august news

Mash blooms

Mash on Great Portland Street has freshened up. The bar, restaurant & microbrewery  closed for 10 days whilst walls were painted, new floors laid down and a flower shop installed. Glorious blooms now replace the deli and its bento boxes. Absolute Flowers is be an explosion of colour, the rest of the building, a glistening white. The food and cocktails are now lighter and more fragrant. Violet belinis and rose martinis have madea colourful appearance.

Inn The Park's Summer Bar

Construction has finished on the ice cream & cocktail bar on the terrace at Inn The Park. All going well it will open at the end of next week (8 July). From midday to 5pm the bar will sell ice-creams: tubs, cones and glorious sundaes. Jane Huffer's home-made flavours will be supplemented by Judes ice creams "with soul" (their words not mine). At 5pm these delicious desserts will make way for fruity cocktails, freshly blended using premium spirits, home-grown fruits & the occasional splash of English sparkling wine. Open Monday - Sunday, weather permitting.

Life's a beach La Playa’ - at the Great Eastern Hotel

In August 2004 the Great Eastern Hotel transformed its 6-storey atrium into London’s only all-weather ‘beach’. The success of The Beach will be repeated in 2005, as ‘La Playa’.

From 30 July to 28 August the hotel atrium will be transformed into a beach with a Spanish/Latin American flavour. 5 tonnes of sand are spread across the atrium floor (50 sq m).  Next come the beach towels, sun umbrellas and loungers. Bar staff are dressed for the beach and customers coming straight from work are encouraged to kick off their shoes and roll up their trousers.

Specially designed tapas menus have been created by the chefs at Aurora, Fishmarket, and Terminus, including dishes such as Pecorino tuiles, Melanzana fritters with spiced purée, and Mini chorizo.

An exciting selection of cocktails have also been created especially for La Playa, available in Aurora Bar, Champagne Bar, Terminus and on the beach while a programme of nightly events will offer an extensive range of activities from wine tasting to cocktail parties with various ticketed events to be held at weekends including nights from Concrete Music (local Hoxton DJs), Warp Records and 679 Recordings.

London’s only all weather beach will open 7 days a week, with a capacity over 500. Opening hours will be 5pm to midnight (weekdays), 5pm to 1am Fridays and 5pm-2am on Saturdays. Private hire of the beach is available weekdays between 9am-5pm..

Veeraswamy to be 'done over'

London's venerable old Indian is to be refurbished, but not we hope at the price of losing its unique if you were thinking of paying it a visit, avoid Mid August until Early October

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Sky classic film nights on Heddon Street

Sky in association with TCM (Turner Classic Movies) bring alfresco dining
and classic movies to Heddon Street. Throughout August Sky is transforming Heddon Street, the Regent Street food quarter, into an open-air cinema, showing some of Hollywood’s most iconic and stylish movies courtesy of TCM.

The Tuesday night movies will be shown on an enormous 27 square metre screen, with a state of the art sound system.

The line-up of classic movies starts on Tuesday 9 August at 8pm with High Society starring Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Celeste Holm and Louis Armstrong.
16 August – North by Northwest - 1959
23 August - Cool Hand Luke - 1967
30 August - An American In Paris - 1951

Each open-air screening will begin at 8pm in the seclusion of Heddon Street as diners eat alfresco and choose from a list of special dishes and drinks created with a movie theme by the following venues:

Momo – Atmospheric North African celebrity favourite.
Zinc – Simple grills, fresh seafood, salads, generous drinks and a relaxed atmosphere.
Gabrielle’s – Serving traditional French food,
Strawberry Moons – Spread over two floors and with an extensive cocktail menu
La Locanda – Has the atmosphere of an inn where you can enjoy good, homemade Italian food with friendly, informal service.

Thyme's up

Sad news that Thyme is closing. Perhaps it was the 'Johnathan Ross on acid' decor, maybe it was just the remarkable kicking the critics decided to give it right from the start.

Winter warmers?

Okay it's still sunny but...

David Selex from The Grocer on Warwick has been cooking up some new dishes for his customers to take home this winter. He is adding 16 new Autumn / Winter dishes to the Grocer's popular ready meal range, including two sizes of Christmas Pudding.

Like the Christmas puddings all the dishes in the ready meal range are freshly made by head chef David Selex and his team using the finest ingredients. Sleekly yet simply packaged, these restaurant quality dishes are perfect for those in the mood for an exquisite meal but who either don't want to cook it or don't have the time.

Available at The Grocer on Elgin, The Grocer on Warwick, Harvey Nicholls, Selfridges & Partridges.

Enjoy an Indian Summer at Benares

Benares, London’s premier Indian restaurant, has a number of special offers during the month of August 2005.

Beer & Biryani Lunch Festival
From 29th July until 31st August a the t Beer & Biryani Festival Chef/patron Atul Kochhar is offering 3 mildly spiced biryanis to suit everyone’s taste. To beat the summer heat, the meal will be complemented by a Cobra, all at a special price of £14.95 per person. This offer is available from Sunday to Friday during lunch time only.

Summer Menu is back with a glass of Champagne
Through the month of August, Atul Kochhar is also re-introducing his Summer Menu - a special three-course prix fix menu at £25 per person. The menu will be on offer from 1st August for dinner only from 5:30pm to 7:30 pm. Please note you must make a booking for this special offer.

Thai Square presents Southern Breeze

The exotic Thai tourism road show dancing group
on the following dates:
From 25 July until 04 August at 7.45 pm and 9.45 pm
Thai Square Putney Bridge 2-4 Lower Richmond Road, London SW15 1LB T: 020 8780 1811
From 05 until 15 August at 7.45 pm and 9.45 pm
Thai Square Trafalgar Square 21-24 Cockspur Street, London SW1Y 5BN T: 020 7839 4000
From 16 until 21 August at 7.45 pm and 9.45 pm
Thai Square Angel 347-349 Upper Street, London N1 OPD T: 020 7704 2000
From 22 until 25 August at 07.00 pm and 09.00 pm
Thai Square Minories 136-138 Minories, London EC3N 1NT T: 020 7680 1111

Look Sharp at Citrus

Try the taste of Provence Festival on 4th August in the Citrus Restaurant, until 4th September. The special menu at this restaurant within the Sheraton is, like all their menus, remarkably good value

Refettorio. A taste of all Italy

For the next few months Refettorio would like you to join them on a culinary journey through the different regions of Italy…
They have brought the best and freshest style in Italian dining to the City. Directed by Michelin starred chef Giorgio Locatelli, Refettorio showcases traditional, regional Italian food made from the highest quality fresh ingredients.

‘Degustazioni Regionali a Refettorio’Wednesday 6th July
Puglia Night
Wednesday 3rd August
Sicilia Night
Wednesday 7th September
Marche Night
Wednesday 5th October
Piemonte Night
Wednesday 2nd November
Campania Night4 course meal including wine with each course
£ 50.00 per person
Excluding service charge

Book your table now on 020 7438 8055

Afternoon Tea at Roka

Throughout the summer months Roka is throwing open its vast glass windows to create an al fresco dining experience both inside and out.
From 2.30-5.30pm everyday, Roka will be serving light refreshing iced teas and tisanes in tall glasses with sugar syrup on the side.
Made up in large glasses with ice and sugar syrup to taste and priced at £4.50 the teas and tisances include Ni (apple and lemon tisane with fresh fruit and hibiscus); Ichi (Blood Orange tisane with orange slices) and Yon (Lemon Green Tea with Lemon Slices). A shot of the Shochu Lounge’s house shochu – Ichibanfuda may also be ordered and added to the teas. For those with a sweet tooth, there are Japanese inspired cakes to choose from to accompany the tea. These include Banana green tea cream with sesame; Yuzu orange cake (a dense moist wheat free citrus cake) and Chocolate soymilk tear drop (dairy free).

Express Dim Sum at Pengelley's restaurant

Guaranteed turn around in 30 minutes

Pengelley's restaurant is offering a Dim Sum express menu at lunchtime. The menu offers a choice of four dishes, examples include 'betel leaf', chilli salt squid' and 'avocado and sweet potato tempura' to name a few and is priced at £15 per person. Express Dim Sum can be enjoyed in the first floor restaurant, Pengelley's or in the sleek and stylish lounge bar above, Ginger which benefits from a dance floor. The Dim Sum Express menu is available until the end of August 2005

Free Unlimited Wine In Memories

During the Month of August, Memories Restaurant at the Langham Hotel is running a special promotion. Every evening, the Head Sommelier Nuria Frau-Trullen will be choosing some wines from the vast Langham cellars for unlimited enjoyment during your meal. There will be a choice of wines from the House selection with different grapes and regions featured each evening.

Every person eating either two or three courses from the A La Carte menu will be entitled to this complimentary offer. The unlimited wine will be available during your meal, up to and including your dessert.

Memories Restaurant has just launched its new Summer A La Carte Menus at the Langham Hotel, where Head Chef, David Collard offers an exciting and varied selection, with powerful influences from his homeland in the Champagne region of France.

Mad about Madhu's

Located in Southall, London, Madhu’s recently celebrated being one of the best restaurants in Britain at BIBA 2005, as well as already possessing the title of Best Indian Restaurant at the 2004 Cobra Good Curry Guide Awards. Further accolades this year include being nominated at The Tio Pepe ITV London Restaurant Awards in the ‘Indian Restaurant of the Year’ category. Owner, Sanjay Anand has spread his wings further by winning the much sort after deal to supply the world’s famous department store, Harrods, with an exclusive range of Madhu’s cuisine.

Mango Tree. New chef - new dishes

Mango Tree’s recently appointed Head Chef, Mark Read, plans to draw upon his expertise from more than 20 years to create a new dining experience for Mango Tree customers. Mark comes from an accredited background particularly in Oriental cooking, which includes time at the Hampshire Hotel, Live Bait, the Michelin-starred Oak Rooms at Le Meridian and more recently developing Bam-Bou and the Itsu chain menus in London.

Mark has introduced a variety of interesting new dishes to the Mango Tree menu that infuses his background in Vietnamese cooking together with his skills in Asian cuisine.

Mark Read comments, “I wanted to create variations of traditional Thai street food as well as bring more unusual dishes to show people the variety of Thai cooking outside of Green Curry and Pad Thai”.

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