Affordable Live Lobsters at Sea Salt, Chennai

Affordable Live Lobsters at Sea Salt, Chennai

Affordable Live Lobsters at Sea Salt, Chennai SHARE: 0 Doc Waz July 7, 2019 Edit this post I have keep lamenting about this. For a coastal city, especially one that is home to the second longest beach in the world, Chennai is woefully short of fantastic seafood restaurants. Yes, you could get the odd fried fish on one of the beaches, there is Marina that has some live seafood with more Chinese and Conti preps and for something rustic, you drive an hour south to Mahabalipuram, but with the beach being out of bounds for restaurants, yes, we are short. And save for those odd beach shacks, nothing really captures the flavours of the city either. Sea Salt brings together Sandesh, a serial restauranteur and Harish Rao, a fantastic South Indian chef for their first collaboration. And instead of making it like a run-of-the-mill grilled seafood restaurant, they’ve made significant strides. Probably for the first time, live lobsters are on the menu. While live crabs have been around for a while, live lobsters, not so much. And the cuisine is limited to the coastal flavours of Tamil Nadu and Andhra/Telangana. Guess what dominates the menu? Recipes from the fisherfolk, so this is local food right down to the roots being served. I been here twice since they’ve opened. First time was the real deal as lobsters were available. We took their signature recipe, the Uthukuli Butter Lobster. Uthukuli is a small place in Tamil Nadu known for its butter and is colloquially called the Uthukuli Vennai . While butter garlic seafood is nothing new, the Uthukuli Butter and Garlic lobsters are an elevated version of the classic. On our second visit though, the lobsters were long gone and sold out, so we picked a large grey snapper fish and got it done three ways. Oh man. The Uthukuli butter was just as good on the fish as it was on the lobster. But it seemed that the grey snapper fish was born for a dish aptly called the Madras Fish Gravy. Now the three of us were salivating long after we were done. A runny soup like tangy gravy was perfect for all of the staples, the appam , the parota and the thatu idly. Both times we had the karuvapillai prawns, 🍤 a simple but excellent starter and both times we had their crab pepper masala. On our first visit we also had a masala fried fish that stood no chance with the lobster and the prawns around, while the fried crunchy squids were a nice time pass before our mains came along. And as a lovely finishing touch they serve the Kadala Mittai from Kovilpatti. The real one, so it doesn’t stick. And it is addictive, something you warned about with a bold instruction on the jar. Now the interesting part. They serve small crabs and small lobsters, so our crab was priced at Rs. 397. Under 400 bucks for a superb live crab. And the 220g lobster was priced at Rs. 1100. Now in a city that is used to paying upwards of 2k for lobsters and live crabs and always needing company for finish the large crabs, Sea Salt is a welcome change. If sea salt continues to keep up the freshness and quality, there is no reason why it cannot be the next Gajalee or Trishna or Mahesh Lunch Home. All three are in Mumbai and none in Chennai to speak of. Yet. Sea Salt is in Wallace Garden above Sandy’s. Tags :

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Acclaimed Chef Anne-Sophie Pic Asia Debut at Raffles Singapore

Acclaimed Chef Anne-Sophie Pic Asia Debut at Raffles Singapore 09/07/2019
SINGAPORE, 09 July 2019: One of the world’s top female chefs with a total of seven Michelin stars under her belt, Anne-Sophie Pic makes her much-anticipated debut into Asia with La Dame de Pic, Raffles Singapore.
Located in the Main Building of Raffles Singapore, La Dame de Pic, Raffles Singapore takes its place of honour at one of the hotel’s most recognised dining spaces. Previously home to Raffles Grill, this signature dining space at Raffles returns carefully restored and refreshed with La Dame de Pic at Raffles Singapore. It is in this beautiful heritage space that patrons are invited to discover the world of Anne-Sophie Pic’s culinary identity which reflects her search for aromatic complexity, combinations of flavours and powerful tastes that evoke emotions.
Anne-Sophie Pic hails from a long lineage of chefs with the Pic family’s culinary heritage beginning since their first restaurant started in 1889. As a third-generation Michelin-starred chef, Anne-Sophie Pic follows in the footsteps of her father and grandfather, perfectly reflecting Raffles Singapore’s rich heritage that has inspired generations since the iconic property was established in 1887.
“Making our debut in Asia at Raffles Singapore is a very natural choice for me. Like Raffles, the Pic family’s culinary heritage spans more than a century. Just like this beautiful hotel that will become one of our overseas residences, we are storytellers and constant seekers of excellence. Together, we share the vision to provide distinctive experiences to our guests, delivered with innovation that combines both tradition and change,” said Anne-Sophie Pic.
Designed by the award-winning Champalimaud Design led by Alexandra Champalimaud, the 46-seat La Dame de Pic, Raffles Singapore embodies an air of timeless elegance with a touch of personality and spirit. Soft pink hues and rich plums are matched with grey clay tones and metallic accents, while a peony bas relief graces the ceiling. Taking centre stage in the restaurant is a gold chandelier composed of tiers of discs with laser-cut spades, a play on ‘La Dame de Pic’ which translates to ‘queen of spades’, and wall sconces that play on circular geometries add an element of charm and enchantment while making a bold and definitive creative statement in the dining space.
La Dame de Pic, Raffles Singapore is helmed by Chef de Cuisine Kevin Gatin who has been a protégé of Anne-Sophie Pic for over eight years and is personally handpicked by her to lead the kitchen here. The signature restaurant of Raffles Singapore offers a variety of set menu options that will be changed seasonally. With influences from Valence and also the South East Asian region, the dishes from La Dame de Pic, Raffles Singapore deliver wonderful, creative stories while offering various tastes of excellence anchored in the present without compromising on its roots.
Indulge in many exquisite signature creations, such as the Berlingots – iconic pasta parcels found in all of Anne-Sophie Pic’s restaurants around the world with unique and slight adaptations to reflect the character of each establishment’s locale. At La Dame de Pic, Raffles Singapore the incarnation of the signature Berlingots incorporates a local touch with a new flavour association using herb of grace, also known as Chou Cao, which enhances the Berlingots’ French cheese fondue filling.
Other specialties include Cucumber with Oscietra Caviar, an elegant starter of fine caviar, pickled cucumber, cucumber consommé infused with blackcurrant, and a quenelle of hojicha tea, cubeb pepper and blackcurrant ice cream; Brittany Lobster, slow-roasted with shellfish butter and served with a coriander-and-barley-infused broth; and Tajima Wagyu Beef, roasted Japanese wagyu accompanied with smoked beetroot and a osmanthus-infused mushroom broth.
The culinary magic continues with desserts such as Anne-Sophie Pic’s signature White Mille-feuille, featuring ginger flower light cream, confit grapefruit and Litsea cubeba emulsion; the refreshing Gariguette Strawberry and Rosat Geranium, which consists of confit Batak berries, strawberry consommé and geranium rosat sorbet; and Araguani Chocolate, which contrasts light Araguani chocolate mousse, Nikka whisky caramel and smoked Tahitian vanilla ice cream for a decadent finish to the dining experience.
The extensive beverage menu at La Dame de Pic, Raffles Singapore, has been conceptualised by Paz Levinson – Pic group Executive Sommelier in collaboration with Stéphane Soret, Raffles Singapore’s Director of Wine and F&B Special Projects – presenting an elaborate and diverse collection of pairings to add both intensity and harmony in the delicate art of pairing; consisting of wines, cocktails, whiskies, sakes, teas, coffees, dashi, broths and consommés. The wine list in particular offers a curated selection that leans towards the French regions, with a particular focus on Anne-Sophie Pic’s birthplace, the Rhône Valley. Guests can look forward to beverage pairing options available on request, with an in-house sommelier on the floor to offer recommendations catered to guests’ personal preferences.
“The opening of Anne-Sophie Pic’s first restaurant in Asia at Raffles Singapore reaffirms Singapore as an exciting global dining destination that punches above its weight. Raffles Singapore, which was the first hotel in Singapore to hire a French chef in 1899, is proudly continuing being in the forefront of delivering exquisite culinary experiences through both new and returning food and beverage concepts as the iconic property reopens in August 2019,” shares Christian Westbeld, General Manager of Raffles Singapore.
La Dame de Pic, Raffles Singapore is open from 5 July 2019. Lunch and dinner is available from Tuesdays to Saturdays. For reservations and enquiries, please contact the Raffles Service team at +65 6337 1886 or via email at singapore@raffles.com. Related Posts Sizzling up a Feast at The Resort This Monsoon Delight in Dragon Fruit Spa Goodness at The Westin Mumbai Garden City Japanese curry rice chain restaurant CoCo Ichibanya to foray into Indian market

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Pullman & Novotel New Delhi Aerocity appoints General Manager – Mr. Biswajit Chakraborty

Pullman & Novotel New Delhi Aerocity appoints General Manager – Mr. Biswajit Chakraborty 09/07/2019 General Manager – Mr. Biswajit Chakraborty Pullman & Novotel New Delhi Aerocity Appoint the Game Changer – Biswajit Chakraborty as the New General Manager Delegate ~ Accor further cements its position in the capital ~
New Delhi, 9th July 2019: Pullman New Delhi an epitome of the perfect blend of elegance and the vibrant & lively Novotel New Delhi both located at the trendiest new destination in the capital Aerocity, have announced the appointment of Biswajit Chakraborty as their new General Manager Delegate (Cluster General Manager), who will spearhead the operations of the prestigious tripartite venture between Singapore GIC, InterGlobe & Accor. With an intricate understanding of the luxe segment, Biswajit considers himself a catalyst that adds impetus to his team, by further creating finer experiences for the luxury and upscale travel and business market in the country.
With over 30 years of experience behind him, Biswajit has been the driving force behind some of the world’s top luxury hotels. In his last assignment, he was the man behind a successful transformation of the Sofitel Mumbai BKC, by strongly establishing the brand in the country after its inception in 2011. The luxury hotel has now grown and made an impact on the development of the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai. While the micro-location has advanced as a business centre, over the years Sofitel Mumbai BKC has created experiences that are commensurate with luxury, style, and panache for discerning guests.
At a handover ceremony in the capital over the weekend, Biswajit stated “I am grateful to be associated with the Accor group and am thankful to Shree Naman Group for the significant leadership opportunity at the Sofitel Mumbai BKC that I was given. I look forward to bringing together all the interesting elements of our key learnings and create a unique and chic hospitality experience in Delhi & Gurgaon, that not only furthers the Pullman and Novotel brands but also contributes to the growth and development of Aerocity itself.”
Business development being his forte, combined with market leadership and a multi-functional approach, Mr. Chakraborty has achieved operational excellence in all his key assignments. A strategic thinker whose strengths also include execution, he is capable of blending quality operations with astute marketing in any hospitality leadership role with his humane and effective style. A complete turnaround specialist, he has transformed several properties in his past assignments.
During his career, Biswajit has been felicitated with numerous awards. Some of the highlights are – the first “General Manager of The Year” award by the Hotelier India group in 2009. He was also awarded the prestigious ‘Game Changer GM’ award at the Food & Hospitality World (FHW) Business Excellence Honours in 2017. Further, in 2015 he received the ‘International Honorary Membership to Union Internationale des Concierges d’Hotels’ at Les Clefs d’Or, Paris.
An alumnus of Bangalore and Cornell University, he was a part of the Oberoi McKinsey transformation. He began his career with the Taj Group and later moved to contribute to the growth and stature of the Yak and Yeti, the Oberoi Group, Mövenpick Hotels & Spa Bangalore and Sofitel Mumbai BKC. Further, under his leadership as the General Manager of The Leela Kempinski Mumbai and Leela Kempinski Kovalam, both hotels reached great heights and became well-known destinations in their own right.
He is the only General Manager in India who has had the privilege of working with the top three Indian luxury hospitality brands including The Oberoi Group, Taj Group of Hotels and The Leela Group. He is an accomplished archer, a fond listener of Jazz & Blues and his understanding of gastronomy covers an international range. With a successful stint of 5 years at the Sofitel Mumbai BKC, he looks forward to this new era of Pullman & Novotel New Delhi Aerocity in the capital city. Related Posts Hyatt Regency Pune appoints Director of Operations – Mr. Sandeep Singh Happy Thai India’s first Indigenous chain of Asian Cuisine Pride Plaza Hotel Aerocity, New Delhi appoints Executive Chef – Chef Vikas Pant

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Hammerson : Award winning chef, Cyrus Todiwala OBE, to launch first restaurant outside of London at Highcross, Leicester

Hammerson announced today that renowned television chef Cyrus Todiwala, best known for appearing on The Incredible Spice Men and BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen, is to open his first restaurant outside of London at its flagship destination Highcross in Leicester. The new location will be Todiwala’s fifth restaurant in total, alongside Café Spice Namasté and Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen.
In late August, Todiwala will be launching Tandem, a celebration of authentic Indian cuisine and cocktail mixology located in a picturesque and decorative Grade II listed building in Highcross, in the heart of Leicester city.
The decadent restaurant and bar will offer accessible luxury, with the memorable interior taking inspiration from both Portuguese and Goan influences. The heavily anticipated restaurant will seat 150 diners, but the structure and striking interior will allow for an intimate experience with five distinct spaces, including an exclusive chef’s table for executive dining and a stunning rooftop terrace.
Tandem will remain true to Todiwala’s Indian routes and beliefs with the menu carefully crafted using traditional Indian cooking techniques and ethically and sustainably sourced British produce, ensuring each dish is fresh and beautifully presented. The unique menu blends traditional flavours that span the Indian subcontinent with ethically sourced, primarily British produce.
Having teased the launch on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen, Todiwala said: ‘I have always wanted to expand my restaurants outside of London with Tandem having been in the pipeline for a long time and I’m thrilled to bring the vision to life in Leicester. The foodie scene in Leicester is taking flight and we’re excited to launch Tandem in such an exciting and vibrant city.’
‘Tandem is an exciting concept which offers something different to my other restaurants but takes inspiration from what we know our customers love. It was important to me to fully showcase the beauty of Indian cuisine by using traditional cooking techniques and influences from my personal experience.’
Iain Mitchell, UK Commercial Director at Hammerson, said: ‘The fact that an award-winning chef like Cyrus Todiwala has chosen Highcross for his first site outside of London is a real vote of confidence both in Highcross, and in Leicester as a city. Leicester already has a thriving food and drink scene, and Tandem is going to be a great addition to that. Tandem is exactly the sort of innovative, immersive offer that we are looking for across our portfolio, as we know our customers are looking for unique experiences.’
Highcross has already had a number of exciting, high profile restaurant and leisure openings in 2019, including Treetop Adventure Golf and Indian restaurant tamatanga.
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Delve into the culinary magic of Malaysian Cuisine

July 9, 2019 at 4:42 pm Kochi Marriott Hotel Presents “Tourism Malaysia Food Festival” at the Kochi Kitchen !
Celebrate the tantalizing taste of Malaysian Cuisine at Kochi Marriott from 8th to 14th July 2019 from 7 pm to 11 pm for dinner and a massive Malaysian special brunch on the 14th of July at 12:30pm to 4 pm- all at Kochi Kitchen, in association with Consulate General of Malaysia, Tourism Malaysia and Malindo Air. Chef Zainal from Malaysia, who brings with him over 25 years of experience in the field of culinary arts will be heading the food festival along with Chef Ravinder Panwar, the Executive Chef at Kochi Marriott. The food festival will showcase rustic and authentic cuisine of Malaysia to the people of Kochi. As Tourism Malaysia begins the era of their campaign Visit Malaysia 2020, Kochi Marriott invites you to come celebrate the land of Malaysia and stand an exclusive chance to win a free return ticket for a couple to Malaysia.
Chef Zainal and his team of Malaysian chefs will be flown into Kochi Marriott hotel to create the most authentic street delicacies for a week featuring a unique blend of spices, depth of character and complex recipes that will leave an imprint on your memory. Some of the authentic dishes that will be featured during the festival are REDANG AYAM – a dry type of curry, TRADITIONAL MALAYSIAN CHICKEN RENDANG- is a version of a dry chicken curry dish and is one of the specialties in Malaysian cooking, AYAM MASAK MERAH – a Malay Style Red Chicken Curry or Chicken in Red Chili Sauce, IKAN MASAK KARI – a Thick Fish Curry, PAJERI NENAS- a Pajeri Nenas (pineapple curry), which will be sweet, creamy and slightly sour in taste, SAMBAL TERONG – a roasted eggplant dish, covered in spicy chili sauce, SATAY – a dish made from small pieces of meat or fish grilled on a skewer and served with a spicy peanut sauce and some DALCA SAYUR – a traditional Vegetable Dalcha. From Left: Mr. Ross Mazood Padiyath, Chairman Travel Agents Association Of India, Mr. Logi Dhasan Thanaraj, Tourism Malaysia- Deputy Director (South India & Srilanka), Chef Ravinder Panwar, Executive Chef, Kochi Marriott Hotel, Chef Zainal, Malaysian Chef, Mr. Christopher Mendez, Treasurer, Travel Agents Federation Of India, Mr. Thomas, Travel Agents Association Of India, Mr. Sumeet Suri, General Manager, Kochi Marriott Hotel
For the ones with the sweet tooth, there is an array of desserts such as the ONDE-ONDE- Green- colored balls of glutinous rice cake filled with liquid palm sugar and coated in grated coconut, the KUIH SRI MUKA – Malaysian steamed layer cake which consist of a glutinous rice layer steamed with coconut milk and a sweet pandan custard layer to the KUEH TALAM – a dessert made of coconut milk and is slightly salty to taste but is also topped with a pandan mixture and TEH TARIK – a hot milk tea beverage which can be commonly found in restaurants and outdoor stalls. There is a choice for everyone. Chef Zainal performing with “Tehtarik”
Logi Dhasan Thanaraj, Tourism Malaysia-Deputy Director (South India & SriLanka), made a statement that, “Tourism Malaysia is stepping up its promotions this year in preparation of Visit Malaysia 2020, which is targeted to bring in 1 million Indian tourists to Malaysia for 2020. Tremendous support extended for the Malaysian Food Festival at Kochi Marriott by our Airline Partner Malindo Air, The Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) and The Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI). I am happy that Kochi Marriott has partnered with us for such a fabulous food festival and I am sure that Malayalees will enjoy the flavors of Malaysia. Malaysia is a melting pot of culture and multi-racial diversity with various signature dishes. This multi-racial diversity is where the culinary expertise comes into play as it has allowed people to blend together more than one cuisine to create the Malaysian Street Foods.” ”We are excited to offer a unique experience of Malaysia at Kochi Kitchen, as authentic and unique as possible along with an opportunity to win free tickets to fly to Malaysia,” says Sumeet Suri, General Manager, Kochi Marriott Hotel
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Cookery Schools

From celebrity chef-led kitchens to stunning rural retreats, here are some of our favourite cookery schools that the uk has to offer…. MAHÉ – PADSTOW, CORNWALL
Adjoining the acclaimed Paul Ainsworth at No.6 in Padstow, Mahé is a new cookery school run by the Michelin-starred chef John Walton in conjunction with Paul and his wife Emma. It opened in May and runs from Thursday through to Saturday, providing an elegant and intimate space in which guests can discover how to create stunning dishes.
The cookery courses are completely tailored to each guest and are priced from £250 per person which includes breakfast, a behind-the-scenes tour, lunch in No.6’s private room and a goody bag.
► paul-ainsworth.co.uk/mahe PIED A TERRE MASTERCLASS KITCHEN EXPERIENCE – FITZROVIA, LONDON
If you have ever dreamt of working in a Michelin starred kitchen, then a culinary masterclass at London’s Pied a Terre is an absolute must. Every Friday, five aspiring chefs can enter the kitchen and work alongside the team; helping them create some of Pied a Terre’s most renowned dishes.
The class will demonstrate how the restaurant creates their exciting dishes and will give you the skills and expertise to take home and try out on your friends and family. Guests will also receive a goodie bag full of treats and can enjoy a 4-course lunch with paired wines.
► pied-a-terre.co.uk THE KITCHEN – CHEWTON GLEN, NEW FOREST, HAMPSHIRE
The Kitchen, a standalone cookery school at Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa, is headed up by celebrity chef James Martin. It offers a range of courses, including baking, seafood and cocktail-making classes.
You can even cook alongside the chef himself. The ‘Cook with James Martin’ classes are held for a maximum of 12 guests over a morning or afternoon. Participants can watch James prepare two of his favourite dishes, such as lobster ravioli and funnel cake with blueberry and gin compote, and then will have the opportunity to try recreating it under his watchful eye.
Individual classes start from £95, while the ‘Cook with James’ class is priced at £350 per person.
► chewtonglen.com/the-kitchen THE WOODSPEEN RESTAURANT AND COOKERY SCHOOL – NEWBURY, BERKSHIRE
Run by acclaimed chef John Campbell, the Woodspeen cookery school runs a wide range of courses throughout the year. The courses are always based around seasonal ingredients cultivated from the school and restaurant’s vegetable plot. Participants can even go out into the plots to pick their produce of choice.
From simple summer dining to vegan focused courses, there is something for everyone and each course is very hands on, which helps develop the guest’s skills and learning.
► thewoodspeen.com/cooking RICK STEIN’S COOKERY SCHOOL, PADSTOW, CORNWALL
If you are a fan of seafood, you should head down to the delightful town of Padstow in Cornwall to Rick Stein’s Cookery School. Whilst the focus is on the preparation and cooking of fish, guests can also participate in classes in Indian, Far Eastern, Italian and Mexican cuisine.
The cookery school was initially started for the chefs working at the restaurant to undertake intense training in the preparation and cooking a fish and shellfish, but this was eventually offered out to the public who wanted to develop their skills in preparing seafood.
From lobster thermidor to Singapore chilli crab, there are ten different workshops to choose from and courses start at just £95 for an evening session Rick Stein Cookery School – Nick Evans THE NORTHCOTE COOKERY SCHOOL, BLACKBURN, LANCASHIRE
Step into Northcote’s intimate Cookery School in the heart of Lancashire and you will soon feel at home. Whether you are just getting started when it comes to cooking or are a culinary whizz, a course at the Northcote Cookery School will provide you with the inspiration and tips that you need to create new dishes to enjoy at home.
Choose from fundamentals such as preparing meat and fish dishes, how to create the ideal dinner party menu as well as more specialist courses such as advanced cookery techniques. You can even undertake a course with Northcote’s own acclaimed Executive Chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen learning to create three of Lisa’s favourite dishes.
► northcote.com/cookery-school/ RAYMOND BLANC COOKERY SCHOOL, GREAT MILTON, OXFORDSHIRE
The Raymond Blanc Cookery School at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons hotel in Oxford runs a range of cookery courses in kitchens next door to those of its two-Michelin starred restaurant. Indeed, the two kitchens are only separated by a series of glass windows, so you’ll feel like a pro no matter what level of skills you have.
From half-day introductions to dinner party master classes, there are some great classes to choose from – many of which focus on recipes and dishes which have inspired Raymond Blanc himself.
Half day courses start from £185 per person and include all tuition, ingredients and refreshments, while full day courses are priced from £365, which also includes a working lunch.
► belmond.com HH&CO BACKSTAGE AT THE LIME WOOD, NEW FOREST, HAMPSHIRE
Drawing on Angela and Luke’s fresh, confident approach to cooking and eating and their signature home-cooked style, the Lime Wood’s cookery school HH&Co Backstage offers a unique, fun and informal way of learning how to cook delicious food!
The courses, which includes Italian cuisine, seafood, pastry and how to cook that all-important roast are suitable for everyone from complete beginners to aspiring master chefs. Their hands-on, relaxed style aims to improve participants’ culinary skills whilst giving the confidence and inspiration to go home and get cooking in their own kitchen. COOKERY SCHOOL ® Amy Murrell lime wood OUTCOOK COOKERY SCHOOL, ALNWICK, NORTHUMBERLAND
Situated in the heart of Northumberland, the Outcook Home Cookery School takes an informal and fun approach towards cooking. From Mediterranean and South East Asian cuisine to fish and seafood, guests can either opt to take a regular course or to try a private bespoke session with one of the school’s chefs. Either way, you can expect to leave with a lasting appreciation of both the local Northumbrian produce and North East hospitality.
► outcook.co.uk THE COOKERY SCHOOL AT DAYLESFORD, COTSWOLDS NEAR KINGHAM, GLOUCESTERSHIRE
From beginners looking to learn new skills to more confident cooks who are looking for more inspiration in their own kitchens, the Daylesford Cookery School offers a superb selection of courses that will whet any appetite.
This unique place of culinary excellence is housed in a beautifully restored stone barn, surrounded by stunning Cotswold countryside and 2350 acres of working farmland. It will equip you with a range of techniques, recipes and principles to help you make the most of their delicious seasonal ingredients.

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Where To Find The Best Himalayan Food In LA

by Sean L. Malin in Food on July 9, 2019 8:00 AM Yak momo at Tibet Nepal House. (Sean Malin/LAist)
The cuisine of the Himalayas sits at the midpoint between Chinese and Indian food, adding cardamom, jimbu, ajwain and ginger to dishes like dal and chow mein. Fans of Himalayan fare claim the soups are healthier, the curries are tamer and the dumplings are less greasy than those of their South Asian neighbors. While the reality is scientifically debatable, traditional meals from the region tend to rely on leaner meats, fermented vegetables and unleavened breads.
As with many cuisines, opportunities to try Himalayan food in Los Angeles are the result of migration and forced displacement. To dine at a restaurant specializing in dishes from this expansive, complicated region is to engage, bite by bite, with the contested, overlapping histories — and recipes — of Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, China and India. Many establishments offer meals drawn from the diverse traditions of the Himalayas while teaching diners why we’re consuming them so far from their places of origin. Veg pokaudas at Tibet Nepal House. (Sean Malin/LAist) Tibet Nepal House
A Pasadena grill with ambiance to spare, Tibet Nepal House aims to edify its customers as they eat. While blowing steam off a plate of ground yak momo, pyramid-shaped dumplings rich with chopped onion and black pepper, you can read the many anecdotes on the menu or learn historical lessons about the Indian subcontinent from the decorative feet dangling from the ceiling. Their traditional Nepali thali plate comes loaded with a lamb masala, a chanaa masala garnished with parsley, a gritty green lentil soup and chyamtange dhopzi, a flatbread that’s similar to naan but made with stone-ground whole wheat. It’s a lot to take in and only a fool, or an optimist, would also get an order of veggie pokuadas, broccoli and cauliflower florets deep-fried in savory chickpea flour. 36 E. Holly St., Pasadena. 626-585-0955. View this post on Instagram A post shared by 🌺Shalimar Restaurant🌺 (@shalimarrestaurant) on Apr 18, 2013 at 9:55pm PDT Shalimar Cuisine of India
Fortune favors the bold, and Shalimar , which promises a “big list of Temptation beyond your imagination,” is ready to shake your imagination. After a much needed revamp in 2015, executive chef and owner Durga Khattri cast a massive net in designing his new menu, which features dishes from across the Himalayas. Tibetan-style sweet corn soup may seem like a messy lead-in to Nepalese spiced, charcoal-marinated mutton sekuwa (think lamb satay), but in Khattri’s hands, the juxtaposition of heat with sweet is exquisite. He also offers Indo-Gangetic catering platters heaped with saffron fried rice, bengan bharta (mashed eggplant stewed with tomatoes), piles of naan and gulab jamun (balls of dough soaked in honey). The result is an ambitious and delicious menu. 10708 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City. 310-839-2841. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Taras Himalayan Cuisine (@tarashimalayancuisine) on Dec 6, 2018 at 12:10pm PST Tara’s Himalayan Cuisine
Perhaps the best known name in Angeleno-Himalayan dining, Tara’s boasts locations in Palms , Newbury Park and University Park (in what used to be Himalayan House). Our personal favorite is the Newbury Park shop, which is the most intimate and quiet of these. The brainchild of Nepali owner Tara Gurung Black, the chain caters to in-the-know locals as well as curious visitors. With spices and herbs imported directly from Nepal, meat from a yak farmer in Colorado and a portion of profits going to Black’s former village school in Pokhara, Tara’s success is proof of the value of consumption that’s both socially and health-conscious . 171 N. Reino Rd., Newbury Park. 805-498-2166. 10855 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-836-9696. 1277 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-766-9775. View this post on Instagram A post shared by House of curry (@curryhouseof) on May 25, 2019 at 3:48pm PDT House of Curry
As cheap eats go, House of Curry is one of the most satisfying and accessible purveyors in all of central L.A., and not just of Tibetan food. Few flavor combos are as satisfying as one of their momos stuffed with minced chicken and served with its traditional accompaniment, chili chicken stir fry. (Ask for it spicy. Himalayan dishes are notoriously mild.) Even sides like the housemade raita, a savory yogurt dip, and the achhar, an insanely sour pickled veggie condiment that’s also eaten on its own, are a cut above the standard meals at most grab-and-go stops. If you’re starved for cash, $5.75 gets you a pile of onion-and-cilantro-stuffed kulcha baked in a clay oven along with a generous bowl of Punjabi tomato soup. 1888 S. Western Ave., Arlington Heights. 323-731-6505. Aloo tama bodi at Himalaya. (Sean Malin/LAist) Himalaya
“We are pleased to introduce you to a new taste from [the] Himalayas,” begins the menu at Himalaya , and it’s no bluff. The concoctions at this restaurant and market are so experimental that they’d be heretical if they weren’t so excellent. They’re also a great deal. The dishes are large, closer to family style than individual portions. The veggie “pizza” ($14) is a thin, whole wheat chapati crust crust topped with tangy, housemade tomato sauce and yogurt-marinated cauliflower, broccoli and peppers. The hefty Silver Burrito ($12) bulges with chicken tikka, tamarind and fresh mint. The traditional fare here is also good. A bowl of aloo tama bodi (Nepalese pea soup with bamboo and potato) pairs wonderfully with their gurung bread, the best in the city, and a cup of sweet Himalayan coffee. Sometimes, simple is better. 720 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 805-409-1041. 35 W. Main St., Ventura. 805-643-0795. Aloo gobi masala, also called cauli aloo, at Sitar Indian Kitchen. (Sean Malin/LAist) Sitar Indian Kitchen
Don’t let the term “Indian” confuse you. This first-generation, Nepali-owned hole-in-the-wall from a family of former Artesia restaurateurs is among the best of a crop of new businesses that opened last spring in the Santa Clarita Valley. Previously the home of (the also very good) Himalayan Kitchen, Sitar Indian Kitchen is hard to find, plunked beneath a dentist’s office and pushed to the back corner of a strip mall that also houses popular local Mexican restaurant La Cocina. Its treasures — golden cauliflower aloo seasoned with ginger, coriander and onion; garlic naan so buttery the cilantro garnish slides off — are worth hunting down. 28112 Bouquet Canyon Rd., Santa Clarita. 661-263-2300. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Claire Schwartz (@claireschwrz) on Apr 4, 2018 at 6:52am PDT Himalayan Café
Cheers to the exciting expansion of Himalayan Café into its recent San Dimas and Baldwin Park locations. After the original opened in 2011 in Old Town Pasadena, critics praised its attentive and impressive menu. Its Himalayan platter, a medley of sweet and spicy chutneys, vegetarian salads and samosas filled with green peas and potatoes, is a favorite for large parties. (Get two if you’re feeding more than four people.) If you’re under the weather, the chicken thupka special, advertised as a medicinal winter soup, is filled with long, delicate rice noodles in a hearty, soothing stock. Given Himalayan Café’s excellence, its growth into a microchain is no surprise, but it is a pleasure. 36 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena. 626-564-1560. 4291 Maine Ave., Baldwin Park. 626-856-5110. 133 E. Bonita Ave., San Dimas. 909-599-5355. Contact the author of this article or email with further questions, comments or tips.

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Dubai’s top home-grown eats and boutiques

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People of more than 200 nationalities live in the UAE, and Dubai is the country’s most cosmopolitan, diverse city. Over the years, expatriates have brought a piece of home with them to the Emirates, which is why you’ll find top-name brands from across the world there, from France’s Galeries Lafayette to the UK’s Harvey Nichols and the USA’s Bloomingdale’s. It’s not just department stores either – chefs including Alain Ducasse, Gordon Ramsay and Akira Back have opened restaurants in Dubai.
In the midst of this international scene, however, you’ll find more and more home-grown eateries and boutiques, as citizens and long-term residents open their own businesses.
These are just a handful of places to shop and eat that you will only find in Dubai. Shop
With Dubai being home to one of the biggest malls in the world, shopping, as you might imagine, is a popular pastime. Away from the globally renowned high-end and high-street brands, however, you’ll find plenty of independent boutiques worth checking out too. S*uce is a popular lifestyle and fashion store that stocks products from both well-known and up-and-coming designers, including limited edition collections and collaborations from local talent. The boutique has seven stores across the city, including at the Dubai Mall.
If you prefer to spend your money outside the confines of Dubai’s vast shopping centres, head to Ripe Market , which takes place every Friday and Saturday at various locations depending on the time of year – it’s outdoors when the weather is cool. This weekend market showcases wares by Dubai’s craftiest individuals and burgeoning brands, selling everything from artisanal soaps to locally made artworks and hand-crafted jewellery.
For something a bit different, visit Alserkal Avenue, where plenty of independent boutiques, eateries and galleries converge, offering visitors a taste of what Dubai’s thriving creative community has to offer. A stop at Mirzam Chocolate should be first on your list, as the team at this chocolatier has sourced cocoa beans from across the region and make all their delicious treats in house. This includes a number of limited edition varieties sporting beautiful packaging produced by local artists. Next door, you’ll also find the Emirates’ only independent record store, The Flip Side , which sells a great range of lesser-known music, including obscure sounds from the region. Eat
While visiting internationally acclaimed restaurants in Dubai such as Zuma and Coya is a great choice, there’s a whole new world of independent eateries worth exploring too. This includes cheap and cheerful hole-in-the-walls as well as those that cater to a more discerning palate. Take Salt , one of Dubai’s first food trucks, located at Kite Beach, and widely known to serve some of the best burgers in the city. Over in old Dubai – around Deira, Bur Dubai, Karama and Satwa – there are myriad eateries serving plenty of delicious eats for next to nothing. Perhaps one of the best known is Ravi Restaurant , which serves up a tasty mix of Pakistani and Indian dishes.
The home-grown café scene in Dubai is constantly evolving, too. Newly opened Lowe , opened by two chefs from Australasia, is based in Koa Canvas near Al Barari. It serves gourmet dishes with a local twist, often cooked on their in-house charcoal grill or wood-fired oven. Think charcoal-roasted market fish with carrot escabeche and coconut aioli, or slow-roasted lamb shoulder with sumac onion salad.
Also make time to visit Baker & Spice . It first opened in Dubai back in 2008 and has since spread across the region – diners love the cosy atmosphere and rustic, organic and homemade dishes. This includes the sharing-style signature shakshuka with fresh French farmhouse bread, and a 12-hour braised beef short rib. The Souk Al Bahar branch is a solid choice, as it’s well placed near the Burj Khalifa and you can also enjoy views of the dancing Dubai Mall Fountain.
As for fine dining, you can’t go wrong with the award-winning Il Borro , which has twice been given the title of Time Out Dubai’s Restaurant of the Year. Based in five-star hotel Jumeirah Al Naseem, the sophisticated but lively eatery serves up biodynamic Italian cuisine, top-notch wines and great cocktails.
For something super-exclusive, go to the Bulgari Resort Dubai on Jumeira Bay, where you’ll find Hoseki restaurant. Chef Masahiro Sugiyama oversees this nine-seater Japanese eatery, which offers a two-hour omakase experience that is truly second-to-none. Share this article

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Tandem officially unveils Cyrus Todiwala

Following weeks of speculation, Tandem has now officially confirmed that award-winning chef, Cyrus Todiwala is the famous face launching Leicester’s new Indian restaurant and cocktail bar. In collaboration with Raphael Hospitality, Tandem marks a major mile-stone for both Leicester and Todiwala as the restaurant is Todiwala’s first outside of London adding to his vast portfolio of dining venues including the renowned Café Spice Namasté.
You’ll perhaps recognise Todiwala from BBC’s Saturday Kitchen and of course, he is famously known for appearing on The Incredible Spice Men, with Tony Singh and being awarded an OBE for services to the Hospitality industry. He has already opened four successful restaurants around London and this will be his first outside the capital.
Having teased the launch during his recent appearance on the BBC’s Saturday Kitchen, Todiwala said: “Leicester celebrates lots of different varieties of cuisine and we wanted to be part of that. It was important to choose a location that already appreciated quality Indian food but where we can also bring a completely new experience to life, and Leicester offers just that being a city with lots of spirit and passion .”
Tandem will remain true to Todiwala’s Indian routes and beliefs with the menu carefully crafted using traditional Indian cooking techniques and ethically and sustainably sourced British produce, ensuring each dish is fresh and beautifully presented.
“A lot of care and detail has gone into sourcing the food we have selected for the menu. We have paid particular attention to sustainability, ethical sourcing, using in-season British produce, working very closely with our suppliers to make sure that our customers get the very best we can possibly buy. Exploring and playing with the multitude of ingredients at our disposal today allows us to showcase our individuality and fearlessness when it comes to experimenting and creating dishes that satisfy our customers.”
Tandem, will be located in Highcross in the former Mem-Saab unit and bookings will open on 25 July. previous article

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Top 10 best Business Class airport lounges in the world

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Monday newsletters always feature top 10 travel lists to inspire.
Today (July 8, 2019): Top 10 best Business Class airport lounges in the world.
Access to an airline’s lounge is considered one of the best perks that comes with a Business Class ticket. However, the privilege of waiting for a flight in a lounge has always eluded me. Airport lounges are often located in dark and cramped spaces, most of the time they are far away from the gate, and the food is mediocre at best. But that is not the case at the 10 lounges listed below, which represent oases of tranquility, privacy, and first-rate amenities. In fact, you might even want to get to the airport early to while away the pre-flight hours in my pick of the world’s top 10 best Business Class lounges.
There is more information below the slideshow. Which one is your favorite Business Class Lounge? Leave a comment or take my poll below. This slideshow requires JavaScript. 10. BRITISH AIRWAYS GALLERIES LOUNGE, LONDON
British Airways ’s Business Class lounge at Heathrow ( designated ‘Galleries Lounge’) is definitely a step up from most airline lounges. The lounge is very spacious, features Osborne and Little exclusively designed fabric, and embraces the daylight with large floor-to-ceiling windows that offer nice tarmac views. It has plenty of food on display, with a fresh soup bar, hot and cold entrees, lots of snacks, full coffee stations with all sorts of cappuccino and lattes, and a very broad selection of wines, beers and spirits. There is also an Elemis Travel Spa on site, which provides 15 min complimentary treatments.
I have reviewed the Galleries Lounge in the following trip reports: 9. SINGAPORE AIRLINES SILVERKRIS LOUNGE, SINGAPORE
The SilverKris Lounge is Singapore Airlines’ main Business Class lounge at Changi Airport. The carrier introduced a ‘home away from home’ concept for its SilverKris Lounge, with unique spaces modelled after living, dining rooms and kitchens, featuring tastefully selected art pieces. There is no shortage of seating variety as guests can choose from meeting rooms, café/bars or 13 Italian-leather slumberettes. It has one of the widest variety of lounge foods in the world, including vegetarian cuisines, western dishes, pastas, Chinese stir-fried classics or Indian curries, in addition to Singaporean classic dishes like carrot cake, fried noodles, and chicken rice.
I have reviewed the Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge in the following trip reports: 8. ETIHAD AIRWAYS PREMIUM LOUNGE, ABU DHABI
Etihad’s spacious Premium Lounge at Abu Dhabi International Airport features a chic decor that you would expect in a boutique hotel rather than an airport lounge. There is a wealth of services and facilities on offer in the lounge, including shower rooms, champagne bar, cigar lounge, children’s play area staffed with qualified nannies, work and relaxation areas. Several food stations display an impressive, frequently replenished international buffet which includes a wide variety of meats, cheeses, pastries, fruits, and hot items. The lounge’s Six Senses spa, dedicated to ambient relaxation, provides an urban sanctuary where guests can enjoy a range of complimentary express treatments.
I have reviewed the Etihad Airways Premium Lounge in the following trip report: 7. FINNAIR PREMIUM LOUNGE, HELSINKI
Finnair’s ultra-white, swanky Premium Lounge is designed by the Helsinki firm dSign Vertti Kivi & Co and features a classic Nordic design with dynamic changes in lighting, inspired by the Finnish outdoors. Video projections on the walls and ceiling are in tune with the seasons and time of day. The lounge features design furniture such as Tulip and Wombs chairs created by Finnish American architect and industrial designer Eero Saarinen. Food & beverage selection are plated on Marimekko tableware or served in Iittala Ultima Thule glasses, first designed for Finnair in 1968 by Tapio Wirkkala. The Premium lounge also features a children’s play area, Apple computers, a staffed bar and even a unisex sauna for those wanting to experience real Finnish culture before boarding the plane.
I have reviewed the Finnair Premium Lounge in the following trip report: 6. VIRGIN ATLANTIC CLUBHOUSE, JFK AIRPORT, NEW YORK
Virgin Atlantic’s Clubhouse in New York’s JFK airport combines British style and uptown New York cool. The moment you walk in you’ll be transported into a world of graceful elegance, with soothing lighting and luxurious furnishings. Passengers can indulge in something delicious from the complimentary a la carte menu, which features five-star dining, smaller tapas-style dishes, and of course, the famous Clubhouse burger. For a truly transformative start to your trip, you can check in to the renowned Clubhouse Spa for a complimentary treatment. And if you’re in a playful mood, the entertainment zone has an iconic red ball sofa, alongside a pool table and other games. 5. STAR ALLIANCE LOUNGE, LOS ANGELES
The award-winning Star Alliance Lounge at LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal is created and managed by Air New Zealand in consultation with its Star Alliance partners. The lounge’s main attraction is an outdoor terrace which invites guests to enjoy views over the airfield and distant Hollywood hills. By day you can enjoy Southern California’s famous sunshine and by night a sophisticated and cozy fire lit ambience. The lounge has a serviced bar with complimentary cocktails and refreshments available. Its numerous areas allow guests to relax, work, dine or be entertained as they wish. Well-appointed shower suites are available for guests wishing to freshen up before their flight. 4. CATHAY PACIFIC THE WING, HONG KONG
The Wing is Cathay Pacific’s flagship lounge at Hong Kong International Airport and recently completed renovations after originally opening in 1998. It is split over two floors including a space adjacent to The Wing First Class lounge. It comes with a whopping 24 shower suites on the lower floor, along with six workstations, a buffet counter with cold food and four Asian and Western hot dishes. But you’ll want to head upstairs for the Noodle Bar, serving freshly made Asian dishes, such as dan dan noodles, char siu buns, dumplings, and regional specials, or for sipping a glass of premium champagne or a fine wine at the iconic Long Bar, made with gleaming, white marble with scenic overlooks of the tarmac.
I have reviewed the Cathay Pacific The Wing lounge in the following trip report: 3. AIR FRANCE BUSINESS LOUNGE, CDG AIRPORT, PARIS
Air France operates several airport lounges across the globe, but its new Business Class lounge at Paris Charles De Gaulle airport is in a category of its own (and is in fact my favorite airport lounge in Europe). Reopened in 2018 after a complete redesign, the enormous light-filled lounge has a capacity of 540 seats and is an ambassador of chic French style. The choice of materials and furniture with a palette of bright colors strikes a subtle balance between elegance, comfort and creativity. Facilities include a Parisian bistro styled dining corner with open kitchen, a stunning bar created by French designer Mathieu Lehanneur, and a wellness center with spa treatment rooms, private saunas and a detox bar. 2. TURKISH AIRLINES BUSINESS LOUNGE, ISTANBUL
In order to create an guest experience like no other, Turkey’s flagship carrier partnered with Istanbul Modern to merge its Business Lounge at Istanbul’s new airport with a museum. A great range of services and activities are at arm’s reach, including a realistic racetrack providing the excitement of a car race, video game consoles, a cutting-edge golf simulator, private resting and showering areas, a media wall, cinema, play area for children, library, pool room, prayer room, teleconference hall, and a spa. For those interested in Turkish cuisine, the lounge provides some of the unique tastes of Turkish and global dishes you’ll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere, such as “mantı” (Traditional Turkish beef ravioli). 1. QATAR AIRWAYS AL MOURJAN BUSINESS LOUNGE, DOHA
Qatar Airways’ Al Mourjan Business Lounge at Hamad International Airport is the best Business Class lounge that I ever encountered during my extensive travels. It simply outclasses all the current competition out there. The physically stunning space with its high ceilings has a refreshing resort-like ambience. The lounge is adorned with marbles, designer furniture, and bronze walls featuring traditional Arab calligraphy. It offers a variety of dining areas with an extensive buffet as well as fully equipped business centers, private workstations equipped with personal display screens, shower rooms, prayer rooms, and game rooms (all of them state-of-the-art and incredibly well designed).
I have reviewed the Qatar Airways Al Mourn Business Lounge in the following trip reports:

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