Archives for August 2008
RECENTLY OPENED (July 2008)... School holidays are in full swing, which for many of us means airports. So if you're heading through T5 and the prospect of dining in one of the ubiquitous chains fills you with dread, then Plane Food – Gordon Ramsay's new venture – may be just the ticket. The slick, 60s-style space is comfortably removed from the concourse hubbub and offers salads, sandwiches, pasta and grills: think escalope of veal with caper butter and a lime parfait.
FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (August 2008)... On 14 September, Jimmy Doherty will be at Vinopolis showcasing top British produce. Best known for his successful BBC2 series Jimmy Doherty's Farming Heroes
, the man himself will be hosting two special two-hour tasting sessions. Food from Doherty's farm as well as Kelly's Turkeys of Essex and Cornerways Nursery of East Anglia will be paired with beer and wine by a Vinopolis wine expert.
RECENTLY OPENED (August 2008)... Ah, the 02. Once a white elephant that haunted many a government minister, its rebirth as a concert venue has been one of the most spectacular successes of recent times. What's more, this classy, well-organised site has spawned a host of quality restaurants and bars, including a stunning new Gaucho. Slinkier and sexier than its siblings, this Argentine steakhouse offers three floors for dining, drinking, wine tasting and private parties.
FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (August 2008)... Holy guacamole! In honour of this summer's big blockbuster, The Dark Knight
, branches of Gourmet Burger Kitchen
will be giving a free burger to anyone dressed as a Batman character. Whether you fancy yourself as Catwoman, the Joker, Poison Ivy, or even the ultimate catchphrase-wielding sidekick Robin, grab that costume quickly - the offer expires on 31 August.
FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (August 2008)... For the first time in 25 years, Number Seven Bleeding Heart Yard
is opening for lunch and dinner on Saturdays and to celebrate, it's offering Square Meal readers 25% off the food bill. This much-loved, romantic bistro serves rustic French cooking in a buzzy double-height dining room and on a lovely patio terrace. Valid until end of August, please quote Square Meal when booking.
FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (August 2008)... According to a boffin over at Pimm's, the sound we most associate with summer is of lawnmowers cutting grass. Armed with this research, Pimm's is taking some top-voted tones on tour, transforming four public spaces (in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Exeter and Leeds) into BBQs, parks and pub gardens against a backdrop of summer sounds, with plenty of Pimm's and lemonade on offer.
RECENTLY OPENED (August 2008)... Alfresco dining in London always carries a certain element of risk, but if you're going to take your chances, there are few better places to do it than at Oliver Peyton's new gaff, The Lawn at Fulham Palace
. Quintessentially English, the seasonal menu offers the likes of chargrilled Cornish sardines, barbecued marinated chicken, watercress and red onion salad and Eton mess to finish.
FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (August 2008)... For fans of modern Indian cuisine with an altruistic side, The Cinnamon Club's charity dinner on 29 September could be just the ticket. Diners can look forward to a Champagne reception, three-course dinner with matched wines and post-dinner auction, all in aid of the NSPCC. Places cost £100 each.
RECENTLY OPENED (August 2008)... Over 100 years since Verdi's death, this stylish Southwark newcomer celebrates his music alongside the food of Parma (where a number of his operas were composed). Visiting sopranos serenade evening diners with much-loved arias while friendly staff serve up pastas and traditional wooden platters of cured meats (hand-sliced by a 1940s Berkel, pictured left) or full-flavoured cheeses.
FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (August 2008)... If the current state of the weather is getting you down, what better way to cheer yourself up than with a glass of lovely bubbly? Seven of the swankiest spots around town are serving the supremely summery Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, just the thing for convincing yourself that the sun may eventually come out. The participating venues are: Blakes
, Daylesford Organic
, Galvin Bistrot de Luxe
and The Ritz
FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (August 2008)... Question: what has September got that May, June, July and August don't? Answer: an 'r' in the month. Yes folks, oyster season is nearly upon us and to celebrate, riverside favourite Le Pont de la Tour will be offering oyster shucking demonstrations
. Enjoy a glass of Champagne while being shown how it's done, then indulge in the shucked specimens and plenty of lovely crustacea.
DATE FOR THE DIARY (August 2008)... With Team GB doing rip-roaringly well in the medals table and London 2012 seeming like a reality, many of us have been gripped by Olympics fever. Sadly, Sunday's closing ceremony is just around the corner, so why not get in the spirit of Beijing by celebrating one of China's greatest gifts to the capital – its cuisine. Check out Square Meal's roundup of the best Chinese restaurants across town.
RECENTLY OPENED (August 2008)... Brush off those glad rags as chic Parisian outfit, Buddha Bar
, has transported its glamour to London in a two-storey site just below Waterloo Bridge. Amber-hued lighting, mahogany furniture & luxurious gold & red fabrics create a sexy backdrop for exotic cocktails & top-name DJs. The dining room is presided over by a huge statue of Buddha & serves up pan-Asian plates including grilled sea bass with tamarind sauce. There's a sushi bar & several private rooms, too.
RECENTLY OPENED (August 2008)... Since leaving The Connaught last year Angela Hartnett has been a busy lady. She’s just opened her new Italian, Murano
, in Mayfair where the finely wrought food goes hand in hand with swish surrounds. Then in late September she’ll oversee another Gordon Ramsay Holdings project, the York & Albany, a less formal Italian restaurant with rooms in Primrose Hill.
RECENTLY OPENED (August 2008)... Ever get the feeling that many of the capital's eateries are dishing out grub we could knock up at home, if only we could be bothered? Well there's no risk of this at kiwi chef Anna Hansen's new gaff, The Modern Pantry
. The co-founder of The Providores
is once again championing funky fusion cooking: slow-cooked octopus with lemon and parsley or miso-marinated onglet with cassava chips, say.
RECENTLY OPENED (August 2008)... If you believe that small is beautiful, then Chinatown newcomer Baozi Inn
might just float your boat. From the team behind Bar Shu
, it combines tight surrounds with a compact menu of Beijing and Chengdu street snacks and miniscule prices to boot. There are noodles, salads and dumplings, not forgetting the baozi themselves - steamed buns filled with chive, radish or pork, at £1.20 a pop.
DATE FOR THE DIARY (August 2008)... We're not-so-reliably informed that there'll be sunshine on Saturday, so what better way to celebrate than with free alfresco entertainment courtesy of tapas bar Camino
? It will be hosting a ‘fiesta en la calla’ – that's street party to you and me – in its courtyard, with live music from the acclaimed Marcina Arnold Trio. Later on, the party will move into the bar, with DJs spinning Latin tunes until 1am.
RECENTLY OPENED (August 2008)... Why did Mint Leaf
choose Bank for the site of its second restaurant? According to an insider, regular guests kept asking when the modern Indian was going to open in the City. The constant questioning worked, and fans of the Haymarket original will be pleased to hear that Mint Leaf Lounge
recently opened offering a similar combination of refined food, slick surroundings and a large mezzanine-level Champagne bar.
Delve inside earlier archives for July 2008 or browse through newer archives for September 2008.