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The Best of Food in May

3 May 2018

London has always been a hive of multiculturalism; a fact which enhances our city’s foodscape where you can find cuisines from all around the world on your doorstep. This May, London Calling looks at some of the new openings and restaurants which will be bringing the best food from around the world to the Big Smoke. Take a look at the below and tuck in to some Syrian, Indian, French and Lebanese treats.

The Pie Room - Holborn


Situated as part of the stunning Rosewood Hotel in Holborn, this hole in the wall deli serves up traditional comforting baked goods, from hot pies, to crumbly sausage rolls and hearty Scotch Eggs. Led by self-confessed pastry obsessive, Callum Franklin, The Pie Room aims to bring attention to the skills and craftsmanship of traditional pies. Punters will be able to grab a bite on the go such as the creamy chicken, girolle and tarragon pie or for something cold, the duck, pork and pistachio en croute; all delicious and beautifully created. In the evenings, this space can be hired for private dining, where Franklin and his team will elevate the humble pie even further, with a tailored three course menu.
 
Kricket Brixton - Atlantic Road, Brixton
Photo: Aleksandra Rozanska

After the success of its opening in one of Pop Brixton’s shipping containers, Kricket moved to Soho to delight hungry Londoners with their modern interpretation of Indian cuisine. Now South Londoners can rejoice, as Kricket will be coming home with a new restaurant on Atlantic Road in Brixton. Teaming traditional British ingredients with authentic Indian flavours and spices, Kricket delivers exceptionally delicious and exciting food. Head Chef Will Bowlby has claimed that this space will be seen as a test kitchen, experimenting with new dishes; expect to try pig head vindaloo with pickled shallots and rock oyster pakoras with rhubarb chutney. However, do not fear; the very popular crispy Keralan fried chicken with curry leaf mayo will still be on offer, as well as an innovative cocktail menu which will rotate its core spirit from month to month.
 
Imad’s Syrian Kitchen Choose Love Pop Up - Shoreditch
Photo: Stefan Jakubowski

Having opened at the end of March and running until end of May, there is only one month left of this brilliant pop up experience whose profits are donated to the Hope Hospital, a crowdfunded children’s hospital based in war torn Syria. For £40 a ticket, you can dine on some of the best and most authentic Syrian cuisine cooked by one of the most famous chefs to come out of Damascus, Imad Alarnab, while supporting a very important cause. The dining experience is BYOB and runs from Thursday to Sunday every week, with a sitting for 20 guests, so if you want to taste some amazing food, get booking quickly.
 
Lebanese Bakery - Covent Garden


Coming straight from Beirut, this new addition to Covent Garden is run by the Chamoun brothers, who will be brining delicious flatbreads with a variety of toppings to London. Baked in a traditional Arabic basalt rock oven, the flatbreads will be the right balance between soft and crispy, with toppings such as za’atar cheese, chopped tomatoes and baked eggs. The Lebanese Bakery will offer takeaway as well as a 28-seat restaurant; perfect for quick pre theatre meal or an indulgent lunch on the go.
 
Hero of Maida- Maida Vale


Opening late April, this gastropub, directed by Henry Harris with Steve Collins as Head Chef, will take the place of the Truscott Arms in Maida Vale and completes a trio of pubs that Harris has recently opened. There will be a focus on big, bold, rich flavours, with dishes such as lamb rump, artichoke barigoule and a classic fish soup taking centre stage. Hero of Maida will also focus on delivering the best Sunday roast, with options such as a slow roasted shoulder of lamb alongside classic juicy beef. If you fancy sampling some British French fusion cuisine, or just want to enjoy the sunshine in their beer garden, we expect this will become a staple summer pub for 2018.
 
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