Newsletter 20 October 2010

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News & Events…
Gentlemen’s Afternoon Tea @ Sanctum Soho, W1
993 Newsletter 20 October 2010Boutique hotel, Sanctum Soho, has launched its new tea for men wanting a refined afternoon of male bonding.  The tea includes a three course selection of hot and cold dishes, a silver tankard of Jack Daniels and a cigar on the side to be smoked on the roof garden afterwards. Dishes include beef & horseradish served in mini Yorkshire puddings; glazed oysters with bloody Mary relish and double baked chocolate fudge cake with whiskey ice cream. Price is £50 for the standard tea or upgrade to £80 for a tasting series of Jack Daniels and a cigar. Available daily fom 2-6pm.

Ethnic Food Tours by Humayun Hussain
We all love a curry but most of us don’t have a clue where to get authentic ingredients from.  To the rescue has come longstanding food journalist Humayun Hussain, with his new food tour to guide us around some London’s most interesting ethnic food destinations.  The tours take place in west London’s Southall and North London’s Drummond Street – both famed for their Indian grocery shops, mini-bazaars and scores of scintillating snack shops and restaurants.

New Openings…
el cantara, W1
994 Newsletter 20 October 2010Vibrant restaurant and bar el cantara brings the best of Spain and Morocco to the heart of Soho. No stone has been left unturned in the quest for authenticity, with el cantara’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.  The menu comprises a comprehensive range of Moroccan and Spanish classics such as Beef Tagine and Paella Valencian.  If that’s not enough, visitors will also be treated to belly dancers to complete the traditional experience.

Kyashii, WC2
995 Newsletter 20 October 2010Kyashii is a stylish new restaurant, sushi bar and champagne lounge offering great drinks and quality Japanese cuisine. The impressive Covent Garden venue includes a casual ground floor brasserie where visitors can grab a quick bite.  However, it’s the four individual dining rooms – including the Blue Room with its incredible panoramic fish-tank – where diners can go to impress on dates or a power-lunch. Those after a quality watering-hole will appreciate the mezzanine Champagne Lounge, with live DJ’s and extended hours until 1.30am Thursday through to Saturday.

The Broadway Bar and Grill, SW6
With its 300 capacity and seating for 130, The Broadway Bar and Grill will offer Fulham’s locals a fresh new place to enjoy a post-work cocktail, a light lunch or a hearty dinner in a comfortable and stylish atmosphere.  The restaurant and bar has a New York loft-style feel, with a bold décor including exposed brickwork and leather banquette seating. The menu offers simple and tasty dishes from the grill, including steaks and burgers.  Sports fans will also be catered for, with a number of screens in the bar showing the big match of the day.

The Nest, N16
The Nest is a new bar, club and live music venue opening in Dalston, occupying the former site of Bardens Boudoir. The Nest is hoping to champion new talent by embracing Dalston’s fantastic creative scene to feature cutting edge DJ’s live music and forward thinking art and fashion.  With its dark and industrial feel using bare exposed concrete and neon lights designer Riz Shaikh has created a subversive venue that is ideally suited to the new-age acts and events.

Try this week…
Mr Singh’s Chilli Sauce
996 Newsletter 20 October 2010Pops Singh started making his sauce 25 years ago in his temporary kitchen in east London and selling it to friends and family. However, the eagle-eyed amongst you will also have seen him put through his business paces on BBC One TV show, High Street Dreams.  His tried and tested recipe is more about flavour then blowing your head off and contains a simple preservative-free list of ingredients, including Birds Eye chillies and tomatoes.  Perfect as delicious dip, mighty marinade or cooking sauce, a dash of Mr Singh’s will guarantee to have your taste buds zinging.  Available from ASDA nationwide.

Daisy’s Homemade Brownies
997 Newsletter 20 October 2010Mixing baking skills with a desire to share her treats with the world, Fay Fretton has created Daisy’s Homemade Brownies to give us all a bit of sweetness in our lives.  With their totally chocolately taste and lovely moist consistency these brownies could be just the thing to get us through winter.  The brownies coming in batches of 16, so Fay has ensured that they still taste great after a week and they can even be frozen.  The brownies come beautifully hand gift-wrapped, making them a great gift idea too. Available from

998 Newsletter 20 October 2010Tom’s Kitchen @ Somerset House, WC2

Consider the food offering at most of London’s main attractions and it’s no wonder that we have an admittedly undeserved reputation for less than brilliant food.  However, by partnering with Michelin starred Tom Aikens, Somerset House has clearly shown an intention to provide its visitors with a food offering to be proud of.

Melito, W1

Having taken inspiration from the ‘pizza al taglio’ (cut pizza) which is sold throughout Italy, Melito uses carefully sourced ingredients and traditional cooking techniques to offer simple, affordable and tasty pizza to eat in or take away.  Impressive attention to quality includes buffalo mozzarella from renowned Laverstoke Park and pizzas that are stone-baked to provide a delicious crisp base that you’d be happy to eat on its own.

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