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Dinner Time Story London- a multisensory dinning extravaganza

IMG_20180207_190524You know when you was little your parents always tells you never to play with your food, well at Dinner Time Story London. Here, they encourage you to join them in a immersive visual and sound experience where not only are you able to feast on beautifully  designed six courses of delights together with five different cocktail to compliment the different courses.Vrolijk still chef 002_preview

You are cordially invited to join Le petit chef on his journey along the silk road where each and every destination provides him with the inspiration for the six courses to tantalise your tastebuds and visually putting you in awe of his travel journeys.Marco Polo Still 030_preview

So, how did this all begin? Dinner Time Story first graced the interest of the media world with a launch in UAE, then at the Dubai World Trade Centre before moving to London. The multisensory projected based dinner show is the latest pop up to grace London food culture. Currently the story is based on the traveller Marco Polo and his journey along the silk road. We have been told that a new story is due to be launched in September this year so if you have been before you may want to go back and see what new exploration they have waiting for you.

IMG_20180207_195100Imagine you are in a country where culinary excellence is a given, how does one excite the palate of their diners? Well Le petit chef, had an idea, he will visit all the countries along the silk road, where he will journey across countries such as Egypt, Arabia, China, India and back to Europe. Here he encounters spices, flavours and smells which he hope to bring back home and make them into dishes which will delight dinners and exposing them to the different cuisines of those places he has travelled to.IMG_20180207_192336

We follow him through a two hour 3D dining concept of his journey. Every single course is accompanied with visual, sounds, table probs and decorations and a cocktail which is suppose to take you along with him on his epic journey. Where he gathers new ingredients and cooking methods to not only bring your tastebuds alight, but also the visual effects dazzles and the sound of ooh and ahh come aplenty.IMG_20180207_201106

The dining experience cost £95.00 per person, and for me, I believe this is totally worth the money? why? Well, each diner has their own story book where they follow Le Petit chef along his journey, six amazingly cooked courses and lets not forget the six deliciously tasty cocktails (for those non drinkers, the bar staff are able to conjure up the same mocktails for you so you don’t look out of place at all.)IMG_20180207_195439

Dinner Time Story London is currently being hosted at TT Liquor along Kinsgland Road, in Shoreditch, their residency is currently planned until the end of April, but do watch this space!

Another touch to their experience is that every course comes with a notebook where each diner is encouraged to jot down their feelings and experience of the night. I must say, without any moderation of what is written in these notebook, there are some comments which I can’t share and I hope they remove as spoilers and unusual comments does put a damper in the experience.luca_lombardi_petit_chef-7294_01 - edited_preview

I would also like to thank the waiting staff, who were extremely accommodating, as there was some items which I could not eat (allergies) and they were happy to exchange them with no question asked.

If you like me, enjoy capturing your dining experience on camera, then please make sure its fully charged as there are some special moments you do not want to miss!

I went along to this as part of Love Pop Up London however all comments and reviews are my own. Thanks again for inviting me along this amazing delightful journey!

So, I know you are all asking? how do you book? follow this link HERE Enjoy!

 

 

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Looking for a new bar experience? Lets check out Studio 88

IMG_20180201_222359So everyone will know that you are never short of a bar or two when you live the busy city of London.

I mean every corner you turn there is a bar/ pub or drinking hole calling out for punters alike. Now how does a one stand out from the crowds? Well lets welcome Leicester Square new food and cocktails hang out spot Studio 88.

IMG_20180201_193730This place has it all, great cocktails and yummy food that is served in cute little bamboo “California Cones”, think salmon tartar, coconut chicken curry, miso pork, arancini to name a few of the culinary delights you could be enticed with. At £19.00 for six cones and a glass of prosecco for London prices, I call it a bargain!

IMG_20180201_180147Now lets talk about the bar, one thing I would say is bring shades as this bar is bright in neon especially when you stroll down the stairs into the main bar area..I was invited to the press event along with Jo from Love Pop Up London the staff was amazing making sure we was well looked after.IMG_20180201_220933

If we didn’t feel safe, we noticed a few detectives scattered around the bar. They have a private area where you could hire out for your own personal party!

IMG_20180201_203804My favourite cocktail of the night has to be Hitsville Studios, Finlandia vodka, St Germain, Cucumber and Elderflower cordial and fresh lime juice…mmmm I also love how much you could have just ordering a drink, this one comes with a mini polaroid picture for you to keep, erm hello anyone else agree that nights this fun needs to be documented!

IMG_20180201_184200Also little birdie tells me they do happy hour! Everyday 5-7 all cocktails are £5.00 and on Monday nights after 7pm they do 2-4-1 cocktails, now I don’t know anyone who turns their nose down on a good deal.

Oh wait, I forgot to tell you that they have a 6 piece band every night waiting to take your request,  so you can’t complain if the music is bad, cause you haven’t done anything about it!

 

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Rum-tastic@ Cottons 

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So while you are all doing your wine tasting.. in fancy restaurants, I’ve come to Cottons in Vauxhall – the newest edition to the Cottons family.. Only opened in September of this year.. –  to experience rum that’s more than your typical Barcadi and coke, rum that’s so smooth you drink on the rocks! Of course, we also need a Barry to guide us through the distillery types and the countries and why they differ from one to another..

We tasted rum that was double distilled for that extra flavours you can definitely taste the whisky and cognac scents.. Those that aged to provide that smooth and throat warming sensation.. My favourite of the night was definitely the Plantation 20..smooth, with a hint of vanilla.. Yum! 

A Rum masterclass with Barry is a must.. Grab a group of friends and head over and see Barry.. Email Cottons and they can provide costing for groups, it’s definitely worth that drunken feeling home. 

Once once settle down in their newly open location on Vauxhall,  enjoy some of their tasty Caribbean delights.. Their salt fish fritters are my favourite! With a little bit of a kick.

We sampled, their jerk chicken wings, calamari, chickpeas fritters, sticky ribs that fall off the bones, prawns.. A few of their starters to start the evening off. 

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All of which goes really well with my Berry Explosion.. Or even the Cottons Rum.. Or anything really on their cocktails menu.. 

Thanks to Jo @LovePopUpsLon for inviting me to this fun Monday night out..

P. S Cottons Vauxhall  have 25% Monday through to Wednesday.. So why not pop down their for a great night out. 

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Beauty and the feast-immersive dinning experience 

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Is it a pantomine or not, that is the question?

This is not your average panto, if you are thinking of bringing the kiddies- under 18 is definitely not recommended! so leave the kids at home, and come with the mindset of having fun.

This experience is from the people Darling & Edge who have previously brought us some of the coolest events and immersive experience, think, Gingerline, Alice in Wonderland and the Old Vic Tunnels.

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Ok, when I think of this, this is definitely no panto, more of a culinary cabaret experience, based loosely on the story of Beauty and the Beast (remember, I said loosely!) The story is played out amidst food, cocktails and amazing interactive set (hey, I think they have definitely built up their experiences!) FYI- people say a little, I say more than a little bit of adult humour thrown into the mix.

The entrance to this venue is via the tunnel walk way, so that get lost…

Once in, your senses will be hit buy actors dressed up to, men, women, animals, you name it, they had it, the dinning room was upstairs and if you needed the restroom, you will need to pass it, but to maintain the surprise, they had actors to lead you blindfolded through.. or you can just close your eyes.. no biggie.. don’t peak!

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The feast was a sharing experience, there was definitely enough food to go around.. my favourite was the cheesecake– and nope it was not my dessert! It felt like the course never stopped coming- they had cocktails for brave, fairy liquid was a goodie!

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Once you have completed your feast, that’s when the story hits the high points and the party really gets on the way- bring your dancing shoes as you will surely be needing it!

Thanks again to Jo from Love Pop Ups London for another great immersive experience and the people from the Vaults for the tasty and fun experience.

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Love cheese, love Raclette 

So do you love cheese much?? For me, I love a good mature cheddar, or a creamy brie never goes amiss in my household. So when some friends and I heard about a Raclette pop up? We really had to go and give it a try. 

The Raclette Bar is currently hosted at the Clapham North pub just directly opposite Clapham North tube station on the Northern line. You can’t miss it guys! 
Enter the building from the side and once inside it was a reminiscence of the Ski Museum I visited recently in Oslo. Old ski poles everywhere and skis stapled to the pillars of the room.. It’s really atmospheric. 

No let’s talk about the Raclette… So the menus served is a set meal, two courses for £20 or three for £24. For £24, it’s a no brained however bear with me here… 

Starters consisted of three different flavours surrounded the cheese theme, baked camebert, goats cheese stuffed prunes, and a salmon tartar. All three were delicious. The baked camebert was my favourite. 

No let’s talk about the Raclette? We were given three different types of cheese, smoked, blue, and the standard.. Together with some cured meats to go along the cheese. 

The staff would come and light your individual Raclette devices… So that you can melt the cheese at your own pace… Oh food I mention that you also get unlimited sides, potatoes (like mini baked potatoes), salads and rosemary fries.. So delicious 

I was so full at the end of the mains that I sheepishly asked them to cancel my dessert, creme brulee as I couldn’t manage another bite.. We washed all this down with a lovely bottle of Shryah… I think I’ll be dreaming about cheese for a while… 

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Love street food? Try the Pigling Street – Brick Lane

I have always loved an opportunity to try different types of food around and a good street food market is always one that holds dear to my heart. The street food available around the Brick Lane area is ever changing with new food stalls popping up.

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This weekend I got to try a Pigling Hog Roast Bap at Pigling Street

The pigs that they use for their pork are female pigs reared here on the Suffolk soil. These pigs are ones who have not yet had any piglets hence makes their meat extra tender.

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The pig is roasted on the fire right on the stall so you can see the whole cooking process and its amazing. They even have their own tomato ketchup which the owner used to make himself, but due to the 7 hour cooking process, he has delegated this to another supplier so he can concentrate on making the best crispy hog roast bap!

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Surrounding with a delicious brioche bun with an optional duck egg on top, is amazing especially once the yolk splits when you bite into it.

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If you are ever down in Brick Lane and looking for some food, why not pop over for a visit.

Thanks to the Unofficial yelp community for taking me there for a taste of what a great hog roast look like!

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Yakiniku-Japanese BBQ- Sakagura LND

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So why settle for the usual bangers and burgers on a the barbie when you can have Wagu beef, short ribs, Ox tongue, seafood such as prawns, squid and scallops on the menu?

What am I talking about is the Yakiniku experience from Sakagura LDN which is the more upmarket branch of Shoryru. The venue on Heddon Street just of Regents Street is like a hidden gem of food galore and places for a quick drink or drinking outdoors while you watch the sun going down in the heart of the West end.

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So let’s get to the food.. The menu normally £30pp minimum order is for two person.(I would it’s a tad over priced for the quantities. However for the experience and ambience of the setting, maybe…)  The price includes, as a starter, Japanese rice, salad and miso soup.. Before the Bbq is served each person can pick three items from their meat, seafood and veggie options.. I will recommend for the price to order the meats and we definitely recommend the Australian Wagu beef, this is an additional £3 per portion ,we asked our waiter which one he would recommend, sirloin or cubes.. Apparently one is diced.. Lol.. Well we went for the Australian Wagu sirloin and it was amazing!

We tried the Wagu, short ribs, chicken thighs, Ox tongue, prawns and scallops. We felt the quantity and quality  of meat was great and the experience of cooking the meat at the table really heighten the experience. The traditional stove that you use to cook really feels like a traditional experience.

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To end the meat feast, the process include a scoop of icecream where you get to pick from the following flavours.. Sakagura last vanilla, dark chocolate wasabi and my favourite soya sauce caramel.

P. S did I mention the happy hour cocktails? 2-4-1 5pm-7pm Monday to Friday.. £15.00 each normally

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P. P. S just to mention if you head over to Sakagura website they have the Yakiniku meal for 2-4-1 until the end of July.. I know it’s not long to go.. But better late than never.. Download the voucher and grab a friend.