Ever since Arnold & Henderson opened a new location in London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts in St James’s, I have been visiting weekly. I can’t get enough of their simple but tasteful fare, and it’s always good to bring visitors to prove how great British cuisine can be.
The original Rochelle Canteen, hidden in a converted bike shed in Shoreditch, has remained a relative secret. Its new little sibling, however, is something of an exhibitionist, enjoying a far more conspicuous location at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, just off Trafalgar Square. But it shares the same genes when it comes to ethos, offering a creative, seasonal lunch and supper menu (think smoked-eel pie, and deep-fried rabbit with kohlrabi and aioli) alongside a fairly priced wine list in a no-frills setting that puts its outstanding dishes firmly in the spotlight.