Newsletter 10 November 2010

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News & Events…

Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange, 27 November

1011 Newsletter 10 November 2010After three months of scouring the globe for the world’s greatest nightlife, Smirnoff has revealed that the best of Miami’s nightlife culture will be arriving in London. Party goers will be wowed by a live performance from Pharrell Williams as well as DJ sets from Zane Lowe and Jaguar Skills.  Visitors will also be treated to Smirnoff Miami Mule cocktails by a virtual interactive pool and will be able to relax at the luxury lounge bar.  For the complete Miami experience, the main room will feature an indoor beach complete with palm trees as well as Latino dancers and carnival entertainment.  To win tickets to this spectacular event visit www.facebook.com/SmirnoffGB

Cask Strength Malt Whisky Limited Edition tasting @ Boisdale, SW1, 23 November

London’s quintessential Scottish restaurant, Boisdale of Belgravia, will be holding the ultimate Scotch whisky tasting with this special event. The limited edition whiskies, including Glen Spey 21 years old and Brora 30 years old, are magnificently unusual and available from specialist retailers in limited quantities only. The evening will be hosted by whisky expert Colin Dunn and cost just £40/person to attend. www.boisdale.co.uk/belgravia for contact details to book

1012 Newsletter 10 November 2010Feuerzangenbowle @ Zeitgeist, SE11

The Feuerzangenbowle, which literally translates as ‘fire – tongs – punch’, is made by mounting a rum-soaked sugar loaf on a grille (the ‘tongs’) over a bowl of mulled wine and setting it on fire so that it – quite spectacularly – drips into the bowl.  Every Thursday from 11th November, the bar at the Zeitgeist will be graced by a flaming Feuerzangenbowle, with all profits going to charities supported by the Rotary Club of Pall Mall. Whilst they sample the warming punch, people can also watch the classic 1944 comedy ‘Die Feuerzangenbowle’ which will be playing silently in the background.  Tickets to the nights are £10. www.zeitgeist-london.com

New Openings…

Glo Glo’s, EC2

1016 Newsletter 10 November 2010Will Ricker, the restaurateur behind some of London’s most fashionable dining rooms, including Cicada and Eight Over Eight, has opened Glo Glo’s, his first bar focused venue.  Drinks are taken care of by Hannah Lanfear, one of London’s few female mixologists, who will mix up a range of classic and unique cocktails, including the ‘Bullet Train’ with smoked Chase vodka and pancetta stuffed smoked olive.  As with Ricker’s other venues, a quality food offering will also feature highly, with a Robata Grill providing succulent yakitori dishes, including Grilled tiger prawns and Black salmon.  With a table reservation service available, guests will be able to socialise in a spacious setting whilst DJs provide the evening’s soundtrack.  www.gloglos.co.uk

The Fish Place, SW11

Battersea residents have their very own seafood restaurant to dive into with The Fish Place.  The new restaurant prides itself on serving the freshest seafood and fish available, sourcing local produce where possible and working with fishermen to bring in the best British seafood - from Dorset Crabs and Cornish Lobsters through to River Dart Mussels.  They have also put together a quality wine list, whilst the views across the Thames should make for a memorable dining experience.   www.thefishplace.co.uk
Wahaca Soho, W1

Former Masterchef winner, Thomasina Miers, has continued to develop her award-winning Wahaca Mexican restaurant chain with the latest launch in Soho.  Despite a capacity for 145 diners on the top floor, as well as a downstairs cocktail bar and dining space for large tables, there’s little doubt the new site will be just as busy as the other venues.  The menu will maintain the same great value Mexican cuisine based on a mix of sharing/grazing plates and a few larger plates.  Keeping with the Mexican theme, the bar will provide an extensive range of Mexican cocktails, quality mezcals and award winning tequilas. www.wahaca.co.uk

Try this week…

1013 Newsletter 10 November 2010Lovetubs

As if ice cream in convenient tubs weren’t dangerous enough, Lovetubs bring the concept of indulging straight out of the container into the world of serious puddings.  Available in Chocolate and sticky-toffee pudding like Caramel flavours, these tempting treats require just a couple of minutes in the microwave to reveal their luscious rich and moist sponge, smothered with gorgeously gooey chocolate or caramel sauce and topped with triple chocolate or caramel chunks!  Widely available for £2.99 www.lovetub.co.uk

1014 Newsletter 10 November 2010East London Steak Company

Before you all start rushing out looking for a cattle farm in East London, let me clarify by confirming that there isn’t one. Instead, East London Steak Company are a Bow based business that sources the finest beef from Traditional and Rare breeds and dry age the meat on the bone for a minimum of 28 days – resulting in melting succulence and a divine flavour. Each steak is then cut by hand to your liking, before being wrapped in paper and carefully boxed. Delivery is quick so you can get cooking within 24 hours! www.eastlondonsteak.co.uk

Reviews…

1015 Newsletter 10 November 2010el cantara, W1

el cantara brings the best of Spain and Morocco to the heart of Soho, with the restaurant’s owners having scoured the markets of Andalucía and North Africa for the huge array of artefacts that bring the building to life. Adding to the atmosphere is a private terrace, where visitors can relax, enjoy a cocktail and smoke shisha, whilst nightly belly dancers complete the experience.  The menu comprises a comprehensive range of Moroccan and Spanish classics such as Beef Tagine and Paella Valencian.

Plateau, E14

Canary Wharf’s original fine dining restaurant has a new chef in the form of Allan Pickett, but the standards are as high as ever.  The menu features an appealing mix of modern and classic French dishes which you’d happily chow down every day of your life.  Add to it the spectacular glass dining area and a cool bar and it’s no wonder that Plateau continues to be a crowd favourite.
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