CHECKOUT (4th edition – January 2012)
With Christmas being a distant memory, apart from the reminders around our waistlines and on our bank statements, we’ve decided to focus on Valentine’s Day. We’ve rounded up enough restaurants for you to drop some not so subtle hints on where you would like to be wined and dined, and they’ll suit every budget too (still thinking of those Christmas-induced overdrafts). Don’t worry, we still have our usual selection of new products, gadgets and events that have caught our eye this month…
Hamburger Mondays at The Draft House
Mondays are to be Hamburger Mondays at The Draft House. The fabled Yolk, Smoke or Poke will be available, with House Fries and a Pint of Sambrook’s Wandle, for £9.75 all in. If you’re not familiar with Yolk, Smoke & Poke, see their website. And Tuesdays are to be Flat Iron Tuesdays, meaning you can get an Angus Flat Iron Steak with a Green Salad and a Pint of Wandle for just £12.75. If you don’t like Wandle, they will sub in Draft House Light Lager, a glass of wine or any soft drink. We love their scotch eggs, meatballs, burgers, well, everything really…
Draft House Tower Bridge
206-208 Tower Bridge Road
London SE1 2UP
020 7378 9995
Draft House Westbridge
74-76 Battersea Bridge Road
London SW11 3AG
020 7228 6482
Draft House Northcote
94 Northcote Road
London SW11 6QW
020 7924 1814
Top January and February deals at London restaurants
30% off food at Opera Tavern
50% off food for early diners at Renaissance pubs
Martini meal deal at Cinnamon Kitchen
Burger offer at The Rib Room
25% off at Tapas Revolution
40% off Yo! Sushi
Fab new Indian cookbook
Gurpareet Bains, author of the No. 1 best-selling Indian Superfood, presents Indian Superspices: lab-inspired recipes to help with everyday ailments such as colds, PMT, hangovers and even insomnia. His unique approach uses spices in medicinal quantities to alleviate stress, anxiety, allergies and a range of other ailments. It will also help manage weight loss and aid with detox. Gurpareet already has a large fan base among A-list celebrities and Royalty. He is the creator of the ‘world’s healthiest meal’ and winner of the 2011 English Curry Awards’ ‘Chef of the Year’ title. Click here to buy.
A cocktail a day keeps the doctor away
Between 9th January and 12th February, The Botanist on Sloane Square and Chiswell Street Dining Rooms in the City will help give your health a kick with a selection of good-for you cocktails to enjoy absolutely guilt-free.
Each creation priced at £8.50, is packed full of vitamins and minerals designed to restore your body and mind ready for the year ahead. We want to try the Hazy Days – a blitz of Tanqueray gin; green apple liqueur; fresh ginger and the superfood sun-dried goji berries, packed with more vitamin C than oranges, more iron than steak and more beta-carotene than a carrot.
How to make the perfect Reuben sandwich
Want to know how to make the perfect Reuben sandwich? Tom Oldroyd, head chef from Russell Norman’s amazing Mishkin’s shows you how here. If only I could eat cheese I would make one. I really want to return to Mishkin’s, mostly for the Chicken matzo ball soup and all the other things we didn’t get to try on the first visit.
Create your own Big Apple Hot Dogs topping!
VALENTINE’S DAY DINING IN LONDON
A huge choice of Valentine’s Day dining this year, we, however, will be having an unromantic night in and will go out the following night.
For real romance… Clos Maggiore
According to Harden’s London Restaurant Guide 2012, Clos Maggiore is officially London’s most romantic restaurant. We have never been, but it’s on the list, maybe Ade will take me one day… A five-course tasting menu with a glass of champagne on arrival (£125) or with paired wines (£164). And if you feel like popping the question, staff will hide your sparkling ring in a bespoke chocolate box ready for the big moment.
33 King Street,
WC2E, T: 020 7379 9696
Something a bit different… Volupté
Love a man in uniform? Then head to burlesque and cabaret supper club Volupté, which will be hosting a ‘Blitz Party’ to welcome all those sharp-suited soldiers and sailors home from war; women are encouraged to glam up for their macho military men, too, in glamorous 1920s attire. Expect air raid sirens, a surprise black out, performances inspired by the sultry era and a menu of oysters, lobster and chocolate fondue. £75 for three courses and a show. Read our recent review here.
7-9 Norwich Street,
EC4A, Tel: 020 7831 1622
A taste of the middle east… Comptoir Libanais
Lebanese restaurant group, Comptoir Libanais is offering a mezze of Middle-Eastern delights at the recently opened South Kensington outpost, whilst a range of cool cocktails will help wash everything down in style. And if you’re a little more low-key, a takeaway does the trick every time, whilst an on-site shop enables you to pick out your own ingredients to cook up a storm in the comfort of your own home.
1-5 Exhibition Road,
SW7, Tel: 020 7225 5006
Made with love… The Table
The Table does everything in style, and a very romantic and special place it would be to spend Valentine’s night. £35.00 for a two course set menu, or £40.00 for a three course set menu and each guest receives a Champagne cocktail on arrival. The menu looks fantastic and they will also have live Jazz for the evening.
• Jerusalem artichoke soup, apple and truffl e oil
• Hand rolled tortellini of New Forest crayfi sh
and organic salmon poached in light bisque
• Slow roast, free range Welsh lamb
with Dauphinoise potatoes and spinach
• Pan fried Lemon sole with fi ne French beans,
new potatoes & cherry tomatoes
• Aubergine Parmigiano, wild roquette, pear
and toasted walnut salad
• Lemon pannacotta, blackcurrant sorbet
• British cheese selection
• Coffee and chocolates
The lovely people at The Table are offering 20% off the food bill for the 6.00pm sitting, just quote ‘We Love Food, It’s All We Eat’ when booking.
Somewhere cosy… Meatballs at the Quality Chop House
Our favourite Meatballs are dedicating Valentines celebrations to the late great Barry White. They are running a five-day and night passion extravaganza with the sound track that you would expect! Click here for more info and here to read our review.
92-94 Farringdon Road
London. EC1R 3EA
T: 020 3490 6228
Chinese New Year at Ping Pong
21st century teahouse and dim sum emporium, Ping Pong is welcoming the Year of the Dragon this Chinese New Year. They are celebrating the Chinese way with fifteen days of festivities, with daily prizes such as complimentary meals and dragon t-shirts, Dragon eye flowering tea tasting and sampling Dim Sum classes Cocktail classes. Also dragon face painting for children, a dragon film festival, complimentary cocktails for dragons (if your zodiac sign is dragon) and Chinese water pipe smoking (we want to do this one!).