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RECENTLY OPENED (July 2008)... We didn't think the 21st arrondissement (aka South Ken) could get any more French, but then along comes Ambassade de l'Ile, a self-proclaimed 'embassy' for the island in Lyon's river Saome and its two-Michelin-starred restaurant, l'Auberge de l'Ile. Will this London outpost, with its heady combination of refined cooking, top-flight wines and fashionable interiors be a hit with sophisticated locals?
ALFRESCO DINING (July 2008)... Now that Swallow Street has been pedestrianised, diners at Bentley’s can enjoy its piscine delights from seating on the cobbled courtyard out front. It’s just one of the many highlights of London’s alfresco dining scene – why not work your way round all of them this summer with Square Meal’s round up of the best.
RECENTLY OPENED (July 2008)... Japanese food isn’t all about sushi. One of the highlights of the cuisine is yakitori – meat, fish or veg skewered and then cooked on an open grill. Never tried it? Head down to the new branch of Bincho Yakitori, recently opened on Old Compton Street, which serves up the skewers in modern oriental surroundings.
FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (July 2008)... What's this? Free mezze? Yes, what with this summer’s big blockbuster, Mamma Mia, being set on a Greek island, all six branches of The Real Greek have gone Abba-mad and are inviting you to 'sing for your supper'. In short, anyone who can warble their way through the title song without making any mistakes will be rewarded with free mezze for their entire table. And no, you don't have to dress up like MD Liz Williams (pictured far left).
RECENTLY OPENED (July 2008)... Just opened in a striking Norman Foster building near St Paul's is Manicomio. Fans of the King’s Road original will be pleased to hear that it has a similar menu of top-notch Italian food: from breakfasts and low-key lunches in the ground-floor cafe to more substantial meals in the smart first-floor restaurant, and cocktails and snacks in the top-floor lounge bar.
RECENTLY OPENED (July 2008)... Whoever said size doesn't matter clearly hasn't been to this City newcomer. From the gents behind The Admiral Codrington and Vingt-Quatre, the mammoth site boasts restaurant, bar, outdoor terraces and four private dining rooms. All-day brasserie fare is served in a clean, contemporary space: think Limousin veal chop and roast fillet of wild sea bass.
FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (July 2008)... On 22 July, the team at Bleeding Heart will be hosting their Summer Magnum Club, in Ely Place's atmospheric Crypt. The luxurious dinner and wine pairing evening (an Aussie take on a traditional banquet) will kick off with BBQ shrimp and drinks on the Crypt's terrace before moving onto the likes of carpaccio of kangaroo or blue swimmer crab tortellini, matched by seven award-winning Australian wines.
RECENTLY OPENED (July 2008)... All good things supposedly come to those who wait, so we have high hopes for Helene Darroze at The Connaught, which finally opened its doors on 14 July. Two-Michelin-starred Darroze takes inspiration from her native Landes, serving refined signature dishes such as oyster tartare with caviar d’Aquitaine jelly alongside new creations of turbot roasted in foie gras oil.
RECENTLY OPENED (July 2008)... Calling all royal-watchers: this country-style pub, named for its Fulham location, is reputed to be a fave with none other than princes Wills and Harry. And here's why – it's a country-style pub with laid-back, flirty staff and rustic Anglo-Irish cooking: think corned beef and carrot pie, feathered game (when in season) and old-school bar snacks, from Welsh rarebit to homemade pork scratchings.
RECENTLY OPENED (July 2008)... The chocolate-coloured awning of Brasserie James is a handsome addition to an unremarkable row of shops next to Clapham South tube, and it has been garnering much interest from passers by. Rightly so, because inside it’s an attractive, smart-casual space serving up unfussy food that’s high on flavour.
RECENTLY OPENED (July 2008)... If you dare to believe the current dry spell is going to last, then the Mandarin Oriental's new outdoor restaurant on the edge of Hyde Park may be just the ticket. Open from now until 30 September, you get to watch the parklife while eating summery food and sample a taste of the high life with iced towels from the terrace butler, plus pashminas, books and designer sunglasses all on loan.
FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (July 2008)... Looking to spice up your weekend? Why not head down to Battersea Park for the charity festival this Sunday. Celebrating all things Thai, the all-day event will have handicrafts and fruit carving demonstrations as well as plenty to eat and drink (with freshy prepared traditional dishes alongside cold Singha beers and exotic juices). Free entry for kids and £3 for adults.
RECENTLY OPENED (July 2008)... For a colourful array of sushi rolls, including the Kanzashi filled with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, crab, asparagus and burdock root, head to Hakuba just around the corner from Tottenham Court Road, where inventive modern Japanese food is complemented by equally innovative cocktails.
FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (July 2008)... Seasonality is the foodie buzz word du jour and if you want to know what to eat when and, more importantly, how to cook it, why not check out the culinary days at Brown’s Hotel. Hosted by exec-chef Lee Streeton, guests will go on a guided tour of Borough Market to select ingredients, then return to the hotel kitchen for a cookery demonstration in the kitchen followed by lunch in the restaurant.
FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (July 2008)... Missed out on the Battersea Park Thai Festival? Here's another one, this time in Greenwich. On 9-10 August, part of the park will become a Thai village, with cooking from the Blue Elephant and Sugar Hut, plus dance performances, massage, handicrafts and more. Tickets are £5 for adults or free for children (under 120cm tall).