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.

  • Game at Trishna and The Harwood Arms

    Sunday October 4th, 2009

    There still may be just a whisper of game left if you’re quick. Two very different establishments this season, with opposing cuisines, have been in on the act of serving the furred and the feathered. Anita Pati gives them both a shot.

  • Quirinale

    Friday September 25th, 2009

    White linen, pink roses, scent of lilies, a light, spring-like interior, cream banquettes and tawny fawn furnishings within an understated exterior. And the service is unobtrusive and discreet, perfect for MPs with private lives and open wallets.

  • Beach Blanket Babylon East

    Monday August 31st, 2009

    It isn’t easy to fill venues on the industrial stretch of Bethnal Green road where Beach Blanket Babylon has hunkered down. Brick Lane’s melee bristles five minutes away. Commercial Road’s pencil moustache and cupcake brigade posture to the right. But despite the relative quiet on our Friday night visit, the punters seemed still to be loving it.

  • Masala Zone Bayswater

    Friday August 7th, 2009

    The Panjabi sisters’ latest Bayswater offering epitomises what the expanding Masala Zone chain excels at – tantalising thalis,  tribal-styled interiors and cheap chow. And its bouquet of wet-saried women (on posters, not at the pass) is sure to enchant the average solo male diner. But while its starring dishes twinkle, can it afford to let its standards slip on those that don’t?

  • Masala Zone opens. No goody bag for writer

    Monday July 13th, 2009

    There is another Masala Zone in town. The owners of Amaya, Chutney Mary, Veeraswamy and five other MZs have done their number six in Bayswater. Aptly, they have dropped this recession-proof concept on the site of a former bank – recession-proof because the chain remains great value at under a tenner for a thali..

  • Gold! Aneke Spacie launches Twisted Favourites

    Monday June 22nd, 2009

    I couldn’t choose which was more exciting – the revolutionary deep-fried rocket or Tony Hadley’s cameo appearance. The 1980s crooner – whose band Spandau Ballet are making a comeback – had popped up to support his friend, chef Aneke Spacie at La Cucina Caldesi where Spacie was showing us recipes from her new book, Twisted Favourites.

  • Footstool

    Monday January 12th, 2009

    Some things purr on, doing their business, no X-factor genes pumping their spoilt podgy dancing legs. One of these is the modest but wonderful Footstool Restaurant in the brick-vaulted crypt of St Johns church in Smith Square, Westminster.