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London Restaurants Were Overrun By Photogenic Crustaceans This Week

In other news: #katsu #sandos are still a thing

Crayfish at Lyle’s, a London restaurant, taken on Instagram Lyle’s | Instagram

Welcome back to Insta Stories, a column examining the London restaurant scene through the often-problematic medium of Instagram. This week’s filter is formally inventive.

News of the week

Where to start? Pride? The football? Pride in the football? Wimbledon? Independence Day? The occasional opportunistic marketing drive aside, though, none of this really mattered on food Instagram this week — it’s such a well-insulated bubble that the much-loved Xi’an Impression opening a sister restaurant almost entirely on the down-low can legitimately lay claim to being the biggest thing (in and only in this specific context!) that happened in the last seven days. All hail Audrey Gillan (@audreygillan) for the scoop.

Ubiquitous swamp-dwelling crustacean of the week

OK, some of them live in running water, too. Call them what you will — mud bugs, yabbies, crawfish, crayfish — but there’s no denying they were everywhere this week, popping up in a range of regional preparations and, come to that, in a range of mouths. There can only be one winner in the #sopretty stakes, though.

Envy-Inducing Holiday Snap of the Week

No one has really come up with a satisfactory definition for the Portuguese concept of saudade, but looking at this on an empty stomach, Mediterranean sunshine on the brain, surely comes pretty close.

Alt-brunch of the week

If places like Sunday are the mainstream pop chart of brunch, all fluffy pancakes and avo toast and other crowd-pleasing hits, of late there seems to be a counterculture developing for those who want something a little different on a bleary-eyed weekend morn. The approach was arguably pioneered by Black Axe Mangal, where the lust for punchy — at times challenging — flavours showed no sign of abating as it switched from evening to daytime service; now it’s the turn of Eater 38 mainstay DUM Biryani House, where things sound very promising indeed.

#Sando watch of the week

Yep, still a thing.

Not technically a #sando but still, wow, of the week

One teeny-tiny question: how do you actually eat it?

Fruit family of the week

Tough one to call, this. Summer is not just the season when most sweet fruit grows, it’s also the time of year in which — served perfectly ripe, and maybe even tastefully chilled — it is the ideal conclusion to a meal. But what, among the fruits, is the most Insta-friendly of all? Is this the season of the tart, refreshing Hesperidia? The aggregates? No! This summer’s must-have accessory fruit is not, confusingly, an accessory fruit at all: it’s a member of the Cucurbitaceae, AKA the glorious melon. It makes great drinks, it makes great sorbets, a good one is great to eat all on its own. Plus, its flesh comes in an array of beautiful pastel tones, just perfect for the ‘gram.

Lurid beverage hue of the week

Move over, orange.

Ringing endorsement of the week

To recap the first entry of a very welcome column: where should someone on a third anniversary, looking for a tasting menu at £50-100 a head, head? Why, Perilla of course, which looks to be turning out some truly gorgeous food of late. Thanks, Ask Eater!

More xxxplicit @perilladining shots where that came from (EAT HERE)

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Dish of the week

*Heart-eyes emoji*

KFC bao @ArchRivals_E7 (Korean Fried Cauliflower, dill pickles, sesame). #Bitten

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Shot / genuine photographic masterpiece of the week

Enter this for all the awards.

Impress - leave your mark! @ara_vetha

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Black Axe Mangal

156 Canonbury Road, , England N1 2UP Visit Website

DUM Biryani House

187B Wardour Street, , England W1F 8ZB 020 3638 0974 Visit Website