Author: Sharky

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: 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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Budapest Gourmet Travel Guide

I have travelled to many great cities over the past couple of years, but I and many others will say it… there is something (so many things) special about Budapest. The Hungarian Capital straddles the mighty Danube River split into sides: Buda & Pest. Formerly two separate cities and each very distinct from the other, the city as a whole has fast become a top European travel destination over the last few years for both young partygoers or for those looking for a relaxing escape – and for many good reasons. With the cost of accommodation, drinks and meals...

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