The hottest curry house
At a star-studded bash at the Park Lane Hilton, the cream of the curry world gathered to honour the very best the UK has to offer at the Cobra Good Curry Awards. Leading Indian restaurant, Madhu's scooped the highest honours in the 'Best UK Restaurant' category. Based in Southall, Madhu's is also renowned as the top Asian Outside Caterer in the UK, and recognised for its Punjabi cuisine with a wonderful Kenyan/Asian twist.
Award wining restaurants, The Quilon and, The Bombay Brasserie have launched a new initiative designed to redefine the expectations of Indian cuisine and make consumers aware that 'having an Indian' at lunchtime this summer is a plausible healthy option.
Comments Adi Modi, Director of both restaurants: "With all the recent publicity surrounding the UK's rising obesity problems and the Trading Standards recent report on artificial colourings used by Indian restaurants, many have taken up the belief that Indian food isn't very good for you. This is not the case. Indian cuisine tends to contain more vegetables and herbs, less meat and fewer additives than the traditional British diet and we only ever use fresh ingredients - rather than the less healthy packaged and processed foods used by the multinational fast food chains."
The Quilon and The Bombay Brasserie have put together a range of wholesome, traditional dishes for the set lunch menus, not normally found in the UK's Indian restaurants.
'It's all about eating sensibly, says Executive Chef Sriram Aylur. "All of our lunchtime dishes are very light and delicate - so you won't go back to the office bloated. Visitors won't find the rich, cream-based dishes, normally associated with Indian restaurants in the UK, on our lunch menus.
Go veggie with style
Restaurant Pied a Terre have kick started spring with the introduction of their vegetarian menu, celebrating the bounty of ingredients currently available in this country. The menu is remarkable with multiple small tasting dishes all served with the élan and flair this well respected restaurant is famous for. Read more by reading our special article on Pied a Terre.
The Bentley flourishes
Not content with serving some of London's finest food in his restaurant 1880, Bentley Excecutive Head Chef Andrew Turner has turned his talents to afternoon tea in the opulent upstairs Peridot rooms. Incredible home made cakes, pastries, scones and more, many featuring flowers, are all served with the Bentley's charm and style. Take in some tea or a glass of champagne and let the afternoon drift by.
Free breakfasts for London Black Cab drivers at The Bentley Hotel
To welcome the summer in with style and to introduce London's black cab drivers to London's newest luxury hotel in South Kensington, The Bentley Hotel (27-33 Harrington Gardens, SW7 4JX) is offering breakfast for all London black cab drivers on Friday 18 June 2004 between 8am-11am.
Served from outside the grand entrance of The Bentley Hotel, Executive Chef, Andrew Turner and staff from The Bentley will be serving bacon and sausage sandwiches with coffee or tea to take away for all London black cab drivers. Whilst tucking into the breakfast, staff from The Bentley's spa, Le Kalon are on hand to offer a two-minute shoulder massage for the cab drivers to enable them to start the day full and relaxed.