April 2004
April News


The Lords' Tavern reopens.

Prepare to be bowled over as the refurbished Lords Tavern knocks them for six and...

Enough with the cricket puns already. The Lords' Tavern has just reopened after a twelve week closure for a refit. Part of the Front Page group which has successfully been bringing good beer and good food together in prime locations around town, its reopening comes just in time for the cricket season,

At an opening party attended by the Captain of the England Women's Cricket team Rupert, one of the director of FrontPage pubs talked about the new décor (very summery) the intended patio and the emphasis on food. Obviously a popular place during matches, the pub slowed on non cricket days. The new brasserie with dishes such as Black Pudding and Bacon Salad, Toulouse sausages with bubble and squeak and classics such as Grilled Calves Liver should change all that.


After their very successful Valentine's specials, Mela now go for the mango in a big way

Chef Uday Seth continues the Summer Festivals at Mela restaurant on Shaftesbury Avenue with a culinary treat of Mango Dishes from 17th May until 6th June.

Known throughout the world as 'the king of fruits' mangoes have been cultivated in India for over 5,000 years. Not only delicious, Mangoes are rich in vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants as well as enzymes that aid digestion. Chef Seth has researched thoroughly to create a special menu for mango lovers. Starters include Jhinge Aur Aam Ka Salad (marinated and steamed prawns jumbled with green coconut flesh, ripe mango cubes, coriander, peppercorns and a dash of coconut liqueur) with main courses that feature Machchi Aur Amba curry (Pomfret steaks with ripe mango slices, tempered with curry leaves, mustard seeds and dry red chillies, finished with lime juice and coriander).

The Lord's Tavern


Science meets food at The Dana Centre

The Science Museum has opened a public events centre where science based discussions can be held in cool, unstuffy surroundings. Interestingly they have also included a café/bar, which is integral to the venue. Wired for internet access the café/bar is also set up for serious eating with trendy bar food and snacks as well as light lunches that include Thai curry, pasta and a chunky steak sandwich in ciabatta. It also boasts a bright breakfast menu. Come for the food and stay for the science.


10th Birthday celebrations at the Atlantic Bar & Grill

Oliver Peyton, is celebrating the 10th Birthday of The Atlantic in style. An end of April party for his friends and best customers only 'I'll be damned if I'm throwing a party for London's rent-a-crowd,' he says waspishly, will be followed by year long events including bottles of free champagne every business day, a photo competition, special 10th anniversary cognac, a special menu from head chef Ben O'Donaghue and a positive plethora of parties, sweetie.

Atlantic Bar & Grill


If you're a City boy in a hurry, try the new Lane's lite-bite menu

Lanes restaurant and bar at East India House has been gaining plenty of plaudits for its food recently. Head Chef Hayden Smith has blended elements from his home country of New Zealand with French/Italian influences to great effect to create 'Modern European with a twist'. Aware of the busy lives of their lunch patrons, Lanes always offered to do two courses within an hour but now Hayden has created a special lite bite option midday - 3pm, and 5.30pm - 10pm. It ranges from goat's cheese bruschetta or chicken liver pate with toasted sour dough to the 'Lanes' burger with French fries and crab cakes, tempura anchovies and roasted tomato salad. It certainly is enough to tempt you to go the whole hog when you have the time.


London's premier Indian just gets better

Those in the know know that some of the best 'New Indian' food in London seems to be centred around the Piccadilly Circus area (not counting the always excellent Benares in Mayfair). Chowki has been around longer than most, racking up praise since 2002. With the award of the Evening Standard and London Tonight award owners Kuldeep Singh, Ashref Rahman and Dinesh Mody beat sixty other entrants to emerge victorious.

Lanes Restaurant and bar


Festival time at River spice

Arguably the best modern Indian restaurant in Wapping, River spice is holding a series of festivals this April. The first, on April 14th is Bollywood night with classic black and white movies and a sitar player. After the special menu there will be dancing. Future nights will include Elvis, Sinatra, 80s Glam and 70s Disco heaven.


Something special to savour

Noble Rot are also offering a very interesting experience - the 'sweet route' three courses with a specific glass of sweet wine to match each course.

Sautéed foie gras with poached rhubarb & pink peppercorn.
Wine: Noble One Botrytis, Semillion, de Bortoli, Australia, 2000

Roquefort and pear with Belgian endive and smoked quail
Wine: Monbazillac Cuvee L'Abbaye, Dome de L'Ancienne Cure, 1998

'Tarte fine' of peach with crème fraiche sorbet
Essensia Orange Muscat, Quady Winery, California, USA, 2000

Petits Fours

All at the great price of £27.50.

River spice


Mela mixes it up

Another modern Indian restaurant, Mela will be showcasing various festivals throughout Spring and Summer 2004 - Biryani will be the first feast running from April 12th to May 9th.

Specialist Chef Fakruddin Khan has flown over from Lucknow and will work alongside Executive Chef Uday Seth. Together they have created an innovative menu including spicy lamb Kachchey Gosht Ki Biryani and Dhaba Gosht Biryani and mild chicken Sofiyani Biryani.

Vegetarians have been catered for with Bagicha Chilman Biryani (a combination of fresh garden vegetables and basmati rice cooked under a cover of flaky puff pastry, served with raita) and Narangi Biryani (Rice, 'dum' cooked with orange juice and orange rind, served with orange raita).


Afternoon Tea offer at The Bentley

The Bentley Hotel in South Kensington is offering readers of london eating a special offer. Andrew Turner, one of London 's most well-established and respected chefs, is offering an amazing afternoon tea menu. london-eating readers will receive a FREE bottle of champagne for every two tea stands ordered. Please note that to be eligible for this offer, guests must order one tea stand per person. The Bentley Tea is priced at £21 and The Bentley Chocolate Afternoon Tea is priced at £25. The Bentley offers the choice of enjoying the afternoon tea menu in either the decadent hotel foyer or the all day brasserie, Peridot. To book, please call
020 7244 5555

Bentley Hotel