Archive For March 2012

André Chiang

André Chiang

He is handsome and tall with casual-chic attire, and has a winning smile, but when he talks about food his visage changes to reflect a serious regard for his art and passion. Although still a young man André Chiang has had a lifetime filled with food and restaurants. His Mum was a chef and had…

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Roast for Lunch – a menu by new chef Marcus Verberne

Roast for Lunch – a menu by new chef Marcus Verberne

Roast is a very aptly named restaurant in London’s famed Borough Market. That might conjure images of a steamy-windowed greasy-spoon cafe (note no accent over the ‘e’ so pronounced to rhyme with safe). Roast could not be further from that vinyl vision. The menu here celebrates the best of British food and that includes roasts…

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A Passion for Cheese

A Passion for Cheese

A Passion for Cheese is another classy book by Paul Gayler. The visual delight is supplied by, once again, Gus Filgate and his camera. The book offers us more than 130 ways to cook with cheese but it also enlightens us about cheese making, choosing and storing cheese and what wine might work best. I…

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Chinese Afternoon Tea at Grand Imperial

Chinese Afternoon Tea at Grand Imperial

We think of afternoon tea as being the quintessentially English event. Well, in fact if we were to be purists we would say that it’s a traditionally Chinese occasion. Tea is, after all, Chinese, although India can lay claim to commercial production for mass export. The British were not even the first Europeans to appreciate…

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The Grill at Flemings Hotel in Mayfair

The Grill at Flemings Hotel in Mayfair

Even the address of Flemings Hotel gives a clue to the style and quality of this boutique establishment: Half Moon Street, Mayfair. It’s one of the smartest areas in London, although the eponymous and long-gone pub had a considerable and iffy reputation. Mayfair takes its name from the popular annual gathering which, several hundred years…

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Bread Street Kitchen from Gordon Ramsay

Bread Street Kitchen from Gordon Ramsay

Bread Street is a ward of the City of London in the neighbourhood of Cheapside, and its name is taken from its main thoroughfare, which was originally and unsurprisingly a bread market. Historic records show that in 1302 the bakers of London were ordered to sell no bread from their homes but only in the…

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Afternoon Tea at Dukes

Afternoon Tea at Dukes

Dukes boutique hotel is tucked away in a quiet courtyard in London’s stylish St James’s.  It was the winner of “England’s Leading Boutique Hotel” at the World Travel Awards 2011 and it’s no surprise. Whilst its salubrious location is part of the charm it still stands apart from much of the local competition. It has…

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Everyday Gourmet Plank Grilling

Everyday Gourmet Plank Grilling

Even the most dedicated European outdoor griller or BBQ enthusiast might be a stranger to plank grilling. It conjures visions of a scaffolding board hanging out over the ends of the barbecue, or perhaps a discarded floorboard being put to fiery culinary use. Well, not quite. The boards in question are like miniature roofing shingles,…

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Cook – A year in the kitchen with Britain’s best chefs

Cook – A year in the kitchen with Britain’s best chefs

Well, perhaps that’s a bit of an overstatement! Perhaps the phrase might more aptly be “A year in the kitchen with some of Britain’s best chefs” but if that’s the only criticism of this cookbook then the editor need not feel too aggrieved. And, yes, that is my only complaint of Cook – A year…

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