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.

  • The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show

    Monday September 24th, 2012

    The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show takes place this year at Vinopolis on the weekend of 6th-7th October. The idea is to show how whisky can be paired with a harvest basket of foods. Anita tries a taste.

  • The Eighth Wahaca -London Restaurant

    Friday September 14th, 2012

    Mexican fast-food joint, Wahaca, has launched the UK’s reportedly first Mezcalería  or mezcal bar at its new eighth venture in London’s Charlotte Street. Presuming mezcal may have hallucinatory powers, Anita was over there like a shot.

  • Back in 5 Minutes, a restaurant and private dining room

    Friday September 7th, 2012

    Back in 5 Minutes, a restaurant and private dining room hidden at the back of a designer tailor’s, launched in June, bringing quintessentially British food to one of London’s last bastions of Bangladeshi cooking. Anita Pati disappears inside

  • We are sailing - a day out with Frédéric Camonin executive chef of Azamara Club Cruises

    Monday July 30th, 2012

    Unsure of her sea legs, Anita Pati finds she doesn't need them when she spends a day ashore with Frédéric Camonin executive chef of Azamara Club Cruises. She then gets a taste of luxury liner living without leaving dock.

  • Champagne + Fromage: a happy coupling on Wellington Street

    Friday July 6th, 2012

    Down in London’s Covent Garden, a curtain swish from the grand theatres of Drury Lane, lies a shy canoodling couple up for a bit of exhibitionism. Champagne and fromage are being served together in a little shop-cum-bistro, and they’re unashamed of their curious pairing.

  • The Pier – hairy historical Harwich on a sailboat

    Monday June 11th, 2012
  • The Jugged Hare

    Tuesday May 15th, 2012

    They plan to serve actual jugged hare when it’s in season but for now, we settled on the Bath chaps and langoustine for starters, both presented beautifully.

  • The Zythos Belgian Beer Festival 28-29 April

    Monday April 16th, 2012
  • Ping Pong's spring menu

    Monday April 9th, 2012

    This spring, Ping Pong has hit upon the city of Xi’an along the Silk Road whose dishes it showcases in its new menu. Beef, lamb, jellies and dates are pinging their way from old China to Ping Pong’s 11 locations across London.

  • The Lamb at Hindon by Boisdale

    Monday April 2nd, 2012
  • A Cook's Kitchen in Leominster

    Sunday March 4th, 2012

    If you go down to the most rural backwater of Herefordshire today, you’ll probably be surprised by A Cook’s Kitchen. Situated in the enormous barn at Dunkerton’s Cider Mill and down the most crooked of country lanes is the manifest dream of a young couple, Bonnie and Tom.

  • Nosh Detox - a dose of cleansing

    Monday February 27th, 2012

    Now it’s no longer January, we’ve reallowed the “detox” word – a little spring cleaning of the gut, if you will. Anita Pati eagerly signed up to the Nosh Detox diet assuming there’d be nosh but the hardcore, four-day mainly liquid diet lost her five and a half pounds and gained her valuable dietary lessons…

  • Hyderabad hokum at Namaaste Kitchen

    Friday February 3rd, 2012

    For some, February is the real cruellest month, what with its Valentine hyperbole, morbid imaginings and Arctic weather. But for others such as Namaaste Kitchen in Camden, February is about celebrating regional Indian cuisine, in this case, that from Hyderabad. And eating is a great antidote for early-year blues.

  • Carom at Meza

    Wednesday January 4th, 2012

    Carrom is a game I used to play when a little girl. The board had intricate patternings and holes into which you’d flick counters. It may sound delicate but the competition was sharp. Slit eyes and hexes were rife. I was expecting to see a little more carrom thematic going on at D&D’s new Carom restaurant in Soho before I realised I’d confused it with carom – that’s one "r" - the spice.

  • Potli

    Tuesday December 13th, 2011

    The absolute star of Potli’s show is the starter Chicken 65, tender poultry in a pungent ginger and pepper batter, like an excellent and healthy KFC. We couldn’t get enough. We also had tawa machi – tilapia fish steaks marinated in ginger, garlic and mustard which were good but we’d have liked more mustard.

  • Suda Rice Bar in Covent Garden

    Saturday November 26th, 2011

    Being at the ambassador’s party among life size marionettes, not to mention the piles of indigo butterfly pea rice, was a warming experience for an early winter evening. This was the Thai ambassador and the party was at Suda, the “Siamese rice bar”, or more correctly, swanky Thai restaurant, officially opened in autumn at London’s Covent Garden.

  • Manchurian Legends

    Sunday November 6th, 2011

    Pretty much the whole body is covered nose to tail at Manchurian Legends and the menu is not for the faint-hearted: stir-fried pigs intestines with leek, spicy pigs knuckle, marinated duck tongues, stir-fried chicken gizzard and heart…

  • Parmigiano and prosciutto in the land of the violets

    Wednesday October 19th, 2011

    But of course, violets, Verdi and film director Bernardo Bertolucci aside, Parma and its surrounding region of Emilia-Romagna are most famous for Parmesan cheese –Parmigiano-Reggiano – and Parma ham – Prosciutto di Parma – both of which have seen worldwide sales rocket. Over the last two years, UK sales of Parmigiano-Reggiano shot up by over a fifth while UK exports of pre-sliced Parma ham increased by nearly one third between 2008 and 2010. That’s a lot of grated cheese on our lasagnas.

  • A foodie weekend in Stratford-Upon-Avon

    Sunday October 9th, 2011

    Anita Pati heads to the home of the Bard, not to brush up her sonnet skills but to get all Falstaff on the food on offer at the 2011 Food Festival

  • Doing the rounds with Ricker

    Friday September 23rd, 2011

    There were some delicious starters, however, at Eight over Eight in Chelsea. Apparently this place is a hit with the yummy mummies who (*delight*) have no idea the salads they wolf can contain fatty lashings of delicious palm sugar – v. common in south-east Asian foods – not that they care, what with debating the next buggy brand to adopt.