Monday, 27 October 2014


Street food, restaurant style

Tredwell's is a brand new opening by industry heavyweight Marcus Wareing, his talent can not be questioned, a former right hand man of Gordon Ramsay and holder of two Michelin stars with his luxury restaurant Marcus inside the 5 stars Berkeley Hotel. Having eaten there a numbers of times, I somehow found it strange that he is going with a completely different approach with Tredwell's, simple modern British foods in a relaxing setting.

Chicken liver mousse, bacon jam, toast
smoked pork cheeks
Confit cod, sweet potato, lemon & garlic

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Midsummer House

Almost in heaven

Midsummer House, a double starred Michelin restaurant in Cambridge is headed by Daniel Clifford. He has held the Michelin status for over 10 years and with 5AA Rosettes and highly regarded reviews from the press, I was pretty sure it would be a special place. Daniel is known for his modern cooking techniques in the style of French cuisine using top British ingredients, it all sounded very appealing, so much so that I took a special journey to head up to Cambridge from London on a sunny weekend.

Midsummer House

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Monkey's Shoulder

London Cocktail Week Glaswegian style

At London Cocktail Week 2014, many spirit brands set up pop up bars at Seven Dials. Monkey's Shoulder, a triple blended Malt Scotch is well known for its fun and creative events, last year the Popcorn Flip event and DIY kitchen was truly one of the most unforgettable events with pop corn flying left and right! This year team Monkey took a different approach with "The Cowbell" pop up, it has been 6 months in the making, brought to you from the winner of The Ultimate Bartender Challenge.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Ippudo London

A total rip off

Ippudo London, yet another global ramen operation entering the UK market, opened just opposite of its business rivial Kanada Ya on St Giles High Street. I will not mention too much about the whole business side of the operation as I already covered that in my Kanada Ya post not so long ago. Ippudo London has a lot to offer on its menu beside ramen, with a full starters and ALC options too, with some traditional Japanese dishes with a western twist such as wagyu tatki and hakata tonpu yaki. With a no booking policy, it took me about 30 mins to get a table on a Friday night.
Ippudo London

El Dorado Rum

The Lost City of Gold

I am a rum geek, every time when I go to a bar I always order a rum based cocktail and buy at least a bottle or two on my travels. I knew nothing about rum 4 years ago, like most people, thanks to the infamous Bacardi, I always thought rum was just a nasty spirit that you downed at parties. But one day I discovered El Dorado at Rumfest and everything changed from there. El Dorado came from Guyana and is the only remaining distillery in the region, it sources its sugar cane from local producers before being distilled using both column and pot still then aged in American oak barrels, resulting in some of the finest rum in the world.

The El Dorado Rum Collection
El Dorado 3, 5 and 8 year old