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Duck & Champagne at HKK, City, Review

HKK's Cherry wood duck with mantou and caviar

88 Worship St, London EC2A 2BE Duck and Champagne is a pretty random combination, isn’t it? Food and wine matching common sense would probably suggest that a gamey fowl like duck is best served with a red wine of some sort, say a Pinot Noir; or at the very least, a bold white wine like Chardonnay….

Cinnamon Kitchen New Year’s Eve dinner

Chargrilled saddle of lamb with mint, chilli and red onions served with pilau rice, NYE 2013, Cinnamon Kitchen

Menu from New Year’s Eve dinner at Cinnamon Kitchen with aperitif at Anise and Piper Heidsieck Champagne tower at midnight to welcome 2014: Spiced sweet corn soup with masala corn fritter ~ Selection of tandoori breads and homemade chutneys ~ Spiced lobster broth flamed with cognac served with thyme naan Tandoori chicken with holy basil…

Champagne Duval-Leroy at The Greenhouse lunch

Wild salmon, coconut, wasabi, curry, salad, Champagne Duval-Leroy lunch at The Greenhouse, Mayfair

Menu from a lunch at the Michelin-starred The Greenhouse to sample and explore champagnes from Duval-Leroy with food created to match the champagnes (Read my post on the meal here): Canapés – mushroom/foie gras/margarita Fleur de Champagne 1er Cru NV Wild salmon – cucumber/coconut/wasabi/curry/salad Rosé Prestige 1er Cru NV Cornish crab – mint jelly/cauliflower/Granny Smith apple/curry Femme de Champagne 2000…

Mari Vanna, Knightsbridge, Afternoon Tea Review

Photographs, Afternoon Tea at Mari Vanna, Knightsbridge

Wellington Court, 116 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7PJ You don’t realise how British you are until you sit down to an afternoon tea, see jam on the table and automatically assume that scones are being served. But at Mari Vanna, jam and honey are for sweetening the tea and not for treats. The Knightsbridge restaurant, with…

Champagne Laurent-Perrier Tous Les Sens Masterclass preview dinner

Spaghettini and Lake Garda olive oil, Mottra Osetra Caviar, Sicilian prawn and tomato water, Laurent Perrier Tous Les Sense at Massimo, The Corinthia, London

Menu from a dinner at Massimo Restaurant and Oyster Bar at The Corinthia Hotel to preview the Champagne Laurent-Perrier Tous Les Sens Masterclass at Taste of London 2012, with flowers by Ercole Moroni and food by Luca Seminara: Starter Raw langoustine with Mottra Osetra caviar and bergamot citronette Marinated tuna in soy and honey sauce with Mottra Sterlet Caviar and lime mayonnaise…

Catch Restaurant, Andaz Hotel, Liverpool Street, Review

Catch Restaurant, Andaz Hotel, Liverpool Street

40 Liverpool Street, City of London EC2M 7QN 17th October marked the final night of the 2011 London Restaurant Festival, celebrated with an awards ceremony at Old Spitalfields Market. Having dined out almost religiously for two solid weeks, it seemed wildly appropriate for our feasting to end with seeing Hedone‘s Mikael Jonsson picking up an award…