Newsletter 30 October 2013

Halloween Special, Modernist Cuisine Competition, Free Pies plus the latest London foodie news.

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News & Events…


House of Peroni, 6-30th November

1734 Newsletter 30 October 2013 The House of Peroni residency is returning to London to showcase the new wave of Italian food, style and creativity.  Foodies can take a culinary journey across a diverse selection of Italian cuisine created by a host of exciting young Italian chefs including the Michelin starred Costardi Brothers, the Italian Supper Club crew and also some of London’s leading Italian street food operators.  A weekly Film Feast event will see Bottega Wapping match their food to an exclusive screening of Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty.  Designed by award-winning architect Andrea Morgante, The House also features two stunning bars serving Peroni Nastro Azzurro and an innovative cocktail menu by mixologist Gerry Calabrese.  Entry to The House is free of charge and tickets for events are available to purchase from


Pay What You Want Pies @ Cattle Market, NW1. Until 17 Nov

1730 Newsletter 30 October 2013Pieminister has opened Cattle Market pie & mash shop in Camden to allow us to indulge in our love of all things pastry whilst contributing to a good cause.  Simply pop-in, choose from one of their delicious pies and pay what you’re conscious allows you too!  All proceeds from food sales go to Send a Cow – a campaign to build and stock 30 farms in Africa.  They’ve also got a fully stocked bar to ensure you make a proper meal of your visit!

Tanqueray Tea Light Lounge @ Carom Soho, W1. From 1 November

Carom’s love affair with gin continues with the launch of a contemporary chai Tea Light Lounge in their stunning atrium space in association with Tanqueray.  Launching in time for Diwali – the Indian festival of light – visitors to the Tea Light Lounge can expect a room filled with leaf teas and botanicals, Indian tea pots and the evocative aroma of spiced chai.  Cocktails designed by Carom Bar Manager Adam Spinks also take influence from chai spices, including Tea Alexander with cardamom, cream, crème de cacao and gin.  A special food pairing menu has also been created to complement the cocktails.


Hallween Special

1742 Newsletter 30 October 2013Tequila Patrón XO Café Halloween Party @ The Beat, W1. 31 October

Indulge your dark side this Halloween with Patrón XO Cafe for an evening of devilishly good drinks and top tunes.  Costumes are encouraged with Patrón-shaped prizes for those that make the spooky looking bartenders shake in their boots or roar with laughter. And there’ll be a photo-booth fun to capture the living dead in all their gruesomeness. Tickets are £15, includes complimentary Patrón cocktails & entertainment.

KERB’S Halloween Hellraiser, N1. 1 November

London’s top street food stalls are coming together to put on an evening of ghoulish garments, devilish decorations and even scarier puns for their Halloween inspired evening in Kings Cross.  Expect ‘Freaky Greeky’ meat and devil’s sauce from The Grilling Greek; BBQ LAB’s Frankenstein’s Fingers and Devilled Pig’s Face; What the Dickens! is getting offaly vile with devilled kidneys and devilled pheasant; and Ambriento are stirring up Creepy Crawly crab tacos and ancho-roasted tacos.  6-11pm, free entry.

Guilty Pleasures @ Mary Janes, EC3. 31 October

Live performance troupe ‘Guilty Pleasures’ are putting on an evening reminiscent of Michael Jackson’s Thriller video with all-singing, all-dancing zombies, acrobats and a whole crew of kitsch characters guaranteed giving you a real hair raising evening.  Free entry

Jack the Ripper @ Mr Fogg’s, W1, 31 Oct-2 Nov

Harking back to the times of London’s most infamous serial killer, this Halloween will see Mr Fogg’s Victorian home transformed into the harrowing site of one of Jack The Ripper’s terrifying tours.  Expect a weekend full of immersive theatre and spine chilling skits and sketches culminating in a seated, theatrical spectacle. 

New Openings…


Merchants Tavern, EC2

1731 Newsletter 30 October 2013 Normally known for her high-end Italian cuisine, Angela Hartnett has teamed up with the founders of casual English restaurant chain Canteen for her latest venture.  The restaurant and bar is housed in a Victorian warehouse and former apothecary in the heart of Shoreditch and provides a modern interpretation of traditional English taverns.  Head chef Neil Borthwick and Angela have created a seasonal modern European menu that includes dishes such as Roast partridge with baked celeriac and hazelnut pesto; and Roast stone bass with scorched onions, sautéed artichokes and chive crème fraiche.  The bar snack menu provides a posh departure from the norm, including Venison tartare with pickled walnut cream; and Coddled eggs with oregano, parmesan and speck.  Drinks include a strong selection of natural wines and English brews.

Korobuta, SW3

London’s certainly not short of boundary-pushing restaurant concepts and here’s one more to add to the list.  Take a menu of Japanese food devised a former Nobu head chef and throw in a soundtrack of the finest rock ‘n’ roll on the site where rock god Jimi Hendrix spent his last night and you have Kurobuta.  Chef/owner Scott Hallsworth has created an all-day restaurant open from breakfast, where diners can find a menu of Japanese pastries and Monmouth coffee.  The main menu includes everything from sushi to a the seemingly compulsory robata grill where diners can choose from dishes such as tea-smoked lamb and Scott’s signature dish of BBQ pork belly in steamed buns.  Drinks have been taken pretty seriously too, including Orient-inspired cocktails and most notably, the option of Kirin Frozen Head – a beer that comes topped with a frozen head of foam for ultimate chill factor!

Running Horse, W1

1737 Newsletter 30 October 2013A Mayfair fixture since 1738, the Running Horse public house has recently reopened following a loving restoration to its former glory.  Frustrated by the lack of ‘real pubs’ in the area, owners James Chase (of the Chase Distillery family) and Dominic Jacobs have set about creating an authentic pub experience that showcases Britain’s finest ales and seasonal ingredients.  If mixology is more your thing then the venue also houses ‘The Whip’- a refined cocktail bar on the first floor that takes its inspiration from the Kentucky Derby.   Served in pewter ‘tins’, The Whip’s Julep menu encompasses seasonal British flavours and homemade preserves to create a series of lip-smacking signature serves.

Augustine Kitchen, SW11

1741 Newsletter 30 October 2013 After earning Michelin stars at his restaurant in Geneva and spending the last 10 years as head chef at London institution Mon Plaisir in Covent Garden, Franck Raymond has come to Battersea for the opening of his own restaurant.  The menu at Augustine Kitchen showcases the food and produce of Franck’s hometown of Evian, so expect dishes such as Cassolette of snails with garlic and parsley butter; French onion soup glazed with bleu de termignon; and Sea bream bouillabaisse.  A Gallic bar menu is also available that includes Black pudding & apple tartelette and Duck rillettes.  Designed for relaxed every day dining, the décor is rustic French with liberal use of reclaimed furniture.

Turner & George Butchery, EC1

With owners like Richard Turner of Hawksmoor and James George of the East London Steak Company, it’s fair to say that Turner & George Butchery will be a little more exciting than your average supermarket meat counter!  Serving a range of rare breed meat, game and poultry, all meat is sourced from independent British farms before being hand-cut for each customer’s requirements.  Those who can’t be bothered to schlep over to East London can even have their carnivorous delights delivered.

Try This Week…

1739 Newsletter 30 October 2013

Black Truffle Sea Salt

There are few great indulgences in life than the inimitably rich and earthy aroma of a truffle; just the finest sliver of the prized fungus will transform the most simple of dishes into a gourmet masterpiece.  With Black Truffle season upon us, it’s a great time to buy too – providing you’ve got a spare £50 lying around for a tiny piece!  However, you can still get a taste of how the other half live without blowing your week’s dinner money with this Black Truffle Sea Salt.  Made by infusing fine sea salt with Italian black truffles, they’re great for adding a touch of luxury to any dish – you can even throw a pinch onto some proper hand-cut chips or a fried duck egg for a decadent twist! £4.49 from

1733 Newsletter 30 October 2013

Hernö Juniper Cask Gin

Whether you hang out in hipster underground bars in Shoreditch or prefer the more refined environs of Mayfair, Gin has undoubtedly become the spirit of the moment.  So it’s both intriguing and exciting to see brands create new products to quench our unrelenting thirst for all things juniper.  Swedish artisan distillery Hernö looks have reached the limit on how much juniper they can squeeze into every bottle with the launch of Hernö Juniper Cask – the world’s first gin matured in Juniper wood casks.  It’s almost unbelievable that no one has thought of doing something so obvious before, particularly as a number of other gin distilleries use ex-bourbon or Cognac casks to age their gins.  Far from being juniper overkill, the result is an exquisite gin that packs a powerful yet rich and refined juniper punch; a subtle citrus peel finish cleanses the palette and will have you coming back for more!  A worthy addition to any gin lover’s collection.  £47 from

The Photography of Modernist Cuisine

1735 Newsletter 30 October 2013 Nathan Myhrvold’s third book- The Photography of Modernist Cuisine has just been released and to celebrate, the Modernist Cuisine team will be exhibiting images and videos at this year’s Experimental Food Society Spectacular.

The exhibition will allow visitors to see huge, blow up versions of the imagery from the books for the first time in the UK and those who haven’t had a chance to see the previous books, Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking and Modernist Cuisine at Home, an opportunity to find out what all the fuss is about!

The Experimental Food Society Spectacular is running at The Truman Brewery on the 8th and 9th November.
 A must-see for any food lovers, the exhibition features displays and talks by talented and pioneering gourmet artists from across the world.
Details at and

We’ve pulled together a prize of 2 tickets to the Spectacular and a copy of The Photography of Modernist Cuisine (rrp. £80)!  To enter, simply send an email with ‘Modern Cuisine’ written in the subject field to

Entry closes at midnight on 1 November 2013