Newsletter 9 May 2012

Edible Cinema, World’s Best Indian Restaurant comes to London plus the latest foodie news and openings!

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News & Events…


Edible Cinema @ The Electric, 13 May

1395 Newsletter 9 May 2012We’ve had Secret Cinema and ‘scratch and sniff’ cinema – now we’ve got Edible Cinema. Renowned experience organiser Polly Betton and experimental food designer Andrew Stellitano have teamed up with Soho House Group to launch a series of foodie film experiences at The Electric on Portobello Road.  The first one is the fantasy favourite Pan’s Labyrinth on 13 May. Guests are given a series of numbered ‘packages’ containing a whole variety of foods, props and other sensory aids to be experienced throughout the film; for example, viewers will open a packet of smoked pine popcorn whilst Ofelia and Carmen travel through the Spanish woodland onscreen. Tickets start at £22.50.

Bukhara Pop-Up @ Sheraton Park Tower, 17 May-1 June

1394 Newsletter 9 May 2012Having experienced what I can quite simply describe as the best Indian food of my life (sorry Mum!) at Bukhara in Delhi, it’s safe to say that I am more than a little excited that the restaurant is coming to delight Londoners with its mind-blowing array of dishes.  For two weeks only, Executive Chef Manjit Gill will bring the flavours of India to London, taking diners on an epicurean adventure with tasting menus that feature Bukhara’s rustic Indian cuisine.  Dishes include the mouth-watering Sikandri Raan, a braised and grilled whole leg of spring lamb, marinated in a mixture of malt vinegar, cinnamon and black cumin; and their renowned 18 hour slow-cooked Black Dal.

Shaun Rankin pop-up at The Grill @ The Dorchester, 14-19 May

Despite being based in his beloved Jersey, Shaun Rankin’s regular TV appearances have seen him become one of the most recognisable chefs around.  Now, with his new pop-up at The Dorchester, foodies living on the mainland can experience the Michelin-starred chef’s food.  Working with The Grill’s head chef Brian Hughson, Michelin-starred Shaun will bring the taste of Jersey to London, using the best new season produce.  Dishes will include new season Jersey asparagus; three hour cooked duck egg with morel mushrooms & herb sabayon; and his signature Treacle tart with Jersey clotted cream ice cream, which wowed the judges in BBC Two’s Great British Menu.

Pret A Diner: ‘Italians Do It Better’ @ 50 St. James, 9 May-30 June

A combination of world-class Italian food and cutting-edge Italian art, Pret A Diner has set out to prove that Italians Do It Better – the ‘It’, in this case, referring to their ability to wine, dine and entertain.  Michelin-starred chef Giorgio Locatelli has invited over five of Italy’s most dynamic chefs to create an innovative menu that will give guests a chance to compare old-world Italian cuisine to newer forward-thinking dishes.  Cocktails will also be given the Italian treatment courtesy of Tony Conigliaro’s team from 69 Colebrooke Row.  Hosted at the iconic 50 St James’s Street ‘Italians Do It Better’ will be the final event within the decadent Grade II listed building before it is closed for a full transformation this autumn.

New Openings…


Market House, SW9

Market House has opened to provide an unpretentious ‘speakeasy’ bar, bistro and music hall in central Brixton, supporting local and independent suppliers of organic beers, ales, ciders and wines. The menu takes a simple, but eclectic approach, offering everything from burgers and sandwiches to Mediterranean salads.  The interior re-ignites the trend for all things vintage with a mad cap selection of eclectic furnishings, light fittings and reclaimed materials, offering cosy hideaways, dining areas and lounge seating.  Music promises to be a more left-of-centre affair with DJs and live acts steering away from the more traditional weekend anthems to a wider range of vintage/modern global sounds played until closing time at 4am.


Kitchen 264 @ The Collection, SW3

1392 Newsletter 9 May 2012Following the recent re-launch of its bar area with cutting edge design by Tom Dixon, Chelsea institution The Collection has completed its makeover with the opening of its new restaurant offering – Kitchen 264.    One of Israel’s most talented chefs, Oded Oren, has moved to the UK to take charge of the kitchen and has created a modern Mediterranean menu perfect for the restaurant’s Chelsea location.  Dishes include appetizers of Sea bream tartare and Octopus salad, as well as mains of Grilled lamb stuffed calamari & caraway and Lemon marinated poussin with sauce vierge.  Diners can also take advantage of the lounge bar pre or post-dinner, where they can enjoy a few cocktails to the sound of the DJ’s beats.


Draft House East Dulwich, SE22

1393 Newsletter 9 May 2012With successful venues already under his belt in Tower Bridge, Clapham and Battersea, Charlie McVeigh has launched the latest outpost of his Draft House concept in increasingly trendy East Dulwich.  Beer is at the centre of the offering, with provenance, cellaring and serving taken extremely seriously, resulting in an extensive selection of weird and wonderful brews to choose from.  The food offering keeps things beer friendly too, including their famous foot-long scratchings, Scotch eggs with curried mayo and their popular ‘Yolk’, ‘Smoke’ and ‘Poke’ hamburgers.



Try This Week…


Montezuma’s ‘Monkey Bars’

1391 Newsletter 9 May 2012Can you Adam and Eve it – these new ‘Monkey Bars’ from Montezuma’s are bigger than an iPad! These half-kilo slabs of great British chocolate take their name from Cockney rhyming slang for ’500′ and judging by the size of them, they could probably feed about that many people!   Inspired by a year filled with key events and celebrations, they’ll be handy to have around when you’ve got your friends and family round to watch the Olympics or The Queen doing her thing.  The 5 flavours are less than conventional too, including Venezuelan Milk Chocolate with Salted Peanuts & Butterscotch and Ecuadorian Dark chocolate with Cherry & Almond Slices.   Available for £13.99 from Montezuma’s stores, John Lewis and

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Sipsmith Summer Cup

Given the number of great spirits that the Sipsmith boys produce, one could scarcely believe that they operate out of a diminutive garage/distillery in Hammersmith.  The latest liquid to pour out of their distillery is Summer Cup, a classic British drink made with homegrown Lemon Verbena, Earl Grey tea, Cardamom, Cucumber, Orange and a few other secret ingredients.  Harking back to the quintessentially English ‘cups’ of the 1800s, Summer Cup’s ingredients are blended with Sipsmith London Dry Gin in Prudence, London’s first copper pot still since 1820, to produce a drink that provides an interesting and delicious alternative to everyone’s favourite summer drink (the one that rhymes with Timms!).  £18.50 from Waitrose, Majestic and online from