Bangarang at the Queen of Hoxton

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The Queen has spoken and it’s out with Sky Hallah and in with Bangarang – the Queen of Hoxton’s brand new summer roof bar pop-up.

Bangarang sees the the space transformed into Peter Pan’s Neverland… Take a seat on a giant seashell, adorn your face at the glitter bar and sip your way through their brand new cocktail list.

New tipples include the Green Eyed Fairy made with melon, elderflower, lemon, bitters and absinthe, the Tiger Lilly Poloma with frozen tequila, lime, salt and pink grapefruit, and a host of mermaid shots served in clam shells. Take your pick of tequila, vodka and gin knocked back with flavoured jelly pearls.

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Lost boys and girls can gorge on the Neverland BBQ menu, which features ribs, burgers and prawns pil pil.

Bangarang is set to host an array of magical workshops designed to entice your inner child including mermaid crown making and wild life drawing, with a few Sunday terrace parties and rooftop film clubs thrown in for good measure.

Bangarang is open Monday to Sunday, noon – 10pm.

For more information, check out the Queen of Hoxton on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Tonkotsu East, Haggerston

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Tonkotsu East has the hallmarks of a classic new East-End eatery: it’s built within Haggerston station railway arches, there is exposed brickwork, it’s management team is friendly and knowledgable and – of course – a large percentage of its customers have beards.

But there is one feature that sets this new Japanese bar / restaurant aside from its neighbours – an industrial-sized noodle making machine, housed in its own in a glass room, easily viewable from the dining area.

Tonkotsu noodle machine

It’s the only one of its type in the UK, and you can literally watch as long strips of dough are stretched, cut, noodalised, dried, and then brought to you in steaming bowls of ramen. Homemade cooking at its best.

And noodles aren’t the only distinctly homemade product available at Tonkotsu East – they also make their own very yummy ‘Eat The Bits’ chilli oil, made from d’Archbol chilli flakes, shichimi togarashi, red miso, garlic, onion and sesame seeds, available to buy from the restaurant.

The food menu is small but perfectly formed – clearly a lot of care has gone into each dish. The highlights are the Tokyo Ramen – a soy-based pork and chicken stock with medium thick noodles topped with mirin, sweet soy-glazed pork belly, half a soft boiled egg, menma and spring onions… and the handmade, slightly crispy prawn goyza (dumplings) are quite possibly the best in town

 

mmmm... a hot steaming bowl of ramen.

mmmm… a hot steaming bowl of ramen

Side dishes include crab or pumpkin croquettes, king prawn katsu, salt and pepper squid and sea bass carpaccio, as well as tenderstem broccoli and pickled cucumber.  Wash it all down with a flask of sake, a Japanese beer or something from the cocktail list.

Tonkotsu East is definitely one if of the best Japanese restaurants around at the moment, and a welcome addition to the Haggerston area – for more information check out http://tonkotsu.co.uk

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