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Review: IKEA DIY Pop-Up Restaurant ‘The Dining Club’ in Shoreditch – 10th to 25th September 2016

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Swedish retailer IKEA is taking the ‘Dine with Me’ concept a little further when they open a ‘Do-it-Yourself Restaurant’ in Shoreditch between the 10th and 25th September. It  offers the novel concept of diners running the diner with the opportunity to become star chefs in their very own restaurant. The temporary restaurant entitled The Dining Club will open its doors on the 10th September in Shoreditch, which is one of London’s top foodie culture hubs and we were invited to preview the latest in DIY cooking.

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The ‘ Dining Room’ offers a large kitchen space and the expert supervision of a head chef (if needed).  The food loving attendees can book their slot to host a brunch, lunch or dinner, where they will take over the restaurant, choosing their menu from a range of modern sharing dishes, including some Scandinavian classics, and create a dinner party for 7 to 19 guests. The intimate restaurant area provides a homely atmosphere with low lighting and pictures covering the wall.

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Behind the fun, IKEA are keen to illustrate research that over a third (39%) of Brits feel they don’t have the time or space to host a dinner party, Britain has experienced a 22% drop in families enjoying weekly meals together and suggest we have become a nation of ‘food voyeurs’ with our love of cookery programmes on the rise, yet 42% of people say they can’t cook or won’t cook.

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Patrons can also book a spot in the ‘Food for Thought’ workshop area where interactive master classes are hosted by an array of guests including Instagram star Pixie Turner and Great British Bake Off winner Edd Kimber covering topics such as 1 ingredient 4 ways, Swedish Baking, Fermentation, Clean Eating, The Future of Food, Sustainable Eating, Food Styling Tips and more.

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For those without a booking for The Dining Club, there is still an opportunity to visit the space, which includes an IKEA unique shop with homewares for sale to those wishing to drop-in and purchase IKEA kitchen products. Also on display will also be kitchen showrooms reflecting kitchens of various sizes and styles.

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If the shopping gives you an appetite, IKEA will be opening a Café and a Swedish Food Shop in the space , where customers can enjoy the much-loved meatballs, along with other Swedish favourites, including pulled-salmon rolls and Smorgasbords.The Cafe will open at 10am for breakfast on Saturday 10th September, and will also provide eat in and takeaway options. In the evening, the space will transform into a relaxing spot for after-work drinks.

This DIY restaurant provides the opportunity to entertain friends in a attractive setting with expert help and the washing up undertaken by someone else, If that was not enough there is shopping and workshops just next door. IKEA have transformed urban living with their products which makes the best use of limited space, they are using these type of events to  suggest that urban living does not mean we lose our communal instincts and we can find ways to get together to eat more often.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

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Address: The Dining Club by IKEA, N&C Showrooms, 3 – 10 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6PG

Getting There : A 3-minute walk from Shoreditch High Street overground station and 9 minute walk from Liverpool Street station

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Opening Times : Open daily from 10am – 10pm from Saturday 10th – Sunday 25th September 2016

Please Note : Due to high-levels of public demand to host a lunch or dinner party, spaces are limited

 For more information on The Dining Club and to book your very own brunch, lunch or dinner party, please visit IKEA website here

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IKEA To Open DIY Pop-Up Restaurant ‘The Dining Club’ in Shoreditch – 10th to 25th September 2016

IKEA TO OPEN DIY POP-UP RESTAURANT ‘THE DINING CLUB’

Swedish retailer IKEA is taking the ‘Dine with Me’ concept a little further when they open a ‘Do-it-Yourself Restaurant’ in Shoreditch between the 10th and 25th September. It will offer the novel concept of diners running the diner with the opportunity to become star chefs in your very own restaurant.

With research suggesting that people  are spending less time cooking and eating together in the UK, IKEA are giving the foodies, wannabe-cooks, kitchen-novices and fine-diners the chance to express themselves and impress their friends in a restaurant that allows everyone to invite up to 19 of their friends to make a meal and occasion to remember.

The temporary restaurant entitled named The Dining Club will its doors in September in Shoreditch, which is one of the latest of London’s foodie culture hubs. Attendees will be under the expert supervision of a head chef in a homely kitchen environment for a dinner party for 7 to 19 guests.

IKEA TO OPEN DIY POP-UP RESTAURANT ‘THE DINING CLUB’

The food loving attendees can book their slot to host a brunch, lunch or dinner, where they will take over the restaurant, choosing their menu from a range of modern sharing dishes, including some Scandinavian classics, and will even have the restaurant named after them. The cleaning up will be taken care of too, allowing hosts to spend plenty of quality time with their friends.

Patrons can also book a spot in the ‘Food for Thought’ workshop area where interactive master classes are hosted by an array of guests including Instagram star Pixie Turner and Great British Bake Off winner Edd Kimber covering topics such as 1 ingredient 4 ways, Swedish Baking, Fermentation, Clean Eating, The Future of Food, Sustainable Eating, Food Styling Tips and more.

For those without a booking for The Dining Club, there will be an opportunity to visit the space, including an IKEA unique shop with homewares for sale to those wishing to drop-in and purchase their favourite IKEA kitchen products. Also on display will also be kitchen showrooms reflecting kitchens of various sizes and styles. Upon visiting, the general public will  leave The Dining Club with an IKEA treat.

Address: The Dining Club by IKEA, N&C Showrooms, 3 – 10 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6PG

Getting There : A 3-minute walk from Shoreditch High Street overground station and 9 minute walk from Liverpool Street station

Opening Times : Open daily from 10am – 10pm from Saturday 10th – Sunday 25th September 2016

Please Note : Due to high-levels of public demand to host a lunch or dinner party, spaces are limited and IKEA will provide email confirmation of your allocated slot.

 For more information on The Dining Club and to book your very own brunch, lunch or dinner party, please visit IKEA website here

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Since our launch in January 2014, we have attracted thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
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Review : Yasmeen Lebanese Restaurant in St John’s Wood

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Since St John’s Wood was developed from the early 19th century, its mixture of attractive villas and terraces have always been a highly desirable residential district. Athough mainly residential, St John’s Wood’s close proximity to Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill means it has a steady flow of visitors who often visit the main attractions of the area which include Lord’s Cricket Ground and Abbey Road Studios where the Beatles recorded some of their greatest hits. Outside the studios is probably one of the most famous road crossing in the world which was featured on the band’s Abbey Road album cover.

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For all the obvious attractions of the area, I was searching for a more recent attraction, the Yasmeen Lebanese Restaurant. Located in the quiet and attractive Blenheim Terrace, the Yasmeen has only been open for six months but has already built up a reputation for great food and service. It is already an award winner being the Highly Commended Restaurant Of The Year 2015 in the FSB London Business Awards.

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The attractive exterior of the restaurant features the Jasmine flower after which the restaurant is named, reflecting the flower’s  symbolic  importance in many Arabic countries. The interior  has been designed to evoke traditional Lebanese design and hospitality, many of the tables are in the light and airy conservatory that opens onto an attractive outside terrace. The friendly and attentive staff  were on hand to offer the menu and the extensive wine list which included a good selection of Lebanese wine.

For those unfamiliar with Lebanese cuisine, it is often based on a wide range of small dishes that provide a mixture of colours, flavours, textures and aromas. Lebanese food is considered a very healthy cuisine with many vegetarian options where the freshness and quality of ingredients are vitally important. Chicken and Lamb dishes are often grilled with many dishes flavoured by seasoning of lemon juice, olive oil, herbs, spices and garlic.

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The Yasmeen’s well balanced  menu reflects traditional Lebanese cuisine with some interesting innovations, to taste a wider range as possible I selected a range of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres. Falafel and Kibbeh can often be a disappointment in some Lebanese establishments, but those produced here were crispy in the outside but moist and full of flavour on the inside. The tasty Sambousek are small pastries with either cheese and meat fillings perfect for dipping into the accompying Hummus. The grilled Halloumi Cheese melted in the mouth with a large salad providing plenty of taste and flavour. Traditional Lebanese flat bread was also provided.

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The starters illustrated good things come in small packages, however my fondness for chargrilled Lamb ensured I did not over indulge too much. Lamb is a speciality of Lebanese food and the Yasmeen offers a range of Lamb dishes. The Sharhat Meshwi offered a succelent grilled Fillet of Lamb with accompanying rice, it was cooked to perfection with all the flavour of good quality lamb.

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The range of desserts is impressive with traditional Lebanese puddings, fruit and ice cream, however I decided to taste the restaurant’s home-made baklava. Baklava are small layered pastries with almonds, pistachios or pine kernels. Each baklava produced a small explosion of taste as you bite through the layers, this was without doubt the best baklava I had ever eaten.

I have enjoyed some meals at Lebanese restaurants but the Yaseem takes the cuisine to a different level, even the familiar dishes are a surprise for the quality and freshness of flavour. Often the difference between a good restaurant and a outstanding one is attention to detail in the food, service and ambience. Yaseem ticks all the boxes with the added bonus of reasonable prices that offer tremendous value for money.  With takeaway and outdoor catering elements to the business, Yaseem offers top quality Lebanese food in the restaurant and within your own home.

If you would like further information or book a table, visit the Yasmeen website here

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

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London Top Restaurants – The Delaunay

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Location –  55 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BB

The Delaunay follows the winning formula of the Wolseley and creates a version of the Grand European café with leather seating, dark wood, brass rails and  antique mirrors. However the food is anything but old fashioned whether it is in the café or the dining room. For those in a hurry, next door is the Counter (a café with takeaway facility).

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The Delauney offers a extensive range of Breakfast options including English and Viennese, brunch starts with typical breakfast Viennoiserie and egg dishes, and moving onto lunch-time classics. There is an extensive All Day à La Carte menu that includes a wide choice of dishes from platters of crustacea, to salads, and café classics such as choucroute à l’Alsacienne, moules frites and steaks, as well as a special selection of Wieners and Schnitzels. For those with a sweet tooth, there is  large array of cakes, slices, desserts and ice cream coupes.

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The Delaunay’s Viennese Afternoon Tea offers assorted savouries, poppy seed Gugelhupfs with apricot jam and whipped cream, a selection of classic Viennese cakes and choice of teas (or coffees) every day, as well as ice cream coupes, milkshakes and floats. All the pastries are made on the premises, with an ever-changing selection of cakes and slices, which might include a Lemon and Pistachio Millefeuille, a Sachertorte or a Coffee and Stroh Rum Cake.

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The Delaunay Viennese Afternoon Tea is £23.75 per person. Those wanting a lighter alternative can choose the Austrian Cream Tea at £10.75 per person or if you are celebrating The Delaunay Champagne Tea at £33.50 per person.

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The Counter at The Delaunay has its own separate entrance on Aldwych and serves take-out or eat-in food throughout the day. It still retains the grand cafés of Europe theme with  Viennoiserie, hot bacon sandwiches & homemade granola or bircher muesli for breakfast. Chicken soup with noodles, frankfurters, salads, salt beef pretzels, sandwiches available throughout the day. There are also cakes, savouries, scones and blend coffees, hot chocolates and teas.

The popularity of The Delaunay is that they do cover all the bases offering wonderful surroundings and high quality food and service. For all the nods to the past,  the establishment caters for the modern customer with plenty of options of meals and snacks throughout the day.

Opening hours

Monday – Friday7.00 am – last orders Midnight
Saturday8.00 am – last orders Midnight
Sunday9.00 am – last orders 11.00 pm

Dining times

Breakfast

Monday – Friday 7.00 am – 11.30 am
Saturday8.00 am – 11.00 am
Sunday9.00 am – 11.00 am

All Day à La Carte
Monday – Saturday 11.30 am – midnight
Sunday11.30 am – 11.00 pm

Afternoon Tea
Monday – Sunday3.00 pm – 6.30 pm

Brunch
Saturday – Sunday 11.00 am – 5.00 pm
Bank Holidays11.00 am – 5.00 pm

The Counter at The Delaunay

Monday 7.00 am – 7.30 pm
Tuesday to Friday7.00 am – 10.30 pm
Saturday10.30 am – 10.30 pm
Sunday11.00 am – 5.30 pm
Bank Holidays8.00am – 7.30 pm

 If you would like to find out more about The Delauney , visit the website here

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London Top Restaurants – NOPI Soho

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21-22 Warwick Street,London ,W1B 5NE.

The  Soho-based restaurant was first opened in 2011 and is partly owned and run by  the Award winning Food writer, television presenter and Chef patron Yotam Ottolenghi  whose style of food is often labelled as Middle Eastern with a “western twist ” .

Ottolengihi was bought in Israel before moving to London in 1997,

Following a six-month course at the London-based French cookery school, Le Cordon Bleu, in , Ottolenghi worked as a pastry chef at The Capital, the Michelin-starred restaurant in Knightsbridge. From there he moved to work in the pastry section of the Kensington Place restaurant and that of the sister restaurant, Launceston Place, for a year, under the chef Rowley Leigh. He eventually became head pastry chef at Baker and Spice in Chelsea, London.

He was responsible for setting  up the first Ottolenghi deli in Notting Hill in 2002, with an aim to sell the best take away food in London, both sweet and savoury.  Three more gourmet delis opened: Islington (2004), Kensington (2005) and Belgravia (2007).  The success of the delis and restaurant is often put down to the insistence on quality products and “bold, exciting, sometimes challenging” approach to food.

NOPI has a number of Ottolenghi trademarks – platters full of salads, a menu which celebrates bold flavours  but is slightly more formal than the delis.

NOPI’s menu changes according to the seasons but signature dishes from head chef Ramael Scully include courgette and manouri fritters, coriander seed-crusted burrata with slices of blood orange and twice-cooked baby chicken with lemon myrtle salt and chilli jam.

NOPI serves breakfast, lunch, pre-theatre and dinner menus.

Opening times
Monday to Friday
Breakfast 8am-12pm
Lunch 12pm-2:45pm
Dinner 5:30pm-10:15pm
Saturday
Breakfast 10am-11:30am
Lunch 12pm-5:30pm
Dinner 5:30pm-10:15pm
Sunday
Breakfast 10am-12:30am
Lunch 12pm-4pm

For more information and to make a reservation, visit the Ottolenghi website here

London Top Restaurants – The Wolseley

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160 Piccadilly, London W1J 9EB

The Wolseley is self styled as a café-restaurant in the Grand European tradition located in St James’ in Piccadilly.

However the customers who sit at their tables within  the Wolseley and admire the ambition  to combine “London heritage and Viennese grandeur”  may be surprised to find  out they are sitting in an old Wolseley  car showroom built in the 1920s. Its lavish interior unfortunately did not attract vast numbers of customers and the Company went bust in 1926. In 1927 Barclay’s bought the site and turned it into a bank.
Chris Corbin and Jeremy King secured the site in July 2003 and the building was lavishly restored and renovated before  The Wolseley Café – Restaurant finally opened in November 2003.
As a Café- Restaurant it is as celebrated for its breakfasts as for its main menu , the Eggs Benedict is a signature dish.

The lunch and dinners menu is largely traditional  with dishes such as Soufflé Suisse, Seared Duck Livers and Rosemary Roasted Chicken

Fish menus include Haddock Monte Carlo ,Loch Duart Salmon and Grilled Halibut with Béarnaise.

The Wolseley is very popular and attracts a wide range of customers, for Dinner or Lunch booking is recommended but at other times tables should be available.

For more information visit the Wolseley website here

Opening hours

Monday – Friday
7.00 am – Midnight
Saturday
8.00 am – Midnight
Sunday
8.00 am – 11.00 pm

Breakfast

Monday – Friday
7.00 am – 11.30 am
Saturday & Sunday
8.00 am – 11.30 am

Lunch & Dinner »

Monday – Friday/Lunch
noon – 3.00 pm
Saturday & Sunday/Lunch
noon – 3.30 pm
Monday – Saturday/Dinner
5.30 pm – midnight
Sunday/Dinner
5.30 pm – 11.00 pm

Afternoon Tea

Monday – Friday
3.00 pm – 6.30 pm
Saturday
3.30 pm – 5.30 pm
Sunday
3.30 pm – 6.30 pm

All Day

Monday – Saturday
11.30 am – midnight
Sunday
11.30 am – 11.00 pm

London Top Restaurants – Dabbous

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39 Whitfield Street, London, W1T 2SF

The  Dabbous  restaurant is part owned by Oliver Dabbous widely acknowledged as one of the rising young chefs on the London scene.

Trained in kitchens of Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons , Dabbous opened his restaurant in 2012 and quickly gained Celebrity status in the Foodie world and a Michelin Star.

For all the acclaim, the restaurant and the menu  is considered without frills but concentrates on clean flavours and seasonal ingredients to produce great food

In a very limited menu often only five starters  and six mains,  a sample of the menu  include  Cod, chestnuts & bitter leaves, Chicken with fenugreek, lettuce & clover, Avocado, basil & almonds in a chilled osmanthus broth and Burrata with wild strawberries & fennel pollen.

Downstairs at Dabbous is a basement bar, presided over by Dabbous ‘s business partner Oskar Kinberg who mixes the classic cocktails, but also include some of his own creations, such as his “Sloe Gin Punch”, a refreshing blend of homemade sloe gin, hawthorn syrup, ginger ale and pink grapefruit.

Opening Times

Tuesday – Friday:
12pm-3pm
5.30pm-11.30pm

Saturday:
12pm-3pm
6.30pm – 11.30.pm

For more information , visit the Dabbous website here