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Bar Fox: Kyms is cooking up some seriously tasty Cantonese meats in the heart of the City

Lunch is served at Kyms (Picture: Kyms)
Where to eat in London this week?
Kyms
Venturing into the Ci..

Lunch is served at Kyms (Picture: Kyms)

Where to eat in London this week?

Kyms

Venturing into the City on a Saturday definitely has its drawbacks. Eerily quiet streets, teams of seemingly lost tourists on the look out for St Pauls… As far as food options go, it seems like a culinary wasteland too – closed branches of office worker-friendly sandwich chains.

But then you find the ultra-modern new foodie hub, Bloomsbury Arcade, now home to Andrew Wongs new launch, Kyms.

Kyms is the second site from this highly acclaimed Chinese chef, opened since winning a Michelin star earlier this year for A.Wong in Victoria.

Sip on a yuzu Negroni to start (Picture: Kyms)

Beautifully designed, Kyms is a sumptuous two-floor restaurant complete with a pink cherry blossom tree overlooking the copper bar, velvet sofas, stylish wooden seating and Insta-friendly marble tables.

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We ordered a giant pebble-like rice cracker and crispy seaweed while perusing the menu, which is divided into small plates, classics and sharing dishes.

We chose the silken tofu, Sichuanese spiced aubergine, tiger prawn skewers, pork skewers and French bean fritters to start.

The prawns arrived coated in a rice crispy-like, bubbled batter which crackled when dipped into the sweet chilli sauce, fun and satisfyingly crunchy with tender prawns beneath.

Tofu was the weakest link, pretty much just a vehicle for the rich umami sauce accompaniment. The aubergine was delicious but near impossible to eat with just chopsticks (no cutlery was supplied) sliver by sliver.

Frittering green beans is a revelation, a definite must order to start, and the pork skewers were a sticky, charred baton of mouth-watering joy.

French Bean Fritters (Picture: Kyms)

Its worth mentioning the drinks at this point, the short but enticing cocktail list of classics with a twist included the ubiquitous lychee martini (no Asian restaurant seems to miss off this crowd pleaser), sichuan sours, plum bellinis and the Kyms spritz – sake, Riesling vermouth, lemongrass, Prosecco and pomegranate (£9). It being Saturday lunchtime, we wanted to have a glass of wine but not a whole bottle and spotted the Assyrtiko Lyarakis from Crete, served in a carafe (£26). The wine, which according to our charming and laid-back waiter was the number one selling wine on the list, was a sensation. In hindsight, we probably should have ordered a bottle!

Bao Bao – asian style Shakshuka and utterly delicious (Picture: BarFox)

Mains arrived in the form of the pork and shrimp Bao Bao in a sizzling skillet (£12), the Three Treasures meat trio (£20) and Gai Lan on the side (£8), a pleasant stack of Chinese broccoli heaped with goji berries and soy. The Bao Bao needed a swirl with a chopstick to break the eggs and was an incredibly satisfying dish, like a Chinese Shakshuka with dumplings…essentially ticking all the boxes for a weekend lunch, having had one too many Margaritas the night before. The much talked about Three Treasures was delicious but could have been more generous with the Crispy Pork Belly, Soy Chicken and Iberico Pork Char Sui slices, each arriving with their individual sauces, which quickly became one after a couple of dips. A side of steamed rice was needed to soak up all the juices from the Bao Bao. We had to bat off the keen waiter several times to ensure every last drop was devoured.

The Three Treasures: Crispy Pork Belly, Soy Chicken & Iberico Pork Char Sui (Picture BarFox)

Pudding was vetoed but looked good – Hong Kong pineapple bun (£6) and Sichuan pepper and star anis-soaked poached blackberries with sorbet (£5).

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On the coffees we learnt of the new Sunday Roast offer, £25 per person for a set feast that can be upped for an extra £15 per person for free flowing beer, wine or bellinis. There are many worse ways to spend a Sunday in the City!

Kyms is great for a mid-week date, family celebration or stylish Sunday roast with minimal plans afterwards if the free-flowing libations are chosen.

Blossoming interiors (Picture: Kyms)

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Iceland launches Marmite Brussels sprouts and we are horrified

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Iceland have decided that Brussels sprouts arent bad enough, and have hatched..

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Iceland have decided that Brussels sprouts arent bad enough, and have hatched a plan to make them even worse.

Or, depending on your tastes, theyve decided theyre not delicious enough, and have hatched a plan to make them even better.

The supermarket is launching a special edition product for Christmas – Brussels sprouts smothered in Marmite butter.

The aim of the launch is to breathe new life into tired old Brussels sprouts, as more and more families are exiling the divisive vegetable from the Christmas dinner table.

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Iceland and Marmite have collaborated on the campaign to try to save the sprout and keep them included on the festive menu.

But will the addition of this bold new flavour help to keep sprouts relevant, or turn even more people off?

Smothered with Marmite butter, the frozen sprouts are available exclusively at Iceland from 19 November for £1.50 and, whether you love them or hate them, they could certainly act as a Christmas Day talking point.

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Research commissioned by Iceland suggests that its the younger generation who are choosing to shun the sprout, with seven in ten Gen Zs citing them as the most likely festive food to end up in the bin.

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A third of Brits say they havent been served sprouts in the last three years, and a fifth have never bought a Brussels sprout in their life.

Unsurprisingly, the research found that one third of Brits blame millennials for the decrease in popularity of these edible emeralds. Because we kill everything, sure.

In place of the humble sprout, Brits feel the rise of new food fads will have an impact on our Christmas dinners, 17% think tenderstem brocolli would be a good replacement for sprouts, and 16% mentioned cauliflower cheese.

This was closely followed by sweet potato fries, with 13% of people in the country believing they will make an appearance on their table in December.

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The 2019 food and drink trends you need to know about

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Last year we saw the rise of miso, sourdough, modern Mexican food and the ever-vers..

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Last year we saw the rise of miso, sourdough, modern Mexican food and the ever-versatile jackfruit.

2018 heralded the wave of meat-free eating, as more and more people turned to vegetarian and vegan alternatives – but whats going to be trending in 2019?

Waitrose has brought together the knowledge of their food and drink experts to study the data and predict the top foodie trends for next year.

Whether youre into fancy cocktails, eating out, fast food, or eating at home – theres a trend for every taste. Get ahead of the wave this year and find out what you need to be serving at your dinner parties in January.

Conscious Eating

As with everything in our lives, we are starting to rely on technology more and more to improve our culinary experience. And experts predict that Artificial Intelligence could soon inform the way we eat.

Through the use of algorithms, voice-recognition technology and the like, our phones, apps and smart watches will know more about what we should be eating than we will.

Confident businesswoman checking financial trading data with smart watch in city
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Its predicted that next year, more people will be using technology to receive accurate, tailored advice on what to eat, when to eat it, and how to look after themselves.

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Personalised dietary advice could soon be accessible to everyone, and it could help people to make smarter, conscious choices about healthy eating.

Ice cream

Its hard to think about ice cream in November – but we assure you, next year its going to big.

And were not talking about the humble 99 from your local ice cream van on the first hot day of the year. Ice cream is set to become a year-round treat with fancy parlours springing up all over the country.

Creators, inspired by the delights of Japan, will aim to make ice cream an unforgettable sensory experience. Marrying unusual flavours, textures and presentation for a truly Instagram-worthy dessert.

This year, ice cream sales smashed £1 billion in the UK alone, so it looks as though the resurgence of this childhood treat is just getting started.

West African Food

The culinary spoils of Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Mali are set to be the next big thing for 2019.

West African cuisine is spicy, vibrant and wholesome – and could usurp Indian food as the takeaway of choice in the coming months.

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As well as sniffing out your local West African restaurants, its probably a good idea to brush up on some of the techniques and try these dishes at home.

Loads of West African food are big, one-pot dishes, so perfect for preparing ahead of time and impressing your friends at a dinner party.

Bitter foods

If you love a negroni or an Aperol spritz, then youll already know the beguiling power of bitter flavours.

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Way less basic than its sickly counterpart, bitter is a sophisticated flavour that lends itself to deeply warming recipes and distinctive tastes.

High-cocoa dark chocolate and kale are already firm favourites, both fit in to this bitterness trend and could be set to become even more popular.

Another knack to create a more bitter flavour, is charring food over a naked flame, a technique that is being used in a rising number of trendy restaurants, so there will be plenty of places to get your bitterness fix.

Healthier cocktails

Continuing with the trend of wellness that has dominated 2018, cocktails next year are likely to be healthier, lower in sugar and often lacking in alcohol.

Vegan alternatives mean that everyone can enjoy a pisco sour, as more venues are swapping our egg whites for aquafaba – the water found in chickpea tins can be whisked to behave just like eggs.

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Alcohol-free options will be on the rise, which makes sense given that almost a third of 16-25-year-olds dont drink alcohol. Experts predict that although these drinks may be free of alcohol, they will have even more to offer when it comes to flavour.

Theres also likely to be a boost in savoury flavours next year. So expect your drinks to come with hints of beetroot and pickled onion, garnished with vegetable trimmings. Bring it on.

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Ikea meatballs are available on Uber Eats now, hurrah

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If youve trekked down to your nearest Ikea (probably not that near, annoyingly)..

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If youve trekked down to your nearest Ikea (probably not that near, annoyingly) just to get a load of their iconic meatballs, we dont blame you.

The Swedish delight is a popular staple for many a furniture enthusiast and beyond. Some people even pop to the Ikea restaurant for the grub and not for the purposely built home maze that the furniture store offers.

Good news for lovers of their famous dish then as Uber Eats is giving the people what they want; meatballs at your door.

Just tap the app.

If you like hygge then move over for a new Swedish concept – fredagsmys – the tradition of a cosy night in with friends and family which Ikea wants Brits to embrace.

Ikea has partnered with Uber Eats to deliver celebrations on demand, offering three handpicked packages which include the classic meatballs, veggie balls, and the famous Daim cake.

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You dont have to bother about setting the mood as the home and furniture shop has got you covered; along with your meals youll get a Sinnlig scented candle, Flimra wine glasses, and the new Strala LED lighting chain.

IKEA partners with Uber Eats to launch celebrations on demand. For the first time, delicious hot food and products from IKEA will be available for delivery to enjoy at home
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With these, youll get a main and dessert, priced between £10 and £20. Diners can choose between The Snug which includes 20 meatballs, mashed potatoes or chips, cream sauce, lingonberry jam, plus two Daim cakes.

The Formal features 20 veggie balls, butternut squash, courgette and kale hash, and two plain sugar doughuts. Both meals are for two people, priced at £10.

The Family Platter for four people is complete with all the above trimmings and is available for £20.

What's in each package?

The Snug – £10 for 2 people

  • 20 meatballs
  • Mash or chips
  • Cream sauce
  • Lingonberry jam
  • 2 x Daim cake
  • Sanela cushion cover
  • Avsiktig napkins
  • Oddrun throw
  • Sinnlig scented candle

The Formal £10 for 2 people

  • 20 x veggie palls
  • Butternut squash, courgette, and kale hash
  • 2 x plain sugar doughnut
  • 2 x Flimra wine glasses
  • Marit place mat
  • Smycka fake flower
  • Gullmaj napkin
  • Stabbig decoration for candle

The family platter – £20 for 4 people

  • 20 x meatballs
  • 20 x veggie balls
  • Mash or chips
  • Butternut squash, courgette, and kale hash
  • Cream sauce
  • Lingonberry jam
  • 2 x Daim cake
  • 2 x plain sugar doughnuts
  • 10 pack of Vinter disposable cups
  • 10 pack Vinter paper plates
  • Strala LED lighting chain
  • Fantastik paper napkins
  • Marit table runner

Now for the bad news: The offer isnt around forever, and its available only in certain locations.

Ikea on Uber Eats will run for five days from 16 to 20 November, between 11am and 2pm and 5pm and 10pm. Youll need to live a maximum of 2 miles away from the Ikea kitchen, located at Studio DDC, 367 Geffrye Street, E2 8HZ.

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Sorry, West London pals.

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You can also only order one Ikea menu per Uber Eats account per day, so you cant stock up.

The collab with Uber Eats comes after Ikeas research found that nearly nine in 10 (88%) UK adults would rather kick off the weekend with a cosy night in than head out into town.

It found that 89% are choosing to celebrate good news with friends and family at home. Also, 66% say comfort food is the most important factor for a great night in.

Agreed.

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