That was then. But now, a very exciting food hub is opening in Soho.
Called Arcade Food Theatre, the new offering houses several of London’s finest restaurants. Not only are the above-mentioned
foodie hotspots there, they’re joined by offerings from the teams behind Flat Iron,
Chotto Matte, Casa do Frango, Barrafina and El Pastor among others.
Posh pastries are the order of the day at Popham's
More a destination in its own right than a pit-stop for a quick bite to eat, the 12,500 square foodie mecca can be found on the ground floor of the Grade II-listed Centre Point building. Here, there are no less than six kitchens, a coffee and bakery counter, and three conceptualised bars where some of the city’s top mixologists can be found shaking up a storm. There’s also an outdoor terrace and ‘The Loft’, where some of the city's most innovative culinary concepts are showcased. The space is open both day and night, with DJ sets running throughout the evening, allowing Arcade Food Theatre to transition from day to night.
The regularly Instagrammed Iberian Katsu Sandwich at Ta Ta Eatery
The real pull, of course, is the restaurants that can be found here. Ta Ta Eatery's Iberian Katsu Sandwich is one of the most Instagrammed dishes in London. And we hear it tastes every bit as good as it looks. Having only recently stepped into the kitchen at innovative new cocktail bar Tayer + Elementary, the team open Tou at Arcade Food Theatre. (Here’s hoping the katsu sarnie makes the menu).
Meanwhile, chef-to-watch Selin Kiazim has had crowds flocking to her Shoreditch-based Turkish restaurant Oklava, so the opening of a second branch at Arcade is a cause for much excitement. Oh, and did we mention the delectable pasta dishes from Soho's 75 year old deli-turned-restaurant can be found there too? You're going to want to arrive very, very hungry. (And with a doggie bag or two to take home what you can't finish.)
Steak is served your way at Flat Iron
Pastorcito, the latest opening from Harts Group (the team behind queue-worthy tapas chain Barrafina, wine bar The Drop and tip-top taqueria El Pastor) is another talking point. As is the Flat Iron workshop, where you can grill-your-own with the guidance of chefs from pitch-perfect steak restaurant Flat Iron.
So there you have it. Arcade Food Theatre is changing the face of food courts by creating one that’s an activity in its own right. Pop in here during an afternoon of shopping on Oxford Street and who knows? You might get so carried away you don’t leave until long after the shops have shut.
|What||Arcade Food Theatre at Centre point, Soho|
|Where||Arcade Food Theatre at Centre Point, 101–103 New Oxford Street, London, WC2H 8LH | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Tottenham Court Road (underground)|
|Website||Click here for more information|