Newsletter 30 March 2011

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News & Events…

1125 Newsletter 30 March 20111000 Free lunches outside Chancery Lane, 12pm on 30 March

Head to Chancery Lane station today at midday to take advantage of 1000 free healthy lunches being given away.  The giveaway sees three interesting and health oriented British food brands come together to show Londoners that tasty doesn’t have to mean fatty or pricey.  Each lunch will provide a pot of Stewed! gourmet stew, a Pulp fruit pouch and a Firefly soft drink, worth £6.50 in total.

Bonjour Mesdames et Messiurs @ The Cat’s Back, SW18

Classic French aperitif, Lillet has teamed up with suave French crooner Benoit Viellefon and his Orchestra for an evening of 1920′s Parisienne jazz.  Set in the charming music led venue The Cat’s Back, ‘Bonjour Mesdames et Messieurs’ is a celebration of the classic Gallic style that resonated the streets of Paris in the 1920′s.  In addition to the live orchestra there will be a series of ‘Film Noir’ shorts being showcased, classic French cheeses and complementary Lillet cocktails on arrival. Free to attend.

Kappo Cuisine Comes to the Loft Project, E8, 8-9 April

With Brazil having the largest Japanese community outside of Japan, the fusion of their respective cooking styles has become a seriously respected skill.  Tsuyoshi Murakami the Japanese-Brazilian chef at internationally renowned restaurant, Kinoshita in São Paulo, is coming to London to showcase his award-winning ‘Kappo’ cuisine.  Pioneered by Murakami himself, Kappo is a style of high Japanese gastronomy that aims to stimulate diverse sensations through the combination of rare and exotic aromas, textures and ingredients available in Brazil.  Tickets are £120 from


New Openings…

Baby Bathhouse, N16

1126 Newsletter 30 March 2011Bathhouse, the wildly decadent Bishopsgate nightspot has spread its colourful plumage with a new opening in Stoke Newington.  The beguiling venue features luxurious décor inspired by the Victorian era, with ‘more is more’ being the mantra for the design team.  Daytime and early evening visitors can take advantage of the dining area and bar before moving downstairs, where the real mischief happens. The nightclub and cocktail bar in the basement area explores the darker side of Victorian erotica with extensive use of opulent purple velvet clad walls and gothic art.  Visitors will also be treated to a regular entertainment showcase of the curious, unusual and enchanting.

The Jam Tree, SW6

Having wowed Kensington locals with their first outpost, The Jam Tree has launched its second venture in Chelsea.  The décor sees a similarly quirky setting in which to enjoy dinner and a few drinks, with mismatched furniture, pop art, salvaged tables and cosy Chesterfields all vying for attention. The menu also mirrors that of the original Jam Tree, featuring a diverse collection of Colonial favourites from the likes of Malaysia, South Africa and India, as well as British classics.  Come summer, a barbeque in the large outdoor area will provide carnivores with a range of marinated meats as well as Asian and Caribbean street food.

Dolly’s Café @ Selfridges London, W1

Dolly’s Café, the latest eatery at Selfridges, has drawn on a somewhat debauched period of the famous stores’ history for its inspiration.  The café has been dedicated to the Dolly sisters, the twins who were both lovers of store founder Harry Gordon Selfridges.  As such, the décor and menu at Dolly’s is inspired by the charm of the 1920s.  Visitors will be able to start off with a glass of Champagne as they peruse the selection of classic French patisserie or perhaps go savoury with their dainty sandwiches. 

Try This Week…

Petit Pois Cakes

1127 Newsletter 30 March 2011Introducing pumpkin, courgette and beetroot in a cake! No, we’ve not gone mad. Harry Eastwood, star of Channel 4′s ‘Cook Yourself Thin’, has expanded her passion for low-calorie gourmet goods to launch Petit Pois, a range of cakes made using vegetables instead of butter and much of the sugar. Available in Vanilla, Chocolate, Lemon and Orange varieties, each cake has just the thinnest layer of icing and apparently two cakes up one of your 5-a-day.  In terms of flavour, to be honest, they are aren’t a match for the rich flavours and the satisfying indulgence factor of the real deal, but if it’s a treat with a conscience you are after, Petit Pois certainly hit the spot!  £5 for a box of two from Selfridges Food Halls.

WB&Co Veg Juice

1128 Newsletter 30 March 2011For pure, unadulterated health in a bottle, look no further than this new range of veg based juices from WB&Co.  Great as alternative to smoothies and fruit juices, these drinks are made purely from pressed British organic vegetables and nothing else.  Available in three flavours, including Carrot & Ginger, each 250ml bottle actually makes up 2 of your 5-a-day.  Beware though, these aren’t for the faint hearted. If you don’t like vegetables, I would steer clear – you couldn’t get a more natural taste if you ate the raw ingredients straight from being picked from the soil. £2.29 from Selfridges, Daylesford Organic & selected London Waitrose stores.


1129 Newsletter 30 March 2011Ilia, SW3

Take a wine barrel full of irrepressible Italian charm, add an endearing pinch of comedic service and top it off with some seriously impressive food and apparently you have the recipe for a great dining experience.  However, despite the lack of communication being a general theme throughout the evening, everything we order is just delicious.  The credit here goes to Head Chef Omar Agostini, previously at Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, who has put together an inviting menu of regional and modern Italian dishes.

1130 Newsletter 30 March 2011Black and Blue Mortimer Street, W1

Meat is big business at the moment, especially as so many of us increasingly turn away from the modest portions of fine dining establishments to restaurants where you leave feeling like you probably don’t need to eat for the rest of the week.  This trend is particularly flourishing at the top end of the of the price scale, with Goodman, Hawksmoor, Gaucho et al permanently full. At the slightly more affordable end of the meat feast spectrum is the growing Black and Blue chain, promising great steaks, quality drinks and a lively experience.


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