Three of the best foodie trends
We had the cupcake, then the doughnut: now it’s the éclair’s turn to shine. Joakim Prat (the former head pastry chef for Joël Robuchon) has opened the South Kensington-based Maître Choux, where the mouthwatering selection of éclairs includes French-inspired flavours such as caramel à la Bretonne. Belgian chocolatier Pierre Marcolini’s new flagship store in Marylebone offers flavours including piña colada and passion fruit, while the Savoy’s Melba counter, pictured above, serves up a lychee, rose and raspberry concoction. Fancy making your own éclairs? Visit Basement Sate in Soho for a master-class in pâtisserie skills.
Pre-made cocktails have suffered from a bad reputation in the past, but increasingly they’re popping up in trendy bars and gourmet food halls. Tramshed and Dishoom are just two of the popular London eateries to serve their own ranges of ready-made beverages; at the latter, bottle- or barrel-aged drinks are decanted into apothecary-style jars. One of the best off-the-shelf options is the prettily packaged Mr Lyan’s range, pictured above, which was launched by cocktail guru Ryan Chetiyawardana and is available at Selfridges. Try the Rainy Day Spritz, which combines bitter rhubarb liqueur with crisp raspberry and white vermouth.
Matcha – an ancient, powdered form of green tea leaves that’s said to promote good health – has made its way from Japan to the UK. Head to Tombo cafe in London’s South Kensington to taste the energy-boosting ingredient in everything from lattes and frappés to macaroons and ice-cream sundaes, pictured above, or sip shaved-ice matcha green tea at Jason Atherton’s Japanese eatery, Sosharu, which is set to open in Clerkenwell this autumn. Alternatively, perform a traditional Asian tea ceremony at home by investing in Vivid Drinks’ Premium Grade matcha powder, available from Whole Foods, and T2 Tea’s matcha kit, which includes a glazed bowl and a bamboo whisk and scoop for whizzing up your perfect blend.