Visiting Paris, London, Amsterdam and Edinburgh this year? Make a stop at these newly-opened restaurants and bars in Europe that specialises in crab, sausages, Westerosi (read: Game of Thrones) drinks, peanut butter recipes and avocado dishes:
Paris, France: Crabe Royal
The Kaspia group, which renovated chic Parisian haunts Caviar Kaspia and La Maison de la Truffe, starts 2017 on a saltier note with a restaurant entirely dedicated to king crab. Located in the French capital’s Place de la Madeleine, the eatery celebrates the flavors of this king-sized crustacean, which can measure up to two meters across. Rather than the Norwegian species, it is the red king crab (also known as the Kamchatka king crab), fished off the coast of Alaska, that inspires the menu. Echoing the current trend for lobster hot dogs — now also embracing octopus — the giant sea creature will be served in a burger bun, wrapped in a spring roll or accompanied by noodles. Crab fans with more classic tastes can enjoy the legs grilled, caramelized or served in a gratin.
19, Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris, France.
Paris, France: Saucette
Sausages such as France’s tripe-based andouillette and other specialties are back in vogue in the French capital. A new restaurant, opened at the beginning of January, hopes to bring a chic upmarket vibe to meaty treats in a menu where sausages take center stage. Saucette has sourced quality fare directly from regional producers to serve up a selection of “proper” sausages, with evocative names such as the “Louboudin,” a black pudding (“boudin noir”) sausage from Mortagne au Perche, and “Socis Reding,” a marinated beef and sesame seed concoction. Seasonal dishes can be enjoyed at the restaurant or to take away.
30 rue Beaubourg, 75003 Paris, France.
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK: Blood and Wine Bar
In Scotland, the latest tribute to the hit TV series “Game of Thrones” takes the form of a bar where customers can sample wines, of course, or cocktails with evocative names such as “Myrish Fire Wine.” Everything here is reminiscent of Westeros, the world in which the historical fantasy series is set. The bar has the look of a tavern, adorned with shields, swords and the skins of various beasts. Fans may be disappointed to hear that this is only a temporary pop-up, open every Wednesday and Thursday in January and February. The team behind the project previously opened a “Breaking Bad” pop-up and could strike again with “Harry Potter” or “The Walking Dead” theme bars. Watch this space…
26B Dublin Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
London, England, UK: Pip&Nut Toast Bar
Peanut butter brand Pip&Nut has opened an eatery dedicated to its star spread in a famous London department store. The pop-up, located in the Selfridges Foodhall, serves grilled toast-based concoctions featuring nut spreads. Open daily from 7:30am to 12:30pm until February 12, the bar serves recipes featured in the brand’s recent cookbook, such as toast with grated apple, peanut butter and maple syrup.
Selfridges Foodhall, 400 Oxford Street, Marylebone, London, UK
Amsterdam, Netherlands: The Avocado Show
Whether fried, in a burger or smashed, avocado will be served in all kinds of creative ways at this eagerly awaited bar, set to open in Amsterdam this February. Guacamole will obviously be on the menu, and the superfood will also be whizzed up into smoothies. Fans of the fruit can enjoy avocado-based delights from dawn to dusk, as the bar will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner until midnight.
Daniel Stalpertstraat 61, Amsterdam, Netherlands