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Moti Mahal – Champagne and spice dinner with Gosset

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As every schoolboy knows, the only drink that should correctly be served with curry is beer.  Right?  Well, sort of.  It is true that beer does complement spicy food rather well and that you would struggle to go wrong if you ordered a beer with a curry.  And this is no random assertion:  the spices […]

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Dinner at Westminster Kingsway College with WineTrust 100

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Years ago, I remember when the Cape Town Hotel School restaurant first opened on the Granger Bay campus, literally a stone’s throw from the V&A Waterfront.  “Hmph”, said my father, ever the pessimist, “why on earth would you pay good money to go and eat at a place where the chefs don’t know what they […]

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L’Atlantide restaurant, Nantes

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“Permettez-moi de vous verser un verre de vin?“, said the charming mustachioed French gentleman standing in front of me. If I had applied brain for a few seconds longer, I would have caught the “verre de vin” bit and would probably have been able to guess the rest and responded appropriately by holding out my […]

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Bedford & Strand sherry and food pairing

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Isn’t it funny how, despite living in London for many years and walking down a particular street many times, it is entirely possible to look straight past a particular shop or restaurant?  When a friend of mine invited me to dinner at Bedford & Strand earlier this year and said it was in Bedford Street, […]

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Moti Mahal – matching Indian food and whisky cocktails

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If you live in London, then it’s pretty certain that at some stage you have stumbled out of a pub and down Brick Lane for a late-night curry.  Hell – it’s a London rite of passage and practically part of the Britishness test to decide whether you are worthy of citizenship!  And on these hazy, […]

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Rosita & The Sherry Bar review

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When I was a student, a friend an I loved playing a game where you tried to imagine what your pet would drink if they were human.  In this way, we figured out the the neurotic small dog would drink a white wine spritzer; the black cat with the attitude of a panther would drink […]

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The Chablis Challenge 2013 – Chablis and sushi

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Have you ever noticed just how much of the relentless stream of annoying corporate-speak terms that we increasingly encounter is related to eating?  I suspect that the most often-borrowed business metaphors relate to sport (think game-changing, moving the goal posts, eye on the ball, level playing fields etc.) but I am almost certain that terms […]

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