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The Best Food in London this August

31 July 2017 Livvi Alderson-Tuck

This summer you won't have to travel far to taste the Orient, as London welcomes a whole new host of Asian eateries in August. Whether you want authentic dishes, street food staples with a twist or creative cocktails, it's time to stray from Gerrard Street and witness Asia's influence on the rest of the capital.

Talk about opening with a bang! A brand new food market launched in July in Colindale, offering over 30 different vendors-worth of delicious Asian cuisine. Bang Bang Oriental Foodhall has dishes from Vietnam, Malaysia, China and Thailand on its menu and aims to capture the hustle and bustle of a traditional Asian food market. Colindale might not be the easiest place to get to (Zone 4!), but with a capacity of over 400 people, at least you know you won't be turned away at the door. The sizzling sights and smells can be overwhelming, so look out for Four Seasons for its famous roast duck, Royal China One 68 for fresh and delicate dim sum, and Tibb's Frankie for a fusion of Lebanese pitta breads stuffed with a variety of Indian fillings - the perfect way to spice up your street food grub. 


Tibb's Mutton Frankie courtesy of Tibbs Frankie
 
Fusing Asian flavours with fast food comfort is at the core of Ichi Buns, a new opening on Wardour Street. From the masterminds behind Nobu and Busaba Eathai, this restaurant adds its own twist to some much loved fast food favourites. Try their juicy Wagu beef burgers with shiitake mushrooms, white truffle oil and blue cheese fondue. Or perhaps their fish finger sandwich; panko crusted salmon fingers with Japanese vegetable pickle and spicy yoghurt. However, if you want to stick to tried and tested Japanese flavours, their king prawn ramen and crispy spring rolls with a ponzu dipping offer tasty authenticity.


Ichi Buns
 
Fancy some Chinese inspired cocktails to pair with all this incredible food? Look no further than The New Leaf: a pop-up bar nestled within Cambridge Heath’s railway arches. Inspired by the dive bars discovered on narrow hutongs (alleys) within the ever flourishing and cosmopolitan Beijing, this bar serves up expertly crafted cocktails. Try their grilled peach margarita or Thai Fizz, which consists of coconut washed vodka, homemade ginger and rose syrup with coriander lime soda. The New Leaf is open from August 3 - September 31.
 
These new pop-ups and openings allow you to sample everything the Far East has to offer here in the Big Smoke. However, if you’re after something more quintessentially London, a couple of the capital's iconic restaurants have new branches opening their doors this August. 
 
The Ivy is one of London’s most loved and admired restaurants, and their new cafés cropping up around the capital have gone down a storm. Their most recent opening is The Ivy Tower Bridge, situated just along the Thames, facing the beautiful bridge itself. The menu will embody British brassiere culture - classic dishes with added Ivy sparkle - such as their chicken Milanese with truffle mayo and fried hen’s egg. Or you can’t go wrong with a juicy steak sandwich, served with sweet caramelised onions and a fiery horseradish sauce. These Ivy outlets let you experience the glamour and heritage of the Covent Garden stalwart, and serve food all day - from breakfast, through brunch and afternoon tea, to dinner.


The Ivy Tower Bridge
 
Now, a great many people were sad to see the curtains fall on West End institution Joe Allen earlier this year. But all its fans, which include one Jay Rayner, can rejoice, as Joe Allen is hopping down the road to a new venue in Burleigh Street. This much loved, old school American style restaurant serves up classic diner dishes with finesse, such as burgers, steaks, salads and pulled pork. Its fan base will be happy to know that the owners are planning to change nothing about the restaurant - even the original wood panelling is moving homes - so this new location will still have the timeless class which has enamoured theatreland lovies for years.
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