The World On Your Plate
Ten new restaurants, known as The Kitchens, have opened in Old Spitalfields Market. The hatches, or permanent stalls, mark the first phase of the market’s ambitious refurbishment plans.
The independant traders have been carefully selected so there is a variety of global cuisine. Some have won food awards, while others have grown from a street stall or supper club.
Chef Nuno Mendes, the co-founder of Ten Ten, says: “We want to celebrate the creative people and talent in this pocket of London. In an age where retail is becoming impersonal and en masse, we want to re-establish that unique connection between traders and consumers.”
Berber & Q Grill House co-founders Josh Katz and Mattia Bianchi blend Middle Eastern and North African ingredients to create dishes such as cauliflower shawarma with tahini, pomegranate and rose.
At Breddos, you’ll find dishes inspired by its founders’ travels around Mexico. Masa corn is ground on-site to make tortillas and tacos – try one filled with barbecue duck., tamarind, onion and piloncillo (unrefined whole cane sugar).
European offerings include Sood Family’s recipes from southern Italy using produce such as burrata and cheese – try a breakfast brioche with cured pork. The modern British hatch Flank is heavy on meat, such as wild mallard with fermented peanut, as chef Tom Griffiths cooks ‘nose to tail’ to ensure nothing is wasted.
Fans of Asian cuisine, meanwhile, can choose from Dumpling Shack, Barbarian and Yum Bun, making The Kitchens ideal for groups.