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Hot Pot, opening next month on Chinatown's Wardour Street, has been designed specifically to honour the tradition of this ancient communal activity.  Traditionally hot pot is enjoyed at a slow pace allowing groups of friends and family to cook together to create, celebrate and socialise. The process is to boil a broth, cook selected ingredients and then dip said ingredients in a dipping sauce saving the broth until the end.

The restaurant has been designed for groups with booths and large tables over two floors and elegantly decorated in gold tones with botanical-inspired wall coverings accented by metallic woven panels, antique mirrors, polished-brass palm wall-lights, crackle-glazed jade tiles and linen table lamps.

Diners can choose from five varieties of broths each made with over 50 ingredients in-house daily; from China a fiery Mala Sichuan broth, a soothing chicken broth made from black chicken, an enriching mushroom broth (vegetarian) with white turnips and soy milk and a refreshing clear broth of ginger, spring onion and Chinese dates. From Thailand there is a hot and sour broth made from lemongrass, lime, prawns and chilli. Over 60 premium ingredients are available to cook such as lobster selected live from tanks that line the restaurant entrance, rib-eye, seabass, king prawns, shrimp wontons, fresh abalone, sweet potato and quail eggs. Guests can experiment making their own dipping sauce with unlimited visits to a sauce station of over 20 herbs, pastes, oils and seasonings.

chi-chicagos-first-shake-shack-opens-20141104A tale of two Shacks…Shake Shack® is thrilled to announce it will open two new Shacks late 2015/early 2016: a third London Shack on New Oxford Street, among several exciting redevelopment projects, and the first-ever Cardiff Shack in St. David’s Shopping Centre, one of Europe’s premiere shopping and leisure destinations.

Born in New York City, Shake Shack is a critically acclaimed, modern day “roadside” burger stand known for its 100% all-natural Angus beef burgers, griddled-crisp flat-top dogs, fresh-made frozen custard, crinkle cut fries, beer and wine, and more. A fun and lively community gathering place with widespread appeal, Shake Shack has earned a cult-like following around the world. 

The New Oxford Street Shack is set to build on the success of its London predecessors, Covent Garden (2013) and Westfield Stratford City (2015), while deepening relationships with local purveyors and fans within the London community. The St. David’s Shopping Centre Shack, located in one of UK’s largest, multi-cultural cities, will be the first-ever UK Shack outside of London. 

“London has been so welcoming to us, and we’ve been humbled by the passionate response from fans across the UK,” said Randy Garutti, Shake Shack CEO. “We’re incredibly excited to bring our third London Shack to New Oxford Street and our first Cardiff Shack to St. David’s Shopping Centre. Our teams continue to seek out and deepen ties with talented local producers and more guests, as we extend our roots in the UK.”

New Oxford Street—one of London’s busiest retail and business districts—is well positioned to undergo some of London’s most exciting community growth and development. Shake Shack will be located on the ground floor of 80 New Oxford Street, a short walk from the Tottenham Court Road underground station (which will feature Crossrail access by 2018) and just minutes from the surrounding neighbourhoods of Soho, Bloomsbury, Covent Garden and Holburn. 

Cardiff is one of the UK’s most dynamic cities and home to a rapid-growing culinary scene. Shake Shack will be located on the first floor of St. David’s Shopping Centre—the leading community destination for shopping and leisure—minutes from the Millennium Stadium and centrally located between Cardiff Central and Cardiff Queen Street rail stations.

In line with Shake Shack’s mission to Stand For Something Good®, both New Oxford Street and St. David’s Shopping Centre Shacks will encompass forward-thinking architecture that fans around the world have grown to love. The unique interior design will feature recyclable and sustainable materials including table tops made from reclaimed bowling alleys handcrafted in Brooklyn and wooden walls harvested from Wyoming snow fence. Like all Shacks, this location will feature energy-efficient kitchen equipment and lighting.

“This is an extremely exciting time for us at Shake Shack, particularly as we deepen our connection to the UK,” said Nigel Sherwood, Business Director of Shake Shack UK. “This winter we’re bringing two incredible new Shacks to two very different, but very fitting spots in the UK.  We plan to ensure that not only is each Shack engrained in its community but also becomes a true gathering spot. As we grow, we will continue to look for outstanding opportunities in major cities.”

Originally founded by Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group ("USHG"), which owns and operates some of New York City’s most celebrated restaurants: Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, The Modern at the Museum of Modern Art, Maialino, North End Grill, Blue Smoke, and Marta—Shake Shack’s fine-dining heritage and commitment to sourcing premium, sustainable ingredients have helped to pioneer the creation of a new “fine casual” category in restaurants. Fine casual couples the ease, value and convenience of fast casual concepts with the high standards of excellence in thoughtful ingredient sourcing, preparation, hospitality and quality grounded in fine dining.



DF / Mexico, a modern Mexican diner from the team behind Wahaca, is landing at The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, on July 24th. The experimental residency is inspired by today’s bustling, cosmopolitan Mexico City (Distrito Federal) and will servefreshly prepared dishes with a US influence.

The idea for the 90-cover restaurant was born on the Wahaca founders’ recent road trip around Mexico and the United States. Inveterate travellers Thomasina Miers and Mark Selby met Mexican chefs and restaurateurs on pilgrimages to America’s cuisine capitals, and US gourmets crossing the border the other way for inspiration. The results were appealing, and Tommi and Mark enjoyed Mexican flavours in New York and Chicago’s diners, and bold, beefy Americana in Mexico City’s streets.

Energized by the experiences, on their return home they began work on dishes such as ‘Dirty Tortas,’ and a 4-hour Chile beef for the East London experiment. DF / Mexico’s take on the traditional Mexican torta will see them served burger style with fillings such as Pork pibil (£6.75), Chile beef (£6.45) or Ancho mushroom (£6.45) stuffed in a toasted brioche bun with smashed avocado and cucumber pickle. DIY Mexican boards with fillings such as 4-hour slow-cooked Carne con chile (£11.45), and Steak and cheese ‘Alambres’ (£11.95) will also be offered, and Burritos made with freshly grilled flour tortillas will wrap up a choice of fillings including Slow-cooked pork with refried beans and red slaw (£7.45) and Roasted vegetables with habanero and pumpkin seed mayo (£6.95). For those seeking something lighter, the diner will serve Caesar salad (from £7.45), Quinoa salad with roast sweet potato and feta (£8.45), and fresh Panko crumbed MSC cod tacos (£7.45).To compliment mains, sides such as cups of corn (£2.50), and Skin-on Mexican fries with chipotle mayonnaise (£2.50) will be offered, along with fresh, brazen Nacho plates with all the works (from £5.95).

A residency at the old brewery wouldn’t be complete without a menu of locally-sourced beers, including an Amber Ale from Gipsy Hill Brewery (£4.75) and a DF House Pale Ale from Brixton Brewery (£4.50) alongside Mexican favourites. Three choices of frozen margarita including Classic, Passion fruit, and Raspberry and Hibiscus, all made with Mexico’s classic Jose Cuervo Tradicional tequila, will sweeten balmy nights. Guests can finish an evening with a retro classic of soft serve ice cream complete with toppings such as Dulce de leche and peanut brittle or Passion fruit and caramelized coconut (£2.95), and leave with a packet of DF popping candy for the journey home.

Brick Lane, well-known as a dynamic hub of multiculturalism, was chosen as a fitting spot for the experimental diner, and DF / Mexico will neighbour many of East London’s most loved independent shops, galleries and bars.

Award-winning designers, Softroom, have created interiors to reflect the energy of Distrito Federal, with green planters decorating the timber and glass entrance, and bar stools and booth seating looking out onto the street. Urban, industrial materials of blackened steel, concrete, formica and worn leather are used throughout while the ceiling is left open and exposed. The restaurant walls are clad in warm grey tiles, and windows painted with graphic stripes echo a monochrome colour scheme. Diners seated at utilitarian oak and timber benches have a view of the steel and wood open kitchen pass, revealing the spirit of fast, accessible, high-quality urban dining.

Co-creator Thomasina Miers is looking forward to the opening, stating, ‘A short-term residency gave us the opportunity to test out something we were excited about; a diner to reflect the enterprising heart of Mexico, with bold flavours and fresh ingredients. Mark and I both love the eclecticism of Shoreditch and we can’t wait to remind people how delicious a proper carne con chile is!’

DF / Mexico – Opening 24th July

Old Truman Brewery

91 Brick Lane

London, E1 6QL

image: Wahaca food - The Cool Collector

Patty& Bun Liverpool Street will officially be opening on the Tues, 22nd of April with ‘No Such Thing As A Free Lunch’ where they’ll be giving away 1,000 burgers from opening at 11.30am. This will be VERY popular so you'll have to get down speedy like if you want to grab yourself one.

We're pretty excited that there's a new Patty and Bun adding to the fold as we have already reported. There are a fair few other favourite London eateries adding extra bolts to their belts this year and we can't wait!


Central & CoSituated on one of Soho’s most famous streets, stylish all-day brasserie Central & Co. couldn’t be more perfectly named or located. Split into a casual ground floor restaurant and chic basement bar below, this one-stop-culinary-shop in the heart of London’s West-End truly has something for everyone.

The interior is designed by award-wining company I Love Dust and brings together the best elements of a classic brasserie - with all the right rough edges you’d expect from a joint in the heart of one of London’s hottest dining destinations. Brass chandeliers salvaged from an art deco Czech hotel, Carrera marble tables, vintage wall lights and shelves stacked with freshly-baked rustic loaves lend Parisian style. Whilst bi-fold floor-to-ceiling windows with tables spilling out onto the pavement in summer months, embodies that continental café vibe.

Effortlessly taking diners from breakfastthrough to dinner, the proud-to-be-British menu brings together comforting classics and locally sourced modern plates.

Signature starters include a Warm Scotch Duck Egg with Homemade Pickles; Chicken Liver Parfait with Crispy Chicken Skin; Yorkshire Pudding and Red Onion Jam; and Hot-Smoked Salmon with a Thyme, Cheddar & Sweetcorn Muffin, Sour Cream & Sweetcorn Puree.

Mains such as Roast Corn-Fed Chicken Breast with Grilled Spring Vegetables, Baby Jacket Potatoes, Lancashire Cheese & Spring Leek Sauce; Grilled Flank Steak with Hand-Cut Chips, Horseradish Cream, Slow-Roasted Tomatoes & Watercress; Red Onion & Oxford Blue Puff Pastry Tart with Baby Spinach, Pear & Candied Walnut Salad showcase stunning British ingredients.

There’s also a selection of light bites including Glazed Baby Sausages and Mini Smoked Fishcakes; lunchtime salads such as Rare Roast Beef Rump, Roast Beets, Pea Shoots & Horseradish Cream; hearty roasts served every Sunday from 12pm; and breakfasts including Maldon Smoked Salmon & Scrambled Egg and Leavened Pancakes with Crispy Bacon & Golden Syrup.

Drinks are as well considered as the cuisine, with wines and beers chilled in custom made fridges to optimum temperature. The carefully curated list takes in fine wines, British beers and innovative cocktails including a Quince Sour with Glenlivet 12 Year Old Single Malt, Quince Liqueur, Kummel, Fresh Lemon, Caraway Seeds & Egg White and the Spring Garden Martini with Fresh Basil, Pressed Apples and Vodka.

Fizz fans are covered too, with a remarkable range of sparkling wines including Bluebell Hindleap Brut 2009 from Sussex - plus ten bubbling beauties by the glass such as Koshu Lumiere from Japan.

The unique wine list includes a number identically priced reds and whites from around the world – challenging fans of the grape to think with their taste buds rather than their wallets.

Central & Co.

22 Great Marlborough Street,



020 7437 4106