Figs - I didn't use to be very keen on fresh figs. Just childhood memories of fig roll biscuits. Squidgy and sticky in the middle, kind of crumbly outside, in the rather squashed roll shape. I haven't had these for years, and the plump dark purple fresh kind are now a favourite. If perfectly ripe, crunchy seeds, beautifully fragrant (I love the scent of fig trees - especially Diptyque's Philosykos). They are great in salads, paired with tangy feta or a soft goat's cheese, or with prosciutto on slices of toasted sourdough. For sweet, they are excellent with bitter dark chocolate, roasted with honey and vanilla, or anything toasty almondy (a fig frangipane tart would be perfect). September is perfect season for them, so look out for them now.
Pizza Locadeli - A little alliteration for somewhere to eat this month, with a pop-up pizzeria place. The beautifully plush Italian Locanda Locatelli is closed for a refurb until October, but for three weeks Giorgio and Plaxy Locatelli are running a temporary restaurant, nearby on Blandford Street. More pared back, the menu will include wood-fired pizzas, pastas and other simple Italian dishes, with a bar upstairs. Get in there quick, it sounds deliciously relaxed with I'm sure fabulous food, but only until the 28th September.
Mission - The couple behind the Hackney Road wine bar Sager & Wilde now have a second site in Bethnal Green (just up from the tube station). It’s penned as a Californian wine bar and kitchen, with brunch and dinner menus (their first site is more a bar with bar snacks). It opens proper on Monday 15th following the soft opening, and the sample menus look very good, with some rather Italian dishes (including duck pappardelle, octopus with farro, rabbit with polenta, pancetta and girolles, and bites of nduja arancini). There is of course a wide wine choice, with many by the glass (and bar snacks if you just want to pop in for a drink).
Oysters – Now there is an R in the month, the season has begun for native oysters. I’m going to head to Wright Brothers (either Soho or Spitafields), or to the oyster bar at J Sheekey. Just choose your garnish.