Newsletter 1 June 2011

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News & Events…

1186 Newsletter 1 June 2011‘Supper Goes Crazy’ @ SupperClub London, W10. Until 26 June

SupperClub London, famous for its concept of combining risqué entertainment and experimental food, is playing host to the world famous Parisian burlesque show Le Crazy Horse.  Having wowed over 10million spectators since its formation over 60 years ago, Le Crazy Horse is renowned as one of the finest avant garde cabaret troupes in the world.  Guests at the evenings will be treated to a series of highly aesthetic and visual tableaus dubbed ‘Crazy Moments from Paris – a series of seductive moments.’  The evening of food & entertainment starts at £69.www.suppergoescrazy.com

‘Unusual Pairings’ Chef’s Menu @ Maze, W1

1187 Newsletter 1 June 2011Head Sommelier at Maze, Matteo Ramazzina, has been given a license to explore the depths of his knowledge with a series of less than conventional pairings with the restaurant’s Michelin-starred food.  Available as a six-course tasting menu, pairings include Salcombe crab with grapefruit fluid gel, mango & wasabi ice cream served with Tarumoku Dewakazura sake; Cannon of lamb, turnip and pistachio purée, confit turnip with Innis & Gunn oak aged beer; and creamed goat’s yoghurt with cider jelly, basil granite & vanilla doughnut with Cline small berry mourvedre wine from America. Menu including wines cost £125. www.gordonramsay.com/maze

A Guide to Life @ Paradise by Way of Kensal Green, W10

This trendy West London gastropub is launching ‘The Paradise Guide to Life’, a series of free self-improvement sessions that put Dave Cam’s ‘Big Society’ idea to shame. Useful tips and essential life skills will be taught in hosted workshops held separately for ladies and gentlemen, including DIY and Chivalry for men and Cake Decorating and Burlesque Dancing for the ladies! Book your free space by visiting: www.theparadise.co.uk/guide-to-life

Belgo Lobsterfest

Normally a shrine to Belgian beers and mussels, June sees the return of Belgo’s annual celebration of Canadian crustacean with their Lobsterfest.  The festival is a great way for diners to experience a slice of luxury at an affordable price, with a range of different Lobster dishes on offer, including Lobster Bisque and a whole Grilled Lobster for £25. Available at all Belgo branches. www.belgo-restaurants.co.uk

New Openings…

1188 Newsletter 1 June 2011José, SE1

Borough Market regulars will already by familiar with José Pizarro’s skills, as he was formerly Executive Chef at nearby Brindisa Tapas Kitchen.  For his first solo venture, José has created an intimate and informal tapas bar with a daily-changing menu featuring the best market ingredients.  Dishes include Razor Clams a la Plancha, Spring lamb chuletillas with alioli and of course – Jamón Ibérico.  The wine and sherry list should be impressive too, having been put together by Tim Atkin MW and Jo Ahearne MW.  www.josepizarro.com

1189 Newsletter 1 June 2011Fish & Grill, SW15

Having conquered Croydon with his first Fish & Grill restaurant, we are super-jealous that Putney residents are next in line to enjoy Chef Malcolm John’s concept of providing beautifully cooked seafood and meat dishes for very reasonable prices.  Malcolm’s menu champions seasonal and British ingredients, with dishes including Old spot pork ribs, Plateau Fruits de Mer and Grilled crab with garlic chilli ginger butter.  The venue is well designed too, providing somewhere equally suited to a light lunch or a snazzy supper. www.fishandgrillputney.co.uk

Casa Batavia, W8

This Kensington newcomer is the first UK venture for Italian chef, Nicola Batavia.  Batavia, who quickly won a Michelin star for his renowned Turin restaurant, Ristorante Birichin, will focus on simple, Italian food using the very best seasonal ingredients.  His cooking style sees dishes constructed to provide intense bursts of flavour, including the likes of rabbit salad cooked in extra virgin olive oil, artichokes & green sauce; linguine with baby squid, wild fennel & smoked ricotta; and chocolate & amaretto soufflé with chilli truffles & hot chocolate sauce.www.casabatavia.com

Try This Week…

Hoxton Gin

Gin was always something I associated with older people in my youth. The c1190 Newsletter 1 June 2011omplex flavours were far too much for my tastebuds, which were far more attuned to the simple flavours of cheap vodka and beers.  Somewhat ominously, I’ve recently become a major fan of gin, perhaps because it helps me through the denial of getting older.  Anyway, somewhat confusingly, Hoxton Gin has been launched with young people in mind.  Created by top mixologist Gerry Calabrese, this unique gin takes a radical approach by making coconut and grapefruit the predominant flavours.  Traditionalists are unlikely to be impressed, but the über-cool Shoreditch crowd are already going all kinds of crazy over it.  Oh well, now where’s that pipe of mine…!  Available from specialist retailers andwww.thedrinkshop.com for around £27. www.hoxtongin.com

 

Breakfast Cereals

With what seems like endless months of bank holidays, our diets (and waistlines) have seen something of a hammering of late.  To get back into some sort of sensible eating routine, breakfast is probably the best place to1191 Newsletter 1 June 2011start.

 

Having introduced the mass British public to granola back in the 70′s, Jordan’s have now brought us their ‘Creations’ Oat Granola range.  Available in Cranberry & Golden Honey and Baked Apple & Cinnamon flavours, the lightly toasted oats are sweetened only with honey, making for a delicious biscuity flavour and a chewy texture that will liven up breakfast time.  Widely available for £3.49

 

1192 Newsletter 1 June 2011For a wholesome breakfast on the go, it’s also worth checking out the MOMA Breakfast range. Like Jordan’s Creations, these are made with oats to ensure a slow release of energy and a full tummy until a reasonable lunch hour.  They’re available in four flavours, including Strawberry & Banana and Blueberry, and come in convenient single portion servings that taste great served warm or cold. £2 from local supermarkets and major train stations. www.momafoods.co.uk