What's My Weekend: Jonathan Downey

Top foodie hangouts in London this week


Tonight it's Street Feast at Merchant Yard on Kingsland Road, where I'll drink at least two too many Rotary Margaritas (made with tequila and mescal for a more smoky flavour). Street Feast is Britain's best street food gathering and it's in Hackney every Friday till the end of June. I'll have Fish Tacos from Luardos, http://luardos.co.uk, and ice cream from Sorbitium, www.sorbitiumices.com, or I might treat myself to six courses of wonder-kid chef Ben Spalding's refined street food dining @. Last week, my favourite course was treacle-cured salmon and cornflakes, and it was FANTASTIC.


After Street Feast closes at midnight, I'll head up to The Haggerston in Dalston, http://thehaggerston.com, for a nightcap. Saturday is Maltby Street Market, @MaltbyStMkt - aka the Ropewalk. This is a great place to spend the whole day drinking Little Bird Gin cocktails, eating fantastic jamon from Bar Tozino, http://www.bartozino.com/, and devouring delicious waffles from Waffle On, @WaffleOnMarkets . Get a breakfast one if you're hungover, or hang on for a morello cherry and marscarpone version. Maltby is a smaller, cooler version of Borough Market - think locals, not tourists.

Who can resist The Gos?

On Sunday, I might head to Brawn on Columbia Road, www.brawn.co, for their brilliant set Sunday lunch: three courses for £25, including roast chicken and rhubarb mess - or something similarly delicious. Wander around the flower market first.

And what sort of a weekend would it be without Ryan Gosling? I might have to give in and go see The Place Beyond The Pines.

Jonathan Downey is the owner of the Rushmore Group, of a string of hip and happening bars and restaurants across London: Milk & Honey/The Player: Soho, Redhook/Giant Robot: Clerkenwell, Danger of Death: Brick Lane, Rotary Bar & Diner/Rotary Room, Old St.Follow him on Twitter @DowneyJD

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