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How do you make the weekend even better? Throw in a hearty three-course meal of comforting brunch goods mixed with an endless supply of cocktails. Where can you get this beautiful combination you cry? Head to Canary Wharf right into One Canada Square for a life-altering foodie experience.

It might be a little way to travel but when you see the menu, you’ll be pleased you made the effort, and you get the added bonus of travelling on the DLR (we know you love it as much as we do).

To start, there’s a range of breakfast-themed cocktails on offer. Raspberry Bellini’s, spicy bloody marys or plain old Prosecco, by the bucket load. Soaking up the fizz there’s a three-course menu on offer combining the best bits of breakfast and lunch, think mini eggs Florentine followed by fluffy blueberry pancakes and bacon.

We tried the beautifully delicate salmon tartare followed by a plate of creamy crab linguini and a banoffee-knicker-glory. The perfect way to kick off Friday’s hangover and get set for the day. Also on the menu we dug into avocado on toast with chilli jam, a fragrant salmon fishcake and the exquisitely rich salty chocolate torte.

Three courses are £25, two are £20 and it’s £15 extra for bottomless cocktails. To make the whole thing even better, there’s live music from 1pm so it’s the perfect place to sit back and relax and over indulge on this exceptionally naughty Saturday treat

 

TED new restaurant Kings Cross

Blazing the trail for future dining, T.E.D (Think.Eat.Drink) Restaurant, suitably situated at the heart of the King’s Cross regeneration, is putting the green into gourmet.

Brought to you by Jamie Grainger-Smith, whose impressive resumè includes setting up Fifteen with Jamie Oliver and co-founding the award-winning Acorn House and The Waterhouse restaurants, T.E.D offers outstanding ethically sourced British produce within a stunning yet environmentally conscious setting. T.E.D aims to create a feel-good food and drink experience without compromising on quality and style or its commitment to the customer and the planet.

The Setting

Housed over two floors, the striking setting has been designed and built to the highest standard using sustainably sourced salvaged furniture, fixtures and fabrics from suppliers handpicked for their eco-sensitive practices.

The ground level oozes elegance with a cool cream undertone balanced by warm circular soft brown leather banquettes.  Pops of colour, from the neon blown glass light fittings to the collection of orange, electric blue and black recycled cushioned chairs, bring the space to life.  Pre-loved green and blue patterned tiles punctuate the beautiful natural lava top bar whilst a unique decorative light structure of collected disused blow torches showcases re-cycling at its very best.

Guests can watch the chefs in action in the open kitchen on the lower level, which also features three old coal-drop vaults for private dining.

Eat and Drink

Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner through to lazy weekend brunches, T.E.D delivers a seasonal menu of international flavours using fully traceable British ingredients.

An all-day menu of creative dishes includes Dorset crab and sour sough with fresh radish; Wye Valley asparagus, parmesan and egg yolk followed by black bream gnocchi and tomato vinaigrette; ricotta gundi with roasted lettuce and a pea summer savoury and bavette of beef with Swiss chard gratin.  For dessert the apricot clafoutis served with homemade vanilla ice cream; custard tart, pine nuts and golden raisins alongside a retro ‘Floating Island’ are sure to be a hit.

The restaurant offers an international wine list from responsible suppliers bursting with a wide variety of biodynamic, carbon-neutral and traditional choices.  The bar will offer a balanced collection of organic spirits and mixers alongside a beautifully crafted cocktail menu using the freshest ingredients such as summer berries, fruit and seasonal herbs including dill, basil and rosemary.  A delicious selection of non-alcoholic options will also be available.

T.E.D Restaurant – making it enjoyably easy to go green.

T.E.D Restaurant

47-51 Calendonian Road, King’s Cross

London N1 9BU

T: 020 3763 2080

www.tedrestaurants.co.uk

@TEDRestaurant

www.facebook.com/tedrestaurants

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Mexican food is a pretty safe bet with us as we’re in love with pretty much every aspect of it. Throw in some caipirinhas from Brazil and we’re yours for the rest of the night.

Luckily (for anyone asking) you can find both of these at mega cheap prices at our good friends Las Iguanas. 

It’s a staple in the Londoner’s diary and a chain which is sometimes unfairly over looked for fancier affairs.

But on a recent trip to the Spitalfields branch we remembered why we fell in love with it and reignited the relationship, over several plates of tapas and several more cocktails (happy hour from 12-7.30pm and all-day on Wednesday and Sunday).

There’s a lot to choose from so handily you can pick three or four tapas dishes to share (depending how greedy you’re feeling). We went for nachos heaped with fresh chilli and chorizo, beautifully juicy whole prawns, crispy calamari and some empanadas bursting with melted brie.

As a creature of habit I went for the fajitas, a firm favourite which didn’t fail to disappoint. My friend had the XinXin and it’s fair to say it topped my serving. The creamy, flavoursome curry dish was beautifully satisfying and I had more than my fair share.

On the pudding list there’s a lot to go for but don’t look too far. The dulche de leche macadamia cheesecake is heavenly and you’ll never forgive yourself if you don’t have it.

 

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The aptly named Flesh & Buns in Covent Garden does what it says on the tin – serves juicy joints of meat stuffed between beautifully fluffy steamed buns.

Its menu is enticing and split between smaller sushi dishes such as a spicy tuna roll with pickle or the yellow tail wasabi roll and more substantial sharing dishes. It’s as good as any sushi restaurant in central London but a lot more fun.

The restaurant is set out in a big open room which is dark enough to be discreet and there’s a healthy selection of cocktails on offer  making it the perfect after-work meeting place.

If you’re just stopping for lunch there’s a smaller menu – perfect if like me you’re unable to make a decision. You choose the flesh, crispy pork belly, fragrant salmon or tender beef and it comes with a sticky white bun to mop up the juices. For three courses the express menu is £19.50 each (including a perfectly-sized pudding) and available between 12-3pm, 5-6pm and after 10pm.

For something more substantial the larger menu has a number of steaks along with heartier dishes like the lamp chops and duck leg.

Flesh & Buns is the second opening from chef Ross Shonhan and it’s a perfect alternative to Bone Daddies in Soho if you're not in the mood for noodles.

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Jamie Oliver has confirmed he will be closing three of his four Union Jacks restaurants.

The branches in Chiswick, Holborn, and another in Winchester, Hampshire, are closing, it was announced on Twitter. The Covent Garden branch will stay open.

The tweet said: "It's no secret that the industry has been affected by the tough climate& a proposal has been made to close UJ Chiswick, Holborn&Winchester.

"We'd like to say a huge thank u to everyone who has visited us, we loved meeting u all. Please do still pop to our Covent Garden restaurant."

The chain was launched in 2011 with US pizza restaurateur Chris Bianco.