Adam Handling, owner of The Frog E1 has traveled a short distance to Liverpool Street and today (26th of June) opens Bean & Wheat, a coffee shop and deli.
Bean & Wheat will be focusing on using only locally-sourced artisan ingredients and supplies from London-based coffee roasters and bakeries. It will be open for breakfast and lunch to eat in or takeaway. Adam and the team at The Frog E1 have developed the menu to reflect the innovative, flavoursome combinations that regular customers at The Frog E1 have been delighting in for just over a year now, but in a more relaxed non formal setting, where Adam will be looking to again champion a ‘no waste’ philosophy.
There will be a wide range of breads, baked by local bakeries such as the E5 Bakehouse, including a Hackney Wild loaf and Walnut Rugbrød (a Danish dark rye sourdough). E5 Bakehouse have been making bread in the local area for many years and have a “mother dough” starter for the sourdough breads that is older than chef himself. To go with the amazing bread selections customers will be able to choose from an array of daily changing savoury and sweet toppings presented in small glass jars that the kitchen at The Frog E1 will prepare and supply each morning, depending on what the chefs have been cooking. An example of what is planned is a delicious duck liver parfait utilising the duck livers from the 200 ducks which the restaurant uses every month that would otherwise potentially be wasted. The chefs will also be creating rich chunky pork terrine, and an earthy bean hummus which is drizzled with a herb oil made using the tops of the herbs which are usually thrown away by chefs.
Bean and Wheat will also serve salads as part of their offering, using seasonal vegetable off-cuts, such as cauliflower stalks, grains and beans. For those with a sweet tooth, you will be able to choose from a selection of retro-inspired cakes, freshly baked by the chefs.
Alongside a range of blended and single origin coffees from independent London roasters, teas from luxury tea company Newby Teas will be Adam’s very own Black & White cold-pressed juice range. Adam created the Black & White presses as part of the company’s effort to reduce food waste. The presses are made using only handpicked and delicious fruit and vegetables that are slightly misshapen and so rejected by restaurants and retailers. The juices will be cold-pressed locally each day and delivered to The FrogE1and Bean & Wheat. who also offer an extensive range of juice combinations to encourage a healthy lifestyle.
Adam Handling says “I’m hugely excited about the opening of Bean & Wheat, I think there’s a real demand for innovative food to grab and go. On the other hand, food wastage is an issue that’s increasingly important in our industry, and one that’s particularly close to my heart. Restaurants tend to waste so much food on a day-to-day basis, and we are trying to tackle this – in the next few years we hope to reach zero-waste status.”
The company hopes to eventually eliminate food wastage in all The Frog restaurants and Bean & Wheat, by ensuring that nothing is thrown away needlessly. Any wastage that can’t be used by the kitchen is sent off-site to be made into compost, which they utilise to grows the majority of its own fruit, vegetables and herbs. The Frog’s Flagship restaurant, opening in Covent Garden this September, will also contribute its by-products to Bean & Wheat.
Bean & Wheat is situated in East London on Artillery Passage, a narrow street just off Artillery Lane, a well used route that links Spitalfields with the City.
The Flying Scotsman:
Chef Adam Handling could be described as the “Flying Scotsman”. His culinary career is certainly steaming ahead with cook books, artisan chocolates, olive oil and even his own branded Gin. His restaurant, Adam Handling at Caxton and Adam himself have received critical acclaim and accolades over the past months since he came to the attention of restaurant goers, foodies and the avid fans of the BBC MasterChef, the professionals in 2013, where he reached the finals.
Adam has recently parted company with the Hotel Group which housed his restaurant and Adam Handling at the Caxton is to be rebranded with a new image and a pared down menu, introducing a grill restaurant, offering steaks and burgers. So the leap forward, excuse the pun, for Adam is the opening of the first of a series of restaurant he plans to open over the next 8-10 months. Welcome The Frog (brilliant logo concept created by the inimitable @fatpunkstudio )
Plans will see another two “Frog” concept locations and an eponymous flagship restaurant in the West End. The first Frog will be found in East London in part of the Old Truman Brewery (Hanbury Street/Brick Lane area). When Favourite Tables meet with Adam and the team, Head Chef Steve Kerr, Development Chef Jamie Park and Sous Chef Connor they were all on site, shirt sleeves rolled up. Work was just starting on converting what was previously an Italian restaurant in Ely’s Yard.
When we re-visited a few days later, lots had changed in the kitchen area, the bar and cocktail area.
Equipment suppliers, installation companies, builders, electrical engineers and Adam were all onsite and working very hard to meet the opening night date of 7th June. When asked how confident Adam was to having everything ready for the 7th, his immediate reply, “oh we will be open”
The menu, still in development, will be based on a 5 course taster menu, at around £40 per head, which will be listed on a daily blackboard. As much as possible, ingredients will be sourced from the local suppliers on their doorstep. So if they only have six mackerel then the course will be replaced on the Blackboard when all have been sold. When pushed for a little more detail of the types of dishes available the detail of “Mad as a Box of Frogs’ were explained: Frogs Legs and Chicken lolly pops with a Wild Garlic emulsion served in a wooden box. An A La Carte menu is also under development, which, knowing Adam as we do, will be worth waiting for.
On the day of our revisit to Ely’s Yard, it had just been announced who this years BBC Great British Menu chefs would be and Adam Handling was confirmed as representing the Scottish Region.
Although filming had taken place several months ago, whilst he had been competing in the Chef of the Year, Adam remained tight lipped about how he got on and the outcome. Some secrets are meant to be kept!
We will be glued to the television when the programmes are aired later this month and cheering him on nonetheless.
The Frog, 2 Ely’s Yard, Old Truman Brewery Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR
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