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Bentley’s Beef and Oyster Club

When the clock strikes 2pm at Bentley’s it’s time for a tour of the kitchen to see the mighty rib of beef resting in all its glory and to inspect the carefully shucked oysters before enjoying a canapé or two and one of chef Eoin Corcoran’s rhubarb Bellinis. Guests then make their way through to the Grill restaurant for home baked bread and handmade seaweed butter plus a selection of hot and cold oysters (garlic baked, Vietnamese, Rockefeller and of course, natural). Next up is shellfish – Lobster bisque (a modern interpretation of this Victorian classic) or a selection of […]

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Dishoom does Holi

Today and tomorrow mark the traditional Indian festival of Holi. That’s right, the time the sub-continent goes wild with everything (and everyone) getting pelted with coloured powder. Original Bombay café Dishoom in Covent Garden, will be festooned with eyecatching kites and coloured bunting, and guests can enjoy a specially created range of festive drinks. ‘DIY’ Naughty Holi lassis are inspired by those brightly-hued powders and feature light, sweet yoghurt drinks served with generous helpings of colourful powders in flavours such as banana, vanilla and cinnamon that guests can mix themselves. And while bhang lassis are strictly off the menu, Dishoom’s […]

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Pan Chai & Mango Tree

Harrods is having a revamp. But what better way is there to welcome springtime’s warmer climes and brighter skies, than with two new additions to the Food Halls at the world’s most famous department store? By April, Eddie Lim – owner of Mango Tree in Belgravia and the Malaysian Awana, Chelsea – will be helping both the Southeast Asian Pan Chai and Thai Mango Tree settle in among the other revered restaurants that make up the famous Halls. So what to expect in Pan Chai? Well, anything from sushi, sashimi and seaweed salads containing collagen, peanut and miso. But if […]

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A Venetian Banquet

On Sunday 25th March, the Opera Tavern are hosting a Venetian Banquet. The cost is at £95, but every penny will be worth it – trust us. For at Mediterranean-inspired Tapas restaurant Opera Tavern (23 Catherine Street, WC2B), will be hosting an overwhelming spread of food ….. all of it coming from the culinary-rich Italian region of the Veneto.  Ben Tish – the restaurant's executive chef – will be in charge of this gastronomic treat. If that's not enough, he'll be on hand to explain the stories and tales behind each of the dishes and courses. Pomp, pageantry and a […]

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Another Carluccio …Marylebone

Do you like Carluccio's? Good. So do we. Good news, then, to hear that yet another is opening in the capital – yet this one comes with a bonus. Situated on Marylebone's Paddington Street, Carluccio's Italian restaurant – famous for its wonderful range of pastas ( Vongole in Bianco is our favourite), meat dishes and hearty breakfasts (Colazione Magnifica is wonderful) – is opening with a twist. This W1 branch will come – in the authentic Milanese tradition – with its very own Aperitivo Bar. In this elegant, high-stooled area, you can pick up some tasty small-plated dishes, or 'Stuzzichini', […]

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Beer at Galvin

It may still be more than a month away, but time does seem to fly around this time of year. So why not put something beer-related in your diaries? On St George's Day (until 7th May), Galvin at Windows is launching its very own British Beer Festival – all in the spirit of national pride, you see. It won't just be beer-focused, of course, because head chef Andre Garrett is also devising a three course food menu to go with the various ales on offer. What can you expect?  For £45 per head (which also includes water & tea/coffee), guests […]

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Greek Kostakos at London’s Capital

Have you heard of Athinagoras Kostakos? You have now. The all-the-rage Greek chef, who is all but 27 years of age, is bringing his expertise to London. For from tomorrow (until this Saturday) Kostakos is taking up residence (and wowing hungry visitors/guests) at The Capital Hotel, the 5* hotbed of luxury in the London's Knightsbridge. It will come as no surprise, but Kostakos, who recently won Top Chef, a Greek culinary reality series, is the (youngest ever) Executive Chef of the Bill & Coo Suites, the boutique hotel nestled on the idyllic party island of Mykonos.  So what does one […]

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Hawksmoor Bar

Hawksmoor original in Commercial Street launched its brand new 60-cover bar at the weekend in a former strip club beneath the main restaurant. Just like upstairs, décor was created by interior architects Macaulay Sinclair, from reclaimed materials: a polished brass wall is made from Art Deco lift doors salvaged from Embankment’s Unilever building as were the blue-patterned mirrors lining a large booth area and the teak parquet flooring too. The dark wood table tops were taken from old chemistry labs and the alcove walls are covered with turquoise tiles to an original Art Nouveau pattern. Said co-owner, Huw Gott, who […]

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Fat Duck Sweetshop

Remember that ‘kid in a sweet shop’ feeling? Well Heston Blumenthal is recreating it for grown-up gastronomes making online reservations for his The Fat Duck in Bray. The restaurant only has 15 tables and can receive up to 30,000 enquiries a day – hence those three month in advance bookings – but once you’ve secured your spot, Blumenthal has devised a little something to occupy you during your wait. You’ll be sent an invitation leading you to a secret web page where you can take an exclusive animated tour of The Fat Duck menu. The animation itself has been created […]

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Viking Tea at Prism

The best of British meets the best of Icelandic brews at Prism which is serving up Einstök Ölgerd’s Limited-Edition Doppelbock Winter Ale on its Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea Menu. So if you reckon lunch is for wimps, hold out for warm salt beef baguette, homemade Scotch Egg and Rhubarb crumble tart and wash it down with a manly tipple. Einstök is located 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle and brewed from Hlíðarfjall Mountain water that’s washed through prehistoric glaciers and ancient lava fields and has a suitable robust aroma and long mellow finish. Afternoon tea: definitely not just for the girls! […]

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