From British baked goods to South Korean specialties, here are some tasty morsels to whet your wanderlust; the tasty foodie trends you need to know about.
1. Brownies are ‘in’ in London Town
London baker Chloe Timms, founder of Fatties Bakery, shares her top five brownies to try the next time you are in town.
“The tahini and halva brownie is brilliant because tahini and chocolate is a match made in heaven,” says Chloe. “And there’s a beautiful texture from the halva also.”
Violet, 47 Wilton Way, E8 3ED.
2. Crumbs & Doilies
According to Chloe, “The Snickers brownie [pictured] is so naughty, sticky and nutty.”
Crumbs & Doilies, 1 Kingly Street, W1B 5PW.
3. Lily Vanilli
“The salted pecan brownie is a beautifully classy slice,” says Chloe says, “with perfect texture and saltiness.”
Lily Vanilli, 6 The Courtyard, Ezra Street, E2 7RH.
4. St. John Bakery
“The nut brownie is the classic brownie levelled up with toasted hazelnuts and almonds,” enthuses Chloe.
St. John Bakery, 2 Druid Street, SE1 2HQ.
5. Fatties Bakery
“The Goldmine Brownie is oozing with sea salted caramel – gotta love your own, eh!”
Fatties Bakery, 21 Club Row, E2 7ED.
2. The Lobster (Club) has arrived in New York
Architect Peter Marino, Michelin-starred chef Tasuku Murakami and Major Food Group have pooled their considerable talent to create the new underground Japanese restaurant, The Lobster Club. Tucked away in the New York landmark Seagram Building, this is the first restaurant project in North America for architect, artist, and author Marino, whose work for clients like Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel, Zegna and Bulgari is dotted across the globe. The resulting space is ‘extravagant and boisterously elegant’, with Marino overseeing everything from the uniforms to the floors to the fanciful ‘hanging’ banquettes. Meanwhile Tasuku’s menu will showcase his incredible skill and love of sushi and Japanese classics, with fish brought in from Tokyo’s Tsukiji market.
3. Soul food goes to Seoul
The port city of Busan in the south-east of South Korea is becoming a ‘foodie’ destination worth taking note of. Sixteen Busan specialties and don’t-miss meals are included in a new Must Eats in Korea list, such as Dongnae-style green onion pancake, duck bulgogi and Busan-style fish cake. The recommendations also include many of the seafood dishes Busan is famous for, like grilled eel, and spicy seafood stew, as well as restaurant recommendations. Check out the Gukje Market with its food street, or take a food tour of the Bupyeong Night Market. And while you’re in town, try a fermentation culture school or book a stay at Beomeosa Temple to learn about meditation and eat traditional temple foods with the monks.