Royal China has launched an explosive new cocktail for Bonfire Night which is guaranteed to send temperatures rising on 5 November 2014. East meets West with the Firecracker cocktail, a spicy infusion of rum, coriander, fresh red chillies and mango juice, topped with ice-cold Champagne. Guests can try this delicious sparkling and spicy concoction for £14.50 at all of the Royal China restaurants, located on Baker Street, as well as in Bayswater, Fulham, Harrow-on-the-Hill and Canary Wharf. The Royal China Group consists of six of London’s most authentic and prestigious Chinese restaurants, including the luxurious and critically-acclaimed Royal China Club. The group is renowned for its Dim Sum, which is served daily from Noon until 5pm. www.royalchinagroup.co.uk
Known as the ‘Cupcake Killer’, the cake pop revolution is in full swing. Foxcroft & Ginger has created an exciting combination of Divine Chocolate & Fresh Beetroot Cake Pops. Guests should not be scared-off by the beetroot, as this ingredient keeps the sponge extremely moist whilst adding texture. As beetroot is also low in fat and full of vitamins, minerals and powerful antioxidants, these cake pops are a darn sight healthier than your average sugary treat. Combining two childhood favourites, lollipops and cakes, cake pops are a great treat for those who want to satisfy their sweet tooth without the calories of a large slice of cake. Divine Chocolate & Beetroot Cake Pops are now available at Foxcroft & Ginger at only £2.50 each. Divine Chocolate is the only Fairtrade chocolate company which is 45% owned by cocoa farmers. While Fairtrade ensures the farmers receive a better deal for their cocoa and additional income to invest in their community, company ownership gives the farmers a share of Divine’s profits and a stronger voice in the cocoa industry. Foxcroft & Ginger is the lovechild of dynamic husband and wife duo, Quintin and Georgina. Based in Soho and Whitechapel, the artisan café and bakery also offers a specialist range of hand-made baked goods, incredible cakes, delicious brunches, sourdough-based pizza and exquisite coffee. Foxcroft & Ginger, 69-89 Mile End Road, E1 4TT www.foxcroftandginger.com
The Supper Club Social Peruvian Nights 7 course tasting menu Saturday 1 November Hosted in a private dinning room in Notting Hill, London
The Supper Club Social Peruvian Nights 7 course tasting menu Saturday 1 November Hosted in a private dinning room in Notting Hill, London
The Supper Club Social Peruvian Nights 7 course tasting menu Saturday 1 November Private dinning room, Notting Hill, London
As fermented foods continue their rise to fame, the wonders of miso get the spotlight: high in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, and a boost to digestion and the immune system; the list of health benefits is endless. This humble Asian seasoning is a simple mixture of fermented soybeans, rice, water and salt which can be left to age anywhere between a few months to a few years! Once an essential part of a samurai’s diet in ancient Japan, healthy miso continues to be a beloved staple for the Japanese, who boast the world’s longest life expectancy. Winner at the Great Taste Awards, just a spoonful of Yutaka’s Organic Miso Paste will give a rich, earthy flavour to a classic Japanese soup with dried seaweed and noodles, and works beautifully with stews, stir fries, marinades and salad dressings.
Divine Chocolate’s highly-anticipated Chocolate Week is held from 13–19 October 2014. K West Hotel & Spa (www.k-west.co.uk) K Spa at K West Hotel & Spa has developed a Divine Day Package. Priced at £85 for the day, the package includes a 55-minute Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Body Scrub and Dark Chocolate & Honey Balm Massage, a bar of Divine Chocolate and a Divine Chocolate & Chilli Martini Cocktail in K Lounge. Lancaster London (www.lancasterlondon.com) Lancaster London is offering an indulgent chocolate menu for diners, featuring Divine Chocolate Pots, a Divine Chocolate Plate, as well as a Divine Chocolate Afternoon Tea. The desserts will be available in Island Grill, which has been awarded a top Three Star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association, while the Chocolate Afternoon Tea will be served in the hotel’s first floor Lounge Bar. Foxcroft & Ginger (www.foxcroftandginger.co.uk) Foxcroft & Ginger has created an exciting combination of Divine Chocolate & Fresh Beetroot Cake Pops at only £2.50 each. Guests should not be scared-off by the beetroot, as this ingredient keeps the sponge extremely moist whilst adding texture. As beetroot is also low in fat and full of vitamins, minerals and powerful antioxidants, these cake pops are a darn sight healthier than your average sugary treat. Mini bars of Divine Chocolate will also be distributed in hotels and restaurants across London, including The Arch London and Royal China Group restaurants.
Savage Kitchen are hosting an ‘End of Summer Supper’ on 26th September in Winchester that will pay homage to seasonal Hampshire produce. Their current pop-up residence is the beautiful Toscanncio wine shop in the heart of Winchester, where the picturesque dining room seats 24 and offers a unique and alternative dining experience for our guests to enjoy. 73 Parchment Street Winchester, SO23 8AT. 4 Course Menu = £30 per person. More information: www.savagekitchen.co.uk or 07817 142 654
Over 1 million tonnes of unused food is wasted each year and artisan café-cum-bakery Foxcroft and Ginger has stepped in to help make a change. Foxcroft & Ginger is now donating all unsold bread and pastries, from its newly opened East London site, to the Whitechapel Mission each day. Around 4 million tonnes of food is wasted each year and 1 million tonnes of this is unopened. The total cost of wasted food amounts to £200 a year per person. By donating unsold goods, Foxcroft & Ginger makes sure its food is given to those who need it and not into the bin – also benefiting the environment. The Whitechapel Mission is volunteer led and has been helping Londoners help the homeless since 1876. Each day they see around 300 people to provide a cooked breakfast, showers, clean clothing, medical attention and toilet facilities. Foxcroft & Ginger is the lovechild of dynamic husband and wife duo, Quintin and Georgina. The artisan café and bakery also offers a specialist range of hand-made baked goods, incredible cakes, delicious brunches, sourdough-based pizza and exquisite coffee. www.foxcroftandginger.com
To celebrate the Moon Festival on 8 September 2014, Royal China is now offering diners the chance to purchase a box of traditional Mooncakes. The indulgent Chinese treats are made in-house by Royal China’s expert pastry chefs and contain up to 1200 calories each. This year’s varieties include: Green tea; Vanilla and sweet potato paste; Chocolate and red bean paste; and Orange and chestnut paste, priced at £22.80 for a box of four. Alternatively, a box of four traditional flavour Mooncakes are available in Double salted duck egg yolk and Lotus leaf paste for £23.80. www.royalchinagroup.co.uk
Cafe Chula Mexicana, Camden Supper Club Thursday 4th September Sponsored by El Prohibido Rum
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Lettuce Refresh and Relax. With this stifling summer heat, it’s important to stay cool and hydrated. Also essential is to keep everyone out of the kitchen and relaxing in the garden. What better way than with this simple, refreshing and flavourful salad served in it’s very own lettuce bowl?
Ready for a Roasting this Autumn – With a beautiful British summer almost behind us, bring warmth to the table this autumn with a colourful dish packed with flavour. The succulent roasted tomatoes combined with aromatic and warming spices are sure to brighten that evening meal.
Say Hello to Summers Coolest New Drink: The Sorbtail Pimms, Gin & Tonic, Vodka & Elderflower and Bloody Mary Transformed into Sorbets at Hunter 486 Combining two of summer’s most refreshing food and drinks into an inventive new treat, Head Chef at Hunter 486 Gary Durrant has created a range of Sorbtails (sorbet-cocktails) inspired by classic English summer tipples. The refreshing and low calorie treats come in three flavours: Pimms with fresh strawberries and cucumber; Gin & Tonic; Vodka & Elderflower; and a deliciously savoury Bloody Mary. The sorbtails are available as a sharing flight for £19.50, or on their own priced at £7 each. Handmade with natural ingredients such as fresh fruit and vegetables, the Sorbtails are low in fat and sugar, making the treats more ‘ice queen’ than ‘ice cream’. The Sorbtails are available at Hunter 486 within The Arch London hotel, tucked in a quiet leafy street just a stone’s throw from Bond Street and Hyde Park. Spanning seven Georgian townhouses and two mews houses, it offers a combination of English heritage and the ultimate in contemporary style. The Arch London, 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London W1H 7FD For reservations, please call: 020 7724 4700 or www.thearchlondon.com
Experience the thrill of live action in a Michelin starred kitchen, with Michelin Starred Chef Steve Smith @ Bohemia in Jersey. While most masterclasses involve simply learning a recipe, Steve Smith @ Bohemia’s will take place at the Chef’s Table within the kitchen where the heat is on! Steve will show his guests all the insider tricks of the trade and share the hottest new trends during this evening event. Guests will be able to sample their own creation at the end of the cookery session. It will be a fantastic opportunity to make new friends, while indulging in high class gastronomy. The evening, priced at £95pp, will commence at 6pm with a Champagne meet and greet, and the culinary creations will be sampled at 8pm. Call 01534 876500 to make a booking or visit www.theclubjersey.com.
Hunter 486 will be celebrating game season, one of the most exciting events in the kitchen calender, with a different game dish every fortnight from the 1 September until 23 November 2014. Foodies can feast on top quailty game dishes, such as Roasted haunch of Chart Farm venison with marinated red cabbage, almond potatoes, bitter chocolate scented jus and caramelised parsnips; and Roasted goose breast with wild boar bacon and roast salsify, potato and turnip dauphinoise. Located just off Oxford street, the stylish restaurant offers a fine setting in which to celebrate the glorious game season.
Foxcroft & Ginger Adds Biodynamic Wines to the Menu. Want to feel less guilty about having a glass (or three) of wine? Artisan cafe-cum-bakery Foxcroft & Ginger has gone a step beyond organic, by offering biodynamic wines at their Soho and Whitechapel branches. The trend for eco-friendly biodynamic wines is expanding, with London eateries such as Foxcroft & Ginger leading the way in helping to save both the planet and our livers. The biodynamic method of making wine uses compost and herbal teas in order to create healthier vines, and the vineyard work is timed with the seasonal rhythms of the earth. Non-biodynamic wines are often made using man-made chemical pesticides and fertilisers which can endanger the creator, environment and the consumer. Biodynamic agriculture helps to enhance nutrition, quality and flavour of products and controls pests by encouraging natural predators without the need for dangerous pesticides. The biodynamic wines on offer at Foxcroft and Ginger include white wine, La Boheme with grapes harvested by hand, and Lo Petit Fantet D’Hippolyte, a dark ruby from Chateaux Ollieux Romanis in Monseret which is fermented with natural yeasts and no added sulphur. Foxcroft & Ginger is the lovechild of dynamic husband and wife duo, Quintin and Georgina, who spent over ten years launching successful restaurants before taking the plunge with their own creation. The artisan café and bakery also offers a specialist range of hand-made baked goods, incredible cakes, delicious brunches, sourdough-based pizza, creative cocktails and exquisite coffee. Every single ingredient is freshly made in-house, with original recipes lovingly tweaked to perfection. Foxcroft & Ginger, 69-89 Mile End Road, E1 4TT www.foxcroftandginger.com
Summer has well and truly arrived, and what better way to celebrate than with a Mediterranean-inspired feast? This colourful vegetable tart will make a beautiful addition to any tapas spread, bringing that holiday feeling to the table in no time.
With the spell of warm weather allowing diners to eat al fresco, these delightful Japanese cheesecakes are a sophisticated oriental take on the traditional British picnic this summer. The cheesecakes can be layered into empty jam jars, decorated with raffeta and ribbon and popped into hampers for easy transportation, bringing a smile to faces when presented. Protein packed tofu and the sunny yuzu fruit add an extra tang for an original and moreish dessert. The individual portions will even save fights over who has the biggest slice. The Yutaka brand was first launched in 1995 and is the leading Japanese range in 16 countries across the globe. The exciting range includes sauces, sushi ingredients, soups, rice, noodles and “easy to use” meal kits – allowing the ardent foodie to create healthy, flavoursome and attractive Japanese cuisine at home. For more information please visit www.yutaka.co/en/
BBQ season is now in full swing and rather than serving the usual smorgasbord of meats, why not go Swedish this summer? The unique combination of rich venison, aromatic juniper berries and distinctive Västerbottensost cheese are certain to set taste buds a-tingling. Named the “King of cheese’s” in Sweden, Västerbottensost has been made to the same secret recipe since 1872. The cheese is typically aged for 14 months, in which time it develops a unique character with both salty and bitter tones. This distinctive cheese along with the flavourful venison – one of the nation’s most beloved meats – makes for a perfectly Swedish pairing. Västerbottensost is available in Waitrose, Ocado and Selfridges.
The UK’s most expensive pot of tea is available at the prestigious Royal China Club, on Baker Street in London. Like a fine wine, the tea leaves of Da Honh Pao (Imperial Red Robe) are left to mature and gain flavour for 80 years before being served. The legendary artisan tea leaves are extremely seasonal and can only be harvested on certain days of the year. Records of its existence date as far back as the early 18th century, during the Qing Dynasty, when the emperor Da Hong Pao was entitled “King of Tea” due to his love of the beverage. Due to its high quality, Da Hong Pao tea is usually reserved for honored guests in China. The high grade oolong tea, served at exactly 95°c in Royal China Club, is handmade from tender leaves, withered, tumbled, curled and baked in small batches over charcoal to create an aromatic infusion with distinctive dark cocoa notes, a toasted fruity flavour and a long smooth aftertaste that lingers for a good few minutes after being consumed. For tea lovers who can’t quite stretch to the £180 price tag, Royal China Club offers a range of 18 different types of artisan teas from different regions in China, starting from £4.80 for two. The Royal China Group consists of six of London’s most authentic and prestigious Chinese restaurants, including the luxurious and critically-acclaimed Royal China Club. Based in prime areas of London, the restaurants are centrally located on Baker Street, as well as in Bayswater, Fulham, Harrow-on-the-Hill and Canary Wharf. www.royalchinagroup.co.uk
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You know the situation. That agonising decision at a restaurant or summer BBQ – do you go for beef, lamb, chicken or pork? Thankfully, meat-lovers all over the UK need fear no longer, because Kanteen restaurant in West London has launched a burger that towers with the meaty goodness of all of your favourite animals – The Farmyard Burger. Priced at £18, the sandwich’s base is a juicy homemade beef patty, topped with spiced lamb shish, succulent grilled chicken breast, salty smoked bacon and melted cheese, all stuffed into a seeded brioche bun and served with a minted lamb ‘sheep dip’ gravy sauce. The burgers will be served for a limited time only during the summer, to celebrate K West’s new burger range which includes the Brick Lane Burger – a beef patty topped with salt beef, cheese, mustard-mayo, tomatoes, pickles and lettuce. Or the California Chicken – with grilled chicken breast, smoked bacon, melted cheese, avocado, mustard-mayo, tomatoes, pickles, lettuce and onion. Guests can chow down on the burgers in Kanteen restaurant, which is perched on a mezzanine floor above the bar and offers high quality food and a sociable atmosphere. Head Chef, Eduart Berisha has created an inventive menu focusing on modern British cuisine to satisfy the cosmopolitan clientele. Ever changing artwork adorns the walls and is available to buy. K West Hotel & Spa, Richmond Way, London W14 0AX For reservations, please call: 020 8008 6600 or visit www.k-west.co.uk
Hey Londoners it’s officially time for our first official supper club on the 19th of July! We are gonna be serving our special summer menu which is a mix of amazing and authentic tastes from France and Greece.
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