Food Matters

Food Matters
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Burlesque Style Cabaret, Fire Eaters and Dancing at Circus

Wow, is how I would explain The Circus Restaurant in Covent Garden in just one word. Other words that spring to mind are breathtaking and out of this world. Whatever you are expecting when you book your table with Circus, if you have never been before, my guess is that your expectations will not only be met, but greatly exceeded.

Don't visit here if you're hoping for a funny, childish circus show of clowns and zoo animals. Circus Restaurant in Covent Garden is far more elite and high class than a Big Top show, it is an experience for those with an eye for taste and exquisite surroundings.

There's no denying that the number one reason for visiting is the Burlesque style cabaret, fire eaters and dancing. The entertainment at this hot spot is second to none, setting an entire league of its own, which no one has yet dared to try and compete with.

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Summer Dining at Rocket Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf is famous for its choice of bars, restaurants and events. It's a busy, buzzy place where something is always happening, and life is always changing. Competition is high yet there is something about Rocket that tickled my fancy.

From a distance, Rocket looks intriguing, yet inviting, with its earthy, yet somehow modern logo. The exterior is a great reflection of the interior: fresh, natural, modern and classy. The presentation of the restaurant leaves expectations high and, thankfully, you will not be left disappointed after your visit.

Rocket is spread over two floors, with the ground floor being a trendy bar, serving delicious Cocktails, Wines, Champagnes and Beers. The terraced area is heated ensuring you can enjoy the outdoors, whatever the weather. The bar opens from 10.30am Monday to Friday, meaning it a popular spot for both the lunch and after work drinks crowd.

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Summer Dining at 35 New Cavendish

The chic, glamorous, sexy 35 New Cavendish in Marylebone, is a restaurant that stretches over two floors, with a delicious menu consisting of European food. 35 New Cavendish is the perfect stop off whether you're celebrating a special occasion and looking for an affordable meal, or whether you're looking to indulge in a snack as you're passing through.

The ingredients used in the dishes at 35 New Cavendish are second to none, with their butcher Aubrey Allen, being the same who supplies for HRH Queen Elizabeth. Douglas Santi heads up the kitchen, offering a selection of irresistible light bites, a seasonal menu, perfectly cooked steaks, scallops and more. The restaurant is known for its crisp and simple style, with expertise in all meals being cooked to perfection. The fresh ingredients come into their own with the Raw Bar, offering oysters, ceviche, caviar and tartar, as well as meat and other fish dishes.

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Michelin Starred Dining in Kensington at Kitchen W8

If you’re looking for a high-end restaurant, with exceptionally well-cooked and beautifully presented food, then you are looking for Kitchen W8. As you approach the Kensington-based restaurant, you will be intrigued by its exterior: a smart black facade and awning, leaving everything to the imagination.

Upon entering, Kitchen W8 instantly suggests that you are in for a treat, with it’s trendy and incredibly striking framed wall art and modern, sophisticated air. With the fresh, white tablecloths and stylish, yet comfortable looking furniture, you’ll feel instantly invited to come and be part of a positive dining experience.

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High Stakes Glamour at Heliot Steak House

The Heliot Steakhouse lies within the iconic Hippodrome Casino in the heart of London's Leicester Square and offers a fine dining experience centred around a menu of grills and steaks.

Adopting its name from the renowned Claire Heliot who famously tamed lions at the casino back in its heydey, the restaurant overlooks the main gaming floor and has become a well-visited part of the establishment within its own right.

Taking a contemporary and refined contrast to the classic steakhouse stereotypes, Heliot is somewhat of a hidden gem. Plush leather seating and modern lighting give it a relaxed lounge styled vibe and I often retreat to the cocktail bar within the restaurant for a post game tipple. Heliot is also a prime people watching spot and one often finds themselves immersed in the atmosphere of the surroundings.

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Ristorante Frescobaldi Toscana by the Sea Winemakers Dinner

Short of taking a little sojourn to Florentine, what better way to introduce fine Tuscan wine to your cellar or palate than to attend Ristorante Frescobaldi’s ‘Winemaker’s Dinner’. The restaurant, located between London’s Regent Street and Savile Row, is owned by the Frescobaldi family, the Florentine wine dynasty that have been producing the finest Tuscan wine since 1308 and while methods may have changed with the times, the ethos behind the company hasn’t.

Ristorante Frescobaldi1We are told that their wines have graced such tables as King Henry VIII’s and the artist Michelangelo, who apparently was quite happy to trade his works of art for theirs.

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A Taste Of Africa At Shaka Zulu

Shaka Zulu is one of London’s top A-List hangouts, situated in the fashionable Stables Market in Camden, the venue is spanned over two floors and features a restaurant, nightclub and lounge bar.

An incredible interior awaits guests that transcend into the world of Shaka Zulu; traditional African artefacts fill the space, and the ceiling is made from breathtaking panels. The layout gives the restaurant floor a spacious feel, and it has rounded booth tables for larger groups.

Offering an authentic taste of Africa, Shaka Zulu offers some of the finest cuisine in London and the extensive menu features everything from Steak to Seafood. The a la carte has been cleverly named the Braai menu, and this translates into barbecue or grill.

Taking its guests on a culinary safari, the restaurant uses game sourced from South Africa, which is then cooked on a classic Braai Grill giving a taste and texture to die for. The Braai menu is devised into seafood, starters, beef, game and mains.

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Guilt-Free Fine Dining at Indigo

Indigo is the flagship restaurant of the renowned One Aldwych Hotel and is a fine dining restaurant with a difference. Offering lunch and dinner, Indigo serves a delicious menu of British cuisine all free of dairy and gluten.

The chilled out vibe and ambience of Indigo is refreshingly cool and the restaurant overlooks the lobby bar from the mezzanine level of the hotel. Relaxed service and muted tones of colour throughout make it the perfect place to wind down. Contemporary artwork is tastefully hung from the walls and one can easily feel at home here.
Headed by Executive Chef Dominic Teague, he has taken his vision of dining to the next level and the seasonally changing menu champions great food without comprising on the taste by being gluten and dairy free.

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Asian Flavours at Gilgamesh

The star-studded Gilgamesh has long been a favourite amongst the international jet set, set against the historical backdrop of the Camden Stables Market, Gilgamesh offers a restaurant, lounge bar and nightclub all under one roof.

Contemporary in style, the interior is modern and the walls are adorned with ancient sculptures and panels throughout. Opulent throne-like seating and tones of gold and reds reflect on Asian culture and the design of Gilgamesh is centred around the idea of taking guests on a journey through the Orient.

Specialising in Asian cuisine, it's no surprise that Gilgamesh has so many accolades and awards under its belt. Headed by Dean Light, formerly of The Dorchester, the menu takes inspiration from the flavours of Japan, China, Malaysia and Thai giving an authentic taste of Far East Asia.

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The Finest Mexican in Marylebone at Mole

A few steps away from London's Bond Street, Mole is the latest offering from the team behind sister restaurant Cocochan. This cosy restaurant seats 50 and one can expect a fusion of both timeless and adventurous Mexican/South American dishes. Tastefully decorated with a living wall and hand drawn wallpaper by the great Timorous Beasties together with vibrant fabrics designed by the acclaimed Matthew Williamson and Christian Lacroix against the untreated brickwork, visiting this quirky Mexican gem is a must.

The menu itself offers an innovative concept on classic Mexican food, and 80% of the menu is gluten free. The Raw Bar at Mole serves both cured dishes and ceviche with sashimi graded fish. I'd highly recommend the Tuna tostada. There is also a vast Taco menu, the Chipotle beef short rib is mouthwateringly delicious, but do look out for the experimental tacos for the more daring diner, one can find dishes such as cod cheeks with squid ink foam.