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In the morning
When once we only saw 9am on the wrong side of a night out, now the promise of fluffy pancakes, Eggs Royale and flat whites somehow keeps us all in line. Oh, and a chorizo hash brown for when it all goes horribly wrong.
Somewhere between hunting lodge and horsebox, our private dining room is tantamount to a country escape. Secluded from hubbub of the Cafe but for a couple of grazing horses, the space seats up to 14 for meetings, meals, parties and whatever you might not like to share with everyone else.
CHET FAKER, 29th APRIL
He’s the hipster beard with the slow soul groove and super cool electronic production who’s been teasing us with collabs with fellow Aussie’s Flume and their farty trumpets, as well as the Super Bowl hit cover of No Diggity. And finally, his first full length album is out and he’s over doing the rounds.
If the second side (a clever interlude makes sure you know this) of Built on Glass is anything to go by, there’s a lot more to come from the 24 year old than the James Blake / Erykah Badu sound we came to expect. Things speed up, get beaty and all round give us some surprises to look forward to.
M-F: 7.30am to 12pm
S-S: 9am to 11.30am
S-S: 11.30am to 4pm
M-F: 12pm to 3.30pm
S-S: 12pm to 4pm
M-S: 6pm to 10pm
Sun: 6pm to 9.30pm
All day menu available throughout the afternoon.
For the poussin:
Marinate a spatchcocked poussin in harissa for at least a couple of hours. Poach in chicken stock, and set aside to cool. Grill or BBQ for a minute each side just before for serving.
The salad-y bit:
Bulgar wheat – steeped in hot chicken stock & then chilled
Sautéed aubergine & red, yellow & green gepper
Handful of chopped rocket, mint & parsley
Pinch of toasted sumac
Serve with coriander cress & cumin yoghurt
OLIVIER DUBOIS COMPANY: 'TRAGEDIE'
Nine male and nine female dancers get their kits off in a study of human condition and where body meets soul. Naked bodies meet soul – though probably a fair stretch from the original stage nudity in Hair.
Anyhow, a beautiful, hypnotic dance piece that’s far more grown up and powerful than we’re making it seem.
What we're listening to
This time of year is rife with much anticipated new releases and the plethora of frenetic touring which follows. Our schedules are jam packed with cool gig upon great show.
Few bands embody our values like Metronomy – so very English, quirky, at once modern and vintage – and their new album Love Letters has inspired this week’s playlist of back catalogue classics and sweet, bleepy-vocal tunes.
Tell us what you like, share your favourite tracks, or send us a list and we’ll stick it up.
Neighbourhood secrets from...
CAROLINE ISSA, PUBLISHER & FASHION CONSULTANT
Where do you live? Lisson Grove
How do you get around? Bus or Vespa
Your usual order at the RHC? The question is more what don’t I order? I have tried everything on the menu – pancakes in the morning is my fave, lunch time the salad and the soup is essential, and the sundae at night for dessert is unmissable.
What’s one Fitzrovia treasure you’d be willing to share? Well, I’m a bit biased but my aunt has an incredible gallery showcasing the best of contemporary middle eastern art on Great Portland St, called the Rose Issa Gallery. And our Tank bookshop on 91-93 Great Portland St is the best place to find amazing art and fashion books and magazines!
FROM THE SIDEWALK TO THE CATWALK
This is going to be a fashion exhibition like no other – the first major retrospective of Jean Paul Gaultier’s witty and daring designs from the last 40 years. His work transcends cultures and countercultures, gender and class in both how the fashion is made and how it’s worn.
With more than 165 couture and ready-to-wear garments on show alongside catwalk films, music videos and dance performances, you can get up close with the iconic moments of his boundary pushing career and take your eye out on Madonna’s famous conical bra.
WE LOVE TYPOGRAPHY
Ah, it’s so true. We do love typography, and here is a great collection. A VAST collection too – numbering at no less than 1612 pages of fine examples just now.
Have a random browse, or you know rate your mood and flick through in just your chosen colour.
DAILY CAKE QUOTIENT
Everyday, our kitchen brings us a jar of cookies. Or sometimes a pretty little cake stand with a banana loaf. Macaroons. Meringues. Depends how they’re feeling. But everyday, regardless, there is a new batch of home made treats to eye up on your way in and have with a cup of tea.
THE HEROIC APPARITION
Chinese artist Liu Bolin’s lies not in making work to stand out from the world around, but rather to disappear right into his surroundings. Originally conceived as a series of performances, Bolin was painted by his assistants to replicate the background as he posed motionless, effectively painting him out of the picture.
Now, the works of ultimate camouflage have been captured as a series of photographs – unbelievable, jaw-dropping shimmies of an invisible man.
SPRING IN YOUR STEP
This is the colour ‘spring green’ in juice format – fresh and healthy and reviving even on those extra grey and depressing days that are more akin to spring than the nice ones.
1/2 a kiwi
1″ chunk of cucumber
25ml elderflower cordial
50ml apple juice
Chop the fruit, then muddle it in a glass. Add the cordial and apple juice, fill with crushed ice and stir it up real good.
At the sharing table
WHO DID YOU MEET?
Once upon a time, we chatted to strangers, brought jams to neighbours in times of plenty and said hello to passersby. We hear it still happens up North.
We also hope one might choose to shoot the breeze with fellow diners at the sharing table. Maybe you might debate current affairs; maybe you share a secret haunt; maybe you might just pass the pepper.
NOTHING TO CHANCE
A page of inspiration for a Kiwi designer – despite being so very very white, it succeeds in being a likeable collection of clean minimalism in a post-Ikea age.
The collection of homewares, collateral ensembles, graphic branding and beard oil wobbles between excellent examples of design and function, to a realisation of that infographic about lazy hipster logos. Regardless, it’s a nice, soothing browse, easy digestible and very, very covetable.
HONEY BERRY SOUR
To continue easing out of
our detox, we’ve opted for
our Honey Berry Sour.
Chock full of berry goodness
and some honey essence to
smooth and soothe.
25ml Lemon Juice
Garnish with a lemon twist
and blackberry. Shake &
Pour Over Crushed Ice.
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