Tasters – September

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


Smithfield Market has been providing London restaurants with meat for 140 years. To say thank you, Gaucho has created a new Smithfield Burger Menu inspired by its meat market neighbour. Available at the Charterhouse Street branch, which overlooks the historic market, the menu includes a burger made with four cuts of beef and topped with bacon, caramelised onions and provolone cheese. There’s also lamb topped with crispy Coppa ham and basil aioli, a confit pork belly burger and a fried chicken number topped with addictive chimichurri sauce.



Berber and Q has chosen EC1 as the location for its second outpost. The duo behind the Hackney grill house, Josh Katz and Mattia Bianchi, have transformed 46 Exmouth Market (formerly Blackfoot) into a shawarma bar that will banish bad memories of late-night kebabs and replace them with something delicious. Try the lamb shawarma or Middle Eastern-style rotisserie chicken, served with herb salad, green chilli, grated tomato, tahini and sumac onions. Sides include blackened aubergine or coal-baked sweet potato.



Get craft beers delivered to your desk or door, with a new Central London delivery service. Hopt is based down the road at Boxpark in Shoreditch. It delivers craft beers, boutique spirits and wine to central and east postcodes including the EC1 area. Planning a cocktail night? Order a bottle of Bathtub Gin and it could be with you in as little as 60 minutes. Want to reward the team for a hard day’s work? Order a pack of chilled IPAs, with a strong emphasis on London brewers, like Redchurch and Beavertown.