Newsletter 5 February 2014

Exciting Asian Menus, Cider Tastings, Fun Books plus the latest foodie news & openings!

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News & Events…

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Korean Menu @ Dock Kitchen, W10. Available until 22 February

With a raft of new Korean restaurants already opened over the last couple of months, 2014 is already shaping up to be a major year for the relatively unknown cuisine from the Asian country.  However, whilst many of these venues are focussing on street and fast food, Chef Stevie Parle has been inspired by a recently culinary journey to South Korea to put together a menu of more traditional dishes.  With his ‘research’ taking him from the kitchens of Korean monks to the tables of regular families, the special menu comprises of everything from Raw beef, pear, egg yolk & sesame oil and Steamed pork belly to a fantastic selection of kimchi; the more adventurous amongst you will no doubt also want to try the Raw urchin with warm rice aged soy & seaweed.  Adventurous and delicious, the tasting menu is available for £45. www.dockkitchen.co.uk

 

Malaysian Supper Club with Dhruv Baker @ The Jam Tree, SW4. 19-20 February

Dhruv Baker, winner of Masterchef 2010, has earned an impressive reputation for his unique amalgamation of European cuisine with Asian spicy flavours of the East, influenced from his upbringing in India.  It’s not often that an opportunity to try his food comes up, so his two-day pop-up at The Jam Tree is not to be missed.   The meal is priced at £35 including a cocktail.  Contact The Jam Tree to reserve your space: www.thejamtree.com/clapham

 

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Platterform’s Sea Adventure Series, SE1

Following the successful Skylodge pop-up in December, Platterform is back with its new ‘Sea Adventure Series’.   Running for 15 weeks with guest chefs taking up residency every 2-3 weeks, Platterform will be dropping anchor in six different culinary destinations, giving all onboard a series of tastes from around the world.  Confirmed residencies include Dave Yorkston of Yorkston Smoke House, Indonesian streetfood from Ayam Legend and seafood delights from the Seychelles courtesy of the Vinn Goute streetfood crew.  In keeping with the seafaring theme, a rum bar has also been set-up to keep the grog flowing.  £24 for a four course meal & a cocktail.  http://billetto.co.uk/en/users/platterform

 

Crate Brewery & The Cider Box present: Cider & Cheese Tasting Evening, E9. 6 Feb

Craft beer specialist, Crate, is throwing open the doors of its brewery to real artisan ciders for a special tasting evening.  Real cider ambassador Dan Heath will take guests on a journey of some of the finest real ciders in the land, including a farmhouse special from Roger Wilkins, champagne style French cider and a taste of pear cider.  Throw in some expertly paired cheeses from Neal’s Yard and you’ve got what could be 2014′s essential food pairing!  Tickets are £20 from http://billetto.co.uk/crate-cider-and-cheese-tasting

 

Live Lounge Sundays @ Skylounge, EC3

See off the weekend in style with live music at Skylounge every Sunday afternoon.   Running between 3 – 7pm, guests can relax and enjoy the smooth sounds of live acoustic artists including October Moon, Jessica Berry and Kate Winter whilst snacking on bar bites and sipping on Kraken Rum cocktails.  Located twelve floors up atop the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel at the Tower of London, guests will also enjoy some of the best views of the city.  http://doubletree3.hilton.com

 

New Openings…

 

Quattro Passi, W1

We can’t imagine why anyone would do this, but two Michelin-Starred chef Antonio Mellino has decided to swap the idyllic climes and vista of the Amalfi Coast to move his family to the Big Smoke for the opening of Quattro Passi.  Located in Mayfair, Antonio hopes to dazzle Londoners with his renowned Italian cooking, with a particular focus on dishes from the Calabrian coast of Southern Italy including Pearls of Shrimp on Chickpea Sauce, Squid Ink & Thyme Oil; and Scialatielli Pasta with Cuttlefish, Prawns, Fresh Mint & a Brunoise of Pumpkin.  www.quattropassi.co.uk

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La Pâtisserie des Rêves, W1

Despite all of this ‘anti-sugar’ media hype going round, it’s great to see that the general public are keeping true to their tastebuds and keeping London’s many fine bakeries going strong!  Latest to join the sweet-treat brigade is La Pâtisserie des Rêves.  Literally meaning the ‘patisserie of dreams’, the patisserie has gained a reputation for giving traditional French pastries a modern twist since first launching back in 2009.  In keeping with its new London surroundings, Head Pâtissier Philippe Conticini has worked his magic to reimagine a variety of English puddings as well as serving up his famous French selection.  www.lapatisseriedesreves.com/uk

 

London House, SW11

Gordon Ramsay has come to Battersea for the opening of his latest ‘casual’ venture with the opening of London House.   Don’t expect Gordon to be dirtying his chef whites anytime soon though, as he has appointed Chef Anna Haugh-Kelly to take care of the cooking.  The menu provides a taste of Europe, with dishes like Crab & Scallop Tortellini with Black Radish sitting alongside Roasted Venison Haunch with Cauliflower Purée & Lentil Ragout.  Keeping with the relaxed theme, the addition of a chilled out bar area should have plenty of locals popping in for a quick bite and a pint as well as for hearty dinners. www.gordonramsay.com/londonhouse

 

Try This Week – Valentines Fun…

 

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‘Cook Your Date Into Bed’ by Helen Graves

If you spend even a short amount of time with the object of your desire, there’s a good chance food will be involved. Whatever the reason for the two of you eating together, there’s no doubt a story that goes with it or a recipe to share, and that’s what Cook Your Date Into Bed does.  It looks at the relationship between hooking up and eating out, gives tasty recipes for dinners, snacks, breakfasts and cocktails you can make yourself, and also laughs at the ridiculousness of the whole process.  And if all else fails, check out Helen’s ‘Perfect Martini’ recipe containing a whopping 90ml of gin; a few of those and your date will undoubtedly fall into bed and probably have to stay there to recover for the next two days!  £10 from www.Amazon.co.uk

 

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‘The Bluffer’s Guide to Chocolate’ by Neil Davey

Give your partner some chocolate and it will last them for a day, give them this book and they can buy their own chocolate for the rest of their lives – that’s our theory anyway!   Author Neil Davey swapped his usual diet of American BBQ and British roasts to painstakingly sample his way through the world of chocolate.  Once he had come down from months of sugar highs, he jotted down everything he could remember and the result is this witty, concise and informative guide on traversing the complex world of chocolate.  From learning about Olmecs and Aztecs to conching and blooming, you’ll be able to hold your own in the snootiest of chocolate shops with this book!  £6.99 from http://bluffers.com

 

Laurenti Grande Cuvée Champagne

Shun the mainstream brands this year and enjoy an altogether more interesting bubbly experience by dipping into the world of ‘grower champagne’. Essentially referring to smaller independent Champagne houses, these producers tend to be small independent producers who only use grapes produced on their estate.  These champagnes are produced with far more care and attention than the major brands, generally resulting in a far superior liquid for 1785 Newsletter 5 February 2014 much less money.  Laurenti is a recently launched brand that is well worth seeking out.  Their champagnes contain less than 10 grams of sugar per litre and are exceptionally low in sulphates, leading to a much cleaner, crisper taste and less chance of a nasty headache in the morning.   With rich notes of apples and brioche and a refreshing finish, their entry level Grande Cuvée provides the perfect champagne to celebrate with.  £34.99 from www.WineDirection.com

 

Gusbourne Estate Brut Reserve 2009

The French may have laid claim to it first, but it was actually an Englishman by the name of Christopher Merrett who invented sparkling wine.   It’s great then to see our new found English fizz industry increasingly standing toe to toe with their Champagne counterparts for quality.  Still pretty small, but rapidly growing in reputation, Gusbourne Estate is firmly in the ‘one to watch’ category, particularly as they recently won English Wine Producer of the Year and the Bottle Fermented Sparkling Wine Trophy at 2013 IWSC awards.  Their recently released Brut Reserve 2009 is the one to go for, providing zesty and fresh top notes with, baked apples and pears, before finishing off in a classic bready fashion.  £24.99 from good wine retailers. www.gusbourne.com