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London restaurants: Allegra, mallow and The Bugis

Allegra was in the top 50 in the UK at the 2023 National Restaurant Awards Credit: Allegra
Allegra was in the top 50 in the UK at the 2023 National Restaurant Awards Credit: Allegra

Discover an 11-course tasting menu in East London, plant-based dishes at Canary Wharf and authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisines in Kensington.

Allegra, Stratford

Traversing the classic and the creative, Allegra has been voted the 49th best restaurant in the UK at the 2023 National Restaurant Awards and combines innovative, contemporary European cuisine, with a timelessness that celebrates the time-honoured traditions of service and hospitality.

Located in the heart of Stratford on the seventh floor of Manhattan Loft Gardens, one of London’s most iconic buildings and also home to The Stratford hotel, the sentiment of excitement and glamour emanated by the restaurant effortlessly continues up at the bar and through onto the terrace.

After spending four years running the kitchen at the renowned Chiltern Firehouse, Irish chef Patrick Powell was given the opportunity to open his debut restaurant Allegra in Stratford. In recent weeks he has switched up his menus at Allegra, taking full advantage of his 11,290 ft² wraparound terrace and garden by announcing a 3-month residency of his Happy Burger pop-up. Inside his renowned Wednesday tasting menu of eleven servings over seven courses for £58 has been extended Wednesday through Saturday. The tasting menu transverses from market oyster, pickled seaweed mignonette, and Cornish pollock, hand picked crab to lamb shoulder and fig leaf and raspberry macaroon.

Great British Life: Believe it or not, Mallow's menu is 100% plant-based Credit: MallowBelieve it or not, Mallow's menu is 100% plant-based Credit: Mallow

mallow, Canary Wharf

mallow is a 100 per cent plant-based, sustainable concept in Borough Market and Canary Wharf - from the team behind Mildreds.

The first Mildreds restaurant opened in Soho in 1988, and is all about fresh, colourful food, that’s vibrant and full of flavours.

At mallow the aim is minimal waste wherever possible, with ingredients sourced from small, sustainable businesses, including those right on the doorsteps.

Borough Market was established in its current location in 1756. In the 265 years since then, there has never been a fully plant-based restaurant operating there, making it a prime spot for mallow.

While Canary Wharf was once better known for its importation of fruit and vegetables from the Canary Islands. The hub was used to bring fresh produce and introduce new flavours to many Londoners during Canary Wharf’s early days, and mallow are doing the same today.

The creative force behind mallow’s plant-based menu is head of food development, Sarah Wasserman. With more than 26 years experience as a chef and recipe developer, primarily in plant based food, Sarah is an instrumental part of the Mildreds team and responsible for the development of both menus. She also co-wrote both of the Mildreds cookbooks: Mildreds the cookbook and Mildreds vegan cookbook.

Great British Life: Singapore flavours Credit: BugisSingapore flavours Credit: Bugis

The Bugis, South Kensington

The Bugis Singapore Restaurant and the Bailey’s bar has relaunched in South Kensington.

The Bugis celebrates authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisines made from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. It takes its name ‘The Bugis’ from the bustling area in Singapore renowned for its flair of street food and flavours.

The Bugis originally opened in 1995 on the corner street, when it received numerous accolades and awards as one of London’s best Asian restaurants. Since then, it has relocated inside the Bailey’s Hotel, and has undergone a full renovation featuring a sumptuous yet modern interior and an upscale Bailey’s Bar with an enticing cocktail menu inspired by Lord Bailey’s journey in the Far East.


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