Where To Eat in Tampa Bay, Florida: 10+ Restaurants You Must Try

Where To Eat in Tampa Bay, Florida: 10+ Restaurants You Must Try

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With a diverse history and cultural influences from Cuban, Spanish, German and Italian immigrants, it’s not surprising that Tampa Bay, Florida ‘s food scene has been growing. People have been noticing this too. For 2018, Tampa Bay was listed in 15 American Cities That Secretly Have Great Food Scenes by Thrillist and The 30 Best Foodie Cities in America by Travel Pulse. Note: This post was sponsored by Visit Florida. As usual, reviews and opinions are 100% entirely my own.
The turning point of Tampa Bay’s food scene started during the 2008 financial crisis. During that time, low employment rate and the fact that properties and equipment were sold at very low prices allowed restaurateurs, chefs and budding entrepreneurs to take a shot in starting their own restaurants. You can have a nature escape by paddling along Hillsborough River with Canoe Escape
There’s much to love about Tampa Bay’s food scene. Its strong Latin American influences is rampant in its food, especially its Cuban heritage from when cigar manufacturer Vicente Martinez-Ybor paved the way for historic Ybor City in Tampa Bay to be the Cigar Capital of the World.
Did you know? Cuban Sandwich was born in Tampa Bay so Cuban immigrants who worked in the cigar factories had a quick, affordable lunch to eat then head back to the factory. Statue of Vicente Martinez Ybor, the founder of Ybor City
It’s very local. I actually didn’t see many big chain restaurants during my time there. Most of the chefs and restaurateurs grew up near their restaurants, and they try to use as much local ingredients as possible.
They leverage historic elements into their food scene. You’ll find the use of former TECO Streetcar warehouse transformed into a trendy food hall, Armature Works. Or how about showcasing Tampa Bay’s port history by repurposing shipping containers into restaurants. Even an abandoned 1950s store was turned into a hip snack bar, Nebraska Mini-Mart, in Seminole Heights and a public water pump house was restored into a restaurant and brewery, Ulele.
I also loved the ways you can explore Tampa Bay’s food scene. Speaking of TECO Streetcar, these historic streetcars are still used in the TECO Historic Streetcar Line that connects downtown, the Channel District and the Ybor City National Landmark District. Best of all, it’s FREE! It’s a great way to food trip around Tampa Bay. The TECO Historic Streetcar Line links downtown, the Channel District and the Ybor City National Landmark District
One of the most important features of Tampa Bay is the Hillsborough River which flows through the city of Tampa. Here you’ll find the Pirate Water Taxi , yellow water taxis that take people to 17 different stops along the Hillsborough River and Garrison Channel.
River taxi passes lets you hop on and off throughout the day. This is a great way for tourists to explore since there is also a tour guide who will talk about the each stop and things you see along the way. Downtown’s bright yellow, Pirate Water Taxis, takes you around various stops along the Hillsborough River and Garrison Channel, complete with a tour guide providing information.
If you’d rather walk instead, you can stroll along the Tampa Riverwalk, a 2.6-mile open space pedestrian trail along the Hillsborough River. It’s such a great way to be in the city but feel like being with nature. While you’re walking, you’ll see the river on one side with boats and water taxis passing by along with sights from the other side of the river. On your side, you’ll be passing by artworks on the trail as well as attractions in the city. The 2.6-mile Tampa Riverwalk runs along the Hillsborough River and Garrison Channel At night, the Tampa Riverwalk’s canopies are lighted along with the bridges that cross the river.
These three modes of transportation were all I needed to taste my way around Tampa Bay. I stayed at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel , which was perfectly located for all three. Plus, it has beautiful views of the Hillsborough River, drawbridges and Tampa Riverwalk.
Though I only stayed for 2 days, which is definitely not enough, here are 10+ restaurants you must try, including some of the newest and best restaurants in Tampa Bay! Sparkman Wharf
Website / Address : 615 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602
Opened in November 30, 2018, Sparkman Wharf is Tampa’s new outdoor waterfront attraction with an event lawn with outdoor stage and screens, dining garden and biergarten with views of the Garrison Channel.
The most unique feature of Sparkman Wharf is the shipping containers that house ten of Tampa Bay’s top chefs bringing a mix of culinary creations to locals and visitors. As a bonus, they are repurposed to form a large-scale mural that is colorful and Instagrammable! Sparkman Wharf is popular for its collection of shipping-container restaurants
Dining with a view is something Travelling Foodies enjoy, and Sparkman Wharf brings it up a notch. With many restaurants to choose from, you definitely cannot settle with just one so I ended up trying three things during my visit.
Travelling Foodie Tip : Walk around first to see what each restaurant has to offer before deciding. Lots of outdoor seating in the dining garden When you cannot choose just one…
Gallito Taqueria puts a twist on classic Mexican street food. Did you know? Gallito was created by the same people behind the popular Rooster & The Till, James Beard semi-finalist Chef Ferrel Alvarez and restaurateur Ty Rodriguez.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Duck Carnitas Taco, which is not too common to find. It had a unique flavour profile from the smokiness of the salsa negra mixed with the tangy lime crema. On the table: – Carne Asada Taco ($4) – avocado, tomatillo salsa, queso fresco – Duck Carnitas ($4) – salsa negra, maduro, lime crema
Boat Run gives you a taste of tide-to-table with their hand-raised tide tumbled oysters from Cedar Key, Florida. Chef’s Special Chargrilled Oysters ($16) – 9pcs, ramp butter & fennel, pollen panko
Edison’s Swigamajjig is a divebar and fishkitchen with a daily changing menu based on the fresh catch of the day. Did you know? Edison’s Swigamajig was created by four-time James Beard Foundation semifinalist chef Jeannie Pierola as an expansion to her award-winning restaurant, Edison: food+drink lab.
The seafood menu has a good variety of seafood with different ways of cooking from fish and chips and charred octopus salad to piri-piri grilled Key West shrimp and cracked conch fritters. Being a fishkitchen, I tried the Fish and Chips with a light and crispy batter. I thoroughly enjoyed it with the unique curry tamarind tartar. Fish and Chips ($15) – with curry tamarind tartar sauce, apple slaw and handcut fries
Other dining options in Sparkman Wharf include BT In A Box by Chef BT Nguyen, Flock & Stock by restaurateur Dave Burton, Montados by Mise en Place by restauranteur Maryann Ferenec and Chef Marty Blitz, The Corners Pizza by Chef Noel Cruz and restaurateur Branden Lenz, Whatever Pops and Bowls by owner Steve McGlocklin, and Foundation Coffee by Jason and Emily Smith. Fresh Shrimp Rolls from BT IN A BOX – Steamed rice paper filled with, chicken, pork, or tofu lettuce, herbs, rice noodles, and chili-peanut sauce
You can visit here by taking the TECO Streetcar to Stop 8 (Amalie Arena Station), or by walking to the southernmost end of the Tampa Riverwalk all the way to the end of the Riverwalk Connection. Decked with outdoor lounger Gen X Tavern
Website / Address : 103 E Jackson St, Tampa, FL 33602
The newest bar in Downtown Tampa is Gen X Tavern, which opened in April 30, 2019. Owner & restaurateur Dave Burton said Gen X Tavern was a passion project that centered around what he grew up with. This 80s and 90s themed bar is full of pop culture references not just in its atmosphere but also in its food and drinks. This big mural has over 170 references to the 80s and 90s! How many can you name?
What I love about Gen X Tavern is it doesn’t feel like your typical bar. Instead, it feels like being at home with old TVs with Super Nintendo Mario Kart that customers can play, old VHS tapes and even a pinball machine. At the very least, it feels like it can potentially be a neighborhood hangout spot like Central Perk from Friends, which you can spot the logo from the big mural of nostalgia. Play Super Nintendo Games like Mario Kart!
The drinks at Gen X Tavern are both fun and nostalgic. Their most featured drink is the Adult Capri Sun, a rum-based version of the popular Capri Sun drink that American kids used to bring to school growing up. They even have “Your Dad’s Shitty Garage Fridge”, which has a random selection of beer at any time that guests can order for $1.99 without knowing what they’re getting. Adult Capri Sun ($8) – made with Cruzan Rum
Travelling Foodie Tip : They have Happy Hour every day from 3-7pm: $3 Domestic Drafts $4 Craft Drafts, Wells & Shots $5 Fried Pickle Ships, Corn Dog Nuggets and Fried Raviolis $6 Select Signature Cocktails & Glasses of Wine $7 Cheeseburger & Fries On the table cocktails: – Adult Capri Sun ($8) – made with Cruzan Rum – Sloe Gin Fizz ($9) – plymouth sloe gin, appleton rum, cointreau, ginger beer, lemon, orgeat, egg white
You can visit here by taking the TECO Streetcar to Stop 11 (Downtown Tampa Whiting Street Station), or by walking along the Tampa Riverwalk to the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel, or by taking the Pirate Water Taxi to Stop 10 (Sheraton/Hilton). Ulele
Website / Address : 1810 N Highland Ave, Tampa, FL 33602 Accolades : OpenTable’s 100 Best Restaurants in America for a Big Night Out 2019; OpenTable’s 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America; USA Today 10Best’s 10 Best Restaurants in Tampa; Tampa Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Best Fusion Restaurant 2018; Tampa Magazine’s Winner and Reader’s Choice Best Waterfront Restaurant 2018; CL Tampa Bay’s Best Waterfront Dining 2018; Money Inc’s 10 Best Restaurants in All of Tampa
My favourite meal during my trip was at Ulele, which sits on Tampa’s original public water pump house that required a $5 million restoration. Did you know? The Ulele Spring on-site that once supplied the city’s drinking water was also part of that restoration. Ulele Springs beside Ulele Restaurant
Created by Tampa Bay’s Gonzmart family who owns the popular Columbia Restaurant, Ulele is both a restaurant and brewery in a big space. The restaurant overlooks the river and outdoor patios in three sides of the restaurant, which makes it a perfect spot for sunset watching. Waterfront dining makes Ulele a popular spot during sunset Outdoor Lounge
You can even find a statue of Princess Ulele by the entrance. Legend has it that when Spanish explorers were captured by the natives, Princess Ulele begged to save the life of the explorers. Princess Ulele Statue lights up at night with fire beside the Ulele Springs by the outdoor bar. Fairyland sculptures from previous Fairyland exhibit at the Lowry Park Zoo can be found at Ulele. This one here is Humpty Dumpty.
Ulele’s menu is inspired by Tampa’s early native and Spanish explorers with representation of what the food was for the pioneers combined with what it is in Florida and Tampa today. The dishes are priced reasonably, and the portions are generous. Fresh From Florida Mojito ($8.95) – Patron Citronge Orange Liqueur, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, muddled fresh oranges and mint
Oysters have been a local staple in Tampa Bay since the Tocobaga Indians harvested them from the waters. At Ulele, you must order their Charbroiled Oysters, which was the best I’ve had to this date!
Travelling Foodie Tip : If you want to see them make the oysters, sit by the bar where you can see the open kitchen. Watch the open kitchen when you dine at the bar
A popular Southern dish is fried okra breaded with cornmeal. At Ulele, their Okra Fries is quite unique as they flash fry the hand-cut okra without any breading. It’s a nice appetizer to share and pair with their in-house beers. Okra Fries ($6) – Hand-cut okra tossed in freshly squeezed lime juice and kosher salt, house-made ketchup Captain’s Shrimp ($14) – Pecorino Romano and panko encrusted Gulf of Mexico wild-caught white shrimp with Ulele Light garlic butter
For adventurous diners, their Native Chili is a comforting stew full of game meats including alligator, wild boar and venison. Native Chili ($6) – 8oz bowl. Alligator, wild boar, venison, duck, ground chuck, cranberry beans and chile spices.
One thing I was very surprised to learn is that pigs in America actually came from Tampa Bay through Spanish explorer, Hernando de Soto, who brought America’s first 13 pigs to Tampa Bay in 1539. After which, pork became a staple in Tampa.
You’ll want to try Barry’s Tomahawk Pork Chop, which was grilled to perfection with a nice char taste, and tender and juicy meat. Did you know? This dish is named in honor of legendary FSU Hall of Fame receiver #22 Barry Smith. Barry’s Tomahawk Pork Chop ($28) – 14 oz. Duroc bone-in pork chop with guava demi-glace, twice-baked potato, butter whipped mashed potato baked with cheese and chargrilled corn topped with Gulf bowfin caviar, seasonal vegetable.
Seafood lovers would love the Seafood Risotto which has a nice variety of fresh seafood from the Gulf of Mexico. I loved the charred corn cream sauce in the risotto which I found quite unique from a usual risotto in restaurants. Seafood Risotto ($30) – Pan-seared Gulf of Mexico shrimp and sea scallops, butter-poached lobster claw, fresh lump crab, saffron risotto, charred corn cream sauce
For dessert, you’ll want to get the Candied Bacon Maple Ice Cream. The maple ice cream is churned on-site and its on a bed of Knob Creek crème anglaise and caramel. The ice cream is coated with corn flakes which add a nice crunch to the creamy ice cream.
It’s so good that, even though it’s a big portion meant for sharing, I was able to finish it myself. The only thing I wished was that the candied bacon was served on the side or put on top instead of inside the ice cream so that it can still be crispy. Candied Bacon Maple Ice Cream ($9) – Corn flake crust, bacon, Knob Creek crème anglaise, caramel, waffle crisp
Since Ulele is also a brewery (Ulele Spring Brewery), you have to try their beers. You cannot buy them anywhere else except at the restaurant. Brewmaster Tim Shackton has crafted the brews to compliment with Ulele’s menu. Be on the lookout for their limited release barrel-aged beer.
When I went, it was the Penguin P.I. English Nitro Golden Beer Ale. Brewmaster Tim explained the English Golden Beers are usually named after birds and he likes penguins. The golden beer ale was aged in Knob Creek bourbon barrel then nitro infused. I was so surprised with the tastes of salted caramel from the beer!
If you’re more into wines, Ulele has a wide selection of wines all from family-owned wineries since they try to support local and family-run businesses. You can find the wine cellar inside the restaurant. The most unique one to try would be their very own Ulele Private Label Cabernet Sauvignon. Ulele Private Label Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA ($10 glass, $38 bottle)
You can visit Ulele by taking the Pirate Water Taxi to Stop 16 (Water Works Park), or by walking to the northernmost end of the Tampa Riverwalk. Ulele is right along the Tampa Riverwalk so you will definitely see it once you exit the water taxi or along the riverwalk. Oxford Exchange
Website / Address : 420 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606 Accolades : OpenTable’s 100 Best Restaurants in America for a Big Night Out 2019; OpenTable’s 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America; Tampa Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Best Brunch Spot 2018; Money Inc’s 10 Best Restaurants in All of Tampa; Narcity’s 30 Tampa Brunch Spots You Must Try At Least Once In Your Life
Built in 1891 as a stable for the then Henry B. Plant’s Tampa Bay Hotel (now the University of Tampa) right across the street, Oxford Exchange has it all: restaurant, coffee and tea bar, bookstore and home décor shop, and events and co-working space. Did you know? Brother and sister team, Blake Casper and Allison Adams, restored this historic space and opened in September 24, 2012 so people can have a “place to belong”. The Shop at Oxford Exchange has curated products from local and global, vintage and new University of Tampa lit at night along Tampa Riverwalk
I loved the interior of Oxford Exchange. Each section of the place has a different feel, but they are all welcoming and inviting. The sunlit Conservatory has creeping vines and a retractable glass roof
They are very popular for breakfast and brunch. I loved their buttermilk pancakes which were tender, moist and fluffy. I prefer this kind over the classic pancakes which are drier and has a cakier texture. This is such a big portion that at least two people can share. Buttermilk Pancakes ($14) – fresh berries, sweet lemon ricotta, warm maple syrup OE Classic ($12) – two eggs, bacon, crispy Yukon fingerlings, toast OE Scramble ($14) – eggs, ham, cheddar, spinach, crispy Yukon fingerlings
For coffee lovers, you’d be happy to know Oxford Exchange serves Buddy Brew Coffee, one of the oldest local coffee roasters in Tampa. In fact, there is a Buddy Brew Coffee Bar inside! Latte ($3.75) – espresso with a generous portion of steamed milk
You can visit Oxford Exchange by taking the TECO Streetcar to Stop 11 (Downtown Tampa Whiting Street Station), or by walking along the Tampa Riverwalk to the Aloft Tampa Downtown, or by taking the Pirate Water Taxi to Stop 10 (Sheraton/Hilton). Then, you’ll have to cross the W Kennedy Blvd Bridge to the other side. Dining at the Conservatory is a great way to get natural light with a nice backdrop of nature Armature Works
Website / Address : 1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa, FL 33602 Accolades : Eater Miami’s 10 Hottest New Restaurants in Tampa
Opened in February 1, 2018, Armature Works opened in the historic Tampa Heights neighborhood located next to Ulele. This restored 1910 TECO (Tampa Electric) streetcar warehouse has been transformed into a mixed-commercial building with eateries, event spaces, an exclusive co-working space, and the Heights Public Market.
The Heights Public Market is where foodies would be hanging at in Armature Works. This 22,000 sq-ft food hall brings over a dozen restaurants featuring the top chefs and restaurateurs in Tampa Bay. Communal seating is available throughout the market.
You cannot go to Tampa Bay without having Cuban Sandwich so I went to the best place to get it, Hemingway’s , which serves Cuban classics with a twist. Chef Felicia LaCalle was the First Place Winner of 2018 7th Annual Cuban Sandwich Festival. Did you know? The “Historic Tampa Cuban Sandwich” was named as the official sandwich of the city of Tampa.
According to Chef Felicia, there are key things to the (Tampa) Cuban Sandwich. The Cuban bread must be crispy outside but soft on the inside. They source their bread from La Segunda Central Bakery, the oldest bakery in Tampa. With Hemingway’s Chef+Owner Felicia Lacalle
Because Spanish, Italian, German and Jewish descents also immigrated to Tampa, these influences are found in the sandwich as well: Mojo Roast Pork (Cuban), Jamon Serrano (Spanish), Genoa Salami (Italian), Pickles (Jewish) and Swiss Cheese (German). Mustard is a standard condiment on a traditional Cuban sandwich, but the Tampa version has no mayonnaise.
This was the best Cuban sandwich I’ve had. All the Cuban sandwiches I’ve had before were usually just with ham and pork slices for meat. The mojo roast pork at Hemingway’s uses pulled pork marinated with oregano, garlic and fresh sour orange overnight then slow roasted for a consistently tender, flavourful and moist texture. The sandwich was pressed and grilled so the cheese melted and fuses with the ingredients. The Hemingway Cuban ($12) – house-roasted pork, salami, jamon serrano, swiss cheese, pickles and house-made special sauce on La Segunda Bakery Cuban bread
Other restaurants inside Heights Public Market include Empamamas, CRU Cellars, Ichicoro Imoto, Union by Commune + Co, BAR at Armature, BnB, Graze 1910, AVA, SOHO Juice Co., Inside the Box, Astro Ice Cream, Zukku Sushi and Dixie Dharma. Cheeseburger in Paradise ($5.50) – 1pc, seasoned ground beef, cheddar, mozzarella, provolone, spinach, tomato and red onion, pickle and Tampa girl sauce CRU Cellars
You can visit Armature Works by taking the Pirate Water Taxi to Stop 16 (Water Works Park), or by walking to the northernmost end of the Tampa Riverwalk. You’ll have to walk north, past Ulele, to get to Armature Works. Columbia Restaurant
Website / Address : 2117 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605 Accolades : USA Today 10Best’s 10 Best Restaurants in Tampa; Tampa Magazine’s 2018 Best Cuban/Latin American/ Spanish Restaurant 2018; CL Tampa Bay’s Best Cuban Restaurant 2018; CL Tampa Bay’s Best Sangria 2018; Money Inc’s 10 Best Restaurants in All of Tampa
When in Tampa Bay, you must make a trip to Ybor City, which used to be the Cigar Capital of the World. Founded in 1885, Tampa Bay’s Latin Quarter has turned into the city’s main entertainment district filled with restaurants and bars. Did you know? The Ybor City Historic District is one of two US National Historic Landmarks in Florida. The second one being St. Augustine . V.M. Ybor Cigar Factory, the first cigar factory in Ybor City, is now a Church of Scientology. Tabanero Cigars is one of the few cigar shops left in Ybor City selling handmade-on-site cigars with live demonstrations
I loved that they’ve preserved its brick streets, old buildings and iron balconies in tact so you feel like you went back in time. A great way to learn about the city and its history is by doing the Ybor City Historic Walking Tours , which includes a visa-free visit to the only Cuban-owned land in America. Parque Amigos de Jose Marti (The Friends of Jose Marti Park) in Ybor City is Cuban territory Free range chickens roaming Ybor City are protected by law so nobody is allowed to do anything to them.
A trip to Ybor City is not complete without dining at Columbia Restaurant, Florida’s oldest restaurant founded in 1905 by Cuban immigrant Casimiro Hernandez Sr. Did you know? This family-owned Spanish/Cuban restaurant is the largest Spanish restaurant in the world at 52,000 sq-ft, encompassing an entire city block! Two floors of dining
The atmosphere is casual yet intimate, and the interior takes you back to old Spain. When you sit down, you are served a loaf of warm Cuban bread. Columbia Restaurant serves so many of this bread that La Segunda Bakery delivers them fresh twice a day!
Nothing says Spanish cuisine than starting your meal with Sangria and some tapas. At Columbia Restaurant, the sangria is made tableside using their own wine, CR Generations Tempranillo, produced in honor of this restaurant’s 110th anniversary.
A must-order is one of Spain’s most popular tapa, the Gambas Al Ajillo, which was breaming with flavours of olive oil and heaps of garlic. On the table: – Gambas “Al Ajillo” ($12) – large shrimp sautéed in extra virgin Spanish olive oil, fresh garlic and chili pepper. – Sangria Tinto ($24 Pitcher) – CR Generations Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvingon along with Torres Brandy and fresh citrus juices.
Lobster lovers would enjoy the Coca de Langosta, a fun snack of crispy flatbread with chunks of lobster. Coca de Langosta ($15) – Coca, the Catalonian flatbread, is brushed with their Original “1905” sauce, topped with Spanish chorizo, diced vine-ripe tomatoes, Maine lobster meat and manchego cheese. Baked until crisp, drizzled with piquillo pepper alioli
You’ll be surprised to learn that one of the most popular things at Columbia Restaurant is rice. Not just any rice – the “Good Rice”.
Story has it that Richard Gonzmart, the current President of Columbia Restaurant and 4th generation member of the Hernandez Gonzmart family, didn’t care for the rice that came with his mom Adela’s dishes. Adela came up with her version of rice that Richard ended up loving and referred to it as the “good rice”. This rice is made with a fragrant recipe using chicken stock, browned butter and basil. Pork Chop “Avila” ($28) – All-natural grilled 14 oz., dry-aged, bone-in pork chop. Served with a bourbon apricot fig sauce, “Good Rice” and fresh vegetables
A great dish to have the Good Rice is the Grouper Jimmy, which comes with a grilled grouper and mounds of sweet fresh blue crab and a drizzle of lemon butter sauce. You’ll enjoy each part of the dish, and none overpowers the others. A perfect balance! Grouper “Jimmy” ($34) – A boneless fillet of Gulf of Mexico red grouper, seasoned, grilled and topped with fresh blue crabmeat, drizzled with lemon butter sauce. Served with “Good Rice” and asparagus.
For dessert, a unique dish is the Guava Turnover “Carmita”, which has a nice mix of sweet and savoury with the guava and cream cheese on soft yet crispy pastry. Guava Turnover “Carmita” ($7) – Tropical sweet guava and melted sweet cream cheese baked in a soft crispy pastry, dusted with sugar granules, drizzled with vanilla bean sauce.
And if you enjoyed the Cuban bread at the beginning of your meal, you’ll love the White Chocolate Bread Pudding which uses the same bread. This one is great for sharing! White Chocolate Bread Pudding ($10) – white chocolate, La Segunda Central Bakery Cuban bread, Sunny Florida Dairy milk and Florida eggs. Topped with a rich Bacardi rum sauce.
I highly recommend visiting Columbia Restaurant at night when there is a live entertainment happening: Flamenco and Spanish classical dance performances nightly, except Sunday, with $8/person cover charge. And, a live jazz band is available from Tuesday-Saturday nights. Columbia Restaurant Dance Troupe performs Flamenco nightly from Monday to Saturday at 7pm and 9:30pm. $8 cover charge per person.
You can visit Columbia Restaurant by taking the TECO Streetcar to Stop 2 (Centro Ybor Station). Bizou Brasserie
Website / Address : 601 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602 Accolades : Narcity’s 30 Tampa Brunch Spots You Must Try At Least Once In Your Life
Have you ever dined inside an old courthouse? You’ll get the opportunity at Bizou Brasserie which is located in Tampa’s former federal courthouse, which is now Le Meridien Tampa hotel. Did you know? Bizou means “kiss” in French.
This French-inspired restaurant is popular for breakfast and brunch in a relaxed and comfortable setting. Bagel & Loxx ($13) – smoked salmon, cream cheese, crispy capers, tomatoes, red onions Berries & Granola Parfait ($8) – Greek style yogurt, house-made granola, wildflower honey
You can visit here by taking the TECO Streetcar to Stop 11 (Downtown Tampa Whiting Street Station), or by walking along the Tampa Riverwalk to the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, or by taking the Pirate Water Taxi to Stop 12 (Curtis Hixon Park).
Hope this restaurant guide gives you an idea on where to eat in Tampa Bay, Florida! If you’ve already been (or are living there), what do you find are the best restaurants in Tampa Bay? Let me know below so I can check them out on my next visit!
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Editor PeakLife Personalities Atal Bihari Vajpayee , Bill Clinton , Bukhara , Celebrated Chef & Restaurateur Jiggs Kalra , Czar of Indian cuisine’ , Dum Pukht , Made in Punjab and Farzi Café and Pa Pa Ya , Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra , Prince Charles , Princess Diana , The Great Kebab Factory
Celebrated Chef & Restaurateur Jiggs Kalra passes away leaving behind the secrets of the Indian delicacies.
Jiggs Kalra known for his multi-cuisine concept restaurants Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra, Made in Punjab and Farzi Café and Pa Pa Ya passed away this morning.
The pioneering restauranteur, food writer and consultant were instrumental in introducing Indian cuisine to an international audience, reviving lost ancient cuisines of the country, and elevating age-old delicacies such as the kebabs, served in the erstwhile royal kitchens of India.
Also known as the ‘Czar of Indian cuisine’ and the “Taste maker of the Nation” Kalra was a contributed as columnist and authored 11 books on Indian cuisine, including ‘Prashad,’ which is also billed as ‘the bible’ for chefs.’
The first Asian to be inducted in the International Food and Beverage Gourmet Hall of Fame, Jaspal Inder Singh Kalra–popularly known as Jiggs–had many firsts to his credit. He was the first to conceptualise and host an Indian food-based television series. Apart from being one of the firsts to be part of the Indian state contingent across various state visits abroad, Kalra had the privilege of serving political titans such as Princess Diana, Prince Charles, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Bill Clinton.
To his list he contributes, reviving lost cuisines & cooking styles of Ancient India, research, revival and restaurantization of India’s ancient slow cooking techniques, introduced age old delicacies such as the kebab’s served in the erstwhile royal kitchens of the region. Credited with establishing Dum Pukht, Bukhara and The Great Kebab Factory. Behind the culinary success of numerous Hotels like The Oberoi Group, ITC Hotels, The Park Group & some international properties and also credited with conceptualising & hosting the first ever Food based show on Indian Television.

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by Jamie
One of the best ways to connect with other people is through food. Everyone loves to eat and experience new culinary adventures. Food blogs have given budding chefs, homemakers, and general enthusiasts the opportunity to make their cuisine available to foodies around the world. But it’s not just about the good eats. Sharing a recipe lets you share a part of yourself. Recipes can be used to showcase your culture, tell a fun story, relive fond memories, and so much more.
You, too, can start your very own food blog. You can share your love of cooking and connect with other like-minded individuals who are on the constant lookout for the next great recipe. It’s even possible to turn a small food blog into something bigger. With some dedication, creativity, and the right tools, your blog can become your full-time career.
If you’re thinking about taking the jump and diving head-first into the culinary blogosphere and starting a blog , all you have to do is: Buy a Domain Name – The catchy name that all your followers will use to access your blog ( We Get 25% OFF ) Purchase Reliable Hosting – Where all of your recipes, photos, and text will be stored – ( Bluehost for Food Bloggers ) Install WordPress – The tool you’ll use to craft your blog Design Your Blog – Create a fun theme and utilize plug-ins to enhance the reading experience – Check out MyThemeShop for Food related themes. Craft Recipes – Share treasured family recipes and new experiments your readers will love Promote Your Blog – Use social media to grow your audience Generate Income – Use your passion and talents to turn your blog into an passive income-generating machine How Do Food Bloggers Make Money?
Yes, it’s completely possible to earn income running a blog. Some of the best food blogs continue to generate a passive income that grows with each passing month. So how do they do it? There are a number of ways that you can monetize a blog. Affiliate Marketing Affiliate marketing is a great way to recommend products to your audience that they will love, all while earning a commission. You can join an affiliate marketing program and include links to products on your blog. Each time that one of your audience buys a product with your link, you get a commission. Sponsorships
Many companies are willing to pay for the exposure a food blogger can bring. Sponsorship deals can be quite lucrative and fun. Once you establish a deal, you can use your working relationship with brands to expand your audience and earn some income. Advertising
Don’t need all of the screen real estate on your blog? Why not put some ads there? Programs like Google AdSense and other Google Adsense alternatives will pay you display advertisements. The amount of money you can make will depend entirely on how big your audience is, so the possibilities are endless. Selling Products
Of course, you can use your blog to build your own personal brand. Many top food bloggers have spun their online success into bigger things. Whether you want to create an eBook filled with your most popular recipes or you’re developing a cooking product that you believe your audience will love, your blog is the perfect place to sell directly to those who will buy.
These are just some of the ways that you can monetize your blog . Before you get there, you’re going to need to develop your digital space and grow your audience. These techniques are only effective if you have a true connection with your audience. Start by producing great content and you’ll be well on your way to monetization. 50 of the Best Food Blogs
There are plenty of blogs out there to give you inspiration. These blogs all started where you are. Today, they’re thriving and have a huge that are waiting for their next culinary masterpiece. Food52
These aren’t your mother’s recipes. Food52 has recipes and articles that are designed to change your outlook on food. It’s all about style and pushing the boundaries of cuisine. You’ll find some of your favorite foods, albeit with an exciting new twist. The blog also has tips on how to improve your everyday meals, grocery shopping methods, and more. Kitchn
This sleek food blog is a daily stop for everyday chefs around the world. Kitchn tackles a wide range of quirky topics, all with a fun and relaxed approach. In addition to some well-tested recipes, the blog provides how-to articles, lifestyle pieces, and shopping tips for young cooks everywhere. Serious Eats
Started all the way back in 2006, Serious Eats has grown into a true powerhouse in the food blog world. The blog’s recipes aren’t your run-of-the-mill cooking directions. Each piece is designed to teach you something new. Whether the recipe provides you with information about the dish’s history or it teaches you distinct cooking techniques, you’re bound to learn something new. Simply Recipes
Originally started as a way to keep track of family recipes, Simply Recipes has a treasure trove of ideas for everyone. Over 30 years of family history can be found on this blog. New recipes are also made available regularly. The great thing about this food blog is that the recipes are tested and made from wholesome ingredients. Skinnytaste
Skinnytaste is a perfect example that healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring. This blog’s focus is on providing healthy dishes that look as good as they taste. Gina Homolka, Skinnytaste’s founder, provides recipes and meal plans that are designed to inspire a wholesome way of living. Smitten Kitchen
Owned by cookbook author Deb Perelman, Smitten Kitchen is all about accessibility. The blog isn’t trying to be pretentious or over the top. Instead, the food blog provides fun and easy recipes that anyone can make. They’re made with ingredients that you can get your hands on now, giving everyone the opportunity to try them out. Budget Bytes
Budget Bytes is an inspiring blog that shows be made of money to eat well. Mouth-watering recipes are plentiful. Options for every meal and a wide range of cultural influences are available. Each article has the estimated cost per recipe, making it easy to budget your meals. Gimme Some Oven
Gimme Some Oven is an awesome food blog that chronicles the adventures of a woman who decided to live her dreams. The recipes are simple and easy to follow. However, each snack or meal is accompanied by a personal story that adds some dimension to the recipe. Gimme Some Oven also has a lifestyle section where you can follow the food blogger, Ali, on her adventures. Minimalist Baker
You don’t have to turn your kitchen into a disaster zone to get a good meal! Minimalist Baker is all about creating simple recipes with limited ingredients and plenty of good flavors. Most recipes have 10 ingredients or less and take a single bowl to create. Best of all, many of the dishes are vegan and gluten-free. Cookie and Kate
Despite the blog’s name, Cookie and Kate has much more to offer than just sweet treats. You’ll find a wide assortment of vegetarian recipes that will show you new ways to enjoy your favorite veggies. The blog has a minimalist design, showcasing the stunning photography of brightly colored food. Pinch of Yum
With its beautiful photography and innovative recipes, Pinch of Yum is an excellent blog for both first-time cooks and seasoned chefs. In addition to a collection of vegetarian dishes, Pinch of Yum offers some practical advice alternate methods of cooking. You’ll find how-to guides for slow cookers, Instant Pots, and more. Sallys Baking Addiction
Made for readers with a real sweet tooth, Sallys Baking Addiction offers an educational approach to baking. Familiar recipes are broken down to the basics, showing readers how to make their favorite desserts from scratch. Sally also provides some insight on how to do basic techniques that will take your dishes to a new level. How Sweet Eats
Combining the fun and practicality of a food blog with the personal touch of a baby blog, How Sweet Eats is a place to indulge yourself in the things you love. With unique recipes covering everything from Crispy Chicken Tacos to Crab Avacado Salad, this blog has a lot to offer foodies. Love and Lemons
Created by successful cookbook authors, Love and Lemon offers a fresh take on local cuisine. Many of the recipes utilize seasonal ingredients from Chicago. As the name would suggest, a sour touch of lemon is also a common theme. Beautiful photography and a well-designed website make this blog a joy to read. David Lebovitz
David Lebovitz is an established food writer who has released multiple books throughout his career. His self-titled blog provides a closer look at his culinary journey while also giving readers wholesome recipes that anyone can try. Each dish is meant to be accessible by home chefs so that the joy of cooking can be spread across the world. Two Peas & Their Pod
This cooking blog is a family affair. Started by a food-loving couple, Two Peas & Their Pod has expanded alongside the writers’ own family. The blog offers family-focused meal recipes that are healthy, wholesome, and fun. There’s also a section focused solely on meal prep to help busy families on a schedule. 101 Cookbooks
Vegetable recipes are the name of the game at 101 Cookbooks. This food blog is run by New York Times best-selling author Heidi Swanson. Each recipe on this blog is unique, showing readers new ways to have fun on a plant-based diet. You’ll find a number of drink recipes, Instant Pot meals, and much more. Oh My Veggies
As the name would suggest, Oh My Veggies is a vegetarian’s dream. Flavorful recipes utilizing whole ingredients can be found throughout the blog. Some of the recipe developer’s ideas will challenge the way readers look at seemingly bland veggies. Whether you’re looking for exciting ways to cook tofu or want meatless alternatives to popular dishes, you can find it here. Alexandra’s Kitchen
Want to learn some new healthy recipes? Alexandra’s Kitchen has you covered. This blog is dedicated to seasonal cooking. The twist is that most of the recipes involve making simple components from scratch. Not only will you learn how to create the things you eat regularly, but you’ll gain a whole new appreciation for the foods you love. Healthy. Happy. Life.
If you’re vegan, you may already know who Kathy Patalsky is. This chef and recipe developer is a popular face in the vegan community, having been featured in mainstream publications and television. Healthy. Happy. Life. is her personal blog. Here, she shares fun recipes while giving some insight into her life. Green Kitchen Stories
One thing that sets Green Kitchen Stories apart from other food blogs is its aesthetic style. The blog is covered in editorial-style photos that showcase everything a dish has to offer. David and Luise, the blog’s proprietors, constantly develop vegetarian dishes that are colorful and tasty. A Couple Cooks
What happens when a writer and a photographer get together and create a blog? A Couple Cooks. This beautiful cooking blog showcases food in all of its colorful and dynamic glory. The recipes are all simple. They’re focused on sustainability, making the blog a haven for Earth-conscious food enthusiasts. The Pioneer Woman
If home-cooked comfort food is what you’re after, The Pioneer Woman is for you. Country style cooking is at the forefront of this blog. It’s run by Ree Drummond. When the blog was started, Ree was simply a farmer’s wife who loved to cook. Now, she’s the owner of the Pioneer Woman empire, which includes books, cooking tools, and even a television show. Delicious Everyday
Delicious Everyday is a cooking blog that offers vegan and vegetarian meals. The recipes take advantage of fresh whole ingredients. Despite the focus on vegan cuisine, you’d be hard-pressed to find a dish that even non-vegans won’t want to try. Alton Brown
Alton Brown is one of the most iconic figures on the Food Network. He hosts many different shows, offering his scientific approach to food at every turn. His blog, aptly named Alton Brown, is no different. Here, you’ll find great recipes, detailed how-tos, videos, and much more. Brown Eyed Baker
Brown Eyed Baker is a cute and quirky blog with a large collection of recipes to try out. The brown-eyed baker herself shares delicious recipes for everything from salads to homemade pickles. Sprinkled in with the recipes are posts about her everyday life. You’ll find pictures of her family and her adorable Golden Retriever pup. Chocolate & Zucchini
While chocolate and zucchini might not sound like a delicious combo, the recipes on this blog have a lot to offer picky palates. It’s run by Clotilde Dusoulier, a French food writer. Many of the dishes presented on the blog are inspired by French cuisine. Clotilde’s approach to food is to create easy and delicious meals with high-quality ingredients. Love & Olive Oil
Love and Olive Oil is run by two bloggers, each with their own unique personalities and tastes. As a result, the recipes are quite varied. However, there are some things that each one share. They’re all quick, easy to make, and very budget friendly. Joy the Baker
Baking has never seemed so easy. At Joy the Baker, recipes are detailed and easy to follow. This helps to make baking accessible to everyone, even those who are new to the kitchen. There are plenty of fun desserts and interesting meals to have a crack at. The Vanilla Bean Blog
This tasteful blog puts aesthetic at the forefront. One visit to The Vanilla Bean Blog and you’ll be captivated by the crisp theme and stunning artwork. All of the colorful dessert recipes and photos are set behind a white backdrop, letting the food really shine. Pastry Affair
Pastry Affair shows that cooking doesn’t have to be perfect. Indulgent sweets and confectionary delights are the focus of this blog. Despite the beautiful photos and clean aesthetic, the blog is all about home cooking and being a bit rough around the edges. My Baking Addiction
Whether you want to learn how to make that perfect chocolate chip cookie or you’re looking for something a bit more exotic, check out My Baking Addiction. This food blog is incredibly detailed. There are recipes for just about anything. Not only that, but you’ll find tips and tricks on how to become the master of your kitchen. Oh She Glows
Oh She Glows is a wonderful resource for people who want to be healthy and sustainable. The website is devoted to vegan recipes that are free of soy, gluten, and processed foods. There’s a large collection of colorful and creative meals that are all plant-based. Sprouted Kitchen
The first thing you’ll notice about Sprouted Kitchen is its stunning photography. The blog really puts the beauty of food at the forefront. They even have articles on how to push your food photography even further. Beyond that, Sprouted Kitchen includes family recipes and unique twists on old classics. Steamy Kitchen
Steamy Kitchen is run by Jaden Hair, an established food columnist who has published work in a variety of platforms. She’s also a professional recipe developer who’s been featured on television. Her blog offers authentic Asian recipes. Many of them are classic dishes that have remained unchanged for generations. My New Roots
My New Roots is a unique plant-based food blog. In addition to providing readers with innovative recipes that are sure to challenge anyone’s idea of a vegan diet, the author takes a holistic approach to food. The recipes are designed to be physically and mentally healthy. Our Best Bites
This colorful food blog is the perfect place for getting simple recipes your entire family will love. They’re all easy to make and have beloved flavors that are sure to be a hit at your next family gathering. Many of the dishes are also kid-friendly, allowing the young ones to get started in the kitchen early. Bakerella
Take your next party to a whole new level with a recipe from Bakerella. This whimsical blog is filled with colorful desserts covering everything from cake to ice cream. It’s not just focused on taste, but also presentation. There are step-by-step guides on how to create memorable decorations for every dessert. Spoon Fork Bacon
Spoon Fork Bacon is dedicated to all things delicious. It’s filled with flavorful recipes that cover all types of dining situations. From side dishes to the main entree, Spoon Fork Bacon offers unique recipes that are sure to be a hit. BakersRoyale
No meal is complete without an awesome cocktail. That’s where BakersRoyale comes in. While the blog has recipes to cover pretty much every flavor palate, the thing that makes it unique is its large collection of cocktails. These drink recipes can complement the main course and help you unleash your inner bartender. EatMee
This South African food blog covers many different cultures. Not only can you find recipes for authentic African cuisine, but you’ll find selections from cultures around the world. Whether you’re feeling like Indian food, want something Turkish, or fancy a traditional American meal, you’ll find it here. The Healthy Apron
The Healthy Apron is all about providing you with facts. The blog was started by a former line cook who wanted to offer well-researched information about food. This blog offers healthy recipes that are tested. Any information is backed by credible sources for your peace of mind. In Jennie’s Kitchen
In Jennie’s Kitchen is a very personal cooking blog that offers some insight and reflection. The blog’s namesake, Jennie, is a mom who’s just looking for balance in the journey of life. Recipes are accompanied by stories and word of wisdom. My Pure Plants
My Pure Plants is a unique blog that chronicles the culinary journey of a couple that cooks together. This family-focused blog records what the home chefs make for their pack every week. Most of the recipes are plant-based, making it an excellent resource for vegans and vegetarians. Inspired Taste
Looking to get inspired? Inspired Taste offers a large collection of recipes for any occasion. You can browse the available dishes by category. Or, you can find dishes that are centered around a specific ingredient. Whatever the case may be, the recipes are approachable and fun to make. Molly Yeh
Molly Yeh is a food blog run by a very intriguing person. Molly is a Jewish Asian who studied music in New York and now lives in the Mid-West. Needless to say, her journey through life has given her an interesting perspective on food. Her recipes are unique and beautifully made. Baking Bites
From delectable waffles to olive oil pound cake, Baking Bites has it all. The food blog is centered around all things baking. It offers recipes that vary in difficulty and uniqueness. There’s something for everyone, no matter what your skill level is. Vegalicious Recipes
Vegalicious has recipes to keep any vegan or vegetarian busy for quite a while. Foods are separated by meal and main ingredient. This makes it easy for home cooks to find recipes that they can make now. The flavorful meals offer plenty of inspiration for those who want to adopt a vegetable-based diet. Big Girls Small Kitchen
Let’s face it, cooking in a small kitchen is never fun. Big Girls Small Kitchen takes that idea and turns it on its head. The blog offers practical solutions to space limitations and provides some guides on how to make things work when you don’t have all the necessary resources you need to cook a great meal. The Chubby Vegetarian
At first glance, you’d never be able to tell that the recipes on The Chubby Vegetarian are all plant-based. It’s filled with delicious burgers, indulgent quesadillas, and mouth-watering noodles. The blog aims to break down stereotypes about vegetarian meals by providing readers with recipes that will have you wanting more. The

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After an indulgent afternoon being pampered at the Jiva spa, my partner and I were lookin forward to a dinner of the most delicious Indian Cuisine. In truth I am the real fan of good curry, enjoying the taste and the heat tremendously, while my partner is open to good food but not necessarily hot food. She needn’t have worried! Our attendant Veronique, was very knowledgeable and courteous, recommending a lovely Ondine Chenin blanc to go with our dinner and never being more than a slight hand gesture away. Portion sizes were perfect. With the amuse bouche really whetting our appetites for the culinary journey that lay ahead! The steaming spectacle that is the mango sorbet palate cleanser was truly a sight to behold. It really brought out my inner child! Dinner was a delightful! A mild prawn and mango chutney curry served with saffron rice, it even had my better half commenting that she might have been able to handle and even spicier version. We rounded out with a delectable crème brûlée and a beautiful variation on cheese cake that looked almost too good to eat! What a lovely experience, set in a plush colonial feel dining room with thick carpets and low chandeliers! Beautiful.

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From Punjab Grill to Masala Library: The legacy that Jiggs Kalra leaves behind | Lifestyle News, The Indian Express

Want to bring in a balance between traditional Indian food and progressive cuisine: Zorawar Kalra Jiggs Kalra and his son Zorawar Kalra were responsible for revolutionising the culinary experience in India. (Designed by Gargi Singh)
The Czar of Indian cuisine J. Inder Singh Kalra , popularly known as Jiggs Kalra , who had served some of the world’s most prominent personalities like Princess Diana and Prince Charles, Atal Bihari Vajpayee , and Bill Clinton among others, passed away on June 4. Advertising
The gastronome, in a career spanning close to five decades, was instrumental in introducing Indian cuisine to the international audience as well as setting standards of the same. Along with his son Zorawar Kalra, he created legendary establishments which in today’s time are considered as culinary delights in India.
On his death, let’s take a walk down memory lane and revisit his iconic restaurants. Advertising Punjab Grill
In 2006, Jiggs Kalra, along with his son Zorawar Kalra, launched Punjab Grill while following the quick service restaurants (QSR) format and in 2007, they reintroduced it as a fine-dine restaurant. Their butter chicken, dal makhani, biryani, paneer lababdar, paan shot, and matar mushroom are worth trying. On an average, a meal here will cost you around Rs 2,400. Masala Library
The duo launched Masala Library in 2011. The first Indian restaurant to introduce molecular gastronomy to Indian cuisine, a meal costs around Rs 3,000 per person. They make a dish as simple as paneer makhani look theatrically appealing by presenting it in the shape of a big tart. Or serve a gourmet dish like tandoori guchchi with mint chutney foam. Their curries talk about the rich culture and heritage of India, whether it is yellow dal from north India or a rich mustard-laden fish curry from the banks of West Bengal. Made in Punjab
The success of Masala Library was followed by Made in Punjab. The menu was inspired by the culinary delights of cities like Amritsar, Lahore, Peshawar, Baluchistan and others. The butter chicken curry and the Mughlai dishes are worth a try. A meal costs around Rs 900 per person. Farzi Cafe
Their next venture was the modern bistro Farzi Cafe. The innovative cuisine and mixology cafe which already has four outlets in India (Delhi, Mumbai, Gurugram and Lucknow) recently opened its doors to customers in the locality of Haymarket near Piccadilly Circus, London. Focusing on the gourmet dinner as well as the taste of the youth, Farzi Cafe brings Indian cuisine back in vogue with table theatrics and culinary illusion. Their cocktails, milky way mocktails, fusion vada pav, duck-filling samosa are quite popular. A meal costs around Rs 1,100 per person. Pa Pa Ya and Bo-Tai
They have also experimented with Asian food with Pa Pa Ya (Rs 1,500 per person) and Bo-Tai (Rs 2,000 per person). The food served under these banners combine cooking techniques and cultures from across the Asian continent, and give them a truly modern avatar, once again infusing molecular gastronomy in their dishes.

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London Restaurant & Bar News (June 2019)

1. El Pirata turns 25 © Patricia Tobin El Pirata is celebrating its 25th birthday in June so we went ahead and sought out what has kept this tapas bar in one of the quieter corners of Mayfair in such demand for the past quarter of a century. The answer is simple really: service. The smiling waiters at El Pirata charm you into a cosy lull, where the murmurs of your stomach blend in with the chatter and buzz at the well-stocked bar. The menu is quite something and it is to our relief that our waiter confirms he is bringing jamon iberica, pan con tomate and padron peppers (we’re still slightly early for spicy season so there will be no roulette at the table) while we decided. Less than ten minutes later, our salivating mouths were greeted with our small starter plates to accompany the choosing of our tapas. A glass of Rioja and a strawberry gin helped too.
We opted for huevos rotos (Spanish broken eggs) with chorizo, prawns and potatoes, which was as hearty as intended; the deep-fried monkfish we ordered, served with tartare sauce, was fine but I’d have preferred grilled. Grilled sardines were oily and flavoursome, whilst the calamari with arroz negro (black rice from the squid ink) was the standout. I could have easily eaten a second bowl. Aubergine stuffed with vegetables and topped with cheese was also particularly special and the chicken with white wine and garlic sauce was slightly salty but beautifully pan-fried and tender. Unfortunately the homemade cheesecake was sold out so we settled for ice cream. The trials I must suffer…
Where: El Pirata 5-6 Down St, Mayfair, W1J 7AQ Reserve a table: elpirata.co.uk 2. Spirit of Summer
Me London has determined that it’s the start of summer so if the weather could just comply, that would be delightful. Whether the sun is shining or not, you can enjoy summer cocktails in two pop-ups, Bombay Sapphire’s Botanical Garden and Patrón’s Mexican Hacienda-themed terraces, at the hotel’s rooftop bar, Radio. With panoramic views of the city, Spirit of Summer will go on until October – to cater for our classic British weather which improves and deteriorates as and when it wishes. Patrón will be serving a selection of tequila cocktails and Margaritas – flavours include watermelon, raspberry and mango – in its terracotta-coloured cabana. The splash of colour, tropical foliage and cacti will have you thinking you’re on a beach in Mexico in no time. The Bombay Botanical Garden terrace offers an alternative setting, with garden sheds, hanging baskets and crisp, refreshing cocktails – all different takes on the classic G&T.
Where: Radio, Me London, 336-337 Strand, WC2R 1HA Reserve a table: melondonhotel.com 3. Imperial Treasure Wine Dinners
Imperial Treasure offers fine-dining Chinese cuisine and should be well-known for more than just that Peking duck. Caviar on egg white is fantastic, and the crispy lobster roll with foie gras is a culinary explosion. Launching its wine-pairing menu, the crispy rice with seafood in shrimp broth – leave room for this – can be enjoyed with a Russian River Valley chardonnay and those brave enough can try the sea cucumber accompanied by a glass of 2013 Domaine de Chevalier.
Where: Imperial Treasure 9 Waterloo Pl, St. James’s, SW1Y 4BE Reserve a table: imperialtreasure.com 4. Kitchen at Holmes
Launching this month, this seasonally-inspired restaurant is a buzzing new addition to London’s Marylebone area. With an ‘open kitchen’ concept, the menu was created by Head Chef Stefano Motta and will feature dishes such as scallop tartare with yuzu basil and green chilli, courgetti with pistachio, basil and smoked ricotta (dying to try this) and even your classic Sunday roast. See you there?
Where: Kitchen and Holmes 108 Baker St, Marylebone, W1U 6LJ Reserve a table: kitchenatholmes.co.uk 5. Alain Ducasse Chocolate in Harrods
We first saw Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse open in Coal Drops Yard and to chocolate-crazed Brits’ joy, a confection store has now opened in Harrods. Flock to Knightsbridge for flavoured ganaches, pralines and à l’ancienne. With beans from more than 15 origins – Peru, Sao Tomé, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Vietnam among others – you’ll have a hard time choosing which signature bar or bonbon to select.
Where: Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse 87-135 Brompton Rd, SW1X 7XL More details at: lechocolat-alainducasse.com 6. Venchi Gelato
You know a gelateria is good when it’s been around for 140 years and has 350 chocolate products and 90 flavours of gelato and sorbets. With five stores in London and 100 worldwide, this is good news. This summer, Venchi launches four new flavours: Lychee sorbet will make an appearance, as will a tangerine and passion fruit sorbet, a Piedmont plum flavour and a ricotta and chocolate gelato.
Where: Venchi Unit 18, The Market Building, Covent Garden, WC2E 8RB More details at: venchi.com 7. Indian Accent
A grand restaurant, goldenly lit and in the heart of Mayfair, Indian Accent was on my list as it has been some time that I have eaten fine dining Indian cuisine. It didn’t take much persuasion to choose the Chef’s Selection menu as we didn’t want to miss out on any must-orders. Funnily enough, we started the meal with a street food concept: puchkas and five waters, featuring the likes of pomegranate, coriander and tamarind. It was quite a fun way to start the meal and a refresher from the stuffier restaurants in the area. The fenugreek chicken cornet with pickle cream was a dainty-sized dish; I would have preferred it to be slightly larger, but then that’s normally the case. The pork ribs had a killer tangy-yet-sweet, sticky glaze, perfect before our pairing of sea bass and lamb. I try lamb chops at every Indian restaurant to compare, but the fish made the meal. On the side, we tried the butter chicken kulcha which was a creamy, spicy (too) mini chicken flatbread. The treacle tart also shone brightly in this decadent tasting menu; the vanilla-bean ice cream complementing it nicely. One to go please?
Where: Indian Accent 16 Albemarle St, Mayfair, W1S 4HW Reserve a table: indianaccent.com 8. Mezemiso
The rooftop restaurant at the Crowne Plaza Albert Embankment has an interesting dining concept. Mezemiso is a fun name, crossing two cuisines, but the restaurant has two separate menus rather than a fusion. The salted fish was a favourite, having been baked for 40 minutes and making an impressive display when broken to reveal a perfect seabass. The scallop and prawn gyoza was a great combo and the crispy shredded duck bao was classically comforting. A hamachi girl through and through, I was also glad to try the soft and creamy butter fish sashimi.
Where: 10-11 Albert Embankment, Lambeth, SE1 7SP Reserve a table: crowneplazalondonalbertembankment.co.uk 9. 12:51 on a Monday
Luxury is not just about cost; it’s also about splendour and comfort. 12:51 is James Cochran’s new restaurant and the former chef of The Ledbury has a tasting menu that does not disappoint. Changing regularly, enjoy a rogue’s gallery of Cochran’s signature dishes such as his grandma’s jerk buttermilk chicken, classic, comforting and oh-so-good. A large slice of custard pie with honey and hibiscus ice cream was the perfect way to end.
Where: 12:51 107 Upper St, The Angel, London N1 1QN Reserve a table: 1251.co.uk 10. Allegra Launch
Launching in Manhattan Loft Gardens this summer, Allegra will be situated in the new 42-storey skyscraper designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. With ex-head chef of Chiltern Firehouse, Patrick Powell, in the kitchen, diners can expect exciting seasonal cooking. Most of the ingredients will come from Full Circle Farm in Kent, with dishes including suckling pig with swede cake, peanut and sage. Where: Allegra Olympic Park, 20-22 International Way E20 1GQ 11. Real Greek Wine
To celebrate vintage wines grown exclusively in Greece, The Real Greek group has introduced a Greek wine menu. Featuring a selection of 19 wines from the country’s finest artisan winemakers, sourced from across the country, you can have a glass from the hills of Mount Olympus in the middle of Central London. The restaurant’s own wines will also be available; four in total, showcasing the unique Aegean grape varieties with two whites and two reds. The Agiorgitiko was a particular favourite. Grown at an altitude between 250 and 400 metres, it’s a beautifully balanced red, fruity with sweet and spicy notes. Where: The Real Greek 50 Berwick St, Soho, W1F 8SJ Reserve a table: therealgreek.com

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Jiggs Kalra: He fed his curiosity & stirred India’s culinary melting pot

A glass with Indian food
No figure influenced Indian food in the 1980s and early 1990s more than Jiggs Kalra. The most unusual part of it was that he was never a chef and yet he, more than anybody else, helped make chefs the stars they are today.
Kalra started out life as a journalist on Khushwant Singh’s Illustrated Weekly, the top magazine of the day, but soon found that his passion for food overcame everything else. He started reviewing restaurants for the old Evening News in a column called ‘Platter Chatter’, one of the only such columns at the time.
Sent to Delhi, during the Emergency by Khushwant Singh to help Maneka Gandhi, with her fledging Surya magazine, Kalra soon found that he did not like Ms Gandhi much, but certainly, loved the Capital’s cuisine. Thus, he began a parallel career as one of India’s’ pioneering food writers. It was in this capacity that he discovered such chefs as the Tunde kebabwalas of Lucknow and made them famous all over India.
Perhaps his most important association was with chef Imtiaz Qureshi. Qureshi was the chef at the now-defunct Mayur restaurant at Delhi’s ITC Maurya Hotel, but he was hardly known to the outside world. Kalra collaborated with ITC in the late 1980s on the launch of a new restaurant called Dum Pukht, at which Imtiaz was the star. He worked closely with Imtiaz and Manjit Gill (then the executive chef of the ITC Maurya) to create the menu and turned such previously esoteric dishes as the ‘kakori kebab’ into national obsessions. More importantly, he persuaded ITC to put photographs of Imtiaz in the ads for Dum Pukht, the first time any Indian chef had received this kind of recognition and importance. With this, the age of the celebrity chef was launched in India.
While Kalra was not a chef himself, such was his mastery of Indian techniques, food history, and knowledge of spices that he was able to transform the Indian food served at restaurants all over India. Till Kalra came along, everyone served a sort of Punjabi-restaurant cuisine. But Kalra made the food of Lucknow the centre of every North Indian menu.
In later years, he was not involved with any hotel chain, but spent his time travelling around the country, digging out interesting recipes and discovering talented chefs. His cookbook Prashad, soon became the definitive text for Indian chefs and he had a television programme on Doordarshan, where he featured some of the country’s finest chefs, cooking, and explaining their dishes to a wider audience.
Inevitably, he started restaurants himself; some with limited success (his contemporaries say that he was always too nice to be a good businessman) and organised food festivals around the country. A move into high-quality catering, with his then protégé Marut Sikka, launched a whole new genre that still flourishes today.
In recent years, Kalra was best known for the Masala Library chain. This was created and conceived by his son Zorawar, as a tribute to his father’s pioneering work in the Indian food space. Though Zorawar added modern touches, the restaurants were built on the solid foundation that Jiggs Kalra had created. Jiggs’ recipes also formed the basis of the menus at Punjab Grill and Made in Punjab, both chains launched by Zorawar to demonstrate that, in addition to the Lucknawi food that Jiggs had popularised, he also had strong Punjabi roots.
How will history remember Jiggs Kalra? I think he will be remembered as a man who bridged the gap between five-star hotel kitchens at such fancy chains as The Taj, The Oberoi, and ITC (all of which he consulted for) and the food of India’s streetside geniuses. He was able to take recipes from a dhaba or roadside kebabwalas and transform them into dishes fit for a king, served to the world at some of Indians finest hotels. He also travelled extensively, organising banquets on behalf of various Indian prime ministers and the tourism ministry, spreading the message that there was more to Indian food than curry.
Without Jiggs Kalra we would all still be eating butter chicken without the refinement that Jiggs brought to the dish. And we would never have understood how rich and complex the real cuisines of North India could be. Chefs would still be in the kitchen, never allowed to show their faces in the dining rooms, in permanent servitude to food and beverage managers.
Jiggs Kalra is gone, but his legacy will live on. Every time you eat a ‘purdah biryani’ or a ‘kakori kebab’, you are eating dishes that he brought to the forefront. And every time you see a photo of a celebrity chef, grinning into the camera, remember this: without Jiggs Kalra no chef would ever have become a celebrity. First 20:24 IST

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Jiggs Kalra, pioneering food columnist and restaurateur, passes away in Mumbai

Society Jiggs Kalra, pioneering food columnist and restaurateur, passes away in Mumbai Born on May 21, 1948, Jiggs Kalra was the first Asian to get inducted in the International Food and Beverage Gourmet Hall of Fame. Jun 4, 2019 15:40 IST Kalra was instrumental in introducing Indian cuisine to an international audience.
Celebrated chef Jaspal Inder Singh Kalra, popularly called Jiggs Kalra also known as the czar of Indian cuisine, passed away in Mumbai on Tuesday. He was 72 and unwell for the past few weeks.
His son Zorawar shared an update about his health on Instagram last month. A post shared by Zorawar Kalra (@zkalra) on May 21, 2019 at 7:32am PDT
The cremation will be held on Thursday at the Lodhi crematorium.
Twitter is now flooded with celebrity friends mourning the loss and remembering the food pioneer. Goodbye old friend.The great Jiggs Kalra who did so much to rediscover the lost secrets of Indian food and who gave chefs their rightful place in the sun goes off to that great kitchen in the sky to ensure that the gods eat his wonderful food.There will never be another Jiggs pic.twitter.com/MhgBJ5NLg8 — vir sanghvi (@virsanghvi) June 4, 2019 My deepest condolences to ⁦ @ZorawarKalra ⁩ & Dildeep.They were the best son & daughter-in-law Jiggs Kalra could ever have hoped for.At this sad time I remember how Zorawar kept his father’s legacy alive and turned Jiggs’s name into a global brand.I know how proud Jiggs was. pic.twitter.com/awYE4PVkFX — vir sanghvi (@virsanghvi) June 4, 2019 RIP Jiggs Kalra. Thank you for introducing me to Indian food and it’s treasure of recipes. All your books adorn my bookshelf and the masala and oil on each page is testimony to how your recipes have shaped my passion for cooking. ??? — Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) June 4, 2019
Kalra, who started off his career as a food columnist, went on to become a food consultant in the 1980s and also authored 11 books on Indian cuisine in a career spanning close to five decades. He was instrumental in introducing Indian cuisine to an international audience, serving dignitaries like Princess Diana, Prince Charles and Bill Clinton.
He represented India at various international food festivals and summits and was also the first Asian to get inducted in the International Food and Beverage Gourmet Hall of Fame.
Kalra was the first to conceptualise and host an Indian food-based television series and also launched restaurants like Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra, Made in Punjab, Farzi Café and Pa Pa Ya.

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The New California Michelin Guide Just Dropped And It’s Actually Not Terrible

The California Michelin Guide Just Dropped And It’s Actually Not Terrible by Elina Shatkin in Food on June 3, 2019 7:47 PM The announcement of the Michelin Guide California on June 3, 2019 in Huntington Beach. (Elina Shatkin/LAist)
The restaurants in the 2019 Michelin Guide California were announced today and Los Angeles did well. Really well.
More than a good showing for Southern California, this book is a mea culpa of sorts. Michelin needs Los Angeles far more than Los Angeles needs Michelin.
The last time the guide was here, in 2009, it slunk out of Los Angeles with its tail tucked between its skinny French legs. A decade later, a mid a world of apps and Yelp and mouthwatering Insta feeds, the Michelin Guide is fighting to stay relevant.
The new guide is vastly improved but some things don’t change.
Michelin’s anonymous reviewers displayed their geographical bias toward Northern California and their cultural one toward Japanese and French food. No shade on either of these cuisines but it’s almost like the reviewers don’t understand the talent, knowledge and level of precision required to make Mexican food. Or Korean food. Or Indian food. Or Thai, Filipino or Central American food. But hey, at least they didn’t highlight a bunch of Beverly Hills expense account restaurants.
Is this a guide for locals? No.
Without a dedicated staff based in Los Angeles, can Michelin parachute in and understand the diversity of flavors and cultures that shape Southern California cuisine? Of course not.
But if this guide persuades one hotel concierge to recommend a taqueria in DTLA or a Thai restaurant in East Hollywood to their wealthy patrons, that’s a win.
You can decide for yourself. The entire guide is now available on the Michelin site , and, for the first time, in Spanish and Chinese as well as English. Chef Niki Nakayama of n/naka, with her partner, Carole Iida-Nakayama, speaks at the announcement of the 2019 Michelin Guide California on June 3, 2019 in Huntington Beach. (Courtesy of Michelin)
BY THE NUMBERS
The 2019 Michelin Guide California guide highlights seven new two-star restaurants, six of which are in L.A. When n/naka was announced, chef Niki Nakayama and her partner, Carole Iida-Nakayama, screamed in delight as they rushed to the stage.
“We are a team of 20 people, 13 women and seven men,” Nakayama, near tears, later said. “This could only happen in California.”
The guide bestowed one star on 27 new restaurants — 18 in greater L.A. and two in Orange County.
No Southern California restaurant earned three stars. We would’ve been surprised if any had this first time around. Michelin is going to make us wait for that. (Scroll down for the full L.A. and OC list.) Chef Jordan Kahn of Vespertine dons a ceremonial chef’s jacket at the announcement of the 2019 Michelin Guide California on June 3, 2019 in Huntington Beach. (Courtesy of Michelin)
A LITTLE HISTORY
Tire company Michelin published its first dining guide in 1900 to help French motorists find dining spots, mechanics and other roadside ammenities. The idea was to make driving more appealing and, hopefully, sell more tires. (AAA has been doing the same thing with its magazines and maps, here in the United States.) Michelin introduced its rating system in 1926 with a single star and added the additional stars in 1933.
Michelin published its first New York City guide, featuring more than 500 restaurants and hotels, in 2005. Two years, Los Angeles got its own Michelin guide, a collection of boring, expense account favorites. The following year, Michelin did it again.
“No stars for any Korean, Middle Eastern, Central American, regional Mexican or regional Thai restaurants,” as the Los Angeles Times says .
The guides were rightfully savaged, by no less than J. Gold :
“Last year’s inaugural Michelin Guide to Los Angeles restaurants was appalling, ignorant of the way Angelenos eat, reading as if it was put together by a team too timid to venture further than a few minutes from their Beverly Hills hotel. This year’s guide, although it is more or less identical, is just boring.”
The cartoonish arrogance of Jean-Luc Naret, then-director of Michelin’s ratings, was the chef’s kiss of idiocy on the enterprise. In 2010, he told Esquire :
“The people in Los Angeles are not real foodies. They are not too interested in eating well but just in who goes to which restaurant and where they sit.”
Are you sure he doesn’t work for the New York Times ? The 2019 Michelin Guide California. (Elina Shatkin/LAist)
That same year, in the midst of the global economic crash, the Michelin Guide pulled out of California.
When the organization announced a few months ago it was coming back, they made one smart decision right off the bat. They decided to combine all California restaurants into a single guide, something they did thanks to a $600,000 check from the Visit California tourism bureau .
The return has a Big Deal. It has also been met with suspicion.
Would Michelin finally recognize the blend of cultures that makes Los Angeles, and especially its deep connections to Mexican cuisine, so special? We weren’t terribly hopeful.
Besides, why do we need a dining guide aimed at wealthy tourists to validate what we already know?
Fortunately, Michelin Guide’s international director, Gwendal Poullennec, seems to have a broader vision than his predecessor. He praised Cali — its bounty, its diversity, its farm-to-fork ethos, etc. — at least half-a-dozen times at tonight’s ceremony .
“California gastronomy has proved to be one of the most diverse and multicultural while at the same time making the most of local and regional produce,” he said. “It is one thing having amazing produce. But having the very talented chefs who can work their magic on it, is the key.”
Can the Michelin Guide do better? Absolutely. Are we excited to see a bunch of deserving restaurants, from strip mall French bistros to innovative taquerias to kaiseki temples, get anointed? Yes, we are.
The 2019 Michelin Guide California goes on sale June 6 for $19.95. Chef Michael Cimarusti of Providence speaks at the announcement of the 2019 Michelin Guide California on June 3, 2019 in Huntington Beach. (Courtesy of Michelin)
LOCAL TWO STAR MICHELIN RESTAURANTS n/naka — Niki Nakayama (West L.A.) Providence — Michael Cimarusti (Hollywood) Somni — Jose Andres and Aitor Zabala (Beverly Hills) Sushi Ginza Onodera — Morihiro Onodera (West Hollywood) Urasawa — Hiroyuki Urasawa. (Beverly Hills) Vespertine — Jordan Kahn (Culver City)
LOCAL ONE STAR MICHELIN RESTAURANTS Bistro Na’s — Chef Tian Na makes “imperial court food of the Qing Dynasty.” (Temple City) Cut — Wolfgang Puck’s steakhouse. (Beverly Hills) Dialogue — An L.A. outpost from Chicago chef Dave Beran. (Santa Monica) Hana Re — Small, upscale sushi spot from chef Atsushi Yokoyama. (Costa Mesa) Hayato — Brando Go does omakase dining. (DTLA) Kali — Seasonal and contemporary California cuisine from Kevin Meehan. (Hollywood) Kato — At only 27, Jonathan Yao is already wowing diners with his tasting menus. (West L.A.) Le Comptoir — Gary Menes serves a vegetable-focused menu at this intimate counter. (Koreatown) Maude — Curtis Stone does a tasting menu that changes quarterly based on a single wine region. (Beverly Hills) Mori Sushi — This restaurant from Morihiro Onodera earned one star in both the 2008 and 2009 editions of the Michelin Guide Los Angeles . (West L.A.) Nozawa Bar — Chef Osamu Fujita presides over this omakase bar inside Sugarfish. (Beverly Hills) Orsa & Winston — Josef Centeno’s amazing omakase spot pulls from a swath of cuisines and techniques. (DTLA) Osteria Mozza — Nancy Silverton keeps killing it with her Italian cuisine. Mozza received one star in the 2009 Michelin Guide Los Angeles . (Hollywood) Q Sushi — A sushiya fro m chef Hiroyuki Naruke . (DTLA) Rustic Canyon — A vegetable-focused menu from Jeremy Fox. (Santa Monica) Shibumi — Kappo-style Japanese fare from David Schlosser. (DTLA) Shin Sushi —Sushiya helmed by chef Taketoshi Azumi. (Encino) Shunji — Sushiya helmed by chef Shunji Nakao. (West L.A.) Taco María — Carlos Salgado makes heirloom masa tortillas and fills them with delicious Mexican combinations. (Costa Mesa) Trois Mec — Ludo Lefebvre’s (and Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s) restaurant marries French technique and contemporary flavors. (Hollywood) The chefs of many of the newly designated two-star restaurants pose on stage at the announcement of the 2019 Michelin Guide California on June 3, 2019 in Huntington Beach. (Courtesy of Michelin)
LOCAL BIB GOURMAND RESTAURANTS
Last week, Michelin revealed its picks for its Bib Gourmand, a list of “hidden gems” and restaurants that, per the press release , “serve high-quality meals… for $40 or less.” Or, in layperson’s terms, restaurants you can afford to eat at. Maybe. In the late capitalist era, who can afford anything?
Of the 151 restaurants in the Bib Gourmand, 62 are in greater Los Angeles (although a few have already closed).
Another five — Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen, Garlic & Chives, Horio’s Nori Ramen, LSXO and Mix Mix Kitchen & Bar — are in Orange County.
The rest are clustered in San Francisco, the East Bay and Napa/Sonoma with a few outliers in San Diego, Santa Barbara and Sacramento.
Aside from the Bib Gourmand’s weird neighborhood designations — “Santa Monica Bay”? labeling a Koreatown restaurant as being in “greater downtown”? — the list wasn’t bad, even if it was a crib sheet of Jonathan Gold’s greatest hits . (We’ve used our own neighborhood designations in the list below.) Aburiya Raku (Hollywood)

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