Welcome to the Resy Lineup, your regular fix of socially-distanced recommendations on what to eat, drink, and see at home — updated on a bi-weekly basis.
In this week’s edition: three of the world’s greatest bars — delivered to your home, a North London wine bar-turned-rotisserie, and one of Soho’s best-kept secrets now accessible with just a few clicks.
Week of November 9
The Drink Proposal
The annual World’s 50 Best Bars list was published recently and, suffice to say, London was very well represented on the list, with 8 of the top 50 hailing from the Big Smoke (including Artesian, the overall top pick). While we can’t visit them in person, several are offering pre-made cocktails for delivery, including Tayēr + Elementary (innovative pours), Swift (old-world favourites), and Three Sheets (classics with a twist) — perfect for post-work drinks at home while you hate-watch Emily in Paris again.
The Event Invite
Week two of Margot Henderson’s culinary odyssey for Rochelle Canteen’s offering for At-Home Specials sees her put her stamp on the dishes of Rose Chalalai-Singh, her friend and owner of Thai eatery Ya Lamaï in Paris. Henderson has always been effusive about her love for East and South-East Asian flavours, and an entirely new menu of Thai-meets-Rochelle is an opportunity for her to present her own spin of the cuisine — and for guests to try it. On the menu: lobster, brown shrimp and lemongrass salad, duck red curry, wines from St. John, and spicy sobrasada on toast, made from Rose’s pigs on her farm in Mallorca. Get yours here.
Pick a restaurant — any restaurant. Big Night, co-founded by The Laughing Heart’s Charlie Mellor, is stacked with some of London’s best restaurants who are offering the best of their menus for delivery. Pick from Legare’s hand-rolled pasta and cannoli, Mexican sharing feasts from Tacos Padre, 10 Greek Street’s pizzas and wines from its legendary Black Book, and many more.
It may be unseasonably warm at the moment, but not even Covid can stop London’s Christmas lights. If you happen to be in the area, an end-to-end tour of Oxford Street’s lights — perhaps with excursions to Covent Garden and Carnaby’s displays — without the crowds promises to brighten the spirits, albeit with the reminder that central London is quiet for a reason. While you’re in town, stop by Chinatown or by any of the area’s restaurants and bars still offering takeout to enjoy at home or while perusing the displays.
From The Tipline
We’ve heard that Marcelo Rodrigues, head chef at Rubedo in Stoke Newington, has fired up an impromptu rotisserie, offering succulent roast chickens with a gentle, flavoursome peri-peri baste. At £12 per bird, they’re a relative bargain; consult the restaurant’s friendly and knowledgeable owner on a perfect wine pairing for your dinner while you’re at it, too. Collection only for now.
Week of October 26
The Drink Proposal
A properly made martini is a wonderful thing, and few do it better than Dalston maestros Three Sheets. Befitting the times we live in, they’re offering two of them for £15 before 6 p.m. — irresistible, and probably (definitely) lethal, depending on who’s drinking them. Outdoor seating is available, and the rest of their drinks lineup stands toe-to-toe with the city’s best.
The Event Invite
Few restaurants evoke that rare combination of genuine affection and respect as Rochelle Canteen. Founders Melanie Arnold and Margot Henderson’s sense of wit, taste, and generosity is unparalleled, so it’s little wonder that their At Home Specials dinner kits for November are hot property, with dishes like braised squid, chickpeas and winter tomato, and Thai-style duck curry inspired by some of their favourite chefs around the world. Pick them up here. Elsewhere, London’s favourite taqueria El Pastor are delivering their excellent Taco Party boxes within 2.5 miles of Kings Cross and Borough Market — think tacos, tostadas, margaritas, and sides for groups of two, four, or six, all in sustainable and temperature controlled packaging. A guaranteed win for a celebration — or a midweek treat.
Not one, but three of the city’s most exciting new eateries, all within seconds of each other in Borough Market’s covered, open-air stalls. On Fridays or Saturdays, start with micheladas, carnitas, and still-warm tortillas to share at All My Friends, before splitting several explosively flavoured plates for sharing at High Beam — the bhel, okra fries, and chilli paneer are all memorable. Finish with cheesecake and pistachio crumble at modern Hebrew spot Erev.
In case the rush of themed content hadn’t made it clear, Halloween is this week. Amble down to Peckham’s Copeland Park, transformed into an eerie forest, for a series of immersive horror screenings. The hangar-esque building is spacious enough for distancing, and cinemas aren’t affected by the curfew, and it’s a perfect excuse to support a few of the neighbourhood’s OG traders by embarking on a West African suya crawl. Load up on perfectly grilled, exquisitely spiced meat by hitting three of the neighbourhood’s finest, as recommended by writer Jonathan Nunn — Suuyar, Angel’s Bakery, and Suya Spot — which will provide as many thrills as the film.
From The Tipline
Word on the street is that Koya — one of the best noodle shops outside Japan — is celebrating its 10th anniversary by revisiting the most popular specials from its legendary blackboard through October and November. Expect to revisit dishes like the English breakfast udon, or grilled carrot tempura with hoji-cha salt at both City and Soho sites.
Week of October 12
The Event Invite
The restaurant industry isn’t out of the woods by a long shot, but it’s encouraging to see some of lockdown’s grafters doing exciting things. First up: Sustainable fine diner Fallow, who are collaborating with Valentine Warner on a one-off autumnal dinner paired to gin cocktails from Northumberland-based Hepple spirits. Meanwhile in Whitechapel, cult favourites Rita’s and Manteca are teaming up for a triple collaboration at Townsend that all the cool kids will be at. Expect superlative hand-rolled pastas, lots of natty wine, and plenty of creative flourishes from Rita’s main man Gabriel Pryce.
The Drink Proposal
It’s London Cocktail Month, so, unsurprisingly, it’s a great time to sip some delicious cocktails. Top of your list should be the excellent Tayēr + Elementary near Old Street for ultra-creative, cutting edge cocktails. They’re offering paired cocktail and food tasting menus that change weekly to focus on a single spirit through the month; first up, Moët + Veuve Clicquot, followed by Ardberg Single Malt, finishing with Eminente Rum.
The Restaurant Rec
In London terms, 10 Greek Street is practically a classic restaurant at this point. Chef-owner Cameron Emirali’s seasonal, Mediterranean-tinged cooking takes the best elements of Spanish, French, and Italian cuisine and grafts it to British ingredients, in a buzzing space that captures why we all moved to London in the first place. Want to know where you can get a glass of wine in Soho for three quid? It’s here. As a bonus to the light, produce-driven dishes the restaurant is known for, the kitchen has knocked it out of the park with its new pizzas, and the black book of wine is as enticing as ever.
The Weekend Pairing
October could be the last time that it’s socially acceptable to visit the seaside before it becomes winter. Hop on the train to Brighton from London Bridge (or Victoria) for a day at the beach or an afternoon exploring Brighton Pavilion. Afterwards, jump into a hot sauna at Beach Box, before plunging into the ocean — if you’re lucky, you can catch a murmuration (a balletic aerial dance of starlings) between the piers before sunset. Top it all off with an early dinner at the award-winning Cin Cin in Brunswick Town, where relaxed Italian plates like arancini of south coast crab, or agnolotti of salmon with zucchini fritti and truffled mushroom duxelle have received much critical acclaim.
From the Tipline
For the first time, the beloved Kitty Fishers in Mayfair is delivering autumnal supper boxes to diners across the city, with hearty dishes like pot roast duck leg with lentils and quince, and a blackberry and apple ‘mess’. Over in Borough Market, talented chef Tom Cenci is embarking on a residency at Stoney Street — his openings menus will focus on championing lesser-known cuts of grass-fed Irish beef, like feather blade or onglet, with a style complementing the restaurant’s slow, seasonal approach to food.