July 2004

July News

Gordon Ramsay is fuming

That f***er Gordon Ramsay announced today that from 1st September, there will be a smoking ban in all seven of his London restaurants.

The chef who is a life long non-smoker commented today:

"As a chef with a sensitive palate, I have always found it unpleasant to be surrounded by smoke whilst eating in a restaurant. I believe that all my customers deserve maximum enjoyment from their experiences of my restaurants, and for most people that includes breathing clean air. I have received many letters over the years from non-smokers, and even a few from smokers, complaining that eating in the restaurants had been marred by smoke and urging us to ban smoking in the restaurants. After long consideration we have decided that now is the time to implement such a ban."

The announcement is being made now - six weeks ahead of the ban - in order to give guests time to change reservations at any of Gordon Ramsay's restaurants after the 1st September should they no longer wish to dine there.

Shake it some more. The Cocktail Bar at Fino

Since opening, the team at Fino in Charlotte Street have been hard at developing a new style of cocktail. Inspired by El Bulli's famous aperitifs, the Fino Foam Cocktails are split layer drinks with liquid on the bottom and Nitros Oxide charged foam on top. Prepared by Bar Manager, Sam Carter, the cocktails are an exciting, fun new alternative to the classic cocktails offered.



Tuscany darling?

Michelin starred chef Angela Hartnett, last seen helping various celebs out of the weeds in Hell's Kitchcn, is guest cheffing at Villa Lucia in Tuscany . She will be the guest chef at the Rhode School of Cuisine in Villa Lucia for a few selected weeks of 2004. Villa Lucia is beautiful Tuscan estate in the picture perfect village of Vorno that has taken three years to restore. The kitchens have many traditional features such as the wood fired bread ovens, open fire rotisserie and a centuries old wine press with its wooden equipment still intact.

Shake it!

There's now belly dancing every night at Levantine. This authentic Middle Eastern/Lebanese restaurant has opened in the heart of Paddington, bringing a seductive piece of Middle Eastern culture to this up and coming corner of London .

More awards for Sanjay Anand

Not content with winning 'Best UK Restaurant' at the Cobra Good Curry Guide Awards for his Southall restaurant Madhu's, Sanjay Anand has also scooped one of the highest accolades possible 'Industry Personality of the Year'

Sanjay started his business as a 17 year-old Punjabi who enlisted his mother as head chef in the 36-seat restaurant. Over the last twenty years Sanjay has transformed Madhu's in to a two level restaurant that attracts gourmet diners, celebrities from across the country and rave reviews. (including a recent 4 star review from food critic A.A.Gill).

Japanese in the West End

Building on the massive success of Zuma, chef restaurateur Rainer Becker and business partner, Arjun Waney have acquired an exciting new site for their second restaurant, which will be called 'Roka'.

Situated in the heart of the West End at 37 Charlotte Street, Roka is scheduled to open mid July 2004. It will seat eighty people inside and twenty people outside in the summer months. The central feature of the dining room will be the large Robata Grill, seating thirty guests counter style.


The restaurant will also feature the Shochu Lounge down-stairs, which has taken its name from the Japanese distilled spirit. Shochu will serve traditional and contemporary cocktails as well as homemade tonics. Traditionally served on the rocks, Shochu is modernising the concept by making it the basis of all its cocktails.

Vive la Revolution

Heads will roll. On Wednesday 14th July Mon Plaisir celebrates the French Revolution with a special menu at £23.50.