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Day 10 – Dine at new American Restaurant Jackson & Rye, Wardour Street Soho

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I’m always excited to hear about new restaurant openings. Jackson & Rye is a New York style restaurant in Soho which opened on Monday

It is open from 8am until midnight, seven days a week and will offer all-day dining and a 10-seat cocktail bar.

The American-themed menus are inspired by US east coast cuisine, as well as the best elements of the West coast and Southern states.

Highlights on the all-day menu include: gruyère cheeseburger; buttermilk chicken two ways; veal, beef and ricotta meatballs; and prime cut steaks with roast shallot and pinot nero sauce. Hmm yummy!

Take a sneak peak of the brunch menu below:

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I visited Jackson and Rye yesterday and it seems that word has already got around, so if you want to try their cuisine I suggest you reserve yourself a table! 

Dinner at Mash Steakhouse, Brewer Street, Soho, London


Mashsteak London

Mashsteaka Modern American Steakhouse run by Danes? Yes I was a little surprised to learn so myself but then again having tasted some bloody good steaks at the Danish Imagination Festival Pop Up during the Olympics I had high expectations. Taking advantage of the 50% off deal during their soft opening Lanky Girl headed down to Soho one evening to see what it was all about.

Arriving at the restaurant we were greeted by a doorman and friendly reservation staff who called down to the reception to see if there were any free tables. After a bit of a wait when it seemed like we may have to find somewhere else to eat we were told to go on down. Yay! Descending  a very long flight of stairs we were welcomed into what I can only describe as the largest restaurant I have ever dined in!

Apparently this place is aiming to do 300 covers for lunch and dinner which is no mean feat! I was pretty impressed with the decor which was definitely American, bold, stylish and large! I really liked the choice of red interior and booth seating areas.  I did wonder though that the sheer size of the place may have meant that the quality of service would suffer but my fears were put to rest as our waiter for the evening was both friendly and attentive.

The menu at Mashsteak is pretty varied and even if you’re not a steak lover like my dining partner there are a couple of fish options for you to choose from, although this place isn’t really for pescatarians.

American Steak at Mashsteak London
American Steak at Mashsteak London
Creamed Spinach and Fries at Mashsteak London
Grilled sea bream and Mash potato – Mashsteak London

Okay, so what about the food? Well I decided to opt for the American style steak (from Greater Omaha, Nebraska and corn-fed) and fries with creamed spinach accompanied by a glass of Charles Smith Riesling and my partner went for the grilled sea bream with mash potato. The American steak was probably the safe option and I think I return I shall try the Uruguayan and Wagyu varieties. Overall I was happy with the quality of the steak, it was cooked nicely, tender and had a lovely smokey flavour. London has a lot of quality steak floating around at the moment and for me Mashsteak will have to do more to stand out.

I do think though due to its size and ambience it will be popular with large groups of friends looking to dine out and businessmen who are looking to impress their clients.

A meal for two at 50% off came to 70 pounds.

A lanky Girl rating of  three stars.

Special K opens World’s First Tweet Shop, Meard Street, Soho

The world’s first tweet shop opened today on Meard Street in Soho, London. The concept by Special K will see customer’s paying for one of Special K Cracker Crisps, which come in the flavours  sea salt and balsamic vinegar, sweet chilli or sour cream and onion by tweeting a message about the product. 

 The Tweet Shop is a standalone retail outlet from Special K and is being used to highlight the cereal maker’s move into the savoury crisps market.

It opened today until 28th September, between the 9am -5pm.

So put away your pennies and pay with a “tweet”! 

 

Wandering in London, a visit to Covent Garden, Piccadilly, Soho and Chelsea

Gorgeous strawberries from Bills Restaurant

One of the best things about living in London is the abundance of events that are going on around town all the time. Today was no exception. The day started with meeting my friend Miss Pinglish (Polish-English hehe) for brunch at Rushes in Soho. At the moment Rushes Short Film Festival is taking place in Central London, if you are a big film buff take a look at their site to watch innovative and exciting emerging shorts from British film talent. Afterwards we were still feeling hungry so we  headed to Moolis.

Moolis Pork and Pomegrante Roti – Hmm Yummy!

Moolis is a fun and cute little restaurant on Frith Street which sell delicious and spicy roti rolls. My favourite is the pork and pomegranate mooli. One of these bad boys and I am in food heaven! If you find yourself in Soho do pay them a visit!

St Martins Courtyard

Feeling nicely sated, we wandered off towards Covent Garden to the St Martins Courtyard Food Festival. We had much fun looking at all the gorgeous food on show from restaurants such as Suda Thai, Bill’s and Cantina Laredo. Afterwards we decided to go for a stroll around Covent Garden during which we made a few great discoveries. Miss Pinglish and I are both stationery and art fanatics and we simultaneously discovered The London Graphic Centre on Shelton Street. This shop is must visit for any art lover looking for art and craft materials, they have an extensive collection and prices are reasonable. We then found ourselves back on Shaftesbury Avenue when I saw a piece by Stik one of my favourite graffiti artists in the distance.

intricate carved fruit from Suda Thai
St Martin Courtyard Festival
A piece by street artist Stik

It was following this trail that lead us to what I can only describe as a secret garden! The Phoenix Garden is behind Shaftesbury Avenue and was so wonderful that we just had to have a look. I love that there were secluded areas for sitting and i’m sure it will be a great place for a date when the weather is better. If the weather wasn’t so bad we would have stuck around a bit longer but the rain hastened our speed to leave!

Phoenix Gardens St Giles

Next…Having heard on Facebook that Ricard was hosting a Petanque Garden Party in Chelsea Physic Garden we jumped on the 19 bus down to Sloane Square. Now I have a tip, if you’re a visitor coming to London and you want to see some of London’s highlights for a minimal cost the no. 19 is a great bus route. You will pass on the way Tottenham Court RoadPiccadilly, St James, Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge and Sloane Square.

Our route towards the Chelsea Physic Garden took us past many gorgeous haunts, that I will be sure to revisit. Chelsea Pensioners fields, Gordon Ramsay – Royal Hospital Road and The National Army Museum. We arrived at the event slightly wet but in good spirits. Despite the rain there was a good turnout at the Ricard event and we were greeted with a lovely Ricard Panama hat. Entertainment was a vintage 30s singing troupe, and petanque games were going on all over the garden despite the rain. We had a lovely time wandering around and looking at all the different herb and fruit varieties. I look forward to returning once the weather is nice! Also in attendance and enjoying the festivities was London IT girl and Vivenne Westwood muse Tolula Adeyemi and former Eastender’s actress Preeya Kalidas.

Ricard Petanques Garden Party – Bastille Day

To end the day we walked back to the Kings Road and finished with a strawberry tart and a hot chocolate at my favourite patisserie chain Patisserie Valerie.

Play Carnabingo – meet, eat and tweet to win prizes in Carnaby restaurants

Need an excuse to eat out? Then make sure you take part in Carnabingo. This month Carnaby’s independent restaurants will be taking part giving players a chance to win some serious prizes! The diversity of restaurants around Carnaby Street means you can choose from the wide choice of international cuisines. There’s everything from fine English fare, fragrant and spicy Thai, Chinese and Malaysian, Spanish, French, Italian and excellent burger joints too. These are alongside plenty of traditional pubs, wine and cocktail bars to let your hair down in, with a choice to suit every budget.

So How to play… People can pick up the promotional Carnabingo card in one of the 16 participating Carnaby bars, restaurants and cafés, or download a copy at carnaby.co.uk and get snap happy with their smartphone.

  • Order one of the recommendations on the Carnabingo card such as pie and mash at Mother Mash or a glass of wine at Antidote.
  • Take a snap of the dish or drink on their smart phone
  • Tweet it to @CarnabyLondon using the hashtag #carnabingo
  • Once they have tweeted four venues in a row (downwards, upwards or diagonal on the card), tweet @CarnabyLondon #carnabingo #4inarow to win a prize.  Prizes include a Carnaby £50 goodie bag, lunch for 2, or a coffee school lesson at Speakeasy.

Complete the WHOLE card, and tweet @CarnabyLondon #carnabingo #fullhouse to be entered into a prize draw to win a luxury prize including a night in the Soho Sanctum Hotel and dinner for two.

Cha Cha Moon Noodles dish

Participating venues:

Carnaby Burger Co – Posh fries – @CarnabyBurgerCo

The Diner – Diablo burger – @DinerSoho

Sacred – A flat white

Antidote – A glass of wine

Speakeasy – A milk coffee – @SpeakeasyW1

Aint Nothing But – A pint of beer – @AintNothinBut1

Zebrano – A mojito – @ZebranoBars

Kua Aina – ½ pound bacon avocado burger – @KuaAinaUK

Fornata – Pasta Casereccia – @Fornata

The White Horse – Fish and chips – @Whitehorsesoho

Cinnamon Soho – Bangla scotch egg – @cinnamonsoho

Tapas Brindisa Soho – Tortilla – @Brindisa

Flat Planet – El Diablo flatbread – @flatplanetHQ

Mother Mash – Pie and mash – @MotherMash (an old favourite of mine, mash is to die for!)

Cha Cha Moon – Singapore noodles – @thechachamoon

Soho Sanctum Hotel – Dorset Scallops – @SanctumSoho (Great place to take a date).

Players can share their recommendations and memories on @CarnabyLondon.

The promotion runs until the 30th June 2012. All tweets must be received by 30th June.

For full terms and conditions go to www.carnaby.co.uk  and keep updated by following @carnabylondon on twitter.

Bistro Du Vin Clerkenwell and Soho – Review

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Firstly I have to as this post is slightly overdue. Bistro du vin or should I say Bistro “divine”  are two standalone restaurants that are part of the Hotel du Vin chain. Lanky Girl and Co were lucky enough to be invited to try both resaurants just before Christmas. Watch the video below to see what I got up to.

Bistro du Vin Clerkenwell

Situated very close to Smithfield market is Bistro du vin Clerkenwell. Each of the Bistros has a theme, and this one they place an emphasis on good old fashion meat, le francais style.
A unique selling point of the Bistro is its open kitchen. Here you can sit around watching the chefs prepare the dishes before you eat them. Its also a great chance for diners to interact with chefs and share tips. Business types  or private diners can choose to use the Whisky Snuggle meeting room,  a windowed wall of marbled slabs where they host whisky tastings or choose the meat cellar another private dinning room that seats up to 12 people. Here you can watch the meat being aged (for a minimum of 28 days). Also Bistro du Vin have “Meat to butcher” events where diners can watch the meat being cut and receive a bit of a background on where the different cuts of meat come from, before watching it being cooked in the open kitchen.

The atmosphere when we entered Bistro du Vin warm and intimate. Staff were very accommodating, quick to attend to us and we had a fantastic sommelier who was very good at recommending wines to suit each of our courses. I was lucky enough to get a seat right overlooking the kitchen and I had a nice discussion with the head chef. It was interesting to find out that their beef comes from Cumbria and the economics of buying produce locally.

Now for my verdict on the food. To start I had the twice baked Crottin de Chavignol cheese soufflé and my dining partner the Selsey crab with toasted sourdough. The cheese souffle melted like butter in my mouth and the flavour was intense and my friend said the crab was light in consistency and very tasty.

For mains we had Chateaubriand to share [Donald Russell] served with pommes frites, & green salad. Now, I have to admit that I’m one of these annoying people who usually insists that her meat is “well-done” however I’ve realised the errors of my ways. We had the beef medium and it tasted amazing, such flavour and the meat was succulent. Definitely comparable to the offerings of my other favourite steakhouse Hawksmoor.

For Dessert we enjoyed the crepe suzette. Delicious!

All in all we were really impressed on our visit Bistro Du vin Clerkenwell and would definitely recommend visiting them if you want Michelin star treatment without the stuffiness.

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Bistro du Vin Soho

The next week we were invited to sample the culinary delights of their other restaurant, Bistro du Vin Soho. Being in the heart of media land this restaurant definitely has a cool vibe to it. Visitors can choose to recieve service in secluded little booths, sit at the bar or the open seating area. The unique selling point of Bistro du vin Soho has to be the variety of wines that are on offer. if you are a bit of  wine connoisseur you are going to be impressed as its one of the few restaurants where you can sample most wines by the glass. Private diners can choose to host their events in the wine cellar. I was pretty impressed by the chic cocktails that they had on offer and I got to sample their Dean Street Punch, very fruity!

Like the Clerkenwell branch staff were attentive and friendly and looking around everyone in the restaurant seemed to be enjoying themselves.

Now for my verdict on the food: For starters I had the soup of the day which was pea soup. I wasn’t overly impressed by the soup it did taste fresh but I think it could have had more flavour. For mains I had the beef Stroganoff  which I have to say was so lovely that I am definitely going back soon to have it. For dessert I floated up to heaven eating a Belgian waffle with ice cream.

Watch our interview with the group Sommelier below.

Overall I would recommend both restaurants. If you are looking for somewhere chic, good for a date or for dinner with your friends choose Soho. For something a bit more formal that will be sure to impress choose Bistro du Vin Clerkenwell.

For more information please visit http://www.bistroduvinandbar.com/

@Siam Restaurant Soho Review

Recently Lanky Girl and Co was invited to try out Soho’s recent addition to the Thai dining scene @Siam. This contemporary mid-market eatery aims to provide authentic Thai food that doesn’t break the bank. Now I have to say that @Siam has its charm, it isn’t very big but the warm reception by the staff generally made me feel relaxed and at home. Talking to the owner Tip it was clear that customer service was very important. Also (Sshh.. but if you want to have a more intimate dinner Tip can organise for you to have one of the rooms to yourself). So what about the food? Well the restaurant’s best dishes are their seafood dishes. On our visit for starters, we were served soft shell crab salad with light chilli jam and mixed veg and an old favourite of mine chicken satay. Not being a fan of crab it is hard for me to judge the salad however it did taste very fresh and I liked the addition of pomegranate as it sweetened the flavour of the dish. The chicken satay had a light citrus flavour, wasn’t over cooked and peanut sauce yum! I would say the soft shell crab salad would be very good for summer due to its refreshing nature.

For main we were served  massaman curry with lamb, jasmine rice, king prawn salad and deep-fried sea bass with peppers, onions and fish sauce. For me the wining dish was the sea bass, crispy on the outside soft on the inside and with and the accompanied  fish sauce amazing! sweet, with a chilli kick. I happily polished off my plate. The lamb in the  massaman was succulent however, I think the sauce needed more flavour for my taste. The king prawn was also another tasty dish grilled to perfection without losing its flavour.

For deserts we  had banana fritter and vanilla ice cream and stuffed coconut sticky rice with Thai tea ice cream. Both dishes tasted delicious and the ice cream was good for lining the stomach after the spicy starter and main. All this was washed down with a couple of glasses of floral Gavi di Gavi.

My verdict? @Siam is a good restaurant offering value for money. Having eaten some very good Thai in my time I have to say that if you want to taste authentic Thai without breaking the bank @Siam is the place to go.

Our 3 course meal with drinks was complimentary but a meal  would cost around the 50 pound mark without drinks.

Watch our interview with Tip owner of @Siam.

This weekend in London

Summer is here!

If the weather forecast is to be believed we are expecting a scorching weekend here in London. Perfect for getting out there and seeing all the wonderful things we can do in this city.

Here is Lanky Girl’s picks of what you should do this weekend.

Sales, Sales, Sales!

Looking for an excuse to buy something new for yourself. Well you can now! With sale prices up to 60% off in some shops you are bound to find a bargain. Here is a list of some of the best sales this weekend.

Selfridges summer sale

Until Sun Jul 10, 400 Oxford St, W1A 1AB

Harrods summer sale

Until Sun Jul 10, 87-135 Brompton Rd, SW1X 7XL

Start summer sale

Until Fri Jul 15, 42-44 Rivington St, EC2A 3QP

Cath Kidston summer sale

Until Fri Jul 15, 28-32 Shelton St, WC2H 9JE

 

Portobello Fine Foods Market 

I love markets. I love the smell of fresh bread wafting around, tasting new treats and discovering weird and wonderful culinary delights to share with my friends. This weekend get down to the Portobello Fine Foods Market and check out lovely organic and free range produce from home grown traders.

Portobello Fine Foods Market – Every Fri & Sat,  10 am-5 pm Sun, 10 am-4 pm

Address: 4-8 Acklam Road W10 5TY

Nearest tube: Notting Hill Gate

 

Soho Food Feast

A foodie fundraiser to raise funds for Soho Parish primary school.

“This event will bring West End restaurants, clubs and bars together to enjoy a day in one of Soho’s precious green spaces and to raise money for the children”.

Some of London’s top chefs will be offering visitors the chance to taste high quality, delicious food from around the world. Look out for chefs from HIX, Michelin starred St John and Polpetto.

The Soho Food Feast will be held at St. Anne’s Church Garden, Wardour Street, Soho, London, W1D 6AF, Saturday 25th June 2011, 1pm till 6pm. Tickets are available online for £6.50 or at the Soho Parish School for £4. Children under 12 go free. More information at their website.

 

Weekend Festival Fun

Greenwich And Docklands International Festival 

Calling all East londoners! This free arts festival will be returning to your doorstep. The G & D festival covers Greenwich to Woolwich and Canary Wharf to Mile End. It is your chance to experience  outdoor street theatre, dance and will be great fun for the whole family.

From 24th june – 6th July

For more information download the plan here 

 

 

 

 

My Daily Distraction – Dim Sum

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I am a self-confessed dimsum-oholic. In the last few years Dim Sum has taken London by storm. “Dim sum is a Cantonese term for a type of Chinese dish that involves small individual portions of food, usually served in a small steamer basket or on a small plate. Going for dim sum is usually known in Cantonese as going to “drink tea” (yum cha, 飲茶)”. These tasty sweet and savoury treats are seriously addictive and with a variety of types to try you will never get bored. My favourite is har gau. In this video celebrity chef  Gordon Ramsay lifts the lid on what goes in to making Dim sum.

Best places to try Dim sum in London

Hakkasan
8 Hanway Place, London, W1T 1HF
Tel: 020 7927 7000

Yauatcha
15 Broadwick Street, London, W1F 0DL
Tel: 0870 780 8265
seats.

Royal China Club
40-42 Baker Street, London W1U 7AJ
Tel: 020 7486 3898

Shanghai Blues
193-197 High Holborn, WC1V 7BD
Tel: 020 7404 1668

Ping Pong
(various locations around London – see website for details)