Newsletter 23 February 2011

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Events…

An Evening Of Magic Pancakes, hosted by  Bompas & Parr At The Fifth Floor Café, Harvey Nichols, Monday 28 February from 6:30pm

1099 Newsletter 23 February 2011Food alchemists Bompas & Parr have teamed up with Lyle’s Golden Syrup to create the world’s first food based magic set that lets you use your kitchen for a performance as magical as the most avant-garde restaurant.  Each set contains a miniature edible laboratory of potions, syrups, powders and pipettes to make pancakes that glow in the dark using the same enzymes as fireflies; fire projectiles across the kitchen; and even turn your pancake topping into real gold. Want one?  With only 10 kits having been made, your best chance is to attend a ‘magical’ dinner on 28 February at The Fifth Floor Café at Harvey Nichols, where they will be given away during an evening of tricks and culinary treats.  Tickets are £45. To book a space contact Novelle: na@harveynichols.com or 02072018786.

Penderyn Welsh Night @ Waxy O’Connor’s, W1 on 1 March

Cheeky Welsh whisky brand, Penderyn, is bringing a little Welsh Spirit to London by hijacking the capital’s biggest Irish pub to celebrate St David’s Day!  Waxy O’Connor’s will be turned Welsh for an evening that will include Welsh food, Welsh music and of course, a few glass of Welsh whisky!  Event is free to attend. More details at www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=195279867167603

Live Blues & Free Beer @ The Loft, SW4 on 24 February

The Loft in Clapham has teamed up with local musical talent, Errol Linton (3 times blues harmonica player of the year) and US craft beer, Blue Moon to put on an evening of moody blues and great booze.  Errols tunes will be accompanied free Blue Moon beer sampling and 2-for-1 cocktails until 9pm.  www.theloftclapham.com

New Openings…

1100 Newsletter 23 February 20115 Pollen St, W1

Contemporary art meets exquisite food with the high-profile opening of 5 Pollen St.  Great things are expected of the food, with Head Chef Stefano Cavallini coming with the reputation of being the first Italian chef to receive a Michelin star in London for Italian cuisine.  The menu is based on what Stefano does best, offering classic Italian dishes with unique contemporary twists, as well as breakfast and afternoon tea.  The venue should provide a visual spectacle too, with bespoke artwork and decor by critically acclaimed White Cube artist Gary Hume – renowned for his simplified forms and extraordinary use of colour. www.5pollenst.com

Fox & Grapes, SW19

Michelin star meets traditional English pub with the takeover of The Fox & Grapes in Wimbledon by Claude Bosi.  Best known for his two Michelin star cooking at Hibiscus which was recently nominated one of the world’s top 50 best restaurants, The Fox and Grapes sees Claude showcase more simple British dishes.  The day-to-day running of the kitchen has been left in the trusted hands of Patrick Leano, Claude’s sous chef at Hibiscus, so expect some top-quality food. Dishes include everything from Game Pate, Cornish Brown Crab on Toast and Sausages & Mash, to Snail Lasagne and Ox Tripe Gratin. www.foxandgrapeswimbledon.co.uk

Tsuru, EC4

Tsuru, home to the legendary Chicken Katsu Sandwich, and all-round delicious Japanese food has launched its third restaurant near St. Pauls.  Their simple formula relies on fresh, sustainable produce and authentic recipes for reasonable takeaway prices.  Other menu highlights include hand-made Nigiri, Maki Sushi and a Katsu Curry that features Tsuru’s secret ’8-hour’ curry sauce served with a choice of crisp katsus made with free-range chicken, Scottish salmon or outdoor reared pork.  Those after a stern drink will also appreciate their specialist array of Japanese whiskies and sakes.  www.tsuru-sushi.co.uk

Try This Week…

Philips Airfryer

1102 Newsletter 23 February 2011Cook and enjoy great tasting chips without the oil slick with the revolutionary Airfryer.  The Airfryer is a revolution in home cooking that requires less oil than ever, allowing you to ‘fry’ a variety of tasty, healthy meals in next to no time and no oil. The Airfryer’s secret is its patented Rapid Air Technology that combines fast-circulating hot air with a grill to create delicious chips with up to 80% less fat.  It’s also great for cooking things like chicken nuggets, meat and even tempura prawns.  OK, so it can’t quite match the flavour and crisp texture provided by frying in oil, but as an everyday cooking appliance, you can’t argue with its health and ease of use credentials.  Widely available for around £200.  www.philips.co.uk/c/home-cooking/171533/cat

1103 Newsletter 23 February 2011Rosella Wild Hibiscus Flowers

Wanna spruce up your Champers or perk up your Prosecco?  Check out these funky little flowers from Porter Fine Foods.  Simply place a whole Rosella flower in a Champagne flute, pour some of the Crimson syrup from the jar over the top, then fill with your bubbles of choice. The spectacular crown shaped flower is gently lifted until it sits pretty with all the effervescence of the bubbles, making for a cool party trick and a great looking drink.  Once you’ve finished your bubbly, you can even eat the flower. Apparently, the Rosella flowers have a high Vitamin C and anti-oxidant content, so they might even balance out your alcohol consumption!  £7.42 for a jar of 11 flowers from www.porterfoods.co.uk

Reviews…

1025 Newsletter 23 February 2011Brasa, SW6

Literally meaning ‘live coal’ in Spanish, Brasa sets its stall out to be the home for quality grilled meat in West London.  By providing a menu largely based around dishes cooked on an impressive Asador Grill, imported especially from the Basque Mountains area of Spain, Brasa certainly has the credentials to back up its promise.

Tapas Revolution, W12

Last year Omar Allibhoy embarked on a T-shaped road trip cross the UK to promote tapas. Everywhere he visited he cooked up a storm and invited people to get involved and learn more about tapas. He has now set up the first of his Tapas Revolution bars at the Westfield shopping centre. This may seem an odd place to start but in fact it only goes to confirm that people in the UK are really pro-tapas.  With great food and affordable pricing, Tapas Revolution is worth the trip to the pricey shopping emporium on its own!

(click on restaurant names to read full reviews)

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Pizza Express embark on a futuristic new concept as Charlie Nelson finds out!

1000 Newsletter 23 February 2011A new branch of the high street stalwart Pizza express has opened in Richmond, but this isn’t a PE as we know it. Dubbed the ‘living lab’ we see a design overhaul, curvy banqueted seating with ‘acoustic domes’ where diners can dock in their iPods, a children’s area with multi-media monitors. An oversized pass with an humungous triple tiered electric oven. Holes on tables have been specially designed to accommodate the essential accoutrements of dining. An alfresco courtyard with a Matissey mural painted by Enzo Apicella, the original designer of the very first PE back in the mid 1960s.  Click here to read full article…

Win tickets to the Affordable Art Fair with Vive le Cheese!

1104 Newsletter 23 February 2011France is not only home to some of the most delicious cheeses on offer but also some of the finest art. Vive le Cheese is embracing its love of art at the Affordable Art Fair.  It is the leading showcase in the UK for contemporary art under £4,000 and this year has been selected as one of the UK’s coolest brands.  At the Vive le Cheese stand there will be hourly ‘chewtorials’ from The Roving Fromagière (aka Phoebe Weller), a wide variety of French cheese samples, and a sculptural French cheese installation.

Vive le Cheese are offering 5 lucky people the chance to win a double private view pass to ‘Affordable Art Fair.’ The double view passes are for the exclusive Charity Private View on the evening of Wednesday 9 March.

Click here to enter…