Ten restaurants that cook on open fire
Wood fires and open flames are quite literally the hottest new dining trend. Hit it up with these restaurants
Neil Rankin has really pioneered London's high end open fire barbecue scene. He is respected for his experimental use of bold flavours, drawing on global influences. Rankin began his career as a chef in fine-dining kitchens including working at Chiltern Firehouse with chef supremo Nuno Mendes.
At Soho Temper, the emphasis is on tacos, whilst at the dramatically scaled up Temper City, Rankin has gone bravado with whole roasts on a spit over an open fire, and a massive tandoor oven. The signature thali plates including a vegetarian option: wood-roasted aubergine and tomato curry are served with paratha bread, fried spiced potatoes, turmeric pickles, yoghurt, tamarind sauce and peshwari dust. From the grill, xo sauce marinated pork belly, sticky with its umami glaze and kimchi lamb skewers with kimchi were punchy and refreshingly different.
Be sure to start with an order of open-fire cooked mutton, fashioned into melt-in-the-mouth beautifully spiced croquettes, and crab and samphire pakoras.
As an antidote to such raunchy food, order crunchy iceberg lettuce with cumin chickpeas and pomegranate molasses, along with extremely moreish chargrilled purple sprouting broccoli.
Price:£80.00 for two with drinks