3 fashionable foodie haunts in London
As a model, Stacey Smith thinks Isaac Carew would approve of these so-hot-right-now restaurants found a stone’s throw from London’s shopping Meccas.
Part of Selfridges’ £300m revamp, this is of the ‘more is more’ school of thought, featuring a 24ft crystal- encrusted Pegasus, courtesy of Damien Hirst, soaring overhead in what will surely be 2019’s most Instagrammed dining room. Highlights include avocado and sesame fried chicken with green tea and chia seed coating and ‘Orbit’, a dark chocolate mousse with hazelnut praline ice cream, milk foam and popping candy designed to look like a planetary object.
Hicce (meaning ‘current, of the moment’) offers much-needed sustenance when you’ve shopped and need to drop. The first restaurant from Great British Menu winner Pip Lacey, Angela Hartnett’s ex-head chef at Michelin-starred Murano, the menu centres around wood- red cooking and draws on British, Italian and Japanese cuisine. Expect trendy pickled vegetables and ‘hot sticks’, skewers featuring the like of sea bream, cucumber, sansho pepper and crème fraîche.
The third restaurant from the P Franco team will follow a similar format to their Clapton-based Wine Shop X Bar, with a more casual vibe than Bright. At the time of writing they are yet to open the doors, but we’re told to expect a showcase of exciting wine ‘with a focus on keeping prices down’, bar- only seating, small plates and a record player. From here, you’ll be able to swing by the best of Hackney Walk, East London’s luxury fashion outlet and home to Burberry, Matches and more.