Where To Take Her This Week – 6 November

Our regular guide to impressing your other half on your next night out

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The Weeknight Dinner: Smack Deli

You’ve heard of Burger & Lobster, right? Of course you have. Well the brains behind that catchy idea have just come up with a deli version that serves up lobster rolls on demand, with Prosecco on tap. Literally. Great atmosphere and speedy service make this a flash-but-casual option if you’re pushed for time midweek.

Upstairs is the deli bit, but downstairs is a basement-style dining room with tall communal tables, mood lighting and mermaid artwork on the walls. It also has a bathtub full of beer bottles and tanks of wine.  Our kind of place. The lobster tails are excellent, as you’d expect, but it’s the toasted brioche lobster rolls you want: they’re crunchy on the outside but still melt in the mouth, and come in a variety of styles.
 
26-28 Binney Street, London, W1K 5BM
@smacklobster
 
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The Classy Dinner: Adam Handling at Caxton

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If you’re a couch-based gourmand, you’ll know that Masterchef: The Professionals started this week on BBC Two. This is the one with actual chefs competing, who make food that looks genuinely edible, even in the first round. So if you’re getting hungry just watching it, then it might be a nice – and topical – moment to sample that sort of cuisine for yourself. Adam Handling was a favoured finalist in last year’s programme and his eponymous restaurant launched at the end of September at the St Ermin’s Hotel in St James.

It hasn’t yet got the waiting lists you’ll find at certain big name hotel restaurants (nor quite the price tags), but this sophisticated restaurant serves innovative, delicate and mouth-wateringly good food. That Mr. Handling is a marvel with beetroot and the chicken butter (served with warm sourdough bread as an appetizer) might just change your life. Of the mains, the ashed beef fillet is memorably soft and succulent. Everything looks Mastercheffy, and tastes it too. With such a pretty setting, this is for a dinner date to savour.

2 Caxton Street, London, SW1H 0QH
caxtongrill.co.uk

The Activity: Undergound Film Club

The Rooftop Film Club is usually based, funnily enough, on top of buildings but, from today, has gone all subterranean and taken over The Vaults beneath Waterloo Station. The eerie atmosphere under these Victorian brick caves makes a far more enticing prospect than plodding along to your local Vue.

You’ll get wireless headphones through which to enjoy the films, which are a great mix of classic, kooky and more recent titles; these include The Grand Budapest Hotel, Top Gun, Pulp Fiction, Withnail & I and even the new David Bowie documentary. There is absolutely bound to be something to suit the two of you and it’s running five nights a week for the rest of November, so book up now and put a fresh spin on the typical cinema date.

The Vaults, Launcelot Street, London, SE1 7AD
undergroundfilmclub.com


The Night Out: Night Tales

Night Tales is a pop-up on a vast scale – 10,000 square feet of Shoreditch car park, to be precise – and launches on Friday, running every weekend until 20th December. With a buzzy mega-bar kind of feel, it will offer food, drink, music and a veritable feast of wintery goodness. 

Once under the canopies, we recommend heading past the log fires and up to The Negroni Station where, in addition to the classic version, you can warm your cockles with a mulled five spice wine one. And to soak that up, you could try the burgers from Patty&Buns (which will have some help from Pitt Cue some of the time) or go find Morty & Bobs, aka some of the finest cheese toasties on offer in London. Just saying. Entry is £4; good times are priceless.

288-299 Old Street, London, EC1V 9DP
nighttales.co.uk

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