LONDON, July 08, 2014 -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- Our capital is renowned for its eclectic international food scene, and London restaurants don't come any more international than Bayou, a Creole bar and kitchen set to open in Camden on July 10.
Bayou is the brainchild of restaurateur Chris Singham – proprietor of another Camden hit dining venue, Simply Fish – and the menu promises a selection of dishes from the Deep South, and in particular the wetlands around the Gulf Coast from which it takes its name.
That means Cajun and Creole items like crayfish, jambalaya, smoked chicken wings and gumbo, as well as soul food like po' boy sandwiches, ribs, grits and fried chicken. The drinks menu features American lagers and specialty cocktails, including a ‘Proud Mary', a Mezcal/tomato juice/cucumber/dill concoction that takes its name from the John Fogerty song (and nods knowingly at Fogerty's claims of being ‘born on the bayou' despite hailing from distinctly un-swamplike Northern California).
The Bayou country that runs along the south coast of the United States from Louisiana to Florida has long been a melting pot of cultures, and the cuisine draws on the region's French, Spanish, Italian and African heritage. Bayou is set to bring those flavours to the London restaurants scene, with a side order of live traditional jazz thrown in to the mix.
But Bayou is just one of many new London restaurants to open this summer. There's Scarpetta and Caterina55, both Italian restaurants located in the City. The Wellcome Kitchen just opened next to its namesake collection of medical artefacts on Euston Road; it's run by Benungo, and promises a constantly-changing menu of rustic dished – just think about going there before the museum if you don't want to spoil your appetite. There's Barrefina, Covent Garden's newest tapas joint. A cache of internationally-flavoured London restaurants are opening throughout the summer, with Peruvian, Mexican and Cuban food being dished up in new venues. You can keep abreast of all the latest and greatest dining hot spots at LondonTown.com.
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