It's been a turbulent year for the restaurant industry, which is still reeling from the effects of lockdowns - and the reality for many chefs and restaurants is that they just can't operate in the same manner that they used to under new measures and safety precautions including social distancing guidelines...but that doesn't mean they are giving up.
Go Al Fresco
US and UK restaurants are making the most of the sunny weather, and taking a cue from their continental European counterparts by taking their restaurants 'to the streets'... i.e converting courtyards, sidewalks and more into alfresco terraces. Now all you need is an aperitivo. Wild By Tart in London have launched an al fresco pop up, serving seasonal dished in a sunny setting in Eccleston Yard for example.
Can't deny we are in troubled and uncertain times...so of course, many of us are seeking solace in comfort food! Top restaurants and leading chefs have been quick to recognise this trends, and many have pivoted to focus on simple-but-delicious fare. Just top-notch ingredients used in familiar 'comfort food' formats like burgers, hot dogs, fried chicken and sandwiches. Chef Jared Howard has launched a residency at trendy Maison Yaki, New York City, with his concept Hunny Bunny's Chicken - with can't miss Southern American classics like his signature Chicken Biscuit, Oyster Mushroom Po'Boy and Dip Chicken.
Speaking of comfort food, we have all gone crazy for Italian food in general, and pizza in particular, during lockdown and beyond. What's more comforting, simple and budget friendly than a piping hot pizza pie? With alfresco dining all the rage at the moment, and consumers keen for pizza treats - restaurants have been firing up their pizza ovens and serving up simple, homemade pies. Gizzi Erskine has teamed up with friend Professor Green for Giz & Green at Passo, a pop up pizzeria specialising in super cheesy stuffed crust pies.
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