Monday, 7 September 2009

All Pizza and Pasta Dishes £5 at Spaghetti House

It seems that it's party time for Spaghetti House as they are celebrating 54 years in business this week 7 - 13 September. The first restaurant to open in Goodge Street just off Tottenham Court Road is offering all pizza and pasta dishes at just £5 this week. For some dishes, it's less than half the price. Really good food, and the pizza are stone baked so they are nice and crispy and full of flavour. My favourite pasta is The Linguine with King Parawns white wine, garlice, chilli and wild rocket, it's a meal in itself. This offer is available right through the day so if you are around, it's really worth going, even more worth taking a detour to Goodge Street.

Friday, 4 September 2009

Make a note: New Scandinavian Food and Wine Event

MONDAY 5 OCTOBER 2009 – MADSEN 20 Old Brompton Road London SW7 3DL (tube, South Kensington) – in front of the Lamborghini Showroom

Those who came to the first dinner here in February were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the leading edge European style of cuisine of this restaurant, coupled with some great wines. Since then, Madsen has gone on to winning its first AA Rosette, and every restaurant critic has awarded it high scores: 8/10 from the Guardian, 3 stars from the Standard, 4 stars from Metro and so on. So we return to enjoy the warm hospitality of owner Charlotte Kruse Madsen, more gorgeous dishes and new wines. Traditional and modern cuisine combine for flavour and freshness, coupled with an all-European wine list (company’s ethics are impressive, they like to save on wine miles, there are no patio heaters just warm Scandinavian blankets and menus are printed on recycled paper). I am showing the unusual dry Thessaurum Zibibbo 2007 from Sicily, a fresh and zesty Chardonnay, a Tempranillo from Spain which will leave you open mouthed and a really good French Cabernet. This event is meant to show how well classic European wines accompany modern Scandinavian food. Three course meal, one glass each of four different wines, service, VAT and wine commentary. Great convivial company free of charge!
Please book soon as spaces are going fast.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Out and About Spotting Celebrities and Dining

The latest Spaghetti House at Westfield London has become the centre of attention with celebrities visiting regularly, and increasing every week.
Spotted there were former Chelsea manager Avram Grant and former Chelsea players Jason Cundy and Ken Monkou.
The Spaghetti House manager told me that there are also celebrities from Eastenders visiting, but he was not able to tell me who they were....... never mind, just go there. If there are no celebrities when you visit, the food is an even better reason to go. Try Olive Ascolane, my absolute favourite, stuffed olives from Le Marche region, then coated in breadcrumbs and fried. Yum....this is a restaurant worth making a note of.