1 | The Tasty Pop-Up: Shackfuyu
You should know by now that Bone Daddies and Flesh & Bun come highly recommended. Even if you haven’t tried the restaurants for yourself, you’ll have heard a friend banging on about them. Now, the geniuses responsible for them are launching Shackfuyu, a new Japanese pop-up on Old Compton Street, open seven days a week for the next year.
The menu will change regularly but you can expect the usual fun take on Japanese cuisine from chef Ross Shonhan. First up on the menu are an epic picanha of beef with kimchee tare butter, and mentaiko mac and cheese with cock scratchings. (No sniggering, please). This place is a must-try.
14a Old Compton Street, London, W1D 4TJ, bonedaddies.com
2 | The Smart Lunch Date: Bonhams
Yes, Bonhams is, in fact, an auction house (one of the oldest in the world, selling fine art and antiques) but the New Bond Street branch is now also a culinary destination.
Easing any time pressures, the menu is succinct, offering four of each course from chef-to-watch Tom Kemble. It’s the haunch of Sika deer with chestnut and juniper puree that’s getting tongues wagging in the mains, but the Cox apple ‘dauphinoise’ is rather hard to resist, too. The wine list comes courtesy of not one, but two masters of wine who have the venue’s rather impressive cellars and contacts to make use of, so it would be a shame to stay dry for such a treat.
101 New Bond Street, London, W1S 1SR, bonhams.com
3 | The Chinese New Year Celebrations: Opium
Today is Chinese New Year (and it’s the year of the sheep, in case you didn’t know). So where better to celebrate than a cocktail and dim sum parlour hidden behind a jade door in a multistorey townhouse, deep in the heart of Chinatown?
Opium will also be making the most of the coinciding Baijiu Cocktail Week over a three day celebration. In the venue’s newly opened ‘bar within a bar,’ you will have the chance to sample this ‘Chinese Fire Water’ alongside their now famed handmade dim sum. The front of the building will be engulfed in an art installation direct from Beijing, and guests will be given a traditional red envelope, filled with treats. Let the weekend begin.
The Jade Door, 15-16 Gerrard Street, London, W1D 6JE, opiumchinatown.com
4 | The Boozy Botanical Adventure: The Gin Garden at Kew Garden Lates
Kew Gardens is already a bit wonderlandish. Especially at night. And especially when there’s booze involved. So nab yourself some tickets to The Gin Garden at the ‘Alluring Orchids Lates’ for a romantic evening meandering through the Princess of Wales Conservatory, exploring these exotic flowers. (It’s out of the freezing winter air, so no need to whine about the cold).
Aside from the array of tropical flowers, there will be talks and activities for anyone interested, including scent and illustration workshops. But if you want to head straight for the hard stuff, you’ll find the imaginative guys from the traveling Gin Garden serving up No. 3 London Dry with all sorts of botanical twists. Tickets are just £12 and if tonight is too last minute, then make sure to book up for either 26 February or 5 March, when you’ll have another chance.
19th February, 26th February, 5th March at 6.30 – 9.30pm, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB, kew.org