HOT4U are about to get their very own restaurant.
And why, pray tell, should be be excited about a restaurant – you quite reasonably inquire – that was clearly named during a sugar high after eating a pack of Love Hearts?
Glad you asked.
Well, the reasons are plentiful, but can be surmised by the following three. For one the head chef, Matthew Scott, is one of those rapidly rising stars of the next generation who doesn’t just embrace the zero-waste philosophy, but actively helped to invent it. He worked as head chef at the innovatively sustainable Cub before the lockdown sent him home. But instead of bingeing Netflix, he set about creating his own zero-waste delivery service (which he called HOT4U), which then became a series of zero-waste pub residencies, and has now finally blossomed into a zero-waste restaurant of his very own.
That restaurant will be in London Fields, on the rapidly up-and-coming stretch of Mentmore Terrace. The space will have two floors, with a dining area up top, and a cocktail bar down below, which will be the domain of Scott’s pattern in this whole endeavour: Charlie Carr of Wingnut Wines, who’ll be supplying all manner of rare, under-repped, and small-batch booze.
Then, for two, there’s the food. And holy moly, this man fell out of the creative dishes tree and hot every branch on the way down. His menus have included the likes of garum pom bears, peri-peri guineafowl, rabbit glazed in fig leaf & Szechuan daikon, and whisky bone marrow luges. And sure, this kind of Dadaist jumble of ingredients can sometimes be the result of a chef’s ambition biting off more than it can chew – but not here. At HOT4U dishes were executed with impeccable skill, and the result was a sensationally memorable meal. One that frequently ended with a Basque cheesecake. Made with builders’ tea.
And finally, for three, it’s not going to be called HOT4U. Instead, the new space will be called Papi.
Which is much more grown up.
NOTE: Papi is set to open early 2023. We’ll be back then with the full scoop. In the meantime, you can keep an eye on their Insta right here.
Papi | 1F Mentmore Terrace, E8 3PN
Hanging out in the area? Have a peep at our itinerary for a Saturday Morning in London Fields…
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