540 or email info@tuyo.london. Visit www.tuyo.london for more updates on the launch.

8 Turn the city orange with Aperol
Aperol, Italy’s favourite aperitif, will be ‘spritzing-up’ Londoner’s evenings, with an extraordinary rooftop ‘Aperol Spritz Social’ event, alongside a series of pop up bars across the city. The experiences are designed to encourage city dwellers to make the most of the after-work moment, taking the Italian Aperitivo experience to the next level.

From a Sunset Spritz DJ set with renowned DJ Norman Jay MBE, to one of the world’s biggest cicchetti spreads (Italian small plates) by renowned Peckham-based Italian dining hall Forza Win, the events will be packed full of memorable and engaging experiences.

Guests can also expect Aperol-infused ice cream with Chin Chin Lab, orange manicures with WAH nails, glitter facial embellishments, hands-on Aperol Spritz masterclasses with Italian bartenders, sociable games and more…

As well as the Aperol Spritz Social event, Aperol Spritz-lovers will be able to enjoy a long, orange summer, with pop-up Aperol bars and events touring drinking spots across London, from Peckham to Camden, ensuring city dwellers get the perfect start to their evening

More information: Visit here for further details.

9 Discover a Chinese solar calendar culinary journey at HKK

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HKK will launch a new tasting menu as part of the solar calendar series. A new eight-course journey inspired by the 24 terms of the ancient Chinese solar calendar will be available from Monday 10th July.

The tasting menu will focus on the solar terms Xiao Shu ‘lesser heat’ and Da Shu meaning ‘great heat ‘ marking the move into the summer season. The solar terms are based on the sun’s position in the zodiac and play an important role in Chinese culture and cuisine.

During this time there is an emphasis on eating cooling yet nourishing foods with a focus on revitalising the body’s energy and spirit, reflected in the HKK tasting menu. In the warmer months seafood is at its finest, filled with nutrients to help keep the body healthy during the hot days. The menu features a range of seafood dishes, including Seared scallops in XO sauce and Chargrilled octopus.

As part of the new menu, grilled Wagyu short ribs are served with mooli cake, asparagus and lemongrass. The grilled Wagyu short ribs have a distinct smoky taste synonymous with summer barbeques, whilst the inclusion of mooli is thought to help cool the body down.

The eight course tasting menu has been paired with an alcoholic and non-alcoholic Orchard Flight with each dish individually matched with a selection of wine, Champagne, sake, cocktails or a variety of non-alcoholic beverages.

When: Available from 10th July until 8th October
Where: 88 Worship St, London EC2A 2BE
Cost: £93.88 per person. A vegetarian option is available priced at £83.88 per person. The alcoholic beverage flight is an additional £58 and the non-alcoholic ‘Orchard Flight’ is £28.

10 Enjoy brunch with an Indian twist at Chutney Mary

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Chutney Mary has just launched a new weekend brunch – with an exciting Indian twist. The glamorously contemporary restaurant has created a compelling menu of spicy and flavourful dishes – with live jazz music to compliment the offering.

Unique to the UK, the egg dishes either originate from Indian breakfasts or mid-morning snacks, or are spicy versions of British favourites – these include Akoori a famous parsi dish (scrambled eggs with tomato, spring onion and herbs); Bombay Kejriwal with green chilli (fried egg and cheese on crisp toast sprinkled with green chilli); Spiced Eggs Benedict; and Mopla egg masala with paratha (Kerala curried eggs).

Other menu highlights include Curly kale salad chaat (with mango and tamarind dressing); Goat’s cheese kebab salad; Crispy squid bhajias; Lamb Chapli Pau sliders (with Kasundi ketchup); Salmon Kedgeree Mangalore prawn curry (with coconut and red chilli); Afghani chicken tikka (with fennel, cardamom and Himalayan mint); Hyderabadi vegetable biryani; Konkan green lamb curry; Rasmalai brûlée; and Fresh strawberry kulfi.

Where: 73 St James’s Street, London SW1A 1PH
Cost: Prices are two courses for £30, or three courses at £34, including naan or rice, and vegetables. There is also a children’s menu at £15.
Bookings: Please phone 020-7629 6688, or visit www.chutneymary.com to make a reservation

11 Rosé the day away at Vinoteca Soho

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Nothing says summer like pale, crisp rosé bursting with fresh flavours. Soak up the sunshine with a glass of your favourite pink in hand at La Vie En Rosé Terrace at Vinoteca King’s Cross.  Featuring an outdoor bar serving up a variety of 13 rosés, cool down with a limited-edition rosé wine flight, featuring Cotes du Provence Chateau St. Martin, Neiss Pinot Noir Rosé and Fiefs Vandeen Rosé for £9, alongside seasonal dishes or bar snacks like Vinoteca’s signature cheese croquettes or delicious charcuterie platters perfect for sharing.

Launching on the 16th July, Vinoteca Soho will be hosting ‘Rosé All Day,’ a bottomless rosé lunch to celebrate the start of summer. Throughout July and August, guests can clink pink with free-flowing Cotes De Provence ‘No.2’ Ch De Saint Martin rosé every Saturday and Sunday from 12-4pm for only £15 with the purchase of main or fixed price lunch.

PLUS: On Tuesday, 25th July and Tuesday, 15th August, Vinoteca will be hosting complimentary rosé tastings on the terrace from 6:30-8:30pm, where you can sample a range of pinks like the Romanian Dagon Clan Rosé or Pinot Noir Rosé by Neiss from Germany.

Where: 3 King’s Blvd, King’s Cross, London, N1C 4BU
53-55 Beak Street, Carnaby, London W1F 9SH
When: Rosé All Day is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm – 4pm in July, August and September and is an additional £15 with the purchase of a main or fixed-price lunch. The bottomless rosé is available for two hours from the time of booking.

12 Tuck into breakfast at Tom’s Kitchen

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Tom’s Kitchen has just launched a brand new breakfast menu at the Chelsea and Canary Wharf sites. New additions such as Baked Turkish eggs with sumac yoghurt; Sweetcorn fritters topped with grilled avocado and a side of chilli scrambled egg; and Tom’s trio of breakfast bruschetta’s, now sit alongside Tom’s Kitchen favourites including Truffle eggs Benedict, Full English breakfast and sausage or bacon sandwiches.

For those on the lookout for lighter options, a new Chia seed and acai super fruit bowl has been added to dishes such as Fruity breakfast granola; Freshly chopped seasonal fruit; Porridge and a Warm wholemeal breakfast scone. Click here for more.

Outside of London

13 Try the gin hut at The Blackbird

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The team at The Blackbird, Edinburgh are getting into the summer spirit; and the spirit of summer 2017 is gin! The outdoor bar has been transformed into a #Ginhut in a unique collaboration with Bombay Sapphire, serving a luscious cocktail menu dedicated to this year’s hottest spirit.

Until September it will be serving a special menu with four luscious gin cocktails inspired by Indian summers. There’s a Mango and Cardamom Fizz with preserved mango, cardamom and celery bitters topped with soda; a refreshing Peach and Lemongrass Buck with peach tea, lemongrass and Fever Tree Ginger Ale; and for something a little sweeter, there’s the Raspberry and Pankot which mixes Bombay Sapphire with coconut milk, raspberry, rose water and lemon bitters. The cocktail list is completed with The Blackbird’s Perfect Serve, a double measure of gin with Fever Tree tonic and lime garnish served in a proper gin goblet for the full experience.

When: Open 7 days a week from 10am till 10pm with regular events to be held throughout the summer
Where: The Blackbird, 37-39 Leven St, Edinburgh, EH3 9LH
Bookings: To find out more, email info@theblackbirdedinburgh.co.uk

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