Restaurant magazine

Something hip is brewing: coffee culture

Love ’em or loath ’em, hipster coffee shops and their tattooed, bearded baristas are here to stay – and they’re changing the way many people consume coffee

Stealing turkey’s crown: Christmas meat cuts

In recent years, turkey has become the mainstay of festive feasts, but with diners increasingly wanting something different from what they’ll be cooking at home come the big day, the traditional roast turkey is no longer a given on restaurant menus

Them and US: Top chefs discuss American cuisine

If there’s one thing italian chef Massimo Bottura is never short of, it’s enthusiasm. so it says a lot about the current state of play in the european restaurant industry that he goes to america ‘to recharge his batteries’

School of crock: tableware trends

With the lines between casual and fine dining blurring, there’s never been a more interesting – or confusing – time for deciding on tableware. So we’re here to help. Let the lesson commence…

Cane enabled: the rise of premium rum

When London nightclub mahiki opened in 2006, its bartenders had a tough job convincing punters they wanted to drink rum-based cocktails. Now more than 90% ask for rum, and they’re paying attention to brands

Restaurant: United Ramen

Competing with the wealth of fast-casual dining options on bustling Upper Street in London’s Islington is not an easy task, but American entrepreneur Aaron Resch has come up with a concept that’s different enough to succeed.

Interview: Chef Ryan Clift, Tippling Club

When the financial crisis happened, we created a cocktail called Fuck the Subprime. It was cognac with Cristal champagne and it was S$65 (£30) for a fucking cocktail, but you had to order it in a group. We were full of people buying it, so we realised in times of stress, people still want to drink.

Negotiating food-hygiene legislation

When Philip Leach heard that he could no longer serve duck breast pink, it was the final straw. He decided to close his restaurant, Slice, after “six glorious years” claiming Swansea council’s food-hygiene legislation had simply become too prohibitive.

Right on cue: Q Grill, Camden

Keeping his foot on the pedal after the launches of Holborn Dining Room in February and upmarket chippie The Fish & Chip Shop last year, Des McDonald is back with yet another new restaurant.

Shake, rattle and rule: 2014 cocktail trends

In times of crisis, Don Draper has just one solution: a stiff drink. Women problems? Old Fashioned. Lost a
big advertising account? Martini. Personal identity issues? Whiskey, neat.

Sea kale: the forgotten vegetable

Sea kale is the forgotten vegetable – found in most large gardens in the 19th century, it is now produced at scale by just one UK grower and is unknown to most consumers.