Newsletter 2 May 2012

East London Night Food Market, Bollywood Party, Burlesque Dinner plus the latest foodie news and openings!

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News & Events…


Street Feast Night Market, E1, every Friday from 5pm-midnight

1386 Newsletter 2 May 2012The Street Feast night market provides a hotbed of energy, exotic flavours, some great drinks and the hedonism of a Friday evening on the site of a former Victorian bird market off Brick Lane.  The market will feature eight of the capital’s leading street food traders offering a mouth-watering mix of Vietnamese, Thai, Mexican and West-Indian cuisines and a ‘Car Wash’ dining room. A lengthy bar will serve choice wine, cocktails and draught beer from leading microbrewery Camden Town Breweries and the team behind the respected Moniker Art Fair will take care of visuals with their live street art.


Bollywood Bitesized @ Village Underground, EC2.  4 May

Village Underground has been given a Bollywood makeover to transport visitors to the mean streets of 70′s Bombay. The event will take you to the dark side of Bollywood, where you will meet gangsters and their molls and experience the underground parties borne out of the slums.   The evening will also include a screening of Deewar, the Bollywood classic that Danny Boyle credits as the inspiration behind Slumdog Millionaire, followed by street-food, themed cocktails and Bollywood dancing.  Guests will also be able to party into the night with DJs playing nu-disco, house and electronica with a retro Bollywood twist.  Tickets are £17.50.


The World Burlesque Games @ Floradita, W1. 8 May

Floridita in Soho is welcoming some of the world’s most eclectic and diverse acts in burlesque as part of the sixth annual edition of the London Burlesque Festival that will be sweeping the Capital from 7th-13th May.  Guests will be introduced to ‘Triple Crown’, a competition that challenges burlesquers to showcase new twists and hidden talents to their signature routines.  Acts providing the evening’s entertainment include some of the world’s finest performers, including Miss Behave, Anna the Hulagan and Bunny.  Tickets are priced at £50 per person, which includes a full evening of entertainment and a two course dinner.

New Openings…


Bricole, W1

1387 Newsletter 2 May 2012Chef Maurizio Morelli, who has owned Latium restaurant in Fitzrovia, for the past eight years, has embarked on his second venture with the opening of Bricole. In contrast to the upmarket approach of first venue, Bricole provides an informal Italian trattoria with an adjacent deli to create a relaxed and friendly neighbourhood restaurant with modest prices and unpretentious Italian food.  Typical dishes include Focaccia bruschetta with burrata, grilled aubergines and olives; Potato gnocchi with fresh tomatoes and smoked scamorza; and Sausage in tomato sauce with polenta and pecorino.  The wine list also champions the best of Italy, with over 150 bins available.

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Yoobi, W1

Yoobi has opened as London’s first ‘temakeria’ – an idea originating from Brazil that provides an interesting take on sushi by taking the popular temaki sushi role and creating an entire restaurant concept out of it.  The temaki are hand-rolled to order as you wait (in under 60 seconds) and are available in a variety of recipes ranging from the familiar to the more interesting, including the Spanish influenced Tuna Tartar and Japanese Pear with 20-hour cured Salmon.  Perfect for a quick, tasty and healthy lunch in Soho, visitors can grab a takeaway or take a seat in the colourful restaurant.

Try This Week…


1385 Newsletter 2 May 2012Stewed! ‘Beans, Bacon and Bangers’ Breakfast Pots

Those who remember the tins of ‘London Grill’ that made up a large portion of our diets in the early 90′s will either look at these new breakfast pots in horror or affection.  Updated with the obligatory healthy twist that modern day consumers require, they are gluten-free, contain 2 of your 5-a-day and have just 325 calories.  Just chuck them in the microwave and 3 minutes later you can have a ‘hearty fry-up’ without the heart failure (and the washing up!).   With a few bank holidays approaching, they sound like they could be pretty useful for the ‘morning after syndrome’ too!  Widely available from supermarkets and for £3.79

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G.H. Mumm 2004

As a summer of celebration approaches, including events like the Olympics and the Queen’s Jubilee, there’s no doubt going to be a fair bit of Champagne being poured.  When it comes to bubbly it doesn’t get better than a fine vintage, so we couldn’t ignore the latest offering from G.H. Mumm when we heard that it could be had for less than £40.  In line with house style, it is the full-bodied Pinot Noir (70%) that dominates the blend with Chardonnay (30%) adding elegance and freshness; the Pinot bias also makes it ideal for matching with savoury foods.  Available for around £40 from quality wine and drinks outlets including




Aubaine Mayfair, W1

Renowned for its delectable selection of fresh patisserie, desserts and cakes, Aubaine’s latest launch will no doubt test the resolve of the skinny model types of nearby Bond Street!  Open daily from breakfast through to dinner, those who make it past the sweet treats into the main restaurant will find a suitably sophisticated but easy going menu full of delicious traditional Mediterranean dishes. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL REVIEW

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Iberica Canary Wharf, E14

Following the success of Iberica Food & Culture in Great Portland Street, Iberica has chosen to add a little Spanish culture to the concrete and glass jungle that is Canary Wharf.  Led by its executive chef, Nacho Manzano of 2 Michelin starred Casa Marcial in Spain, the laid back restaurant serves a mixture of tapas that celebrates both the tradition of Spanish gastronomy as well as more modern styles.  CLICK HERE TO READ FULL REVIEW