Candy Rae Food and Drink

NORDIC FOOD AND WINE EVENTS AT ASTER

aster restaurant and bar
Seafood lovers and rosé appreciators rejoice,

This summer, Aster will introduce crayfish and Provencal rosé pairings designed to draw upon cultural background. Executive Chef, Helena Puolakka, has created a number of Nordic-inspired crayfish dishes using classic French techniques, to be featured in a series of one-off crayfish and rosé pairing brunches, feasting dinners and masterclasses.

Hailing from the south-west coast of Finland where crayfish is traditionally harvested in August, Helena wanted to bring the summertime Finnish crayfish tradition to London. The mild white shellfish complements the delicate white fruit aromas of the rosé perfectly, which will be perfect for sunny days spent on Aster’s terrace or inside the chic restaurant.

A number of pairing events will be available, including crayfish masterclasses where guests will learn how to prepare, season and cook crayfish, finishing in a tasting paired with rosé, and brunches every Saturday, with specially curated crayfish dishes, a bottomless rosé option and a guest DJ.

On 31st August, Aster will further hone in on Nordic heritage by putting on a kräftpremiär (otherwise known as a crayfish feasting dinner). Traditionally held during August due to crayfish harvesting in Sweden being legally limited to late summer,  a plethora of dill-infused crayfish dishes are enjoyed alfresco under the light of paper lanterns, with paper hats and bibs on hand.

Aster will host their banquet on the terrace – diners will be served a dozen Wiltshire crayfish with dill and sourdough, and copious glasses of Cote de Provence Rosé, followed by either creamed girolles, crispy pancetta and poached hen egg on brioche; hot smoked arctic char, pickled cucumber, with lace potato and prawn velouté or rump of lamb with provençale vegetables and lemon thyme jus. To finish, dessert will be on offer in the form of blueberry crème fraiche tart; Nordic mess or Aster’s signature dessert, The Marshall: rhubarb sorbet, Aquavit.

A truly Nordic culinary experience awaits.

aster restaurant and bar

Address
150 Victoria Street
Westminster
London
SW1E 5LB

Pricing
Traditional Crayfish Banquet – 31st August – £52
Brunch every Saturday – 2 courses £21, 3 courses £26 and unlimited rosé £15

Love, Ms.Raé xo

FIZ – LONDON’S FIRST SPARKLING WINE BAR


This summer, Fiz – London’s first sparkling wine bar will open in the heart of Soho. The aptly-named bar is the brainchild of three friends: Barnaby Lewis, Max Bigland and Jordan Nadian who all share the same love for the vibrant and sociable food and drink scene found in the backstreet cava bars of Barcelona.

Running a ten-week residency on Brewer Street at the oh-so eclectic neon art gallery Lights of Soho, the creative trio are on a mission to change the way we drink bubbles. Stripping everything back, Fiz will stand out as a continental eating and drinking experience based on the idea of pricing that allows guests to sample more than one bottle, and share multiple items of food.

With Londoners’ preferred style of bubble (none other than prosecco of course) in mind, Fiz will champion the sparkling category as a whole. Working in collaboration with wine merchant The Knotted Vine, the team have shortlisted a no-fuss menu of 8-10 bottles. In addition to familiar Spanish cavas and Italian proseccos, Fiz will also showcase award-winning English sparklings, up-and-coming Austrian Sekts, Portuguese semi-sparkling vinho verde, and sparkling reds too.

The Fiz mantra is based on fun and inclusivity. Over the course of the summer residency, high-quality, affordable wines will be promoted. As true ‘enthusiasts of the bubble’, the bar will also offer a range of refreshing summer spritzers, ciders and craft beers.

In keeping with Fiz’s informal eating and drinking philosophy, both food and drink will be served over the bar. Head Chef Max Bigland has crafted a menu that draws on some of the best British ingredients. Whilst former environmental and supply chain consultant Jordan Nadian brings a passion for sustainability that will be instilled in Fiz with a no-waste ethos and commitment to local, seasonal ingredients.

Cheeses from Cheeses of Muswell Hill, meat and charcuterie from Peckham-based Butcher’s Block, organic bread from the Celtic Bakers, and smoked trout from Chalk Stream Foods in Hampshire feature prominently on the menu. The extremely pocket-friendly menu consists of all day plates and brunch dishes from £2.50-£8.50 (£22 for bottomless brunch). Accompanied by glasses of fizz from £4.50 – £10, and bottles at £22-£50.

Every weekend Fiz will host bottomless sparkling brunches with unlimited bubbles on offer for £22 per person featuring an array of breakfast plates to share including poached egg muffins, buttermilk pancakes, and avocado yogurt pots, paired with specially selected house fizz.

Open on 20th June through to Late August.

Summer, sorted.

fiz sparkling wine pop-up bar soho london

fiz sparkling wine pop-up bar soho london

fiz sparkling wine pop-up bar soho london

fiz sparkling wine pop-up bar soho london

fiz sparkling wine pop-up bar soho london

fiz sparkling wine pop-up bar soho london

Address
35 Brewer Street
Soho
London
W1F 0RX

Opening Hours
Monday: 6pm-11:30pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 10am-11:30pm
Friday-Saturday: 10am-12am
Sunday: 12pm-4pm

Love, Ms.Raé xo

THE WORLD’S FIRST HOT AIR BALLOON BAR

mr fogg's
This summer, the conceptually-fabulous Mr Fogg will launch the World’s First Hot Air Balloon Bar.

Having successfully conquered dry land with undoubtedly off-the-wall drinking dens in Mayfair and Covent Garden, Phileas Fogg is keen to keep his norm-defying mantra alive with a drinking experience like no other.

Inspired by Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days, guests will be able to soar high in the sky and circumnavigate London whilst enjoying world-class cocktails and excellent sky-high service. The first flight will take off on 5th June in a field near Mr.Fogg’s home in London. Mr Fogg’s staff will be on hand to serve Hendrick’s glasses of fun. Mr Fogg and Hendrick’s have also created an exclusive cocktail for the occasion, aptly named ‘Mr Fogg’s Peculiar Flying Machine’ which will be available on board and at Mr Fogg’s Residence.

The flying bar will be steered by a qualified pilot, and a dedicated bartender will be hand to mix drinks for guests at high altitude. Phileas himself will also pay regular visits to the balloon bar to meet and greet guests every so often. The Hot Air Balloon Bar will only be the start for Phileas Fogg. With a number of Fogg’s airbound ventures planned, we can expect to see a range of beverage-inspired delights including a pop-up featuring a unique sky table suspended 25 metres in the air at London in the Sky 2017.

Up, up and away!

Address
Mr Fogg’s Residence
15 Bruton Lane
London
W1J 6JD

Mr Fogg’s Residence Opening Times
Monday – Wednesday: Precisely 5.01pm – 01.01am
Thursday: Precisely 4.01pm – 01.01am
Friday: Precisely 4.01pm – 2.01am
Saturday: Precisely 2.01pm – 2.01am
Sunday: Precisely 3.01pm – 12:01am

Love, Ms.Raé xo

LITTLE BIRD LAUNCHES IN BATTERSEA

Little Bird Battersea

This month, the Battersea neighbourhood welcomes Little Bird – an eclectic cocktail lounge and restaurant introduced by acclaimed restaurateur and interior designer Lorraine Angliss.

With a sister branch in Chiswick, the South West London venue will continue in the spirit of Lorraine Angliss’ take on ‘stylish fun’. Little Bird, Battersea is set to ‘put the spice in summer’ with a variety of colourful and creative cocktails paired with innovative Asian come Mediterranean cuisine.

Little Bird, Battersea provides a laidback atmosphere with the offset of vibrant décor. The bar’s design features a range of striking prints, hanging foliage and large palm trees, with hand-painted wallpaper depicting birds of paradise alongside a number of mirrors and original artwork.

The front terrace creates a charming oasis right in the heart of bustling Battersea, with an array of lush plants. Whilst the open-air courtyard is set to become the perfect urban garden retreat for catching a few rays during the day or for a chilled session on a long summer’s evening. Just dreamy.

The locally sourced Asian-fusion menu prepared by Head Chef, Ricardo Villar, serves small plates and bowls of delectable Asian tapas, and several mains featuring far eastern tastes. Each dish promises to burst with great flavours, and set tastebuds alight.

The drinks offering is just as eclectic as the food menu and the venue itself with a cocktail menu that has been expertly created by one of the world’s most renowned mixologists, Benji Purslow. Drinks aficionado, Benji has combined an array of fresh herbs, spices and tropical botanicals to produce a well-balanced menu full of surprises.

For reservations, call 0207 324 7714 or head to the Little Bird website.

Summer, do hurry.

little bird battersea

little bird battersea

little bird battersea

little bird battersea


Address

1 Battersea Rise
London
SW11 1HG

Opening Hours
Monday – Friday: From 5pm
Saturday and Sunday: From 12pm

Love, Ms.Raé xo

BUNGA BUNGA AND NUTBOURNE LAUNCH EXCLUSIVE PIZZA

bunga bunga battersea

Yesterday, ‘The Nutty Italian’ aka ‘the pizza to rival all pizzas’ emerged from the stone ovens of Bunga Bunga, Battersea. I had the pleasure of sampling the new Bunga Bunga x Nutbourne creation, and it was nothing short of wonderful.

The concept comes from a great partnership between unrivalled chef talent from two of London’s top restaurants – Bunga Bunga, and Nutbourne. Bunga Bunga’s very own quirky kitchen team has officially added The Nutty Italian to its fantastic pizza menu (their pizzas are huge, both in size and taste).

As Nutbourne brings a taste of the countryside to the city, Bunga Bunga, delivers unrivalled Italian fare with generous (affordable) portion sizes and fun entertainment. The two kitchen teams have collaborated exclusively for the first time to create the ultimate cross-border crust.

At just £12, The Nutty Italian features a classic Italian stone-baked dough, with local English ingredients from Nutbourne’s very own chef team. The combination of ingredients include: red grouse, homemade mushroom marmite, Chanterelle mushrooms, Applewood cheddar, caramelised onions, garlic, and thyme. Red grouse? I hear you ask. I wondered the same thing, and was honestly surprised. A red grouse topping isn’t something I’d usually choose but change is here. The woody and smoky taste of the red grouse married with the zingy Applewood cheddar works a treat.

Combining Gladwin’s (the team behind Nutbourne) passion for serving Londoners the very best in seasonal, sustainable British produce with Bunga Bunga’s famous quirky Italian pizzeria atmosphere, has made The Nutty Italian recipe one for well-deserved success. The Nutty Italian will be on offer until Spring at Bunga Bunga, Battersea.

With noteworthy pizza, an extensive drinks menu including very Italian Prosecco, and Peroni, immersive live entertainment, and a real buzzy yet laidback atmosphere – it’s a dining experience like no other.

You won’t be disappointed.

For reservations, call 020 7095 0360 or book online.

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bunga bunga battersea

bunga bunga battersea

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Address
Bunga Bunga Battersea
37 Battersea Bridge Road
Battersea
London
SW11 3BA

Opening Hours
Monday-Thursday: 6pm-2am
Friday: 6pm-2am
Saturday: 11:30am-2am
Sunday: 12pm-8pm

Average Price per Head
£30 and under

Love, Ms.Raé xo

CHRISTMAS AT THE FROG E1

the frog e1

The Frog E1 will be pushing festive boundaries this upcoming holiday season with a sparkling winter terrace, dedicated hot cocktail list, and delectable feasting menus.

Launching on 29th November 2016, the newly refurbished terrace will be transformed and decked out with Christmas decorations. This will be the perfect East London spot for hot cocktails including a Chocolate Martini, and mulled wine – served the proper way.

Experience The Frog E1’s ‘lightly theatrical touch’ with a range of merriment-inducing food and drink. For £40 per person, guests can choose from a range of starters such as Salmon, Peas, Sweet & Sour Wasabi, or Ham Hock, Pineapple, Parmesan, followed by traditional Turkey & All The Trimmings, a warm Christmas Pudding, and more. If you’d rather sample a variety of festive-inspired small plates, opt for the seasonal tasting menu at £45 per person. The tasting menu can also be paired with drinks for an extra £25-£35.

Exclusive Christmas hampers priced at £75 will also be available for purchase. Composed by Adam himself, the hampers will feature a signed copy of Adam’s first cookbook – ‘Smile Or Get Out Of The Kitchen’, a bottle of his artisanal olive oil ‘Olivia’, and a bottle of his very-own gin ‘The Frog Gin’.

Christmas and New Year bookings can be made online. Each Christmas booking will include a glass of Prosecco on arrival, and group bookings of six or more will receive a bottle of Prosecco to get the celebrations started.

To extend the party season, The Frog E1 will offer a complimentary bottle of wine or Prosecco for every January 2017 booking made throughout December (for parties of two or more).

Let the festivities commence!

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Address
The Frog E1
Ely’s Yard
Old Truman Brewery
2 Hanbury Street
London
E1 6QR

Opening Hours
Dinner
Tuesday-Saturday – 5:30pm-10pm

Lunch
Tuesday-Saturday – 12-3pm

Note: The Frog E1 will be closed from 23rd December 2016  to 5th January 2017.  

Average Price per Head
£40-£80

Love, Ms.Raé xo

RESTAURANT OPENING: NUTBOURNE

Nutbourne restaurant
Fellow foodies, there’s a new restaurant in town – Battersea, London to be precise.

The team behind the acclaimed restaurants, The Shed, and Rabbit have opened a new restaurant called Nutbourne, in the heart of Battersea. The talented culinary trio (who happen to be brothers) Richard, Oliver, and Gregory Gladwin are set to change the food scene, south of the river, with their warm home-from-home concept.

Nutbourne is an all-day brasserie and grill serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Aimed at the local community, the idea is to enjoy all the spoils of the English countryside without actually stepping foot outside of the city.

Situated in the historic restaurant site of Ransome’s Dock, Nutbourne takes its name from the Gladwins’ family farm and vineyard in West Sussex, well-known for its award-winning English wine. Nutbourne is supplied with produce from the farm that the brothers grew up on and that Gregory now runs, supplemented by seasonal, sustainable produce from local suppliers or foraged in the wild. The 65-cover restaurant offers guests a true taste of rural life with fresh all-British ingredients with a ‘what grows together, goes together’ theme used throughout.

The diverse menu features a range of breakfast and brunch favourites, trending salads, farm classics, signature meat-free small plates, and BBQ grills including Sussex beef fillet truffles duxelles, Pan-roasted hake with romesco and leek hearts, and Sharphem brie washed in apple cider brandy. Followed by an unmissable dessert menu, featuring The Shed magnum parfait, with salted caramel and chocolate, and lovage and whey ice cream with golden grapes and basil.

Well-rounded juice, smoothie, wine and cocktail lists are of equal brilliance with Green Detox juice, Mimosas, and Gladwins’ Nutty sparkling wine in tow. The wine offering enlists the best of breed handpicked from the Nutbourne cellar, and from the vineyard itself.

Nutbourne boasts a fantastic dining experience with nice twists including their tartar trolley where guests can personalise the exact quantities and level of onions, capers and seasoning they would like. Guests can also request cooked-to-order Nutbourne sourced and matured meat. Farm classics such as Grouse with Rowan berry Jelly, cheddar crumb and wood sorrel are served on hot salt rocks, brought to the table and cooked there and then.

The restaurant is set in an idyllic waterside location with an open kitchen, seating that overlooks over the water, and a 40-cover outside space complete with tree palms, festoon lighting, water troughs, a vine from the vineyard on the grounds itself, lush foliage and lily pads.

Dreamy, just dreamy.

For reservations, call 020 7350 0555 or email info@nutbourne-restaurant.com. Nutbourne also holds tables back for walk-ins who are in the area.

Nutbourne restaurant

Nutbourne restaurant

Nutbourne restaurant

Address
29 Ransome’s Dock
35-37 Parkgate Road
Battersea
London
SW11 4NP

Opening Hours
Tuesday-Thursday: 8am-11pm
Friday-Saturday: 8am-12am
Sunday: 11am-8pm

Average Price per Head
£25 and under


Love, Ms.Raé xo