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After the Parmesan Fracas, It’s the Parmesan Party in Hackney

Plus all the other restaurant snippets fit to print

Pici with parmesan at Ombra in Bethnal Green, one of London’s best waterside restaurants Ombra [Official Photo]

Restaurant in parmesan fracas hosts parmesan party

Ombra, the canalside Hackney restaurant that was subjected to a typically nuanced trial by Twitter after charging a parmesan supplement listed on its menu is — obviously — hosting a parmesan party. On 8 October, Ombra will collaborate with Neal’s Yard Dairy to show “how authentic Parmigiano-Reggiano is about so much more than ‘seasoning.’” A wine plus winemaker model, but this is cheese plus its maturer.

Basing things on plants continues

Having departed Camden for good, Kerb (KERB) food market is leaving meat behind, too. The latest market from the street food collective at Devonshire Square will be 100 percent plant-based, according to Hot Dinners, working in collaboration with the local WeWork. The co-working space giant recently announced it would transition to meat-free environments, and this new street food site will follow suit.

Trustworthy burger chain jumps on the Marylebone bandwagon

Not content with opening outside London, MCA reports that Honest Burgers has secured a site in Marylebone. The burger chain would join pizza group Homeslice, casual dining adventurer Richard Caring’s Harry’s Bar, Sri Lankan restaurant Hoppers, and ramen joint Bone Daddies in the area’s recent, or soon-to-come openings.

Hummus restaurant chain failed after supermarket bid...

The administrator’s report for Hummus Bros, which ceased trading in June, reveals that a failed move into supermarkets and wider retail scuttled the Levantine chain. Big Hospitality reports that product diversification and a catering operation did not work, with investors reluctant to put money forward after several, recent, high profile failures in the casual dining sector.

... While national restaurant chains move into a supermarket

1950s diner chain Ed’s Easy Diner and “eclectic” global-mishmash Giraffe are partnering on a range of meals for Tesco, according to Big Hospitality. Parent company Boparan Restaurant Group is promising starters and mains from Giraffe, including Mexican chicken tinga, Japanese katsu chicken, and Sri Lankan prawn curry. Given recent conversations and criticisms of brands’ enduring ability to co-opt, disrespect, and appropriate other cultures’ food with misguided bastardisations, Eater hopes that Giraffe can stick its neck out and buck the trend.

Honest Burgers

Unit 12 Brixton Village, Brixton, Greater London SW9 8PS +44 20 7733 7963 Visit Website


77 Wigmore Street, London, W1U 1QE Visit Website


1 Vyner Street, , England E2 9DG 020 8981 5150 Visit Website

Bone Daddies

31 Peter Street, London, W1F 0AR Visit Website