Newsletter 9 February 2011

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Valentine’s Events…

1085 Newsletter 9 February 2011A private view & Dinner @ The Royal Academy of Arts, W1

The Royal Academy of Arts has teamed up with its newly launched Restaurant at the Royal Academy to introduce an otherwise unobtainable offer of a private view of Modern British Sculpture followed by dinner at the restaurant for just £35 per person.  The gallery will be open exclusively to restaurant diners from 6.30pm until 8.30pm on 14th February allowing couples to wander through the exhibition before sitting down to dinner. www.ra-ra.co.uk

Cavier & Champagne Tasting @ Mount St Deli, W1

Guests will be able to sample a range of Louis Roederer Champagnes, together with a variety of caviars from King’s Fine Food, including a very rare golden oscietra from Belgium. Perfect for couples, the event provides an informal alternative to the traditional restaurant experience or indeed a fun idea for groups of friends. The event starts at 6pm on 14th February and tickets are priced at £20 each. To book, email info@themountstreetdeli.co.uk

Omar @ Primo Bar, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, SE1

Bring your partner and soak up the romantic views of London whilst listening to some of the greatest love songs all night.  The evening will culminate in a live performance of the smooth sounds of 90′s R&B/Jazz sensation, Omar (YouTube “There’s Nothing Like This” and you’ll know who we’re talking about!) Admission free from 8.30pm – 12am, 14 February. www.primobar.co.uk

Chocolate & Cocktails @ 69 Colebrooke Row, N1

Cocktail bar extraordinaire, 69 Colebrooke Row has collaborated with renowned neighbouring London chocolatier Paul A Young to put on an evening of the greatest vices – chocolate and cocktails!   Tickets include nibbles, 3 signature Colebrooke cocktails and matching chocolates. £60/couple on 14 February. www.69colebrookerow.com 

s Newsletter 9 February 2011New Openings…

Chabrot, SW1

1090 Newsletter 9 February 2011Ask a team of Michelin pedigree restaurant professionals to create a new venue and one could reasonably expect another all dancing super-restaurant that appears all the fashion at the moment.  However, operations director Yann Chevris (Nobu London, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon) and head chef Thierry Laborde (L’Oranger, Le Gavroche) have bucked the trend by opening Chabrot, a low-profile and intimate restaurant reminiscent of a classic French bistro.  The menu features classic dishes from across Southern France including Bone marrow, Duck liver pâté and a selection of cheese. Bigger plates include Leg of milk fed lamb with white beans; Whole roasted foie gras with raisins; and Prawns a la plancha. www.chabrot.co.uk

Ilia, SW3

Seasoned restaurateurs, Giuliano Lotto and Soren Jessen (of Il Baretto and One Lombard St. fame respectively) look to have created another winner with the launch of Ilia, their new Italian restaurant in Kensington.  Head Chef Omar Agostini’s previous experience includes working at Hélène Darroze at The Connaught and Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese, so big things are expected.  The menu is made up of regional and modern Italian dishes, many inspired by Omar’s family background in Rome, including Burrata with Parma ham; Monkfish stew with clams & mussels; and Italian trifle. www.ilia-london.com

Polpo Cicheti Bar, W1

Famed for bringing the rustic flavours of traditional Venetian bacaros to London, Polpo has added another layer to its offering with the launch of its new Cicheti Bar.  Housed underneath the main dining room in the 18th century townhouse, the menu offers quick snacks and glasses of Italian wine in an informal setting.  Guests simply need to point and eat, with small bites including Artichokes with prosciutto, Chili marinated baby octopus and Mortadella wrap with gorgonzola & walnuts.  www.polpo.co.uk  

Try This Week…

1086 Newsletter 9 February 2011Firefly Love Potion

For any number of legal reasons, we can’t vouch for the effectiveness of this concoction.  However, it has apparently been relaunched by Firefly this year due to overwhelming demand from customers last year, which suggests at least the possibility of a good time!  The saucy blend of Passionfruit, Blueberry and Jasmine comes blended with the all-essential sensory botanicals Angelica, Chocolate and Damiana, all known for their aphrodisiac qualities.  Don’t say we didn’t warn you!  £1.50 from Harvey Nichols & Wholefoods

1089 Newsletter 9 February 2011Curley Chocolate Club

Multi-award winning chocolatier, William Curley, has launched his own Chocolate Club for true chocolate connoisseurs.  Members will receive a special selection of William’s gorgeous chocolates straight to their door each month, including everything from couture chocolates and truffles to the famous William Curley Jaffa Cake and chocolate dipped shortbread.

Prices start from £65 for a three month membership.  www.williamcurley.co.uk

Edgerton Original Pink Dry Gin

1087 Newsletter 9 February 2011Anything pink must, by default, be suitable for Valentines Day.  However, don’t let the girly hue of this gin fool you.   Indeed, the ‘pink gin’ concept was a cocktail originally created by the mighty British Navy to make the spirit more palatable.  At 47% abv, this is a serious gin that makes sure your long tonic or cocktail does not wilt in the glass.  The blush is derived from extract of pomegranate whilst attention to quality has lead Edgerton to all corners of the world for the finest botanicals, including Mexico for Damiana, and to West Africa for the legendary spice Grains of Paradise. For extra-appeal, Edgerton Gin is distilled in London in limited quantities only, so should make a great addition to a discerning gin-lovers  collection. www.edgertondistillers.co.uk. £31.50 from www.harrods.com

1088 Newsletter 9 February 2011Black Rose Love Confectionary

With its ‘dark fairytale’ styling and edgy packaging, Black Rose Love Confectionary brings together one of the hottest new lifestyle fashion brands with traditional handmade sweets. Each velvet ribbon-tied bag even comes with the added bonus of a collectible Tibetan silver charm based on the distinctive Black Rose Love scene.  The range includes everything from Liquorice Toffees and Fudge to Sugar Mice and Blackcurrant Rock.  www.blackroselove.com

Love Food Love Drink – The Blog…

1091 Newsletter 9 February 2011How to get free Nando’s (and lose your dignity)

Love it or hate it, with chicken shops popping up everywhere, Nando’s is becoming a permanent high street fixture. LFLD’s Dan Lloyd (a serious Nando’s fan) was getting sick of paying for his chicken in a pitta bread but heard that there may be a way around it - so here’s what he did…

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