Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen at The King & Co dinner

Menu from a Ghanaian pop-up dinner by Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen (modern twist on traditional homemade Ghanaian food) at The King & Co with African beers from Kato Enterprises:


Okra tempura with shito hot pepper sauce

Red red beans with Kelewele chunky plantain chips

Jollof chicken skewers


Hearty beef, spinach and ginger stew

Zoe’s signature peanut butter stew with mutton

Garden egg (mini white aubergine) stew

Cassava croquettes

Jollof rice


Baked coconut and cassava cake

Love Chin Chin banoffee pie

It’s my first taste of Ghanaian food and I liked it.

It was rustic, spicy and filled with stews, all home-cooked dishes, but it’s nice to try something a little different. The okra tempura and the beef, spinach and ginger stew were particularly good and the cassava croquettes were positively addictive.

The food was served as part of a pop-up at the pub but it now has permanent roots in Brixton

Saltvand pop-up at Henkes, Shanghai, dinner

Menu from Saltvand, a Nordic seafood pop-up by Aleksei Klassen and Mi Pommer Kasch, at Henkes in Shanghai, China, with freshly squeeze juices to match:

Salmon tartare, barley, tarragon, rye bread, herbs

Avocado, apple, pink grapefruit

Celeriac, clams, clam sauce, parsley

Carrot, celery, apple, lime

Baked snapper, salad, kale, almonds

Kale, orange, beetroot

Yoghurt sorbet, malt, blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, mint

Of all the western menus I tried in Shanghai, Saltvand was the best.

It was the most well executed in terms of presentation and its flavours were spot-on with the Nordic flavours that it’s trying to emulate. It’s important because although there are plenty of very nice restaurants in Shanghai, offering delicious food, not all are authentic to their roots.

At the time of my visit, it was just a pop-up but the chefs were looking for a permanent venue. I hope they manage to find somewhere because it would definitely be worth a visit.

Olympic Opening Ceremony, British night at Global Feast 2012 dinner

Menu from a dinner at British night of Global Feast 2012 at Old Town Hall, Stratford, also Olympic Opening Ceremony evening, with food by Aoife Behan (Scottish/Irish starter), Kerstin Rodgers (English main), Denise Baker-Mclean (Welsh dessert), and cocktails by Courvoisier:

Courvoisier Punch and Courvoisier Cooler

Oat cakes with Isle of Mull cheddar, beetroot chutney.

Tartlettes with Welsh shiitake mushrooms, and oak smoked tomatoes.

Marmite on toast with silver leaf


Mixed leaf salad with Strathdon blue cheese, pickled cherries and radishes, toasted oats and violas


Pollock in beer batter, twice cooked chips, petits pois à l’anglaise and tartare sauce


Bara Brith, ice-cream, gingerbread, vanilla caramel with a shot of Welsh whisky from Penderyn


Globe pops

Jimmy’s Supper Club at Annex East, Stratford, dinner

Menu from a dinner at Jimmy’s Supper Club at Annex East, an Olympic inspired pop-up in Stratford, to preview their menu prior to opening; with food created by Jimmy Garcia of Southwest Supper Club and with wines to match selected by Gregory Andrews of Dvinewine (read my piece on Olympic supperclubs here):

A trio of canapés

Rene Mosse Moussamoussettes NV 


Smoked duck breast with cherry three ways – cherry compote, cherry coke reduction and savoury cherry and Earl Grey tea muffin


Boiled quail’s egg and beetroot salad with asparagus spears and balsamic reduction (v)

Riesling Reserve Andre Scherer 2011, Alsace, France 


Trio of pork – crisp pork belly, confit cheek, pancetta crisp, spiced apple purée, Calvados jus


Wild mushroom brioche bread and butter pudding with whisky jus

Le Petit Fantet d’Hyppolyte 2011, Vin de Pays de l’Aude


Eton Mess – berry ripple meringues, strawberry cream, raspberry coulis, fresh berries

Moscato d’Asti Lumine 2011, Ca’ d’Gal

Petit fours

Ceviche by Asia de Cuba, St Martin’s Lane Hotel, Preview

Jason Bailey and Qin Xie at Ceviche by Asia de Cuba

Asia de Cuba has taken over The Front Room at St Martin’s Lane Hotel for the summer to bring you some of their best ceviche dishes.

The Asia de Cuba pop-up ceviche bar opened with a small media launch last night and will remain open until 25 July, 11.30am-7.30pm. There will be sit down space as well as a rum bar where guests can sample the small selection of ceviche dishes including Scottish salmon and salted avocado helado (ice cream); curry kingfish and passionfruit; grouper, Seville orange and aji amarillo; prawn, snapper and ‘confit’ watermelon as well as Asia de Cuba tunapica. Mexican doughnuts and butterscotch sauce provides the sweet.

Here are a few food shots from the launch: