Although Shoreditch may seem like it’s for hipsters with handlebar moustaches and corduroy turn-ups, there are in fact some secret gems that you can’t miss out on. Once a bullion truck depot and now a cosy Al Fresco dining extravaganza, East London’s Street Feast Dinerama is the place to go if you’re after amazing street food, a bustling atmosphere and some funky tunes. Grab a killer rum cocktail or sip on some local beer and hustle for a seat at the communal tables. There is something for everyone at Dinerama, as it features 13 vendors with a mix of food and drink from around the world. If you’re after some 10/10 jerk chicken then ‘White Men Can’t Jerk’ is the one for you. £7 for some Jamaican spiced chicken and chips — you can’t go wrong. Or if that doesn’t take your
The house of faith for vegetables. Probably the most divisive restaurant, L’Arpège is a place where you’d either love or hate, no in-between. As a loyal fan of the popular series Chef’s Table I came across chef Alain Passard’s 3 Michelin-star restaurant for the first time. His passion for cooking could be easily noticed in the episode, which showed how he began gaining recognition with meat dishes and afterwards found his calling with vegetables. The restaurant and the chef received a lot of praises for creating a revolution on fine-vegetable-dining, and it is always fully-booked, even though the prices are very (very!) steep. I managed to score a reservation for my best friend’s birthday. She’s a vegetarian and a foodie, so I knew chef Alain Passard’s restaurant would b
An investigation led by Metro together with London Metropolitan University has discovered signs of faecal matter on touchscreens in eight different McDonald’s restaurants in London and Birmingham. All of the tested displays showed signs of coliforms known as bacteria found in faeces. Besides a side of poop in your meal you can potentially get an infection as the sampled touchscreens also tested positive for potential deadly bacteria. With thousands of customers storming everyday through the McDonald’s doors, there is no wonder that there is a harbour of bacteria under the Golden Arches. As it is definitely easier and faster to order and pay on a touchscreen rather than waiting in a queue and having a human encounter, many people don’t realise the consequences. In an Interview
Five of the biggest high street restaurants and coffee shop chains gave out false or misleading information on potentially deadly allergens to BBC undercover reporters. The BBC Watchdog team visited 30 restaurant and coffee chains, acting as ordinary customers with allergies. They asked whether specific dishes contained any of the 14 major allergens, such as celery and nuts. Five of these 30, Pizza Hut, Nando’s, Frankie and Benny’s, and the coffee shops Costa and Starbucks, have been exposed as giving out potentially dangerous and incorrect information. The outlets in question haven’t listed any of the 14 major allergens on their menus, which leaves the customers to seek information from the staff. Any incorrect or unclear advice can potentially threaten one’s life or well-being.