Ellie Sleep pays homage to Autumn and the food that comes with it
There’s no denying it – the nights are drawing in, the trees are losing their lustre and there’s a whisper of chill in the air. Autumn is well and truly on its way. While many mourn the end of summer and its long, languid, sticky days, we’re rather excited about the turn of the seasons. Out go flimsy sandals and in come comfy boots; out go sunglasses and in come big woollen scarves; out goes the race from the office to stake out your claim on a metre square spot on a rooftop somewhere in Soho and in come the cosy nights at home, folded into soft blankets with hands wrapped around steaming cups of tea.
Most importantly, however, in comes an abundance of sumptuous, delicious, soul-hugging food. Wave goodbye to salads and say hello to buttery mashed potato, sautéed mushrooms and slow cooked stews, pumpkin soups and apple crumble. What’s more, we now begin flirting with the idea of Christmas, just peeping over the horizon but sending over unmistakable wafts of mulled cider and spiced gingerbread to gently pull us into Autumn’s waiting arms.
Autumn has always been the season to celebrate food. It is harvest time, with the harvest festival traditionally created to celebrate crops finally reaching maturity. Workers were freed from the hard labour of the fields and families would feast on ample, overflowing tables.
You can understand, therefore, that as a Food PR agency it brings us sheer delight when we see London restaurants finally releasing their Autumn/Winter menus. We’ve created a quick round up of some of our favourites below:
Boundary’s sultry, subterranean Shoreditch restaurant decked out in that distinctly French je ne se quoi is the perfect place for that Autumnal buzz. Their new menu features dishes that embrace seasonal produce, such as the Jamon de Bayonne with a celeriac rémoulade and, of course, their Gibier de Jour – roast game bird of the day. There really is no better time to taste the richness of roast duck, or the delicate flavours of partridge.
Perhaps you’re after something a little more exotic. Shoryu’s famous steaming bowls of ramen, piled high with nitamago egg, kikurage mushrooms, spring onion, sesame, ginger and nori seaweed will warm you from head to toe. Not to be missed is the Truffle Tonkotsu, served exclusively at Shoryu’s newly opened Covent Garden restaurant, with added truffle and crispy fried shallots. Most exciting though is their new cocktail menu created especially for this season. Try ‘Wake me up in Tokyo!’, a heady mix of umeshu plum wine and rye whiskey mixed with fresh orange, lemon and jalapeno.
Alternatively, if you share the tastes of our Thanksgiving loving neighbours, you’re after a truly extravagant spread. Enter the Patara Banquet, a veritable feast that includes six shared starters and four mains served with rice and vegetables and even a portion of dessert. From Char-grilled Chicken Satay with peanut sauce and Five Spice Duck rice rolls, to King Prawns tossed in sweet roasted chilli with basil and Coconut Braised Beef with lime, mint and lemongrass, prepare to loosen that belt buckle. In fact, just go all out and commit to an elasticated waistband. If you’re dining from this menu, we both know you don’t mess about.
So, we implore you, do not feel bereft at summer’s passing. Rejoice at the gastronomic wonders that Autumn brings. Don your coat, wriggle into your boots and head off through London’s crunchy leaves and morning mists to feast upon the fruits of the season.