September 2004

September News

Singapore Special

Completely dulled out by Chinese? Tired of Thai? Try a slice of Singapore cuisine. From 17-26 September the five star Royal Garden Hotel is bringing the taste of Singapore 's unique cultural tapestry to Kensington. The Park Terrace restaurant, which overlooks Kensington Gardens and the entrance to Kensington Palace , will be transformed into a Singaporean eatery with décor and music akin to the local 'Hawker Stall' food markets. The restaurant will offer buffet-style lunches and dinners and guests will also be able to enjoy an array of local specialities and food styles. High Street Kensington will also emulate the streets of Singapore, with rickshawa offering transport to customers to enhance the traditional experience.

Jazz at the Embassy

Hot foot it down to the Embassy daddyo to see one of the UK 's finest Jazz outfits. After playing at such legendary venues as Ronnie Scott's and the Royal Festival Hall, the Round Midnite quartet is playing between 8pm until 11pm every Tuesday in September.

With their unique interpretation of swinging Jazz, cool Latin Rhythms, and sassy Torch Songs they should complement the Embassy's cuisine creating a cool environment in which to drink and dine.

Regional menus at the Bentley

Andrew Turner, Executive Chef of 1880 at The Bentley Kempinski never relaxs or rests on his laurels.

Together with his Head Sommelier, Patrick Salles he has created Regional Grazing menus that are complimented perfectly with wines from the region. The very first regional menu is the Burgundy Menu because of the genuine love and passion for food and wine in the area. This will be available in November 2004 and consists of 6 courses. The Burgundy menu will include 'Seared Scallop Bourgignonne' matched wih a St Aubin 1er 'Les Frionnes', Hubert Lamy, 2001 and 'Saddle of Young Rabbit with Dijon Mustard' married with a Gevrey Chambertin, Henri Perrot-Minot, 1998. The menu is completed with a selection of cheeses from Burgundy and the fruit dessert, 'Rigodon'.

We're here for the beer

How often do you stroll into a Michelin starred restaurant, brush away the wine list and say 'I'll have a pint of lager mate'? Perhaps if you're a premier league footballer you do it all the time. Well now you can beer it up with no sense of shame. Thierry Tomasin, general manager of Aubergine Restaurant in Chelsea , now has nine beers on his list ranging from British classics such as Worthington White Shield and John Willy Lees Harvest Ale, to more exotic brews such as Gulpener's Dutch witbier, Korenwolf; New York Brooklyn Brewery's Chocolate Stout and Belgium 's dark red cherry beer, Liefmans Kriek.

Says Thierry: "As a Frenchman and a former sommelier, I am passionate about wine; but I have become converted to the idea that I would be failing my customers' if I didn't offer them a well thought-out selection of beers as well."

The Greenhouse new opening hours

No, not that one, we're talking about Petersham Nurseries Café.

From 2 September 2004, chef Skye Gyngell - the only chef who cooks out of a garden shed - will be adding an extra day to her schedule.

She will now be offering lunch and afternoon tea from Thursday through to Sunday. As Autumn approaches the main greenhouse is also being rearranged to accommodate more people. Next month in-house designer Lisette Pleasance will lay out striking rows of miniature red peppers, willow baskets with pumpkins and tiffin jars filled with giant seed heads.

Although this is an extremely casual place to eat, with a minute menu and no alcohol license, it still is necessary to book.

Don't be a stranger

Champagne anyone? Drink in style at Opal Bar, the stylish bar below L'Etranger. Opal Bar is offering a Laurent Perrier promotional offer running Monday - Friday 5.30pm - 20.30pm. This offer includes a range of options from Lauren Perrier Brut NV, quarter bottles (20cl), at £7.50 per bottle to Laurent Perrier Alexandra 1997 at £140. So if you fancy an after work glass/bottle of champagne, Opal Bar is the place to go.

Babylon - up on the roof

Babylon, the roof garden restaurant in Kensington are doing something a little different this year with a new Tasting Menu. A fine selection of wines, champagne and Port to partner dishes created by head chef Oliver Smith for £85 p/p for 7 courses, plus coffee and liqueur.

Italian jockey saddles up with Marco Pierre White

It's a firm favourite but what are the odds? And as they approach the finishing line.. Ah well, enough racing reference. Marco Pierre White is moving into casual dining with the opening of a joint venture with jockey Frankie Dettori.

It's a family-targeted Italian restaurant called Frankie's Bar & Grill in the site of Chez Max in Knightsbridge. The restaurant is scheduled to open by mid-September.

Go all fin de siecle at the Cheyne Walk Brasserie

It's not just a braz, it's a salon, Every Tuesday in September between 6:30pm and 8:30pm, join acclaimed female novelists reading from new works and discussing literature. The first will be Janet Davey and Katharine Davies. The Brasserie in Chelsea will, of course, be serving cocktails and wines.