Archive For April 2014

Koichi Saura – Samurai for Sake

Koichi Saura – Samurai for Sake

We, at least in London, are becoming more familiar with Japan’s iconic national beverage. We are tempted to take our first sips in the increasingly numerous Japanese restaurants in the capital. Sake is new to us but it’s been around for a couple of thousand years in some form or other, and there are families…

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Whittington’s Tea Emporium at Noodle House

Whittington’s Tea Emporium at Noodle House

Kyle Whittington is a modern tea merchant. He imports the finest of teas and he educates and amuses his audience. You could say he teases with teas. Although the custom of tea drinking dates back thousands of years in China, it was not until the 17th century that tea first appeared in England. It has…

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Japanese Sake visits Parliament

Japanese Sake visits Parliament

There can be few, in London at least, who have not heard of the ‘sake buzz’. The drink has become more readily available with the proliferation of Japanese restaurants. Granted, those particular sakes might not represent the best, but they’ve been good enough to excite considerable interest. Now, its being enjoyed in Parliament! The first…

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Ekachai Oriental Dining Room

Ekachai Oriental Dining Room

I know it’s all a matter of taste – literally and metaphorically – when it comes to restaurants. Some diners have a flavour profile in mind, while others judge a restaurant by how sharply the creases might be pressed into the serviettes. Ekachai Oriental Dining Room at Liverpool Street has what might be described as…

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