Category Archives: Special offers & restaurant deals

Thai restaurant chain Patara puts oysters on the menu

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Fine-dining Thai restaurant Patara has collaborated with Maldon Oysters to celebrate the Oyster Festival.  Two new oyster dishes have been created by Patara’s chefs and put on the menu at all four restaurants in London throughout October and November 2011.

The two oyster dishes combine traditional Thai cuisine with seasonal produce from Maldon Oysters and are presented in two ways – raw and cooked, in the following styles:

  • Oysters with mint, coriander, lemongrass, Thai vinaigrette, lemon and crisp shallots.
  • Oysters deep-fried in soda batter served in its shell with bean-sprout and chilli sauce.

The dishes are set at three: £5.50; or six: £9.50, which seems like a pretty fair price.

They are also offering Champagne by the bottle to enjoy with the oysters, which include Moutard Brut Reserve (£35.80); Laurent Perrier Brut (£56.20); Veuve Cliquot Rosé (£66.40); and Moet et Chandon (£148.10).

For August and September, Patara joined forces with luxury resorts and spa group Six Senses to create a special menu with a focus on health and flavour.

Highlights from the menu included Miang pla Salmon – salmon and herb Thai salad with chilli lime dressing; Goong yai op – Roasted king prawns, lime and chilli marinate, spiced mango and passion fruit foam served with tender steamed bok-choi; and Goong Pow, grilled tiger prawns with kaffir lime dressing served on brown rice infused with green curry paste.

I went to sample the six senses menu in the Greek Street restaurant and had a great evening.

While the salad appeared to have been sitting in its dressing for a while before it made it to the table, the fresh spring rolls were light and delicious, the king prawns were cooked to perfection, the green curry sauce was not watery, but creamy and full of flavour, and the service was way more attentive than I have witnessed in the past, so I am sure that the oyster dishes will go down a treat.

I just hope I manage to make it along before December to sample them!

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Free burritos!

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Yummy yummy yummy!!!! Tortilla on King Street in Hammersmith is giving away 1000 free burritos tomorrow (June 2nd) in honour of its official launch – the company’s 6th site.

Founded and run by Managing Director Brandon Stephens, Tortilla started with the launch of its first restaurant in Islington in October 2007 followed a year later by the Southwark site. The chain now operates at six locations and claims its Canary Wharf store as the busiest burrito joint in the UK.  According to the 2011 results of the Peach Business Leaders Survey, Tortilla was named “one to watch” along with four other catering businesses.

Still, as long as the burritos are tasty, that’s all that matters to me!

www.tortilla.co.uk

6A King Street Hammersmith London W6 0QA

Celebrate Malbec World Day tomorrow…by drinking loads of the stuff!

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Having been to Argentina and drunk loads of Malbec, I know I never need an excuse to drink more, but I’ve got one tomorrow.  The 17th of April, tomorrow, marks the first Malbec World Day, that will see Wines of Argentina partner with wineries around the world to create a series of unique ‘vintage 2011’ Malbec wines – yummy!

In the UK, Chapel Down, one of the UK’s premier producers, is collaborating with Wines of Argentina to create an authentic Argentine Malbec with an English twist.  Chapel Down will crush, press and bottle the Malbec grapes which have been picked from Gaucho Restaurant’s vineyards in the heart of Argentina’s wine region in Mendoza. The wine will then be aged by Chapel Down, ready to be released on Malbec World Day 2012, when it will be sold in Gaucho Restaurants, at Chapel Down and at selected retailers around the UK as a limited edition.

To celebrate the partnership and creation of the wine, Chapel Down is inviting visitors on an exclusive tour of its vineyard and winery tomorrow, Malbec World Day, to explain how the wine will be made.  Guests will be offered tastings of Argentine Malbec and Chapel Down’s own wines.

Events, tastings and offers will also be taking place across the UK throughout April to celebrate Malbec World Day, including a large-scale Malbec promotion at Majestic’s 200 stores; a Malbec experience with authentic food; music and tango at the Sunday Times Wine Club Vintage Festival and a Malbec Tasting day at Harrods on Malbec World Day.

Gaucho Restaurants will be offering complimentary mini Malbec Masterclasses for all guests dining at a Gaucho restaurant up until 22nd April; and will also be hosting a series of events throughout the month at Gaucho Broadgate, including a ‘Meet the Wine Director’ dinner with Phil Crozier, a leading authority on Argentine wines and the inaugural Gaucho Broadgate Kilo Club dinner, with Malbec wines to match each course.

Happy drinking peeps!

Maze launches wine flight menu

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Maze has just introduced a new ‘Wine Flights’ menu, consisting of three delicious courses and wines to accompany them.  The aim is that guests will now be able to try a few exceptional wines at lunch without needing to order a whole bottle.

The sommelier pairs the flavours and textures in each tasting-sized dish with a specially chosen selection of wine for you to savour – Okay so ‘Wine Flight’ may sound like something you would be served on Easy Jet, but the menu is far from it, and looks incredible.

Dishes include rump of lamb with fennel, samphire and lemon and thyme jus; veal osso bucco, rocket pesto, white onion risotto; and rice pudding with Mirabelle plum jam, mascarpone ice cream and caramelised pecans.

Wines to match include Chateau Bauduc Blanc 2009, Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc from Bordeaux, exclusive to Gordon Ramsay restaurants and Les Grimaudes 2007 by Mark Kredenweiss, a 100% biodynamic blend from the Rhône Valley.

3 courses £45.00 (£25.00 without wine flight)

4 courses £56.00 (£36.00 without wine flight)

The wine flight menu is available for lunch every day and for dinner: Sunday to Thursday 6pm – 7pm.

You can reserve through:

Maze’s online booking function or contact the reservations team on:

T: 020 7107 0000

F: 020 7592 1603

Email: maze@gordonramsay.com

Discount restaurant vouchers rock

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A new survey, conducted by moneysupermarket.com, found that Brits save a whopping £3m every day using restaurant vouchers.

The findings revealed that over the last year 60% of Brits have used a restaurant discount in the last 6 months.

As per my previous post discount cards like View Card are the new paper voucher, however the rise of iPhone apps like Voucher Cloud will certainly be a challenger to the market.

Out with paper printouts, in with View Card – and try El Pirata Detapas

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View London, the entertainment website for Londoners, has just launched a fab new discount card, View Card, for hundreds of London’s restaurants and bars.

The card not only includes deals for charming neighbourhood bistros, trendy bars and local pubs, but it also includes premium offers on Michelin star restaurants such as Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Rhodes W1, Gordon Ramsay’s Boxwood cafe, Nahm and L’Etranger.

Deals range from up to 50% off food bill, 2-4-1 on drinks and meals, you have unlimited use of all of the offers which are also extended to friends and family that go along with you.  What’s more, unlike the TasteLondon card at £69.95, View Card is a snip at £29.95.

At the moment, View Card covers over 600 venues, and new restaurants and bars are constantly being added to the list – the latest of which is El Pirata Detapas, a fantastic little restaurant in Westbourne Grove serving high-class Tapas dishes.

I went to El Pirata last night and really was pleasantly surprised, the best tapas I have eaten outside of Spain, and not one single oily dish in sight. With a la carte, lunch and degustation menus, there are plenty of tapas dishes to choose from.

The dishes that stood out for me were: Endives & valdeon cheese foam; octopus carpaccio, mandarin caviar & paprika; seared scallops, artichokes hearts & iberian pancetta; lentil stew with foie gras; pork cheeks, carrot puree & red wine shallots; and crema catalana for pudding.

Octopus carpaccio, mandarin caviar & paprika Image is courtesy of Al Stuart

Seared scallops with artichokes heart & iberian bacon Image is courtesy of Al Stuart

Pan fried red mullet, confit tomato & piquillo peppers Image is courtesy of Al Stuart

View Card is offering 25% off the food bill, but if you haven’t got your card yet, then I would definitely recommend you go at lunch time to make the most of their lunch deal, which is only £9.00 for two tapas + bread & alioli + a glass of wine cetelleo. 

If you get a chance, pop your head around the kitchen door to catch a peek at the devilishly handsome chef behind the dishes ;-).

For more information on View Card, visit http://www.ViewLondon.co.uk/view-card

El Pirata Detapas

115 Westbourne Grove,
London,
W2 4UP

(020) 7727 5000

Starbucks offers free brownies for Fairtrade Fortnight

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Starbucks UK has set up a facebook page informing members of a new offer it has launched around Fairtrade Fortnight

The deal means you get a free Fairtrade chocolate brownie when you buy coffee from Starbucks – but N.B. it’s only valid on Friday 26th February 2010.

To download the voucher visit: http://wish.starbuckscard.co.uk/brownie/free_brownie_day_voucher_uk.pdf

Starbucks® Espresso Roast is 100% Fairtrade certified

London Restaurant Festival starts in just two days!

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London Restaurant Festival is a citywide celebration of eating out, and guess what…? It starts in 2 days, running from the 8th-13th October!  We have fantastic restaurants in London, some of the best in the world, covering a diverse range of cuisines, so I am thrilled this festival has finally arrived!

To help Londoners celebrate the launch year of the festival, a number of restaurants are offering special deals and hosting exciting events – I have included details of some of the restaurant offers below, which I have taken directly from the Festival website – as you can see there are some great offers, so enjoy ;-).

While you try and work out which restaurant to head to first, tickets for the various events are selling out fast, so check out the events on the site and book your tickets ASAP to avoid disappointment.

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No Corkage at Fortnum & Mason Restaurants

During the festival, all Fortnum & Mason’s restaurants are offering wine at retail prices (bottles only). Restaurants include:

Argentinean Experience

Ten specially selected restaurants will be showcasing food and wine from Argentina during London Restaurant Festival. Meat courtesy of Argentine Beef and drinks from Wines of Argentina will provide guests with a unique experience of Argentinean flavours. Participating restaurants include:

Night At the Races at Frankie’s

To celebrate both London Restaurant Festival and the racing roots of the venue, Frankie’s at Chelsea FC is hosting A Night At The Races on Thursday 8 October.

The evening is hosted by legendary horse racing pundit John McCririck and, with jockey hero and restaurant namesake Frankie Dettori in attendance, it promises to be a raucous racing event!

Follow the link to Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill for more information and booking details.

Tate Art Lunches

Experience a blockbuster art exhibition at the Tate Modern or Tate Britain and enjoy a two-course lunch afterwards for the special price of £23 per person.

Tate Britain’s Rex Whistler Restaurant Festival Menu includes a mutton pudding inspired by a recipe from the 1850s, when Turner and the Masters were active. And the Tate Modern restaurant’s pop-art themed lunch finishes with a “Marilyn Monroe” creme brulee. Follow the restaurant links below to book.

Royal Opera House Recital and Lunch Package

Experience the Royal Opera House (ROH) in full swing with recital, lunch and tour offers. Sample the modern British cuisine at ROH’s Amphitheatre Restaurant with the following special offers available:

  • £25 per person – includes morning backstage tour followed by a 2-course Festival Lunch Menu in the Amphitheatre Restaurant (valid 12 Oct only)
  • £15 per person – includes a 2-course Festival Lunch Menu at Amphitheatre Restaurant followed by an afternoon opera recital (valid 12 Oct only)
  • £15 per person – 2-course Festival Lunch Menu in the Amphitheatre Restaurant at ROH (valid on 8, 9, 10, 12 & 13 Oct)

Contact the restaurant or visit www.roh.org.uk for further details and to make your booking.

Eat Art at The Barbican

London Restaurant Festival-goers can take advantage of The Barbican’s Eat Art offer from now until 18 October.

For £40, you get a 3-course supper in the Conservatory and entry to The Barbican’s Radical Nature Exhibition.

Visit www.barbican.org.uk for further details and booking.

2 for 1 Gordon’s & Tonic Offer

At London Restaurant Festival, select restaurants will be offering 2 for 1 Gordon’s & Tonic.

Gin has a great connection to food being the typical English aperitif before a meal because juniper stimulates the appetite, so why not treat yourself and a friend to the perfect start of your festival experience.  Check the restaurant listings for your nearest participating restaurants.

Zizzi’s offer: 2 meals for a £10

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1274As there is a Zizzi at the end of my street, I have been taking full advantage of this offer: two main dishes for £10.  The offer includes pizzas, pastas, salads, or risottos.  It did also include the daily specials when we went there, but best to check as it slightly varies from branch to branch.

Download the voucher on their website and present it when paying the bill:

http://zizzispecialoffers.co.uk/

Yo Sushi extends its summer offer: 40% off food bill

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logoYo Sushi – It may not be the most amazing sushi on earth, but I love it, its a good fun place to eat and its very cheap – especially since it has extended its Summer sizzler offer until September 23rd.

The offer gives you 40% off your food bill (not including a miso soup) on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s until Wednesday 23rd September.  Click on the link, download the form and present it when paying the bill.  http://www.yosushi.com/summer_passport.php