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With Halloween over, we’re well and truly into the cooling Autumn days with winter encroaching fast. The changing of the seasons also marks new and intriguing foodie ideas in London. At Vada, we’ve rounded up three to try including Festive Afternoon Tea at Nobu, a vegan pop-up (including cocktails) at Clapham, and a new French pop-up in the City.
Festive Afternoon Tea, Nobu Shoreditch
Nobu has just launched an exclusive Festive Afternoon Tea menu throughout November and December. Offering a unique Nobu-style twist on the classic British tradition, the Festive Afternoon Tea will surprise and delight guests at Nobu Hotel London. The Afternoon Tea will include the usual choice of tea and coffee, and a glass of Prosecco, with savoury dishes including:
- Beef tenderloin on a multigrain roll with schichimi miso mustard
- Tofu bun with truffle tofu cream & pickled tomato
- Snow Crab tempura creamy spicy with ikura on shokupan bun
Sweet treats include:
- Maraschino cherry & chocolate Christmas tree
- Coconut snowball with white chocolate ganache
- Santa Clause whisky macaroon
- Gingerbread ganache sphere
- Rudolph chocolate tart with cremoso
- Snowflake yuzu tart
The Festive Afternoon Tea at Nobu is available 12-5pm, and costs £30. For further information and to book, visit nobuhotelshoreditch.com.
Vegan pop-up, The Meet, Clapham
Just launched, The Meet offers indulgent plant-based comfort food combined with exclusively vegan cocktails, in the urban, industrial setting at the railway arches in Clapham North.
Veganism is one of the largest growing lifestyle movements and has fully embedded itself into London’s restaurant culture. Chef Dominic Taylor (formerly of The Jam Tree) has used creative cooking techniques to revamp popular dishes into vegan alternatives. The Meet will offer a selection of small sharing plates, burgers, late night bites as well serving bottomless vegan brunch and Sunday roasts on the weekend.
Examples from the menu include:
- What a mess – Smokey black bean, plantain and jackfruit chilli served messy with chips and cheese, topped with labneh and pico de galo (£12)
- Jerkin around – Jerk style organic tofu, pineapple salsa, scotch bonnet mayonnaise and gem lettuce wholegrain wrap (£8.50)
- Choppin’ n Changin’- Black chickpea, alfalfa sprouts and quinoa chopped salad with sumac, mint and pomegranate dressing
The Meet takes place at Fu Manchu,15-16 Lendal Terrace, London SW4 7UX
For booking enquiries, visit the-meet.co.uk.
French pop-up, Monsieur Le Duck
Opening later this month, Monsieur Le Duck is a new pop-up restaurant, bringing the food and wine of South-West France to the heart of London. Much like Le Relais De Venise, Monsieur Le Duck’s menu focuses on one thing, in this case duck (rather than steak), with chips, salad and wine.
Aiming to conjure douceur de vivre (‘sweetness of living’), Monsieur Le Duck will offer duck cooked three ways: a choice of Confit Duck Leg, Duck Magret Breast or Duck Burger served with chips and a mixed leaf salad. Typical regional sides with a modern twist and French classic desserts, such as crème brûlée complete the menu. As no French meal is complete without wine, Monsieur Le Duck will be offering carefully selected wines, focusing on South-West France; available by the glass, carafe or bottle. The wines will be complemented by signature Armagnac based aperitifs and French beers.
Monsieur Le Duck will officially open on 23 November, with a soft launch period taking place 21 November to lunchtime 23 November, during which food will be offered with a 50% discount. The pop-up will run until May 2019.
Monsieur Le Duck will be located at 4 Brushfield Street, London, E1 6AN