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September, we're ready for you

We’re all set for a new season here at Tonic - lots of new openings on the horizon; a bounty of ingredients about to hit a menu near you; and some gloriously indulgent overnight stays in two of the capital’s best hotels. September, we’re ready for you…

Koya Ko opens on Broadway Market

We can’t wait for Koya Ko to open its doors on Broadway Market Mews on 13th September, bringing John Devitt and Shuko Oda’s cult noodle dishes to east London for the first time. There’s room for tachi-gui (standing while dining) if you’re in the market for a quick bite, or classic seated dining for leisurely meals indoors - plus space for udon al fresco if we’re lucky enough to get some September sunshine… we can dream. Give Koya a follow on Instagram for menu sneak peeks and more.

The Colony Grill Room

Over in Mayfair, we’re delighted to welcome the refurbished Colony Grill Room at The Beaumont hotel to the fold. Chef Ben Boeynaems is at the helm serving his take on timeless, New York-style grill classics in the über glamorous 1920s-inspired dining room. Our picks are the smoked eel carbonara with strozzapreti and steak with café de Paris butter, and you must leave room for dessert - we’re talking build-your-own sundaes and flambéed bananas foster prepared tableside. And don’t forget Le Magritte for a pre-dinner martini or nightcap (or both, if you’re so inclined…). Book your table here.

Rohit Ghai's Manthan

This month, Chef Rohit Ghai will return to Mayfair (where he made his name) to open Manthan, and he’s bringing a menu of spectacular sharing plates with him, including *those* Ghati Masala Prawns from sister restaurant Kutir. Innovative vegetarian dishes will dominate half of the menu, with a few Indian street food favourites thrown in for good measure. Co-Founder and FOH Abhi Sangwan is on the drinks, and we look forward to deep diving into his menu of cocktails and mocktails, all inspired by, and named after, the 7 oceans of the world and the myths that surround them. We are counting down the days until this new opening- sign up to the Manthan newsletter here to be among the first to hear about reservations.

Cocotte, South Kensington open

We spent last week indulging in Cocotte’s oh-so juicy, free-range rotisserie chicken in its brand-new South Kensington home. Just a hop skip and a jump from the station, the sophisticated new neighbourhood rotisserie features vintage lamps, brass cladding, terrazzo tables, artistic wood wall panels and statement tiles. Settle into one of the chic rattan chairs and sip on Watermelon Martinis in the sunshinewhile you enjoy a spot of West London people watching. Be sure to order the chocolate and hazelnut tart for dessert, which, with every bite, takes us back to long summer holidays en Provence.


Settle in with a great (new) book

THREE by Selin Kiazim

Chef Selin Kiazim of Oklava is launching her second cookbook, THREE: Using Acid, Texture and Contrast to Redefine Your Cooking on October 28th. THREE explores the elements that make a plate of food truly come into its own: acid, texture and contrast — the fundamental building blocks that make the ordinary extraordinary. Starting with a guide to the basic foundations of a dish, along with clever ideas for pickles, dressings and condiments to get the balance right, the recipes are divided by type of food – alliums, beans, greens, pulses and grains, brassicas, fruit, nightshades and mushrooms, nuts, poultry and meat, seafood, and roots and tubers.

Tarkari by Rohit Ghai

Chef Rohit Ghai, of Kutir and soon-to-open Manthan, is launching his first cookbook, Tarkari, on 14th October. Meaning ‘vegetable’ in Urdu, Rohit’s book pays homage to the food his parents ate, showcasing both classic and lesser-known Indian flavours. From creative starters like Malabar Cauliflower, to big, bold curries such as Jackfruit Masala and Lotus Root Kofta, as well as breads, rice, dips and pickles, it includes everything you need to cook truly spectacular Indian vegetarian and vegan meals at home.


In other news

The Soho slushy series

And now for some drinks news… Pastaio has launched a new line of signature slushies, in collaboration with some of the coolest bars in the neighbourhood. Think, bittersweet Campari and Pink Grapefruit slushies from Quo Vadis, everyone’s favourite summer-classic Piña Colada slushies from our friends over at Golden Gai and punchy Spiced Mango Margarita slushies from Mezcaleria Colmillo. The series is a celebration of the best of this iconic district of London, with these much-loved venues joining forces to create a one-off drinks list like no other. Each limited-edition slushy will be available at Pastaio’s Soho restaurant for two weeks only - perfect excuse to keep going back...

Joy Supper Clubs

Stevie Parle has taken his much-loved JOY concept to W10, popping up on Marylebone High Street for the next few months. In the daytime, JOY is part-plant shop, part-cafe, serving a short hyper-seasonal menu of JOY classics and new dishes; but come evening, Stevie will be going back to his supperclub roots. Starting in a couple of weeks, each Thursday Stevie himself will be cooking at an intimate supperclub with a weekly-changing feast of dishes made using trusted JOY suppliers The Goods Shed and herbs from Stevie’s own garden. There are only 30 tickets available per week, priced at £65. Keep an eye on upcoming dates (and chef collaborators) and book your table here.

The Coal Shed's 10th birthday

This month we’re celebrating a major milestone for our Brighton born restaurant The Coal Shed, as they reach their 10th birthday. Founded by acclaimed Brighton-based restaurateur Razak Helalat, The Coal Shed Brighton opened in 2011 (followed by Tower Bridge branch in 2017). With meat, fire and seasonal ingredients of the highest quality at the core of The Coal Shed’s cooking rituals, the team will be celebrating their 10 years with a steak and triple-cooked chips or salad for just £10. Usually costing over £30, this birthday bargain can be claimed only through The Coal Shed’s newsletter or social media channels, so give them a follow. Available Mon - Thurs from 13th Sept - 7th Oct.

Pride Talks at The Standard, London

The Standard, London debuted a new series of events last month, curated by Laurie Belgrave, that celebrate London’s thriving LGBTIQA+ community. The series launched with the first-edition of TheirStories: an evening of rich cultural discussion, music, film and knowledge-exchange, exploring London’s queer cultural history, through the eyes of those who lived it. The first event at The Standard’s Library Lounge saw DJ, filmmaker, artist and key figure in the queer nightlife culture, Jeffrey Hinton, screen a bespoke film for the evening, documenting the footage from his wild club and performing days from the last four decades. Keep your eye on The Standard’s Happenings page to secure your place at the next event.