Sky-High Dining at Bōkan

Canary Wharf is best known as the financial district of London, filled with some of the tallest buildings in the capital and major world headquarters like Barclays, Clifford Chance and Morgan Stanley. The area hasn’t been known in the past for its dining scene, but it is undergoing a bit of a renaissance that has started with Bōkan – London’s newest sky high restaurant, bar and rooftop terrace. Translated to “Beacon of Light,” Bōkan is the area’s answer to fantastic food, experimental drinks, and a stylish venue where you can eat, drink and dance the night away – all under one roof. It’s a destination venue that is well worth the travel.

Based on the 37th, 38th and 39th floors of the new generation Novotel, Bōkan, in my opinion, boasts the very best views of the city. The restaurant is on level 37, the cocktail bar on the 38th and the stunning rooftop terrace takes over the 39th floor. You can see every single iconic landmark – the Shard, the London Eye, Olympic Village, the O2, the list goes on and on. This destination venue is exceptional for so many reasons – ideal for special occasions – which is why I knew it was the perfect place to take my older sister when she was visiting London a few weeks ago.

My older sister is luckily able to visit me in London quite often and  it’s always a memorable occasion when she does. It makes me so happy to be able to see someone in my family more than once a year! Every time she travels to London, we have the best time – we eat at great restaurants, see a show in the West End and just enjoy each other’s company. As an expat, I really cherish these times I get to see my family and I always look so forward to having my sister in town every few months.

It was her last day in town and we decided to go fora a leisurely late lunch before she headed off to the airport. We jumped on the tube at Stockwell station- which is really just a hop, skip and a jump away. Travel time is about 20 minutes to Canary Wharf station and a quick 10 minute walk from there. As we arrived, we sky rocketed up into the express lift, ears popping and hearts jumping as we reached the 38th floor. The friendly hosted warmly greeted us and led us to our table right by the window. I have to note, there really isn’t a “best seat in the house,” as there is 360 degree panoramic views from anywhere you sit. Floor-to-glass ceiling cascades along the edges of the three-floor venue – providing nothing but stunning views.

Talented Head Chef, Aurélie Altemaire, is at the helm of the restaurant on the 37th floor. Originally from France, Aurélie enrolled at culinary school when she was just 15 years old and never looked back! She has a wealth of international experience and worked at Michelin-star restaurant, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon before coming on board at Bōkan. The menu is filled with modern European dishes with her own flair – think chicken stuffed with foie grass (which I had the pleasure of trying on a separate occasion and was divine), a beautifully presented roasted aubergine with courgettes and hummus and Rhug Estate Lamb cutlets to name a few.

No visit with my sister comes with a shortage of bubbles and we kicked off our lunch with a glass of Nye Timber English Sparkling Wine. A toast to friendship and family, we had a look over the impressive menu as I explained a bit more about the restaurant to my sister – who seemingly already loved the venue. We chit chatted away and ordered a few starters to nibble on before the main event. We also dove into this incredible freshly baked bread with salted butter that is quite simply addicting.

A delicate dish of Sea Bass Carpaccio, intricately drizzled with lime aioli and olive oil, sprinkled lightly with salt and pepper. This dish is light, but impressive, the ideal start to lunch.

A creamy, plump ball of Pugliese burrata sat upon a refreshing chilled red pepper coulis, topped with fresh basil and served with house-made focaccia on the side. What’s not to love about rich, creamy, and moreish burrata. The red pepper coulis elevates the cheese with a tangy flavour that closely resembles marinara sauce, but better – much better.

And for my sister – who eats a plethora of veggies daily – the Inka Roast Winter vegetable salad with endive and feta. It’s as if this dish was made for her – an elegantly presented plate of aubergine, sliced apple, lettuce, endive topped with fresh feta. A delicious and invigorating salad we all really enjoyed.

For mains, I absolutely LOVED the Soy-Glazed Scottish Salmon served with wasabi green bean salad and pepper sauce. This is a dish that I had the first time I went to Bōkan and I can’t speak highly enough about it – the salmon is tender, buttery and bursting with sweet soy flavours. A dish so good, I’ve tried to make it myself at home but haven’t quite mastered to make it taste as good yet.

Ciaran went for the Slow-Smoked Blythburgh Pork Belly topped with apple sauce and crushed potatoes. Smokey, tender and not overly sweet – he really enjoyed this dish would order it again if it’s on the menu when we go back!

My sister ordered the Oven-roasted aubergine, courgettes, hummus, padron peppers, tomato, coriander – a dish that she absolutely loved and devoured within minutes. A vibrant dish, she said it was one of her favourites of that weekend.

We ended our beautiful lunch on a sweet note and shared the chocolate/peanut butter soufflé. Gooey, sumptuous and sinfully decadent, this is my idea of dessert heaven. Served with a side of peanut butter ice cream – this was the best soufflé I’ve had.

As the sun began to set, we headed off so my sister could catch her flight but not before admiring the gorgeous sunset and all the buildings in London light up. A truly spectacular scene – I remember thinking how thankful I was in that moment and what a great weekend it had been. Our time at Bōkan was just the cherry on top.

If you love a view (what’s not to love), brilliant food and fantastic service – you should definitely put Bōkan on your bucket list. I know I’ll be hitting the terrace as soon as the weather heats up this summer! Stay tuned for a few more posts all about the 38th floor bar with some amazing cocktails and the 39th floor terrace…

Bōkan | 40 Marsh Wall | Canary Wharf | E14 9TP

Chakra, Kensington

For long time readers of this blog, you probably know by now that one of my favourite cuisines is Indian! There is no shortage of phenomenal Indian restaurants in London and today I am sharing with you Chakra in Kensington.

Inspired by ancient Vedic scriptures, the Chakras are energy points associated with a positive flow of energy throughout the body. The talented team of chefs at Chaka add another dimension by bringing a positive energy with food, balancing out traditional Indian flavours with contemporary flair and the gorgeous dishes speak for themselves – think bright, vibrant and bold. You’ll see!

The restaurant itself is intimate, with a cute garden area in the front, perfect for whiling away summer evenings with a glass of wine and some delicious Indian snacks.

The menu is filled with traditional yet elevated dishes like Onion Bhajis, Tandoori Lamb Chops, Tiger Prawns, Chicken Koorma, you get the gist. Kick off with a selection of beautifully presented starters – they are smaller portions so be sure to pick out a few to share!

We went for the Salmon Tikka – cooked on the Salamander Grill and served with Wasabi Mayo, The Tikki Trio – A classic potato mint and green chili fritter, Sweet potato, parsley and red onion Fritter, Blue potato white onion, red chili and coriander fritter served with coriander and tamarind chutney and the Chicken Tikka Kebab – A Chakra classic – tender cubes of chicken are marinated with red deghi mirch, served with a coriander chutney.

Super impressed with our starters, we moved on to the mains.

Now, Ciaran normally goes for the spiciest dishes on the planet – Vindaloo, extra hot. My tastebuds can’t handle the spice and as we we were sharing, we went for the milder, safer option – the coconut prawn curry. With influences from Southern India, the King Prawns are pan cooked with coconut mustard seeds, curry leaves and a variety of spices. The dish was perfectly well seasoned and I loved the sweet coconut taste but the prawns were a little on the small side seeing as they were meant to be King prawns. Nonetheless, the dish was delicious.

The Chicken Korma – a long-time favourite of mine – was delicious, tender and perfectly sweet. A classic chicken korma with black and green grapes, roasted almonds and pomegranate tossed in a classic korma sauce. It hit the spot, no complaints!

We also shared a side of the Sweet Potato and Okra. Influenced by the Caribbean… cubes of sweet potato are tossed with okra, red onion and fresh coriander. This dish was superb – crunchy, buttery pieces of sweet potato and okra just melted in our mouths. Ciaran wants to make the dish at home. I just want to note though that the dish is listed in the Mains section, but it is definitely more of a side/sharing dish to accompany your meal.

We mopped up our curry with goats cheese naan bread – something I had never had before. I love goats cheese and I love naan and the combination of the two was sinfully good. They are really rich and I’d recommend getting a plain or garlic naan if you want something milder! I however, loved them and it was nice to try something a bit more unusual.

In the bid to be somewhat healthy (we just ate a curry, I don’t  know what we were thinking) we said our thank yous and strolled on home sans desserts.

I really liked Chakra – it is small and intimate, perfect for  date night and the service is lovely. The starters really wowed me both in presentation and in taste and I greatly enjoyed the mains as well. For a really enjoyable meal that you know is going to taste great, I recommend Chakra.

Chakra, 33C Holland St, Kensington, London W8 4LX, Book Now 

*I was invited in to review Chakra. All views and opinions are my own. 

Where to Get the Most Scrumptious Easter Treats in London

There are plenty of places in London to indulge in decadent desserts, but one of my favourites for pastries and sweet treats is PAUL – the French artisan bakery and patisserie with locations across London and Birmingham, Oxford and Newbury. We’re heading to my future in-laws for Easter this weekend and I made a pit-stop at the Paul near Baker Street yesterday to pick up some darling desserts to bring with me this weekend. If you need to grab some last minute Easter indulgences – PAUL should be your go-to.

My best advice is to go for a box full of phenomenal Easter cakes. My personal favourite is the Mini Oeuf la Carotte – this beautiful  carrot cake is made using freshly grated carrots, soft cream cheese and vanilla syrup- topped with an iced carrot and a sprinkle of pecans for an added crunch. If you’re more of a chocoholic, go for the Oeuf Chocolate au Lait – rich milk chocolate with a vanilla frosting.

PAUL have also created these adorable hampers, filled with mini white and chocolate eggs and chocolate bunny lollipops.

For Easter Sunday, pick up a loaf of their special freshly baked Baguette Chocolat to enjoy with brunch – a chocolate baguette that tastes lovely with fresh fruit … or on its own! I LOVED this bread when I tried it yesterday – I picked up two loaves and both were gone in a day. Treat yourself (and your family) and buy a couple of these scrumptious delights for the weekend – you won’t regret it! If you are a true chocolate-fiend, PAUL are also selling their super thick, super rich, super indulgent Hot Cocoa … it is pretty spectacular. I highly recommend it.

Between delicious pastries, decadent sweets  and the most heavenly chocolate bread – PAUL is the ideal-go to for all your Easter needs this weekend!

Happy Easter, everyone! x

Nirvana Kitchen – A Hidden Marylebone Gem

Nirvana Kitchen is a stylish neighbourhood restaurant tucked away in the beautiful Montcalm Hotel in the heart of Marylebone. The restaurant specialises in simple Pan-Asian dishes that are ideal for sharing. The chef incorporates flavours from the Indian Ocean to the Far East, a menu that clearly goes beyond “simple,” moreover, it’s delicious dining that I was so impressed by.

As we arrived, we were greeted warmly by the lovely hostess. The restaurant features elegant windows, warm woods and leather chairs – it is stylish and has an air of sophistication about it – a restaurant you’d come to to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries or a special event.

All of the dishes on the menu sound fantastic – small dishes for sharing, charcoal dishes, curry pots and desserts – all grabbed my attention and had me wanting to try a little bit everything.

Our server recommended the Duck and Watermelon Salad, served with mandarin, pomegranate, basil, coriander, cashew and hoisin sauce. The duck is slow-cooked for 12 hours, making it mouthwateringly tender. The saltiness of the duck combined with the sweet watermelon and mandarin made this a winning dish that kept us coming back bite after bite. For veggies out there, they do a vegetarian version. The table next to us had to ask the server if their veggie rendition was made with actual duck – that’s how good this dish is.

We also shared the Crispy Salted Squid with cucumber, lemongrass and ginger sauce. The lemongrass and ginger sauce really made the dish – a light and fresh dipping sauce that elevated the salty squid. The squid was perfectly cooked – not rubbery in the slightest and delicately crispy.

For our mains, we tucked into the Chilean Sea Bass, a signature dish on the menu that the team really take pride in – and for good reason – because it was one of the very best seafood dishes I’ve ever had. Tamarind glazed served with pickled cucumber and caramelised cashew ‘Gajak’ made for an absolutely stunning dish. The sea bass was buttery, sweet, incredibly tender and perfectly cooked. My only complaint is that there wasn’t more! Weeks later, and I am still craving that Sea Bass.

Ciaran went for the Nyona Chicken Curry, Nirvana’s own take on the classic Nyona, which fuses Chinese ingredients with Malaysian spices and cooking techniques. The curry is stewed in a coconut curry with spices, potatoes, and a poached duck egg. I love this dish because it wasn’t too spicy and all of the ingredients added such depths of flavours. Every bite tasted a little bit different – sweet, smokey, and incredibly aromatic. It was incredibly filling, just like any good curry should. To mop it all up, we dove into the Roti Canai – a classic Malay Paratha – it was like a cross between a croissant and an Indian paratha bread – flakey and buttery. I loved it, it was absolutely delicious.

To cap off our incredible dinner, we indulged in a chocolate molten cake with pistachio ice cream – a decadent treat to end our fantastic evening.

All of the dishes at Nirvana Kitchen are outstanding. I was so impressed by the phenomenal cooking and also greatly enjoyed how leisurely our dinner was. All of the dishes came out at a perfect pace – one at a time, so you could take your time to enjoy the evening. The servers are all very knowledgable and friendly.

Nirvana Kitchen is an absolute gem in the heart of Marylebone – perfect for date nights, special occasions or a leisurely dinner with friends. Take my word for it and book it for your next evening out!

Nirvana Kitchen, 61 Upper Berkeley St, Marylebone, London W1H

Brunching at The Balcon

Brunching on the weekends is one of my favourite things to do and London is full of fabulous spots to catch up with friends over some bubbly. The Balcon at Sofitel London St. James is ideal for a lazy and luxurious bunch with twists on French classics.

The restaurant is conveniently located just a stone’s throw away from Trafalgar Square. As you walk in to the gorgeous venue, you will be met with a stunning double spiral staircase with an elegant champagne bar below, ideal for a pre-brunch bellini or Bloody Mary, of which the Balcon has a fantastic selection of.

It’s not hard to fall in love with the decadent interior decor of The Balcon – rich golden tones with black and pale wood, striped piquet flooring, unique chandeliers that adorn the ceiling and beautiful bay windows that the sunlight to drips through, creating a bright and airy atmosphere. The Balcon also has its very own Bloody Mary bar, where you can choose your sauce along with your favourite vodka, pickles, lemons, bacon sticks – anything you fancy – perfect for recovering after a fun night out. 

Our lovely server showed us to our table and poured us two glasses of champagne to kick off our Saturday brunch. We had a look over the brunch menu, which is split into sections of Mains, Grill, Fruits, Seeds, Eggs & Co, and sides. The cuisine is primarily French with a British twist that is both contemporary and indulgent.

My friend and I started off with the Lobster Benedict, recommended to us by our server. This dish did not disappoint – huge pieces of succulent poached lobster, dripping in rich hollandaise sauce on a fluffy English muffin was divine. I went for the Soft Shell Crab, celeriac remoulade on a fried egg roll, which was also a lovely dish that hit the spot. The soft shell crab was lightly fried and the celeriac remoulade added a hint of tang to the crunchy sandwich. 

As it was our #cheatday, we ordered a few sides to share between us including the irresistible grilled halloumi and rosemary fries. Both of which were excellent – salty, moreish and addicting – they were the perfect accompaniments to our decadent brunch.

We were just on the verge of skipping out on dessert, but given that the sweet options on the menu all sound glorious, we couldn’t say no. We shared the Pistachio waffle with strawberries, cream and mint. A dish we both agreed we wouldn’t have ordered unless it was recommended to us and so pleased that we did because it was lush.  The pistachio waffle on its own was fantastic, and even better with the strawberries and cream. There was a hint of mint that cut the sweetness ever so slightly, making it a really refreshing way to end our lovely brunch.

The weekend brunch at The Balcon is a fabulous option, whether you are catching up with a friend or getting together with a group of your best girlfriends. The service is impeccable and the food is wonderful. They offer a bottomless brunch option as well, with free flowing champagne, a Bloody Mary, viennoiseries, a savoury dish and a pastries for £49.

The Balcon, 8 Pall Mall, St. James’s, London SW1Y 5NG, Book Now! 

VINtwined Presents Champanois

This past weekend, my older sister Chrissie was in town visiting. In fact, this has become a routine occurrence, for which I feel incredibly thankful for! We have our little traditions every time she comes to London – we always go to see a play and indulge in quite a bit of champagne. When I was invited to come along to Vintwined’s Champanois event, I couldn’t think of anybody else I’d rather experience it with than my sister!

Now, for those of you who aren’t yet familiar with VINtwined, it is a fantastic new venture founded by ex-pharmaceutical strategy consultant Neil Deacon.

Neil’s philosophy is one I can definitely get on bored with – “Life’s too short, so why wait?”

Despite an established career, Neil took his passion for phenomenal wine and started VINtwined – a company that takes unique wines and uses them for culinary inspiration. Instead of the typical food with wine pairing, Neil uses the wine as inspiration for the dishes.

Neil, along with Head Chef James Welch, have been showcasing their passion for great wine and food with a series of supper clubs and we got to experience the very special four-course wine-led dining experience featuring exquisite grower champagnes this past weekend. To say it was superb is an understatement.

Taking place in Clerkenwell Kitchen, we were greeted with smiles and a glass of Gounel Lasalle Prestige Brut paired with Comte and Brioche rarebit fingers. A delicious combination as the flavours of the brioche in the canapé distinctively mirrored the creamy buttery notes of our champagne. We met Neil, who told us some hilarious stories about travelling throughout France, knocking on wine-makers door to discover the next big thing.

I have a real appreciation for smaller, lesser known wineries and prefer to drink wine from small production companies when possible as opposed to mass produced wines. I find the stories behind them to be quite fascinating and like to support smaller companies as much as I can. I also find that a lot of the times, the wine is much better quality!

Neil told us all about how he wasn’t having much luck going door to door when he was in France. He was about to give up on the expedition and head home when a surfer-looking dude walked up to him and asked him if he was looking to try some different wine. Neil said yes, and the surfer took him to a shed, where he kept several barrels of wine on reserve. The surfer happened to be the owner of a small production winery that had been in his family for years and Neil ended up bringing some of the wine back to serve at his Vintwined dinners.

We sipped on our lovely first glass of champagne and chatted with the rest of the group before sitting down for the main event…

The first-course was a Ployez-Jacquemart Extra Brut Vintage 2005 paired with a Salmon tart fine, chestnut mushrooms, watercress and creme fraiche. The champagne itself is fresh and palatable, with hints of honey and spices that paired incredibly well with the salmon tart. The champagne itself wasn’t heavy and didn’t leave an acidic taste in your mouth like many champagnes can. It was lovely and light – one that is perfect to drink at the beginning of the evening. The Salmon Tart was delicious, with the pastry underneath adding a rich buttery texture to the overall flavourful fish. Lovely indeed.

The next course was my absolute favourite of the evening, and very well may have inspired my wedding menu!

Duck breast served with potato terrine, turnips, red cabbage and a rich blackberry jus. The inspiration for this dish comes from the Louis Casters Cuvee Superiore Brut, one of the most special champagnes I’ve had the pleasure of sampling. The champagne itself is crisp and decadent, with notes of blackberry, apricot, brioche and lemon zest. It paired exquisitely with the duck and the blackberry jus that accompanied it. It is a very distinctive champagne and one I would love to try again soon.

The duck itself was cooked to perfection and melted in our mouths. I really liked the freshness that the blackberries brought to the dish – it was fantastic! Hat’s off to the chef.

Unlike a lot of wine tastings I have been to in the past, the dinner is formatted perfectly in that Neil talked briefly about the champagne and how it inspired the dish that we were about to eat. It wasn’t overwhelming or too complicated. His outlook on wine is that is is supposed to be fun, not daunting and while I can’t speak for everyone, I know that I walked away feeling a lot more knowledgeable than when I came!

I also want to note that the thought and effort that went into choosing the specific champagnes we tried on the evening as well as the pairing of the dishes was so evident and Neil’s passion for what he does shined throughout the entire evening.

For our final course, we were surprised with a sweet dessert wine called Pierre Morlet, Rattafia paired with a Cherry Bakewell Tart, almond crumble and vanilla cream. I am not always a huge fan of dessert wines as I find the consistency can be a bit too syrupy, but this sweet wine was delightful and the soft cherry notes mirrored those in the Bakewell Tart. There was a bit of acidity to the wine, which balanced out the sweetness of the overall dessert. It was a wonderful way to end our superb evening.

For a digestif, my sister and I ordered one more glass of the incredible Louis Casters champagne and chatted along with Neil about his future plans. This was one of the last of the Champanois dinners, but he is hosting a new series called “This is English,” celebrating English wines just in time for English Wine Week coming up in London.

The four-course event will take place at Stepney City Farm on 18th March, 15th April and 27th May. Tickets are £65 and can be purchased here. The Champanois event was truly spectacular and I would expect nothing less at his next series! If you are a big wine fan or just want to meet some new people and learn more about it, I can’t recommend Neil’s relaxed Vintwined series enough. The wines are outstanding and the food is divine – a truly winning combination.

*I was a guest of Neil’s, but all thoughts and opinions are my own and I am really excited to see what VINtwined has in store for the future and really looking forward to the next event. Thank you Vintwined for a most memorable of evenings!

Play HOLI at Cinnamon Kitchen

Holi, also known as the Festival of Colour, is a traditional Hindu festival that celebrates the arrival of spring, friendship and fun! The good news is, you don’t have to travel all the way to India to take part. Renowned Indian chef, Vivek Singh, has brought the vibrant celebrations over to London and set up camp right outside Cinnamon Kitchen in Devonshire Square. You can officially leave the dull, grey City at the door and step into the white party pods on the terrace for 30 minutes of paint pelting madness. Trust me, it is as fun as it looks.

Last week, I had a chance to paint the town red and yellow and orange, let loose and have some fun at the kick off of HOLI, taking place NOW at Cinnamon Kitchen until the 18th March (snag your tickets here).

As you arrive to HOLI, you’ll be greeted with a super chic  protective white onesie to throw on before the madness begins. Be sure to wear clothes you don’t care too much about anyways – it gets messy but that’s the fun of it all!

You then get your own packets of colourful powder and it’s GO TIME!

Things start off pretty tame – gently throwing paint at each other, but after about 5 minutes everyone is friends and the madness ensues…

I love what HOLI symbolises – meeting new friends, celebrating existing friendships, laughing, repairing broken relationships and forgiveness. It breaks down a lot of barriers and for 30 minutes your mind is focussed entirely on fun – it is an absolute blast. If you book anything this year, I can’t recommend HOLI enough – it is a brilliant day out and it’s the only time you can get away with looking like a little rainbow in public.

After all the paint pelting, you’ll have definitely worked up an appetite – head into Cinnamon Kitchen and tuck into their 5 course HOLI festival feast and some cocktails or Kingfisher beer.

Spiced seabream with green mango and coconut chutney.

The best ‘Jhinga Malai’ King Prawns in a coconut and cardamom sauce. I highly recommend trying this dish off the menu – succulent prawns in a perfectly seasoned sauce with rice. Mop it all up with some garlic naan and you’ll be a happy camper.

House of HOLI at Cinnamon Kitchen is on NOW until 18th March. Tickets are priced at £8 per person, or £15 per person including authentic Holi bites and either a signature Holi cocktail, a Kingfisher beer or a mocktail. £38 per person including a five course tasting menu and a Play Holi Session. The whole pod can be hired for groups of up to 30 for £400, which will include arrival drinks and nibbles. I already can’t wait until next year! Grab your tickets for this week here. HAPPY HOLI!

Photo Credits: Johnny S Photography.

 

Curry Night at Pure Indian Putney

Indian food has quickly become one of my favourites since I moved to London 2.5 years ago. It’s savoury, comforting and I always feel happier after eating a wonderful curry. While I am partial to the Indian food at all of Vivek Singh’s restaurants (Cinnamon Club, Cinnamon Kitchen, Cinnamon Soho and Cinnamon Bazaar), I do love discovering new and unique Indian restaurants around London and was so pleased to be invited to try out Pure Indian, a brand new restaurant conveniently located right outside Putney Bridge Station.

Pure Indian is owned by husband and wife duo Faheem Vanoo and Shilpa Dandekar, both of whom started their careers at the Taj Group in India and carried on to hone their skills at high end London restaurants such as the Bombay Brasserie and it’s Michelin-starred counterpoint Quilon and Brasserie Blanc. Needless to say, the team have true talent that exceedingly shines through in the food at their latest venture.

When we arrived at Pure, we were instantly put at ease as we were shown to our table. The restaurant itself is unpretentious and makes for a great local family Indian restaurant if you live in the area. The service is fantastic and friendly and it’s one of those restaurants you really feel you can relax and unwind in.

We ordered a couple of beers to start off with because in my mind, there is nothing better paired with curry than a light beer.

Followed by salty poppadoms and an array of chutneys to munch on whilst we looked over the menu…

I loved the unique take on the original poppadoms – fluffy, crispy and salty morsels appeared in front of us with a mango and tomato chutney – no mint yoghurt in sight. The entire menu sounds delicious, so we asked our server to bring out a selection of dishes for us to try and we certainly were not disappointed.

Seared scallops with pickled beetroot, mango and chilli – cooked perfectly and tasted nice and fresh.

Followed by a vibrant plate of Patra Chaat topped with yoghurt, date and tamarind chutney, pomegranates, onions and tomatoes. I absolutely love chaat, and the amalgamation of flavours and textures makes this popular Indian snack quite addicting.

The Kori Kempu – chicken marinated in spices tossed in yoghurt and chilli was fantastic. Small bites of crispy chicken that had just enough kick without being overpowering.

The team brought out a spread of mains for us to try including Kalimich ka murgh – a mild dish of malai chicken tikka cooked in cashew nuts with yohurt, fresh mint and black peppercorns. The chicken was incredibly tender and the sauce was sweet and creamy – very similar to a chicken korma. Hearty and delectable – it will absolutely fill you up.

Slow-cooked lamb so tender it falls right apart. This dish was a bit too spicy for me but Ciaran absolutely loved it.

Freshly baked naan bread to mop it all up!

We sat back and relaxed with one more beer after demolishing all of the dishes. All of the dishes are elevated, sophisticated and served beautifully. I loved the laid back ambiance in the restaurant and the friendly service. My hope is to find a great local Indian similar to Pure where I live in Clapham! If you live in the Fulham, Putney area, I highly recommend this great neighbourhood Indian restaurant – you won’t regret it!

Pure Indian | 67 Fulham High St | Fulham | London | SW6 3JJ

*I was a guest on behalf of Pure Indian restaurant but all opinions are my own. 

 

The Fawlty Towers Dining Experience

For those of you Americans reading this, you may be wondering what exactly Fawlty Towers is? Well, it’s one of the most hilarious British sitcoms from the 70s. If you’re a fan of British humour – go watch it, and even if you’re not – still go watch it. The show takes place in a hotel and features Basil, the inept hotel manager, his bossy wife Sybil and Manuel, the funniest Spanish water that has a knack for ruining everything Basil tries to do right.

Well, I was so intrigued by the show and after spending 2.5 years here in the UK, I decided it was time to experience the Fawlty Towers Dining experience for myself! Currently playing at the Amba Hotel in Charring Cross and the Kingsway Hotel in Covent Garden, the show is literally everything you will remember from the hit BBC sitcom rolled into a two hour sit down meal, where the audience are used as props and the food is too…

The performance features the three main characters, Basil, Sybil and the hilarious Manuel – all of whom were spectacular and looked so similar to the original cast.

For those of you that know Fawlty Towers well, expect to see the funniest scenes played out from the original show, including Manuel and Basil the Rat, Basil trying to get Manuel to bet on a horse, the scene where the Americans come to town with the Waldorf Salad, and the inevitable build up to that German scene where Basil goes insane….

Having not watched the show loads before we went to the experience, I still found it to be incredibly humorous and a great laugh all throughout dinner, even when Manuel accidentally chucked me on the floor in front of everyone!

You can’t help but laugh throughout the entire show…

On to the food… Well, truth be told, the food wasn’t as great as the performance was but you don’t come for the mind-blowing food, you come for a really fun evening out. Bread rolls used as props were flung across the room by Manuel, pumpkin soup that arrived later than expected…

Roast Chicken with veggies and a potato..

And Black Forest Gateaux Cake …. I think we were all a little disappointed to see no Waldorf salad but that’s neither here no there!

I personally loved all the jokes and how they got the crowd really involved and immersed in the entire experience. It was a really fun evening full of surprises and the script (they say) is different each time. The characters were all so spot on and overall, it was a very unique night out and something a little bit different! The Fawlty Towers Dining Experience would make for an excellent gift for a relative and would also be great fun to do as a group.

Have you been to the Fawlty Towers Dining Experience yet? What did you think?

Book now! 

I was a guest of the Fawlty Towers Dining Experience, but all opinions are my own, and I wouldn’t trade this exceptionally funny night for anything.