Words: Emily Manson
1 Habanera wins Best Mexican
Shepherd’s Bush’s newly opened independent Mexican restaurant, Habanera has scooped the Best Mexican Restaurant title 2015 at Air Europa Latin UK Awards. One of the fore-runners of the area’s development, Habanera, is fast becoming a firm local favourite serving authentic and seasonally changing tacos, burritos and cocktails since its opening last year. Crowd pleasers such as Baha Fish, Wild Mushroom, 3 Little Pigs pork mix or Coconut Prawn are also on the menu as is a dedicated salsa bar. Also open for breakfast and weekend brunches, all dishes are made from scratch daily with ingredients from local and organic suppliers where possible and it’s largely a gluten free menu.
280 Uxbridge Road, W12 7JA, 0208 001 4887; habanera.co.uk
2 Hammersmith’s best cafe
Kettle + Crust, the cafe within St Paul’s Centre has been voted the Best Cafe in Hammersmith. Part of St Paul’s Church, the recently reopened cafe, which supports unemployed people won the area’s I Love lunch 2015 competition. Serving ethically sourced Peros coffee and fair-trade products they also serve fresh food on site every day, using locally sourced produce wherever possible.
St Paul’s Centre, Queen Caroline Street, W6 9PJ, 020 8746 5264
3 Lunch just improved in Richmond
Feeling Peckish? Cook & Garcia, arguably the best sandwich maker in the West, has launched a new business menu to keep the workers of Richmond (and beyond) happy and full at lunch times.
Unit 1, 25 The Quadrant, TW9 1DJ, 020 8948 7777; cookandgarciatogo.co.uk
4 Last chance for lobster at Spaghetti House
Feeling crusty? It’s the last chance to dive into a bit of decadent crustacean with Spaghetti House’s lobster spaghetti. This is the last month for the ‘signature’ dish which features native lobster delivered daily from south West England. Cooked simply with a touch of garlic, chilli and San Marzano tomatoes, it costs a tasty £16.95.
5 Barnes resident releases cookbook
Feeling bookish? Local Barnes resident Kate Doran aka gourmet blogger thelittleloaf.com is celebrating her first cookery book Homemade Memories, a culinary nostalgia-bible packed with DIY sweetie recipes and retro treats that have made her blog so successful from bourbon biscuits to treacle tart and jammie dodgers.