9 Russell Street Covent Garden is now home to innovative new restaurant RedFarm. The first restaurant from the independent chain to open outside of New York City, RedFarm specialises in Chinese inspired dim sum with a modern and inventive twist. Brainchild of Joe NG – who is somewhat of a dim sum master, and Chinese food expert Ed Schoenfeld, RedFarm has already risen to the top 100 UK restaurants and is famous for its fresh approach to Chinese food with a bit of added fun.
Spread across three floors the 96 seat restaurant features modern rustic décor that embodies casual and cool dining similar to its New York counterpart with exposed painted brick walls, wooden floors, long communal tables that allow seating for 26 along with intimate booths and seating at the bar.
We particularly love the signature items on this exciting new menu which include clever and oh-so-cute dim sum creations, for example the pac man shrimp dumplings (pictured above)…
… and then there’s the three colour vegetable dumplings and vegetable spring rolls in the shape of flowers which look far too good to eat.
For those looking for bigger bites we definitely recommend RedFarms famous pastrami eggs rolls, cheeseburger spring rolls or the barbecued pork belly sliders (pictured above) which simply have to be sampled!
It’s not all about the food though, RedFarm Covent Garden is also home to Toots & Hoots RedFarm’s new cocktail bar which is tucked above the restaurant and draws its inspiration from New York’s Decoy, which was also created by Ed Schoenfeld. The dark atmospheric design features two photographic works by Claire Rosen depicting a pair of owls hence the name – Toots & Hoots.
The drinks menu at the bar features a host of cocktails: The Long Stare With Gin – a blend of bergamot, luxardo, vermouth and rose; Tu Whit Tu Whoo – a mix of dark rum, oleo saccharum (sugared oil), vanilla, Kaffir lime leaf and smoked star anis among others, a selection of beer and wine as well as non-alcoholic drinks with Seedlip botanicals which we featured recently on the blog here. If you get peckish after a drink or two you can peruse the snack menu and enjoy a plate of West Mersea rock oysters or BBQ baby back pork ribs.
RedFarm is open Monday – Sunday with various different opening times which can be viewed here, Toots & Hoots is open from 4:45-11:30pm Tuesday-Friday and 12pm-11:30pm Saturdays. To book a table or find out more visit the website here.