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.

  • Maker's Mark -make mine a bourbon

    Sunday May 23rd, 2010

    Gosh, everything’s a masterclass these days. If it’s not pointing Dutch bricks in wigwam stylee, it’s (very three years ago) butchering a cow or slicing gouda into helicopter blades. I plumped for a more traditional lesson – the master distiller of Yeehah Maker’s Mark (that redneck waxed bottle found on the top shelf), givin’ us all the lowdown on how the corn-rich distillate came to be a bourbon

  • Clotted cream at Browns - and a top scone recipe too

    Monday May 17th, 2010

    Anita Pati has her fill of Rodda's clotted cream in all its naughty glory when she meets the makers at Browns Hotel. Chef Fabien Ecuvillon whips up some delicious patisserie for her and shares his scones  recipe with us.

  • A foodie weekend in Aberdeenshire

    Tuesday April 27th, 2010

    Venison and whisky lord over the menu when Anita Pati takes a foodie trip of Aberdeenshire. And the cock pheasants spar while the Cairngorms twinkle. What else in a land where monarch of the glen, stovies and a warming dram bring a welcome fit for royalty?

  • Inamo,London

    Thursday April 22nd, 2010

    “Maybe we’re not the demographic they’re aiming at,” says C, kindly. I am grasping and confused, sensory faculties aghast, mind rollicking. OK, it’s not quite that bad but I feel a bit luddite here at Inamo, the hi-tec Soho restaurant where the menus are interactive, and you can webcam into the kitchen from your table top.

  • The Mall Tavern

    Monday April 19th, 2010

    All in all, we enjoyed. There did seem to be a tendency to fritterise… were the ‘70s solely a decade of breadcrumbs? But Jesse’s keen, the place is rammed, the menu keeps changing and everyone looks jolly. It’s fun, reasonably-priced and will surely draw votes this election.

  • Monsieur M, Shoreditch, London

    Tuesday April 6th, 2010

    There’s a parade of rickety cutesy and authentic Vietnamese restaurants clustered down the Shoreditch end of Kingsland Road in London’s Hackney. They’re cheap, run by Vietnamese people – many originally refugees – and functional. Shoreditch’s fashion pack use them to chow down before drinking or just as a reminder of their hols to far off lands. But round the corner, in the beautiful Grade II listed Shoreditch Town Hall, Monsieur M is mounting a challenge to them all.

  • Cracking crabs at Trishna

    Thursday March 25th, 2010

    Crabs can look quite alien to us ugly humans. What with their shifty sideways glances and bollard eyes. Maybe that’s why dismantling them remains such a daunting prospect to cooks. So, Trishna to the rescue, the Indian restaurant in London’s Marylebone has decided to offer a series of crab-cracking master classes each Sunday followed by a three course crabby meal.

  • Babbo, London

    Wednesday March 10th, 2010

    Anita Pati gets into fine Italian dining but has to endure some psychotic career counseling for starters. Will the Ossobucco reveal its innermost secrets? Was the Scallop a mussel in its past life? Could Anita have picked a worse dining companion?

  • Cooking with Kumud Gandhi at the Saffron House

    Wednesday February 3rd, 2010

    That I can do a mean keema myself made Kumud Gandhi’s Indian spice trail course all the more inviting. The trail began at Paddington, a train through winter snow to the former high-flying banker's large Hertfordshire home.

  • Bistro K, London

    Sunday January 24th, 2010

    Football and fine dining – f-words that fit like fist and fur ball. So when, in the newly-opened Bistro K – plush, South Kensington deluxe – Anita Pati sees a giant sports telly slap bang in the wall, it comes as no surprise that the bar’s owner also owns the Olympique Lyonnais football team.

  • Asian Dinner Club at the Bedford & Strand - matching wine, cheese and the sexes

    Tuesday January 5th, 2010

    Set up by enterprising mother of two Salima Manji, the Asian Dinner Club aims to get professional single Asians together over food and wine. Anita Pati finds though that she's the only one actually eating as the high-flyers are networking too hard. All the more tasty cheese for her, then.

  • Feeding of the 5,000 - Trafalgar Square

    Thursday December 17th, 2009

    I have lined up the russets, wondrous in their crunch, the foxy Coxs, the carrots - knobbly - and the bananas. All of them perfect, earthly gifts distributed during the feeding of the five thousand. It was a Biblical act, a water-coloured wintry vision in Trafalgar Square - part West Country festival, part Regency splendour as the skies unloaded their first Christmas snow onto a lunchtime mob of far more than 5,000 believers.

  • Chinese Cricket Club,London

    Tuesday December 8th, 2009

    The Chinese Cricket Club is apparently named after the new Chinese National Cricket team who this year played its first international match. Ni hau? I am no sports afficionado but is this a good omen for a fledgling venture? What will stand it in good stead is that it’s located within the Crowne Plaza in London which already houses Giorgio Locatelli’s Refettorio restaurant.

  • Vineet Bhatia’s Rasoi: New Indian Kitchen

    Tuesday December 1st, 2009

    Vineet Bhatia’s Rasoi: New Indian Kitchen is a beautiful book that refuses to patronise its readership. From the wry black flock cover that mimics high street Indian Tandoori décor to the serene, understated photography, this 272-page cookbook should thrill the style seekers.

  • Mon Plaisir, London

    Wednesday November 25th, 2009

    Her guest pulls a sicky, but Anita Pati soldiers on alone in the oldest London French restaurant amidst Covent Garden theatre goers, tourists and regulars. Sometimes dining is a solitary pleasure

  • Zia Teresa hits 50

    Tuesday November 17th, 2009

    Restaurants often lay claim to being the oldest something or other. Bizarre – as I increasingly slip into that category I’m not going to shout about it. This fortnight, I’ve been to London’s oldest Hungarian, the earliest French, and now, Zia Teresa, the first to plant its boot shape into the city’s culinary foundations.

  • The Princess of Shoreditch

    Wednesday November 11th, 2009

    The service here was careful, polished and exacting, we couldn’t find fault with that. And the food – with a few exceptions – was pretty much the same. As long as the mighty Princess of Shoreditch keeps an eye on the salt and other demons, we’re sure the punters will keep coming.

  • Bangalore Express

    Tuesday November 3rd, 2009

    Opened just a month ago, the unfortunately-named Bangalore Express in its hidden location belies its fab quality. This mid-priced, 80s-decor Indian restaurant is a real find if you can find it, but no one seems to have located it quite yet.

  • Fancy cakes for fanciable people

    Tuesday October 27th, 2009

    The Primrose Hill Bakery has opened up a branch in Covent Garden. Anita Pati who admits she has a thing going with Mr Kipling, steps out to see if fancy cupcakes could be her cup of tea.

  • Buddha Bar London

    Saturday October 17th, 2009

    The Buddha Bar, whose giant model of Buddha sits among Dionysian excess, can seem like an oxymoron given the wise one's probable aversion to the demon drink.
    Anita Pati sashays into the celeb’s favourite hangout to see what all the fuss is about.