Arcade Food Hall

A first of its kind digital food hall experience is coming to CentrePoint as Arcade joins forces with JKS restaurants for the Arcade Food Hall. Peter Gray reports.

A host of new kitchens, a ‘sensual & luxurious’ dessert experience and a state of the art digital ordering system are just some of the highlights of the forthcoming Arcade Food Hall.

The venue, which was previously known as Arcade Food Theatre, opened in a storm of publicity in 2019, only to close its doors again eight months later due to the Coronavirus Crisis.

We personally loved the venue but the reviews were decidedly mixed and the pandemic put paid to any hopes the venue may have had of growing its audience.

Fast forward 15 months, however, and the venue has just announced its reopening – with a new name, a completely rejigged food offering and a brand new partnership.

Arcade have teamed up with JKS restaurants for the relaunch. The group are behind some of London’s most successful restaurants including Hoppers, Gymkhana and BAO London and Arcade are hoping that that the JKS team will be able to work their magic in W1.

Major changes have taken place with the venue’s food offering, too. Arcade will have eight entirely new kitchens at opening with Luke Farrell’s Plaza Khao Gaeng, Bebek! Bebek!, Hero Indian Fast Food and the Michelin starred Saborcito amongst them.

Plaza Khao Gaeng. Curry and rice is the name of the game at new Arcade outlet Plaza Khao Gaeng with the restaurant set to utilise curry pastes from small producers in Thailand and fresh ingredients from a greenhouse in Ryewater. Dishes will include southern sour orange ‘Gaeng Som’ curry a chicken and coconut curry with wok-fried pork and prawn & sator bean stir fries.

Bebek! Bebek! The second of Luke Farrell’s restaurants at Arcade, Bebek! Bebek! will seek to recreate the magic of Singapore’s Hawker Stands. The outlets are usually to be found in massive hawker centres which serve literally every cuisine known to man. Farrell’s version of the outlet will feature a ‘night market-style menu’ and dishes including Ayam Penyet chicken leg, grilled beef satay and spiced Bebek Goreng duck leg.

Hero Indian Fast Food will focus on North Indian street food with dishes said to include BBQ butter chicken pao, wagyu keema pao & masala fries chaat.

Saborcito – The sibling to Heddon Street’s Michelin-starred Sabor, Saborcito will extend on its older sister’s Spanish focused menu with a host of classic tapas.

Other restaurants at the reopened food market will include

shawarma kitchen Shatta & Toum,, burger and chicken outlet Manna, Sushi Kamon, the Arcade Provisions bakery and the dessert focused Benham & Froud Jelladrome.

To complete the major changes, Arcade will be instituting a new digital ordering system at the venue which should mean no more queuing up for food. Diners will simply have to input their orders on their phones and wait for their food to arrive at the table.

The CEO of JKS, Jyotin Sethi, had this to say about the relaunch of Arcade: “We’re delighted to finally reveal the new Arcade at Centre Point. We’ve always had the aspiration to create a venue that hosts a breadth of creative new brands as well as fostering up and coming talent within the hospitality industry.

Arcade is the perfect space for us to do this, both with the physical site and through London’s first digital food hall.”

Arcade Food Hall will open on the 22nd of April 2022 at Centre Point, 103-105 New Oxford Street. More information about the venue can be found here.

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-London's Best Events-
What: food hall
When: 22 Apr 22
Where: Centre Point
Website: Arcade Food Hall