Tuck inn @ Duck Inn, Chicago

Tuck inn @ Duck Inn, Chicago

We were lucky enough to visit the fantastic Duck Inn recently as part of the Menu Innovation Network tour to the NRA in Chicago.

This Retro-inspired place, owned by celebrity chef Kevin Hickey, focuses on creative duck dishes & other American eats plus cocktails & local beers. 

The Bridgeport restaurant, which opened in Dec 2015, occupies a corner tavern that predates Prohibition. It takes its name from a Depression-era lunch counter that was run by Hickey's great-grandmother. 

Be sure to try the duck wings with Japanese BBQ sauce for a big smack of umami.

http://theduckinnchicago.com/

It's all about the Town Hall

It's all about the Town Hall

If you are looking for a unique and contemporary dining experience then why not try an old east end town hall?

The Michelin starred Clove Club in Shoreditch town hall is a cutting-edge restaurant and bar serving an innovative British menu, with an emphasis on great flavours, using often-overlooked ingredients. 

For the more adventurous head out on the central line to Zone 2 and pay a visit to Typing Room in Bethnal Green. Set in a former Edwardian town hall, this luxury chic hotel & restaurant mixes modern design with art deco and period details. 

Head Chef, Lee Westcott, uses the best of local and seasonal British ingredients to create innovative modern European dishes that focus on intriguing culinary techniques.

http://thecloveclub.com/

http://www.typingroom.com/

 

Black Axe Mangal

Black Axe Mangal

Black Axe Mangal is a phenomenon — but emphatically not an outcome of someone noticing that za’atar is now sold in Waitrose.

Advertising itself as an avant-garde kebab house drawing influences from around the world, not just from Turkey. But while the chargrilled meat dishes take centre stage on Black Axe’s ever-changing menu, the skill of the kitchen expresses itself in ways not confined to the meaty arts.

http://www.blackaxemangal.com

Vete-Katten

Vete-Katten

Vete–Katten is a Stockholm institution – written about, spoken about and above all visited, by most Stockholmers, both well-known and unknown, from Greta Garbo’s time to the current day.

If you are lucky enough to visit don't miss the amazing Semla - cardamom-spiced wheat bun which has its top cut off, and is then filled with a mix of milk and almond paste, topped with whipped cream. 

http://www.vetekatten.se/en/

Doughnut Plant NYC

Doughnut Plant NYC

CATEGORY: Coffee Shop

Quite possibly the best doughnuts you'll ever eat in your life.......

Established in 1994 they have been making doughnuts by hand with the highest quality all natural ingredients. They make all their own jams and filling and never use eggs, preservatives or anything artificial plus all their doughnuts do not contain trans fats.

Numerous outlets across New York City and now in Brooklyn. Be sure to pay pilgrimage next time you are in the Big Apple.

http://doughnutplant.com/

Eat.

Eat.

eat

CATEGORY: Food-To-Go

Daily changing menus are made from scratch, to their own recipes, and served fresh to customers each day. Menus change seasonally so customers can always find something new.

Defined as food worth sharing. They create, make and serve hot and cold food; sandwiches, soups, hot pots, pies, salads, wraps, desserts, pastries, breakfast, cold drinks etc.

 

This week we tried the Houmous & Falafel Mezze Salad

https://eat.co.uk/

Bo Drake

Bo Drake

Bo Drake

CATEGORY: Casual Dining

An New East Asian restaurant, their food is modern and bright, combining sweet and pickled influences from East Asia alongside slow cooked BBQ methods from the Americas and Europe.

Situated in the heart of Soho on Greek St. Open for lunch and dinner Mon-Sat with reservations available.

Menu highlights include Smoked Bobo Chicken with Spicy Pear Mayo or Soft Shell Crab Bao served with Fennel & Garlic Aioli.

http://www.bodrake.co.uk/

Jinjuu

Jinjuu

CATEGORY: Casual Dining

A modern Korean food restaurant with celebrity chef Judy Joo at the helm.

With a menu encompassing both traditional and contemporary fare, highlights include the selection of “Anju” (that’s food that you eat while you drink) such as tacos, Bulgogi-style Sliders and mouthwatering Carnitas Fries; Ssam sharing platters of succulent Bo Ssam Pork Belly, Braised Short Rib, and grilled Sea Bass amongst others; and of course the famed Korean Fried Chicken, which no-one should leave without trying.

There's also some interesting artwork in the downstairs toilets for those of you into Korean Pop Music!

 

http://www.jinjuu.com/