So, the people who founded the vaunted Frieze art magazine and the festival that goes with it – Messrs Amanda Sharp & Matthew Slotover – have opened a restaurant.
But the name they’ve chosen is really quite curious. It’s named after Alice Toklas, who was Gertrude Stein’s life partner, and who published a cookbook back in 1954 (The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook) which is most famous for including the first modern recipe for cannabis brownies. She describes them as “easy to whip up on a rainy day”. Somehow, it was published uncensored in the UK, and it helped to kickstart the ’60s counterculture interest in edibles. Peter Sellers even made a movie about it.
Like we said, curious.
As for the restaurant? Well, it’s all housed within 180 The Strand, the new venue owned by Soho House. And it’s a thoroughly casual affair, with simple dishes like Kingfish crudo with fennel & caper leaf; cuttlefish and chickpea stew; or chicken with peppers and torn bread.
Added to that, there’s a bakery where you can score all manner of breads, pastries, and sandwiches as well as a small grocers slinging fresh fruit & veg, cheeses, charcuterie and all the kinds of things you find at a small grocers. On the Strand.
But there are no brownies.
NOTE: Toklas is open now, with the bakery following on 16th November – you can find out more, and book a table, HERE.
Toklas | 1 Surrey Street, London WC2R 2ND
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