Newsletter 16 February 2011

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Events…

1092 Newsletter 16 February 2011Free Dinner Lottery to Celebrate 10 Years of The Cinnamon Club

The Cinnamon Club, the restaurant that reinvented the concept of fine dining Indian cuisine will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary this March.  To mark this landmark occasion, the restaurant is hosting a spectacular ‘money can’t buy’ 10-course anniversary dinner on 21 March. All places are allocated by lottery – all you need to do is register at www.cinnamonclub.com to be in with a chance of winning one of 50 pairs of tickets.

Tom Parker Bowles Lunch @ Blacks Members Club, W1, 20 February

Members club, Blacks, has been giving the public an opportunity to have an unusual taste of the exclusive Soho hangout with a series of Sunday lunches with celebrated foodies.  This week is the turn of Tom Parker Bowles, who has thrown out the traditional roast to replace it with a glorious Mexican feast accompanied by sangritas, tequilas and rare French and Italian wines. Priced at £35 per head.  To book, call Blacks on 020 7287 3381

Courvoisier ‘Coming Up’ Festival @ Debut London, SE1, February 21 – March 4

1093 Newsletter 16 February 2011Courvoisier has worked closely with some of London’s top creatives to form collaborative and immersive elements for three special performances in the mysterious vaults of Debut, London.

- Eat Yout Heart Out - In the last remaining corner of the human world, three cooks are summoned to create a celebratory meal using only the carcass of their once great kitchen Take a seat at the table and devour three courses of macabre morsels bled, braised and baked into a dark narrative inhabited by the diner, washed down with a Courvoisier Punch of mystery bodily fluids!

- ‘Silent Opera’ - uses silent disco technology to create the world’s first Silent Opera, a unique performance, blurring reality and dreams. The audience will experience the production through headphones whilst following the frantic singers around the surreal setting of the tunnels.

- ‘Civil Unrest’ - is set in a reconstructed prison canteen where visitors are served sumptuous meals in prison food trays as well as Courvoisier Punch.  The event will culminate with the award winning Ben Ellis’ brand new play that bursts open the divide between the powerful and the punished.

Tickets available from www.ideastap.com/comingup

New Openings…

1094 Newsletter 16 February 2011The Foundation Bar, WC2 + Free Launch Event Tickets!

Offering Londoners a place to drink, dine and dance comes The Foundation Bar, a cool new venue that looks like the ideal location for a complete night out.  The quirky design is worth the visit alone, including suspended egg chairs and walls built from Lego! Drinks are equally fun, with cocktails served in an array of obscure ways such as from tea pots, jam jars and conical flasks.  A simple food menu is also available including sharing platters and burgers.www.foundation-bar.co.uk

Spice Market @ W London Hotel, W1

1095 Newsletter 16 February 2011You wait years for a three-Michelin star chef to launch something genuinely interesting in London and two open at once! Hot on the heels of Heston’s Dinner comes Spice Market, the newsister restaurant of the iconic Spice Market in New York’s Meatpacking District.  Inspired by the vibrant street life of South East Asia, Spice Market offers a menu featuring exotic curries, spices and sushi from breakfast through to dinner. Signature dishes include Spiced Chicken Samosa with Coriander Yogurt; Cod with Malaysian Chilli Sauce; and the intriguing Thai Basil & Ovaltine Kulfi with Caramelized Banana & Spiced Milk Chocolate.  www.spicemarketlondon.co.uk

The Manor Arms, SW16

Long-standing Streatham pub, The Manor Arms, has looked to the past to take it into the future with its recent relaunch.  The refurb has seen the restoration of many of its original features to create an elegant 1930s art-deco style venue.  The food has also been taken seriously, with an open-plan theatre kitchen taking pride of place to entertain as well feed guests.  Heading the kitchen is Matt Pepperell, formerly of Bob Bob Ricard, who has put together a traditional British menu with an emphasis on local ingredients, including Grilled Lamb Kidneys with Bacon & Sage and Sunday roasts. Drinks in the lively bar area should also be impressive, with a cocktail list created by Wayne Collins.  www.themanorarms.com

Try This Week…

1096 Newsletter 16 February 2011Yorkshire Baker Sausage Rolls

Forget the sausage rolls that you remember from your 11th birthday party – these little beauties are a whole new pork-game.  Handmade with obscenely rich all-butter puff pastry and beautifully seasoned British sausage meat, Yorkshire Baker Sausage Rolls will tempt even the most discerning palettes.  Available in Original, Apple & Caramelised Onion and our favourite, Sweet Chilli & Roasted Peppers, they’re great served with salad, blah, blah… let’s be honest, nothing beats sausage rolls and baked beans!  Available for £1.50 from Tesco deli counters.

1097 Newsletter 16 February 2011anita’s Indian-inspired Crisps

Wacky crisp flavours are nothing special these days, but it’s not often that someone comes up with a range that we actually want to eat once the intrigue factor has gone.  However, purveyor of fried potato based snacks, Burts, has created a genuinely flavoursome and delicious range of crisps for our nation of curry lovers with the launch of ‘anita’s’.  The Indian inspired range is available in four flavours, created using the herbs and spices of Gujarat, including Achaari Paneer; Mango & Lime Chutney; Dill, Mint & Onion Raitha; and Chicken Tikka.  Available from Tescos.

Reviews…

Chor Bizarre, W1

1098 Newsletter 16 February 2011Whilst the Indian restaurant scene has transformed beyond recognition in recent years to provide a genuinely more authentic and innovative style of cuisine, there has also been a simultaneous toning down of the restaurants themselves.  Gone are the characterful (albeit often naff) interiors of old, to be replaced by more simple design that is fairly indistinguishable from most contemporary European restaurants.  However, long-standing Mayfair stalwart, Chor Bizarre, has managed to resist and provide not only an authentic Indian menu but also one of the most interesting and attractive dining rooms of any restaurant in London.

Kyashii, W1

London has its fair share of style-led restaurants, but 2010 saw nowhere more eye-catching than Kyashii; love it or hate it, the restaurant is certainly a sight to behold.  Featuring four separate dining areas, Kyashii offers something for every occasion, from intimate dinner dates and lively parties to exclusive business meals in the private room looking into the kitchen.  As if the bright white and neon décor and Italian tiled flooring aren’t enough, Kyashii takes excess to another level by housing more banks of fish tanks than The London Aquarium!

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