The list that we’ve all been waiting for; The Michelin Guide 2018 has now been announced. Full of some great oldies and some fantastic newbies, we can’t wait to work our way through the list!
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Win a £100 Polpo voucher
London is home to many independent restaurants, all with their own personality which is showcased through the food they serve, the décor and of course the staff that bring the hospitality to life. One restaurant concept that has taken the UK by storm is Italian restaurant Polpo. With nine sites across the UK and two more in the pipeline it’s no wonder the Michelin Guide 2016 describes it as “A fun and lively Venetian bacaro, with a stripped-down, faux-industrial look. The small plates, from arancini and prosciutto to fritto misto and Cotechino sausage, are so well priced that waiting for a table is worth it”.
We sat down with the Operations Manager, Arno Karsten to find out what makes Polpo different from other restaurants in London and why those working in hospitality jobs should consider a career at Polpo.
The Polpo group has really taken off in London, what do you put this success down too?
We’d like to think our success is down to our teams and the way that they treat our customers. We believe that hospitality, not service, is what sets us apart. In addition, we offer great value for money and a product that our staff are proud to serve.
What makes Polpo a great place to work and what roles are you currently looking to recruit?
We have a great track record for career development, which shows in our management structure. Our teams are encouraged to be individuals and let their personalities shine! Training and development is a key focus for us this year. We are looking for lots of future leaders to join our management teams right now.
What are the plans for Polpo in the future?
We have just opened POLPO Exeter which has been very well received. There are two confirmed further openings this year. A second site in Bristol which opens in a few weeks and Oxford later in the year.
The kind folk at Polpo are also giving away a £100 voucher which can be used at any of their nine sites in the UK. All you need to do to enter the lucky draw is like us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The winner will be selected at random and will be announced later this month via the Change social channels.
Want to work for Polpo?
We like to think we’re pretty good at placing great talent into chef jobs in London and if you are particularly interested in a career at Polpo please contact:
Gareth Townsend for Front of House jobs
Suzanna Jones for Chef jobs
The London foodie scene has had another busy month with nearly 20 new restaurants and bars opening in April. Fancy drinking cocktails in a cell or eating a prawn on the lawn? As always, London has it all!
It’s great to see some good old favourites popping up in different areas including Patty & Bun in Nottinghill and The Refinery New Street Square (another Drake & Morgan venture and sister site to Refinery CityPoint).
London’s new restaurant and bar openings in April 2017
We’re loving the quirkily named Trawler Trash for its focus on seasonal British produce and less well-known fish – we’re always up for trying new and different ingredients. In fact, it seems that seasonal ingredients and the support of British produce is a trend we are seeing a lot of at the moment.
7 other trends set to dominate the London foodie scene in 2017:
Whether it’s a Mexican taco or a serving of Peruvian ceviche, authenticity is the name of the game this year.
Smoothies, exotic juices, homemade lemonades and bizarre hot drink flavours are set to hit menus in the Capital. We’ve already seen the rise of flavoured coffees such as beetroot and charcoal lattes and of course, the much loved, rainbow and unicorn inspired drinks.
Already a trend we are seeing a lot of, particularly with vegetables taking centre stage on the plate rather than featuring as a side, we expect this trend to expand and also accommodate more dietary requirements such as gluten, dairy and sugar free.
Nose to tail cooking and using every element of an ingredient to minimise waste has long been a trend in the hospitality industry and we don’t expect it to change any time soon (for good reason too). We also expect to see fermented vegetables to take centre stage in 2017 with things like kimchi receiving a lot of love.
A lot more thought is now being given to the visual appeal of food as diners look to share photos of their experiences on social media. Everyone say CHEEEEESE!
Interested in working for newly opened restaurant and bars like the ones mentioned above? We work with many of London’s best restaurant and bars recruiting for chef jobs and front of house jobs. Give us a call on 02079236021 or submit your cv online.
This family-owned wine merchant adds another wine bar and shop to its lot. Offering Spanish-influenced dishes and a wide array of wines which customers can buy and drink right there and then, this is a great place to try on your way home from work.
Chi Kitchen’s Laksa Bar
A slightly different twist on the normal Chi Kitchen’s as you’ll find a Malaysian broth bar inside this Pan-Asian restaurant. Brainchild of Master Chef winner Ping Coombes, this is the perfect place to sit back and relax after a long session of shopping and watch the food take shape.
Is it possible for a venue to have it all? Number 177 is giving it a good go offering a bar, restaurant, club room, art exhibition, DJ and other musician appearances… there is even a florescent orange photo booth! We have no doubt this will become the new Hoxton hot spot!
The Cheese Bar
From cheese truck vendor to a more permanent location in Camden, The Cheese Bar will be cooking up many of its old classics with the addition of a few new melted treats. One thing we love about this new venture (besides the fact that it’s dripping in cheesy goodness) is the focus on locally produced cheeses, many of which come from within the M25.
If you’re looking for the perfect steak in London, Hawksmoor has always been the place to go and their new site in Borough is no different. Offering up every cut of meat imaginable you’ll be hard pressed to decide what to order! Set in the heart of the market with an elegant reclaimed décor, this is the perfect place for you next business meeting or lunch with friends.
Rail House Cafe
Situated in the new Nova glass extravaganza in Victoria, the Rail House Café has something for everyone. With seating for over 300 covers and an all-day dining menu, you can use any excuse to visit. Breakfasts include modern twists on old classics, the lunch menu is perfect for those who enjoy sharing and the dinner menu has a varied feel with ceviche on one end and truffled mac & cheese on the other. If you’ve tried Riding House Cafe or Village East, Rail House Café is part of the same group and won’t disappoint.
With over 20 new restaurant and bar openings in London this month, we couldn’t possibly expect you to read about each one in such detail. So here’s a few others to check out if you find yourself hungry (or thirsty) and you fancy trying something new!
If you are looking for a chef job in London or perhaps your next front of house job, we work with many of London’s finest new restaurant and bar openings and are able to help you find your next role. Call us on 02079236021 or submit your cv today.
Ember is opening on the lane where the Great Fire started 350 years ago. Ross McNally has designed the interiros to reflect this well known moment in history and has translated his inspiration into warm woods, coppers, charcoal metals and open candles. The food is Pan-Asian and is seriously playful, eg. Thai red curry of lamb pie… We’re not entirely sure but we’ll give it a go!
Lockhouse are keeping it cool with craft food and craft food in Paddington, with classic/not so classic burgers and good old greasy nosh that won’t make you feel ill after eating it. An informal and chilled hang out that is a welcomed addition into the area.
Opening: December 14th
Simplicity done exceptionally well in true Scandi style. Offering humble savoury Nordic bakery items and serving “them with an uncomplicated and honest attitude”. It’s no secret these guys do exactly that, with 3 other successful sites around London. This new addition to Neal Street will make their fourth. #hygge
London Shell Co:
Mix it up with the London Shell Co and cruise around the Thames in style aboard the Prince Regent. Having just undergone a complete refurb after 30 years, so is looking as shmick as ever. They claim their drinks menu is as fresh and seasonal as their produce and we believe them. The perfect spot to take non-Londoners, and well Londoners alike.
Soho House and Co are partnering up with Sydell Group to bring the City of London a new, dazzling addition in the form of The Ned. This magnificent hotel will take residence in the former Midland Bank Building and see 252 bedrooms, a glorious rooftop with a swimming pool, a spa and most importantly, 9 amazing new restaurants. Boasting a range of cuisines including American, Japanese, Italian, Parisian and British. Secure yourself an exclusive membership and also have access to the exquisite lounge bar in the bank vault, complete with antique deposit boxes (hopefully still filled with diamonds).
Opening: January 2017
Duck and Waffle
Finish 2016 gazing at breath taking views of London and watch the fireworks go off from one of the best seats in the city. Located on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower and led by incredibly talented chef, Dan Doherty, Duck and Waffle is a wonderful restaurant any day of the week, but with floor to ceiling windows and unbelievably grand view, you’ll be watching fireworks all over London.
If Duck and Waffle is all booked out, take a stroll down to Sushi Samba and appreciate the same views from above. Dance around the iconic red tree with Samba dancers and embrace the Brazilian themed NYE in serious style. The theme is white and the sushi is abundant, tuck into one (or 10) of their a-class cocktails and countdown to the new year at one of London’s finest establishments.
Staying in theme with a spot boasting dazzling views of London’s fireworks, Sky Garden is another one of our top picks for NYE. A Great Gatsby party even Leo would be envious to attend, 2 elegant bars, 2 restaurants and full of greenery. To top it all off there’s more windows than a conservatory, so you can catch almost every firework being set off in the city.
Bounce Farringdon and Old St
If you want to hold off on a refined night of champagne drinking and opt in for a night of good beats, UV face paint and back to back games of ping pong then Bounce has you covered. Opening for the entire evening and channelling a summer bloc party, Bounce is guaranteed to deliver a good night – especially when you’re glowing in the dark.
Bourne & Hollingsworth
B&H go all out on NYE and ensure at least one of their top parties takes your fancy. From a perfected ‘House Party’ to a ‘Prohibition Party’ to remember, a night of ‘Dark Circus’ acts and a ‘Blitz Party’ celebrating the 40’s. If we could mix all four we would never want to leave. B&H are known for their beautiful and extravagant decors and the commitment to their New Year parties is no less.
The Christmas lights are weeks from being taken down, mulled wine is slowly losing its winter appeal and the dark days of January are almost upon us. What better way to embrace the cold winter winds in London than escaping them to a warmer and more oriental destination? Pack your lightest jacket and get to one of Asia’s most happening cities – Hong Kong.
Full of character, a melting pot of cultures with a huge expat community and a restaurant scene that would rival any other metropolitan city in the world, what’s not to love? The best part… in January it’s cool and dry with a high of 20 degrees most days, perfect weather for wandering the designer City in search of the next chic rooftop bar overlooking the famous skyline or seeking out the most innovative menu.
Below are some of our favourite spots in this autonomous city that are definitely worth a visit (over and over again).
The famous historical site, Woo Cheong pawnshop dating back to 1888, had a serious renovation in 2014, creating an exceptional space to dine under the talented guide of Tom Aikens. Aikens explains that the dishes at The Pawn have not just been designed to “appeal to local diners, but also travellers and foodies. Above all, we want to create a fun dining experience and a relaxed, informal environment”. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!
This 2 Michelin Star venue can’t be missed regardless of how much time you’ve allowed for yourself. Set in the heart of Hong Kong’s central district and featuring a two floor masterpiece, connected with a dramatic inner staircase and finished with a dreamy garden terrace if you fancy a few cocktails before you indulge on the glorious menu. If you have an appreciation for the arts then you’ll never want to leave this hotspot with frequently changing exhibitors showcasing their best work. Who could say no to two star dumplings?
Also check out more of Jason Athertons incredible venues in Hong Kong: Ham & Sherry (check out their 2 way mirrored private bar), Aberdeen St Social, 22 Ships and more.
A modern approach to Chinese food that excels to the fullest extent. It’s exactly what you would dream of when booking a holiday in Hong Kong, an incredible setting with dishes packed full of punch. They are passionate about maintaining the ‘home-cooking’ style that is so popular in Asian countries but elevate it to a whole new level, exploring flavour profiles and delivering dishes you won’t stop singing about.
Be one with the locals and discover Hong Kong’s coolest hidden whiskey bar tucked away on Wyndham Street. Enter with some stealth as to not encourage the unaware tourists meandering the streets and settle in for the evening with a Rhum in Fashion and some black truffle risotto balls with smoked paprika aioli. Don’t forget… ‘Look for the light bulb’
If you are looking for work abroad and can see yourself in somewhere like Hong Kong, please get in touch with us to discuss the various opportunities we have available. Alternatively, if Hong Kong sounds like a good holiday but you are looking for chef jobs and bar jobs in London then let us help. We are after all a specialist hospitality recruitment company!
Som Saa has quickly become one of the crowning jewels of London’s oriental dining scene with regional Thai dishes incredibly fresh and packed full of flavour. One of our favourite dishes on the menu is the Deep Fried Seabass and while our attempt won’t come close to what you get at the East London site, we will give it a damn good go. Transport yourself to Thailand and create this delicious dish by Andy Oliver.
Serves 2 – 4 as part of a shared Thai meal
For the fish:
1 seabass about 500-600g in weight, gutted and scaled but fins and tail left on
3 tablespoons of light soy sauce
pinch of white sugar
plain oil to deep fry (preferably in a deep fryer, but a wok or high sided frying pan works too)
For the salad:
2 sticks of lemongrass, finely sliced
4-5 thai red shallots, thinly sliced
2 spring onions, washed and thinly sliced
a small handful of sawtooth coriander (also sometimes called Thai parsley), washed an thinly sliced
3-4 fresh or frozen kaffir lime leaves, cut into very fine strips
a small handfull each of picked mint and coriander leaves
2-3 dry chillies, fried briefly in a little oil until dark red an crisp
1 generous tablespoon of roasted rice powder (*see below for method)
For the dressing:
5 tablespoons of lime juice
4 tablespoons of fish sauce
1.5 teaspoon of caster sugar
3 tablespoons of water
1 tablespoon of roasted chilli powder (**see below for method)
* to make the roasted rice powder: dry toast raw sticky rice in a heavy pan over a low heat until golden brown in colour, allow to cool and then grind to a coarse powder in a pestle and mortar or clean spice / coffee grinder
** to make the roasted chilli powder: slowly dry roast hot dried chillies in a wok or frying over a medium-low heat until dark red and a little blacken in places (about 10-15 minutes) then grind into a coarse powder in a pestle and mortar or clean spice / coffee grinder
To assemble the dish:
Pre heat your deep fryer to 180 degrees C. Score the seabass with three to four angled cuts on each side. Then roll it in the light soy sauce and white sugar. Place the fish in the deep fry basket so it curls slightly (this is just for presentation) and then deep fry it for about 8-10 minutes, until the skin is crispy and the flesh gone a deep golden brown.
While the fish is frying place all the salad ingredients, except the roasted rice powder and fried chillies, in a mixing bowl.
Now make the dressing: mix together the lime juice and sugar until the sugar is all dissolved, now add the fish sauce, water and chilli powder. Taste and adjust: it should be hot, sour and slightly salty. Set aside.
Once the fish is cooked carefully remove from the fryer and allow to drain and cool slightly on kitchen paper for a minute
Now the fish on a large plate or wide bowl and pour 1/3 of the dressing over it, add the remainder of the dressing to the salad in the mixing bowl an serve the salad and all the dressing over the top of the crispy fish.
Garnish with the roasted rice powder and dried chillies.
Our mouths are watering and our stomachs grumbling – a winning dish any time of the year!
We always try to bring you the latest in restaurant and bar openings in London but this month is particularly special.
We’ve had the pleasure of working with celebrity chef Jun Tanaka as he prepared for the opening of his first solo venture, The Ninth. Although most of our involvement was behind the scenes, sourcing talent for his chef jobs and front of house jobs, we recently visited Jun and his new team and were blown away by the depth of flavours, great service and stylish interior at The Ninth. The team have worked tirelessly to come up with a concept that is different to anything else in London and we really think they’ve achieved it.
Here’s everything you need to know about Fitzrovia’s hottest new restaurant The Ninth
Located on the ever popular Charlotte Street, Jun Tanaka has created a sharing style menu with French Mediterranean-style cuisine. The a la carte menu has a strong seasonal ingredient focus and although the dishes are bold in flavour, Jun’s food is light with lots of seafood and vegetables options.
If you are looking for a restaurant in the lead up to Christmas, we highly recommend you go check it out.
Address: The Ninth London, 22 Charlotte Street, London W1T 2NB
Telephone: 020 3019 0880
If you’ve read this blog and feel inspired to work for a restaurant like The Ninth, please feel free to get in touch with Change, hospitality recruitment agency. We have hundreds of chef jobs in London available, as well as, front of house jobs and are always looking to speak to talented people.
Can’t get a booking at The Ninth? Here are a few other new openings in London:
Happy National Sausage Week!
It’s going to be a sausage fest this week! Whether you like a tiny chipolata or a lengthier Frankfurter, we’re not here to judge! Instead we’ll be celebrating every variety of sausage you can imagine during National Sausage Week, from the humble Cumberland to the spicy chorizo; as well as the experienced people in chef jobs in London who are frying them up for us.
We’ve compiled a list of our favourite sausage spots in the Capital.
For bangers and mash
Mother Mash – these experts in bangers and mash give you the opportunity to create your perfect combination. Choose your mash, sausage type and gravy flavour and voila!
For breakfast sausages
Hawksmoor – choose from a variety of breakfasts that all include sausages made from pork, beef and mutton. The ‘For 2 to share’ is a mammoth serving of everything a fry up could possibly contain, and on the slightly smaller side (but still huge in our book) is the Full English which does what it says on the tin. And last but not least, you can grab yourself a ‘Sausage & egg HkMuffin’ or a ‘Sausage sandwich French dip’ which both sound equally delicious.
For sausage rolls
The County Arms – for those who enjoy an eating challenge, why not tackle the two foot sausage roll at this Wandsworth haunt. Finish it in just 5 minutes and it’s free!
Roxie’s – if you haven’t tried the South African sausage boerewors, you really should. Roxie’s serves it up as a starter, main or in combos.
Bar Boulud – Based in the opulent Mandarin Oriental Hotel, you’ll be completely bowled over by the charcuterie choices.
Bubbledogs – what’s not to love about a restaurant that serves gourmet hotdogs paired with champagne. Enough said!
Top Dog – although there are loads of hotdogs to choose from, sometimes you just want a good old Plain Jane. We talking bun, beef, pork or organic tofu sausage smothered with tom sauce and mustard… Mmmmm
Dirty Bones – we like the sound of the Dirty Dog (Dirty Bones BBQ pulled pork, crispy bacon, jalapeno cheese sauce, crispy shallots), after all, if you are going to eat a hot dog, it may as well be the most unhealthy delectable one you can get your hands on.
Herman Ze German – bringing traditional wurst to the UK since 2008, we recommend you try the Bockwurst, described as “smoked pork sausage that tastes like the best Frankfurter you’ve ever eaten” this is one not to be missed.
We are always looking to speak to people interested in chef jobs in London. Whether you are looking for a breakfast chef job at a high-end restaurant or would like to find a chef job that allows you the opportunity to make everything from scratch (including the sausages), we have some fantastic chef jobs we are currently recruiting for, so get in touch today.