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Welcome to the first Bulletin of 2018. By this point in January, many of you are either into your stride – or struggling with – the traditional new-year health kick. Does it involve becoming a vegan for the month? Over the past couple of years Veganuary has become increasingly well-known, and certainly my inbox has been full of promotional press releases for this worthy (if grammatically torturous) event.

I’ve noted the continued rise of veganism over recent months and how so many restaurants, from fast casual to fine dining, are now offering vegan options, because there is a increasing demand. Grace Dent – whose first restaurant review for the Guardian we await with interest – did a fantastic piece on BBC’s Newsnight last week about veganuary and veganism, noting that it is a wake-up call for the British livestock industry on how they treat and farm their beef, pork and chickens.

I’ll admit that I’ve been cynical in the past and the unedifying events surrounding a chef in Shropshire who joked about ‘spiking a vegan’ and had to resign after a huge outcry hasn’t necessarily helped the cause. But I’m definitely conscious now about eating less and better quality meat. Food for thought.

Have a good week.



Big news for the White City Television Centre residential and retail development in west London. The latest restaurant to join the line up – which includes Homeslice, Patty & Bun and Bluebird – is a second site for Indian favourite Kricket. At 3,600 sq ft and 140 covers, it’ll be the biggest space yet for founders Will Bowlby and Rik Campbell, who will bring their modern dishes that are such a hit at the Soho branch (and before that in Pop Brixton) to a space that includes an open kitchen, cocktail bar and outdoor terrace. And the best news? This Kricket, which will open in summer, will take reservations.

Daddy Bao

Popular Peckham Taiwanese restaurant Mr Bao will later this month open a spin-off, Daddy Bao, in Tooting. The name is a reference to founder Frank Yeung’s father Joe, a restaurateur for 31 years who, he says, was instrumental in the success of the first site. The new restaurant will feature the same bao buns it’s already known for, plus smacked cucumber, golden kimchi and  pickles. The appetite for Taiwanese food in the capital doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.

Sourced Market

CODE is keen on supporting British producers and suppliers, so is enthused by the news that Sourced Market, which already has branches in Kings Cross, Victoria, Marylebone and Barbican, has launched a pop-up in the Eurostar departures lounge at St Pancras International. Until 11 February, lucky travellers will be able to grab Origin coffee, Bread Ahead baked goods, craft beer from Beavertown and all sorts of other carefully selected, delicious products before they board their train.


Named for the fabled lawyer in To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus is a restaurant that is set, like the book, in America’s south. However the forthcoming Islington opening is the long-planned idea of Cinnamon Club co-founder Iqbal Wahhab, whose roots are in India rather than Alabama. Wahhab’s idea for Atticus is an all-day, casual restaurant serving classic dishes such as shrimp and grits, fried chicken and gumbo. Atticus will open in the Angel Building in February.

Smoking Goat

It’s the end of a short but influential era this month as Smoking Goat in Denmark Street closes its doors for good. Ben Chapman’s tiny, much-lauded restaurant was the launch pad for his Kiln and Smoking Goat Shoreditch openings, so the many fans of his punchy, creative Thai dishes can still get their fix elsewhere; plus there are feasts planned for the last days of the original. And Denmark Street, for so long a quirky Soho site for indie shops and cafes, is being redeveloped.

Enoteca Rosso

Kensington is slowly getting up to speed with its restaurant offerings (The Ivy Brasserie and Dishoom joined lonely Bone Daddies and Kitchen W8 last year) – now a rather good-sounding Italian is opening. Enoteca Rosso, just opened at the Design Museum end of Kensington High Street in a former bank, promises rare cheese and charcuterie from all around Italy, as well as a stellar all-Italian wine list and – of course – all manner of pastas. We are intrigued by the sound of the brunch dish, fig carbonara.

F&M Awards

You have until the end of the month to nominate someone for the prestigious Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards. For 2018, the awards’ sixth year, there are 13 categories in everything from broadcasting to photography – anthese are awards that celebrate those who communicate the best of food and drink. This year, the judges include Marina O’Loughlin, Dan Keeling, Diana Henry and José Pizarro as well as F&M’s own Ewan Venters. The awards themselves will be presented on 10 May; more details here.

Chef scholarship

A fantastic opportunity for new chefs has just been launched. The World’s 50 Best Restaurants organisation has partnered with the BBVA bank to offer a scholarship in some of the world’s greatest kitchens – for its first year, the winner will undertake a stage at Mugaritz in San Sebastian and Atelier Crenn in San Fransisco over three months, after attending the awards in Bilbao in June. Chefs and culinary students with fewer than three years’ professional experience can enter here.

Gizzi Erskine

Hot on the heels of her successful Pure Filth pop-up, Gizzi Erskine has announced details of her own first restaurant – and it sounds very appealing. It will be in the new Mare Street Market development, along with a deli, florist, coffee shop and record store – and all the quirky furniture and accessories in the space will be for sale. On the menu and from an open kitchen, Erskine has devised a a mix of classic brasserie and healthy Californian-style dishes such as pizzas, rotisserie chicken, roasted cauliflower and brunch and roasts on the weekend. The east London creative space is planned to open in March.

Chris Simpson

It’s pleasing to see Nathan Outlaw supporting the success of his chefs. He’s posted congratulations after Tom Brown left to set up Cornerstone in Hackney, and now Outlaw’s head chef Chris Simpson who is moving on, with Outlaw’s blessing, to take over at the luxury country-house hotel Gidleigh Park (previous chef Michael Wignall left late last year). Simpson, who had been at Outlaw’s flagship restaurant for seven years, is already in place for the hotel's re-opening on Friday. Both his previous and new kitchens hold two Michelin stars.


Senior chefs, Oklava *new opening*

Selin Kiazim (one winner of Great British Menu 2017) is looking for senior chefs for both Oklava and a new opening in spring 2018. Oklava is a modern Turkish restaurant which opened to critical acclaim in 2015, the new opening will continue the contemporary Turkish theme with Mediterranean influence. They are looking for Junior Sous, Sous and Head Chef roles, the right candidate will be experienced, confident and excited to join a fantastic young team.

Click here to read more and apply

Head Chef, The Table Café

The Table is looking for an inspired Head Chef. We are a 50 cover, single-site, independently owned and operated business a short walk from London bridge.

Your enthusiasm for evolving our list of exceptional British suppliers and showcasing their products will be your primary driver in delivering a new British menu. We are a growing business and the right candidate will be an integral part of our long term goals.

£40k salary + up to £10k bonus. 

Click here to read more and apply


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Jay Rayner reviews Sushi Atelier

In conversation with Simon Hopkinson

Monocle 24 looks back on the most interesting developments in food, drink and hospitality in 2017

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It’s been on the cards for a while ever since they opened an office here for their design business, and now AvroKO Hospitality from New York has announced that they’re to open GENUINE Liquorette in London.

The Dumbwaiter hears that Meghan Markle was spotted having drinks with Nick Jones at Little House in Mayfair before Christmas. Which is ironic considering the Soho House founder is not a fan of Suits.

The authorities in Seoul have banned food and drink on public transport. No more coffee-fuelled commutes or people eating smelly takeaways. The Dumbwaiter hopes TFL takes note.

From Fitzrovia to Flat Iron Square. Click here to read The Dumbwaiter’s best bites of the week.

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