October 2004

October News

2004 Restaurant Awards

The red carpet's been rolled up, the Sabattier's sheathed and the gravy stains mopped up. It's all over bar the shouting (but Gordon's gone home too). The results surprised few people with Tamarind deservedly winning the Best Indian again, Gordon Ramsay winning French and The Seafood Restaurant winning, well ' seafood' actually. Tom Aikens won Restaurant of the Year and the King of the Kippers & Custard tendency was Heston Blumenthal at the Fat Duck.

Now in its sixth year, the awards have the distinction of being voted for by other restaurants and the fads and enthusiasms of critics count for nothing.

The Vacherin - a cheese dreams are made of

This famous French cheese made from, whisper it, unpasteurised cow's milk is a connoisseur's cheese and is only produced between the middle of August and the end of the following March and the French regulations controlling its production are strict.

The cheese goes liquid in its mature stage, held in only by its spruce bark wrapping, and is spooned out onto bread.

On the 19 th October Le Vacherin restaurant in Chiswick will be holding a special cheese evening with an eight-course menu for cheese lovers everywhere to taste this cheese superstar.

Willesden Green gets a new Shish

Not known for being one of the more agreeable parts of London , Willesden Green can at least boast of the presence of a branch of Shish - the UK experts in Silk Road cuisine. After a major refurbishment to answer complaints about 'coldness' the restaurant is now set to explore seasonal menus and increase its local standing.

An Autumn Supper

Apple Day, 21st October, is an annual celebration of apples and orchards. Initiated by Common Ground in 1990, Apple Day was conceived with the pure aim to create greater understanding & appreciation of apples and orchards, their place in our landscape and lives.

In celebration of the work carried out by Common Ground. La Fromagerie are holding an Autumn Supper in conjunction with Slow Food London - enjoying some of the very best produce from British Orchards. Proceeds of this event will be donated to Common Ground for their work with orchards. £70.00 per person (incl wines)

For reservations please telephone the shop: 0207 935 0341

N.B Payment must be made at time of booking

Bigging it up at The Bentley

Malachite, the stylish bar tucked away in the basement of The Bentley Kempinski has introduced a whole range of cocktail flights beautifully served alongside Andrew Turner's Canapés. Andrew has worked closely with the team behind the bar to come up with an exciting selection of options. The champagne cocktail flights are each married with taster jellies.

Andrew Turner's afternoon tea menu and chocolate tea menu grows with some themed afternoon tea menus. Halloween afternoon tea includes delights such as 'Chocolate Cauldrons', 'Trickle Treacle Tarts', 'Chocolate Broomsticks' and 'Pumpkin Pie' and Christmas afternoon tea includes items such as 'Stollen', 'Chestnut Glace Scones', 'Cinnamon and Mulled Wine Swans' and 'Christmas Cake'

Bangladesh Appeal

From September 30th until October 2nd, River Spice in Wapping will be hosting a number of set dinners and a day of entertainment in support of the Red Cross Bangladesh Appeal and to celebrate the launch of the newly refurbished bar area and Autumn menu.

MJU makes a night of it

On the 13th or 14th October. Asia 's legendary Chef, Justin Quek will be taking part in a chef exchange at Mju and alongside Mju's Executive Chef Tom Thompson, he will be preparing an exclusive degustation menu especially for the occasion.

Renowned for his innovative style of cuisine Justin Quek will invite guests to enjoy an extravagant tasting menu with carefully matched wines chosen to compliment the variety of tastes and textures- the wines are selected by Mju's head sommelier, Stuart Hudson.  

Based in Singapore , Justin Quek holds worldwide recognition for his cuisine and in particular was influential at Les Amis Restaurant in Singapore , when as Executive Chef, the restaurant was awarded restaurant of the year in 1997, 2001 & 2003.

Crazy for Chocolate

To celebrate London chocolate week (4-10 October) Kensington's five-star hotel, The Royal Garden, has created a unique five-course gourmet chocolate menu to fulfil every chocolate lover's dream until the end of October.

Created by The Tenth's head chef, Norman Farquharson and award-winning executive pastry chef Nick Hollands, the five-course feast will feature a range of sweet and savoury killer combinations to keep even the most hardened chocoholic happy, from cappuccino of butter bean and truffle with coco to milk chocolate cheesecake with banana brownie.