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Defying convention since 2001, Kiwi star Peter Gordon’s two-pronged Providores still pulls a few surprises for those who relish the challenge of no-holds-barred fusion food. Upstairs all is calm,
with time and space to consider the complexities of starter-sized dishes such as pan-fried Scottish scallops with celery, pickled bean, fennel, beetroot and carrot salad, beurre noisette
hollandaise, bloody Mary sauce and jamón crisp, or roast Angus beef fillet on aubergine purée with asparagus, porcini and miso mustard. The 200-bin, all-Kiwi wine list has room to breathe here,
too. Downstairs it’s more crowded (and deafeningly loud), with queues onto the pavement for the no-reservations Tapa Room. The attraction is an overloaded all-day menu promising everything from
deep-fried squid with Urfa chilli salt and smoked-garlic aïoli to stem-ginger pannacotta with manuka-honey jelly and cherry sorbet. Crowds also pile in for breakfast and brunch.
Can’t get into Chiltern Firehouse? Try here instead.Australia has a lot to answer for. Tony Abbott, Home and Away and The Veronicas are all things I can easily live without. But the Antipodes has also given us Kylie Minogue, the flat white and the Tim Tam Explosion. Modern Australian cuisine is also something to be treasured – its unique melding of Asian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences is, at its best, a wondrous thing to behold. In a dirtier, more savage time, i.e. the 1980s, this would have been called ‘fusion’ cuisine, but I prefer to call it eclectic.The Providores and Tapa Room is one of the best places in London to sample this modern, eclectic Australian style of cooking. This restaurant is split over two floors with the Tapa Room on the ground floor operating a first come, first served, no reservations policy...
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My favourite aspect of blogging is meeting the other bloggers out there in the blogosphere! Blogger meet ups are a great way to make new friends, network with other bloggers and just to talk about life, loves, blogging and tweeting! When Catherine Lux of Lux Life Blog posted an invite to a London Bloggers Brunch I was quick to reply as I was eager to meet more people who had caught the blogging bug!The venue was The Providores and Tapa Room. Though I'd passed by it many times on my jaunts around Marylebone, I'd never actually been in...
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Clearly I’m late to the show with my discovery of The Providores & Tapa Room, as once I shared my Friday night experience with my colleagues, several recognized one of their favorite restaurants. But better late than never! As I had an appointment near Baker Street, my friend spontaneously booked a table in the upstairs restaurant. Not knowing what to expect, I was taken aback at first, entering the busy Tapa Room, a bit too loud for my taste. But I was quickly directed upstairs to a much quieter and simple but elegant environment.From the name, expecting something Spanish, the fusion menu – and we’re talking REAL FUSION – took me by surprise...
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Tapa Room Cafe and Wine bar serves laid back breakfast, lunch and dinner.The place is owned by the talented Peter Gordon who has made a success in Kopapa in Seven Dials.. The place is buzzing even as early as 9am, just the restaurant opens, a sure sign that their breakfast is to die for...
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