Evidently Brat is where it’s at. The Spanish-inspired seafood grill restaurant opened on Redchurch Street in Shoreditch this spring and has quickly become an (east) London favourite. Tennis player Maria Sharapova was spotted dining there on Wednesday evening, and then last night U2’s The Edge was there at the same time as Coldplay’s Will Champion. Perhaps they discussed the downsides of being the second most famous member of an international rock band.
Tomos Parry, Brat’s chef-patron, himself was seen at The Observer Food Monthly Awards at the Freemason’s Hall in Covent Garden on Thursday night. He was in charge of catering the event hosted by critic Jay Rayner and cookbook author and TV star Nigella Lawson.
Another busy week at Chiltern Firehouse, the celebrity haven in Marylebone. Richard Madden, the star of BBC’s Bodyguard and now hotly tipped to play James Bond, was there for dinner on Saturday night with his girlfriend, actress Ellie Bamber.
Then, on Wednesday evening, Split actress Anya Taylor-Joy was there for dinner before the restaurant became the unofficial after party venue for the Q Awards in Camden. Noel Gallagher and Doctor Who actor Matt Smith arrived together before Smith’s girlfriend — Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again’s Lily James — joined for a nightcap.
Zela, the Japanese-influenced Mediterranean restaurant found in Ibiza, has made the jump to London, opening on Monday. It already has a famous fan: Oscar-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg was there on the first day, calling it “fabulous” with “great food.”
Also out for lunch on Monday was chef Angela Hartnett. She was at Daphne’s, the charming Italian in South Kensington, to accept a “Best Female Chef” award from Champagne Ayala and SquareMeal.
Later that day, Olivia Cooke had a walk-in at the Ivy Brasserie Soho. The actress, currently playing Becky Sharp in ITV’s Vanity Fair, popped in for a bite after a London Film Festival appearance.
Happy birthday to Odette’s, the beloved Primrose Hill restaurant run and owned by Welsh chef Bryn Williams. It celebrated its tenth anniversary on Monday night, with Williams welcoming friends including chef Mark Hix, photographer Mary McCartney and, naturally, Texas singer Sharleen Spiteri, who married Williams in September of this year.
Jorja Smith, the singer recently linked with Drake, must have needed some sustenance ahead of her Brixton Academy gig this week. She was out in Mayfair on Tuesday night, having dinner at Richard Caring’s 34.
Down the street, Sir Michael Caine was also out for dinner. He and his wife Shakira Caine were spotted having a bite at Scott’s. Caine caused controversy this week by saying that Britain being poor out of the EU is better than being rich in the EU. Anyone who has ever eaten at Scott’s will know Caine probably isn’t the best person to ask about poverty.