Manali — Incredible Place To Visit In Himachal Pradesh

Manali — Incredible Place To Visit In Himachal Pradesh

hortManali — Incredible Place To Visit In Himachal Pradesh Eco 20 Bluster beautiful mountain towns, traditional hill stations, honeymoon worthy resorts and an overabundance of outdoor adventures; Himachal Pradesh has something for every person. The attraction to travel to go to this snow-clad region increased and gave rise to several Manali Tour Package provided by varied tour operators. At an unbelievable height of 6260 feet higher than sea level, Manali is one of the most well-liked, beautiful and overwhelming hill stations in India. Its natural loveliness has ensured it has become one of the most visited hill stations and is a preferred destination for couples and honeymooners.
TOP THINGS TO DO IN MANALI
Solang Valley; Rhotang Pass (covered in snow all year round); Hadimba Temple; White Water Rafting; Trekking; Horse Riding; Zorbing; Vashisht Baths (temple with natural hot springs); Chandrakhani Pass; and Gayatari Temple Manali is a place known for trekkers, for people with a zest for adventures, climbing snowcapped mountains, indulging in water sports and for most of other things that would be on your 100 things to do before you die list.
The place is also well-known as the doorway to the Himalayan Mountains. Moreover tourists and adventure mongers each year thousands of Hindu devotees visit the temples to offer wish. This is also known as the Valley of Gods.
Weather Information
Manali and Kullu have a enjoyable climatic condition. In winter Manali is sheltered in snow, while in summer the hills and valley spin into a fairytale destination from imaginings. The weather at this altitude is usually sold and dry. Throughout winter there is weighty snowfall while in summer it is cool and pleasurable.
On standard the temperature leftovers between 4 °C to 26 °C all through the year. During the summer months the temperature lies between 10°C and 26°C at the same time as in winter it goes below -15°C and 12°C . The snow-clad valleys suggest of Himachal Pradesh offers a range of courageous activities.
Where to Stay
The Eco Himalayan Resort
The group of socially responsible Indians who want to open the gateway to the mighty Himalayan natural world to for our younger generation keeping in focus. The Multi Cuisine Dining Hall serves a Continental and Indian Breakfast to suit your palette. For Lunch and Dinner guests have a wide choice of salads and soups, Indian, Continental, Chinese and Mughlai cuisine. Barbecue and Tandoori specialties are added to the list in the evenings while snacks and light bites are available through the day. The Best Hotels In Manali as compare to other within your budget module.
Cost For Two: Contact Resort Management.
Timings: You can find out the timings the restaurant by contacting the hotel directly.
Location: Located near Nehru Kund at an altitude of 6,300 ft., 5kms. from Mall Road Manali on the main Highway to Rohtang.
What to Eat
Famous Street Food For Travelers
1. Babru
2. Trout
3. Patande
4. Bhey
5. Aktori
6. Tudkiya Bhat
7. Chana Madra
8. Mittha
9. Chha Gosht
10. Cantonese Noodles
If you are planning a trip to Manali any time soon and searching for the Best Manali Tour Package then you can directly call us @ 9816049443 or visit our website http://www.ecohimalayanresorts.com/

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Morkali Squares : A Modern Interpretation…

Author: Kalyani | at:Monday, May 27, 2019 | Category : FoodieMonday BlogHop , Fusion , gluten free , Heirloom recipes , Ingredient : Rice flour , Tamilnadu Treats , Tiffins | We see shapes everywhere in nature, but we don’t stop to look at them specifically as geometric / abstract shapes. Once we mindfully start doing that, the shapes that nature (and food) present to us are immense. The theme idea for this week’s #GetInShape at @FoodieMondayBloghop actually came from my kids. For years, as a health-seeking parent, we have tried making stuffed parathas in triangles, idli cut into cubes / squares , kite shapes dosa and the like (including the evergreen favourite paneer tikka)… when it’s in an appealing shape, kids and adults alike reach out. I have seen that the elder girl doesn’t eat idlis by itself, but a baked idli / idli chilly / Idli Manchurian is so welcome. I have so many fond memories of Amma making the Triangle stuffed chapati and me and sis enjoying it hot off the stove. Today’s dish – Morkali (Mor = buttermilk, Kali – soft pudding) – is a recipe that I learnt from my maternal grandma , and altho it was made like upma, it was never presented in a shape – it was just a mass of gooey savoury pudding which was a hit or miss with those who loved it (like me and dad) or hated it (my sister). I have already posted a version learnt from my grandma here. In Tambrahm households, Morkali is had generally as an evening snack (called Tiffins in Tamil parlance) or even for Palaharams (light dinner). The consistency of this dish was / is ideals for senior citizens who may have lost their teeth / with dentures and the dish by itself is light and easily digestible. When Sandhya did the guestpost on my blog with Mor Koozh, I was really excited that the humble Morkali could be so beautifully presented like a cake with neatly cut squares. The taste was top notch and I thought I would present it this week as Morkali Squares – a modern , different take on the traditional dish. I have adapted her recipe with a few changes and presented it today ! Morkali Squares – a delicious South Indian snack (can be GF too!) Cuisine : South Indian, Course : Snack / Evening Tiffin , Prep time – 5 mins, Cook time – 15 mins, serves – 2 / 3 Ingredients : Sour thick buttermilk – 1.5 cups salt – to taste Gingelly / sesame oil – 3 TBSP + 1 tsp for greasing Asafoetida – a generous pinch (skip for a GF version) Fried Mor Milagai Vathal (sun dried chilli condiment) – few Tempering : Mustard seeds, curry leaves, Urad dal (opt.) Method: Mix the rice flour with salt and buttermilk to a thick flowing batter. In a thick bottomed pan, heat the gingelly oil. splutter the tempering and add the batter , keep stirring till it comes together as a mass, Sprinkle little water if needed, cover and cook for 9-10 mins on low flame till done (Test for checking doneness : wet your palms and touch the dough, it should not stick, and the cooked dough should appear glossy and an off-whitish colour). Spread to a greased flat plate and flatten it with a greased ladle / palms. Wait for 10 mins to cool down (something I should have done :p). Cut into squares and serve with fried Mor Milagai on the side. The dish is spicy on its own and needs no accompaniment.

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A beautiful Sloane Square townhouse serving updated Indian cuisine. Gorgeous setting and food. Intimate, elegant but relaxed.

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5 IDEAL PLACES TO VISIT ON YOUR HOLIDAY IN MALAYSIA

5 IDEAL PLACES TO VISIT ON YOUR HOLIDAY IN MALAYSIA By – May 27, 2019
It could be confidently posited that Malaysia is the dream Southeast Asian destination. Heavy investment in high technology and infrastructure means things run smoothly, but at its core, the hustle, bustle and spontaneity of the region is still very much alive and kicking. A rich, diverse melting pot of Indian, Chinese, European and of course, Malay influences offers intrigue at every corner, with the culture and cuisine as variable and voracious as anywhere in the world. What’s more, compared to its affluent, glamorous neighbour Singapore, things are relatively affordable here. There really is no reason not to, then.
From tropical resorts to Borneo eco-tours , street food paradise to religious festivals, the phrase ‘something for everyone’ never sounded so succinct. Whatever your tastes or itinerary, make sure you include a few of these; our 5 IDEAL places to visit on your holiday to Malaysia. MELAKA
The historical city of Melaka should have a place near the top of any Malaysian holiday itinerary. Dubbed as “The Historic State, its rich history and heritage mean it’s been declared a World Heritage Site accordingly. Some of the historic sites which have earned Melaka this recognition include the Dutch Square, which leads to Asia’s oldest Dutch building, and the Christ Church, which was home to British colonialists keen to worship while here. Locate in Melaka City,the capital of the coastal state is Cheng Hoon Teng Temple is one of the country’s oldest and most sacred Chinese temples and contains many historical and cultural preservations.
The city is also home to a large, vibrant Chinatown, with the main thoroughfare Jonker Street famous for peddling antiques and trinkets. If you’re on the hunt for souvenirs, this is the place to be. Melaka is also a foodies heaven and at the weekends, Jonker Street Night Market is the place to come and to try and array of delicious street eats. Statues at Cheng Hoon Teng temple © Tristan Schmurr CAMERON HIGHLANDS
Offering rolling tea plantations and dozens of hiking trails in a uniquely refreshing climate, if you’re an outdoor enthusiast, The Cameron Highlands is the ideal getaway in the peninsula. Hiking through the verdant, lush mountain pathways and exploring the local villages grants you the privilege of an insight into the authentic lifestyle of those who dwell in the plateaus of Main Range. Visit The Mossy Forest and climb to the top of Gunung Irau, the area’s tallest peak, and embrace the chance to get in and amongst the area’s exotic plants. Finally, the Highlands is also home to a plethora of waterfalls, with Parit Waterfall and Robinson Waterfall the most popular and striking.
If hiking isn’t your thing, the district offers less strenuous outdoor activities too, with most visitors indulging in British-Style high tea on terraces overlooking the many tea plantations of the area. Boh Sungei Palas is arguably the best place for tea aficionados and tours are available year round. Of course, tea isn’t the only thing that thrives in the Cameron Highlands. Because of the temperate climate, this is the only place in Malaysia where strawberries grow, and as such, you can visit the strawberry farms and go picking the fruit. For a more savoury treat, the noodle cafes along Jalan Basa provide bowls of the good stuff by the bucket load. Oh yes. KUALA LUMPUR
The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, is one of the great Asian megacities, centred by its most iconic skyscrapers, the Petronas Towers. The country’s blend of Malay, Indian, Thai and Chinese cultures of the country is at its most apparent here, and the cuisine, in particular, is at its most diverse, punchy and flavoursome on the streets of the city. Indeed, this is a foodie mecca pretty much unrivalled anywhere else on the planet. It’s one of the world’s cheapest places to eat truly well, with Hawker Centres slinging bowl upon bowl of fragrant soups and rich, deep curries for the price of pennies.
The national dish of char koay teow (a smoking hot wok stir fry of seafood and noodles) is a must try here, and the Penang version of laksa known as assam also shouldn’t be missed should you chance upon it. It’s quite different from the laksa most of us are familiar with, shipping out the coconut milk and instead given richness and depth through tamarind water and dried fish flakes. Go get it.
If you need to walk off all of that great food, then a trek to the Batu Caves to experience what civilization was like hundreds of thousands of years ago is a must. Inside these caves, huge limestone hills and Hindu shrines and statues stand proudly. The perfect backdrop for the budding travel photographer, we think. BORNEO
Northern Borneo brings its focus to the wildlife of Malaysian rainforest and has resorts and lodges that will grant you the opportunity to wake up with the view of the greenest trees you’ve ever seen. This destination is considered one of the most eco-friendly locations to travel to in the region, keeping your carbon guilt low and your footprint light. There’s some fascinating wildlife here; keep your eyes peeled for the extremely rare Pygmy Asian Elephant and Sunda Clouded Leopard, or traverse the rainforests and mountains in search of Bornean Orangutangs.
Home to the indigenous Dayak people, visiting north Borneo offers a great opportunity to engage with local communities via homestays and tours. And for the adrenaline junkies out there, zip lining through the forests and hiking through Mount Kinabalu will get the pulse well and truly racing. LANGKAWI
Langkawi borders with Thailand and is a laid-back destination which promises ultimate relaxation. And boy does it deliver. If you want to see arguably the best views in the country, take a trip to the SkyBridge to get an awesome view of the jungles and even admire the Philippines long in the distance.
Be warned, this island gets super busy as it attracts both foreign tourists and is popular with Malaysians. It’s home to the largest indoor aquarium in Malaysia so, if you have an interest in the bounty and beauty of the sea, this destination is for you. Just remember to book your tickets in advance for this one to avoid disappointment. SHARE

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SpiceJet introduces SpiceBiz Business Class

May 27 2019 | Airline & Terminal News SpiceJet introduces SpiceBiz Business Class
By PAX International SAVE PRINT
On May 11, Indian carrier SpiceJet rolled out SpiceBiz, its new Business Class offering, on select routes. The option will extend to select international routes in the near future, making the airline the second largest Business Class operator in India.
The cabin will feature a dedicated crew and seats with a 43-inch pitch and 7-inch recline. Guests will be able to take advantage of complimentary lounge access, higher baggage allowance, gourmet meals and beverages, priority services, and much more. (See full details below.)
SpiceJet will offer eight, 12 and 28 Business Class seats on its 737-700, 737-800 and 737-900 aircraft respectively, depending on configuration. The front row and the over-wing exit rows of the Economy cabin will be offered as SpiceMax, the airline’s Premium Economy offering.
Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director of SpiceJet, said in a statement: “We are very excited to roll out our all new Business Class product. There is a huge demand for Business Class in India and we believe that our Business Class product, with its right pricing and the best-in-class features and services, will be much appreciated by passengers.
“We at SpiceJet have always tried to innovate and provide our customers a memorable flying experience, and our new Business class offering is yet another step in that direction.”
Lounge access
SpiceBiz passengers currently have access to airport lounges at Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Varanasi, Jaipur, Guwahati, and Kochi airports. Access will soon extend to other locations.
Enhanced baggage allowance
All domestic passengers will have a check-in allowance of 30 kg (approximately 66 pounds), an increase from the regular 15 kg. Hand baggage allowance for passengers on domestic routes has also been extended to 10 kg (approximately 22 lbs), up from the previous 7 kg (about 15 lbs).
Dedicated check-in
Dedicated check-in counters for all SpiceBiz customers will be offered at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Srinagar, Jammu, Goa, Port Blair, Guwahati, Varanasi, Jaipur, Coimbatore, Kochi and Patna. At other locations, passengers will share a check-in counter with SpiceMax passengers.
Priority services
Priority check-in, priority boarding and priority baggage are offered to all SpiceBiz guests.
Gourmet meals
Foods found in SpiceJet’s three-course culinary journey, including Indian, continental and vegetarian cuisine, were selected for a wide array of palate preferences. Meals are served on fine bone china with a linen-lined tray, and meals will be accompanied by a range of cold and hot beverages as well as dessert.
Other features Dedicated coaches for SpiceBiz passengers Blankets and cushions for all SpiceBiz seats Refreshing welcome drinks and pre-meal drinks

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BANANA LEAF RICE TTDI KUALA LUMPUR : Aunty Manju’s Home Of Banana Leaf – Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 1

Food Review , Food Video , Vlog BANANA LEAF RICE TTDI KUALA LUMPUR : Aunty Manju’s Home Of Banana Leaf – Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 1 BANANA LEAF RICE TTDI KUALA LUMPUR : Aunty Manju’s Home Of Banana Leaf – Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 1 – http://bit.ly/AuntyManjusTTDI
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BANANA LEAF RICE TTDI: Mention about Banana Leaf Rice in TTDI, Aunty Manju’s Banana Leaf Rice name will be the top of the list when it comes to satisfying your cravings on this South Indian Cuisine which is cooked by none other Aunty Manju herself.
Aunty Manju’s Banana Leaf Rice Restaurant which is located at 18 Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 1 Taman Tun Dr Ismail TTDI 60000 Kuala Lumpur and is opened daily from 7am to 10pm. For more information, you can call them at 03-7733 5954 or visit Aunty Manju’s Facebook page
AUNTY MANJU’S TTDI BANANA LEAF RICE | TAMAN TUN KUALA LUMPUR
What makes Aunty Manju’s dishes so popular is that all the dishes are infused with the right amount of spices and flavouring that blended in harmony with the ingredients. The curries itself are not overly spicy which caters to customers from all races. You will not be surprised to see even a Mat Salleh relishing a meal of banana leaf rice at Aunty Manju’s which when I was there, they were 2 Mat Salleh having a meal which they seem to enjoy.
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Why Choose Maharaja Express

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Maharaja Express is one of the famous luxury train of India captivating with amazing travel experience.
In Maharaja Express you can explore India like never before. There are 7 different itineraries that take you to different parts of the country. Maharaja Express offers you service that no one can provide, with world class facilities and modern amenities it gives you an experience of lifetime.
If that’s not enough to tempt you then there are some other reasons :
Visit top-tourist attractions of India
There are seven mesmerizing itineraries that are designed for you to mesmerize at the iconic palaces, sculptures artwork, and forts. Ajanta and Ellora caves have intricate carvings that makes spell bounded. Taj Mahal which is also comes seven wonders of the world will render you speechless. A day tour to Old Clock Tower in Jodhpur offered by Heritage of India tour by Maharajas’ Express is beyond description.
Enjoy a number of activities
You can collect lots of souvenirs while shopping. At every station you will be welcomed with traditional rituals. Maharaja Express is an award winning train of India, it gives you a best experience to travel in amidst luxuries. It allows you enjoy a delightful experience of sightseeing with shopping. The train represents the royal palace of Rajasthan where fun and frolic never ends.
Explore the unexplored
Maharaja Express takes you to explore India’s top tourist destination, it gives you an experience to travel road less. The itineraries allow you to explore some of the offbeat destinations like Indian Splendor, Balasinor, a popular journey which help you step in the land of largest dinosaur fossil park in the world. These unique itineraries help you unveiling the mysteries behind the unexpected palaces, which you won’t visit otherwise.
Get close to nature
Maharaja Express helps you get close in the lap of Mother Nature while travelling the length and breadth of India. Two new journeys have been introduced namely Southern Sojourn and Southern Jewels which will evoke your love for nature. The southern part of India is simply irresistible. The Kettuvallam ride on the soothing backwaters of Kumarakom will leave a mark on your minds and heart forever.
Taste the local cuisines
For food lovers Maharaja Express is a bliss. It offers delectable cuisine in the two restaurants on board. You are being served with local delicacies of particular city you visit. The food is prepared with fresh ingredients and is brought to the table with great presentation. The train serves you with different meal preference in regard to full respect to your religion like Jain Meal, Veg Meal, Non-Veg Meal and much more.
Lavish expeditions taken to next level
Maharaja Express journey’s gave created a new dimension to the lavish expeditions. These journeys include Champaign breakfast, off-board sightseeing, amidst sand dunes, sundowner cocktail and many more. The train offers you a blend of royal interiors and modern amenities. You can even rejuvenate yourself by a spa session at a five star hotel in any of the off-board destination.
Indulge in the spiritual bliss
Maharaja Express helps you to explore the heritage sites of India, beside the sightseeing these tastefully crafted itineraries also evokes your spiritual senses. While in Varanasi, you can visit the sacred ghats, where you get to know about who city celebrates birth and death alike, you can take a dip in the river and it is said that you will wash of your sins. The Ganga Aarti that take place every evening is a sight to witness, an experience of lifetime.
Soak-in the untamed wilderness
There are two national parks and number of wildlife sanctuaries in India, that have brought much more fame to the country. Two sojourns of Maharaja Express like Gems of India and Treasures of India helps you explore Prowling tigers in the Ranthambore National Park. The other itineraries of this luxury train in India enthral you by giving you a chance to explore the Deer Park of Sarnath. One of the most popular activities during your journey will be painting an elephant.
Traverse the Golden Triangle of India
Maharaja Express journeys have something to offer to everyone. The train offers deluxe ride to Golden triangle Circuit, for those who have time restriction and they want to experience the journey in a short span of time. The itinerary starts from Delhi, then head next to Agra, next stop would be the Pink City “Jaipur”, and ends at the capital city. Enjoy a classic and memorable journey in India’s favourite Luxury Train.
Relive the history
Maharaja Express allows you to take a sneak peak in the glorious past of the country by visiting Historic cities of India. You can visit the architectural monuments that stand as a testimony to the chivalry of the golden days. from Delhi to Agra and Khajuraho to Hampi. The architectural skill of the brilliant artisans of the country are applauded for their craftsmanship of these masterpieces.
The journeys offered by the Maharaja Express include a pinch of everything from the palette of colourful India. Traveling on this train will give you a memory for lifetime. Rate this Article

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There is nothing about the evening I would not have changed. The setting, service and food were all absolutely stunning and can’t rate this place highly enough. If you are fan of Indian cuisine then you have to try this restaurant set in a Chelsea townhouse.

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Northern Virginia Escape Room Releases List Of Top Fairfax Restaurants

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Fairfax, Virginia (prsync) May 10, 2019 – Room Escape Fairfax, a Northern Virginia escape room , recently published a list of top Fairfax restaurants to enjoy. These restaurants offer a variety of price points and cuisines to help you create the perfect night out, whether you’re hanging out with friends or planning a date.Coastal Flats is a local favorite serving up fresh seafood, ribs, and of course, its famous shrimp and lobster rolls. At the family-owned Havabite Eatery, diners can enjoy classic Greek and Italian fare. Stop by for the afternoon tea special if you’re in the mood for an early dinner. Craft beer enthusiasts will enjoy Highside, which offers 20 taps in addition to bottles, craft cider, and Asian street food bites. While Pho4Ever specializes in pho soup, its menu includes a range of appetizers, noodles, and rice dishes that make drizzly nights feel cozy. Sisters Thai has two convenient locations, each serving classic dishes like pad thai alongside specialties like duck curry and pottery shrimp. For a light meal, De Clieu offers sandwiches and an all-day breakfast menu. Just be sure to grab a gelatoccino for dessert! Finally, Bollywood Bistro lives up to its motto of “color you can taste” with bright, fresh Indian dishes.Consider pairing one of these exciting dining options with an escape room adventure for a complete night out. Escape rooms test your critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills in a fun new way. Your group will be locked in a room filled with hidden clues, puzzles, and codes that must be cracked before you can find the key and successfully escape. Escape rooms are a quick, entertaining way to spend some time on the weekend and make an excellent date night idea, too.Room Escape Fairfax contains 10 themed escape rooms, each filled with high-quality props that help create an immersive experience. Choose the theme that suits you best, from spooky horror movies to cartoon episodes. You’ll become the hero of your own story as you solve puzzles and plot your escape. For more information, or to schedule your escape room adventure, contact Room Escape Fairfax at 703-270-0337. The facility is located at 3949A University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030.### About Room Escape Fairfax
Welcome to Room Escape DC, the real-life, puzzle-solving adventure! You and your teammates will be “locked” in a room full of puzzles, keys, riddles, locks, and an exciting assortment of other objects with only an hour to solve everything and find a way out. Similar to action movies like National Treasure or the DaVinci Code, the story will unveil itself as you solve more puzzles.

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Best restaurants in Fitzrovia

Best restaurants in Fitzrovia Best restaurants in Fitzrovia Discover our favourite places to eat in this high-end pocket of central London, from glamorous dining rooms to great-value mezze joints May 24, 2019 at 9:59 am Looking for Fitzrovia restaurants? Here are our favourite restaurants in Fitzrovia. Check out our ideas for eating and drink in Fitzrovia, from Charlotte Street to Wells Street and beyond… Advertisement BAO, Windmill Street BAO Fitzrovia – the second site from the Taiwanese restaurant family – specialises in ping paan platters (a selection of grilled meats and vegetables) and its namesake steamed buns. Split over three floors and with a minimal vibe, it’s much more spacious (and bookable) than the original site, with an open kitchen in the basement, a U-shaped wooden dining bar complete with green leather stools on the ground, and an in-house bakery on the first. Pots filled with chopsticks and pencils are the only implements you’ll need, with an order-form menu to tick your way through. Dishes are made to share, so go for around three small plates, four buns and a side between two. Kernels of XO sweetcorn are roasted in a heady beef butter for an umami kick, while sesame-coated fried chicken chop mingles with sweet soy-cured egg yolk and hot sauce. Buns are made using a mixture of tangzhou starter – a Japanese technique that produces the pillowy texture – and milk before being steamed and filled with beef short rib, battered cod, or, the classic braised pork with a dusting of peanut powder. It doesn’t stop at savoury, with glossy deep-fried baos stuffed with Horlicks ice cream for pudding. An Asian spin is put on the cocktail list, from an old fashioned made with jasmine tea to sour-plum tea grog. Sake has a section of its own, with creamy Ancient Mountain and fruity Tatenokawa 50 Stream both featured, and, for those going booze-free, there are homemade seasonal sodas and hot- and cold oolong brews to choose between. Buns are steamed and filled with beef short rib, battered cod, or, the classic braised pork with a dusting of peanut powder Honey and Smoke, Great Portland Street Honey and Smoke, the younger sister to nearby Honey and Co. brings the flavours and flair of Jerusalem grill houses to Fitzrovia.
There’s a cool yet casual vibe, with rough plaster walls, teal-blue tiles, pops of primary colour and shelves lined with tubs of tahini. Upstairs there’s a slick five-seater bar, while downstairs, the open kitchen is the focus. Go with a group to make the most of the seasonal sharing menu. Scoop velvety smooth hummus onto diddy triangles of fluffy pitta and break open feta fritters (with just the right balance of farmyard-funk) to reveal a sweet pea centre. Labneh arrives thick and creamy with a sweet tang, decorated with charred asparagus tips and a smidgen of olive oil.
After a mezze feast, tuck into grilled meats, fish and veggies. Slow-cooked lamb falls effortlessly from the bone with a side of gently-roasted plums and jewel-like dried rose petals.
Saffron-marinated chicken thighs have a kick of heat, while scorched orange segments burst with smoky sweetness. Don’t fill up on, but be sure to try the mounds of buttery, almond-flecked basmati rice.
Honey and Co.’s signature cheesecake has made its way over to the dessert menu, the crunchy kadaif noodle base topped with a dollop of whipped feta, a drizzle of honey and fresh mint.
A regularly changing wine list matches the season, with a few bottles from the Middle East making an appearance, from a light Palestinian cremisan to herby maia red from Israel. If you want a booze-free option, the refreshing orange blossom iced tea has a gentle sweetness. Scoop velvety smooth hummus onto diddy triangles of fluffy pitta and break open feta fritters to reveal a sweet pea centre Al Dente, Goodge Street This neighbourhood glass-fronted pasta spot is a casual affair, with simple black and white walls, a reggaeton soundtrack and a fridge packed with colourful San Pellegrino cans. In front of the small open kitchen, creations from the on-site pasta lab are laid out in all shapes and sizes to take away, from twirly fusilli to ribbed tubes of maccheroni and filled tortelli. After a starter of fresh tomato cubes on toasted focaccia doused in Sicilian olive oil, tuck into an array of handmade pasta dishes. Spaghettoni coated in a silky, yolk-yellow sauce jewelled with salty guanciale (complete with melty fat) and pecorino cheese makes a top-notch carbonara, while large tubes of paccheri soak up a sweet tomato sauce of finely minced beef and vegetables. Vegetarian options include the peppery punch of cacio e pepe tossed through chewy worms of tonnarelli (thicker spaghetti), and ravioli parcels filled with pumpkin and ricotta adorned with crispy sage. Simple desserts are well executed, with ricotta-filled housemade cannoli, and thick folds of mascarpone layered with boozy sponge in a Kilner jar tiramisu. The wine list showcases producers from across Italy – floral Umbrian San Giovanni, rich Puglian primitivo, and soft, smooth chianti from Tuscany. Large tubes of paccheri soak up a sweet tomato sauce of finely minced beef and vegetables Rovi, Wells Street The latest opening in the Ottolenghi canon, Rovi’s a restaurant with vegetables, fermentation ( read our guide to fermenting here ) and fire at its heart. As is the trend, there are small and large plates available at lunch and dinner with veg punching way above their weight . Corn ribs have already become an Instagram star, taking inspiration from a Momofuku dish – the corn quartered, deep-fried, glazed in apricot sauce, baked then dusted with chipotle sauce. It’s as ridiculously good as it sounds – sweet, sticky, smoky and spicy. Hot tomatoes (roasted yellow and red cherry tomatoes) with cold yogurt, herbs and bags of dark urfa chilli displays a simple but masterful grasp of what feels good in the mouth. There’s plenty more that’s great on the menu – including crumpet lobster toast (think posh prawn toast) with kumquat and chilli sauce – but you won’t go far wrong sticking with the veg. The latest opening in the Ottolenghi canon, Rovi’s a restaurant with vegetables, fermentation and fire at its heart Flesh and Buns, Berners Street Nikkei cuisine and on-demand pisco sours define the vibe at Flesh & Buns’s newest site. While Flesh & Buns’s trademark bao buns still make an appearance, the menu focusses on nikkei (Peruvian-Japanese fusion) cuisine – from tiger prawn toban with aji amarillo (a Peruvian chilli), ponzu butter and shiso, to fish and seafood tiraditos (a cross between Peruvian ceviche and Japanese sashimi ). There’s also new dishes created using Ross’s new wood smoker – including chilli miso brisket and bath chap with butternut squash kimchi . Portions are generous. Korean-fried chicken wings come slathered in a fiery, tangy sauce while smoked pork ribs are two huge, succulent bronzed slabs glazed in aji amarillo honey. A ceviche of sea bass with cherry tomato, pickled kumquat and rocoto tiger’s milk (the citrussy curing marinade in a ceviche) is delicate and spicy all at once. While Flesh & Buns’s trademark bao buns still make an appearance, the menu focusses on nikkei (Peruvian-Japanese fusion) cuisine Clipstone, Clipstone Street Clipstone is on a corner of Clipstone Street in Fitzrovia and is the sister to nearby (and Michelin-starred) Portland, a modern-European dining room set up by restaurateurs Will Lander and Daniel Morgenthau with chef Merlin Labron-Johnson. Both restaurants pride themselves on high-quality cooking, wine and service, but Clipstone is more casual – here, you can have freshly made sourdough flatbreads from a pizza oven, left-over from the Italian restaurant that was here before it. There are larger plates including homemade ravioli of hay-baked carrot and ricotta with brown butter and hazelnuts and a tempting array of desserts – lemon sheep’s milk ice cream, for example, and the ultimate Paris-Brest (a Parisian bistro classic). Drinks-wise, there are several wines on tap and, for something soft, homemade sodas (including yuzu-ade) and watermelon iced tea. It’s all set in a warm, elegantly designed space – expect reclaimed stone, natural linens and outdoor seating. There are larger plates including homemade ravioli of hay-baked carrot and ricotta with brown butter and hazelnuts and a tempting array of desserts – lemon sheep’s milk ice cream, for example, and the ultimate Paris-Brest (a Parisian bistro classic) Ethos, Eastcastle Street A strictly vegetarian , affordable dining restaurant just minutes from Oxford Street with a self-service, pay-by-weight concept. It’s an attractive buffet – hot and cold food is on separate podiums, and it’s far more colourful than your average vegetarian spread. In fact, aside from coconut-y sweetcorn fritters and sweet potato fries (both of which would have been better if piping hot), nothing was beige. All the cold salads were well-seasoned and interesting – cauliflower triumphs in a creamy tahini dressing; green apple and paper-thin fennel is wonderfully fresh; butternut squash has those gloriously crisp, caramelised edges in a feta and spinach salad; and baba ganoush is earthy, rich and smooth. Desserts are almost exclusively cake-based, and, unusually, the best are those that completely omit dairy. We’ve always loved the vegan, gluten-free peanut butter chocolate bombs – rich, decadent truffles dusted in coconut. It’s an attractive buffet – hot and cold food is on separate podiums, and it’s far more colourful than your average vegetarian spread The Ninth, Charlotte Street Located in the heart of Fitzrovia, The Ninth unsurprisingly is the ninth venue on Jun Tanaka’s illustrious C.V, and his first solo venture, delivering simple yet refined sharing dishes. Seasonal produce takes centre stage on an a la carte menu, which is split into eight sections. Built around cured, pickled and brined specialities, like the zesty razor clam ceviche, Tanaka layers flavours in an exquisite, delicate style, enabling each ingredient to shine. Start your meal off with a choice of snacks including the mouth-watering oxtail croquettes and the Monacan speciality, barbajuans; ravioli parcels filled with lightly fried Swiss chard, pine nuts and feta. The succulent salted beef cheeks arrive in a deeply flavoured oxtail consommé and are perfectly complemented by smoky, charred cabbage which lifts the rich, earthy flavours to another level. Built around cured, pickled and brined specialities, like the zesty razor clam ceviche, Tanaka layers flavours in an exquisite, delicate style, enabling each ingredient to shine Mere, Charlotte Street Mere , in Fitzrovia, pronounced ‘Mary’, is the first restaurant from MasterChef judge Monica Galetti and her sommelier husband David. Head chef Renée Miller delivers a menu that features six options per course, all dependant on market availability – try scallop with black curry, basmati, lime, kumquat and puffed rice for starters; a main of roast squab breast with confit leg pastilla, cauliflower and rhubarb; and blood orange mousse with yogurt sorbet, lemon confit and grapefruit for dessert. An extensive wine list includes both new and old world options, as well as reserve vintages. The ground level bar area features an Indian granite-topped bar edged in zinc, while the restaurant itself is decorated primarily in blues, greys and deep yellows, with dark oak flooring and mirrored glass wall panelling. As you enter the bar area there’s a signature showpiece created by English artist Warren Kerley made from hundreds of metal champagne cork tops. The ground level bar area features an Indian granite-topped bar edged in zinc, while the restaurant itself is decorated primarily in blues, greys and deep yellows, with dark oak flooring and mirrored glass wall panelling Homeslice, Wells Street Homeslice’s Fitzrovia residence is all about exposed brick walls, low hipster lighting and carafes of organic natural wine. Huge 20-inch pizzas , served by the slice or on wooden peels almost as big as the table, stand well apart from your standard go-to Italian comfort food. There’s no ham and pineapple in sight (although the humble Margherita does get a look in). Instead, ox tail with horseradish and sorrel cream; aubergine, harissa and cauliflower cheese ; and wild venison with kale, reign supreme. Homeslice pizzas are quite floury and you won’t get any drip from the sauce or satisfying pull-apart stringy cheese action. But when it comes to the venison, you don’t need any of that. The contrast between the cured, spicy meat and sweet caramelised onions is pleasing. And the red wine base, through strong, isn’t overpoweringly tomatoey. Huge 20-inch pizzas, served by the slice or on wooden peels almost as big as the table, stand well apart from your standard go-to Italian comfort food Words by Ellie Edwards, Alex Crossley, Charlotte Morgan, Laura Rowe, Jordan Kelly-Linden, Hannah Guinness, Nicki Smith Advertisement

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