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Holi Celebrations at Carom

Despairing at what is looking to be an eternal winter? Never fear, as the Indian festival of Holi is just around the corner to brighten up our March for good! Head down to Soho based Pan-Indian restaurant Carom to sample their vibrant new menu in honour of the Hindu festival of colour.  Between the 17th and 21st of March specially designed ‘Holi Lunch Boxes’ will be on offer including a variety of small dishes that will  make an interesting alternative to your usual lunchtime fare. Created by executive chef Vishnu Natarajan the boxes will include a purple Dhaba Salad with […]

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Suka Review

Last week The Handbook stepped out of the torrential rain on Berners Street and into the slightly surreal world of Sanderson. We walked through the dazzlingly white Long Bar, past the magical court yard and into Suka – the Malaysian restaurant, the majority of the restaurant is long communal trestle tables but we were in a corner which was cut off by a black drape, wing- back black leather chairs circled  a black table dotted with candles. It’s wonderfully secluded whilst still being part of the restaurant, and it felt rather like we were in a club about to start playing […]

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Science Afternoon Tea at The Ampersand Hotel

Watch out kids a new afternoon tea is coming to town next week – that’s right, The Ampersand are paving the way for all science and cake lovers with their new Science Afternoon Tea. Inspired by the Science Museum which is only moments away from the South Kensington boutique hotel, the tea is available from the 17th February until the 21st March so makes the perfect treat to end an afternoon at the museum, or if cake is more your thing than science – it’s just a little bit of indulgence. Starting off with savoury gougeres including Gloucester Old Spot […]

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FISHBone Pop – Up Review

Over in Notting Hill, Kensington Place have just launched a new two- month pop up – #FISHBone and never wanting to miss out, The Handbook braved the wind and rain to check it out. Unlike the rest of the restaurant, the pop up (which is in a little room at the back) is much more stripped back and informal, dark blue tones and candles teamed with neon signs and long trestle tables to give an atmosphere of part American diner and part nautical restaurant.  The menu is simple, a few main dishes, a couple of smaller extras and sides – […]

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La Porte Des Indes Review

Cutting an unassuming exterior and tucked away from the bustle of Marble Arch stands veteran Indian restaurant La Porte Des Indes. Innocently painted a plain white and looking very inconspicuous, all former expectations of this being a cramped curry house were dropped as we walked into a huge Alladin's cave…complete with waterfall. Having our coats taken at the door by polite staff, we were led to a table overlooking the water feature as we gazed open mouthed at the sheer size of the building. Once an Edwardian ballroom, La Porte des Indes is spread across two floors, with various themed […]

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La Porte Des Indes Review

Cutting an unassuming exterior and tucked away from the bustle of Marble Arch stands veteran Indian restaurant La Porte Des Indes. Innocently painted a plain white and looking very inconspicuous, all former expectations of this being a cramped curry house were dropped as we walked into a huge Alladin's cave…complete with waterfall. Having our coats taken at the door by polite staff, we were led to a table overlooking the water feature as we gazed open mouthed at the sheer size of the building. Once an Edwardian ballroom, La Porte des Indes is spread across two floors, with various themed […]

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Sassafras’ New Orleans Weekender

We think Mark Twain put it best when he said ‘New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin’, so make sure to get sinful at Dalston Pond which Sassafras has transformed to bring the indominatable spirit of New Orleans all the way to London. Kicking off on Thursday 20th with a photography exhibition of New Orleans and Louisiana since the 70s, the weekend will follow on until the Sunday where there will be supper clubs, an open bar and New Orleans music until the early hours. In a location that is less fuss and more […]

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Valentine’s at The Imperial

As a new addition to Chelsea’s King’s Road, new restaurant The Imperial is looking to impress us all with an array of Valentine’s Day specials this 14th. Housed in a sleek Victorian building it has pulled out all the stops in an attempt to woo you with fresh, locally sourced ingredients with a distinctly aphrodisiac feel about them. Created by talented chef Tom Hope, start your evening with plump Kent & Essex oysters served with shallot vinegar, lemon & Tabasco. Afterwards get torn between smoked venision berries, red quinoa, toasted seeds and wild herbs or duck breast and heart, parsnip […]

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Juice Menu Launches At CookBook Cafe

Maintain the stamina on your January detox  with the new juice selection at The CookBook Cafe of InterContinental Hotel Park Lane. Designed specially by Elizabeth Peyton Jones author of 'Eat Yourself Young', the range is a way to enjoy some healthy, great tasting drinks guilt free. With special powers to detox, invigorate and revive the juices will reflect Peyton-Jones’ philosophy that the way you eat is key to the way you look and feel.  The menu includes a Energy Jolt juice with pineapple and ginger to wake you up and a Vitamin Shot juice with carrot and apple to blast […]

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Chotto Matte Soho New Lunch Menu

If the sandwich has lost it’s allure or the idea of yet another pasta salad leaves you cold, let Chotto Matte in Soho take over and introduce you to their new lunch menu of quick and healthy Japanese dishes. With a menu based around the Japanese term ‘Bento’, meaning multi course meal, the menu is perfect for the busy worker looking for something a little different but keen to keep to a tight schedule. To take just one of the three Bentos on offer, the Spicy Chicken one will include a paper thin salad, a seabass ceviche, a spicy vegetable […]

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Award -winning Poppies Fish and Chips

Fish and chips – the quintessentially British dish, Britain without fish and chips is like Romeo without Juliet, Bonnie without Clyde, Ant without Dec… you get our drift, it is an institution. Now Poppies Fish and Chip in Spitalfields have reason to celebrate as it is has just been named as the UK’s Best Independent Fish and Chip Restaurant in the National Fish and Chip Awards organised by Seafish! With its vintage style décor and Poppettes (waitresses) dressed in wartime land girl outfits,  Poppies run by Pat Newland or Pop has been in business for the last 50 years, feeding […]

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The Blues Kitchen: Review

Over at the Blues Kitchen in Camden they are spicing up Monday nights with a ribs festival throughout January and February. Having invited the countries best rib chefs to come in and cook up some of America’s most loved food, The Handbook went down on its opening night to check it out. From the outside it looks dark, the wood distressed, inside it was still dark with low red lights but it was packed – good work for an early Monday evening. A mix of bar seats, high tables, booths; we were quickly shown to our seat and explained which […]

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