Great British Menu judge opens second “kitchen”
Andi Oliver will launch a new kitchen, Wadadli Kitchen, on the site of her current Stoke Newington restaurant, Andi’s, as originally reported by the Caterer. Writing on Instagram, Oliver said: “Wadadli is the ancient name for the island of Antigua it is also the name of the new kitchen coming from @andis_restaurant. Wadadli Kitchen is real Caribbean home cooking.” It is understood that the food will be available both on site and on restaurant delivery platforms, operating in a similar realm to the newly popular “virtual restaurant.”
Stand by for more photos of sandwiches
Purveyors of both thrillingly prepared and thrillingly photogenic food, Tātā Eatery, is returning to north west London with a residency at the Sir Colin Campbell pub in Kilburn.
London’s largest ramen chain builds out west
Tonkotsu’s expansion into Ealing is underway, with the ramen chain’s tenth restaurant due to open 1 December in the new Dickens Yard retail and residential development. It will be joined by Gail’s bakery, Balans Soho Society, and handmade pasta restaurant Pasta Remoli.
The most non-transferrable food emoji finds purpose
Apple’s food emoji have been ranked before, with many flexing their meaning according to context; the aubergine, perhaps, the most iconic of all. Now, its most singular food emoji — the crème caramel — is finally getting airtime, with Quo Vadis and Brat providing a purpose for an otherwise lost jumble of pixels.
Another Soho restaurant will try to emulate izakaya culture
Robatayaki will open February 2019 on Old Compton Street in Soho, on the current site of noodle bar, Tuk Tuk. Its stated aim is to bring izakaya culture to London. Literally translated as “the roof with alcohol,” it is alcohol first and food second, with dishes focussed on salt, heat and fat the norm. It is not a restaurant in the strictest sense and as such, is incredibly difficult to capture out of place. Instead the term has become a kind of misappropriated watchword for Japanese casual dining rather than a precise expression of a very particular Japanese dining culture. Robatayaki, for its part, intends to use another very specific cooking style — robatayaki, or fire-side grill — to get things right.