Newsletter 22 January 2014

Burn’s Night Special, Streetfood Returns, Essential Cookbooks plus the latest foodie news!

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Happy New Year! (are people even still saying that??)

Welcome to the first issue of 2014!  

Hopefully you’ve given-up on your diets/detox programmes by now and have returned to the world of foodie indulgence.  If not, hopefully this issue will tempt you back!

Editor Pritesh Mody and the Love Food Love Drink team
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News & Events…


Rib Festival @ Blues Kitchen, NW1. Every Monday until 10 February

The Blues Kitchen has invited the country’s best rib chefs to join forces and offer up a month long meaty celebration.  The sticky-fingered line-up includes The Rib Man, Grillstock and DJ BBQ.  A stack of pork ribs are priced at £13.90 and beef ribs at £16.50 alongside a variety of deep south sides including crunchy slaw and mac n’ cheese.  Completing the evenings will be a roster of live musicians, including acoustic blues from London Bluesmen and Sam Hare & Oliver.

Hawker House Night Market, E2.  Every Friday & Saturday.

With very little inactivity in the street food scene since Christmas, East London’s street food fanatics will no doubt be rejoicing at the return of Hawker House.  For those that haven’t been, you can expect a warm indoor eating emporium with DJs playing until midnight, great cocktails, a massive whisky bar (including whisky roulette!) and wine by Street Vin.  Food comes courtesy of an all-new line up including Bleecker St Burger, Miss P’s BBQ, Fundi Pizza and You Doughnut.

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Chinese New Year Celebrations, Central London. 2 February

2nd February 2014 will mark the arrival of the Year of the Horse and to celebrate the occasion London will host the largest Chinese New Year party outside of China!  Festivities begin at 10am with a Parade winding through London’s West End to its final destination in Trafalgar Square where visitors can expect a day of entertainment including Chinese dancers and musicians.  A stage on Shaftesbury Avenue will also feature a roster of Chinese entertainment and Chinatown itself will provide a hive of activity with traditional craft stalls and food stands lining the streets.


Burns Night Special…


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‘Union Haggis’ @ Boisdale – menu available at all three restaurants until 29 January
The combination of consistently brilliant Scottish inspired food and live jazz means that a trip to a Boisdale restaurant is never less than memorable on a normal night.  However, visit for their Burns Night celebrations and you’ll experience Scottish hospitality at its best.  This year they have created a ‘Union Haggis’ that features an ingredient from each country within the United Kingdom.  Add to that bagpipers in full Highland regalia, speakers to recite the Ode to a Haggis and London’s best Scotch whisky collection and you’ll be doing your best Braveheart impression for the rest of the week!  Menu starts at £35/head.

Hix, Hardeep and The Haggis @ Browns Hotel, W1. 24 January

Mark Hix, Director of Food at Brown’s Hotel, and comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli will be hosting a Burns Night Banquet to celebrate the life and poetry of Robbie Burns.  Guests will enjoy a traditional Scottish menu whilst being entertained by the duo, including flaming the haggis and culinary quips throughout the evening.  £95/head.

Miss Whisky @ The Coach & Horses, EC1. 24 January

With her easy-going yet knowledgeable approach, Miss Whisky’s events are always a fun way of experiencing the often intimidating world of whisky.   This year she has partnered with The Coach & Horses to create a 4-course whisky matched menu that’s sure to raise the spirits after the January blues.  With Champagne, wine and other treats included in the price, it’s great value at £55 too.

Burn’s @ Mr Fogg’s, W1. 25 January

In typical Mr Fogg’s fashion, the Olde World inspired Mayfair bar is providing a raucous yet refined approach to Burn’s Night.  Guests on the evening will be welcomed by a bagpiper before being invited to toast the haggis with a glass of Glenmorangie’s finest and enjoy some delicious haggis canapes. The evening will then continue with a poetry recital of some of Robert Burns’ best works.  Extra kudos will be handed to blokes wearing kilts!  Reserve your place in advance.

The Duke’s Head, SW15 24 & 25 January

The Duke’s Head is taking Burns Night pretty seriously with two Scottish-themed events. The first on Friday 24th focuses on ‘The Art Of Blending’ – giving guests the opportunity to blend their own whisky using the five main single malts that go into Chivas Regal.  For a more effortless evening visit on the Saturday when they host a three course supper paired with Scottish drinks. Diners will be kept entertained with bagpipes, a Robert Burns poetry reading and, of course, the ‘Ode To Haggis’.

New Openings…


Brooklyn Bowl @ O2 Arena, SE10

1775 Newsletter 22 January 2014Brooklyn Bowl, the NYC nightlife destination hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of the most incredible places on earth” has launched its first UK outpost.  The 800-capacity concert venue at the O2 features 12 lanes of bowling and food by Blue Ribbon Restaurants, another Big Apple favourite.  Diners can expect their signature menu of Oyster Po’ Bos, Cajun Catfish, French Bread Pizzas, Egg Shooters and Fried Chicken.   In addition to a night of knocking down pins, Brooklyn Bowl will also play host to live music gigs as well as showing live feeds from concerts in the O2.  The venue design completes the multi-sensory experience, with touches of inspiration taken from the creepy carnival feel of Coney Island.


1774 Newsletter 22 January 2014Oslo, E8
Situated next door to Hackney Central station, Oslo has opened to offer top quality food and drink alongside an exciting music programme in the unique space of a redeveloped railway station.  Head Chef Dave Ahern’s menu provides a Nordic interpretation of East End classics, with techniques such as curing, smoking and pickling being extensively used.  Dishes include Cod cheeks with berkswell crumb & tartar sauce; Potted mushrooms with pickled cauliflower; and an impressive sounding 42 day aged bone-in Orkney rib-eye.  Once you’ve filled up on the food, head upstairs and you’ll find a live performance venue showcasing a regular line-up music acts and club nights.

Kimchinary @ Catch Bar, E2

Korean tacos you say?  Yep, they’re all the rage in LA apparently and now they’re here.  The Kimchinary crew have been delighting the street food community for quite some time now, particularly with their regular gig with KERB.  Now Kimchinary has found itself a temporary home at Catch Bar, where they can serve up their delicious creations in a real place with an actual roof and seats!  Visitors can expect flavoursome delights such as Bulgogi ox cheek tacos, Fried pigs ears and many other k-town favourites!

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Dirty Bones, W8

It’s incredible to even think it, but it appears that street food culture has got so popular that even our posh friends out in Kensington are getting involved.  The menu at Dirty Bones, created by Ross Clarke (previously at the Fat Duck Experimental Kitchen), features a selection of playful takes on the classic American ‘dog, including The Asian (served with kimchi relish, crispy seaweed and wasabi mayo).  Head down in the evening and visitors can also get ‘dirty’ with fried chicken, steak and cocktails.


Sixtyone, W1

With experience at The Gherkin, Maze and La Tante Claire to name but a few, Chef Arnaud Stevens is no stranger to feeding the well-heeled.  It’s no surprise then that he has come to Mayfair for the opening Sixtyone, his first solo effort in partnership with Searcys.  The modern British menu focusses on providing appealing and unpretentious dishes including Squab pigeon with parsley risotto, snails & cauliflower; and Mussels with bread soup & crispy suckling pork belly.  With over 200 bottles of wine to choose from and a BYOB policy on Monday evenings, there’s plenty for wine fans to get excited about too.


Try This Week – Cookbook Special…


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Tapas Revolution by Omar Allibhoy

If you’ve ever seen Omar in action then we probably don’t need to explain the passion and skill of the young Spanish chef.  If you haven’t, then make sure you look out for his occasional pop-ups or pop down to one of his ‘Tapas Revolution’ restaurants.  In the meantime, for a Spanish cookbook that will have you drooling from the first page to the last, check out his cookbook.  Compiled with recipes that showcase the simplicity of authentic Spanish cooking, most of the recipes require nothing more than everyday kitchen staples alongside the odd touch of paprika, olives or sherry.  Dishes range from the simple Spanish stews to hearty North African inspired dishes, as well as delicious dips and of course the perfect paella.  If you love Spanish food, you need this book in your life! £10 from

One by Florence Knight

As Head Chef of the wildly popular Polpetto Venetian inspired restaurant in Soho, Florence Knight has been on touted as one of the country’s most exciting young talents and certainly one to watch in 2014. Whilst taking inspiration from her Italian cooking background, the key theme of her debut cookbook is how to cook with store cupboard essentials.  Each chapter focusses on a single ingredient, from ketchup to honey, with the result being a wonderful array of recipes ranging from Braised haricot beans with lardo and Salt beef with braised leeks in mustard to Maple custard tarts. Definitely one for those of you who like to spend a lazy Saturday afternoon cooking up a feast in the kitchen.  £17 from

The Great British Vegetable Cookbook by Sybil Kapoor

Remember vegetables?  You know, the green things your parents used to force down and you occasionally still eat to clear your conscience alongside a ginormous steak or a dustbin-lid sized pizza.  Anyway, if you want to add a little more green stuff in your diet beyond the lettuce leaf in your burger, then The Great British Vegetable Cookbook is a pretty good place to start.  The book has cleverly been compiled according to seasons so you can figure out the best way to cook up the freshest British ingredients.  Moreover, it’s not just for vegetarians, with some recipes designed to complement or even include a meat or fish component.  Expect everything from warming soups and summer salads to hearty meals and even the odd cake idea.  Available for around £16 from



Win the Chance to Help Design the New Label for a Top Chilean Wine this February!

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Here at Love Food Love Drink we’ve heard that one of the UK’s favourite Chilean wines is inviting you to give your ideas on their exclusive new label for 2014.

We all know that wine can be over complicated so this is your chance to have your say in what you want to know, hear and learn from a wine brand.


During the evening guests will have the chance to taste a selection of Chilean wines at a central London location on Tuesday 4 February from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. 


So register by emailing for the opportunity to taste some great wines and have your say. Make sure you include your: name | age | location | occupation.


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