6 Post/s by Tag: British

Soho Food Feast 2012 doing it for the kids

29 May 2012

Saturday was an absolutely gorgeous day for the Soho Food Feast – the annual event held to raise money for the local Soho Parish Primary School. Returning to St Annes Churchyard for it’s second year, Summer had finally decided to rear it’s head and everyone at this sold out event was in great spirits, enjoying the fun, family-friendly, garden party vibe.

Soho Food Feast

The Soho Food Feast comes across as a smaller, more intimate and better value Taste of London at £6 for entry and £2 per dish. The line up of restaurants was excellent and included the likes of Barrafina, Bocca Di Lupo, Dehesa, Hix, Polpo, Quo Vadis, St John Hotel, The Ivy, The Meatwagon and many, many other huge names in the restaurant scene. Also present were top chefs including Fergus Henderson and Peter Gordon. (more…)

At last, The Bull and Last

23 Apr 2012

I’ve lived in a number of places in London in my 8 years here. I’ve been East and I’ve been West. And now I find myself in North London having moved to Kentish Town.

Having a whole new area of London to explore and familiarise myself with has been quite exciting. I’ve slowly gathered a little bank of knowledge about my new home, such as it’s long standing pub rock scene with many legendary bands performing some of their first gigs here. Notable residents include Giles Coren, Karl Marx and Jon Snow. And I was quite amused to finally discover (not first hand mind you), the true function of the enigma that is Rio’s Health Spa and Sauna.

The Bull and Last

The Bull and Last

Now I’ve also had the opportunity to discover the restaurants in the area. I’d been wanting to visit gastropub The Bull and Last (upon many a recommendation), for a long time. Past Summer days spent lazing around Hampstead Heath would lead to the inevitable wander past The Bull and Last, and temptation would lead us in only to discover every time, that it was full. For some reason, no one ever had the foresight to book in advance. If it happened, it happened. And then it finally did. (more…)

A Grandiose Breakfast at The Wolseley

27 Mar 2011

“Another birthday, another birthday meal out” seems to have defined my past couple of months. But far be it for me to complain. In fact I’m extremely fortunate to have friends with such excellent taste in restaurants.

I’d previously dragged myself out of bed once before to experience the full European grandeur of having breakfast at Piccadilly-based restaurant The Wolseley before going to work! It ended up being a rather luxurious, surprisingly convenient and not overly costly experience. And now the birthday of a friend seemed like an excellent reason to do it again!

Our view from the balcony dining area

Our view from the balcony dining area

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Dinner for Lunch!

16 Mar 2011

When a friend managed to get a lunch booking for 6 at Heston Blumenthal’s new endeavour at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, I jumped at the opportunity to join in. My pockets have never felt well lined enough to dine at his legendary Fat Duck restaurant, but I’ve been a great fan of his unconventional and innovative style of cuisine.

Restaurant Interior

Restaurant Interior

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is a restaurant which allows us London dwellers, the ability to sample a subtle glimpse of Blumenthal’s quirky and creative style, without leaving the city. The interior of the restaurant is beautiful; light fixtures in the shape of jelly moulds, and large windows facing directly onto Hyde Park, which serves as a stunning backdrop. A glass wall also separates the kitchen from the dining area and we can watch the chefs at work and admire the gigantic pulley/clockwork mechanism which dominates the kitchen, intended purely for the purpose of spit roasting pineapple.

Spit Roasting Pineapple

Spit Roasting Pineapple

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Idlewild

1 Mar 2011

Due to bad memories of terrible service and the sin which I find most unforgivable (forgetting our food), it had been years since I’d revisited Maida Vale based gastropub Idlewild. So when a friend invited me to her birthday dinner here, I hesitated. If they couldn’t get it together to handle a table of 5, then how would they cope with a large party? What horrors might be in stall for me?

Deep Fried Salt and Pepper Squid with Tartare Sauce

Deep Fried Salt and Pepper Squid with Tartare Sauce

On this occasion I decided to give them the benefit of the doubt and took the risk. At least I never had particularly bad memories about their quality of food. As it turned out our large party ended up consisting of 30 or so guests, so they had a big challenge ahead of them. If they could pull it off, then perhaps I could find it in myself to forgive them for their indiscretions those years ago.

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