Newsletter 18 May 2011

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News & Events…

1170 Newsletter 18 May 2011eat st. @ The Rye Pub, SE15, 16 May – 1 June

London’s new found love affair with street food is heading south of the river with the ‘eat st.’ crew of stall holders taking up residency at The Rye Pub for a couple of weeks.  Each night will see a different trader come and take charge of the food – from galletes and burritos to banh mi and the (in)famous Chocstar chocolate van.  The grand finale, on June 1, will see the much anticipated return of the Meatwagon team, who will take over the kitchen at the pub for the summer – which is great for our bellies but not for our aspirations of achieving buff beach bodies!

The Ethical Eats Restaurant Ramble, 26 May

Ethical Eats, a network for restaurants and caterers who look to promote sustainability, have arranged a ramble through London’s streets to explore the best Vegetarian restaurants that the city has to offer. The tour includes starters at tibits in Heddon Street, followed by a short walk to Soho institution, Mildreds, for main course and organic wine in their private dining room. The Restaurant Ramblers will then be transported to Hoxton where pudding will be served at Saf, one of London’s most innovative restaurants, specialising in ‘raw’ food.  £45/ticket from

Vintage Beer List @ Quilon, SW1

Michelin starred restaurant, Quilon, is already acclaimed for its beer menus paired with southern Indian dishes. Now the restaurant has gone a step further by introducing the UK’s first Vintage Beer List, taking the concept of beer and haute cuisine to a new level.  The menu offers eight different vintages of Fuller’s Vintage Ale, all at 8.5%abv going as far back as 1999, plus the 2008 Vintage of Gale’s Prize Old Ale.  All are served in large brandy balloon glasses priced from £12-14 a bottle.

1171 Newsletter 18 May 2011

Green & Blacks new Taste Assistant!

Congratulations to our mate William Leigh, who recently beat over 3000 hopefuls to win what is probably the best job in the world – to be the Taste Assistant for Green & Blacks Chocolate!  Following years of food writing, his new duties involve touring the world to find the best ingredients to develop new flavours – tough life indeed!  Follow his exploits on

New Openings…

1172 Newsletter 18 May 2011Dishoom ‘Chowpatty Beach’ @ Southbank

You’re walking along Southbank for what you think is the quintessential London summer day out when you hear the sound of Hindi music. You notice the spicy aroma of fresh Pau Bhaji, a pile of green coconuts ready to drink and a beach has also somehow appeared along what was once a concrete pavement.  Welcome to The Dishoom ‘Chowpatty Beach’.  Taking inspiration from Bombay’s most famous beach, renowned West-End restaurant Dishoom has redefined the concept of Indian summers by turning Southbank into a little slice of India with the launch of it’s new pop-up bar and restaurant.

Massimo, WC2

1173 Newsletter 18 May 2011Italian chef Massimo Riccioli, of the celebrated La Rosetta in Rome, has opened his much-anticipated London restaurant near Trafalgar Square.  As well as an elegant 100-cover restaurant serving classy Mediterranean cuisine, Massimo incorporates an oyster and crustacean bar within a more relaxed dining area seating. Massimo’s father actually created the first restaurant in Rome to serve fish daily as opposed to only twice a week, so as one would expect, seafood features heavily on the menu. A strong focus is placed on daily catches, as well as a select number of seasonal meat and vegetarian dishes.


Fluid Movement, the talent mixologists behind renowned bar, Purl, are at it again, this time with the launch of VOC (the Dutch acronym for The Dutch East India Trading Company).  This new bar sees a twenty-first century update of the East Indian Punch House concept originally found in places like Batavia and Java in the 17th Century. The interior should provide a few talking points, with striking features such as casks suspended from the ceiling containing a selection of barrel aged punches and rums.  The quirky cocktail menu should also be a sight to behold, including classic 17th century punches served either from the bowl, by the bottle or from the cask.

Refurb: The Admiral Codrington, SW3

Having wined and dined locals for the best part of 10 years, Chelsea stalwart, The Admiral Codrington has undergone a much deserved spruce up. The new look venue places emphasis on the heritage and tradition of the venue and also includes a covered garden area for the warmer months.  The new menu comes from gastropub specialist Fred Smith, a previous winner of Time Out Gastropub of the Year when he was at The Brown Dog. Dishes include Triple cheese melt with cup of soup, steaks and burgers from Jack O’Shea and English asparagus & morels with crispy egg.

Try This Week… Vodka Special

1174 Newsletter 18 May 2011Iceberg Vodka

Forget diamond filtration and all of the other crazy vodka purification methods out there – the guys from Iceberg Vodka have turned to nature to do the hard work for them!  Very much one of a kind, Iceberg Vodka is produced from the pure water found inside the small icebergs that naturally detach themselves from large glaciers. Whilst tap water, which many spirits are made with, typically contains 200-300 ppm of impurities the water from icebergs contains just .04ppm giving the vodka an incredibly pure and clean flavour. Around £26 from

1175 Newsletter 18 May 2011Babička Vodka

If Iceberg is a little too pure for you, check out Babička – a vodka that sounds like it could turn angels into demons!  Babička is inspired by an ancient Czech recipe, brewed by peasant grandmothers with a reputation for witchcraft.  This is no doubt down to the hypnotic blend of vodka distilled with wormwood, providing a spirit which isn’t too far off absinthe – albeit with a palatable 40% abv.  The flavour is far easier going too, with the creamy texture providing subtle notes of vanilla, caramel, aniseed and citrus.  Around £25

1176 Newsletter 18 May 2011Chase Vodka

Vodka may have long been the prized spirit of the Eastern Europeans, but in typical English fashion, one of our home grown distillers has conquered the vodka category.  According to the highly respected San Francisco World Spirit’s Competition, the ‘World’s Best Vodka’ is made by William Chase, a ‘potato farmer come entrepreneur’ from Hereford!   The beauty is in the simplicity of its flavour, with a clean and creamy nose leading to flavours of light white pepper and freshly sliced potato and a slightly nutty finish. Around £33 from Selfridges, Waitrose and quality spirits retailers.

1177 Newsletter 18 May 2011Suffolk Mud Bloody Mary Ketchup

Suffolk Mud has created a product that will allow true vodka lovers to enjoy their favourite tipple as part of their daily meal!  The partnership between Stoke Sauces and Chase vodka has given the condiments market a real kick with the creation of Bloody Mary Tomato Ketchup.  Made with 1% vodka, there’s just enough in there for a solid flavour hit without having you carted away to alcoholics anonymous. Like all other Stokes sauces, the rest of the ingredients are top quality too, including sweet Italian tomatoes and Dead Sea salt.  £3 from

Win Foodies Festival Tickets with Yakult!

1178 Newsletter 18 May 2011The ‘Foodies’ festival is taking place in the beautiful grounds of Hampton Court Palace from 28th – 30th May. This is your chance to meet top chefs, sample and buy food from local producers, and try hands-on food and drink masterclasses led by industry experts.

And now Love Food Love Drink visitors have the chance to attend this great day out for free – thanks to probiotic drink (and Foodies festival exhibitor) Yakult.

Click here to enter this competition…

Win Taste of London Tickets S.Pellegrino!

1179 Newsletter 18 May 2011For this year’s Taste of London in Regent’s Park from 16th-19th, we have teamed up with the makers of S. Pellegrino to offer two lucky readers and a friend the chance to attend the capital’s most popular restaurant festival. To accompany the ticket give-away, we are also throwing in copies of world famous chef René Redzepi’s cook book, head chef at the World’s Best Restaurant, Noma.


As an official sponsor of the festival, S. Pellegrino will this year host world acclaimed chef René Redzepi, who for the second year in a row has won top spot at The S. Pellegrino World 50 Best Awards with his restaurant Noma.


Click here to enter this competition…