26.07.2013

FOODIE FRIDAY XXVI


August is nearly upon us, and we’ve noticed that despite the heat, London has been bustling with a whole host of exciting activities including festivals, celebrations and cultural offerings galore with little sign of slowing down. Here’s just a few of them:

The Indian Film Festival

This week saw the London Indian Film Festival grace the city for another year, showcasing the best Indian independent films of 2013. It was particularly special this year, as it commemorated 100 years of Indian cinema. The screenings, which took place all over London, might be finished, but we thought we’d give it one last shout by putting together a few of our favourite Indian restaurants in London.


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Benares 12a Berkeley Square HouseBerkeley Square, MayfairLondonW1J 6BS

Benares tops the list as one of the world’s most prestigious Indian restaurants. With this year seeing their 10th anniversary, it’s never been a better time to visit Benares, the celebratory menu is revisiting some of Atul’s best dishes from the past decade. The Tandoori Ratan dish is a firm favourite at Sauce HQ.

 

The Cinnamon Club The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BU

Standing grandly within a Grade II listed building, The Cinnamon Club manages to echo style and sophistication whilst serving both traditional and innovative Indian dishes.

TIP: Remember to take one of The Cinnamon Club’s delicious cocktails down to the DJ basement after dinner.

Dishoom 12 Upper St Martin’s Lane, London WC2H 9FB

Dishoom, another of the most popular Indian restaurants in London, aims to pay homage to old Bombay through the décor and plentiful menu. We love the relaxed, bustling atmosphere and the enormous serving dishes designed for sharing.

Lahore Kebab House 2-10 Umberston St, London E1 1PY

Lahore Kebab House looks like a larger, every day kebab house with bright lights and a basic set up. However, the chefs from the open kitchen serve up incredible and authentic Pakistani cuisine that is raved about all over London. Be warned though, this is one for the heat lovers.

Masala  88 Brick Lane, City of London, E1 6RL

Brick Lane, fondly dubbed ‘Banglatown,’ is known as home to the ‘cheap and cheerful’ curry selection in London, with what seems like an endless stretch of Indian restaurants with promoters outside trying to usher you into their own. Masala in our opinion is by far the best of the lot. The Tandoori selection is delicious, and has earned the restaurant a loyal following.

Open East Festival

Hooray, it’s the one year anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic Games. It seems like only yesterday that we were sitting on the edge of our seats watching Team GB absolutely ace it, so we’re glad it’s time to celebrate the success all over again. This weekend at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, The Open East Festival is putting on a boat load of events including live international music, theatre productions, a Travelling Art Circus, an Art Car Boot Fair and a life-sized Stonehenge bouncy castle. Of course, the celebrations would be incomplete without a bit of foodie action, so the event will include a Ten Mile Beer Festival (where you can grab a beer sourced from within ten miles of the park) and the delicious Real Food Festival, which shows off some of the best food in East London, including restaurants, producers, chefs and street vendors. We love the idea of the ‘create your own barbecue’ too, where you can either bring your own food or buy it there and watch it sizzle away.

The London Sumo Run

Yep, you read it correctly – this Sunday is the London Sumo Run, where hundreds of people dressed in inflatable sumo suits will be completing a 5km course round Battersea Park for charity.

Thinking about all those braving the heat in the name of charity and fitness got us thinking about how hard it is to stay healthy over the summer months, what with all the barbecues and ice creams, and the unwillingness to move too quickly. We feel at risk of looking like a real life sumo wrestler. However, help is at hand in the form of this deceivingly healthy burger recipe

Ingredients:

For the burger

  • 1 pack of lean steak mince
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 fresh chilli, chopped
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • salt and pepper

For the caramelised red onion

  • 3 red onions, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 4 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of honey

For the Super ‘Slaw

  • 1/2 white cabbage, finely chopped
  • 1/2 red cabbage, finely chopped
  • handful of coriander leaves
  • handful of pumpkin seeds
  • 2 large yellow peppers, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 250ml natural yoghurt
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • splash of olive oil
  • salt and pepper
For the rest
  • Whole wheat burger buns
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Sliced tomatoes

Method:

1. Combine the burger ingredients in a mixing bowl, and divide into roughly 8 equal pieces. Roll the pieces into balls and place them, evenly spaced, onto a baking tray. Squash into burgers and grill for 15 minutes.

2. Fry the red onion with the olive oil for 15 minutes. Add the balsamic, honey and salt and pepper, and simmer for another 15 minutes until they are sticky and sweet.

3. Combine the Super ‘Slaw ingredients in a mixing bowl.

4. Lightly toast the whole wheat burger buns, and make up the burgers, with a generous dollop of Super ‘Slaw and caramelised onions.