1 | Eat Your Way Around Borough Market
Borough Market is now open for business once again after the awful events of a couple of weeks ago. Following a minute's silence in tribute to those who died, the market opened up on Wednesday. Tasting your way around the stalls makes for a quintessential London Saturday and, this weekend, our friends at Mexican restaurant El Pastór are once again serving their fantastic tacos and tostadas (the sesame tuna one is pictured above) and Margaritas. There are those irresistible mounds of pasta worth queuing for at Padella, punchy cheese toasties at Kappacasein, and if ever you ever wanted to justify a totally mouth-watering Bread Ahead doughnut stuffed with salted caramel crème to yourself, now is the time. And don't forget the Sunday lunch that beats them all, at Hawksmoor.
8 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1TL; boroughmarket.org.uk
2 | Dine In Style At Red Rooster
Yet another internationally acclaimed restaurant has set up shop in our great city, in the form of Red Rooster. And we should count ourselves lucky: Marcus Samuelsson's ribs are a favourite of Barack Obama over in Harlem, New York. The restaurant is within the new Curtain hotel in Shoreditch but fear not the edgy, Brutalist décor you might thus expect. Oh no. This place is quirky in the extreme, boasting a New York buzz with a whiff of Southern warmth. It is entirely lacking in pretension and therefore lots of fun. Food is as eclectic as the surroundings, since Samuelsson has Ethopian, Swedish, Southern and Mexican influences. There are plenty of plates to please, but the chicken 'Royale' is a feast in itself, boasting buckets of novelty and its very own fanfare. You won't leave hungry.
45 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3PT; thecurtain.com/red-rooster
3 | Preview A Special Dom Pérignon
Dom Pérignon is a treat at the best of times, in part because they only produce vintage Champagnes (ie from a single year's grapes). But they also do this thing where they hold back some of the maturing champagne whilst the bulk is disgorged, bottled, and finally sold, to see what happens if you leave it pondering a little longer. So the same Champagne is released, but just later down the line. Unsurprisingly, these uber-vintages are both tricky and pricey to get your hands on, and such is the case with the P2 from the year 2000: the original bottle was released in 2008 so this one's had nine years of extra aging in the casks. And whilst collectors will be gearing up for July's release to the market, anybody can enjoy a glass of it at the bars of either the Rosewood or Claridge's hotels. Given that it starts from £70 for said glass, this is one for die-hard champagne lovers, or anybody hoping to impress a certain someone with seriously insider knowledge.
£70 at Rosewood London, 252 High Holborn, WC1V 7EN; rosewoodhotels.com/en/london
£85 at Claridge's, Brook Street, London, W1K 4HR; claridges.co.uk
4 | Get Dessert At Balans Soho Society
When you taste Jude's, you just know: this is the best ice cream going. Have you tried their salted caramel flavour? Heaven knows how they do it, but this little Hampshire dairy has the magic touch and, luckily, its success means that tubs are not as difficult to get your hands on as they once were. But you can go one step further at institutional Soho eatery Balans, who have concocted an entire dessert menu with Jude's as part of London Food Month. The sea-salted chocolate ice cream is teamed with a frozen white chocolate soufflé, there is a 'Very Berry' plate of strawberry ice cream, fresh berries, fruity macarons and black pepper meringue, and perfect for sharing is the tropical baked Alaska with mango and passion fruit frozen yogurt. Your sweet tooth will thank you.
Throughout June at 60 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 4UG; balans.co.uk
5 | A Taste Of Summer At Fenchurch
New menu alert at vertiginous bar and restaurant complex, Sky Garden: the highest of all three establishment at the top of the Walkie Talkie (and also the smartest) is called Fenchurch and it has a new chef, who comes from The Square when it held its two Michelin stars. The food is unequivocally British with lots of fresh, seasonal ingredients – easy enough to say, not so easy to pull off. But Dan Fletcher delivers with real subtlety. Think sweet Devon crab on toast offset by tender but hulky spears of earthy asparagus; chicken liver parfait wrapped up in dainty cannelloni and enveloped in delicate consommé; tasty nuggets of lamb from the Goodwood estate, each done differently and served with charred little gem lettuce and peas. The tasting menu will take you across the whole country with a summery glow.
37th Floor, Sky Garden, 1 Sky Garden Walk, London, EC3M 8AF; skygarden.london/Fenchurch-restaurant