London Food And Drink News: 11 June 2015

Ben Norum
By Ben Norum Last edited 30 months ago
London Food And Drink News: 11 June 2015

Branching out: DJ Yoda will open Austen's this summer

Welcome to our weekly digest of all that’s happening in London’s food and drink scene.

Inside this week: balls, bathing and beats

DJ Yoda does BBQ

In somewhat random news, DJ Yoda is set to open a barbecue restaurant in Kensal Rise next month. The hip hop turntablist — whose real name is Duncan Beiny — will open Austen’s at the end of July, offering pit-cooked and smoked meats as well as Louisiana-style weekend brunches with the likes of steak and eggs, soft shell crab benedict and buttermilk pancakes. Yoda told Hot Dinners: "My music has been inspired by food since day one — tracks like Pizza with Sway and Breakfast Cereal with Biz Markie… getting involved in a restaurant seemed like the next step for me to join my two great passions of food and music. So much of the music I play comes from the American Deep South, I felt like if my favourite music was a food, it would be BBQ.” Perhaps it’s not so random after all.

Euston, we have a pop-up

Today sees the launch of a new street food line-up at Euston station, previously one of the most dire of all London’s termini when it came to eating and drinking. Junction consists of three semi-permanent food outlets — currently Big Apple Hot Dogs, The Rib Man and coffee shop Beany Green — which will rotate in due course. The station might still be lagging behind the offering at King’s Cross, but it’s a good start.

Hot tub supperclub

The idea of eating in a hot tub won’t be for everyone, but those who do fancy it are in luck. Suppertub launches on 26 June and runs for a month at its spot next to canalside bar Number 90 in Hackney Wick. Tickets cost a rather bubbly £45 a head and include a two-hour tub session along with an iced pisco sour and three mini-courses of Peruvian food on skewers. If you’re happy to splash out you can book tickets now — if you have five mates you can get your own hot tub.

Of booze and balls

In the week that we learned an interactive Crystal Maze is coming to town and a pair of slides popped up on the South Bank, another game station has arrived — Hackney wine bar L’Entrepot has opened a petanque court in its basement. All you have to do is grab a glass of vino and some balls and start making use of the two 12-metre sand-covered tracks. What’s not to love about playing sport while drinking wine?

New openings

This week has seen the arrival of a trio of tapas spots — Jason Atherton’s Social Wine & Tapas in Marylebone, Lobos on Borough High Street and another branch of Camino in Bankside. Today also marks the relaunch of French brasserie Les Deux Salon in Covent Garden — the 46th restaurant launch from legend Sir Terence Conran — and the opening of fish & chip restaurant Hook in Pop Brixton.

Next week’s openings include Granger & Co in King’s Cross, the third London site for Bill Granger’s restaurant group, ex-Ramsay chef Mark Sargeant’s British brasserie Morden & Lea in Soho, and Street Kitchen’s permanent space within Broadgate Circle.

We round-up London’s biggest food and drink news stories and the latest new and upcoming restaurant openings in this handy digest every Thursday afternoon. See our previous editions.

Also see:

The Best Food And Drink In London — recommendations of where to enjoy the capital’s top food and drink, categorised by cuisine, food type and more.

New Restaurant Reviews — our views on London’s latest openings.

More food and drink on Londonist.

Last Updated 11 June 2015