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Getting it right at Rack & Ruin

There is one word to describe Rack & Ruin. Epic. The Handbook went down to check it out in the Kitchen Party in Clerkenwell and we came out saying that it was one of the best meals we had ever had. It was so simple but so brilliant. Less is definitely more. The concept is food at its most honest, forget extensive menus, waiters and waitresses this is all about traditional methods of brine soaking and roasting wood smoked meats, and birds.  Understated and rustic, we sat at an old slightly warped wooden table and were brought over a bowl […]

Openings & Launches

Hush St Paul’s

Since opening in 1999, Hush Mayfair has remained a perennially popular dining destination and the Cocktail Bar is a firm favourite too. And today, Jamie Barber, restaurateur behind Hush and Cabana, is launching a brand new Hush opposite St Paul’s Cathedral . Hush St Paul’s will be Barber’s second dedicated brasserie, following Hush Holborn in 2012, and will offer relaxed all-day dining in a chic setting. The design concept for the 120 cover restaurant has been overseen by Alex Michaelis of Michaelis Boyd, the same architects behind Hush Mayfair, Soho House group and Byron Burger. Featuring a brass and marble […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Yo! Burger

So when I got the Yo! Burger press release, I must admit I rolled my eyes. Another fad. However, I take it back. This is one good fad! The ‘buns’ are made of rice and there are five options: Chicken (seasoned with teriyaki sauce and served on a bed of lettuce with red onion, mayonnaise and topped with diced pineapple and white sesame seeds), Prawn (prawn cutlet served on white cabbage spiced with a dollop of curry mayonnaise and a sprinkle of spring onion and diced beni shoga), Salmon (kimchi salmon on a bed of lettuce, kimchi pickled vegetables and […]

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Custom Cocktails at Roast

Borough Market restaurant Roast is at the heart of the Floral Hall, where an unprepossessing lift leads up to a glass-walled interior just beneath the green-arched roof. With live jazz music at a grand piano, quirky moving pictures and a buzzing atmosphere, the Handbook headed down to Roast for a drink. The Roast bar specialises in cocktails and, with a thick menu dedicated to the drink, you’ll never be short for choice. What’s more, the list of possibilities increased further as our waiter offered to concoct unique new cocktails suited to our tastes. The concept is to eventually craft drinks […]

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Reviews

Custom Cocktails at Roast

Borough Market restaurant Roast is at the heart of the Floral Hall, where an unprepossessing lift leads up to a glass-walled interior just beneath the green-arched roof. With live jazz music at a grand piano, quirky moving pictures and a buzzing atmosphere, the Handbook headed down to Roast for a drink. The Roast bar specialises in cocktails and, with a thick menu dedicated to the drink, you’ll never be short for choice. What’s more, the list of possibilities increased further as our waiter offered to concoct unique new cocktails suited to our tastes. The concept is to eventually craft drinks […]

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Culture

Race to Selfridges with IWC

Mix carbon fibre, ceramic and titanium and what do you get? New Ingenieur watches and Formula One cars! Running from 24th June – 7th July, the Ingenieur Watch Collection pop-up exhibition in Selfridges’ Wonder Room will showcase the completely remodelled 2013 timepieces while celebrating the label’s new engineering partnership with the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula OneTM Team. For two weeks only the Wonder Room will be transformed into a virtual wind tunnel complete with a simulator showcar, the first of its kind in the UK. Timed to coincide with the British Grand Prix 2013 at Silverstone, the IWC exhibition places […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Vegetarian and Then Some at the Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was the Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar as it marks its 16-month anniversary on 11th June with a menu revamp and a brand new street entrance next to the restaurant. Known for great meat, the bar is also taking this occasion to delve into the possibilities presented by vegetarian food and dishes from other cultures and styles. Definitely to try is the ‘almost vegan’ Chana Masala Burger, chickpea curry piled with lime pickle, chunky raita and khara boondi in tribute to the dearly-departed curry house next door. Similarly delicious and almost veggie, the Fillet […]

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Reviews

Brilliant Buffet Brunch at Blue Elephant

Last Sunday, with the sun shining, The Handbook went down to Blue Elephant on The Boulevard at Imperial Wharf for a much needed brunch after going out the night before, but forget eggs florentine or waffles this is all about authentic, fresh Thai cuisine. The first thing to say is that the location is brilliant especially for those in the south west of London, a little off the beaten track and right next to the river, it is perfect if you want to escape the sun worshippers lining the cafes and pubs of Putney and Fulham, but still close enough […]

Openings & Launches

Hutong

With an opening set for later this month, everyone is talking about Hutong, the new restaurant at level 33 of The Shard. The 130 cover venue, from David Yeo, founder of Hong Kong’s Aqua Restaurant Group will specialise in the relatively unknown cuisine of Northern China and boast panoramic views of London’s skyline. Taking inspiration from the Lu School with its roots in the province of Shandong, Aqua Restaurant Group’s head chef for Chinese cuisine, Yuan Shihai has developed an innovative menu inspired by the culinary styles of Peking, Shandong and Sichuan provinces.  Amongst some of the signature dishes will be Crispy deboned […]

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Openings & Launches

Cinnamon Candy

If you love D&D restaurants – Pont de la Tour, Sartoria, Skylon, Launceston Place, Floridita, Coq d’Argent, Bulters Wharf Chop House, Avenue… (need we say more?!) then you’ll be delighted to learn that you can recreate the experience for your own private party or event thanks to Cinnamon Candy, the group's external catering and party planning company. Jens Nisson has just been appointed Executive Chef. He joins Cinnamon Candy from Company of Cooks, where he spent three successful years cooking for a range of contracts and high profile events at some of London’s most prestigious venues including the Royal Opera […]

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