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It wouldn't be summer without sequels,
but we're not talking popcorn: some
of London's biggest restaurant debuts
are back. Soho's The Palomar has
unleashed The Barbary in Neal's Yard,
while Dalston's wildly received Berber &
Q opens Berber & Q Shawarma Bar on
Exmouth Market this July. An alreadywinning
formula with extra kebabs:
fi ne by us. If you like Michelin-starred
Portland, you'll be thrilled that Clipstone
opens nearby in Fitzrovia this August.
Executive chef Merlin Labron-Johnson
will work between the two (we suggest
a Micro Scooter), telling Squaremeal
that Clipstone will be more casual with a
"fun, neighbourhood" vibe: "I have huge
ambitions, but I'm certainly not aiming
for another star." Expect cold cuts,
fl atbreads, brunch and whole smoked
pig heads (you might want to share that
one). Fellow Fitzrovian Picture is also
doubling up this summer, with Picture
Marylebone promising more of the same
pretty, seasonal plates, while Dalston's
Chick 'n' Sours is readying a West End
sibling in Seven Dials, rounding o
blockbuster season in mid-September.
HASN'T FACEBOOK MOVED
PAST THAT NOW? No, not
that poke. This is Hawaiian
poke, pronounced 'po-kee'. It's a
marinated raw tuna dish, paired
with a base (such as black rice)
and all kinds of toppings.
SOUNDS LIKE A SUSHI/
CEVICHE HYBRID… Exactly.
It's also healthy, summery and
endlessly adaptable, so of course
the London restaurant scene is
pouncing on the poke and its
popping up all over the place.
WHERE? Granger & Co
(pictured) does a mean tuna and
avocado poke, while the swanky
Black Roe Poke Bar & Grill opened
in late March on Mayfair's Mill
Street, followed by Soho's casual
Tombo Poké & Matcha in June.
WHAT'S NEXT? Just opened,
there's poke for Fitzrovia folk at
Ahi Poké on Percy Street. Expect
Black Roe to expand, too, with
no less than four casual takeaway
sites planned for later in the year.
Delivering bundles of joy
You may notice Deliveroo riders watching their backs
over the coming months, as the restaurant-food
delivery market begins to swell. Uber has introduced
UberEATS to the capital, launching with 150
restaurants, including Hotbox, L'Anima Café, Kouzu and Zelman Meats.
Payment is taken from your Uber account and you can track your dinner
speeding towards you on a map. We heart technology. EatFirst has a
slightly diff erent approach, with its own east London kitchen helmed
by Aussie Benn Hodges, previously of Roka and � e Club at the Ivy.
After launching in 2014 with a weekday service, the company now off ers
weekend delivery - including brunch complete with a Bloody Mary. We're
always going to enjoy a night out, but hey, we're not going to argue with
restaurant-standard brunch delivered to our bed on a Saturday morning.
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