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Asian Festival 17th April 2005

To help celebrate Thai New Year this year, Mango Tree has enlisted the help of it's neighbours and called upon the rest of Asia to unite with Thailand to put on an 'Asian Festival'.

With this magical medley of colourful countries involved, an enchanting event is certain with mythical Thai dancing, dynamic dragon dancing from China , harmonious classical music from Japan , vibrant acts derived from Indonesian folklore and a kaleidoscope of exhibits and stalls specialising in foods, paper-art, fortune telling and souvenirs.
Food will be served throughout the evening and will reflect all the countries involved to complement the event, enabling guests to try new mouth-watering delights.

Tickets for this dynamic and cultural evening are priced at £20 (includes a welcome cocktail) and will prove to be perfect entertainment for all.

The Worlds 50 Best

The Royal Exchange will host the 3rd annual World's 50 Best Restaurants on April 18th . The winners of this great honour have been chosen by a panel of 500 plus top-notch restaurateurs, chefs and critics. Hosted by BBC London presenter Nigel Barden, the event will feature special guests such as Ella Johnston, Joe Warwick and Hilary Armstrong, all of which are the top editors at Restaurant Magazine.

Picking up the American Express Lifetime Achievement Award is Paul Bocuse. Thomas Keller, chef owner of The French Laundry in San Francisco , will also make an appearance having been voted Best Restaurant in the World in both 2003 and 2004.


After much hype, Pengelley's restaurant finally opened in Knightsbridge. It's the latest addition to the Gordon Ramsay Holdings empire. Ian Pengelley, the chef who made a name for himself cooking at E&O opened his own restaurant on the site of Monte's.

The second floor of the restaurant boasts a chic bar in brown and beige tones, wooden wall panels bearing images from the Kama Sutra, while the first-floor dining room is a modish wood-lined space with giant murals.

Sample menu options include prawn and scallop dim sum, light and moreish white fish tempura, dragon sushi rolls (eel in a roll of rice and avocado) and sweet-cum-savoury-cum-piquant duck and watermelon salad. The restaurant also boasts an extensive wine list.

Teatro Members' Champagne Tasting

Teatro are holding a champagne tasting of Philippe Brugnon, producer from Rilly La Montaigne a Premier Cru village near Reims. The evening will be hosted by Edward Tatham, his importer and proprieter of the Granada Wine company. There will be the opportunity to purchases cases on the evening at special rates exclusive to Teatro members (cheques and cash only). There are a limited number of spaces for this event so please RSVP by Tuesday, 19th April to avoid disappointment.

Gordon Ramsay's at it again

Gordon Ramsay is to continue his fruitful relationship with Blackstone with their latest collaboration into New York. The planned opening date is April 2006 and the restaurant will be located at The Rihga Royal Hotel (151 West 54th Street) which boasts over 520 suites and is currently undergoing a $50 million refurbishment under the direction of designer David Collins. Blackstone took possession of the hotel in December 2004 and is delighted to be working once again with Gordon Ramsay, their previous joint ventures have been without exception hugely successful. There will be a fine dining restaurant of around 100 covers and also a bar where less formal dining will be available. Chef Neil Ferguson, who has been head chef under Angela Hartnett at The Connaught since MENU launched, will take up the challenge. Gordon will be a significant presence in the early months of the restaurant and will make regular visits thereafter. There is also a planned tie-up in Miami for the future.
"It's the burning ambition of every top chef in the world to succeed in New York. To be there among the best in the world is so exciting. I thrive on competition and New York has restaurants from all the top chefs in the world, from Thomas Keller to Jean-George Vongerichten - I can't wait" Gordon Ramsay

St George's Day Saturday 23rd April

To celebrate St George's Day La Fromagerie will be holding a St George's Day Cheese & Wine tasting on Thursday 21st at 7pm. Tickets £45.00 pp
As well as being patron saint of England, George later went on to become patron saint of Venice, Genoa, Portugal and Catalonia and his cult also became strong in Russia and Ethiopia.
It will be an interesting cheese plate with farmhouse cheeses from some of these regions matched with wines.

Portraits of Islington

Dont miss the private viewing at Angel Gallery on Thursday 14th April. One painting will be auctioned and the proceeds sent to help the famine in Sudan. Exhibition open until 14th May. Open 11-5 Wed- Sat. 2-4pm Sun, Closed Mon, Tues. More info: 07985 929038
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Suss out the Wine Detective

'The Wine Detective's introductory wine tasting course kicks off again at Alba restaurants' private function room downstairs on 5th April.
Presented by wine writer and educator Sarah Ahmed, The Wine Detective, Sarah helps you to unlock clues which give away the wine's origin, grape variety and age. Naturally, there is a session on food and wine matching and each of the four sessions is followed by a light supper.
The fabulous feedback to date suggests it is unmissable - there are still a few places left, so be quick and contact Sarah at sarah@thewinedetective.co.uk

The worst of the worst

Channel 5 is launching a new series to look for Britain 's Worst Chef. Chefs who want to improve their cooking or interpersonal skills can nominate themselves or a friend to appear on the series.

A Channel 5 spokesperson said:

"It's meant to be light entertainment so it's not actually supposed to mean you're the worst chef ever," said a Channel 5 spokesperson. "But it might be that your employees think you make Gordon Ramsay look like a pussycat, or that you can only cook one really good dish but want to expand your repertoire.

The five-episode series, presented by Quentin Wilson, will start in the autumn and is part of the Britain 's Worst series, which includes Britain 's Worst Driver and Britain 's Worst Mother-in-Law. If you're game, call 020 7258 6709 by mid-May to apply.

Jazz at the Grill Room

The Grill Room at The Café Royal, one of London 's most famous restaurants, presents live jazz on Monday evenings

The Grill Room tasting menus are unique to the grill room. For £30.00 per head guests can enjoy a selection of three starters, three main courses and three desserts. Examples include: Marinated Foie Gras with Toasted Brioche and Caramelise Pear, Seared Scallops with pickled ginger and Asian Soy Salad, Fillet Steak with Plum Tomato Farci and Fondant Potato or Skate with Sauternes Sauce and Rosti Potatoes. Desserts range from a delicious chocolate fondant with prune and Armagnac Ice Cream , to a Plum Compote with Minted Creme Fraiche. Simple food cooked to perfection in beautiful surroundings.

All the way from San Fransisco, Holly Penfield is a known and respected name on the Jazz scene. The band is fronted by saxophonist Ian Ritchie and offers a repertoire of standards and showtunes to please all tastes

For further information please do not hesitate to contact Sarah-Jane on 020 7439 1865

Beer & Biryani Festival at Benares

At Benares from 4th – 22nd April will be the Beer & Biryani Festival where , in conjunction with Cobra Beer, Benares will be offering tantalising biryanis to suit everyone’s taste. The meal will be complimented by India’s leading beer at the special price of £14.50 per person Monday – Friday from 12pm to 2:30pm. For those who do not drink beer, house red or white wine will be offered.

Plus Gourmet Menu with a glass of Champagne

Throughout the month of April, Atul Kochhar, chef-patron, is also introducing a new Gourmet Menu; a special five-course prix fix menu at £59 per person. The menu will be on offer from 1st April for dinner only.

Funky Summer Evening at Ubon

Ubon by Nobu are holding a funky summer evening; a superb 5 course set menu for £45 per person. Sip cocktails all evening for only £7.50, whilst soaking up the vibrant atmosphere created by a live DJ. Monday 9th May, tickets on sale now.


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