All about Google’s Indian Restaurant Baadal for Employees in Silicon Valley: from Interior to Menu

All about Google’s Indian Restaurant Baadal for Employees in Silicon Valley: from Interior to Menu

Home / Flavors / All about Google’s Indian Restaurant Baadal for Employees in Silicon Valley: from Interior to Menu All about Google’s Indian Restaurant Baadal for Employees in Silicon Valley: from Interior to Menu There are many Indian restaurants in Silicon Valley serving the best Indian food in San Francisco Bay Area. It is one of the reasons why Silicon Valley is home to a great number of Indians in California. Most of the Silicon Valley companies including Google keep their Indian employees happy about food according to their desi taste buds, which is often a concern with many living or going abroad. Among the Silicon Valley companies in San Francisco , Google at Mountain View deserves a special mention for providing free food to its employees. Google Headquarters houses 30 different eating joints to pamper its employees with delicious food from various cuisines. The global search engine giant has got an Indian restaurant Baadal to provide its Indian American and Indian employees with authentic Indian food for free at its Mountain View campus in Santa Clara County. Café Baadal at Googleplex is Indian to the core from its décor to menu. With glittering lanterns hanging from the ceiling and flamboyant cushions on cozy chairs, this Indian restaurant at Google headquarters has captured the colors of India in its interior. With eye-catching posters of popular Bollywood films from the golden eras of Indian Cinema adoring the walls, Baadal has truly nostalgic ambiance , which makes Google’s Indian American employees feel a connect with India. The maps and flags of India not only dominate the interior décor but also add to the nostalgic quotient of Café Baadal at Googleplex in Mountain View. The menu at Café Baadal has some of the best and most popular Indian dishes, including chicken biryani , which is a favorite of many Google employees in the Mountain View campus. Masala chai is their favorite pastime too . The restaurant changes the menu every day but chicken biryani and masala chai are available all time. The menu serving authentic Indian food from north Indian dishes to south Indian thalis makes dining a desi affair at this Google restaurant in Santa Clara County. Baadal Rice is the mainstay of the menu at Café Baadal. It is a special mix of Sona Masoori rice, brown rice and Bhutanese red rice. There is a special meal named Brahmin for some employees who prefer Sattvik food. Be an employee Indian or Indian American, a meal or thali is incomplete without desserts for them. Unsurprisingly, Café Baadal at Googleplex serves sinful Indian desserts. The restaurant has become so popular that even Google employees need to book tables in advance. There is a small food truck outside Café Baadal at Googleplex for those having no reservation. The employees without advance booking and those on the go can grab some of the dishes from the truck instead of making a beeline. The story of Indian food at Googleplex does not here. There is a smaller van beside the food truck, which serves desserts outside the restaurant. Chef Irfan Dama, who is popular as Chef Dama in San Francisco Bay Area, cooks Indian food for the Google employees in Mountain View . He specializes in Indian cuisine and cooking. It is his culinary magic that has made the Indian restaurant Baadal at Google Headquarters a hit with employees. Baadal is one of the best restaurants for Indian food in Silicon Valley . Each bite reminds you of your mother, home and country. The Indian street style masala tea is my favorite at Baadal. – An Indian employee at Googleplex. Travel Beats is an overseas Indian community portal by Indian Eagle , a leading international travel organization excelling in booking cheap airline tickets to India . Subscribe to Travel Beats for interesting community news and stories from the US and India. Tagged

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Spice Mantraa Builds on Reputation, Expands in Bali | NOW! JAKARTA

Spice Mantraa Builds on Reputation, Expands in Bali Dine | 20 March 2019
Spice Mantraa first opened in Kuta, Bali in August 2016. Located near the Discovery Mall, it quickly gained a following among the island’s many international visitors. Rated the Number 1 on TripAdvisor, Spice Mantraa is an Inspirational Indian Restaurant. We spoke to the owners about the restaurant’s draw. Spice Mantraa recently open its door in Seminyak, Bali. Photo courtesy of BDC Group/NOW!JAKARTA
Please tell us about the restaurants that you’ve recently opened, NOAA and Spice Mantraa. What are some of the dishes you offer here?
The food offering has been completely enhanced in our Seminyak branch to adequately provide a superlative experience to our walk-in guests and also a more extensive menu to pick from. Our new dishes have been extensively inspired by the length and breadth of India where specialties of various regions from India have been picked and further developed to suit an international audience whilst keeping the flavours intact.
NOAA is an eclectic mix of Western, Asian and European cuisine where our appointed Curator, Master Chef Shailendra Kekade has truly epitomised experimentation with food as a true form of Art where the science hasn’t been compromised either. A menu that boasts of all day dining specialties such as a variety of Dimsum, Pastas, Pizzas and Sushi’s but yet has very many specialised creations that can keep bringing you back to the restaurant for more. A proper insight into our menu should truly help the avid gastro-enthusiast firmly interested in trying out the various listed options on the menu.We also thrive on improvising and creating new cuisines, so there is always an element of innovation and a push for the Chefs’ team.
Why Bali? Do you have plans for a Jakarta launch? Who are your target clients?
Bali is an extensive melting pot of various cultures and traditions and the food scene here is extremely evolved in time as some of the best restaurants continue to flourish the F&B landscape of this region. Like most of our competitors we continue to be inspired from the visiting tourists of Bali that come from Australia, New Zealand, India, China, Korea and other neighbouring countries in Asia. We are also cognisant of the growing number of expatriates that continue to make Bali their new home away from home and actively would like to connect and engage with this audience through active engagement on our social media channels to further grow our offering to the F&B scene. Jakarta will be a natural extension to our offering given the natural affluence it brings with it as a much larger city in Indonesia. We continue to attract a good number of Indians residing in Jakarta who love our Indian dishes on offer specifically our Butter Chicken and Dal Makhani that continue to harbour rave reviews and “likes” from our guests. NOAA Social Dining.
Bali’s F&B scene is saturated, how do you plan to stay competitive?
The world has become a smaller place to live in given the serious growth of business across the spectrum and F&B being at the topmost trend pattern there. The BDC group’s key objectives have also remained to always supersede guest experiences and expectations. We strive hard to deliver the best in class experience when it comes to the ambience, décor and vibe attached to a place. Our USP is and will always remain the quality of food and highest quality ingredients that we use to make each guests experience unique.Over and above the quality of food we also insist on providing our customers with an impeccable service by our well-trained service team . We firmly believe this enhances the experience for the tourist and is the mantraa that gets them to visit us again
How do these restaurants blend in with the Seminyak vibe?
From the architecture of the building to the interiors and ambient lighting used indoor and outdoor at our new outlets each area has been carefully and heavily been invested into to become what they’ve now turned out to be as truly mesmerising, chic outlets. Our entire area boasts some of the best names in the business with MAURI, Merah Putih, Potato head and Sarong being our closest neighbours all around us in the area, what we always knew was we will have to create nothing short of the finest and best as an offering. We would like to believe that we have carefully taken the Seminyak Vibe into consideration and added to the topography with our own offering of the best upscale hipster social dining experience in NOAA with a beautiful bar attached to it.
Spice Mantraa also in its upscale posh fit-out continues to add to the manifold varied offerings of Seminyak an Indian dining experience next to none. Dining area at Indian Restaurant Spice Mantra Seminyak.
What do you hope diners in Bali— whether they’re Indonesian or foreign—will take away from these spaces— in terms of experience?
This is an area/space we are closely watching as owners of the business to understand our segment and thereby learn where we need to draw our energies from and which are the areas where we can continue to relentlessly progress. With both of our restaurants we expect to carve out a niche segment that dwells in upscale posh sentiments but yet at an affordable price that can be met by all the Indonesians who are a discerning lot and continue to look for value experiences.
Our intention is to work our way to the top and get recognised as segment- leading restaurants that provide a holistic 360 experience to all of our guests where all aspects of good food and hospitality is a minimum given. We also take pride in making sure that our experience and cuisine are served and endorsed by the friendly local population, thus giving the foreigner and the Indonesian a feel for our Indian and European cuisine with the highly acclaimed Balinese hospitality.

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10 CROCKPOT COOKBOOKS TO UP YOUR SLOW COOKER GAME

by mpladserv 10 CROCKPOT COOKBOOKS TO UP YOUR SLOW COOKER GAME
All hail the mighty crockpot. Within this humble appliance bounties of chilis, soups, stews, and roasts slowly cook to feed batch cookers and kitchen newbies alike. You may have already seen our roundups of great books for the air frying and instant potting contingents, so if you’re looking for your next appliance-centered boost, look no further than these fantastic crockpot cookbooks. CROCK POT: 1001 BEST CROCK POT RECIPES OF ALL TIME BY EMMA KATIE
Let’s start with this massive collection. Emma Katie’s work is the de facto epic of crockpot cookbooks, and in a just universe would be regarded similarly to the works of Shakespeare and Homer. Katie’s recipes are concise and no-nonsense, and several of them appear per page. Anything from appetizers, soups, and sides, all the way to the main course can be found here, and in spades.
THE NEW INDIAN SLOW COOKER BY NEELA PANIZ
Paniz admits in the introduction to this cookbook that she had some skepticism about how well one could make Indian food in a slow cooker. “The slow cooker would be a new route to a crucial destination,” she writes. “I didn’t know if it could be done.” Thankfully, she pulled it off, as this cookbook is a great resource for homemade Indian cuisine. As it turns out, chutneys, curries, and dals are all achievable using your crockpot.
THE SUPER EASY VEGAN SLOW COOKER COOKBOOK: 100 EASY, HEALTHY RECIPES THAT ARE READY WHEN YOU ARE BY TONI OKAMOTO
Vegan food rules. Don’t trust anyone who tells you otherwise, even if you’re not vegan yourself. In this cookbook, Okamoto addresses two criticisms often lobbed at vegan eating: making vegan food is time consuming and expensive. Starting with vegan basics like how to perfectly cook beans, the book evolves to include more complex dishes. It is also a handy reference guide for smart choices at the grocery store and slow cooker care. The recipes it contains will certainly satisfy anyone who tries them, regardless of their meat-eating status.
THE MEAT LOVER’S SLOW COOKER COOKBOOK BY JENNIFER OLVERA
And now a counterpoint. If you’re a meat eater, this collection of slow cooker recipes is indispensable. Olvera’s tome has serious meat on its bones, offering instructions on many dishes, from stew to brisket. Whether you’re cooking beef, pork, lamb, poultry, or seafood, you’ll find something delicious here. (There’re even a few vegetable recipes!) Look, life is about balance, so I think this cookbook is a great companion to Okamoto’s vegan dishes.
THE FRENCH SLOW COOKER BY MICHELE SCICOLONE
Scicolone’s The Italian Slow Cooker and The Mediterranean Slow Cooker are two of the best crockpot cookbooks, but The French Slow Cooker is my personal favorite. Despite French cuisine’s notoriously challenging reputation, here you will find simple and accessible ways to prepare many of the cuisine’s mainstays.
FIX-IT AND FORGET-IT BAKING WITH YOUR SLOW COOKER BY PHYLLIS GOOD
Baking purists may scoff at the idea of baking in a crockpot. But for those of us not quite up to Paul Hollywood standards in the kitchen, there’s something undeniable about the idea of baking cake this easily. Good’s series of crockpot cookbooks also includes diabetic friendly recipes and a five-ingredient collection.
THE ASIAN SLOW COOKER BY KELLY KWOK
Kelly Kwok, founder of Life Made Sweeter , endeavors to empower her readers to make quality dishes Asian themselves, forsaking the old pastime of ordering takeout. Whether it’s noodles, rice, beef, chicken, or soups, Kwok provides great crockpot recipes spanning Chinese, Korean, and Thai cuisines. Note that not every recipe in this book involves a slow cooker, though the ones that don’t are single-pot meals.
50 SIMPLE SOUPS FOR THE SLOW COOKER BY LYNN ALLEY
It’s okay that winter is pretty much over. Soup is always great. Find me sipping clam chowder at the height of summer. For any time of year, this is a great collection of soups you can batch cook in your crockpot. The enchilada soup is delicious, and there are no fewer than three different ways to prepare black bean. Dive in, and bring a ladle.
THE TEX-MEX SLOW COOKER BY VIANNEY RODRIGUEZ
Tex-Mex is a singular cuisine, and Vianney Rodriguez wants to help people make it as easily as possible. This collection puts the crockpot into high gear, churning out pico de gallo, mole, tequila-spiked queso, and more. Coupled with personal anecdotes from the author about some of the dishes, this is as engaging a read as it is a useful one.
SLOW COOKER REVOLUTION BY AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN
America’s Test Kitchen is simply delightful. Whether it’s their public access TV show, YouTube channel , or oeuvre of cookbooks, ATK is entertaining and informative for aspiring kitchen savants. In Slow Cooker Revolution , they offer their contribution to the world of crockpot cookbooks. You may use it as a guide to everything from sauces to pork loin to marmalade.
It can’t be overstated: the crockpot is a beautiful invention. By simply dropping some ingredients into it and returning a few hours later, one has an entire culinary world they can access, with little to no advanced kitchen knowledge. All hail! 18, 2019, first appearing on BOOK RIOT Share this:

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14 best vegetarian cookbooks | The Independent

Whether it’s for health, environmental or ethical reasons, more and more people are opting for the veggie lifestyle. The most recent statistics suggest around 1.2 million people in the UK have gone meat-free, with the food on offer for vegetarians becoming ever-more varied, flavourful and adventurous.We’ve picked out the best of the new releases of the year (some of which are still only available for pre-order), tried out some of the best recipes, and compiled a diverse selection that will suit all purposes – whether you’re a die-hard carnivore looking to transition to eating a couple of veggie meals per week, a long-time vegan or just in search of a beautiful cookbook, we have you covered.This extensive tome from long-time vegan and restaurant owner Jean-Christian Jury could otherwise be known as the Bible of vegan cooking. We love how comprehensive this book is, boasting more than 450 recipes from more than 150 countries. From crispy orange-ginger tofu and strawberry mochi to grilled portobello mushroom tostadas, this book really has everything you need to suit every mood, taste and occasion. The book is divided into starters, salads, soups, main courses, grains and beans, pasta and noodles and desserts, with each section featuring recipes categorised by country. You’ll see cuisines from Moldova, Papua New Guinea and Suriname sitting alongside the more familiar flavours of France and China. There is also a guest chef section, which features recipes from internationally renowned chefs such as Dan Barber and Alexis Gauthier. Buy now ​Kathryne Taylor’s first book stays true to the motto of her massively popular blog, Cookie and Kate: “celebrating whole foods”. This wonderful collection of delicious, nutritious and satisfying vegetarian recipes is divided into breakfasts, salads, soups, cocktails, feasts and sweet treats. Written in a friendly and reassuring style, the recipes are simple enough for the home cook to easily follow. Kate will help you be more energetic by starting your day with a bowl of quinoa piña colada granola, washed down with a creamy cashew chai latte and followed by a Thai-style mango slaw or West African peanut soup for lunch. And if you’re hosting guests for dinner, this book will show how to make a roasted eggplant lasagna (or even throw a taco party). Those with a sweet tooth are bound to love her healthier peanut butter chocolate chip cookies and German chocolate cake. Buy now As the title suggests, this book from Nina Olsson, of the blog Nourish Atelier, focuses on plant-based meals that can be served in bowls. Recipes are divided into breakfasts, soups, salads, grain bowls, noodles, hearty meals, sides and desserts. The book features everything from porridge and curries to fish-free Bouillebaisse, and you’ll also find a vibrant array of healthy salads such as Moroccan harissa salad and Indonesian gado gado. And carb lovers fear not, as there’s also comforting slutty pasta and spicy laksa noodles. Each recipe has an introductory paragraph with tips for getting the best results, an explanation of the health benefits of the ingredients used, or a description of a dish’s origin. Buy now If you’ve just turned vegetarian or vegan, this book is the perfect guide for creating meat- and dairy-free versions of all those classic favourites such as bacon-topped mac and cheese, French toast, pepperoni, clam chowder and fish and chips. When Robin Roberton first became vegan in the 1980s, products such as dairy-free milks were still years away from being on supermarket shelves, so she had to learn to make them herself. This explains the extensive how-to section of this book, which includes pantry staples such as nut milks, yogurt, mayonnaise, butter and cheeses. Not only does Robertson have decades of personal vegan cooking experience, but she is also a chef and has 20 cookbooks under her belt – you can be confident she knows what she’s talking about. Buy now The much-loved British food heroes, The Hairy Bikers, return with yet another dieting book, this time packed full of simple but tasty vegetarian meals which prove that incorporating more plant-based dishes into your diet needn’t be difficult or bland. You’ll fall in love with their cheeky, down-to-earth humour and their healthier takes on popular British classics such as Lancanshire hot pot, pasties and toad in the hole. Meanwhile, those with more exotic palates are bound to enjoy the Latin American shepherd’s pie or paneer and pea curry. Buy now Popular blogger Lily Diamond’s first book pays homage to the nourishing and healing properties of herbs and flowers. We especially love this book for its stunning photography and creative recipes, not only for dishes to eat but also for natural, DIY beauty products. The book is divided into chapters based on herbs and flowers, such as oregano, lavender, jasmine and orange blossom. Not only will this book teach you all about a myriad of culinary and medicinal uses of herbs and flowers, as well as how to easily get hold of them, but will teach you to make such wonderful concoctions as lemongrass basil coconut ice cream with black sesame brittle, and thyme-scented plum salad. We made the persimmon bites with pomegranate molasses and crispy sage leaves, and they tasted every bit as delicious as they look. Buy now The popular Scandinavian foodie couple are back with another cookbook. Boasting full-page spreads of the husband and photographer David Frenkiel’s characteristically artistic and food envy-inducing images, this book showcases all their family favourites, ranging from quick weekday breakfasts to speedy dinners, and weekend feasts. We especially liked the taste of the mushroom, goat’s cheese, pear and walnut fettuccine and the healthy baked donuts. All recipes are also gluten-free and refined sugar free. Buy now Mira Manek promotes healthy Indian cooking though her popular supper clubs and cookery classes. In this book, she challenges stereotypical perceptions of Indian food as being rich and indulgent, offering healthier and lighter interpretations of classics that she has tweaked from recipes handed down from her mother and grandmother. This colourful book offers recipes for homemade pastes, pickles and garnishes as well as an introduction to a variety of spices. The book is full of flavourful plant-based goodness such as mango and cardamom smoothies, masala grilled aubergine, avocado chutney and grilled maple pineapple with frozen coconut saffron yoghurt. We loved the introduction, which tells the story of Manek’s grandparents’ move from Gujurat in India, to Uganda, then London, and the old family photographs add a lovely personal touch. Buy now If you’re worried meat-free eating might lack variety, look no further than this esteemed Californian chef’s homage to vegetables. Organised alphabetically according to vegetable name, this comprehensive collection is bound to change your perception of vegetarian eating. Recipes are inventive and sophisticated, but simple enough for the home cook to follow. From classics such as grilled corn on the cob to peas, white chocolate and macadamia, a popular dish at Fox’s restaurant Ubuntu, you’ll find something for everyone. Buy now If you go meat-free you might find yourself eating more beans – and you’re going to want your culinary repertoire to extend beyond beans on toast. In which case, we really recommend you get hold of this comprehensive guide by Tami Hardeman, author of the internationally recognised blog Running with Tweezers. The book celebrates pulses in 150 different ways, including dishes such as butter bean bisque, red lentil and sweet potato croquettes, and braised leeks and puy lentils. We found the desserts particularly imaginative – look out for strawberry and green lentil crisp, berry and lime mung bean ice pops and lentil baklava, which were all among our favourites. Buy now Author of vegetarian blog My New Roots, Sarah Britton’s second book is packed full of nutrient-loaded recipes that are quick and easy to make and use accessible ingredients. We love the bright and inspiring photography, and imaginative recipes with catchy names such as surprising sunflower seed risotto. If you’re looking for something sweet, we absolutely loved the coconut cardamom blueberry snack cake. The book also offers many vegan and gluten-free options. Buy now If you’re looking to incorporate more vegetables into your diet, there’s no excuse not to look outside soups and salads. Especially not once you have a copy of popular blogger Kate Hackworthy’s hugely imaginative cookbook that will show you how to have your cake and eat your veg too. As the title suggests, once you’re done flicking through this book you’ll understand that the possibilities of using vegetables in sweet treats are endless. If you think beetroot brownies and courgette muffins are old news, you’ll be delighted by the wealth of unusual recipes such as asparagus and lemon cupcakes, pea and vanilla cake, spinach and strawberry swiss roll, cauliflower and chocolate hazelnut filo sticks, and sweetcorn cookies, to name just a few. Buy now Social media star Taline Gabrielian’s cookbook stood out to us especially because of the extensive desserts section, which offers mouth-watering healthier versions of indulgent-sounding treats such as peanut butter swirl chocolate cookies, galaxy bars, tiramisu and salty caramel tart. Recipes are all gluten-free and refined sugar free. The book shows beautiful lifestyle images of Taline and her young children enjoying her beautiful food, and is written in her characteristically intimate style. We especially enjoyed the introduction, in which she talks about her approach to healthy eating and how she has been inspired by her Armenian heritage. Buy now This brilliant book by German food bloggers Nadine Horn and Jörg Mayer is a must for any keen BBQ’er who’s looking to eat less meat. The book includes a helpful guide with tips and tricks for meat-free BBQing, and features everything from burgers and hotdogs to kebabs and pizza, as well as side dishes and salads. We also love the delicious array of homemade vegan sauces, which include flavoured butters, salsas and of course three types of BBQ sauce. We particularly like the look of the aubergine gyros and quesadillas. Here’s hoping the British weather will be good enough this summer to try them out… Buy now We think both Love Real Food and The Hairy Dieters Go Veggie offer great introductions to vegetarian eating, while the Kale & Caramel cookbook would make a stunning gift. However, our absolute favourite for its huge variety of recipes and international scope, is Vegan: The Cookbook . IndyBest product reviews are unbiased, independent advice you can trust. On some occasions, we earn revenue if you click the links and buy the products, but we never allow this to bias our coverage. The reviews are compiled through a mix of expert opinion and real-world testing.

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In a tight labor market, employers are focusing on their food offerings

You need to hire for a few positions. You already offer great perks, from retirement plans to healthcare coverage to bring your dog to work every day. But in a tight labor market, a new survey offers some food for thought on what employees and job applicants really want: FOOD!
Office catering and snack services firm ZeroCater is out with its new Quarterly Customer Survey that finds more employers are offering food as a way to hire and retain employees. As FoodServiceDirector.com reports:
Nearly half (49%) of the companies participating In ZeroCater’s Quarterly Customer Survey reported that retaining talent was the No. 1 objective in providing office meals, up from 44% in 2017. Tech companies are known for luring employees with free food and chef-inspired meals, but other B&I programs are seeing the benefit of this workplace perk.
It’s a far cry from the depths of the Great Recession when employers were suddenly skimping on sandwich quality to save a few pennies and employees were in a pickle about it. By 2016, surveys were showing that job applicants would bite at a job offer that included free food.
Now we’ve reached the point where free food is pretty much expected at work. At least for now. But what do employees want amid today’s changing foodscape? From organic to keto to paleo to just-give-me-a-slice-of-pepperoni-pizza-damn-it, it can be hard to make everyone happy. How can you satisfy employees’ cravings for catered lunches and snacks with offerings that hit the spot? Which foods are “on trend” in 2019?
Move over, vending machine
ZeroCater find that comfort foods (good ‘ol mac and cheese, for example) are still popular, but flavorful ethnic cuisines are especially appealing to employees. The workforce has gotten more diverse, which means a greater variety of food selections at the conference table. Among the most popular categories for office meals last year were Indian, Vietnamese, Middle Eastern and Mexican.
Employees also want snacks, but not just something from the vending machine. They want something different, something fresh! Last year, the most popular office snacks were bananas, “hard-cooked” eggs, energy bars, avocados, and “artisanal” chips. Protein bars and jerky were also popular with employees.
There are always new food items trending, too. Do you know that we live in a time where something called “cheese tea” — basically, green or black tea with cream cheese or condensed milk floating on top — is a thing? Chances are, you probably have a few foodies at work who have heard of it or have tried it.
On that note, flavored seltzers/sparkling waters (grapefruit and mango are popular flavors), diet colas, and jasmine green tea are popular drinks with employees. You can ask them if they want to skip the cream cheese topping.
So move over vending machine and make way for the Sally the Salad Robot! I’ll take my salad with ranch or blue cheese dressing. Yeah, I know. Ranch? Really? Pfft. That’s…conventional. Go ahead and sneer. I can take it. I’m a salad dressing traditionalist.
Let’s go to the source
Millennials and Gen Z employees care how their food is sourced. Where the food comes from — and how the plants and animals were treated — is something more employees want to know in 2019. Employees are also more conscious about recycling and prefer food vendors who have invested in compostable, biodegradable, and recycled materials. So be ready to provide this information.
Just don’t be afraid to try something different. It’s easy for all of us to get into a food rut where we’re ordering from the same short list of places. Branch out, trying something new. Order from a local, small business who could use your business. If you cater lunch for employees every Friday, pick one Friday a month where you try a new place.
The best thing is to ask your employees what they want! Take an informal office survey. The responses could be all over the culinary map, but at least you’re trying to keep current with eating and drinking trends so you don’t look so 2008. Beefing up your food offerings might help your company make a few new hires, too.

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Black Pepper – The good evil!

Black Pepper – The good evil! Posted by MS on
Black Pepper!
For thousands of years, black pepper has been a staple ingredient all over the world.
Often referred to as the “king of spices,” it comes from the dried, unripe fruit of the native Indian plant Piper Nigrum . Both whole black peppercorns and ground black pepper are commonly used in cooking. In addition to adding flavor to the food, black pepper may act as an antioxidant and offers a variety of health benefits.
Black pepper is the most ubiquitous of all spices. There is hardly any dish that cannot be enhanced by its smoky, spicy overtones and it is one of those spices that is used universally across cuisines.
This article takes a look at black pepper, its benefits, side effects and culinary uses.
Black pepper grows on climber vines that cling to tall trees. Pepper vines can grow up to ten meters high and produce fruit all year round. The berries can be picked in three cycles to produce three kinds of pepper: green, black and white. Green pepper is immature, unripe pepper, used whole for its sharp, mildly spicy and fruity notes. Black pepper is produced when the berries are more mature, but still green and shiny. They are harvested by hand, and dried, at which point they become the characteristic black, crinkled spice we are familiar with. Pepper is at its strongest when processed this way. White pepper is produced by picking pepper when it is fully ripe and red, and stripping away its fleshy outer layer, and then dried. White pepper is milder, due to this ripening process.
Nutrition Facts:
Serving size: 100 g
1 tsp, ground (2.3 g), 1 tbsp, ground (6.9 g), 1 tsp, whole (2.9 g), 1 dash (0.1 g)
Water – 12.46 g , Energy – 251 kcal, Protein – 10.39 g, Total lipid (fat) – 3.26 g, Carbohydrate – 63.95 g, Fiber – 25.3 g, Sugars – 0.64 g, Calcium – 443 mg, Iron – 9.71 mg, Magnesium – 171 mg, Phosphorus -158 mg, Potassium – 1329 mg, Sodium – 20 mg.
HEALTH BENEFITS:
Black pepper aids in weight loss, and helps in relieving sinus, asthma, and nasal congestion. It also reduces the risk of cancer, and heart and liver ailments. Let us discuss the health benefits of black pepper in detail.
Anti-tumor Properties
Antioxidants in pepper can prevent or repair the damage caused by free radicals and helps to prevent many diseases. Compared to various spices, piperine found in black pepper exhibits antitumor activity for a few types of cancer which include breast cancer, colorectal cancer and prostate cancer. Improves Digestion
Consumption of pepper increases the hydrochloric acid secretion in the stomach, thereby facilitating digestion. Proper digestion is essential to avoid intestinal issues including diarrhoea, constipation and colic. Pepper also helps in preventing the formation of intestinal gas and when added to a person’s diet, it can promote sweating and urination.
Sweating helps to remove toxins and foreign bodies from pores which are lodged. It can also remove excess water. Urination removes uric acid, urea, excess water and fat.
Good digestion helps in weight loss, makes your overall body function better and prevents severe gastrointestinal conditions. As black pepper is carminative in nature and it easily expels the gas out of the body in a healthy downward motion; upward moving gas can be dangerous as it can strain the upper chest cavity and other vital organs. Weight Loss
The outer layer of peppercorn assists in the breakdown of fat cells. Therefore, peppery foods are a good way to help you shed weight naturally. When fat cells are broken down into their component parts, they are easily processed by the body and applied to other processes and enzymatic reactions, rather than settling in your body and making you overweight. Ayurvedic tea made with black pepper is one of the teas recommended for weight loss. Skin Care
Pepper may help to provide relief from vitiligo, which is a skin disease that causes some areas of skin to lose its normal pigmentation and turn white. The piperine content of pepper can stimulate the skin to produce melanocytes pigment. Topical treatment of piperine combined with ultraviolet light therapy is much better than other harsher, more chemical-based treatments for vitiligo. It also reduces the chances of skin cancer due to excessive ultraviolet radiation.
The results from this animal study are promising; however, more research is required to prove the effectiveness in humans. Provides Respiratory Relief
In Ayurvedic practices, pepper is added to tonics for treating cold and cough. Pepper also provides relief from sinusitis and nasal congestion. It has an expectorant property that helps break up the mucus and phlegm depositions in the respiratory tract. Its natural irritant quality helps you expel these loosened materials through the act of sneezing or coughing, which eliminates the material from the body and helps you recover from infection or illness that caused the deposition in the first place. Soups and stews made with black pepper and other aromatic spices are often used to treat colds and coughs. Antibacterial Quality
The antibacterial property of black pepper helps to fight against infections and insect bites. Pepper added to the diet helps keep your arteries clean by acting in a similar way to fiber such as scraping excess cholesterol from the walls, thereby helping reduce atherosclerosis, the condition highly responsible for heart attack and stroke. Compounds present in black pepper were active against Bacillus Subtilis , Bacillus Sphaericus , Staphylococcus Aureus among gram-positive bacteria, and against among certain gram-negative bacterial strains. Improves Cognitive Function
Piperine, one of the key components of black pepper, has been shown in numerous studies to reduce memory impairment and cognitive malfunction. The chemical pathways in the brain appear to be stimulated by this organic compound, so early research demonstrates the possibility of pepper to benefit Alzheimer’s patients and those suffering other age-related or free radical-related malfunctions in cognition. Enhances Bio-availability
Research suggests that black pepper helps in transporting the benefits of other herbs and compounds to different parts of the body, thus maximizing the efficiency of the other foods we consume. That is why adding it to food not only makes it delicious but also helps to make the nutrients more available and accessible to our system.
Research also shows that black pepper may improve the absorption of beta-carotene — a compound found in vegetables and fruits that your body converts to vitamin A. Beta-carotene functions as a powerful antioxidant that may combat cellular damage, thus preventing conditions like heart disease. Gives Relief from Peptic Ulcers
A number of studies have shown that black pepper may have beneficial effects on gastric mucousal damage and peptic ulcers due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Prevents Asthma
In some cases, pepper may be a good treatment for respiratory conditions due to its properties as an expectorant, as well as its strong anti-inflammatory properties.
Other Benefits: Preparing grounded pepper powder at home is better than buying it ready-made. However, even homemade powder retains its freshness for only 3 months, while whole peppercorns can keep their freshness indefinitely. Adding a pinch of black pepper to every meal helps to improve both taste and digestion. It can also improve your overall health and well-being. 🙂
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Harini. N. B, M.Sc (Clinical Nutrition), RD., Certified Diabetes Educator. Related

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5 Traditional Dishes Of Assamese Food To Try – Travel.Earth – Medium

5 Traditional Dishes Of Assamese Food To Try Travel.Earth Blocked Unblock Follow Following Mar 11 To the quintessential foodie, Assam has to offer an intriguing array of culinary jewels. Assamese food is all about minimizing waste. It constitutes a varied combination of ingredients starting from rustic vegetables and the complex “Khar” to a lot of animal proteins and even insects.
Needless to say, the true foodie in you must now be curious to discover the marvels of this cuisine. If you are experimental and big of heart, Assamese food will wow you with its traditional dishes and techniques. Here are 5 dishes that make this cuisine unique.
Khar Khar is both an ingredient and the name of any dish prepared using it. This dish can be prepared with pulses, vegetables or even fish or meat. The basic ingredient “Khar” is obtained by filtering out the liquid from a solution of water and dried, charred banana peel. This Assamese dish is unique in the sense that it preserves the alkaline or astringent taste of the Khar liquid.
This dish is believed to have appetizing and digestive properties. Sometimes recipes can direct you to use baking soda if Khar is not available with you. Although alkaline, it fails to create the taste of an authentic Assamese Khar recipe.
The invention of Khar may be explained by the fact that it probably was a more cost-effective and easily produced ingredient for preserving food as compared to salt which was preferred by aristocrats. For the curious, this is indeed a taste without any parallel and only in Assamese food do your taste buds awaken to it.
Masor Tenga The word “Tenga” in Assamese means sour. The favourite souring ingredients are tomatoes, dried mangosteen, lemon, raw mango, and elephant-apple. The Masor Tenga is a lightly spiced, tangy fish curry best enjoyed with rice during lunch or dinner. Consumed during summertime, this dish is believed to enhance digestion after a heavy meal.
Different temperings like fenugreek, 5 spice mix (panch phoran) or mustard seeds impart uniquely different flavors to the basic dish and give a refreshing variety to the demanding food lover.
Pitika This is basically a form of charred or boiled vegetable or fish mixed with green chilli, onion, chopped ginger, mustard oil, and coriander leaves. A variety of ingredients like potato, eggplant, pumpkin, red lentils, and even fish can be prepared into a Pitika.
This dish retains the original flavour of the basic ingredient combined with the pungency of raw mustard oil and the aromatics. Easily prepared and served with rice, this dish is a wholesome and tasty comfort food for the novice as well as the jaded home cook.
Paro Mangxo Pigeon meat may be banned in other Indian states; but it is a specialty in Assam. It is considered to give the body warmth and is consumed during the winter months. The most preferred recipe is when pigeon meat is cooked with banana flower and lots of peppercorns. This dish may be eaten with rice or roti or as a starter.
The Assamese have been preparing this for ages and it remains very popular with people eager to uphold tradition. This Assamese delicacy is a confluence of flavors and textures with a hint of the exotic.
Polu Or Leta Which fabric is Assam best known for? Silk, right! But why talk of fabric in a food blog? This might be a nose scruncher for some, but stir-fried silkworms are a delicacy favoured by many Assamese. After the silk is taken out from the cocoon, the pupa is boiled in water then stir-fried.
Essentially a spicy tribal recipe, it has a crunchy outside and a soft gooey center. It is a must try for all the not-so-faint-hearted who have an itch for the untried and taboo.
Assamese cuisine works with different tried and tested ingredients and cooking techniques. The hills prefer fermentation and drying as fresh produce is not always available whereas the plains have a bounty of fresh vegetables and animal proteins. A unique characteristic of the food in this region is the combination of vegetables with fish or meat for many of the traditional recipes.
This draws attention to the complexity of flavours and textures the Assamese understand and use to create an intriguing mix of dishes. There are some ingredients which would probably require a braver heart, but the modern food lover would surely appreciate the uniqueness of this cuisine and probably recommend it as a personal favorite.

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I travel extensively for work in India and around the world. I have stayed in over 150 hotels & resorts in the last 2 years, but unfortunately I could not share my experiences till now. But from now onwards, I will share my experiences based on the following parameters:nn1. Gymnasium & Pool: The hotel has an average gym. The cardio section is good with one Skillmill Machine and one rowing machine also. There are no weights more than 20 kgs. The gym is in the basement of the Taj Palace wing (another hotel in the same compound) and has very low ceiling height, which makes active movements difficult. There’s no arrangement of cold water in the gym. The pool is good and is located in the Taj Palace wing (another hotel in the same compound). There’s a good pool side restaurant also.nn2. Food: The food and service is amazing. There are 10 restaurants and bars. I have eaten in Shamina, which caters North Indian, Continental and Asian cuisine. The breakfast is elaborate and delicious with very less waiting period.nn3. Room Size & View: The sea facing rooms are the best. My room had a balcony overlooking the Gateway of India. But the other half of the rooms had a city view. The rooms are spacious and have space for few extra bags or an extra rollover bed for kids.nn4. Location & Vicinity: The location is in the posh South Mumbai Victorian area called Colaba. But this also becomes a major drawback of the hotel. It’s located in front of the Gateway of India monument and therefore the road in front is choc-a-bloc with tourists and vehicles through out the day. There’s some underground metro construction going on in front of the hotel since last couple of years which makes the traffic worse. There are many iconic shopping and eateries next to the hotel.nn5. Service: The service is impeccable. I got good response from the operators, front office, housekeeping and room service even at 0200 AM in the morning.nn6. Distance from Airport: It’s located about 45-60 minutes from the airport depending on the traffic.n

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12 Amazing Things You Must Do To Explore Singapore Like A Local

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Singapore is known for its exciting attractions like Marina Bay Sands, Gardens By The Bay and Universal Studios but beyond all that, there’s so much more to explore! To help you see a different side of Singapore, we’ve rounded up this list of 12 must-do experiences to travel like a local. Whether you’re a #foodie, #collector, #socializer, #actionseeker or a #cultureshaper, read on as we take you through the island’s best gems!
#HHWT Tip: Plan your vacay to Singapore with Scoot ! With affordable fares and occasional deals, your flight is just one click away .
[P.S. Check out our 3D2N Muslim-friendly itinerary to uncover Singapore’s hidden gems!] 1. Savour the best halal hawker food in the heartlands
Ask any Singaporean and they’d tell you that the best local food can be found in Singapore’s hawker centres in the heartlands. Singapore’s hawkers are no ordinary stall owners – their good quality of food has put Singapore on the world map and some of them have even won numerous awards and Michelin status. If you’re the kind of traveller who’d travel for food, we’ve got some top picks to help you fellow #foodies out 😊
Bedok Food Centre
Tucked all the way in the east is Bedok Food Centre, or Bedok Corner, as it’s referred to by Singaporeans. This hidden gem serves a wide variety of halal hawker fare ranging from Malay, Indian and Chinese food.
Our first recommendation is none other than Tong Fong Fatt’s signature Hainanese Chicken Rice . Its fragrant and flavourful rice, mixed with the juicy chicken and chilli, is a heavenly combination 🤤
Another dish to try here is Black Carrot Cake and Fried Oyster Omelette from Soon Lee. For the uninitiated, this isn’t a dessert but actually a mix of steamed rice flour and white radish, and shaped into a “carrot cake”. Soon Lee’s carrot cake is perfectly fried with thick sweet sauce and egg – seems simple but trust us, it’s so yummy and comforting!
Halal status: Both halal-certified Address: 1 Bedok Rd, Singapore 469572 Opening hours: TFF Boneless Chicken Rice (Stall 28) – 11am – 9pm, closed on Wed Soon Lee (Stall 2) – 10.30am – 9.30pm, closed on Mon Directions: To get here, you’d need to take the East-West Line to Tanah Merah Station. Then take bus 14 or 45 from Tanah Merah Exit B and alight at Bedok Camp 2 bus stop.
Deanna’s Kitchen
Owned by a Chinese Muslim revert, Deanna’s Kitchen is probably one of the only few places in Singapore where you can savour halal authentic Chinese prawn noodles. The broth for this dish is traditionally made by simmering pork bones but Deanna’s uses chicken instead (plus prawn shells, anchovies and other ingredients!)
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With all the flavours packed into one, the broth turns out slightly sweet and not too overwhelming, which makes you crave more every time you slurp it. There are various ingredients to choose from (prices start from $3.50) – like regular prawns to big prawns and even bigger ones! Or you can also choose to have clams, crayfish and lobsters, depending on your taste.
Halal status: Muslim-owned
Outlets:
1) 127 Lor 1 Toa Payoh, #02-25, Singapore 310127 Opening hours: 10am – 2pm, 5pm – 8pm (Wed – Fri), 9am – 3pm (Sat – Sun), closed on Mon and Tue
2) Jurong East Street 21, Padi Emas Coffee Shop, Block 214, Singapore 600214 Opening hours: 12pm – 9pm (Tue – Sat), 10am – 2pm (Sun), closed on Mon
BONUS: Haig Road Putu Piring
A visit to Singapore will not be complete without trying out the famous Haig Road Putu Piring. These disc-shaped steamed rice flour cakes are filled with palm sugar (gula melaka) and they are just too hard to resist 😋
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Have it when it’s warm and fresh so the gula melaka will ooze out as you sink your teeth into it. It’s not just the sweet taste of the putu piring that will excite you – the way it’s made by hand in special steamers and the precise timing is almost like clockwork, and it’s really fascinating to watch too. Haig Road Putu Piring is listed in the Michelin guide so if you’re a self-professed #foodie, you won’t want to miss it!
#HHWT Tip: The store now has many outlets across Singapore but we recommend heading to its original store at Haig Road for the most authentic experience.
Halal status: Muslim-owned Address: 14 Haig Rd, Singapore 430014 Opening hours: 10.45am – 10pm daily Directions: Take the East-West Line to Paya Lebar MRT Station and walk about 11 minutes to Haig Road Putu Piring
P.S. Looking for more halal places to eat in Singapore? We’ve got you covered with these 15 eateries ! 2. Discover street art by local artists in Little India
What’s great about art in Singapore is that it’s not just limited to what you see in museums and exhibitions – you can find it on the streets too! One of the places where you can admire street art is in Little India. As part of a public art project called ARTWALK, empty spaces and walls were revitalised with colourful murals that reflect the characteristics or histories of the neighbourhood.
One of our favourites is this mural by Eunice Lim at 67 Kerbau Road. The artwork features colourful buffalos with traditional Indian patterns. The use of buffalos reflects the name of the street (kerbau means buffalo) as well as the significance of cattle in Hinduism.
#HHWT Tip: The mural is located right outside Little India Station Exit E.
Another mural that has caught our attention is this one at 1 Hindoo Road. This long artwork by Izzad Radzali Shah showcases playful caricatures of Little India’s residents doing various poses. It’s a reflection of the vibrant stories and culture of the community living here, so it’s really refreshing 😍
BONUS: Former House of Tan Teng Niah
This next place isn’t exactly a piece of street art but we’d recommend you to visit it while in Little India because of its brightly coloured walls which you can spot from miles away. The Former House of Tan Teng Niah was built in the 1900s by a businessman for his wife and it’s the last remaining Chinese villa in the area. So, a visit here is a must!
While you’re here, pay attention to the architecture of this building which has a mix of Southeast Asian, Chinese and European influences. The roof fixtures resemble that of Malay kampung houses while the long shutter-like windows were quintessential of Western homes – definitely a sight to marvel, especially for all #cultureshapers.
Address: 37, Kerbau Rd, Singapore 219168 Directions: The House of Tan Teng Niah is just a short walk away from the mural at 67 Kerbau Rd.
P.S. Want to see more of Little India? We’ve got just the guide you need! 3. Collect unique souvenirs and local designer items at Kg Glam
It’s no secret that Singapore is known as a shopping haven. If you’re wondering where you can shop for items which are out of the ordinary, then Kg Glam is your best bet! What we love about this area is its ability to balance old and new – there’s an array of shops here from the traditional (carpets, fabrics, Malay garments) to trendy.
Singapore-designed porcelain
Head over to Supermama if you want to bring home a piece of Singapore.
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This Japanese-inspired gallery store makes porcelain with Singaporean motifs such as kebaya prints, Peranakan rose, Merlion and more. So, you’d definitely want to get your hands on these if you’re an avid #collector 😍
Address: 265 Beach Rd, Singapore 199544 Opening hours: 11am – 8pm daily
Alcohol-free perfumes
Did you know that you can find fragrant alcohol-free perfumes, essential oils and scents at Kg Glam too?
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Head over to Jamal Kazura and you’ll get to customise your preferred scent. Whether you like a floral or citrus scent, you’ll surely find something that suits your fancy. You can also pick something ready-made such as their popular Bella Rose scent.
#HHWT Tip: If you’re looking for an even more customised and boutique perfume-making experience, then head to Sifr Aromatics at Arab St instead!
Address: 27 Bussorah St, Singapore 199445 (there’s another outlet at 728 North Bridge Rd) Opening hours: 10am – 7pm daily
Local designer items
If there’s one place you shouldn’t miss in Kg Glam, it’s Haji Lane. Locals often refer to it as one of Singapore’s first few hip neighbourhoods and even though it’s seeing a larger crowd of tourists these days, it still hasn’t lost its charm.
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Walking along this hipster street, you’ll find quirky boutiques and chic cafes. Those of you who love shopping for local designer items might want to pop by Craft Assembly for their uniquely Singaporean crafts and knick-knacks. Look out for vintage apparel, old-school toys, tote bags and magnets among others. Another shop that’s worth mentioning is Hygge – this lifestyle store has handmade trinkets and you can get a personalised gift for a loved one back home!
P.S. Check out these 9 awesome souvenirs to bring back from Singapore. 4. Explore the charming neighbourhood of Chinatown
It’s always nice to be an #explorer in interesting neighbourhoods when you’re travelling. Chinatown is one of those neighbourhoods where you can find tourist hotspots but yet, still immerse yourself in the daily lives of the locals and that makes it a perfect place for travellers to explore 🤗
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum
With its striking red and white exterior and Tang dynasty-style architecture, it’s hard to miss the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum. It might not have had a long history (opened in 2007) but it’s one of Singapore’s must-see cultural sights as it houses hundreds of years of important Buddhist art and history.
The temple is said to house sacred artefacts of the Buddha including the temple’s main highlight, the tooth relic as well as others like bone and tongue relics. It’s fascinating to also observe the local Buddhists’ devotion to their faith.
Address: 288 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058840 Directions: From Chinatown Station exit A, walk 3 for minutes to the temple.
Multicultural facet of Chinatown
Usually when we travel and explore new places, we tend to discover things that we’d otherwise not have known about. At first glance, you might think that Chinatown is just a place to learn about Chinese culture but in actual fact, it’s so much more than that!
While Chinatown has many traditional Chinese decorations and shops selling Chinese goods, believe it or not, the neighbourhood is also home to a large Hindu temple (Sri Mariamman Temple) and one of the earliest mosques in Singapore (Masjid Jamae Chulia)! The best part is, they are along the same street as the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple too, which makes it even more striking. This multicultural facet of Chinatown is what makes it worth exploring – you can experience a myriad of Singapore’s cultures in one place 😊
People’s Park Complex
Beyond the tourist attractions and souvenir shops in Chinatown, the neighbourhood is also home to residential buildings and hidden picture-perfect spots where locals hang out at. One building that perfectly blends these 2 elements is the People’s Park Complex.
Consisting of a shopping mall on its lower floors and residential apartments on the higher floors, People’s Park’s rooftop car park is a haven for Instagram enthusiasts. Stepping foot here will make you feel as though you’re on the set of an 80s action movie – definitely an unexpected find among Chinatown’s hustle and bustle!
#HHWT Tip: Snap away and admire the sweeping view of Chinatown plus Singapore’s skyscrapers. But do be quiet as the building is still home to many residents.
Address: 101 Upper Cross St, Singapore 058357 Directions: To get to the rooftop, take the lift up to the 5th floor, head up to the staircase right beside the lift landing before reaching the car park. 5. Shop till you drop for the best bargains
Who says shopping in Singapore has to be expensive? Well, believe it or not, you can snag some value-for-money buys if you know where to look 😉
Mustafa Centre
Shopping all day, every day? Yes please, #collectors! This 24-hour complex is a shopping paradise and it’s not just locals who shop here, many tourists have found their way here too. You can find almost anything at Mustafa – affordable sportswear, electronics, clothes, textiles, groceries, souvenirs… the list is endless!
Get your fix of Merlion-themed souvenirs and Singapore-themed t-shirts, or stock up on exclusive chocolates and snacks that you can’t find back home. Your experience shopping here is definitely one of a kind.
Address: 145 Syed Alwi Rd, Singapore 207704 Open 24 hours Directions: Mustafa Centre is a 5-minute walk from Farrer Park MRT Station.
Bugis Street Market
Next is Singapore’s largest indoor street market, Bugis Street. The market is a labyrinth of over 600 stalls selling cheap clothes, shoes and accessories. With just $10, you can expect to get a decent pair of jeans! If you’re looking for Singapore-themed t-shirt and bulk souvenirs to bring home, you can purchase them here at an affordable price too 😅
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If you’re feeling tired from all the shopping, there are many snacks and drinks stalls here for you to recharge. The market is spread out over 3 floors and we hear the second floor is Korean-themed, so all you KPop fans will enjoy shopping here!
Address: 3 New Bugis Street, Singapore 188867 Opening hours: 11am – 10pm daily Directions: Take the East-West Line to Bugis MRT Station. Bugis Street is located just opposite Bugis Junction.
Queensway Shopping Centre
Opened for over 40 years, most Singaporeans would know Queensway Shopping Centre for its selection of over 200 shops selling affordable sportswear and shoes. You won’t get the latest edition sneakers or jackets here but rest assured, they come at a much cheaper price than what you’d get at other malls.
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Head over to LE Way, Sports World or I-Run to get yourself a decent pair of running shoes and if you need to get other sports apparel, head over to Transworld Sports or Sports Finesse instead 🤗
#HHWT Tip: There are many shops selling the same thing here so, don’t purchase something at the first store you see! Browse through the different shops first before making a decision.
Address: 3 Queensway, Singapore 149073 Opening hours: 10am – 10pm daily Directions: Take the East-West Line to Queenstown MRT Station and walk about 18 minutes to Queensway. 6. Be your own artist at ArtScience Museum
In a modern city like Singapore where things are constantly changing, art is also becoming more diverse and it’s not just limited to still art pieces. With the help of technology, you can now join local art enthusiasts and #cultureshapers in interacting with immersive digital art installations at the Future World: Where Art Meets Science exhibition at ArtScience Museum. Visitors can interact with the exhibit at Transcending Boundaries. The different elements in the installation will respond to the human body and change its course.
One of the stunning concepts is Transcending Boundaries, which fully immerses you in a garden with waterfalls, butterflies and flowers. It’s even complete with sounds of nature. In a time span of an hour, you’ll experience a change of seasons throughout the year – watch as seasonal flowers like sunflowers and cherry blossoms grow, bloom, scatter and wither. Not only will you be able to interact with the ever-changing artwork, but you’ll also be able to blend in and be part of the installation. It’s both a feast for the eyes and intriguing for the mind 😍
At Sketch Town, you can draw an object, place it in a digital scanner and it will be part of the installation. You can touch it on the wall to animate it!
Another interesting installation is Sketch Town – it’s an imaginary town which is based on Singapore with iconic landmarks like the ArtScience Museum, Gardens By The Bay and Marina Bay Sands. What’s interesting about this is that you can add your own touch to the installation. Simply draw a building, car or anything you’d like on paper using the crayons provided, place it in a digital scanner and the object you draw will automatically turn into a 3D animated object. And you can even touch it and see it move in the installation!
As more and more people contribute to the installation, the artwork will keep evolving and an individual contribution becomes a collective experience shared by everyone. It’s heartening to see how art can be shaped by a whole community ☺️
Address: 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974 Admission times: 10am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm, 4pm and 5.30pm (last entry). Admission fee: $19 (Adults), $14 (Child, Students, Seniors)
P.S. Have the interactive exhibits caught your attention? Then make that trip to Singapore a reality by flying with Scoot! Check out affordable fares and deals here . 7. Uncover spectacular views at Henderson Waves
It’s time to unleash the #explorer in you and uncover the magnificent view from Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge, Henderson Waves. At 36 metres above the ground, this bridge is part of Singapore’s 10-km Southern Ridges nature walk and it connects Mt Faber Park to Telok Blangah Hill Park.
The bridge is usually a rest area for hikers as they can sit on the wooden benches, admire the view and take in the cool breeze. In case you’re wondering, the bridge is called a “wave” as it has curves and twists which resemble a wave.
While you’re here, you’ll notice amazing views of the lush greenery set against the backdrop of the Singapore skyline. Try to spot the iconic curved roof of the Reflections at Keppel Bay condominium (left) if you can. On a sunny and clear day, the view also extends out to the sea 😍
#HHWT Tip: To fully experience Singapore’s natural charms, we recommend heading to the starting trail of the Southern Ridges Walk at Mt Faber before reaching the Henderson Waves and then continuing on to the Telok Blangah Hill Park.
Address: Henderson Rd, Singapore 159557 Open 24 hours 8. Surprise your taste buds with fusion dishes
With a blend of so many different cuisines in Singapore, it’s no surprise that local chefs and homegrown cafe owners have taken to experimenting with food to create fusion dishes. If you’re a #foodie, you won’t want to pass up on these enticing treats!
The Malayan Council
Contrary to its name, The Malayan Council (or TMC) is actually a Singaporean establishment specialising in Malay-Western fusion dishes. Malay food, which is traditionally rich in flavour, is used to enhance the taste of well-known Western dishes.
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Some of TMC’s most popular dishes are their Roti Kirai Beef Ribs (malay net crepes), Asam Pedas Fish and Chips and Lemak Chilli Padi Pasta. The Roti Kirai Beef Ribs deserve a special mention as the tender meat is topped with their special thick gravy, making it an irresistible dish. The Lemak Chilli Padi Pasta comes with yummy smoked duck and the sauce is creamy and spicy. The food at TMC has some really bold flavours but it’ll definitely please the #foodie in you.
Halal status: Muslim-owned
1) 22 Dunlop St, Singapore 209350 Opening hours: 11.30am – 11pm daily
2) 71 Bussorah St, Singapore 199484 Opening hours: 11am – 11pm daily
Hawkerman
We’ve introduced you to some local hawker favourites earlier. Now, be prepared as we introduce you to hawker food but in a hip and modern setting. Popular hawker food, as we know it, has been redefined at Hawkerman. This eatery brings 3 popular hawker stalls together under 1 roof – Warong Kim’s, Tenderfresh and Ah Boy Popiah.
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Not to mention that the dishes have interesting Singlish (local Singapore slang) names too. For instance, the Bao Ka Liao platter (literally means “take over everything”) lets you taste the best of the 3 hawkers – Tenderfresh’s crispy and juicy spring chicken, Warong Kim’s signature Hokkien mee and Ah Boy’s yummy spring rolls – this is a modern take on how hawker food is usually prepared 😆
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You can also expect some twists in their desserts too. Try the Durian ‘N Jack Popiah – durian ice cream is wrapped in spring roll skin and topped with jackfruit slices. Popiah is traditionally a savoury dish but now it’s made into dessert instead!
Halal status: Halal-certified Address: Singpost Centre #B1-128/129, 10 Eunos Rd 8, Singapore 408600 Opening hours: 11am – 10pm daily 9. Unleash your adventurous soul at Pulau Ubin
Are you an #actionseeker looking for somewhere off the beaten track that’s far away from the city? Then the unspoilt nature and rustic charm of Pulau Ubin will be just what you need. Most locals would have stepped foot on Pulau Ubin at one point in their lives, either for school camps or simply for some outdoor adventure fun. There’s no doubt that Ubin is truly a local’s playground.
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If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, a hike up Ubin’s tallest hill, Puaka, will set your heart pumping. But the breathtaking view at the top will make all that climbing worth it as it overlooks the Ubin quarry. There’s even a small ledge where you can pose and take plenty of photos for the ‘gram!
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Another activity that’s really popular in Ubin is cycling! Cycling is a great way to get in touch with the island’s nature and you’re bound to run into Singapore’s last few remaining kampungs (villages), or even spot some wildlife.
Go beyond the well-paved biking roads and into the wilderness where you’ll find rugged trails instead. Cycle to Chek Jawa Wetlands for a chance to discover the rich marine wildlife there or challenge yourself to the Ketam Mountain Bike Park – it’s the first in Singapore to meet international standards for mountain biking competitions. Whichever trail you choose, you’ll definitely get to satisfy your thirst for an action-packed adventure 😎
#HHWT Tip: Do be very careful when cycling in Ubin as you might encounter slippery and muddy slopes or rocks, so make sure your wear a proper helmet, knee and elbow pads.
Directions to Pulau Ubin: From the city, take the East-West Line to Tanah Merah Station and from there, take bus 2 to Changi Village Bus Terminal. Take a bumboat from Changi Point Ferry Terminal to Pulau Ubin. The bumboat ride costs $3 (additional $2 if you bring a bike). 10. Go kayaking at one of Singapore’s water spots
You’re not about to let that adventure streak in you go away. It’s time to ramp up the action with a kayaking adventure! In case you’re wondering, there are many water sports centres which allow kayaking in Singapore’s rivers, reservoirs and even the open sea.
Marina Reservoir
Marina Reservoir is the place to go if you’re looking to kayak AND enjoy a view of Singapore’s stunning skyline at the same time. This spot is usually popular with dragon boating competitions and school activities, so a leisurely kayak here is perfect if you want to blend in with the sporty locals.
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The best part is, you’ll get an impressive view of the Gardens By The Bay, Marina Bay Sands and Singapore Flyer without jostling with hordes of tourists! You can rent the kayaks (around $12) from several operators like the Singapore Sports Hub’s Water Sports Centre and PAssion Wave @ Marina Bay. Take your pick from closed deck, sit-on-top kayaks, 2-seater or 4-seater kayaks!
Water Sports Centre
Address: 8 Stadium Walk, Singapore 397699 Opening hours: 7am – 8pm
Address: 11 Rhu Cross, Singapore 437440 Opening hours: 9am – 6pm, closed on Mondays
MacRitchie Reservoir
Looking for respite from the busy city? Then kayak at MacRitchie Reservoir instead, Singapore’s largest nature reserve. The calm waters here, set against the backdrop of the abundant rainforest will make you forget that you’re even in Singapore for a moment!
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Only a small area of the reservoir is designated for kayaking but that’s enough for all you #actionseekers to have your fix of water sports. You can rent your kayaks ($15 per hour) from Paddle Lodge by the Singapore Canoe Federation. While you’re here, try to spot nature enthusiasts doing some fishing, hiking or even bird-watching 😉
Paddle Lodge
Opening hours: 9am – 10.30am, 2pm – 4.30pm daily Directions: You can get to Macritchie Reservoir Park by taking buses 162, 166, 167 or 130 from the city. 11. Mingle with the crowd at Wanderlost Lounge
Singapore is a great place to interact and meet people from all walks of life. So, if you feel like getting out of your comfort zone for a bit and find other like-minded #socialisers or simply looking for a place to hang out with friends, we know just where you should go – Wanderlost Lounge!
Opened in December last year, Wanderlost is a refreshing Muslim-friendly addition to Singapore’s nightlife scene. Serving non-alcoholic mocktails and halal bites, Wanderlost is set in the midst of skyscrapers in Singapore’s CBD and they have a nice rooftop space which is perfect for chilling out and socialising.
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Not only is the space pretty cool, but Wanderlost has creative mocktails to boot! Its drinks are inspired by childhood novels. Whether you’re sipping on Alice In Wonderland, Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone, or The Alchemist, you can guarantee it’ll leave you wanting more. The drinks are flavoured with natural distillates, spices, and fruits, meaning they’re a healthy alternative to soft drinks too 😋
#HHWT Tip: If you’re feeling a little hungry, order some savoury dishes to go along with your mocktails. Our top picks are their Swedish meatballs, chicken drumlets, grilled beef tacos and mesquite-grilled chicken chop.
Halal status: Muslim-owned Address: 15 Enggor Road, Realty Centre #12-01, Singapore 079716 Opening Hours: 5.30pm-late (Mon-Sat) Reservations: +65 6909 7701 or book via their website 12. Enjoy free music at Esplanade
One great thing about Singapore is that there are many activities to do round the clock, even at night. Who says you have to hit the bars or clubs to enjoy the nightlife in Singapore? When night falls, you can check out Singapore’s thriving arts and music scene at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre.
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No matter what type of music or artform you’re interested in, everyone is welcome to sit in and watch the performances at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, because music brings all #socialisers together!
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From live gigs by rising bands to dance performances and even traditional music, this place is always buzzing with entertainment. Who knows? You might just discover some new music. Not to mention that the performance area overlooks the Marina Bay as well, which makes for a great ambience to enjoy music as well.
Address: 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981
We hope this guide has given you a better idea of how to experience Singapore through a local’s perspective. Whether you’re a traveller exploring beyond the usual tourist spots, an art enthusiast or looking to set your heart pumping, you can always find something to do here.
Of course, for avid shoppers and self-professed #foodies, Singapore has no lack of unique places to shop and eat too. It’s so wonderful to see that in a seemingly small and busy city like Singapore, many experiences are made possible because the locals are passionate about what they do! So, the next time you’re in Singapore, try these experiences out for yourself so you can feel the #PassionMadePossible in this lovely city 😉
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New Restaurants in London 2019: 25 Things To Eat This Week

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Looking for some delicious things to eat in London this week? Want to know about the best new restaurants in London 2019 ? From Mother’s Day brunches to Spring tasting menus, we’ve got the lowdown on the best things to munch in the capital right now. We couldn’t hold back this week; we’ve found a whopping 25 things to eat in London . Happy feasting! 1. For a Royal High Tea: Shangri-La Hotel What: Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London is launching an exquisite Royal High Tea. Celebrating motherhood and the anticipated arrival of the baby of Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex and His Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex, the afternoon tea features treasured family recipes from the hotel’s pastry chefs. The Lowdown : British recipes that have been handed to the hotel’s chefs from their mothers and grandmothers take centre stage and include a Blueberry Cheesecake, Strawberry Mousse and Victoria Sponge. Paired with royal-themed cocktails and mocktails such as The Little Prince and Rock-A-Bye Baby, the royal affair is the perfect setting for a baby shower. The hotel is also offering expecting mothers a special surprise gift. Where: TĪNG Restaurant, Level 35, Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London, 31 St Thomas Street, London SE1 9QU. To book call Ph: +44 (0) 207 234 8000. Available from the 30th March-12th May.
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What: This Mother’s Day, Wild by Tart is hosting a special collaborative brunch event with chef and restaurateur Asma Khan, in their beautiful restaurant space at Eccleston Yards. One of the best new restaurants in London 2019, if you’re looking for something special.
The Lowdown: Jemima, Lucy and Asma have created a delicious menu with traditional Indian dishes from Asma’s Chef’s Table episode, served alongside Tart’s own Indian twist on their signature brunch dishes. Expect delights such as Tart’s baked eggs with okra, aubergine and coriander green chutney, fresh coconut sambol, puri with chana masala and for dessert, tapioca pudding and passionfruit, mango jelly, coconut and rose biscuit. There will also be chocolate truffles to take home. We’re into it.
When: 31st March – 12-4pm – tickets are available to buy on Designmynight.com at £45 each
Where: 3-4 Eccleston Yards, London, SW1W 9AZ 3. For a Spring Menu: Hām
What: Neighbourhood restaurant Hām, in West Hampstead, is launching a new six-course tasting menu for Spring. The menu, created by Head Chef Matt Osborne, is inspired by the best produce available during the seasons and will change depending on what is available throughout the year.
The Lowdown: Start with crunchy celeriac croquettes with preserved lemon and a potato rosti with fragrant Cornish crab and brown meat mayonnaise. There’s also BBQ calcots with piquillo pepper, torched mackerel with kohlrabi, oyster sauce and lovage and succulent Shorthorn beef with black sesame and salted turnip. For pudding, Hām will serve their indulgent chocolate tart with macadamia and blood orange sorbet.
Price: £39 per person for 6 courses (+£6 for an additional cheese course) and optional wine pairing extra £25 per person.
Where: 238 West End Ln, London NW6 1LG, UK 4. For a New Mexican Restaurant: Pepitos
What: Looking for a Mexican food fix? Pepitos is one of the best new restaurants in London for Mexican food lovers – one of the few Mexican joints in Hackney. It’s a great spot for an easy, casual dinner with friends – and one of our favourite new restaurants in East London.
The Lowdown : Their emphasis is on Mexican cuisine with none of the “Tex-Mex” stereotypes. They’re about focused on honest, playful and creative food, that pushes the boundaries of traditional Mexican cuisine. Try their Mexican twist on a Poke Bowl – swapping the avocados with guacamole and totopos, for a delicious light lunch. It’s all about quality here; they mindfully source ingredients, using organic and grass-fed meat in dishes.
Where: 8 Monohaus, 143 Mare Street, London, E8 3FW 5. For a Mother’s Day Lunch: Orrery
What: Want to treat your mum? Orrery, the French restaurant in the heart of Marylebone, is celebrating Mother’s Day on the 31st March with a special four-course set menu for one day only.
The Lowdown : The menu includes seafood ravioli with lobster bisque, butternut squash velouté and Dorset crab for starters, followed by the likes of red leg partridge, Loch Duart salmon served with confit potato, Jerusalem artichoke risotto and for dessert, Valrhona Manjari device with salted caramel tuile, apple and cinnamon creme brûlée and passion fruit pannacotta. Delicious stuff.
When: The menu will be served for both lunch and dinner on the 31st March only – £45 per person.
Where: 55 Marylebone High St, Marylebone, London W1U 5RB, UK 6. For a Divine Brunch: B&H Garden Room
What: Another Mother’s Day special; B&H Garden Room is serving up their delicious brunch menu in their top floor restaurant for Mother’s Day. With amazing views across London, divine brunch and a great atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to spoil your mum.
The Lowdown: Their divine brunch menu features Eggs Royale, Sweet Potato Fritaffle and Buckwheat Drop Scones, alongside bespoke brunch cocktails. Mother’s will also be treated to a free bunch of daffodils to make their day that bit more special.
When: Sunday 31 st March 7. For Ice Cream Sticks: Halo Top Creamery
What : Halo Top Creamery, this week, launched their brand-new range of snackable ice cream sticks – and we’re so excited. Los Angeles-based Halo Top Creamery was founded in 2011 by former lawyer turned ice cream aficionado, Justin Woolverton, while he was on a quest to find an ice cream he could feel good about eating.
The Lowdown: Halo Top’s newest product comes in multi-packs of three – with four flagship flavours, including a new flavour, Strawberry Cheesecake. The four flavours include Strawberry Cheesecake, Sea Salt Caramel, Peanut Butter Swirl and Birthday Cake. The Peanut Butter Swirl is too good to be true.
Where: The sticks will hit select Tesco stores nationwide in mid-March. 8. For a Sakura Celebration: Sexy Fish
What: Cherry blossom season, Sakura, marks a magical period of the Japanese spring, and one of the most popular times for people to visit the country. Starting 18th March, Sexy Fish is paying homage to this unique time in the Japanese calendar with some special activity.
The Lowdown: The Mayfair restaurant is celebrating with a stunning mirror installation gateway, a selection of Sakura cocktails and a striking neon pink fish-shaped cake, inspired by the Sexy Fish ‘fish,’ adorned with bursting cherry blossoms, created by cake artist, Sebastian Wild Cakes. Cocktails include Waka Haka with Haku Vodka, Cranberry, Fortified Wines and Bergamot. Yes, please.
Where: Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1J 6BR, UK 9. For Peanut Butter Mud Pies: Young Vegans Pie Shop
What: Want to treat your mum, the vegan way? Young Vegans Pie Shop in Camden and Death by Pizza in Netil Market, Hackney, which are both 100% vegan takeaways, have a special offer for Mother’s Day.
The Lowdown : They are offering free Peanut Butter Mud Pies for mums – bring your mum down, buy a pie or pizza and receive your free cheeky dessert. All products are hand-crafted by the team, all made from scratch.
Where: Camden Market, 60 Camden Lock Pl, Camden Town, London NW1 8AF, UK and Netil Market, 13-23 Westgate St, London E8 3RL, United Kingdom 10. For Dining in the Dark: Brasserie of Light
What: Brasserie of Light will be honouring the worldwide movement of Earth Hour with a special dining in the dark experience this weekend. For one hour, the lights within the restaurant and bar will be switched off, transforming the brasserie into a beautiful candlelit space from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.
The Lowdown: Diners will be able to choose from the brasserie’s À La Carte menu including Hand-Dived Scallops with Red Peppers and Chicken Dumpling with Truffle and Citrus, alongside an array of exquisite main courses including Spaghettini with Lobster, Datterini Tomatoes, Chilli and Garlic. Expect music, live performances, LED ballerinas, dazzling elegance and killer food in the heart of London.
When: Saturday 30 th March
Book: For further information or to book a table, please visit www.brasserie-of-light.co.uk or call 0203 940 9600
Where: Brasserie of Light, Selfridges, 400 Oxford St, Marylebone, London W1A 1AB 11. For Free-From Delights: Gü Puds
What: The team at Gü puds have burst on to the free-from scene with not one but four Fabulously Free From takes on their best-selling range of mouth watering puds.
The Lowdown: Lovingly created by Gü Head Chef, Fred Ponnavoy, the line-up includes Gü Spanish Lemon Cheesecakes (vegan), Gü Strawberry & Rhubarb Cheesecakes (vegan), Gü Chocolate & Vanilla Cheesecakes and Gü Hot Chocolate Molten Middles. We love the gluten-free version of their classic Chocolate Molten puddings – so decadent, so delicious.
Where: Gü Fabulously Free From launches into Asda, Co-Op, Morrison’s, Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsbury’s from mid-March onwards (£3.50 RRP for a signature two-pack). 12. For New Chocolate: Green & Black’s Bark
What: Want to treat yourself at home? Discover Green & Black’s new Bark range, made up of uniquely textured pieces coated in decadent dark chocolate.
The Lowdown: The new range consists of three delectable flavour combinations: Orange, Almonds and Biscotti; Salted Caramel and Almonds, and; Hazelnut and Crushed Salted Corn. Carefully crafted by expert taste specialists, each irresistible flavour is made with ethically sourced cocoa, the finest ingredients, and no artificial flavours, preservatives or colours.
Where: The new Green & Black’s Bark range is available exclusively at Sainsbury’s nationwide from 18th March in 120g bags at an RRP of £3.00. 13. For a Dinner Collaboration: Bistro Vadouvan
What: Fancy a special dinner south of the river? From 20 th March, Bistro Vadouvan, the riverside restaurant in Putney, will be teaming up with Michelin-starred Éric Chavot for a new Paris Meets Pondicherry series. Having learned his trade under Chef Chavot, Bistro Vadouvan’s Head Chef Durga Misra will be joined in the kitchen by his former mentor.
The Lowdown: Start the evening with their signature cocktail, Bistro Sour, made with whisky and curry leaf infused beer syrup. There’s a choice of two dishes for each course, starting with a beetroot croquette, flavoured with cinnamon and bay, alongside a salad of avocado and mint; or a beef tartar smoked aubergine, preserved lemon and toasted almonds. For main course there’s gurnard, cooked with fresh lime, coconut and green chilli and served to the table in a banana leaf. And for pudding, a saffron and cardamom poached pear, with vanilla mascarpone cream.
When: Paris Meets Pondicherry will launch a three course set menu for £35 per person (including arrival cocktail) on 20 th March and will be available Tuesday-Sunday from 5.30pm for two months.
Where: 30 Brewhouse Lane, Putney Wharf, Putney, London SW15 2JX 14. For a Lunch Menu: Blacklock Shoreditch
What: Reclaim your lunch break! Blacklock Shoreditch has just launched a brand-spanking new lunch menu: The Worker’s Lunch . Move over soups and salads, this meaty menu features Blacklock’s take on nostalgic East London fare, using the very best grass-fed meat in the country from its Cornish farmer and butcher, Philip Warren.
The Lowdown: The restaurant, which opened in October, has taken inspiration from the local area – and other Blacklock haunts – to develop the four-dish menu. There’s an East End Pie & Mash – Blacklock’s take on the classic East End staple uses the very best British beef – and Salt Beef Sarnie – a tribute to the old Jewish delis of Brick Lane and the late Nosh Bar, a salt beef institution on Great Windmill Street, plus veggie options.
When: Available Monday – Saturday from 12pm. To make a booking email or call the team on 0207 739 2148.
Where: 30 Rivington St, London EC2A 3DZ, UK 15. For Fried Chicken: Thunderbird
What: Need a fried chicken fix? You’re in luck: Thunderbird Fried Chicken, the brainchild of racing car driver turned ‘Wing King’ Matt Harris, has opened its first permanent restaurant in Market Row, Brixton. We think it’s surely one of the best new restaurants in London.
The Lowdown: Having gained a cult following at street food markets, Thunderbird Fried Chicken is now serving up its legendary ‘fried gold’ chicken, seven days a week. The menu features firm favourites, including the Thunderbun and Chipuffalo Wings, in addition to some revamped dishes. Other highlights include the Habanero Wings , slathered in roasted red pepper cream, habanero, tamarind and coriander, as well as the Buttermilk Caraway Slaw .
When: Launching mid-March 16. For a Chocolate Pop-Up: Tony’s Chocolonely
What: Dutch chocolate brand Tony’s Chocolonely is opening up a pop-up in Soho this week for five days only. On top of having as much free chocolate as you’d like, they’ll be educating attendees on the slavery issue in the cocoa industry. Need we say more?
The Lowdown: Tony’s Chocolonely is a cult Amsterdam-based chocolate brand which launched in the UK earlier this year. They’re on a powerful mission: to make slave-free chocolate the norm in the cocoa industry. At the pop-up, Tony’s will welcome London’s chocolate lovers into their exciting journey, whilst exposing them to the industry’s bitter reality: the huge slavery issue in West African countries such as Ghana and the Ivory Coast. Admission is free but to make sure attendees register here .
When: Thursday 28th – Sunday 31st March : 11am – 8pm and Monday 1st April : 11am – 5pm
Where: 19 Greek Street, London W1D 4DT 17. For a New Brunch: Savage Garden
What: Let the games begin. Savage Garden, London’s wildest rooftop bar, has launched a brand-new weekend brunch concept: Play Brunch . With favourite tipples and elements of play incorporated, the new brunch menu is filled with savagely delicious dishes.
The Lowdown: Savage Garden has introduced a selection of enticing sharing cocktails paired together with a unique drinking game, available to order and play directly at the table amongst friends. Experiences available to order include ‘Ginga’ (a play on the traditional ‘Jenga’ using gin), where diners are challenged by the tower of blocks each bearing a command, whether to take a shot or your best selfie.
When: Play Brunch kicks off on 9 March and will be available every Saturday and Sunday from 12 until 4pm.
Where: 7 Pepys St, EC3N 4AF 18. For an Asparagus Menu: 45 Jermyn St.
What: 45 Jermyn St., the foodie destination in the heart of St James’s, is celebrating spring with the launch of a new asparagus menu.
The Lowdown: 45 Jermyn St. is marking the start of asparagus season with five fresh new dishes showcasing the ingredient at its finest using produce from Wye Valley. Diners will be treated to dippy soft boiled eggs to start with at breakfast time, followed by delicious mains options. To start, diners can savour the earthy stems in their finest form, served with tangy hollandaise sauce more moving onto bigger plates. Plus, for pasta lovers, homemade traditional tagliolini is paired with thinly sliced asparagus and morel mushrooms, cooked together in an earthy mushroom stock and finished with salted ricotta.
When: Available now until May at 45 Jermyn St ., on the corner of Duke St., London, SW1 6DN
Where: 45 Jermyn St, St. James’s, London SW1Y 6JD 19. For a Sakura Cocktail: Hush
What: This spring, Mayfair’s best-kept fine-dining secret, Hush, is paying tribute to the enchanting cherry blossom orchards of Japan with the help of Sakurao Gin and Franklin & Sons.
The Lowdown: The pop-up, named Sakura , will transform Hush’s iconic townhouse courtyard into a magical Japanese garden. Take your taste buds on a journey with Sakurao Original Gin – try the Original Gin with Franklin & Sons’ award-winning range of tonic and mixers that use only natural flavours and colours. Hush has curated four delectable Sakurao Original Gin cocktails to welcome in spring with seasonal bursts of flavour. Choose from the sumptuously fruity Strawberry Fields, the fresh and thirst-quenching Paradise Garden, the botanically beautiful In Full Bloom and Spring It On – to put a spring in your step! Come and raise a glass this spring, bask in the sunshine at the infamous Hush courtyard and feel the magic of Sakura .
When: March 11 th – May 12 th
Where: 8 Lancashire Ct, Mayfair, London W1S 1EY 20. For a Vegan Milkshake: Patty & Bun
What: Following the success of their vegan ‘Whoopi Goldburger’, burger legends Patty & Bun are expanding their vegan offering across most of their sites with the launch of a new vegan milkshake.
The Lowdown: Introducing the Dr. Speculaas. This naughty shake is made from vegan gelato blended with Biscoff Pastel and finished off with a generous topping of crumbled Biscoff Biscuits. This rich and creamy creation is guaranteed to satisfy all taste buds – it’s not just for vegans.
When: Launching 28th February 21. For a New Indian Restaurant: Kanishka
What: Atul Kochhar, the first Indian chef in the world to receive a Michelin star, has officially opened Kanishka on Mayfair’s Maddox Street – one of the hottest new restaurants in London. His first venture with Tina English, another recognised innovator of London’s Indian dining scene, Kanishka aims to explore lesser known regions of Indian food, showcasing cuisine from the country’s more remote territories and borders.
The Lowdown: Kanishka showcases the cuisine of territories previously unexplored by London’s restaurants, particularly the mountainous Seven Sister States in the North-easternmost region of India. Using seasonal and locally sourced British produce where possible, signature dishes include Gangtok momos filled with Kentish lamb and served with fermented vegetable chutney, Seafood Alleppey Curry, a dish of pan seared seafood and coconut and turmeric sauce, and Tandoori fruit custard.
Where: 17-19 Maddox St, Mayfair, London W1S 2QH 22. For a Signature Cocktail: Din Tai Fung
What: Launching today this week, authentic Taiwanese restaurant Din Tai Fung (one of the most-hyped new restaurants in London) has added a new seasonal cocktail to the signature cocktail menu at their flagship restaurant in Covent Garden.
The Lowdown: The ‘Jade Garden’ long cocktail is designed for Spring using fresh, green ingredients and is Din Tai Fung’s own take on a verdita – a customary drink that hails from the South of Mexico. Made using traditional Asian ingredients such as wasabi spice, green chillies and bak choi, the jade-green cocktail has a refreshing clean taste with touches of spice and sourness; the ideal pairing to the restaurants famed Xiao Long Bao hero dumplings. 23. For a Tea Menu: Beck at Brown’s
What: Beck at Brown’s have launched their brand-new AperiTEAvo menu, created in collaboration with Lalani & Co, the specialists in single-batch teas.
The Lowdown: The new menu, perfect for pre-theatre goers, features fine tea and tea-infused cocktails paired alongside a selection of delectable dishes. Featuring Rock Oysters paired with a tea-infused Side Car to Tacos paired with an Oolong Old Fashioned, each drink is intricately paired with an AperiTEAvo ensuring a unique epicurean experience designed to ignite taste buds and stimulate the senses.
When: The menu will available Monday-Friday 3pm-6pm
Where: Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4BP 24. For a Sunday Roast: William IV What: The William IV pub in Kensal Green, North-West London, reopened in December 2018 following a refurbishment under new ownership, and serves simple well-executed British food alongside a strong beer selection. For simple, delicious good, it’s one of our picks for great new restaurants in London.
The Lowdown : The new team have refreshed their weekend offer by introducing a Sunday Roast Platter designed for sharing. Available every Sunday from 12pm onwards, the roast platter feeds groups of 4 to 6 people and costs just £50, perfect for a group or family. Locally sourced and freshly prepared meats, include topside beef, chicken and gammon, served with unlimited vegetables, gravy and all the trimmings. Where: 786 Harrow Road, London NW10 5JX 25. For a Mother’s Day Lunch: Thomas’s Café What: This Mother’s Day, Thomas’s Café, the quintessentially British in-house dining destination located in Burberry’s flagship store at 121 Regent Street, will be running a menu fit for the fashion forward and food loving alike. The Lowdown: Those visiting Thomas’s Café on Mothering Sunday can expect to find an array of small bites, seasonal mains, decadent desserts and perfectly paired English sparkling wines. Dishes such as the aged Comté cheese croquettes and Cornish brill, a customer favourite, will feature alongside new dishes including Norfolk Horn rump of lamb and an array of seasonal dishes. To finish, guest will be served a celebratory glass of 2014 Gusbourne Rosé, along with a slice of Tigernut cake served with lemon curd, primroses and blueberries. Where: 5 Vigo St, Mayfair, London W1S 3HA

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