Ex-Som Saa chef takes solo project to Highbury wine bar
Highbury wine bar, Mountgrove Bothy, will be the site of chef John Chantarasak’s next AngloThai residency. Chantarasak will be taking over from Chinese Laundry, by chefs Peiran Gong and Tongtong Ren, on 14 March and will be in the space for three weeks from Thursday — Saturday. Food will be “Thai recipes [with] British ingredients,” drawing on Chantarasak’s heritage; previously sous chef at Thai restaurant Som Saa, he has recently been hosting pop-ups in the UK, Stockholm, Berlin, Thailand and Myanmar. Except to see dishes on menus such as sourdough bread & whipped shrimp paste butter; raw Dexter beef, Makhwaen laab spice and sorrel; and mussels in pork fat jungle curry. [Hot Dinners]
Peg comes from the team behind P. Franco and Bright, with a focus on yakitori-style grilling to go with a natural and low-intervention wine list. The space features terrazzo tables made from recycled yoghurt pots and familiar aesthetics from P. Franco and Bright, including the signature low-key typography from Tegan Ella Hendel.
Historical pub set to re-open in central London
Restaurateur David Moore — founder of Michelin-starred restaurant Pied à Terre — and publican Tony Bennett are set to re-open a central London pub, according to Bloomberg’s food critic Richard Vines. The Devereux, located off the Strand, has a 20 year lease. [Richard Vines]
If you need an excuse to eat pancakes, today is the day. This city offers a pancake for all palates on Shrove Tuesday — and every other day too.