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The London Restaurant Stories of the Week, According to Instagram

Including snow-content during the Beast From the East, jam-packed breakfasts and outstanding menus

A very artfully arranged breakfast
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Welcome back to Insta Stories, a column examining the London restaurant scene through the sometimes problematic medium of Instagram.

News of the week

As much as it is a follow-up to an announcement he sort-of made at the back end of last year, Nuno Mendes’ post about the sudden wholesale changes at Taberna do Mercado nevertheless felt quietly seismic. For all it has been abused as a medium, Instagram remains perhaps the most personal of channels available to chefs and operators — that Mendes chose this route (rather than a dry PR email) to pass on the news says something about how much the project meant to him, and so it’s hard not to find it both bittersweet and more than a little moving. Fingers crossed for whatever comes next.

Feed-clogging event of the week

Does a cold front count as an event? How about a hot behind? As much as The Beast From The East generated some staggeringly basic caption work, there’s no denying the stark beauty of some of the images it helped create, too.

Menu of the week

The Laughing Heart continues its evolution as one of London’s most interesting restaurants. There’s old-school technique, there’s Black Axe Mangal-style wizardry with offal. There’s hi-lo trashy-deluxe combos like Saint Bartholomew and Digestive Biscuits, there’s also the courage to leave things unadorned if that’s what’s best for them. And then there’s the words “white bean and bacon tortellini” — words, when read as the snow swirls outside, which elicit a yearning so profound it can only be compared to romantic love.

Plenty of winter warmers on the menu this evening. Stop by and see us!

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Dubious corporate shill of the week

As Oscar Wilde once said, to do one promotion for faceless burrito behemoth Tortilla is unfortunate, but to do two looks like carelessness.

Laborious composition of the week

All the love for Felicity Spector’s account, which remains the source of some of the prettiest and most cake-heavy food photography in London. But, whoa, that’s a helluva lot of jams for a workday breakfast.

Dish of the week

RIP, Winemakers Deptford. You will be missed.

Jansson’s Temptation @WinemakersDeptford

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Shot of the week

The lighting, the shadow, the contrasting textures, the crockery. Is this #art?

Taberna do Mercado

107b Commercial St, London, Greater London E1 6BG 020 7375 0649 Visit Website

Black Axe Mangal

156 Canonbury Road, , England N1 2UP Visit Website

Winemakers Deptford

209 Deptford High Street, , England SE8 3NT 020 8305 6852 Visit Website

The Laughing Heart

277 Hackney Road, , England E2 8NA 020 7686 9535 Visit Website