Monday 11 October 2021

Something’s cooking in Covent Garden


The nights might be drawing in, but that doesn’t mean you need to stop dining out! What’s better than a nicely lit environment, heating, and heaps of hearty, soul-warming food? Nothing. It was a rhetorical question anyway. But now that your stomach is visualising thin hand-cut pasta and rich ragu, let us tell you about the foodie hub this autumn: Covent Garden. 

Seeing as we’ve gone on the Italian theme, let’s first mention Ave Mario – Big Mamma’s latest restaurant (they also own Gloria and Circolo Popolare). It’s a massive Florentine neighbourhood of a trattoria, spread across three spaces and two terraces. The decor, as with all Big Mamma spots, is stunning. If you’d like to venture outside of the boot-shaped country, then 3 Henrietta Street might be the brand-new spot for you. There’s four different concepts inside. Pivot focuses on using British and especially Scottish produce, El Ta’Koy turns the basement into a Hawaiian tiki bar, and sandwiched between them is Lilly’s which serves pastries, cakes and brunch, and next to Lilly’s is Gentlemen Baristas who will serve up british breakfast and lunch along with pastries. 

Should you fancy a slice of something else, SUSHISAMBA should be high up the list. A wonderful blend of Japanese and Peruvian flavours, it’s simply stunning. If you want something a bit meatier, you’re spoiled for choice: The Ivy Market Grill serves up the luxurious fare you’d expect, but in a fun casual atmosphere. While Flat Iron is quite simply dedication to beef like you’ve never seen. 

As far as drinks go, from October 1 - 24 there’s London Cocktail Week, which has everything drinks-based that you can possibly think of, and probably more. That’s just the tip of the iceberg – Covent Garden is full of fantastic places to unwind over a glass. Whether it’s the ‘pleasure den’ Mrs Riot, Frenchie (cousin of the Parisian original), or townhouse charm at Cora Pearl, you will not be disappointed. From there, Dirty Martini is a must.