B.Log from May 2011

May 2011 B.Log Archive from Foodepedia

  • Restaurant safari with Taste of London

    Tuesday May 31st, 2011

    Invited to a Soho restaurant safari by the Taste of London people, I accepted  straight away. The Safari was to give us a flavour of some dishes that three Soho restaurants, Quo Vadis, Gauthier Soho and Bocca di Lupo/Gelupo, would be serving up at the forthcoming Taste of London, held at Regent’s Park from 16 to 19 June this year.

  • Tasty journeys with East Coast.

    Tuesday May 31st, 2011

    We tried (and eventually just looked at – the chefs were more than generous!) a host of new dishes being served ‘at seat’ for the first time this week to passengers travelling for more than 70 minutes. Most dishes were yummy but some were a little on the ‘aeroplane-food’ side.

  • The Balvenie Whisky Den in Covent Garden

    Monday May 30th, 2011

    Having opened on May 9,theDen has‘evolved’ over the weeks, with student artists continually changing the in-Den art installations. Downstairs are now a floor maltings, with barley spread across the room to show how the grains are turned in the distillery, while in another corner an artist pieces together a barrel lamp shade.

  • The Green Room returns to The Rebel Dining Society

    Friday May 27th, 2011

    The Rebel Dining Society revisit a few old friends when they team up with Pernod Absinth for the second year running.

  • Discovering Turning Leaf colours

    Wednesday May 25th, 2011

    Californian winemakers Turning Leaf have recently launched their “Discover the Colour” campaign to present their portfolio of five wines as expressions of colour. To be precise, Turning Leaf's oenologist Stephanie Edge has teamed up with Dutch chef Esther Röling to create a new series of colourful recipes designed to match the Turning Leaf wines throughout the seasons. Qin Xie was invited to sample their selection of wines and some of the summery dishes to match.

  • One Greedy Italian - we lunch large with Carluccio

    Wednesday May 25th, 2011

    It’s hard to stop grazing on the anti pasti, which is what makes Italian food so great; the sense of sharing, of conviviality, of food as life. It’s all so different from the Church of Food we seem to have constructed for ourselves here in London. Heads down, talk only in whispers and raise reverential gazes to Chef in His Kitchen.

  • Tamarind to take on the Terminator

    Tuesday May 24th, 2011

    Tamarind, the posh Indian restaurant in Mayfair, has decided to end the spice drought in Arny Schwarznegger's California and open Tamarind of London in Newport Beach, Orange County one of the best beachside cities on the Pacific Coast.

  • The grass is always greener. The asparagus menu at Refettorio

    Friday May 20th, 2011

    You catch glimpses of the man - Giorgio Locatelli, his trademark hair almost back to its original piratical length, emerges from his kitchen at Refettorio every now and then to see how the ‘grass’ is going down with guests.

    I’m liking it a lot, the seasonal treat that is English asparagus, or ‘grass’ to greengrocers, is fresh, crisp and delicious. At this time of year it demands to be eaten every day because when it’s gone, it’s gone and we’ll soon be back to inferior foreign stuff.

  • The Bavarian Beerhouse Tower Hill

    Wednesday May 18th, 2011

    Many people are not too sure what to expect when they are met with the words ‘Bavarian’ and ‘Beerhouse’. Is it a pub, which serves Pretzels? Or is it Bratwurst’s galore and a pitcher of beer? Priyanka Kara makes a visit to the new Bavarian Beerhouse opened at Tower Hill to find out!