Thomas Henry

  • email: tom@foodepedia.co.uk
  • May the Forza Win(ter) be with you

    Thursday November 22nd, 2012

    Forza Win(ter) being more of a supper club than pop-up restaurant means that you sit on communal tables of ten and there’s no choice of food. Instead a big pan of fonduta is placed onto a hotplate in the middle of the table, which you then ladle into bowls and eat with the roasted vegetables and meats, as and when they arrive.

  • Skyfall Cocktail at The Savoy

    Friday November 2nd, 2012

    The Skyfall martini was developed especially for the world premiere of the film by Eric Lorincz and served up to the stars at the after show party. Obviously you and I did not receive an invite to this, but, like me, you can live out your Bond dreams by heading down to the Savoy in the company of your very own Bond / Bond-girl lookalike for an evening of cocktails and espionage.

  • ‘The Perfect Host’ a new app by San Pellegrino

    Wednesday October 24th, 2012

    Sponsors of the annual competition to find the world’s fifty best restaurants, San Pellegrino have launched a new app for the iPhone and iPad.

  • QSM Beef and Lamb and a Butchery Masterclass with Henry Herbert

    Thursday October 4th, 2012

    What do you like to do in your spare time? Read books, knit scarves, make airfix models of Lancaster Bombers perhaps? Not Tom, he likes to chop up bits of dead animal for fun! It might sound peculiar but butchery is something of a hobby of his: he really does enjoy spending time in the kitchen boning a shoulder of pork, spatchcocking a chicken or knocking up a brace of pork pies.

  • Olives from Spain with Omar Allibhoy

    Thursday September 27th, 2012

    This particular evening was hosted by Olives from Spain, who had roped in Omar to demonstrate a variety of marinades for their olives, before the very nice chap from the cookery school talked us through a couple of more of Omar’s recipes, also featuring quantities of olives.

  • Game for a bath. Testing the Sous Vide Supreme

    Wednesday September 12th, 2012

    Tom takes the plunge and tries out the culinary art of sous viding at home. Will it make him the next Heston or will cooking never get tougher than this? And at over £350 is it really worth the money?

  • A Grelha at The Gun

    Sunday July 22nd, 2012

    Every summer, the guys who own a pub called The Gun turn their large outdoor, riverside terrace into a Portuguese grill, serving fish (from up the road at Billingsgate Market) as well as burgers, ribs of beef and lamb kebabs. So I went along with visions of glasses of chilled vihno verde, plates of bacalhau and nice piece of charcoal grilled fish- after all, what could be nicer?

  • The Northall at the Corinthia

    Thursday July 5th, 2012

    Overall, I liked the Northall, the cooking was good and it is obvious that they are taking care to source quality ingredients. They are not pushing boundaries at the cutting edge of British cuisine, but that isn’t what grand hotel dining rooms are for, and if you eat from one of their fixed price menus, there is value on offer

  • Koh Thai Tapas, Bournemouth

    Tuesday June 19th, 2012

    There are a few elements here which will get the foodie purists hot under the collar and also a lack of really authentic Thai dishes on the menu – no som tam, no larb gai etc. But when the food is enjoyable, the atmosphere buzzy, the prices reasonable (you could easily eat well for £25 a head), and the service pleasant, I’m not going to be one of them.

  • An entente cordiale over afternoon tea at Sketch

    Friday June 8th, 2012

    A trip to Sketch, Pierre Gagnaire’s gastro-emporium, is worth it just to see the bathrooms alone. But a redecorated room and a new menu means that afternoon tea aficionados should head to Conduit Street to get lost in the Glade and enjoy a classic British afternoon tea with a bit of cross-channel flair

  • Ecogrill. Grill your BBQ, save the planet

    Monday May 28th, 2012

    Performance wise the ecogrill was very easy to get going, was ready to cook on within half an hour of lighting and was hot enough to cook on for at least couple of hours, which is a big improvement on the traditional, flash in the pan, disposable affairs.

  • Raw Fair Preview with Isabelle Legeron MW.

    Monday May 14th, 2012

    Head down to the Truman Brewery this weekend or the Raw natural wine fair. Amongst others, Soho joint Ducksoup, Elliot’s Café and Hansen Lydersen are providing the fodder, and if that isn’t enough to persuade you, some people claim that the lack of additives in natural wine means less of a hangover!

  • Feng Sushi – Chef’s Table with Silla Bjerrum

    Monday May 14th, 2012

    Having braved the torrential rain showers and the flood of office workers streaming the other way into Canary Wharf station, I was very grateful to receive on arrival a warm green tea, followed by an equally warming champagne cocktail made with aged sake – a new and enjoyable variation of the old theme.

  • De La Panza

    Sunday April 8th, 2012
  • Your pizza, your way at Ponti’s Italian Kitchen, it's a DIY delight

    Thursday December 3rd, 2009

    What can you get for fifteen pounds in London Town?  Half a ticket to the back row of a West End show? One and a quarter cocktails in a chi-chi Soho bar? Well how about dinner, a drink, dessert and ready-made date banter? Thomas Henry throws up his pizza.

  • Vasco & Piero’s Pavilion

    Tuesday December 1st, 2009

    Mid week and mob handed we were having no luck getting a table at a new Soho hip hangout, so it was with bitterness in our hearts, and a copy of that restaurant's lunch-time only booking number in our hands, that we sought the reliable shelter of Vasco & Piero’s Pavilion Restaurant.

  • Market Trader - Denise Tang is chic in Camden

    Monday November 16th, 2009

    Denise Tang,the creative powerhouse behind Market, Camden’s restaurant du jour, has single handedly transformed the way that diners think about the borough. Before Tang and her cohorts opened up in 2007 Camden’s culinary scene was divided between its vast array of inexpensive fodder and the theatrical extravagance of Gilgamesh. Thomas Henry trades words with her.

  • Sardo

    Monday November 16th, 2009

    One thing I will say to the detriment of this undoubtedly enchanting restaurant is that if they ever want anyone to order pudding they might want to consider cutting the main courses in half. A couple of bottles of the excellent Cannonau Riserva were the only other things we managed past our lips that night.

  • Why can’t the English teach their children how to eat?

    Saturday October 3rd, 2009

    There are more cookery programmes and celebrity chefs knocking around these days than there are dinner ladies. It’s enough to make you think that this country is in the middle of a foodie frenzy, an orgy culinary patriotism. Except it doesn’t feel that way, not even in the beating heart of the London restaurant scene.

  • Massis

    Tuesday August 25th, 2009

    A short canal-side walk past the bustling bars and eateries left our abstention seeming ill founded as, in the middle of the after-work crowd, we spotted our destination, Massis. A curiously subdued venue set amid towering hives of industry the food here is simple, tasty and a wonderful conduit for easy bonhomie among friends.