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A Guide To Eating And Drinking The 2018 World Cup In London
July 4, 2018
If football is really coming home then we need to tell you that London is very much home to an amazing array of restaurants and bars representing much more than just the 32 countries in the tournament.
This World Cup has been memorable with VAR coming to the fore and South Korea defeating the Goliath like Germans. With the quarter finals now decided, here is our ultimate guide of where to enjoy a taste of the 8 countries now left competing for the greatest trophy on earth.
England – Ham (the old English word for home) in West Hampstead is home to this cosy modern newcomer showcasing modern British fare. Menus change daily and the tartare we tried on two occasions (mackerel and beef) were stunning. Wash it down with a Negroni using Sacred Rosehip Cup – an English take on Campari but born and bred in London.
For something traditional, head to Rules. This is London’s oldest restaurant (open since 1798 long before football was officially born) and serves high end British classics including game, pies and puddings. Head upstairs for a stiff pre match gin martini where cocktail shakers are left at your table for a second pour to settle those match nerves.
France – Coq d’Argent does a refined take on classical French cooking with the splendour of a roof garden and huge outdoor terrace. What’s not to like? It gets better as if you’re a member of Club D&D (D&D London’s awesome loyalty programme) you can benefit from cheeky perks when dining. Find out more here.
Sweden – Aster in Victoria launches their Scandinavian summer pop up cocktail and crayfish bar on 6 July until the end of August. Collaborating with premium Swedish vodka Absolut Elyx, the bar will feature London’s first sorbet cocktail menu – just in time for National ice cream month.
Don’t miss out on fresh Crayfish (only available on Fridays) where you can enjoy a 3 course menu including half a dozen Wiltshire crayfish and a shot of chilled Absolut vodka for £19.
Ekte in Bloomberg Arcade is the newest Scandinavian eatery to open in London. Devon crab on butter fried bread with confit egg yolk is a dish that will make anyone forget about football and fall in love with Scandinavian food faster than you can say Take a Chance on Me.
Brazil – Sushisamba is a London stalwart and still very much a favourite. The Heron Tower branch near Liverpool Street has the highest outdoor dining terrace in Europe with 360 degree views and floor-to-ceiling glass windows. All Brazil games will be shown live served with themed food and cocktails including a Brazilian fig caipirinha. Each week during the World Cup, they are also giving away a dinner for four in their #SAMBASELFIE competition.
Russia – OSH in Knightsbridge is new, Russian owned and draws food inspiration from east to west. The house dish OSH (slow cooked lamb served with carrots, peppers, chickpeas, lamb lard, rice and Uzbek spices) is a must try along with their mega cocktail list.
Belgium – The Dovetail in Clerkenwell is a proper Belgian pub serving a massive range of Belgian beers (including vegan and gluten-free beers). You will need to eat a little something to soak up the strong beers so sample classic Belgian dishes like croquettes and moules et frites. We should add that they are showing all World Cup matches live.
Uruguay –Although there isn’t a Uruguayan restaurant in London, MASH in Soho is a Danish owned steak house with a house special of grain fed Angus beef from Uruguay.
Croatia – As anyone who has visited Croatia can tell you, it’s a country to eat well in. From truffles to seafood, Croatia takes influence from Italy so dishes are hearty and rich. Taste Croatia deli in Borough Market is the ideal spot to stock up on all things Croatian from olive oil to cheese and wine.
For those watching at home, here is something classic and easy to make with a French/Mexican twist to it. The Margarita was created by Margaret Sames who famously said, “A margarita without Cointreau is not worth its salt.”
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the original Margarita, Cointreau have teamed up with bars globally to create different versions of the classic cocktail. This one below sounds interesting:
-Cointreau 25 ml
-Tequila (any) 30ml
-White wine 15ml
-1/2 lime and 1/2 lemon squeezed
-Roughly chopped fresh basil
-Parmesan Chip (optional)
-1 basil leaf
Pour 30ml of tequila into a cocktail shaker and add in the chopped fresh basil.
Squeeze half a lime and half a lemon and add in to the shaker.
Add 25ml of Cointreau to the mix along with the 15ml of white wine.
Shake over ice.
Strain in to a small martini glass.
Garnish with a parmesan chip and fresh basil leaf.
So there it is – the World Cup 2018 all wrapped up.
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