NYC’s RedFarm have just opened their first international followup joint, in London.
And they’ve brought their Pacman dumplings.
Of course, Pacman probably doesn’t approve – he has issues with being followed. But the rest of the food-eating community are very much excited about the move, given that the original’s pretty much constantly packed.
London’s RedFarm is sitting pretty in Covent Garden, right next to Balthazar, over soon-to-be two floors packed with gingham booths, whitewashed brickwork, and overhead shelving supporting vintage suitcases for that retro train carriage feel.
On the menu you’ll find dishes in all kinds of sizes, designed for sharing. There’s the dumplings, which come in the form of pacman (+ ghosts); crunchy vegetable and peanut; and pork and crab soup (with a straw for sucking the soup out first). Non-dumplings span from poached black cod with spring onions and frizzled ginger to Thai-style sautéed lobster with tomato rice; and marinated and grilled Dingley Dell pork chop. And there’s some very important custard bao to finish.
The drinks are a heady affair of (fairly sharply priced) cocktails and American wines – but at the end of the month, they’ll also be launching the cocktail bar upstairs, Toots ‘n’ Hoots – named after its resident decorative owls.
You should probably give it a waka.
NOTE: RedFarm is now open on soft launch with 25% off food (despite a very closed-looking website). They’re currently only serving dinner ahead of a full launch – we’ll update when they add lunch service.
ALSO NOTE: They don’t take reservations, but to avoid queuing you can currently phone half an hour ahead of your ETA and get your name down. Which, if it takes off, will probably still mean queueing.
RedFarm | 9 Russell Street, WC2B 5HZ
While you’re there… you can pop down the street for a drink in Balthazar.