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Review: Est. India

On Saturday evening, The Handbook made a trip South of the river to review Est. India, a newly opened Indian restaurant in Southwark. The décor was fairly standard: minimal and neutral, but modern and clean. When we arrived at 7pm, the restaurant was pretty empty, although it had filled up quite a lot by the time we left. We were seated at a comfortable booth table. To drink, we ordered my favourite, mango lassi, and it didn’t disappoint: deliciously sweet but not overwhelming – the perfect accompaniment to a spicy meal. The menu is extensive, and it took us a […]

Openings & Launches

Ballaró

Carmelo Carnivale (formerly head chef at Novikov, Semplice, Harry’s Bar) and co-owner Massimo Pascale have just launched Ballaró on the former site of The Haverstock. Taking its name from the famous food market in Sicilian capital, Palermo, it will serve rustic, seasonal Mediterranean food with an emphasis on Sicilian ingredients and dishes. Interiors, by designer Sally Yeoh, combine hints of old fashioned north London glitz with rustic Mediterranean warmth. Smart yet comfortable leather banquettes and chairs in spring lime complement simple, linen effect tabletops. Large windows run along two walls, giving the room a light and airy feel – as […]

Openings & Launches

The Pullman London

The march of the King’s Cross quarter continues apace with the opening of The Pullman London – sitting at the posh end of the Accor hotel chain. It’s an uber contemporary hotel taking its design inspiration form the linear design and colours of the nearby railway station. There are 312 bedrooms (WiFi, rain shower etc), the Golden Arrow restaurant and bar and panoramic views of the London Skyline. The new venue also houses 17 specially designed spaces for events and business meetings, a 446-seat tiered theatre for arts and corporate use, and a sauna and gym as well. The restaurant, […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

1 Lombard Street Exclusive Truffle Dinner

On 26 November from 7pm, 1 Lombard Street will be hosting a 4-course dinner to celebrate the much-loved truffle, which is almost in season, in their 1776 Restaurant. The menu is as follows – Jerusalem Artichoke Shot with Black Truffle White Truffle Tagliolini Baby Chicken Roulade Stuffed with Foie Gras & Spinach with White Truffle White Chocolate Fondant with White Truffle Ice Cream Each course will be accompanied by a different wine, and the meal will end with coffee and petit fours. If you’re a truffle lover, this is definitely one for you! www.1lombardstreet.com

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Press Play: Food and Film Nights at Tooting Tram and Social

Press Play the guys behind the Sunday night cinema at Broadway House have announced their latest venture, which sees them joining up with Caiger & Co to bring a series of food and film nights at Tooting Tram and Social. Alix ,the head chef and owner of Caiger & Co, has a growing reputation on the culinary scene, and her successful supper clubs which always sell out are testament to this! She will be cooking up some of the infamous Caiger Burgers as well as other beautiful dishes. The first event a classic Wednesday night curry night is playfully titled […]

Openings & Launches

Zinc

Cocktails, dancing, DJs and spectacular views over the capital – welcome to Zinc launching today on the 31st floor of Centre Point, a level below Paramount restaurant. Overseen by General Manager Greg Ballester, Zinc will open Friday and Saturday evenings with DJs playing beach house, melodic, hard house and electro. And with a 4am license too, come spring, you might even be able to watch the sun come up. Designed by Studio Wick, interiors feature a snake-inspired velvet chaise longue winding its way down one entire side of the lounge, fretwork walls, cutting edge lighting and a futuristic 10ft Tom […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Floridita Launches New Music Nights

This month, Floridita has launched an array of new live music nights, including ‘Rock and Roll Circus’ on Thursdays, designed to celebrate the venue’s place in music history: Floridita stands on the original sit of the famous Marquee Club which played host to many of the most influential and exciting musicians of the 60s, 70s and 80s, including Led Zeppelin, U2 and The Who. Floridita’s ‘Rock and Roll Circus’ will feature break-through artists and talented tribute bands and acts, so guests will feel totally immersed in the rock and roll atmosphere. Floridita has also designed a special cocktail list for […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Emin Room Launch

Recently launched on the first floor of popular Mayfair haunt ‘34’ on South Audley Street, ‘The Emin Room’ is perfect for all sorts of events – from wedding receptions, to birthday celebrations, to corporate presentations and networking events. The oak-panelled walls, marble bar and deep vermillion leather chairs create a relaxed but ultimately luxurious atmosphere, ideal for impressing guests, colleagues and clients. But what really sets this room apart is its impressive Tracey Emin collection: the room is home to specially commissioned artwork by the widely celebrated artist, including tapestries, bronzes, upholstery, painting and neons. So if you’re looking to […]

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Openings & Launches

Café Murano

Angela Hartnett’s newest Café Murano – offshoot of the original Michelin-starred Murano in Mayfair – opens today in St James’s Street with staff wearing some rather smart uniforms by royal warrant shirt makers, Turnbull & Asser. The 75 cover restaurant focuses on the regions of Northern Italy, with Head Chef Sam Williams creating signature dishes such as Culatella pasta fritti , Fettuccine with wild boar, Roasted monkfish tail, brown shrimps and golden raisins, and Sausage stew with tomato and sage. The dessert menu will feature Vin Santo and Cantucci biscuits, Roasted fig zabaglione, and traditional highlights such as Panna Cotta […]

Seasonal & Celebrations

Christmas at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

To celebrate the festive season, Ichi Sushi & Sashimi Bar at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge will be offering a limited edition Christmas Sushi Sharing Platter, created by Chef Okamoto. This special 35-piece platter will be available for the month of December, and will feature a selection of Uramaki and Hosomaki rolls and Nigri, arranged into the shape of a Christmas tree. There will be a yummy mixture of seafood and vegetarian offerings, including tuna, salmon, tempura prawns, fresh avocado, carrots and cucumber. Over at Brasserie Joel at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, Chef Walter Ishizuka has created a number of […]

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