Newsletter 16 November 2011

Party with Dita von Teese, 5000 Lunches Giveaway, Morgan M opening, King’s Ginger and the latest openings and foodie news…

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News & Events…


Cointreau Privé, secret London location, 29 Nov-17 Dec

1266 Newsletter 16 November 2011Co-designed by Cointreau and its super-chic global ambassador Dita von Teese, the Privé is composed of a series of uniquely themed private salons, all modelled on Dita’s LA home.  Expect decadently decorated rooms adorned with some of her most prized personal possessions, allowing you to leave London at the door and lose yourself in the golden age of glamour.  The cocktail lounge will offer the ultimate in decadent drinking and dining, French mystique and illicit entertainment, all housed in a top secret location.  The Cointreau Privé’s secret doors will be opened by Dita herself on 29th November, where she will also take the stage for a private performance for the lucky crowd.  Strictly guest-list only, places for the Cointreau Privé can be applied for

Free Lunch with Feeding the 5000 @ Trafalgar Square, 18 Nov

1265 Newsletter 16 November 2011Scary fact: an estimated 20- 40% of UK fruit and vegetables are rejected even before they reach the shops – mostly because they don’t match supermarkets’ excessively strict cosmetic standards.  Considering rising food costs and food shortages in less developed countries, this is frankly disgraceful.  To highlight this astonishing statistic, Feeding the 5000 will treat 5000 members of the public to a free lunch made of food that would otherwise have been wasted.  The event will also offer live cooking demonstrations by leading chefs (including Thomasina Myers and Valentine Warner) and various fun activities to showcase positive solutions to existing food waste problems.  From 12-2pm.

Ce Soir @ Battersea Evolution, SW8, Through-out December

1267 Newsletter 16 November 2011Opulent interiors of lavish drapes and shimmering candlelight will provide the setting for Ce Soir as guests prepare themselves for a night of world class entertainment during the festive season.   Mesmerizing acts will include everything from acrobats, fire eaters and contortionists to choreographed dancers and trapeze artists.  Those after a little more interactive fun will also be able to bounce around in dodgems, bet their Christmas bonus away in the casino and boogie on down to tunes from the DJ’s.   The evening will also include a lavish four course menu and a ‘survivors’ breakfast’ from midnight.  Tickets are around £75.

New Openings…

Morgan M Barbican, EC1

1268 Newsletter 16 November 2011Having wowed Islington locals with some of the finest French cuisine that London has to offer, Chef Morgan Meunier has decided to move his restaurant from North London into the depths of the city.  Morgan M Barbican is a two-storey restaurant that continues to offer Morgan’s signature tasting menus for reasonable prices. Taking the opportunity to expand on his concept, the lower ground floor provides an informal dining room, offering more accessible dishes in the form of a tasting plates menu.  Signature dishes include Ravioli of snails in Chablis, garlic froth & red wine jus; and Seared pressed foie gras with fig caviar & toasted brioche.

Copita, W1

Having already earned rave reviews for their first venture, the team behind Barrica has opened its second Spanish restaurant with Copita.   The tapas bar provides an upbeat and informal setting in which to try the mix of authentic and inventive Spanish dishes, including Butifarra sausage with piquillo & chickpea, Anchovy fillet with broad bean ice cream and Razor clam with potato puree & chervil root.  Visitors can either sit down for a full on meal or pop in for a quick bite and a glass of Spanish wine or sherry from the extensive list.

Greenleaf Restaurant & Karaoke, WC1

1269 Newsletter 16 November 2011We all love a sing-a-long over Christmas and it’s about the only time it’s acceptable to belt out a few chords in public, no matter how bad you are!  For those who fancy an X Factor style festive outing, head down to Greenleaf – London’s latest Karaoke bar and restaurant.  Spread over two levels, Greenleaf features a fun interior that includes grey ‘ghost’ chairs, funky lighting and marble tables as well as private spaces in which to sing your heart out.  The food offering should also be delicious, with a Cantonese and Chinese menu provided by former Chinatown stalwart, Head chef Hu Xie.

The Archer Street Bar, W1

No it’s not some fancy pants concept bar serving molecular cocktails or something similarly wacky; nor is it a flash-Harry members bar offering frightfully expensive drinks.  Yes, the décor at The Archer Bar is stylish and luxurious, with comfortable velvet sofas and an après ski style ground floor bar.  The service is also pretty quirky, with an all-singing, all-dancing cast of bar staff adding to the fun.  The experience also includes well-made cocktails and DJ’s keeping an upbeat vibe going.  However, at the heart of it all is actually a refreshingly normal bar that no doubt will act as a very accomplished hang-out for many of the Soho crowd.

Try This Week…

1270 Newsletter 16 November 2011King’s Ginger Liqueur

Originally formulated in 1903 by Berry Bros, England’s oldest wine and spirits merchants and still holder of a Royal warrants to supply the royal family, King’s Ginger is the most quintessential of British spirits.  The liqueur was actually created for King Edward VII as a drink to stimulate and revivify His Majesty as he took part in his many outdoor pursuits.  At 43%Abv, King’s Ginger is a wonderfully rich, zesty and potent liqueur created by the careful maceration of ginger root enlivened by the judicious addition of lemon peel. Although warming and heartening on a cold day, it is also great in cocktails; mix equal parts with a fine Single Malt for a delicious alternative to a Rusty Nail or lengthen with bitter lemon and a squeeze of lime for a refreshing long drink.  Available for around £18 from Waitrose and online.

Kent & Fraser Gluten Free Biscuits

1271 Newsletter 16 November 2011Always ones to treat anything vaguely healthy with utmost suspicion, a couple of bad experiences have led us to avoid gluten free items.  However, having been convinced to try them after they won a hat full of Great Taste Awards, we were delighted to find that Kent & Fraser’s range of biscuits are actually totally delicious.  Somehow it appears that with the extraction of gluten, they have managed to add a load of rich flavour.  Moreover, we’ve got a theory that because they are gluten free, you are less likely to feel so full, so you can eat more of them.  Win-Win I’d say!  Available in a range of flavours including Chocolate Chip Cookie, Lemon Butter Shortbread and Spicy Ginger Crunch from Waitrose.

B-Tempted Gluten Free Cakes

Equally delicious and perhaps even more indulgent are the B-Tempted range of gluten free cakes.  Available in a host of flavours from Roasted Fig Amaretto Loaf and Flourless chocolate brownie to Banana Walnut Slice, these tummy friendly treats are made with taste in mind and are near enough as good as the real thing.  Available from Harrods, Partridges and Wholefoods.