Welcome back to Insta Stories, a column examining the London restaurant scene through the often-problematic medium of Instagram. This week’s filter should probably have been a little less saturated and turned down a tad.
News of the week
Suns out, phones out. Yes — in an extraordinary turn of events, the previous seven days have seen something no less remarkable than the damn thing actually shining, which has sent the mercury on the Basic thermometer skyrocketing, as well as occasioning a terrifying proliferation of two types of photo: blossom shots, and close-ups of that quintessential harbinger of good weather, the tomato. When the temperature rises, everyone, it seems wants to embrace their inner Elizabeth David and just cook good, simple ingredients with the minimum level of fuss and intervention. For a few fleeting days, at least.
Feed-clogging event of the week
A close-run thing this week, as the PR effort for Beck at Browns seems to be gaining genuine traction among influencers and hashtag enthusiasts alike. But with a guest list including some of London’s best chefs and most-followed social media celebrities, there was only ever going to be one winner. Welcome to the world, Tom Brown’s Cornerstone.
Safe to say that this is the biggest day of my career... @cornerstonehackney opens its doors to the public for the first time today... thanks to everyone who’s supported us in turning this dream into a reality.. love you all ❤️ ...hopefully we can do you proud and create something very special here ⚡️ ...picture from @cedarcreates
Awards drama of the week
Just days after the humiliating Fortnum and Mason awards Instagram shutout, there is precious little chance of a repeat over at the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year Awards, not least because there appears to be a category for every.single.type.of.food.photo.
Taking Back Control win of the week
Ah yes, the classic English cooked
Brexit Breakfast. After the dazzling advances made over the past decades, is there a better way to commemorate St George’s day than with a harsh reminder of our culinary future?
Caption with room for improvement of the week
“You vs the guy she told you not to worry about”?
Interesting Collab of the week
To plunge into the balmy waters of the #tanqueraysevilla hashtag is to realise quite how much promotional cash the average booze brand has at its disposal — enough to bring both a big-name chef and a big-name influencer along for the ride, easy. It’s a shame, then, that all the money in the world doesn’t appear able to buy a genuine sense of enthusiasm.
Dish of the week
Cold, tart, refreshing, delicious. Presumably.
Shot of the week
Did someone mention the sun was out?