Newsletter 26 January 2011

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News & Events…

Pay what you want @ The Fish Place, SW11, 25-30 Jan

To give their diners a New Year’s gift, The Fish Place is offering them the opportunity to pay whatever they think their meal is worth!  Diners will be presented with a menu without prices, and can order whatever they want and pay literally whatever they want.  With the January blues and the VAT hike, there’s no better way to enjoy a top seafood meal, with dishes including everything from Fish & Chips through to Pot au Feu of Seafood and creamy Dorset Crab Ravioli.  www.thefishplace.co.uk

1073 Newsletter 26 January 2011Walkers New ‘Clash of the Comics’ Flavours

Four of Britain’s best loved comedians - Stephen Fry, Jimmy Carr, Frank Skinner and Al Murray- are going head-to-head with their very own limited edition flavours of Walkers crisps in a bid to raise over £1million for Red Nose Day.  Flavours include Stephen Fry Up, Jimmy Con Carrne and with 5p from every pack going to the charity, it’s a great excuse to tuck into a packet of crisps.  Additionally, the three comedians with the lowest sales will face the humiliation of being publicly waxed, so get eating to save your favourite funny-guy! www.walkers.co.uk

New Openings…

1074 Newsletter 26 January 2011Restaurant @ Royal Academy of Arts, W1

For those who enjoy a little culture whilst they dine, Oliver Peyton’s restaurant group, Peyton and Byrne, has launched a restaurant and bar at the Royal Academy of Arts.  Like other Peyton & Byrne restaurants, the all-day the menu focuses on seasonal British ingredients, with visitors having the option of regular 3-course and tapas style dining, as well as a traditional British afternoon tea.  Much attention has also gone into the décor, including an impressive glass installation housing sculptures from the Royal Academy of Arts’ permanent collection that have not been in the public view.   www.ra-ra.co.uk

Opera Tavern, WC2

From the people who brought us Salt Yard and Dehesa comes Opera Tavern, their latest Mediterranean inspired culinary venture in Covent Garden.  Like its siblings, the restaurant focuses on serving tapas style dishes inspired by the flavours of Spain and Italy.  Additionally, in a nod to the current trend for grilled meat, Opera Tavern also has a robata grill where fresh Iberico pork meat is cooked to order, with dishes including mini-Iberico burgers.  Drinks include an extensive Spanish and Italian wine selection, as well as sherry flights. www.operatavern.co.uk

Amaranto @ Four Seasons Park Lane Hotel, W1

With a series of rooms to choose from – including three lounge areas, a restaurant with adjacent conservatory, a bar and a garden terrace – Amaranto offers visitors a drinking and dining option for every occasion.  Open from breakfast through to late-night drinks, hungry guests can expect Italian inspired menus that can be enjoyed in any of the rooms.  Typical dishes include Aubergine risotto & Taleggio fondue; Leg of rabbit stuffed with spinach, feta & black olives; and Warm Amalfi citrus tart of white chocolate & lime.  Afternoon tea is also available in both Italian and traditional English styles.  www.fourseasons.com/london/dining

Try This Week…

1075 Newsletter 26 January 2011Bad Byron’s Butt Rub

According to the blurb, ‘a little Butt Rub makes everything better’.  I’m not fully qualified to validate their claim, but this seasoning certainly gives everyday dishes a satisfying kick up the…!  Discovered by British husband and wife team Daniel and Lisa Hague whilst on a lengthy roadtrip across America, Butt Rub is made from completely natural ingredients and gives a lovely Cajun warmth to whatever you add it to, be it meats, vegetables, soups or even popcorn!  £4.99 from www.man-food.co.uk

Mr Kipling’s Great British Puds

1076 Newsletter 26 January 2011Whether it’s as a treat after a Sunday roast or something sweet to accompany a nice cuppa, there is nothing us Brits love more than a tasty, traditional pud! Inspired by some of our favourite classic desserts, Mr Kipling has created a range of three exceedingly tasty and quintessentially British new cakes.  The range includes Rhubarb & Custard Pies, Spotted Dick Slices and Trifle Bakewells.  With Mr Kipling now only using free range eggs, you can also indulge with a touch less guilt too!  Widely available for around £1.45.  www.mrkipling.co.uk

Reviews…

1077 Newsletter 26 January 2011inamo St James, W1

As if computers didn’t have a strong enough grip on our lives already, it appears that they want to control of our dining experience too.  inamo places a computer at the core of its concept, making for a fun and unique night out.  With the opening of this second, larger and even more impressive extension of the inamo brand, it certainly looks like the concept has been a hit with Londoners too.

The White Horse, EC2

The megalithic bronze statues and towering blocks of commerce in Exchange Square make for an unlikely setting for the city outpost of the newest pub from Geronimo Inns. The expansive bar serves a choice selection of real ales and a 48-bin wine list compiled by John Clevely MW provides ample choice for the heavy throng of post-work drinkers who flood the White Horse nightly.  Additionally, locals will also enjoy the delicious menu that has been designed to offer ‘British pub grub for City gents’.

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‘Pizza the Action’ Blog

1078 Newsletter 26 January 2011Otto Pizza

Tom and Rich quit their jobs, flew to the US, hired a VW camper and set off on a three month road trip. In Portland, Oregan they were taken to a Pizzeria which would change their lives forever. This particular Pizzeria, Dove Vivi, was notable for its cornmeal crust and so enamoured by this revelation the chaps saw an opportunity back in London. With the help of the pizzaiolos at Dovevivi Tom and Rich have since set up shop in Notting Hill.

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