As we approach the autumnal month of October, welcoming shorter days and cooler nights, there’s no better time to treat your taste buds to the finest food and drink offerings the capital has to offer. From a delicious European-inspired menu of seasonal, hearty dishes at Plateau, to a spicy selection at brand new opening Little Kolkata, showcasing an extensive range of fragrant Calcuttan favourites, there's plenty of culinary inspiration in London next month. Read on for your ultimate culinary adventure this October. >>
Francis Mallmann, one of South America’s most beloved chefs, will be cooking up a storm for the very first time in London, with an exclusive pop up at Wolfgang Puck’s first European restaurant CUT at 45 Park Lane. Mallmann will be joining executive chef David McIntyre to deliver his signature, bold Argentinian flavours, serving up dishes such as smashed crusty Andean potato with smoked butter and caviar, plancha avocado with salmon confit and slowly roasted rubia gallega rib eye on the bone. Book your seats at the table now.
3 – 5 October
Southbank’s Skylon Restaurant is marking National Seafood Week with the addition of some special oceanic dishes to it's 'Seafood Saxy Brunch' menu – including Shetland steam mussels in a white wine cream sauce and a dozen or half a dozen oysters. Situated along Southbank, the haunt is jazzing up the weekend with live music and bottomless prosecco. Enjoy beats from the resident saxophonist whilst taking in the impressive views across the River Thames through the floor to ceiling windows. There's nothing better.
Saturday 6 October
The newest addition to Covent Garden’s diverse dining scene, Little Kolkata, has now opened its doors to London’s discerning foodies, following a series of successful supper clubs. Featuring an authentic Calcuttan menu, array of cocktails and exclusive themed evenings, guests can enjoy picks such as plates of Maacher chop, a cod fish cutlet accompanied by the typical Calcuttan mustard sauce Kashundi, and Lilish Maacher Deem Bhaja, a spiced fish egg from the Hilsa, a very popular fish with Bengalis.
Plateau Restaurant’s menu has been transformed by head chef Frederick Forster – who has worked with the likes of Raymond Blanc, Gordon Ramsay, Thomas Keller and Pierre Gagnaire – putting the spotlight on seasonal and distinctive ingredients. Hearty dishes on offer include cushion of lamb with couscous, chicken spatchcock with harissa, lemon, chilli and mixed salad and baked baby beetroots with goats cheese raviolo, soft quail eggs and pine nut dressing. Those with a bigger appetite can also indugle in loin of venison with parsnip puree, braised leaves, quince and spiced sauce and poached monkfish with glazed cauliflower and mustard seed sauce. Simply delicious.
Accessed through a secluded side door on New Row, Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour boasts more than 300 of the most unique, interesting and rare gins from around the globe. The immense assortment is constantly being updated and features a wealth of brands that even the most discerning gin connoisseur has yet to try. Inside, the Victorian-inspired décor is just as impressive, with gin bottles lining every inch of the exclusive room.
Mayfair's The Wolseley is presenting every chocoholic's dream concept. Warm sultana scones will be served with strawberry jam and, especially for this new menu, a white chocolate cream. An assortment of pastries, including a dark chocolate and raspberry éclair, a milk chocolate orange tart and a white chocolate & passion fruit delice are simply unbeatable paired with Canton Tea’s Chocolate Tea – a velvety blend of loose leaf Assam and Yunnan, Peruvian cocoa nibs and Madagascan vanilla – which is on the bill to sample and take home.
Launching mid October
For a taste of continental Europe without having to cross the English Channel, make a beeline for French favourite Le Pont de la Tour to try it's Le Bon Brunch menu. Packed with luxury classics including crepes and truffled scrambled eggs, it boasts a delicious range of French treats to the backdrop of beautiful Tower Bridge views. For something extra special, be sure to try the latest edition to the brunch menu, The Fruits de Mer, a triumph bursting with flavour.
Primrose Hill restaurant Odette's – helmed by chef Bryn Williams – is marking it's notable 10th anniversary with some delicious new menus. Showcasing a selection of favourite dishes from across the decade, a special anniversary menu will offer favourites such as curried scallop, cauliflower & coconut soup – which was pioneered in 2008. Those with a sweet tooth will love Odette’s Jaffacake, mandarin, orange curd, which has been a menu staple for the past six years after being created to use up an excess of chocolate originally intended for a Bounty-inspired dessert.
Available 16 – 27 October
Dalloway Terrace is already as pretty as a picture, but this month the restaurant is going one better with a delicate woodland installation. Showcasing a canopy of preserved autumnal leaves in rich oranges and burnt reds, amidst beautiful soft pink and red maple leaves and clusters of tumbling berries, it delightfully brings the spirit of Autumn to life. Also adhereing to the Autumnal theme is a special Afternoon Tea menu, celebrating the apple. Guests can enjoy the crisp and sweet flavours of five delicious apple-themed treats, including spiced apple cake with cinnamon glaze and Granny Smith and whisky mousse with milk chocolate ganache.
New York City’s critically-acclaimed bar BlackTail NYC is delivering a taste of New York City to London's The Bloomsbury Club Bar for one night only. n partnership with Thomas Henry Mixers, an innovative cocktail menu will be on the bill including BlackTail favourites and bespoke creations to give guests an authentic taste of the ‘lush life’. BlackTail NYC last took up residency here back in February 2017, as part of the successful ‘Club Residencies Project’, so its no surprise this event is tipped to be just as memorable.
Friday 5 October
The new autumn incarnation of 108 Pantry's signature English Country Garden Afternoon Tea is here. This quintessentially British Afternoon Tea has been designed to encapsulate an idyllic autumnal setting with a wealth of delicious treats inspired by nature. Highlights include coronation chicken tartlet, smoked salmon served on Guinness bread, truffled brie with Jerusalem artichoke crisp alongside scones with Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry jam.