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RECENTLY OPENED (September 2009)... Native oyster season started on 1 September and what better place to try some than at the new Green’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar in the City? Housed in the high-ceilinged splendour of a former bank, the elegant restaurant and cocktail bar, complete with classical stone pillars, gives the little crustaceans the occasion they deserve. Sling down some oysters and Champagne then stick around for a menu of high-class seafood classics.
RECENTLY OPENED (September 2009)... Arabic for “get a move on”, vivacious newcomer Yalla Yalla is worthy enough reason to hurry down to Soho. Specialising in good value Lebanese street food – think grilled haloumi cheese with tomato, black olives, fresh mint and olive oil, homemade spicy sausages and platters of wraps and pastries – the menu stays largely under a tenner and is all available to eat in or takeaway.
RECENTLY OPENED (September 2009)...Arabic for 'get a move on', vivacious newcomer Yalla Yalla is worthy enough reason to hurry down to Soho. Sporting a funky, bright interior, the café specialises in good-value Lebanese street food – think grilled haloumi cheese with tomato, black olives, fresh mint and olive oil, homemade spicy sausages and platters of wraps and pastries. The menu stays largely under a tenner and everything is available to eat in or takeaway.
To mark the launch of two new flavours of Smirnoff vodka – Green Apple flavour and Lime flavour – the good people at Smirnoff are giving away an ultimate house party kit to one lucky reader, containing all the necessities for you to host a shindig with your friends. What’s more, the company will also be unveiling five huge ice sculptures of iconic landmarks simultaneously in five cities across the UK on 11 September.
RECENTLY OPENED (September 2009)... Picking up a growing legion of fans by word of mouth, Andy Campbell’s new restaurant at Soho’s atmospheric private club 23 Romilly Street is a little-known gem. A reassuringly old-school décor of Burgundy carpets, white tablecloths and dark wood, coupled with a daily changing menu of reworked classics – think Loch Duart salmon fishcakes in panko crumbs with tartare sauce – goes part-way to explaining the charm.
RECENTLY OPENED (September 2009)...Intent on bringing a touch of New York cool to the suited professionals of Canary Wharf, Lower East Bistro & Liquor Bar’s stab at transatlantic urbanity doesn’t end with its name. Inside, sure-fire NY bistro winners like eggs Benedict, shrimp salad and 10oz strip steak sit alongside more decadent options such as Lobster BLT on the all-day menu. Wash it all down with mainstream cocktails and American bottled beers at the adjoining Liquor Bar.
FOODIE EVENT (September 2009)... Ten months after Hong Kong’s first Michelin stars were awarded, the culinary high-point of the city’s celebratory Food and Wine Year 2009 is fast approaching. Taking place from 30 October to 1 November 2009 on West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade, Hong Kong’s Wine and Dine Festival is a celebration of food and drink in one of Asia’s up-and-coming culinary destinations, and will showcase wines from national and international wineries paired with food from local restaurants.
FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (September 2009)... Ten months after Hong Kong’s first Michelin stars were awarded, the high-point of the city’s celebratory Food and Wine Year 2009 is fast approaching. Taking place from 30 October to 1 November 2009, Hong Kong’s Wine and Dine Festival is a celebration of the city as one of Asia's premier culinary destinations, and will showcase wines from Chinese and international wineries paired with food from local restaurants.
FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (September 2009)... Square Meal's Venues & Events exhibition hits the City on 23 and 24 September, with a host of new features and delicious surprises. If you organise events as part of your job, make sure you pre-register for this must-visit show. Find out how to squeeze the most out of your budgets, as well as a showcase of the hottest venues, including free seminars from the Square Meal team, The Canapé Cup and the brand new Fizz for Events wine tastings.
FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (September 2009)... As part of London’s London Open House Weekend, Beefeater Gin is opening the doors to its historical distillery from 19-20 September for complimentary tours. Housed in a former Edwardian pickle factory in Kennington, the distillery is over 100 years old and tours will include a look at the vintage copper stills used in the distilling process as well as the array of botanicals that go into making the drink, before ending with a refreshing gin and tonic.
FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (September 2009)... Thank goodness, it's Fish Friday! Swing by for dinner on Fridays at canal-side favourite Rotunda and get a plate of fish 'n' chips, plus a bottle of boutique beer, for the bargain price of £12.20. What's more, to celebrate this offer, the restaurant is giving away a case of the featured Friday beer, along with matching glassware. To enter, simply email the restaurant with the subject Fish Friday. The winner will be drawn on Monday 28 September.
FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (September 2009)... Le Bouchon Breton in old Spitalfields Market will be running a series of oyster masterclasses through winter and autumn. Each masterclass will feature 10 different varieties of oysters, with a session running for approximately an hour and a half. During the class, you will first learn how to correctly open an oyster, before each oyster and accompanying wine will be sampled and discussed. Classes run until March 2010.
RECENTLY OPENED (September 2009)... Here at Square Meal, we like to keep our ear to the ground. So we were excited to hear that although it's not yet 'officially' open, the nice people at the new Covent Garden Pinchito will be offering those in the know (that's you, dear readers) 50% off all food from Tuesday 29 September to Friday 2 October. Yes, that means you can order double the portions of grilled chorizo, traditional tortilla, Padrón peppers, or deep-fried squid without the faintest whiff of guilt. Do call ahead to check exact service times.