Author: Sharky

Dead Dolls House Ibiza Feast

The Dead Dolls House in Islington is better known as a late night venue cocktail bar and boozy weekend brunches.  They have now launched a monthly Bacchanalian Feast, named after the Roman god of wine and debauchery, Bacchus.  Hosted on the first Thursday of each month, each four-course menu of food and drink plays on different themes. My friend and I went along to the Ibiza Feast last Thursday.  The one before that was a Filipino BBQ, and the next one in June is a Vegetarian Feast.  It’s nice that they’re varied enough that people will want to go...

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Zala – Camden Town

I was pretty excited to review Zala, the new Middle Eastern restaurant that’s just opened in Camden. Since travelling around in the Middle East, Levantine cuisine has quickly taken the top spot of my favourite cuisine, and with the wealth of talent in London, another new restaurant is very welcomed! Headed by Tomer Niv, formerly of R’amas Kitchen in Jerusalem, this small converted space specialises in meze, Levantine pizzas (a beautiful woodfire oven sits outside with row of outdoor counter seats), and grilled meats. It’s a small space (it seats 38 covers), but it’s lofty and airy, with seating...

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Ales Tales Beer Festival with Nicolas Tondeur

On our latest podcast I catch up with Nic Tondeur – the organiser of Ales Tales Festival in London. London’s only festival this year purely dedicated to Belgium beer and breweries. Pen in the festival into your diary for July 21-22 and get booking. Find out more and get tickets here: http://alestales.com Download the episode here or listen...

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Gong Bar Review

This week GŌNG Bar, perched atop the 52nd floor of the Shangri-La Hotel in The Shard, launched its new menu, entitled Director’s Cut. The menu is inspired famous film directors and attempts to illustrate parallels in storytelling, capturing that essence in a cocktail. As expected, the list of 16 new cocktails vary in their level of theatrics to capture the senses. The Steven Spielberg-inspired drink, ‘Fear of the Jungle’ is made with pisco, banana, pineapple skin sherbert, lime and chocolate mole, garnished with a scorpion. An actual scorpion. Light and refreshing, I could taste pisco, pineapple, lime and not...

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The Bold and the Beautiful

A punchy British-made spirit is given a light, summer twist thanks to the blending power of the Kenwood kMix. Regular readers of our blog will know that, while we spend a LOT of time eating and drinking our way around London, we rarely cook in. In fact, whenever we do get creative in the kitchen it usually involves raiding our drinks cabinet and whipping up a few cocktails inspired by our favourite bars. When it comes to experimenting, it’s all about having the right kit. Shaken or stirred is so old-school when you can use a juicer, blender or...

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