Newsletter 8 June 2011

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News & Events…

1193 Newsletter 8 June 2011Singapore Takeout @ Southbank, 9 -11 June

London is to become the first city in the world to host the Singapore Takeout – a mobile pop-up kitchen and restaurant housed within a specially-customised shipping container. Over three days, London’s Southbank will come alive with the smells of fine cuisine created by some of Singapore’s leading chefs in conjunction with a local chef from London.  The Takeout will offer an innovative menu created by both chefs and there will also be cooking demonstrations held for the public. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=101738246584854

Cocktail List Party @ The Loft, SW4, 13 June

The team at top Clapham cocktail hangout, The Loft, have been busy developing a new cocktail list.  But this isn’t just any old list.  By following their ethos of only using the best and freshest ingredients for their cocktails, they have created a range of homemade liqueurs and spirits that should take flavour to a whole new level. Everything from Cassis, Fraise and limoncello, to more interesting ones like bergamot sec and essence of capsicum has been created in-house to create a new 24 strong cocktail list.  To celebrate, they are having a cocktail party full of free drinks and the kind of fun that should never be permitted on a Monday night! To get on the list email bar@theloft-clapham.co.uk

Fugu Supperclub, throughout London in June

1194 Newsletter 8 June 2011Fugu Supper Club is the first dining experience serving the notorious tiger blowfish in the UK. The torafugu, or tiger blowfish, is the most prestigious of edible pufferfish species but is also the most toxic of marine creatures. Because of this, fugu is actually banned from sale in the EU. However Fugu Supper Club has managed to bring small amounts into the country for consumption at private dinner parties.  In true ‘pop-up’ style, diners are invited to various secret locations across London where they will put their lives on the line and experience a six-course, omakase fugu feast.  It’s not cheap at £250/head, but this genuinely is a meal to die for!www.fugusupperclub.com

New Openings…

Tapas Brindisa, W1

1195 Newsletter 8 June 2011Fans of the recently closed Tierra Brindisa may have been pondering where to go for their regular tapas fix in Soho.  However, they need not worry, as the restaurant has reopened as Tapas Brindisa, transforming the site into a smaller version of the super popular Brindisa Tapas Bar in London Bridge.  The new restaurant comes with an easy drinking and tapas style dining bar, where visitors will have to sharing dining tables and dine pretty much wherever they find a spare ledge! The menu will include a host of Spanish classics as well as a selection of grilled meats from their Parrilla.   www.brindisa.com/restaurants/tapas-brindisa-soho

1196 Newsletter 8 June 2011Devonshire Terrace, EC2

Money follows money as the saying goes and with the return of banker’s bonuses, Devonshire Terrace has decided to court these cash rich city folk with a half-a-million-pound refurbishment.  Quite aptly, restaurant and bar’s décor takes inspiration from Mad Men, with carefully chosen pieces of belle époque furniture, white washed floors and dark wood fittings. The menu also keeps things suitably up-scale, with modern European dishes such as Cornish white crab with mango and walnut coated English pork fillet with pan fried black pudding.  Those looking to celebrate may also wish to check out their £100 signature Devonshiretini cocktail, which comes in a 4ft martini glass and should serve thirsty Gordon Gekko wannanbes! www.devonshireterrace.co.uk

Da Polpo, WC2

Having wowed the culinary world with their first restaurant, Polpo, in 2009, masters of miniature eating,Russell Norman and Richard Beatty are already onto their fourth restaurant.  Da Polpo focuses on fun dining with a menu that sees a meatball section and a range of pizzetta, as well as a few faithful favourites from Polpo and Polpetto. Like its sister restaurants, Da Polpo’s wine list will champion rare and quality Italian wines.  Housed over two floors,visitors to the lower floor can also enjoy a few drinks at the Aperol Bar, serving the signature Venetian Spritz. Those tempted to visit need to get in early though, as they have a no-reservations policy in the evenings.www.dapolpo.co.uk

The Lion and Unicorn, NW5

Akin to plastic surgeons of the pub world, award winning pub operators, Geronimo Inns, has developed an enviable reputation for injecting new life into old boozers.  Most recently, they have just taken over The Lion and Unicorn in Kentish Town. Situated below a working theatre, the pub features a re-designed dining room and two garden areas. Drinks include a range of real ales including Doombar, Dark Star and Redemption as well as a strong wine list, cocktails, and a good choice of digestifs and fine Malt Whiskey’s.  Like other Geronimo pubs, the menu serves a range of British classics as well as an extensive range of bar snacks. http://www.geronimo-inns.co.uk/thelionandunicorn

Try This Week…

Little Melton Gourmet Yogurt

1198 Newsletter 8 June 2011Mention fruit yogurt and most of us will probably have some sort of culinary nightmare story regarding the stuff purporting to be diary product from Muller.However, this new range of gourmet yogurt is about as close to those nasty little pots as Johnny Vegas is to being a fashion model.With its thick, creamy texture and fantastic fruit compote toppings, they are genuinely something that you could eat as a dessert.Moreover, at only around 6% fat, they are pretty low on the guilt factor too. Totally free of artificial ingredients, flavours include passion fruit, strawberries & cream, mango and honey. Stocked in Harrods and other independent retailers for just £1/pot.www.littlemeltonyogurt.co.uk

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Bulmers No.17

Remember the days when cider was nothing more than a cheap, fast and nasty route to obscene drunkenness, to be consumed only whilst taking-in the skanky vista of the local park?  How times have changed.  Bulmers is the latest brand to raise the posh credentials of cider with its new No.17 variant.  The drink blends apple cider with crushed red berries and a shot of lime to produce an explosive and refreshing fruity taste.  If that’s not enough, even the bottle looks suitably posh! Widely available from major retailers.  http://www.bulmers.com