If eating your way around the globe is up your alley (who’s isn’t it?) get thyself to Islington for the inaugural National Geographic Traveller Food Festival. Taking over the Business Design Centre for two days, take your tastebuds on a world tour with a smorgasbord of suppliers and street food stalls from every corner of the earth, from Dominica to Israel via Thailand. With an additional packed schedule of big-name speakers – from French culinary icon Raymond Blanc OBE, and food personalities Gennaro Contaldo and BBC1 MasterChef’s John Torode – as well as live masterclasses, it’s a foodphile’s dream day out. Just make sure you go with an empty stomach…
Open 10am-6pm Saturday and 10am-4.30pm Sunday. Tickets £22.00 and available from www.foodfestival.natgeotraveller.co.uk
Get a taste of the Amalfi Coast in London as Park Lane’s Mercante has launched its Summer of Limoncello in partnership with premium Limoncello brand Pococello. The new menu brings the zest of Amalfi lemons to nine brand-new dishes, including tuna tartare, with a cucumber limoncello granita and a citrus risotto with asparagus. There’s also a calendar of masterclasses with a Limoncello Sommelier and a Chef’s Table Experience to learn more about the Italian tipple of the summer. The restaurant will also have a bespoke drinks trolley housed with seven varieties of Limoncello, which guests can enjoy whilst reading up on the Limoncello etiquette guide created by Mercante and Pococello. www.mercanterestaurant.com
Up your brunch game at the latest offering from the team behind Park Chinois – though with a very different vibe – the newly-opened Moncks of Dover St. The all-day Mayfair brasserie focuses on produce-led dishes with expertly sourced ingredients, with the menu featuring a signature Truffled Benedict (artichoke and black truffle, organic poached eggs, hollandaise sauce on English muffin) or The Full Vegan, a fresh take on the traditional Full English with vegan “fried eggs” (pictured). Open 9am – midnight Saturday and 10am – 11pm Sunday. www.moncksbrasserie.com.
Pasta is never a bad idea and a trip to the newly-opened Pasta Nostra on Old Street might just be the best idea you have all weekend. It’s the brainchild of two chefs (24-year-old Wilfred Mafham and 27-year-old Luca Cianti) following a series of successful masterclasses at Tooting Broadway Market while the menu may be short, it’s hella sweet. Try the signature Tortello Carbonara – a new take on the classic spaghetti carbonara with crispy cured pork cheek – or the Orecchiette al Pesto with homemade pesto green beans. Portions are generous, prices are reasonable it’s pasta any Nonna would be proud of. Bellisima. Open Saturday 9am-11pm, Sunday 9am-5pm. www.pastanostralondon.com.