August 2004

August News

Food for thought

Get down to the Escape bar from the 5th August and feast your eyes on some cutting edge art - 'Mad, Painterly and broke'. This cool bar is close to the hip centre of South London, Brixton, and is opposite Herne Hill Station. Or do like Eddy Grant and take a walk down Electric Avenue and on through Coldharbour Lane. There are live DJs every night and, oh, the drinks aren't bad either.

Go Al Fresco Italian style

Summer has arrived, and to welcome the season Shumi has opened its terrace on the lively Economist Plaza. Set back from the bustle of St James's Street, the Terrace offers a welcome retreat from the chaos of the capital. Forget you are in the heart of the big smoke, just sit back and watch the city go by.

The summer terrace will be open Monday to Friday from 11.30am until 10.30pm and from 6.30pm to 10.30pm on Saturday.

Clerkenwell continues to rise

Now we at london-eating have relocated to Clerkenwell complete with our fake goatee beards (and that's just the girls) we're looking around for places to eat. The good news is that business partners Andy Thompson and Zak Jones - owners of The Clerkenwell Dining Room in St John Street, have opened a second restaurant in this area.

The Chancery, at 9 Cursitor Street, is a 50 seat restaurant with a 20 seat bar on the lower ground level. Thompson, who worked at L'Escargot (in Soho), The Square (in Mayfair) and The Lenox Room (in New York ) before opening The Clerkenwell, is keen to take the food up a notch at The Chancery. The modern European style of food allows Thompson to use the best flavours and ingredients of Britain, Italy, France and Spain.

Tuscan estate Villa Lucia Cookery School...

The Rhodes School of Cuisine, on 4th September 2004 starts the Autumn 10 week run of their Italian cookery school at the stunning luxury Tuscan estate of Villa Lucia, which opened in June 2004 after three years of extensive renovations. Surrounded by a four acre walled garden, three swimming pools, tennis court and ancient grotto hot tub this is the ultimate in luxurious cookery schools to learn delicious traditional Italian recipes under the guidance of resident chef Gian Carlo Talerico.

Outside is the new in

Further good news as the sun continues to shine is that you can also eat outside at The RIBA Café in Portland Place. Not on everyone's gustatory map, it's nonetheless a little treasure with cooling salads zinging with fresh flavours. And of course, tea, cakes and coffee are always available.

Bioun gorno!

Amici, a new Italian restaurant specialising in fish and seafood dishes, has recently opened at 63 Dean Street, in the heart of Soho. Amici's head chef is Carmelo Carnevale, who has spent the past four years under the tutelage of Alberico Penati, most recently at Floriana in Knightsbridge and Harry's Bar in Mayfair. Carmelo has created a monthly changing à la carte menu, which reflects inspiration from both classic Italian cuisine and his Sicilian, roots.

We heard from Sound

The cool bar/restaurant in Leicester Square has overcome a little unlooked legal difficulty and is open as usual for sounds and snacks. Steaks, pizzas and all the rest. Sound Club Fantastic is open until 3am.

Fishworks reels in another location

Fishworks is about to open its fifth and largest restaurant, in London 's Marylebone High Street. A restaurant that combines a fishmongers and a cookery school, Fishworks is an interesting concept. As more and more fishmongers close in London and cod becomes as pricy as salmon, fish is coming off the nation's menu. Unless you count the unmentionable things coated in batter and lurking in the deep freeze sections of supermarkets, that is.

Katana @ The International Bar

The International Bar in St Martins Lane, is raising awareness of their newly opened restaurant Katana by offering for around £20 (cost may change depending on show) a 2 course dinner and a top West End theatre ticket to shows such as Stomp and Rat Pack. Also they are doing fantastic summer specials every day of the week from midday until 5pm. Tuesday is Dim Sum day where you can choose any 3 home-made Dim Sums with a glass of refreshing rose wine for only £10; Thursday is curry day with the choice of a pan Asian curry with steamed fragrant rice and any beer or glass of wine for just £8.95 and on Sunday - the day of rest - you can to enjoy 25% off your total bill in the restaurant.

Another restaurant for Upper Street

New Labourites have another place to spend their not so hard earned cash as another restaurant opens in Upper Street. Ottolenghi's new outpost (the other is in Notting Hill) is all bright white surfaces in a room that they probably call a 'space'. Here you'll find outstanding patisseries and breads together with some rather classy soups and salads for those watching their waistlines.

Base - how low can you go?

Base Restaurant at 71 Hampstead High Street NW3 has won the LBC Best Neighbourhood Restaurant award, presented by Sandi Toksvig. All the menus at Base are based on the fresh market produce of the day, with favourites such as Pumpkin and sage soup.

There is also at Base Deli in Beauchamp Place, Knightsbridge and a further Base restaurant has just opened at 195 Baker Street to rave reviews.

Rug rat heaven

Want to go out to eat with the kids but worried the little darlings might disgrace you? Well you must be the only English people that are! Ha ha ha, only joking, only joking. Anyway the Sanderson Hotel is positively encouraging kids with Spoon's Super Sundays on the Terrace where they can create their own meals. Meanwhile, Mum and Dad can sip cocktails, eat brilliant burgers and watch the afternoon slip away.

Too busy for long lunches? That's Fino by us.

Fino, the Spanish Tapas restaurant in Rathbone Street is getting its skates on with a faster lunch option at the restaurant's own Eating Bar. Dishes can be taken from both the a la carte or set menus and you can sit and watch the action in the kitchen, and the cooking on the 'plancha'.