- Indian street food brand, Rola Wala, today open their first permanent site — in Spitalfields. The focus is on sourdough naan breads and “healthy everyday Indian fast food.” A range of vegan, vegetarian and meat options all contain a minimum of 43 ingredients and spices; the rolls start at £5.95. Owner Mark Wright who was inspired to create Rola Wala after travelling through India says, opaquely, his vision is "to inspire an authentic generation of fast-food." 36 Brushfield St, London E1 6AT
- Peckham’s multi-story car park, most famous for Frank’s Campari Bar, is opening up two floors devoted to food and drink in October, report Hot Dinners. A total of seven new operators will move into the space, to be known as Peckham Levels — including Drum & Flats chicken wings; WEST, a Californian-style cafe with natural wines; Made of Dough pizzeria; Nandine Kurdish mezze; Canard’s confit duck; Otherside Fried fried chicken burgers. And to drink — craft beer from Lady Godiva. 95a Rye Lane, London SE15 4TG
- Lahpet, the Burmese restaurant in London Fields, is launching a new monthly supper club on Thursday 17 August — head chef Zaw Mahesh will “showcase a selection of authentic and contemporary dishes from the cuisine of Myanamar (Burma).” 5 Helmsley Pl, London E8 3SB
- Cinnamon Soho and Mr Lyan have launched an eco-friendly summer terrace. Vivek Singh’s modern Indian restaurant, Cinnamon Soho, has collaborated with Ryan Chetiyawardana, aka Mr Lyan, to launch a green Summer Festival Terrace, with “upcycled and recycled cocktails” paired with Indian street food served in recycled dishes. The cocktails will use ingredients such as watermelon rinds, pistachio shells and leftover chai to create syrups, cordials and liqueurs.
- Hawksmoor’s Big Matt burger, created for Independence Day, will stay on the menu until September. The burger is a gourmet riff on McDonald’s Big Mac, using Hawksmoor’s ‘special sauce’, two burger patties, shredded iceberg, chopped onion and Red Leicester cheese. It will be on the menu as part of the 'Big Matt Meal’, which includes dripping fries and the cocktail, Shakey Pete’s Ginger Brew. The name, as well as a pun, is also a nod to the creator, executive chef Matt Brown.
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