November Restaurant News Roundup
We look back on another month on the London restaurant scene…
November’s Top 5 Most Important Openings
We are on the cusp of a casual pasta restaurant craze, there’s a new Greek in town, and soba noodles move in on ramen… check out the top 5 most important restaurant openings in November.
The Richmond gastropub in Hackney closed its doors this month. Its owners apparently have plans to open a new venue in Bloomsbury.
Headline News From the London Restaurant Scene
Michelin’s tragic Twitter account struck again in November with a very poorly worded tweet from Darjeeling Express.
The idiotic, sexist brain fart read, ‘A female kitchen team coping effortlessly with demand @DarjeelingLDN’ #Soho
A comment on the all-female kitchen team at Asma Khan’s Soho restaurant, it seemed to imply that it was something of a surprise to find actual women coping with their own jobs of a lunchtime. And not a man in sight!
They went on to fuel the fire by retweeting our link to our article about the women shaping London’s restaurant industry very shortly afterwards. See! We do like women! We just searched for an article about them on the internet and retweeted it and *everything*.
— Just Opened London (@JustOpenedLdn) November 15, 2017
Frantic by this stage, they went on to ‘clarify’…
Let us clarify!
It’s rare to see a completely female kitchen team – and one so utterly calm under so much pressure as the place was packed – this is a restaurant with an interesting story @Darjeelingldn #Soho pic.twitter.com/4SYWv5NWpr
— The MICHELIN Guide (@MichelinGuideUK) November 23, 2017
Oh dear, oh dear. When will Michelin start getting it right? (We suggest they ask some women to take over).
The London Restaurant Festival Awards happened this month and we were there to tweet all the action. See all the winners here, including a double scoop for Victoria dim sum restaurant A Wong.
You all went mad for poutine. Our most popular opening on this site this month was the Air Canada Poutinerie. Does this mean London is crying out for more chips, gravy and cheese? We have to say it does remind us a little bit of school dinners…
The insects began to take over this month as Deliveroo ran a pop-up in collaboration with Sebby Holmes of Thai restaurant Farang, sending critters like crickets in betel leaf directly to diners’ sofas. Perhaps they wanted to munch along to I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!
Aussie doughnut shop Doughnut Time also released a bug-topped limited edition doughnut. The Bushtucker Trial is flavoured with raspberry jam, and Oreo crumb, Shredded Wheat and… salt and vinegar crickets. We’re not sure this is a trend we can get behind.