Anita Pati

Anita Pati

Anita Pati grew up scoffing her mum's superb Indian cooking while learning few of the requisite skills herself. Now a freelance journalist, her love of food and flavour mixed with her critical eye make for a writing romance. From Eritrean caffs to jars of shrimp-infused chilli oil, if it has punch, Anita is somewhere in the vicinity.

  • Hackney Pearl, London

    Wednesday October 22nd, 2014

    Like its name, the Hackney Pearl is a welcome jewel hidden in the damp folds of canalside Hackney. The café bar blazes with warmth in an industrial landscape slowly being pollinated by Dalston’s hipsters from down the roa

  • Duck, truffles, wine, fois gras – brace your livers for the luxury of the Dordogne

    Thursday July 31st, 2014
  • Northcote Manor, Lancashire

    Wednesday July 9th, 2014

    Lancashire fine dining places don’t get enough copy; Michelin-starred restaurant and country house Northcote Manor, to my mind, is one of these.

  • Bonnie Gull Seafood Cafe

    Friday May 30th, 2014

    Anita Pati goes back to her briny roots at the new Bonnie and Gull seafood shack in Exmouth Market

  • Zilouf's

    Wednesday May 14th, 2014

     A friendly, neighbourhood bar full of 20-50-year-olds, families, couples – but now with a much more eclectic décor; think 1970s Greek taverna bricking, pianos on the walls, tan Chesterfields, Toby Jugs and curios in every corner. 

  • Zachry’s et al at Watergate Bay

    Tuesday April 29th, 2014

    It’s all vast spaces and windows onto the ocean, pastel blues, tongue and groove, and laid-back surfer chic. Its guests look like grown-up surfers now in their late 20s, 30s and 40s but with coolly-dressed blond kids in tow.

  • Rick Stein's Original Fish and Seafood course, Cornwall

    Sunday April 6th, 2014

    They call it Padstein, the part of Cornwall that is forever Rick. Anita Pati heads down to take a lesson in fish love at the Seafood School and comes away a wiser woman in the ways of piscine preperation

  • Sicilian season at Fifteen Cornwall

    Thursday March 27th, 2014

    Step into Cornwall’s Fifteen on the beach and you’re surrounded by the rapacious Atlantic which gives this posh beach shack on stilts an instant advantage over the slinkiest restaurants. With vast, panoramic views of the ocean, this surely must be one of the best UK restaurants to work in terms of location?

  • Spicing the monkey: Maharashtrian cookery classes

    Saturday January 25th, 2014

    When I watched the lovely Mrs G bubble chapattis on the flame or whip up an Indian snack, I had no idea she had no sense of taste or smell herself. An accidental knock to the head years ago numbed these for the diminutive and now elderly mother of four whose son’s cookery class I was attending. But still, mum of son Nikita Gulhane, aka Spice Monkey, works nose to grindstone to turn out superb Indian food which has fed her family for a lifetime.

  • Rajiv's Kitchen Nepalese pop-up

    Friday December 6th, 2013

    The only Nepalese food I’d encountered in the past was awful. Happily, Rajiv’s supperclub revealed some interesting flavours - prepared by a great and welcoming host.

  • Salaam Namaste

    Monday December 2nd, 2013

    Bloomsbury restaurant Salaam Namaste has just relaunched to celebrate its new modern décor and menu but until I attended its launch party, I had no idea it was such a hit with legal eagles from nearby Lincoln’s Inn. 

  • Wild cooking at River Cottage with Tim Maddams

    Tuesday October 22nd, 2013

    TV presenter, chef and tutor Tim Maddams, packs loads into his Wild Cookery day. We learned to forage and identify around seven fruit and herbs, fillet a mackerel, skin, joint a rabbit and pluck and debone a partridge. He also gave us a whistle stop tour of hot-smoking and meat-curing.

  • Zoe's Ghana Kitchen

    Tuesday September 24th, 2013

    Experience wonderful West Africa with the fun and delicious Zoe's Ghana Kitchen pop-up.

  • Goan for a Goan: Damn Good Curry supperclub

    Thursday September 12th, 2013

    Anita Pati reviews London's Damn Good Curry supperclub.

  • McQueen

    Wednesday September 11th, 2013

    A kind of theme bar, McQueen in Shoreditch is named after the craggy actor (“Steve’s” wouldn’t have quite the same effect). Style wise, we’re talking tobacco-dyed Chesterfields vying with mirrors and gilt to outdo the 70s chic

  • Natural and orange – the next generation of Slovenian wines?

    Saturday May 4th, 2013

    'What’s as orange as being Tango-ed but doesn’t give you the headache? Why, Slovenian orange wines, of course; naturally and organically produced, they result in hardly a whiff of hangover.' Anita Pati heads East with grape expectations.

  • Salvador and Amanda

    Wednesday March 13th, 2013

    It’s a loud, pipey bar when you first step in, with huge suit backs and a bit of braying from the nearby Holborn law chambers, but the punters seem friendly enough and were in good spirits the Thursday night we went.

  • Tea and Tapas at El Pirata Detapas

    Thursday December 6th, 2012

    Miguel Angel, head chef at El Pirata Detapas, has worked closely with Lalani & Co. the boutique tea trading company to select rare teas from India and Nepal to match the tapas on the menu. Anita cocks her little finger and takes tea.

  • La Porte des Indes cookery afternoons

    Monday December 3rd, 2012

    You wouldn’t think that behind Oxford Street’s Christmas huffers and sharp elbows is an oasis of south Indian charm, but that’s La Porte des Inde’s secret. Now,on the final Friday of every month, they host a master class and Anita Pati got stuck in.

  • York(ie) and other chocolate moments

    Monday October 8th, 2012

    With chocolate week upon us, Anita Pati travels to York where chocolate is in the very air and immerses herself in a Chocolate Indulgence break. All the visits are spread over a couple of days giving you time to recuperate in your wonderful four-poster bed – if you book the deluxe room – before heading out for more engorgement. So why daydream of chocolate hunks when you can stuff a cityful in