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The Cavendish – London

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Since its launch in 2014 The Cavendish has become one of Marylebone’s much loved foodie havens, an all-day brasserie sat alongside the area’s hip and fashionable boutiques.

The restaurant offers an all day modern European menu set in a stylish old world English pub interior, with plush booth seating spread across two floors, and outside dining for when the British weather permits. The beautiful interiors are the work of Concorde Interior Design – known for designing for the likes of Tom’s Kitchen, The Botanist, and Copita.

Heading up the kitchen is chef, Douglas Santi, with over 25 years of experience in the industry, Santi began his career at the young age of 13 working for Laurent Saudeau – the right hand man of acclaimed chef Paul Bocuse.

The seasonal menu pairs the best quality ingredients with inspiration from classic French and Italian cuisine, and all at a pocket friendly price – with most menu options at below £20.

On a recent visit we got to try out the dinner menu for ourselves.

Once sat in a quiet corner of the second floor we eyed over the impressive menu to see what caught our eye. To start things off I opted for the Octopus Carpaccio (£12.80), the dish came beautifully presented – round slices of juicy octopus garnished with crisp chorizo and potatoes. The dish was light but delicious, a highly recommended starter.

For my main I had to go with the restaurant’s signature (and much instagrammed) ‘100 Layers Lasagne’ (£12). An update of the classic lasagne the recipe for this version comes straight from Chef Santi’s grandmother.  The dish again is beautifully presented, with layer upon layer of lasagne  resulting in a striking main, filling without being stodgy and full of colour and flavour.

With just about enough room to fit in dessert I opted for the Butter toffee and Pecan Praline Cheesecake (£6) which came highly recommended by the friendly waitress. Again it didn’t disappoint, sweet but not sickly with a light cheese layer and crisp biscuit base, heaven.

The Cavendish is a must visit, a delicious menu in a beautiful London location at an affordable price point, what more could you ask for?

The Cavendish
35 New Cavendish Street
London
W1G 9TR

T: 020 7487 3030
reservations@35newcavendish.com
www.35newcavendish.co.uk

Savini At Criterion Restaurant London

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Bringing a touch of Milanese glamour to London’s picadilly is Savini at Criterion, a restaurant with a rich 150 year history.

Dating back to 1867, Savini is Milan’s most famous restaurant, a dazzling venue where Verdi, Puccini, Callas and Sinatra all came to dine.  Owned by the Gatto family, who also own the 5 successful branches of Gran Café in the city, decided on picadilly as the perfect location to migrate the restaurant from Milan to the English capital.  The striking Grade II-listed The Criterion building houses the restaurant against a backdrop of timeless opulence designed by Royal Albert Hall architect Thomas Verity, this neo-Byzantine dining room and bar, with its gold ceiling and marble columns, a truly opulent setting.

The Italian restaurant offers an all day menu, catering to diners from breakfast to dinner with a menu of seasonal and traditional Italian fare, all produced and handmade on site from scratch.

On our visit we were able to try dishes from their dinner menu.

To kick things off I started with the 18 months cured Parma ham and melon (£16.50) , a simple but tasty dish, a light option to allow for a more indulgent main. Beautifully presented the dry cured ham is rich and salty, balanced out perfectly with the sweet melon segments.

Mains include Pasta, rice, salads, meat and fish options, my eye immediately wondered to their risotto selection – opting for the Squid ink version which comes with sautéed tub gurnard and fresh basil (£21.50) . At first glance the portion seemed small but it is deceiving as it is very filling, the glossy black rice is paired with the tub gurnard fish for a hearty and delicious meal.  Accompanying this I opted for the grilled vegetables from the comprehensive selection of sides.

To finish things off Savani offers a wide selection of Italian classics for desserts, as well as an Italian cheese board option. On this visit I went for the Guanaya chocolate Panna cotta and salted caramel (£8.50) , which is as delicious as it sounds, a perfect ending to an enjoyable dining experience.

A visit is highly recommended for some good quality Italian dishes, beautiful surroundings and a helpful and friendly staff.

Savini At Criterion
224 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HP

www.saviniatcriterion.co.uk

Heliot Steak House – London

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Being housed within the Hippodrome Casino may not sound like the ideal venue for a high end restaurant but Heliot Steak House certainly comes highly recommended – being judged the “Best Steak Restaurant in London” by the customers of Bookatable last year.

The 150 seater restaurant is located inside the casino in Leicester Square, perched on the balcony overlooking the main room in the casino, perfect for a pot of people watching.  The Hippodrome  itself has become a premiere entertainment destination with drinking, dining, live entertainment and gaming all under one roof.

We recently visited the restaurant to sample their dinner menu, which was created by Head Chef Ioannis Grammenos and his team.

We were sat down at an ordered a gin and tonic to get us settled, the place has a very comprehensive section of drinks available.

The  menu is small but features plenty of classic dishes for you to choose from.

With starters I opted for the smoked salmon (£8), which comes with green apple, mint salad and sour cream, the fish was delicious and perfectly accompanied by the mint salad and sour cream.

As the name suggests the restaurant’s real strength is its steaks,  boasting USDA prime steaks, all aged for between four and six weeks to develop tenderness and flavour, less than 2% receives the USDA certification.

The steak menu is split up into 3 sections depending on size small (200g), medium 250-350g) and large (500-650g) each with different varieties of cuts.  I opted for the medium rib eye (£20)   – ordered medium rare. with a lobster tail on top (£8) and a side of triple cooked chips (£3). The steak was well cooked, with a brown outer and pink centre with a Chimichurri  to accompany, the lobster tail added a luxurious touch and the chips were a highlight, crispy and delicious.

Though quite full after the steak we decided to give the dessert menu a try – we went for the chocolate torte (£6.50) made from dark chocolate it was very rich but not sickly, a sweet ending to an enjoyable meal.

Heliot Steak House was surprisingly good, don’t be deterred by its tourist trap location for inside you will find a very good restaurant and at a good price point. So pay them a visit.

Heliot Steak House
The Hippodrome casino,
14 Cranbourn St,
London
WC2H 7JH

Click here for more information 

STK London Restaurant

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STK is a fresh take on the traditional steak house, with modern sleek interiors complimented to an updated menu for more diverse options.

The brand’s London branch is housed on the ground level of the ME Hotel, joining locations in New York City, Washington DC, Miami, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Orlando, and Milan.

With a modern take on the steak house experience the restaurant also offers a superior experience with stylish decor and dimly lit space for a more intimate experience to enjoy with a special someone or with a group of friends.

Seating is arranged in booth form surrounding the large metallic architectural sculpture in the centre of the room. On our visit we got to try out some selections from the newly launched pre theatre menu for the summer.

Upon arrival we were seated by a warm and friendly host, we got there for an early dinner at 6pm so it was on the empty side with few other diners.

Our waiter was very helpful and went through the menu with us, answering all our questions with precision and knowledge.

We opted for the signature mini burgers to start with which have burgers made form Wagyu beef beautifully presented in mini sesame seed buns. They were delicious with he burger perfectly cooked and the ‘special’ sauce adding a tangy kick.

Now to the highlight and as you might of guessed is the steaks, while the menu offers non steak options it is the meat dishes were it shines. Steak cuts are predominantly USDA prime, the highest grade of American steak. I opted for the large T Bone which comes in at 600g and ordered it medium rare with a tasty bernaise sauce. Alongside we opted for the mac & cheese and Parmesan truffle chips, the later of which comes beautifully presented, stacked up jingo like. The steak was incredible,, perfectly cooked and very satisfying, highly recommended.

If you still have room then I suggest you give one of the dessert options a try, we were unsure which to pick so our waiter recommended the fairground themed option which is recommended to share. Candy floss, toffee popcorn, donuts and chocolate milk all feature and come presented in a ferris wheel like sculpture, a fun way to finish your meal.

So for an modern and upgraded steak meal (and many other choices) then STK is a must, a delicious high quality menu with cool stylish interiors and friendly staff. Go!

For more info and bookings  visit www.stkhouse.com

Pennethorne’s Cafe – London

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Housed within the former home of London Fashion Week is the chic Pennethorne’s Cafe Bar, a bar/restaurant offering diners the serene setting to escape the capital’s hustle and bustle.

Its name is derived from Sir James Pennethorne, the 19th century English architect who designed the Somerset House New Wing in which the cafe bar resides.

The venue fuses together the arts, culture, decadence and style of the early 19th century with the unique vibe of 21st century London.  Known for their signature cocktails (starting at just £5) Pennethorne’s is also becoming a foodie hot spot with a tasty food menu available.  The all day venue offers breakfast through to cocktail hour and beyond with indoor and outdoor seating available to admire the beautiful Victorian surroundings.

Located in the New Wing of Somerset House, just off The Strand, Waterloo Bridge and Aldwych, Pennethorne’s Cafe Bar is the place to hang out, relax, unwind and enjoy simple, quality food and delicious drinks surrounded by stylish Victorian-chic interiors and grand Somerset House windows to watch London pass by. The all day wining and dining destination also offers outdoor seating and a private dining room for exclusive events.

Though its stranghts are it extensive cocktail range Pennethorne’s also has a wonderful selection of food options. its menu brings classic flavours from the Grand Tour travels to France and Italy to life with a modern English twist. The menu, designed by head chef Richard Robinson, features all-day dining small plates. Pennethorne’s  also features a bakery section with freshly bakes breads and pastries on offer throughout the days for those wanting something on the go.

During our evening visits we tried a few of the sharing platters available, – these range nibbles (olives, pork scratchings) to small plates (Mushrooms on toast , Scotch egg ) to larger cheese and meat platters. Though all delicious and perfect to share with friends I would recommend the Oxford air dried ham and Ocelli al Barolo cheese.
Drinks wise again these is a large selection of wines, spirits and cocktails – The Lady Killer a particular highlight –  mixed berries infused cognac, Galliano, lemon juice and  honey syrup.

Prices for cocktails start at £5 with food options from £3 for nibbles.

More information can be found at www.pennethornescafe.co.uk

Pennethorne’s Cafe
Somerset House,
Strand,
London
WC2R 1LA

Asia de Cuba London Relaunches

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Fusion restaurant Asia de Cuba has relaunched, offering a brand new menu and updated interiors at its St Martins Lane hotel home.

Cuban-born Luis Pous has been brought in as Executive Chef bringing his own heritage and experience to offer up new dishes.

Havana is home to Latin America’s oldest and largest Chinatowns and this serves as backdrop to the exiting new menu with Chef Pous’ interpreting what Asian-influenced Cuban food would be today if Cubans has the freedom and access not allowed to them for the past 50 years.

The London relaunch coincides with the reopening of Asia de Cuba’s New York location after a four-year absence. Created by restaurateur and financier Jeffrey Chodorow Asia de Cuba is located in London’s theatre district at the centre of Covent Garden.

We recently got a chance to go and try out new dishes for ourselves and were not dissapointmed. Upon entering St Martins Lane you are met by a vast and beautiful loungue with Asia de Cuba located towards the rear of the ground floor.

The restaurant is able to host both small and large parties with a deliciously stocked menu serving a wide range of drinks and cocktails while you wait to be seated.

First up we got to try a selection of ceviches as starters, the Peruvian/Ecuadorian inspired dish contains lemon/lime marinate seafood. The red snapper version (£12) was a particular highlight, Slices of the white fish with thai chili, red onion, cilantro and friend plantains as garnish. The dish is light but full of flavour great as a light option to start your meal.

The new menu contains 5 salad options, of which we opted for the Crispy Calamari, which contains banana, chayote, cashews, hearts of palm, orange-sesame vinaigrette. With crisp but tender pieces of calamari the salad was a delight, with the cashews adding flavour and texture and the orange-sesame vinaigrette an extra kick.

Main options include meat, poultry and seafood options as well as vegetarian; we opted for the El Lechon. The dish consists of Cuban style slow roasted pork with maduros, black beans, fried rice, Chinese eggplant & plantain fricassee. The pork was truly delicious and tender, perfectly paired with the maduros (sweet plantains).

If you still have room for dessert then we recommend the miniature doughnuts, which come dusted in sugar and accompanied by chocolate and Dulce de Leche sauces.
For further information on Asia de Cuba, visit www.asiadecuba.com/london

For further information on St Martins Lane London, visit www.stmartinslane.com

Skylounge Launches Nantucket Beach Club Pop-up

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London’s DoubleTree Hilton hotel will host a special American themed summer Pop Up at its famed rooftop bar, Skylounge. The Nantucket Beach Club will run throughout the summer and offer Londoners  a taste of East Coast island living, right in the heart of the City.

Skylounge’s rooftop has been giving a complete transformation, giving it that New England feel, even featuring its very own lighthouse. Guests can unwind on warm summer evenings with a round of bowling at the club’s very own bowling alley or even practice their hand at shuffleboard. Those visiting for a meal or just to grab a drink will be treated by the beautiful views of the capital’s skyline offered by the venue’s Tower Hill location.

The Pop Up offers a delicious menu starting at £5, that stays true to New England cuisine with options including lobster rolls,  Lobster mac and cheese (our favourite) , baked corn with chilli butter as well as larger Seafood Survival bucket with is a perfect option to share with friends. Those with a sweeter tooth can also finish off a visit with the quintessentially American treat, Boston cream pie.

The bar also offers refreshing Snow Queen vodka slushies and summery cocktails such as the refreshing Surfside Punch names after Surfside beachin Nantucket and created with Camomile infused Snow Queen vodka and Lanson White champagne; or the Cape Codder Ale with Snow Queen vodka, cranberry juice and ginger ale, inspired by the traditional Cape Codder, a popular East Coast tipple. The helpful staff or on hand to give suggestions on the new creations.

The Nantucket Beach Club is open from 3pm until 10pm Tuesdays to Saturdays and runs until the 30th of September. A special VIP gazebo area available for private hire.

The Nantucket Beach Club
Skylounge – DoubleTree by Hilton
7 Pepys Street
Tower Hill
London
EC3N 4AF

More information is available here.