Thursday, 21 May 2015

Medlar

Chelsea's gem

Tagliatelle with cod cheeks, broad beans,
asparagus, pied bleu and wild garlic

Medlar, a modern bistro located in Chelsea has delighted locals as well as destination diners for a while now. It has been almost a year since Medlar lost its Michelin star, personally I think it never deserved such status in the first place. In my first visit two years ago, I had some very capable cooking and generally really enjoyed it, but it was far from exciting or refined and these are the qualities I would be expecting in a Michelin starred restaurant. But stars aside, it is a lovely restaurant, one that I would happily visit on a regular basis if I lived nearby.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

AeroDynamic Party

Monkey Shoulder Social Club



When it comes to a unique whisky brand, I can't think of a better one other than Monkey Shoulder, it is not a blended Scotch or a single malt, but a triple blended malt whisky from one of the most iconic drink companies in the world, William Grants and Son. The special triple malt production method gives Monkey Shoulder a smoothness but a richness at the same time which works extremely well in a cocktail. This leads to some fun and innovative cocktail recipe creations.


They also know how to throw a party aka The Monkey Shoulder Social Club, instead of the usual cocktail with club music event that you would see from other drink brands, Monkey Shoulder always manages to come up with something creative and original which makes it very exciting and spectacular. This time it was a theme called "AeroDynamic Party", a cocktail in the sky experience in a jumpsuit! Guests were given the chance to have a real "sky diving" experience with clouds and wind blowing left and right while having their picture taken.


Out of the two cocktails on the night, 'Aviator' was truly sensational, a modern take on the famous Manhattan cocktail, with the Dubonnet making it a very dry but sweet aperitif drink. It was another very enjoyable social club, if you love whisky and parties, keep a close eye on up coming social club dates. It's the kind of place you go to, to experience something new. To try something different. To let your hair down. It's a series of events for the young at heart but who are savvy with their choices. It's a night of fun, frivolity and downright tasty Scotch cocktails.

For more information about Monkey Shoulder, please visit:

https://www.monkeyshoulder.com/

Mad Scientist Soirée

Yelp's underground laboratory



When it comes to putting together a night of awesome entertainment, few can match Yelp's. An online reviews platform that publishes crowd-sourced reviews about local businesses, you can find anything from restaurants, movies to shops and even home services! It is a very popular and extremely helpful website with lots of social events that reward its users. This time, the team from London came up with a fun "mad scientist" theme that has everything from food, drinks to entertainment. It also features some trendy and independent crafty brands.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Tonic & Remedy

Freshness in Old Street


M by Montcalm

Tonic & Remedy is a newly launched restaurant inside the five star hotel 'M by Montcalm' by the Searcys group, who are specialists in private dining and bespoke events with venues including The Gherkin and Blenheim Palace. Headed up by Paul Welburn, former head chef at Michelin starred Rhodes W1 in the City, Tonic & Remedy championed itself using well sourced herbs and spices with a modern and creative touch in its cooking.

I took the 50% off soft launch deal and I was really impressed with what was on offer on the day.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Galvin La Chapelle

City glamour


Galvin La Chapelle, photo from management

Two years on, I returned to the single Michelin starred restaurant Galvin La Chapelle. The cooking is classical French in principle with some light modern touches. I had a very delightful tasting menu last time when I was there, the lovely decor (a formal chapel) is one of the USP's of this restaurant, with a very high ceiling and charming services make it one of the most popular restaurants in the City. Due to the location, expect plenty of city workers, while dress code is smart casual, you might look out of place if you turn up in jeans.