MEET, DINE AND PARTY AT SAGARDI

While our fellow Londoners soaked up the Bank Holiday sun, along with copious amounts of Pimms, we were on a work mission to scope out exciting new venues for our clients. Fine work indeed! Especially as we got to sample the Sagardi experience for ourselves. We were welcomed with a cool glass of natural cider before we got stuck into some serious research.

Sagardi Basque Country Chefs

Sagardi Basque Country Chefs brings the much loved seasonal freshness and charcoal grill cuisine of the Basque region to the trendy heart of Shoreditch. This handsome, laid back space marries rich wooden tables with tall glass displays, showcasing prime aged beef and some of the finest wines we’ve tasted (more on that shortly). A cute Pincho bar sits at the front of house, offering a great spot for a quick bite. The huge charcoal grill room takes centre stage and the aroma of flame grilled steaks made us salivate. We took a tour of the venue and were inspired by its versatility. The spacious restaurant has capacity for groups of all sizes. At basement level they boast a huge private space which can be partitioned for more intimate events. The projector and boardroom style tables are fit for meetings and banquets alike. Our host explained that some guests start with a morning meeting and stay on well into the evening. After tasting their hospitality, we’re not surprised.

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We were treated to a tour of gastronomic excellence, delicious courses cooked by expert chef Josef and harmoniously paired with amazing wines selected by our skilled and attentive host. The Txistorra sausage was delightful, as was the fresh mackerel paired with an exquisite Terra De Godos white. The red Tuna tartare was presented as the best in London and having tasted it, we’re inclined to agree. Crowned with Ibarra peppers and matched with a fabulous Pagos De Araiz Rose, we were in heaven.

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We’ve tried the white asparagus and artichokes grilled with ham, each savoury mouthful more satisfying than the last. As we enjoyed these dishes, we got to watch the showpiece of the meal being prepared above the lapping flames of the grill. Sagardi choose prime beef from 6 year old cattle, ageing each cut for different periods (5 weeks in our case). Salted, seared and sliced from the bone, this stunningly delicious steak will be remembered for many meals to come. After a selection of artisan cheeses and a traditional warm strawberry dessert for a sweet finish, we were more that satisfied, yet already planning the next visit. This was a truly wonderful dining experience.

Sagardi London

Sagardi Basque Country Chefs is one of the many wonderful venues Flavour Venue Search is proud to work with. If you’re planning an office party, corporate dinner or a feast with friends, get in touch with us and we’ll find the best venue for your event.

THE HOTTEST ROOFTOP VENUES IN LONDON

In the wake of some gloriously sunny days, we’re starting to believe we may get a Summer after all! London in the sun is a sight to behold. Droves of thirsty office workers flock to bask in the sunshine while sipping their hard earned after work drinks. Bars with outdoor space become packed with shiny happy people holding pints. Where better to soak up the sun (and booze) than at a rooftop bar? Flavour Venue Search presents our favourite rooftop venues in London:

AVIARY

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A firm favourite of ours. This stylish bar and restaurant offers the best views over the square mile, allowing guests to celebrate the sunshine while gazing at some of London’s most iconic buildings. A popular spot for office drinks, birthday parties and celebrations. Aviary combines tasteful décor with gorgeous vistas and a buzzy ambiance. A truly impressive rooftop spot.

http://aviarylondon.com

THE ROOFTOP ST. JAMES

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The centrally located Trafalgar St James Hotel boasts one of the coolest rooftop spaces in London. Come here to sip alfresco cocktails while gazing at the London Eye and Nelson’s Column. As night draws in, guests can snuggle under heaters and blankets to witness the awe-inspiring sunset. Want to impress your guests? Book a private party at ROOM, an enclosed glass space offering private dining with a view for up to 14 guests. Sensational!

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BIRD OF SMITHFIELD

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Nestled in the heart of Smithfield, this handsome 5 storey Georgian townhouse’s roof terrace overlooks the historic Smithfield Market. When the sun shines, this lively rooftop bar becomes a must visit for trendy urbanites and local workers seeking refreshment. If you’re looking to book a party, the roof terrace at Bird of Smithfield is available for private hire during the daytime and on Mondays and Saturdays. The perfect spot for an office summer party or a special celebration.

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http://birdofsmithfield.com

SUSHISAMBA

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Those with a head of heights should make a beeline for Sushisamba. Located on the 38th & 39th floor at 110 Bishopsgate, this plush venue offers 360-degree views over London, plus exquisite Pan Asian dishes and exotic beverages. For those seeking that WOW factor, they present an outdoor terrace available for seated or standing events. For a corporate party like no other, look to hire Europe’s highest outdoor dining terrace. The sky’s the limit!

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RUMPUS ROOM

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Head to the South Bank to check out this bright and verdant riverside rooftop bar. Rumpus Room at the Mondrian hotel features tasty bites, British-American themed cocktails and live music on Wednesdays. Soak up the vibe from their plush sofas or head outside for sunshine and summertime views over the Thames. Available to hire for private receptions and parties of up to 300 guests, this rooftop playground encapsulates all the glamour of modern London. Riverside revelry awaits!

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DINNER WITH A VIEW AT DIM T

With 2018 being a chilly one so far, we’ve spent more time moaning about winter than Ned Stark. However, Friday brought some sunshine and a temperature somewhere in the mid teens, so like many Londoners; we opted for a few drinks and a gentle stroll along the Thames to usher in the weekend. Several glasses (or maybe bottles) of Picpoul later, we were close to City Hall and craving some deliciousness.

We’ve wanted to visit the flagship branch of dim t for a while. Being no strangers to their menu, we were confident our appetites would be appeased by their well cooked assortment of Pan-Asian favourites. However, this branch has an additional lure, namely the breathtaking view of the majestic Tower Bridge. A few kind words in the ear of the hostess and we were seated at a fine window seat on the upper floor, the perfect place to watch the rays of the setting sun gently caressing one of London’s most iconic landmarks. There was the option of an alfresco table but we’ll save that until actual summer.

dim t Tower Bridge London

The stylish restaurant was buzzing on a Friday night and the scrumptious courses being enjoyed by fellow diners inspired our menu choices. We first opted for a shared feasting platter to playfully battle over. This consisted of vegetable spring rolls, chicken satay, five spiced squid, edamame, prawn toast and a selection of dipping sauces. We saw this lovely feast off in record time, ordering some prawn, peanut and coriander dim sum into the mix. These delicate parcels finely chopped freshness came in a bamboo steamer and barely touched the sides.

We were craving some authentic Asian favourites, so out came a generous bowl of Nasi Goreng: Juicy tiger prawns and chicken, stirred with a selection of fresh vegetables, all bathed in wok fried rice and a spicy Malaysian sauce. This was a true hit. The crispy sea bass came recommended by our waiter and certainly didn’t disappoint. Succulent strips of fish delicately battered and served on a bed of flavoursome garlic and chilli beans. They were light, expertly cooked and laced with eastern flavours. Our accompanying side of stir fried egg noodles left us with bellies the size of HMS Belfast. So much so, that we just about managed to share a scrumptious toffee peanut sundae. We’ll certainly be making another trip to dim t London Bridge this year, maybe for an extended lunch in the sun. Roll on summer!

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dim t 
More London Place, 2, Tooley St, London SE1 2DB
https://dimt.co.uk/ 

 

P.F. CHANG’S ASIAN TABLE IS PRETTY IN PINK

With spring in full swing (ignoring the London rain), we were invited to The Bloom Room at P.F Chang’s Asian Table to experience their tribute to Hanami, the Japanese tradition of welcoming spring and celebrating the beautiful cherry blossom. Nothing says celebration like dessert and cocktails, so we couldn’t wait to sample their lovely themed offerings.

PF Chang's Asian Table London

Descending to the downstairs bar felt like a springtime in Kyoto. The banisters are lined with pretty Sakura blossoms, as are the walls, floors and most of the fixtures. They’ve gone all out in creating a floral atmosphere and paired it with some specially crafted treats. Once seated, our waiter bought us two delightful Sakura Dream cocktails. Vanilla vodka blended with grapefruit and guava juice, muddled with lemongrass and orgeat syrup. We also got to try the mocktail version Sakura dream, served in a tall glass and over ice. They were great for soothing our fiery lips ignited by the heat of the Dynamite shrimp starter.

Desserts were wonderfully blossom-tastic too. The Cherry Blossom Cheesecake was super light, creamy with hints of citrus, rose and blossom. Pink on top and served with a fruity puree, it was lovely. As was the Pink Paradise, an extra-large macaroon served with fresh raspberries and a matcha ganache. It’s served with a side of rose ice cream (pink obviously).

If you love cocktails, blossoms and the colour pink, get down to P.F Chang’s Asian Table in Leicester Square before the end of April to experience the Bloom Room pop up. A true feast for the eyes and the palette.

P.F. Chang’s Asian Table
10 Great Newport St, London WC2H 7JA

MR & MRS FLAVOUR’S SEVILLE FAVOURITES

Not wanting to shiver from the mid-March snow being dumped on London, we jetted off to sunny Seville for a few days relaxation. We took in the sights, got merry with the locals and most importantly, ate as much delicious local food as we possibly could. Seville is a truly gorgeous city, well known for the friendliness of its denizens and the complete awesomeness of their cooking. The people of Seville love to enjoy themselves and there’s no shortage of buzzing tapas bars and exciting restaurants in which to do so. We sampled all that we could and here are our top five recommendations:

EL RINCONCILLO

You really mustn’t miss this place. Dating back to 1670 and rumoured to be the birthplace of tapas, El Rinconcillo is an embodiment of Sevillian culture. Packed to the rafters with happy revellers and brimming with flavoursome dishes, this is the best place to soak up local tradition.

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We loved the succulent Wild Boar chop with sautéed garlic and red pepper. Find space where you can and order at the bar, where they’ll chalk up your dishes and present you with a surprisingly low bill come the end. There’s no chance of doing a runner, it will take you 5 minutes to squeeze past all the other guests.
http://www.elrinconcillo.es

EL TRAGA

Here’s where to head if you fancy a taste of cutting edge Spanish gastronomic concept eating. This stylish restaurant offers a modern and unique take on tapas, paired with an extensive cellar of exquisite wines.

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Our favourite dish was the Cajun Octopus with black rice, avocado and kimchi. The texture was beautifully soft and the cool avocado harmonised elegantly with chipotle and kimchi fire. You’ll be impressed by the quality here.
http://www.eltraga.com

CONTENEDOR

This was a bit of a trek from our hotel. However, the food was more than worth the journey and the stroll back helped torch a few of the many lovely calories we’d munched. ConTenedor brands itself as a slow food restaurant. The laid-back vibe suits an evening of romantic indulgence.

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The menu comes presented on a hefty blackboard and unless you’ve brushed up on your Espanol, you’ll be needing the interpretation services of your waitress. Check out the scrumptious Confit duck rice. A pleasing portion of comfort food served with a delicately spiced curry sauce. A great find!
https://restaurantecontenedor.com

BAR CATEDRAL

Situated on a busy street only a stone’s throw from some of Seville’s more popular attractions, Bar Catedral fights like a bull to stand out amongst the competition. Another slice of tradition, the décor echoes Seville’s Matador heritage and the menu offers familiar favourites at pocket-friendly prices.

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We ate a fabulous lunch and agreed the mountain sized portion of Galician style Octopus with potatoes was a real treat.
http://www.barcatedral.com

UMAMI

Possibly the trendiest of our picks and recommended to us by many locals, Umami’s suave modern interior and Japanese influenced Tapas menu draws the crowds, meaning you’ll need to book ahead. The Chef running the pass had all the focus, intensity (and possibly looks) of J.K. Simmons’ character in Whiplash, ensuing each dish emerged with finely tuned precision.

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The dishes were fire and the atmosphere cool. Be sure to sample the crisp vegetable tempura, or the wonderfully fresh Tuna Tataki.
http://umamisevilla.com

These are but a handful of the amazing restaurants we visited in Seville and the internet probably isn’t big enough for us to write about them all. If you’re a fan of great value delicious dishes, prepared and served by warm, passionate people, we suggest you jump on a plane and eat your way around this fabulous city. Ole!