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CITYMATTERS.LONDON 18 August - 14 September 2021 | Page 13 subscribe to our newsletter at Bocca di Lupo’s BBQ kits are stuffed full of meat and seafood. The Hawksmoor at Home box costs £120, limited to 500 boxes per week. Tom Hixson Of Smithfield Posting up in the City of London’s historic meat market since 1963, Tom Hixson Of Smithfield has also been operating door-todoor delivery since 2005. Its butchers travel to every corner of the globe – Argentina to Japan and everywhere between – in search of the highest quality cuts. And it shows with their offerings. Nowhere more so than their Smoker Box, which delivers Australian grain-fed brisket, Wexford Valley jumbo short ribs and USDA ribs from St Louis to your door. Fire up your smoker in the morning and you’ll be enjoying that melt-in-the-mouth meat fantasy by the early evening. The Meater BBQ Box costs £100 for a whopping 9.2kg of meat. THE BAO London group just keeps on giving us more and more deliciousness – this time with the new BAO Noodle Shop in Shoreditch. The team have mastered their famous bao buns – fluffy clouds of dough filled with all manners of tasty meat, fish, and veg. And now BAO London is moving onto the noodle game, inspired by the beef noodle shops of Taiwan. The whole space looks and feels just like one of these local haunts in Taiwan, with all the walls clad in either wood or white tiles. Low tables with stools are the order of the day too – so maybe don’t bring your parents with bad backs here. It’s super simple design. Made for a high turnover of hungry noodle loving customers. You’ll see people slurping up massive bowls of noodles all day long here in Shoreditch. It’s only been open about a month, but people know the Bao name generally means quality. These guys have two signature bowls of beef noodles on the menu. Both are made with bone broth, fresh wheat noodles made in-house and Cornish beef, aged for a minimum of 40 days. One is richer and full of braised cheek and short rib (with some additional fermented greens for a little kick). It’s accompanied by some beef butter which just adds to the deep meaty flavours. Be sure to have one of the BAO beers while tucking into this one, otherwise it might be a bit too rich and overpowering for you. There’s a lot of tasty fat in this bad boy. Elsewhere on the menu, they also got Try out both of their beef noodle soups a few of their classic boas which you can get at all other BAO restaurants in London. But they’ve added some new boys just for Shoreditch. Try the crispy fried tripe (less scary because it’s fried), the fried cheese and jalapeño rolls with plum and coriander sauces, a smoked eel salad, a panko shrimp croquette Bao (we fell in love with this one), and an Iberico pork Bao with garlic mayo and a sweetcorn congee. They even have a dessert bao. A fried EATING OUT: BAO NOODLE SHOP bun filled with malt ice cream. This is a really fun way to end all the fun – but we kinda wish the ice cream had been battered and fried too. But we can be a bit greedy. Nonetheless, this is another big win for the BAO group. Each new location comes with a similar but still unique menu. And they do not miss a beat. Bring on whatever they have in store for us next. n233 Shoreditch High Street E1 6PJ RECIPE BOXES / Borough Market Borough Market has just launched its new recipe boxes which have been curated by Borough Market’s top chefs. Many of the recipes come from the ‘Borough Market Cookbook’ so do expect lots of British classics alongside some more modern creations. As you’d expect, all the produce is picked and packed fresh from the Market and delivered straight to your door, both in London and nationally. This month’s options include Roast chicken thighs with tarragon creme fraiche sauce, baked aubergines and mozzarella and wild mushroom kievs, with slow roasted tomatoes. NEW SET MENU/ Lyle’s Lyle’s, the Michelin starred and World’s 50 Best British restaurant in Shoreditch, has just launched a three-course set lunch menu. This is the best way to experience the luxury of Lyle’s on a budget. The three-course set lunch menu is available every Wednesday to Friday for £30 per person. Taking the opportunity to open some of the bottles that they’ve been saving in the cellar, each menu will feature a different grape which will be served by the glass. As always, the menu will highlight the very best of what’s in season and will change weekly. This is the perfect way to try the Lyle’s experience – without breaking the bank.

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