We already like Polpo, the Venetian-inspired wine bar that has everyone flocking to try small plates of cuttlefish and ink gremolata, or pork meatballs in tomato sauce. Now the enterprising owner, Russell Norman, has opened da Polpo in nearby Covent Garden. It's welcoming and pretty with a jade green color scheme, and unlike Polpo, accepts reservations at lunchtime. Polpo, 6 Maiden Lane, London WC2, 020-7836 8448.
Vietnamese cooking is not as widespread in London as it is in, say, Paris, so it's welcome news that the very good Cay Tre on Old Street in the City has come to Soho. The strong flavors of what is street food, skillfully cooked from well-sourced ingredients, are proving a success. It all adds to London's well-deserved reputation as a destination for a world-class international melting pot of cuisines. Lunch & Dinner daily. Cay Tre, 42-43 Dean St., London W1, 020-7317 9118.
Eastern Mediterranean cooking has come to Mayfair, in the shape of Quince and chef patron Silvena Rowe, who was born in Bulgaria but has become a TV chef in Britain. The Ottoman empire and its food is not well known in London, so here's your chance to try Ottoman spiced lamb cutlets with tahini and black truffle sauce, and orange blossom baklava, which first made its appearance in the early sixteenth century. The décor is full of strong colors to match the concept, with colored glass jazzing it up further. Lunch & Dinner daily. Quince, The May Fair, Stratton St., London W1, 020-7915 3892.
Jamie Oliver is a household name in Britain and in much of the rest of the world for his cookbooks, TV appearances and his restaurants like Fifteen in London. Now he's teamed up with Adam Perry Lang, a household name in New York through Daisy May's BBQ USA, to offer a whistle-stop tour of the world's artisan cooking methods at Barbecoa. Tandoors, robata grills, the Texas pit smoker and more cook meat and seafood using, as the website claims, fire, smoke, wood and charcoal, which you can see in the open kitchen. The plate glass, modern setting comes courtesy of the One New Change development in the heart of the City of London. Barbecoa, 20 New Change Passage, London EC4, 020-3005 8555.
Roganic has just opened in London in Marylebone in what was the Michael Moore restaurant. It’s the brainchild of Simon Rogan, whose L’Enclume in Cartmel, Cumbria, is such a roaring success. Roganic is only here for 2 years as the site will be redeveloped in 2013, but in the meantime, expect seasonally led, inventive menus, using herbs and leaves foraged from the hedgerows from this award-winning chef. There is a 10-course lunch and dinner menu at £80 per person, and a five-course lunch at £40. Roganic, 20 New Change Passage, London W1, 020-7486 0380.
Black Truffle Menu at RefettorioChef Shuffle
Running from June 20 for around a month (or as long as the season lasts), the black truffle menu at Refettorio offers a great chance to enjoy the delicacy in dishes like pan-fried eggs on cornbread with green leaves, Parmesan and black truffle, and such mains as fried veal chop on leeks and creamed potatoes with a black truffle finish. The four-course menu costs £40 per person and includes coffee and amaretti. Check back here for information on the prized white truffle season and the November white truffle menu at Refettorio. Refettorio, Crowne Plaza Hotel London-The City, 19 New Bridge St., London EC4, 020-7438 8052.
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