Newsletter 18 September 2013

European Street Food and Cocktail Events, Boozy Book Clubs plus the latest London foodie news

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News & Events…


Cocktails in the City, WC1. 26 September

1701 Newsletter 18 September 2013 The UK’s only consumer cocktail show is finally coming to the big smoke after successful runs around other major UK cities.  For one night only, around 20 of London’s top bars will come together to provide cocktail lovers with an interactive evening of cocktail education and experimentation.  Bars showcasing their mixing skills range from the super-swish The Ritz and The Ivy to the uber-trendy Hawksmoor and The Lost Angel.  Serious enthusiasts can upgrade their experience to include an intimate private tutored tasting session from industry experts on Rum, Whiskies and Gin and the entire event will be kept buzzing to the beat of live DJs spinning their tunes.  Tickets start at £20, including drinks from

Global Roots in Cuba presented by Havana Club @ Rich Mix, E1.  20-21 September

Londoners are invited to a Cuban inspired journey into music, film and food at East London’s Rich Mix.  With a mojito in hand, the weekend’s proceedings kick off on Friday with a showing of Suite Habana which will be accompanied with a live DJ score by Romare and Thris Tian, who will re-work the film’s soundtrack.  Visitors during the day on Saturday will be able to explore a Cuba inspired street market with stalls showcasing everything from music, films, food, t shirts and photography.

Street Food Europe, E8. 28-29 September

1706 Newsletter 18 September 2013 The British Street Food Awards and Tweat Up, the masterminds behind Street Feast, have teamed up to create Street Food Europe – Europe’s biggest street food festival.  Dalston Yard will play host to traders picked from across the continent, all competing to be crowned European Street Food Champion.   From Swedish tattoo artists parking up in their pink El Taco truck, to Toast-artists from Brussels, Dutch traders serving up their seasonal low country soups and Italians getting creative with offal, the competition promises to be fierce, with a public vote deciding the winner.  Tickets are £6, including a drink.

& Co. Presents ‘Drink The Classics’, W1 

1698 Newsletter 18 September 2013 Soho basement bar ‘& Co.’ and cocktail connoisseur Jimmy ‘The Hat’ present ‘Drink The Classics’ – a month celebrating four famous novels in the best possible way – by drinking them!  Each week will see & Co. transformed into a different timeless tale, complete with themed cocktails and scene-setting props.  The literary-inspired list of cocktails is sure to inspire even the most resistant bookworms.  Books used for inspiration include Scott Fitzgerald’s Beautiful and The Damned, when guests can expect gin-themed cocktails, vintage lamps, potted plants and a jazz soundtrack to create the mood of the roaring 20s.  Events take place every Wednesday-Friday for the next 4 weeks starting from 18 September.  No booking required.

Harvest Festival @ Paradise By Way Of Kensal Green, 28-29 September

The Harvest Festival at popular West London gastropub Paradise by Way of Kensal Green sees a weekend of celebrations dedicated to street food, country pursuits, music and entertainment.  A street food market on 28 September will see a host of top food trucks stationed opposite Paradise including Motherclucker, Rainbofood, Dosa Deli and Mama’s Jerk Station.  Guests during the weekend can also take part in culinary masterclasses on everything from sausage making to home-grown vegetables.  Setting the tone for the weekend will be Famous Wolf Promotions with their all day celebration of folk music.


Featured Event
‘Maharaja’s Residence’ Dinner @ Moti Mahal on 26 September 

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On Thursday, 26th September, Moti Mahal will be transformed into the Maharaja’s Summer residence for a one-off grand feast.  Guests will join the Maharaja for canapés and fizz before retiring to the residence for a 3-course, banquet served family style and paired with matching wines.  Based just off Drury’s Lane in the West End, expect some theatre-land glamour and food fit for a King from the restaurant’s Head Chef, Anirudh Arora.

Diners will arrive between 6 – 7pm for the reception and the dinner will commence just after 7pm.  Expect the Maharaja to be decked out in his finery though rumour has it that he’s not a man that likes to be outdone so guests should come as they are and bring a hearty appetite with them!

Tickets are £70 and this includes the reception, dinner and matching wines

To book, call 020 7240 9329 and quote ‘dinner on the 26th Sept’. 


Address: 45 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AA

Online: Twitter: @MotiMahal59

New Openings…


Gymkhana, W1

1703 Newsletter 18 September 2013 Karam Sethi, who earned his first Michelin star in 2012 as Patron Chef of Trishna London, has embarked on his second venture with the opening of Gymkhana in Mayfair.  The restaurant is inspired by the Colonial Indian gymkhana clubs, where members of high society came to socialise, play sport and enjoy Indian snacks and tandoori dining.  Signature dishes include Duck egg & white crab bhurji, kerala paratha; Paper Dosa, Chettinad duck, coconut sambal; and Gilafi buffalo seekh kebab.  The bar keeps things authentic too, with a range of spirits, tonics and mixers from the sub-continent including Old Monk rum, Amrut whiskey and arrack produced from coconut sap. To complement the drinks, the bar menu features Indian delights such as Masala cassava chips, Game keema naan and Amritsari shrimp.

Berners Tavern, W1

1699 Newsletter 18 September 2013 Fittingly for a chef of his capabilities and reputation, Jason Atherton has chosen The London EDITION – one of the city’s most high profile new hotels – as the site for his latest venture.  Phil Carmichael, who has cooked with Jason for over ten years, is heading up the kitchen to deliver a contemporary all day dining British menu.  Dishes include Orkney scallop Carpaccio served with avocado, radish, jalapeño and lime; Chargrilled quail served with Alsace bacon, smoked tomato jam, shallot and parsley; and a traditional Roast on Sundays.  The dining room has an eye on being one of London’s most grand with a subtle play between modern and period design, including two large bronze chandeliers inspired by NYC’s Grand Central Station, an impressive pewter topped bar and banquettes covered in chestnut mohair and taupe leather.

Boulestin, W1

1700 Newsletter 18 September 2013 The name Joel Kissin probably won’t mean much to you but it’s safe to say that he was one of the most important figures in the restaurant industry during the 90s.  Working alongside Terrance Conran, they opened restaurants such as Pont de la Tour, Bluebird and Quaglino’s.  Having been out of the spotlight for a while, Kissin’s new venture takes its inspiration from X. Marcel Boulestin, the renowned restaurateur, cookbook author and the world’s first TV chef.  Located in St James’s, Boulestin comprises a luxury 60-seat bistro, serving mostly classic French food, a private dining room seating up to 38 and Café Marcel, a 30-seat café offering lighter dishes.

Bo Lang, SW3

Blending in perfectly amongst the chic boutiques around Draycott Avenue in Chelsea is Bo Lang, a stylish 60-cover dim sum restaurant and teahouse.  Head Chef and Dim Sum Master Kai Wang certainly knows how to cater to the well-healed, having had stints at Grand Imperial at Grosvenor House and as Dim Sum Head Chef for Arkady Novikov, amongst others.  The kitchen team has created an extensive menu of traditional and contemporary dim sum, including Snow crab, coriander & water chestnut with balsamic pearls; Sea bass, prawn& Chinese celery; and Lobster with goji berry.  Afternoon tea is also on the menu comprising of a selection of rare teas and orient inspired macaroons.

Marianne, W2

Set to make her debut on the London restaurant scene BBC Masterchef: The Professionals finalist Marianne Lumb has opened her eponymous restaurant.  With just 14 seats spread across five tables, ‘Marianne’ is probably the smallest restaurant of its type to open in London, mirroring the trend in New York and Paris for small but perfectly formed fine-dining restaurants.  Dishes on the daily-changing seasonal menu include Soufflé of courgette, with Gruyère Alpage & Montgomery Cheddar’; Globe artichoke and olive oil purée with dressed Cornish crab; and ‘White peaches poached in rose and lavender with nougat ice cream.  With just one kitchen assistant and one front of house, diners can expect a truly personal dining experience and exceptional attention to detail.

Pont St @ The Belgraves Hotel, SW1

The Belgraves Hotel has turned to Sophie Michell – one of the UK’s youngest female exec chefs – for the launch of their new restaurant.  Influenced by her time in California, Australia and the Mediterranean, Sophie’s menu features an eclectic range of seafood delights, including Sea urchin, chilli and garlic spaghetti; Baked spiced Cornish crab with jalapeno hollandaise; and poached sea trout with oyster mayonnaise, cucumber pickle.  Those who prefer the turf to the surf will also have an option of various meat dishes.  Open from breakfast to dinner, the restaurant also features a small café-style bar serving coffees and cakes throughout the day.

Try This Week…

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Exquisite Biscuit Collection by The East India Company

With clouds looming large and thermometers plunging south, it’s time to forget summer diets and indulge in something altogether more comforting.  Obviously, it doesn’t get better then a nice cup of tea and a couple of biscuits, and this new collection by The East India Company provides the perfect vessel for dunking and indulging in.  The ‘Sweet’ range includes a host of inspired flavours, including Cherry Chocolate & Chilli, Seville Orange Marmalade and our favourite, the Caramel & Sea Salt.  Fans of more savoury flavours will no doubt also appreciate their range of biscuits that are perfectly suited to a cheeseboard, including Mustard & Coriander, Black Peppercorn and Roquefort Cheese Filled Biscuits.  Available for around £5 from

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Sainsbury’s Great British Beer Hunt, 11 September-2 October

Sainsbury’s has once again introduced 20 new beers to its seasonal aisle this autumn to battle it out to be named the winner of the 2013 Sainsbury’s Great British Beer Hunt.  The beers are on sale from 11th September until 2nd October for the chance to win one of two coveted six-month listings in stores across the country.  This year’s eclectic collection of beers includes everything from the citrus-spiked Gower Gold and fiery Black Pepper Ale to tropical Serendipity and spicy Barney’s Brew.   Furthermore, lovers of craft brewed beers can choose from five India Pale Ale’s and there are even British beers brewed to German, French and Belgian styles.