Westfield London announces the arrival of four new independent, street food style eateries as part of its re-vamp of its Balcony Café Court. The move indicates that the popularity of small, sociable, independent restaurants shows no sign of slowing down for hungry Londoners, as the centre continues to fly the flag for supporting home grown London foodie talent.
The investment in the Balcony Café Court is part of a series of Westfield London enhancements which is now the largest shopping centre in Europe.
Master Bao, Pizza Pilgrims, Tacos Corazon are brand new restaurants, set to join returning favourites Comptoir Libanais and Pho, along with the revamped Catch Me, previously Chip and Fish, from Gascon Connection, the group behind Michelin starred Club Gascon.
The new and revamped additions will bring a fusion of world cuisines to Westfield London, as it continues to become a foodie destination in its own right and defy the norms of shopping centre dining.
Keith Mabbett, Director of Leasing for Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield. “Westfield London has led the way in redefining the food experience inside a shopping destination. With our high footfall numbers offering a strong launch platform, we are seeing a trend of independent restaurants opening in Westfield centres. These independent retailers importantly offer a new and innovative food experience for our customers.”
What to look out for at Westfield London’s new-look Café Balcony Court…
Gascon Connection, the group behind Michelin starred Club Gascon, is delighted to announce the arrival of Catch Me, a brand-new seafood restaurant. Catch Me will deliver a versatile offering with Raw Bar and Kitchen menus, an exciting Kid’s menu, seasonal specials and signature dishes such as Diver Scallops Carpaccio and Tipsy Rock Oysters. The Kitchen menu will feature highlights not to be missed such as Lobster & Crayfish Doughnuts and Fish & Chips.
Julien Carlon, head chef, said: “With Catch Me, we want to showcase the best of seafood available in UK with a twist of the Provence. The concise menu uses sustainably sourced fresh fish and shellfish, prepared daily. We couldn’t be more excited to bring this Mediterranean offering to Westfield’s Balcony Court. We hope that the restaurant will become a destination for great food at accessible prices.”
Following the wildly successful south London launch of Mr Bao in Peckham, and its father establishment Daddy Bao in Tooting, the founders Nick Birkett and Frank Yeung have headed north of the river to entice palates with their new offering, Master Bao. Master Bao will serve experimental dishes from Taiwan and South East Asia, including the world’s first standalone vegan bao menu.
Nick Birkett, co-founder of Master Bao, said: ‘We wanted to create a new bao concept specifically for Westfield London and we’re very excited that this includes the world’s first vegan bao menu. The environmental impact of moving to the world to a vegan diet is clear and represents the future of food. This has never been done before in a bao restaurant and we’re delighted to showcase it at Westfield.’
From Soho favourite Tacos Corazon, foodies can expect more of the delicious tostados and mouth-watering signature tacos, which have made the Mexican restaurant a favoured destination on the London culinary scene.
Laura Sheffield, founder of Tacos Corazon, said: ‘We are thrilled to partner with Westfield London and offer a new audience the opportunity to embrace the balmy sunshine of Mexico, in London! We could not be more excited to share our love of Mexican ‘tacos y mas’ and everything we do in our new home will retain what’s important to us: the freshest salsas and marinades, punchiest drinks, and a bright, sunny spirit.’
Another Soho staple, Pizza Pilgrims, will be bringing its doughy delights to its latest residency. Using the traditional Neapolitan recipe, the favourite pizzas on offer include the classic Margherita as well as Salami, Ndjua and Marinara. A new and exclusive Westfield London menu will also include the introduction of Halal bresaola, the air-dried salt beef dish; and home-brewed ice-tea.
On the opening of their new Westfield London destination, brothers James and Thom Elliot said: ‘We’re eternally grateful to everyone who has tasted our pizza over the years and taken a chance on us. We’re really excited to open in West London and can’t wait for people to step through the doors’.
Firm Vietnamese favourite Pho has also undergone a makeover after being one of the first food retailers in the Westfield London food court and is ready to welcome friends new and old.
Stephen Wall, co-founder of Pho, said: ‘When we moved into Westfield London we only had the one little Pho restaurant in Clerkenwell, so it was a huge step and one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. Our partnership with Westfield London has been instrumental to our success. It was, and continues to be, one of the best Phos ever opened. Westfield has truly led the way in the evolution of the ’shopping centre food offering.’
Bringing back its well-loved Lebanese flavours following a makeover, shoppers will be able to once again enjoy traditional middle eastern food, all served with a side of warm and friendly hospitality that brings customers back time and time again.
Tony Kitous, founder of Comptoir Libanais, said: ‘We are so excited to be reopening among the amazing new Balcony Court. Westfield London was our first restaurant in London and our home for 10 years, so it holds a very dear place in our hearts. Without Westfield London we wouldn’t have had the success we have today.’