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Archive for November, 2013

Restaurant Spy: Peyote

So what rhymes with Wile E. Coyete…Peyote of course! Our moles in the capital have come up with yet another hot culinary discovery. Time to get your sombreros at the ready as Peyote hits the streets of London.

 

Situated on Cork Street in Mayfair, it now sits proudly on the site formerly belonging to Aurelia.  The brains behind Peyote is none other than Arjun Waney.

 

This major venture capitalist is responsible for the likes of Zuma as well as the prestigious Arts Club and the oh so popular Roka.

 

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You won’t need Hercule Poirot to deduce what this new venue is all about as this Mexican joint is set to be as fiery as a ghost chilli!

 

In additon, you will find plenty of authenticity at Peyote thanks to Eduardo García who comes from highly acclaimed Máximo Bistrot in the heart of Mexico City.

 

Its South American inspiration is set to go toe to toe with some of the best restaurants in London from Steam and Rye to the highly anticipated Hixter.

 

So what’s cooking? The menu is a collaboration between García and head chef Hili San whose credentials include the likes of Buddha Bar and Nobu based on Park Lane.

 

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Experience some of the finest Mexican fare this side of the Atlantic with a number of different sharing plates. This features mouth-watering ceviche not to mention classic tuna laminado, tostados and oozing quesadillas brimming with shrimp.

 

One of the main highlights to watch out for is their signature guacamole which is the ideal starter to salivate over. But wait, we have only just got started! There is also a bar which takes pride in the fact that it’s home to a stonking 100 different types of tequila.

 

You can enjoy an impressive mezcal selection, whilst real enthusiasts will be able to purchase a bottle and keep it in one of their exclusive tequila lockers.

 

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But where does the name come from? Peyote is actually named after a teeny tiny cactus residing in the Chihuahuan desert and is best known for its use in medicine across Mexico.

 

Other highlights deliver an innovative Cactus Salad, Fish tacos, Stone bass served with guajillo sauce and lip smacking doughy Churros with a rich chocolate sauce.

 

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You can wash this all down with an array of tasty cocktails such as the Gringo incorporating Rye Whisky, Antica Formula and Plum Bitters or an Old Sazerak with Anejo Tequila, Caramel Liquor, Creole bitters and a shot of Absinthe.

 

If that’s not put your head in a spin, Absinthe aside, then the striking Chefs Table will put you in a complete daze and caters for up to 12 diners.

 

Looks like the festive period is all set for a Mexican twist. Anyone for sherry and piñata!

 

 

 

 

Simon Lazarus is an experienced PR/Business Consultant and copywriter with a number of clients across different territories including the US, Europe, Asia, China and the Middle East. His vast portfolio includes writing content for a variety of sites on food and drink, travel, personal finance, news, showbiz, sport, technology and much more. He also advises businesses on strategies and marketing across different sectors

Restaurant Spy: Steam and Rye

Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry and them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye…well you get the picture! As Don Mclean sings about American Pie, the capital welcomes Steam and Rye.

 

But we don’t need any artist to sing its culinary praises. So what lies in store dear friends behind the pass?

 

An odd couple you might think but Nick “Mahiki, Bodo Schloss” House has teamed up alongside Kelly “the pinup” Brook to indulge us with this brand new venture.

 

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Opened this week, you can expect plenty from Steam and Rye which boasts an impressive dining space with room for more than 500 people! In addition to this, the location may just knock you for six or maybe seven.

 

Housed inside what was previously the Bank of New York, its City position will no doubt draw an extremely diverse crowd.

 

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On the other hand, you will be able to find plenty of glitz and glam inside thanks to its throwback to the American golden era. But wait, there’s no need to get all patriotic just yet.

 

Think Gangs of New York meets The Godfather and the result is of course one of London’s hottest new venues for 2013.

 

Diners and music enthusiasts alike can have the chance to take advantage of live music which will be offered in the bar area, whilst there will also be a range of genres to enjoy.

 

Taking some of its inspiration from the iconic Grand Central Station in the Big Apple, this heady site provides the aptly named Main Hall as well as Station Gardens.

 

This includes a beautiful bar not to mention a live stage and even a dining carriage. Sounds like full steam ahead.

 

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Of course you will find all the usual good old American grub available inside from USDA high quality grade beef from the depths of Omaha to raging bull BBQ spare ribs.

 

Furthermore, these succulent beefy numbers will all be cooked (or should that be rounded) up on a high quality Josper Grill. The kitchen brigade is led by none other than Andrew McLeish. So what are his gastronomic credentials?

 

It turns out that he has plenty of impressive strings to his bow thanks to Chapter One based in Kent, whilst Andy Mill from the London Cocktail Club is also joining him.

 

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Why not head downstairs where you will find the 1st Class Cocktail Carriage. This stylish retreat is bedecked with luxurious booths that is covered in more velvet than Elvis Presley.

 

With the festive season just around the corner, this is one place you can certainly bank on.

 

All aboard for the Steam and Rye Express.

 

 

 

 

Simon Lazarus is an experienced PR/Business Consultant and copywriter with a number of clients across different territories including the US, Europe, Asia, China and the Middle East. His vast portfolio includes writing content for a variety of sites on food and drink, travel, personal finance, news, showbiz, sport, technology and much more. He also advises businesses on strategies and marketing across different sectors

Focus On: London’s top ice rinks

You might well be skating on ice quicker than Torvill and Dean as it’s that time of year again when the capital’s ice rinks open up.

 

With a real chill in the air and the cold snap set to return in London (sigh) again next week, there is always a bit of dancing on ice to cheer you up.

 

With less than 50 days to Christmas and the rink season in full swing, which are the coolest sites to head to in the next few months?

 

Canary Wharf ice rink – Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AH.

 

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Forget Samantha and Carrie, this is all about Snow in the City! Why not get your winter woolies on and head down to the Square Mile for some fun on the ice.

 

The Canary Wharf ice rink is surrounded by the sheer beauty of Canada Square Park and is particularly sparse on weekends when you can practice those triple salkos!

 

In addition to this, check out an array of food and drink stalls with plenty of festive cheer to boot. It is running until February the 16th. Prices are £13.50 for adults and £9.50 for kids. Nearest tube is Canary Wharf.

 

Eyeskate – EDF Energy London Eye, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7PB.

 

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A real eye opener, this venue is a must for anyone wanting to visit the Thames. Set against the stunning backdrop of the London Eye and moments from the water’s edge, it is one of the most popular rinks across the city.

 

On the other hand, this new rink has only been christened recently in the heart of Old London Town and is already popular with a host of tourists.

 

You can have the chance to take advantage of a discount package where you can combine both a trip on the bubble inspired Eye alongside a 45 minute trip on the ice.

 

Prices are £10.50 for adults and £7.50 for the little ones. Eyeskate runs between November 27th and January 5th. Closest tube is Waterloo.

 

Natural History Museum ice rink – Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD.

 

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Thanks to its wonderful setting, the Natural History Museum ice rink is the ideal place to enjoy a twirl or two. Drawing in thousands of tourists not to mention locals every year, there is a special section just for children.

 

But if you have had your fill on the 900 plus square metre rink then the attractions close by will keep you entertained such as the Science Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum.

 

Better still, all permanent exhibitions are completely free. It is running until January 5th with adults priced at £13.50 and under-13s at £9. The closest tube is South Kensington.

 

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland – Westminster, London, W2 2UH.

 

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Once again, Hyde Park is set to open its wintry doors for an annual Christmas spectacular. There will be rides as well as the famous Giant Observation Wheel.

 

This particular ice rink is considered to be the largest throughout the UK and is illuminated with around 100,000 twinkling lights. Entry for adults is between £10.50 – £14.50 and £8.50 – £9.50 for children. The closest tube is Hyde Park Corner.

 

So what are you waiting for. Isn’t it time you got your skates on.

 

 

 

 

Simon Lazarus is an experienced PR/Business Consultant and copywriter with a number of clients across different territories including the US, Europe, Asia, China and the Middle East. His vast portfolio includes writing content for a variety of sites on food and drink, travel, personal finance, news, showbiz, sport, technology and much more. He also advises businesses on strategies and marketing across different sectors

The Long Bar @ The Sanderson Hotel, London

The Long Bar at the Sanderson Hotel, London

The Long Bar at the Sanderson Hotel, London

 

Located inside the glam Sanderson Hotel on Berners Street, the Long Bar is serene, cool, chic and as fashionable looking  as some of the hipsters found inside.

 

The Long Bar is extremely stylish and has an impressive cocktail list that is dedicated to more non-alcoholic varieties. If you are watching your weight then they also cater to specific dietary needs. This is thanks to a special Skinny menu which is themed around slimmer alternatives that come in at less than 150 calories a drink.

 

Designed by the renowned Ian Schrager, The Long Bar has an impressive bar which is 80 feet long which makes it a real talking point for many people who come to sit and relax here.

 

Ultra-modern features can be seen from the chairs to the décor while you will be either creeped out or satisfied with the single eyes staring back at you from the rear of the chairs.

 

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If you are a short fan then sample some of the house Wyborowa vodka whilst you can even take advantage of a number of different daiquiris and martinis.  They also offer bar snacks including burgers, charcuterie and mezze plates.

 

If you want to check out the delights of the Long Bar, then you can access this via the tube. The nearest station is Oxford Circus which lies in Zone 1 of the underground system. It is served by theVictoria, Bakerloo and Central lines. The closest rail station from the venue is London Charing Cross which gives you easy proximity to the City.

 

Opening hours are from Monday to Sat between 11am and 3am; Sundays are between noon and midnight.

 

When it comes to exploring the local area, visitors will have the chance to enjoy a number of shops, bars as well as restaurants that can be found within touching distance. They can be found around Soho which is considered to be one of the most fashionable areas in the capital. Why not check out the Charlotte Street Hotel located on the same street.

 

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This oozes style and modern style and has a delicious afternoon tea that has been causing a stir among trendy clientele. Meanwhile, you can benefit from many individual boutique stores which offer cutting edge fashion and much more. In addition to this, you are close to the sights and sounds of Oxford Street. This is where you will be able to skate round more than 300 shops which provide a wealth of retail opportunities.

 

Some of the stores you will have the ability to explore in more detail include the likes of  Topman as well as Next, River Island, Zara, Disney not to mention Vodafone, the Body Shop and Boots.

 

Meanwhile if you are looking for a bit more luxury then why not spoil yourself with a trip to one of the designer stores in the vicinity. This include Selfridges, while Liberty is situated just around the corner. Other highlights that you can benefit from include Covent  Garden which is just a short walk away and offers plenty of distractions to while away an afternoon from the Piazza to the copious theatres.

 

The Long Bar can be found at the Sanderson Hotel, 50 Berners Street, London W1T 3NG

 

 

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Restaurant Spy: Strip Bar & Steak

So what have our lovely dining moles pulled up this week? Well it seems things are taking a New York twist as Strip Bar and Steak opens to hungry diners in London.

 

So fly that flag high in the air and take a bow Uncle Sam as Farringdon is set for an all American makeover. This chic little outfit is all ready for its unveiling and is going to be as sexy as a catwalk during London Fashion Week.

 

Things are definately going to become fierce at Charterhouse Square as this will be geared up as a regular steakhouse but not as we know it.

 

Located in between Barbican and the iconic Smithfield Market,  Strip Bar is all ready to tease us from inside the Malmaison London.

 

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The sultry basement opening is soon to be the place for New York Strip. It intends to utilise nothing but the finest quality USDA beef. You heard it first, Black Angus is definately the word on the street.

 

In addition, you will have the chance to take advantage of ready to order hand cut chunks of marbled grade beef ranging from around the 200 gram mark right up to a stonking 550 grams. Now that’s a juicy offer if ever there was one.

 

But wait there is much more meaty goodness that awaits. There’s also the headline side acts with no tributes in sight. These include the likes of signature macaroni cheese oozing with bubbly goodness.

 

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On the other hand, why not sample their baked truffle mash not to mention innovative onion straws. Sounds tantalising, but you can indulge in plenty of wholesome fayre from steak carpaccio and tuna tartare to a subtle pear and raspberry salad.

 

If you want to chow down on something a little more unusual, then check out their lobster curry, porcini mushroom risotto or a classic Steak Stroganoff.

 

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Of course there is also an array of NYC desserts to choose from which features an oddly titled drunken sundae.

 

But if that’s not your tipple, then you can always select from an impressive wine list with more than 100 different bottles between a reasonable £20 up to nearly a grand a pop!

 

With plenty of neon lights not to mention exposed brickwork and a daily changing specials board, the New York vibe is set to bring the good times back to this particular area.

 

Other interior highlights offer tables made from darkened wood mixed with a subtle melange of plush banquettes and standard mood lighting.

 

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In spite of the fact that it’s not Thanksgiving just yet, you can celebrate this all singing, all dancing American joint with your own Sinatra rendition.

 

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Simon Lazarus is an experienced PR/Business Consultant and copywriter with a number of clients across different territories including the US, Europe, Asia, China and the Middle East. His vast portfolio includes writing content for a variety of sites on food and drink, travel, personal finance, news, showbiz, sport, technology and much more. He also advises businesses on strategies and marketing across different sectors.