London Olympia Today, Root7 Press Launch

At Root 7 it is all about creating new and innovative products to change the way we drink, and we give you an exclusive look at some of the new range which doesn’t disappoint!

It’s about time the humble drinks tumbler had a new look and Root 7 are the people to do this! Introducing the Geo Glass, taking inspiration from modern terrariums notice the unique angular shape, emphasised by the beautiful metallic styled edges.

As the perfect winter warmer the Ombré Mug uses a beautiful 2 tone matte gradient, individually hand sprayed to make every mug unique. Magma for a fiery personality, Auruora for when you just need to chill and Flamingo for that tropical feeling.




It’s gin o’clock with the G&Tea Cocktail Gift Set, fabulously sophisticated notice the use of high quality rainbow tinted borosilicate glass with a shining gold pattern to really add the wow factor, you’re ready for serving your next cocktail in style.

The chic and stylish Neon Mugs are a thing of beauty, made from Bone China they stand out from the crowd and demand to be admired. With such vibrant use of color they are sure to brighten up anyone’s mood.




Providing all you need to create the perfect cocktail enjoy a striking mix of new and old with Root 7’s Bartender’s Collection. Chic and stylish made from black titanium it’s both modern and contemporary, including all the necessities Cocktail Shaker, Strainer, Dual Jigger, Bar Spoon, Muddler and Bar Blade.

To find out more visit Root 7.

Marmite | LOVE IT OR HATE IT: IT’S IN THE GENES

UNDER STRICT EMBARGO UNTIL THURSDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER AT 00.01AM

BREAKTHROUGH CLINICAL TRIAL SHOWS THAT YOUR DNA DECIDES IF YOU LOVE OR HATE MARMITE, ACCORDING TO SCIENTISTS

WHITE PAPER IDENTIFIES 15 GENETIC MARKERS LINKED TO MARMITE TASTE PREFERENCE

In a landmark scientific study, Marmite has discovered the reason why we love it or hate it – proving that the answer is in our genes. Over the past 12 months, Marmite has worked with one of the UK’s leading genetic testing centres – DNAFit – to conduct a clinical trial to determine whether there is a biological link to people’s taste preference for loving or hating Marmite.

Coined ‘The Marmite Gene Project’, the ground-breaking study has scientifically shown that people are born genetically more likely to be lovers or more likely to be haters of Marmite and conclusively shows that there is a genetic foundation to Marmite taste preference.

Cementing its reputation as the most loved and hated product of our generation, the genetic study recruited more than 260 healthy adults, with an equal split of men and women taking part across the UK.

Study participants were first asked to taste a 2g serving of Marmite on their tongue for 10 seconds, filling out a questionnaire to identify their assumed ‘love or hate’ Marmite taste preference and their reaction to Marmite once tasted.




Saliva cheek swabs were then taken from each participant to obtain DNA samples that were sent for genetic analysis to identify SNPs (single-nucleotide polymorphisms) associated with Marmite taste preference. More commonly known as ‘snips’, SNPs are single DNA building blocks that have an impact on specific traits.

A whopping 8,760 hours were spent swabbing, analysing and interpreting results. The Marmite Gene Project has identified 15 candidate SNPs that are linked to Marmite taste preference.

Thomas Roos (MSc Biology & MSc Clinical Research, Stanford University), Principal Investigator of The Marmite Gene Project at DNAFit, said: “Our research indicates that Marmite taste preference can in large parts be attributed to our genetic blueprint, which shows that each of us is born with a tendency to be either a ‘lover’ or a ‘hater’. Our data reveals that there are multiple genes that contribute towards this, and it is a really exciting discovery.”




However, Roos also offers hope for all Marmite lovers hoping to convert friends and families to the ‘love’ side of the spectrum.

“Like anything in genetics, taste preference is dictated by both nature and nurture. Our environment can impact our taste preference as much as the genes we are born with.”

A scientific White Paper will be available from Thursday 7th September at www.dnafit.com/downloads/MarmiteGenetics_WhitePaper_Final.pdf detailing the full findings. The same day, Gene Test Kits will be available to buy from https://social.marmite.co.uk so people can discover for themselves whether they were born Marmite lovers or haters.

Philippa Atkinson, Marmite Brand Manager, said: “For over a century we too have been questioning why the nation are so clearly divided between love or hate for Marmite. Finally, we have the answers. The DNA data provides a glimpse into our taste preferences. While it’s fascinating looking at the data on this scale, the fun really starts when you test your own DNA and begin to delve into your own genetic make-up and see if you were born a lover or hater of Marmite.”




Avi Lasarow, CEO of DNAFit, said: “Advancing technology means we live in a world of increased appetite for highly personalised food and fitness information. These fascinating findings show again how each day we are understanding more and more about the role that genetics play in our daily lives. The mystery around Marmite is one of the great British food debates, and we are proud to have led this exciting research project.”

Raise a glass (or two!) to Essex producers of beer, wine and cider

Raise a glass (or two!) to Essex producers of beer, wine and cider

With CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) choosing Essex as a destination for their festivals, it’s hardly surprising that Essex breweries (and vineyards) are ‘jumping on the beer (and wine) wagon’ and attending food and drink festivals all over the country.

East Anglian Railway Museum at Chappel near Colchester (www.earm.co.uk) has been home to the CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) festivals for over 30 years – the 31st one will take place on 5th – 9th September. Those who wish to travel by train can take the Greater Anglia Sudbury Line (from Marks Tey) directly to Chappel Station, the destination of the festival, where literally hundreds of different beers will await you. The weekends have become so popular, it’s become necessary to buy tickets – so don’t miss out.



Grapes are not as fussy about soil types like other fruits and crops, and tolerate a wide range of soil chemistry and conditions. Having the least rainfall in the UK, Essex appears to have the perfect soil for them, as there are a vast selection throughout the county. New Hall Vineyard in Purleigh, (one of the oldest and first vineyards in the UK to grow the Bacchus grape, which is now one of their most popular wines www.newhallwines.co.uk), hold an annual English Wine Festival and Fun Day in September (on 3rd and 4th), which features winery and vineyard tours, crafts and food stalls, plus entertainment and lots of fun activities for kids. Don’t forget to visit the Shop whilst you’re there too, as they’ll be holding a ‘wine sale’!

‘The Only Way was Gold’ for Essex’s newest vineyard West Street, www.weststreetvineyard.co.uk when they won the prestigious award in the World renowned International Wine Challenge 2017 in May – only six were won throughout the UK. The award celebrates all that’s great about West Street – the vines, the great restaurant serving local produce, and of course as much wine-tasting as you can muster.

The wonderful ‘Essex Way’ http://www.essexway.org.uk/ (footpath from Harwich to Epping or the other way around!), runs through Dedham Vale Vineyard (www.dedhamvalevineyard.com), where you can grab a bicycle and tour the beautiful Essex countryside, before returning to try some of their fabulous wines and cider. There are guided tours and tastings, or just visit and enjoy the surroundings at your leisure. You may choose to have a glass of wine over-looking the glorious lake, or have your next party there – the vineyard caters for weddings too, affording a wonderful backdrop for treasured memories and those fabulous pics. The vineyard will be hosting their Cider and Wine Festival over the weekend 25th – 27th August, where there’ll be wine, cider, beer, food, live music, and camping if you desire!

Talking of beer, Billericay Brewery (www.billericyabrewing.co.uk), a microbrewery and beer shop based in Billericay, produces conditioned, crafted ales that have great taste and character. Selling directly to the public from The Essex Beer Shop, their beers are made from 100% natural ingredients and sold in bottles and casks. Every second and last Sunday at 2 pm, throughout the year, they offer brewery tours and tastings, explaining the brewing process and ingredients used – so you can be sure of going home with a beer that suits your palette. You can even be a ‘Brewer for the Day’ and return 2 -3 weeks afterwards to collect your pint!




Also as a point of interest, Wilkins and Sons of Tiptree, the world-famous preserve makers, now also produce their very special Little Scarlet (strawberry), Raspberry and Sloe Gin – pop it in some Essex sparkling white wine and it will definitely ‘hit the spot’! (www.tiptree.com)

For further information on any of the events and attractions mentioned, please go to: www.visistessex.com

CAFE TRAMP The Jewel of North London

By: Suzana Rabello de Souza

We visited Cafe Tramp Restaurant to talk more with Mr Haldun, and to learn the story of this lovely place.

You came from Cyprus, right? Why did you decide to come to the UK?

I was 21 years old when I first came to the UK. Everybody dreams of clubbing in London; I like clubbing. I came on a coach because back then flights were too expensive. The funny thing is that I, along with some friends, got off the couch directly opposite to where Tramp is now, where the McDonald’s car park is. From there, we walked to Newington Green to ask where the Turkish area was. But even funnier than that, is that a week later, I came to this place, our Tramp building, and rented the second floor flat for £11 a week… and thirty years later, I came to this same place, only now it’s mine.

And the idea of opening a restaurant, where did it come from?

My family likes food and so do I. Everybody’s mum is a good chef, but my mum is a really good chef. We were always housing guests, always discussing what to eat the Cafe Tramp Restaurant is one of the most charming restaurants in Haringey, so FabUK Magazine chose it for our current fall edition cover. Mr Haldun, its founder, designed most of the inside himself. Being a professional carpenter, he knew exactly what to do and how he wanted it done. He has been collecting tiles and wood for over thirty years, room to room, garage to garage! And those are not the only items he collected; as you enter Tramp, you will see that every corner is special.

What about the name, why “Tramp?”

When we lived here thirty years ago, we couldn’t pay the rent, so the landlord kicked us out. We got this van for around £300, and used it to sleep in; we’d park in a different place every night, just like tramps.

How long have you been working in the food business and when did you start?

About one year; we started last year on the 20th of October.

How many days are you open?

We are open six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday.

What is the food speciality?

We started with French food, but we are changing to embrace other European cuisines. We have an excellent Italian chef, Chef Marcelo.

What would you say is Tramp’s best dish?

All of them are nice, but I’d say our fish recipes are the best; our seafood dishes are very popular.

Do you often have live performances at the restaurant?

Since we opened, we’ve done Sunday Jazz, but we are starting to push it more; to have it more often. next day, and here in London, I’ve been to almost all of the restaurants. I love restaurant culture and London is the place for it.

Tramp is a very stylish place. Where do all these things come from?

I bought this place almost ten years ago, and it’s been closed now for about eight years. I said,“C’mon, let’s do a restaurant.” I started to make it into a coffee shop, but then decided on a restaurant. It took me around three years, because I could only work here on weekends and some free days. But the concept came easily, and in three days, and it was done. I collected things throughout the years. I was very lucky, because there is this building on Edgwear Road, called Kings Arm Hotel-an amazing Victorian building from 1885; around fifty-percent of the material used in the restaurant came from there, especially wood. There were many other buildings also, around Finsbury Park, that I collected things from

Cafe Tramp Restaurant is located directly opposite Haringey’s Arena Shopping Park, and if you haven’t visited it yet, put it on your list and do so!

 

 

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DINING AT L’HÔTEL MARRAKECH

Jasper Conran opened his first hotel in the heart of the Medina in Marrakech in Autumn 2016. 

L’Hôtel Marrakech, a historic 19th Century Riad originally the central part of a Caidal palace, comprises five spacious suites surrounding a courtyard garden and swimming pool. This charming retreat combines delicious food, great comfort and service whilst capturing the elegance of hotels of the 1930s.

L’Hôtel Marrakech prides itself on its approach to serving delicious traditional Moroccan home cooking in the manner Italians would describe as ‘cucina della nonna’ (Grandmother’s cooking). The emphasis on dining at L’Hôtel is the use of fresh local produce, attentive service and comfortable relaxed surroundings.

At the centre of the culinary culture of Morocco is the tagine. Those served at L’Hôtel Marrakech are prepared in the traditional way, cooked slowly in earthenware pots, bringing out naturally bright flavours and delicate aromas. This method of slow cooking results in cuisine of great succulence and depth of flavour. Among the many types of tagines prepared at L’Hôtel Marrakech is chicken with prunes and almonds. The chicken is marinated in cumin which imparts warmth and richness. The dish is then gently spiced with ginger and cinnamon. Prunes and almonds are added to create a subtle sweetness that plays against the savoury and slightly bitter golden hued turmeric.

A wonderful array of fresh herbs, aromatics and spices, such as the legendary ‘Ras el Hanout’ blend found in Marrakech, impart their special and unique flavours upon the dishes prepared by our chef Bouchra. Other key ingredients in the kitchen’s larder are preserved lemons, with their unique taste, texture and aroma and locally sourced olives in every flavour, colour and size, cured and treated in many ways with an array of seasonings. An abundance of seasonal well-known local vegetables, sun-drenched tomatoes and lesser known varieties such as cardoons enable the kitchen to create delicious vegetarian dishes. One of the most famous being couscous with ‘Sept Legumes.’ Traditionally, courgettes, potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, turnips, cabbage and onions are used. The couscous is flavoured with fresh coriander, parsley, spiced with turmeric and cinnamon. Finally, an infusion of saffron gently perfumes this classic Moroccan dish which is served with the hot aromatic paste, harissa.

Dining for guests and non-residents*at L’Hôtel Marrakechis a truly memorable experience that celebrates the seductive nature of Moroccan cooking.

*Please note that all non-residents must book at least 24 hours in advance

THE DINING ROOM

L’Hôtel Marrakech’s dining room is open to non-residents as well as guests of the hotel for lunch and dinner. Tables are set with fine Egyptian cotton. Inviting armchairs and banquettes offer comfort and ease as fresh, vibrant salads and slowly cooked tagines are brought to the table, celebrating the finest seasonal ingredients. On warmer evenings, the dining room opens out on to the garden and on cooler nights a fire is lit.

ROOF TERRACE

With breath-taking views of the Atlas Mountains and planted with orange, fig and olive trees, jasmine, bougainvillea, honeysuckle and geraniums the roof terrace is the perfect place for guests of the hotel, and non-residents, to enjoy dinner, lunch or breakfast in the open air. Tables are set with crisp fine Irish linen under an open pergola trained with vines. Along with the famed Moroccan mint tea, other traditional teas can be taken here – sage and the heavily spiced blend, Khodanjal. Iced drinks made from seasonal fruits such as avocado, melon, lemon and peach can also be enjoyed on banquettes under the tranquil shade of the pergola hung with curtains, or amongst the perfumed roses, fig and orange trees which are in an intimate garden overlooking the courtyard.

 

PRIVATE DINING

L’Hôtel Marrakech is a warm and inviting setting for parties, family occasions and intimate weddings. We can accommodate 10 to 16 people seated either on the roof terrace under the vine covered pergola or the dining room which opens out onto the luscious courtyard garden.

THE KITCHEN

L’Hôtel Marrakech offers the best in Moroccan home cooking using fresh, seasonal local produce. Dishes prepared by our chef, Bouchra, capture the subtle aromas and colourful enchantment of Marrakech. Guests can enjoy a vibrant array of salads, fresh vegetables, slow cooked tagines, grilled meat and fish as well as the perfect steak and chips. To complete the meal, there are refreshing home-made sorbets, ice creams and fruits to choose from as well as traditional Moroccan desserts.

ABOUT

Jasper Conran, OBE, is a British designer. Having trained at Parson’s School of Design in New York, Jasper Conran produced his first womenswear collection in 1978 and was a founding member of the London Designer Collections – subsequently renamed London Fashion Week – and was awarded Designer of the Year by the British Fashion Council in 1986. Jasper Conran continues to show his womenswear collection at London Fashion Week.

Jasper Conran has diversified from womenswear into menswear, fragrance, accessories, luggage, collections for the home, interiors and the performing arts. In 2008 Jasper Conran was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his Services to Retail.

Throughout his career, Jasper Conran has pursued his passion for the performing arts. He has created costumes and sets for thirteen ballet, opera and theatre productions. In 1991 Jasper Conran won a Lawrence Olivier Award for Costume Design for Jean Anouilh’s ‘The Rehearsal’.

In 2007 Jasper Conran was appointed trustee of the Wallace collection a position that he held for 8 years. Jasper Conran was appointed the Chairman and Creative Director of The Conran Shop in 2012 where he spent three years conceiving and implementing a strategy to reinvigorate and reposition the business.

Jasper Conran opened his first hotel in 2016, L’Hôtel Marrakech.

Contact details.

+44 (0) 207 384 0800

[email protected]

Jenny Holland

Diciannove Italian Restaurant

There’s not a whole lot of culinary action going on on the north side of Blackfriars Bridge. But Diciannove is about to change that.

Cozily nested inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel right across the street from the City end of Blackfriars Station, Diciannove is a smart and delicious Italian restaurant in an atmosphere that is both elegant and friendly with top notch service.
Diciannove has a great selection of food on it’s menu from ingredients that are sourced from Italy. It’s food that is cooked and served with care, with an Italian offering of some of the best pasta and seafood served in this part of town.
At Diciannove, they are able to serve the pasta dishes as either starter (antipasti) or main dishes (primi & secondi). Their pasta is made in-house and I for one can highly recommend their Tagliatelle with minced beef and pork ragout. I opted to have it as my antipasti dish, and it was some of the best ragout I have ever had. The meat was very generous, and the pasta was excellently cooked, and is rightfully so one of their signature dishes. I can see why. And at £8, it was a great deal. My dining companion had the pea soup, with courgette and shallots and sauteed fresh peas. He said it was delicious, very very good, and at £7.50, worth every penny. Other starters include the good ole reliable calamari (£8), Pan Fried Octopus with new potatoes, capers, rocket and sun blanched tomatoes (a steal at £11), cheese and asparagus salad (£9.50) or Ravioli with fresh ricotta, buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes and basil (£12), plus many many others.

I was told by the manager to have the Chargrilled Swordfish (£23), which I did. It was generously-sliced and cooked medium well and served with rocket and cherry tomato salad. I am usually not a fan of swordfish but it was very good, but on circumspect, I should’ve stuck to the Tagliatelle as my main course as it would’ve been a bigger portion than the starter I had. My friend had the very good Panfried Lemon Sole. It was very light and succulent (in a pecorino cream sauce) and was served with excellent green beans. The Sole, at £28, while not cheap, is of a high quality and is very good. There’s so much more on the menu that I would’ve liked to have tried, including the Panfried Pork Chop with red peppers, broad beans pureé and pork sauce (£20), Conchiglie pasta with lamb polpettine and tropea onions (£16) or the 10oz Grilled Sirloin Steak with roasted potatoes, slow cooked shallots, tomatoes confit with veal jus (£28.50). It all looked so yummy.
We added contorni (sides) with our main courses. The Butter Spinach was wonderful, as were the roasted potatoes, which were served cubed, just the way I like them. Other sides included a mix salad, green beans, or wild rocket cherry tomatoes parmesan. All a snip at £4 each.
I had the most interesting dessert at Diciannove. It was the Millefoglie di Frutti di Bosco Misti. A wonderful mix of a small puff pastry with mixed berries, mascarpone and raspberries and strawberries lightly sprinkled with sugar and berry sauce – a most yumsome dish and highly recommended – very unique dish. My friend enjoyed his Gelato which consisted of vanilla, hazelnut, and chocolate with amarena cherries on the side. He said it was delicious. Top it off wth tea, coffee or the excellent macchiato!

As for wine, of course Diciannove does good wine, it’s Italian for goodness sake. We had the most incredible Trebbiano Chardonnay Ribicone, a light tasting white wine that wasn’t too strong – it was subtle and went very well with our dishes. And it was recommended by the staff, they knew we would love it, and we did. Diciannove also does an excellent selection of other whites, reds, and rose wines….but it’s best for the staff to recommend, they know their stuff!
We had a very enjoyable meal in a restaurant that was not that busy on a Saturday night. The tables are spacious enough apart to comfortably and quietly enjoy a business or romantic meal, and if you want even more privacy, Diciannove has a private room in the back that sits around 50. The seats in the restaurant are comfortable, there is a nice long bar that’s perfectly in place in the restaurant, and we were given first class service by Chiara, who excelled in taking care of us.
Diciannove delivers authentic Italian cuisine for those on a business account or not. And to get you more enticed to go there, on Mondays all the food is 50%. This offer is good until August 28th. So I urge you to take advantage of it, it’s an excellent deal. 
 
 
Diciannove Italian Restaurant
19 New Bridge Street,
London, EC4V 6DB, UK
T: 0207 438 8052
E: [email protected]

Monday – Friday:
12:00 – 14:30 / 18:00 – 22:30
Saturday:
18:00 – 22.30
Sunday:
Closed

Nearest mainline stations:
Blackfriars and City Thameslink

Nearest tube stations:
Blackfriars (District & Circle lines)
St Paul’s (Central Line)
 
Photos from Samphire Communications
Review by Tim Baros
 

 

Jasper Conran Introduces Dining for Non-Residents at L’Hôtel Marrakech

The dining room and roof terrace are now available for non-residents of the hotel to book for lunch and dinner.

L’Hôtel Marrakech prides itself on its approach to serving delicious traditional Moroccan home cooking in the manner Italians would describe as ‘cucina della nonna’ (Grandmother’s cooking). The emphasis on dining at L’Hôtel is the use of fresh local produce, attentive service and comfortable relaxed surroundings.

Tables in the dining room are set with fine Egyptian cotton. Inviting armchairs and banquettes offer comfort and ease as fresh, vibrant salads and slowly cooked tagines are brought to the table, celebrating the finest seasonal ingredients.



With breath-taking views of the Atlas Mountains and planted with orange, fig and olive trees, jasmine, bougainvillea, honeysuckle and geraniums the roof terrace is the perfect place to dine in the open air.

 

Chai & Cake and Jewellery

By: Cem Kaplan

Photographer: Karlton Chambers

I saw two quintessential Indian pastimes, chai & cake unite in celebration for the UK Indian year of culture. Amrapali’s London boutique provided the setting, highly renowned baker Fiona Cairns welcomed guests with mouth-watering homemade cakes and dulcet tones of the traditional sitar and tabla instruments provided an authentic ambience.

Amrapali’s new high jewelry collection was showcased amongst the delicious creations of Fiona Cairns, who is recognized for producing cakes for the British royal family.

 

Tarang Arora, a Fiona Cairns Cem Kaplan, Warren Menezes, Georgina Haszlakiewicz, Sue Commins, Tara Patel

 

Thai Square Restaurant

Thai Square restaurant is an oasis in the heart of central London. Away from the hustle and bustle and crowds and pollution, stepping into Thai Square is akin to stepping into a whole different world, a world that is calm and tranquil and where one can find excellent food.

Noodles Pad Thai
Once inside, you are courteously welcomed and immediately shown to your table, and that is when the magic and adventure begin. And it begins with the very large and generous menu and it’s very difficult to deciding what to order. So many pages and pages of choice, from the starters page to the salads and soups, from the house special menu to the stir fried and curry and grilled dishes. And then there are the seafood and noodle dishes and the accompaniments and, of course, a vegetarian menu and the set menu- whew! It all sounds and looks so very good.
We wanted to experience traditional Thai food during our visit, so we started out with typical Thai drinks. I had the Mai Tai – and it was very very refreshing for what was a very warm day in London. It was a proper Thai cocktail – reddish orange and fruity, with the rum not overwhelming at all, with crushed ice and served with a strawberry, mint and berries. It hit the spot. My dining companion had the Pina Colada. It was coconut milky white, and also served with a strawberry, mint and berry. It was missing a slice of the typical pineapple but nonetheless it was good. Both drinks were served in a long tall glass and were £9.95 each, worth every penny. So Thai Square was 2 for 2.
The starters upped the game quite a bit. The seven piece Salt and Pepper Squid (Thai style calamari) was superb. It was uniquely twisted squid battered and crunchy and cooked to perfection. While it was served with no sauce, a slice of lemon gave it the kick it needed to go into high gear, served on a bed of lettuce with bits of chilli (£7.95). The Prawn Dim Sums (£7.75), four of them, didn’t taste fishy and was a fabulous texture, and the sweet soya sauce nicely complemented the dish. Two excellent starters. 4 for 4.
As mentioned, it was very hard to decide on a main course but the Bangkok Lamb sounded traditionally Thai, so that was what I ordered. Four generous lamb cutlets together with a unique papaya salad and sticky rice. The lamb was perfectly cooked, and the color and texture was very good – nice and meaty and all beautifully served on two green leaves. It was a generous portion, great tasting and an excellent value at £16.95. My dining companion had the Beef Stir Fried with Cashew Nuts. It was surprisingly spicy (though categorized as one chilli on the menu), with a mix of beef and peppers, spring onions and carrots, and it was everything you could want, and more, and was at the right price of £12.50. At this point Thai Square was 6 for 6.
Fulham Broadway Cocktail
We definitely had a bit of room for dessert and Thai Square didn’t disappoint at all! The Coco Sundae is a popular Thai dessert with coconut ice cream with papaya, pineapple jam, Thai palm seeds, cashew nuts and sticky rice pudding – and it was divine. But even more heavenly was the Mango Crepe with Ice Cream. Mango sauce poured criss-cross style over a large crepe stuffed with mango, and served with vanilla ice cream. What a dish – we both fought over it! Highly recommended! Both desserts are serious bargains at only £6.95 each. I felt that it was almost impossible for Thai Square to top itself, but it did with these desserts. 8 out of 8.
 
The service at Thai Square is superb. The wait staff are very attentive without being obtrusive. You’ll want for nothing. They seem to appear at your table when your mind is thinking about something you need. It’s uncanny. The Trafalgar Square branch that we visited was decorated in Thai-inspired surroundings, with white tablecloths – it’s luxorious without being very expensive. The layout of the tables are perfect, not too close to each other so that you can hear the table next to you talking about their visit to the National Gallery or Brexit, and it’s comforting to see the chef walking around to make sure everyone is happy with their food. I’ve yet to visit their other London locations (Covent Garden, Fulham, Islington, Mansion House, Minories, Putney Bridge, Richmond, South Kensington and The Strand), but I’m sure they are of a high standard as well. I can’t recommend Thai Square enough. With all the food and drinks we had the total bill was only under £100. Excellent value for an excellent experience.
 
Head Chef Nang
Thai Square offers a selection of more than 1,000 dishes in their award winning restaurants, and I can’t wait to go back. Exceptional food at exceptional prices. Thai Square rates 10 out of 10 – sheer perfection. 
 

For locations in and around London, please go to their website:

https://thaisq.com

Opening times vary from location to location, so it’s best to check the website for the location you want to visit for all the details.

Photos from Samphire Communications
Review by Tim Baros