Tasters | November – December

Katy Salter dishes up the local gastro need-to-know.

If you don’t fancy dried turkey breast and soggy stuffing, head to Palatino’s Central Street restaurant for Stevie Parle’s Roman- inspired dishes. The festive menu party is available from 20 November to 23 December, for groups of six or larger. Instead of turkey, there’s goose leg with cotechino (Italian sausage) and mustard fruits. Starters include Palatino’s much-loved fried sage leaves and the five courses include Roman favourite cacio e pepe and freshly-made rotolo pasta with black truffle and spinach.

The Watch House is a new coffee shop on Fetter Lane, from the team behind The Watch House cafes in Bermondsey Street and Tower Bridge. The café will be serving its own signature coffee blend, roasted by Shoreditch’s Ozone Coffee Roasters. The Fetter Lane branch is open from 7am for coffee and breakfast, and stays open until 10pm, morphing into an all-day dining spot and cocktail bar. Start the day with a flat white and finish it with their signature espresso martini? Sounds like a plan to us.

Coming this autumn: an innovative new opening on Rosebery Avenue. The Drunken Butler will serve ‘French cuisine with Persian influences’ and is scheduled to open in November. It is the creation of chef Yuma Hashemi. The menu will reflect his heritage and experiences of cooking all over the world, including Berlin, San Francisco and Korea. Hashemi has a keen interest in pickling, so expect to see fermented dishes, like salt-pickled vegetables with yogurt and borani and Persian omelette coucou sabzi.