MAPLE – MADE FOR A PARTY

Always keen to explore the latest new venues, we headed west to the recently opened Maple. It was a worthwhile journey and not even the lure of Westfield shopping centre could make us lose focus on our mission. Maple is the newest in a long line of quality ETM Group venues and judging by the flavours we tasted, they’ve gotten the recipe right again.

Maple Westfield

This premium venue boasts stylish furniture tastefully arranged around a bright and airy space. Shiny brewing tanks were hoisted high, reflecting the tank-fresh pedigree of the group. With lofty ceilings, booths of various sizes and ample alfresco space, we saw potential for a variety of private and corporate events. Maple would be ideal for parties, breakfast meetings, large corporate functions and private dining events alike. The staff were efficient, attentive and perfectly charming. As for the food, it was spot-on!

Maple Restaurant

We tasted the Octopus salad special and the Tuna tartare to start. These were instragram ready dishes, with the Tuna especially bringing a pleasing aesthetic to the table. Both were as delicious as they were pretty. Our herb crusted Peterhead cod was well cooked and nicely paired with gremolata and courgette. However, it was understandably overshadowed by the succulent cut of Cumbrian Longhorn Sirloin. Char-grilled to perfection and accompanied with peppercorn sauce and thick hand-cut chips, this is sure to be a crowd pleaser. A massive deconstructed Pistachio cake with chocolate fudge and crème fraiche filled whatever space we had left.

Westfield is already a popular destination with shoppers. Now that Maple has opened their doors, we anticipate the party and private dining scene may have found a new star location too. For more info on hosting your private or corporate function at Maple, get in touch with Flavour Venue Search.

Maple: Westfield Square, White City, London W12 7HB

 

PRIVATE DINING, SOHO STYLE AT SPUNTINO

Midweek indulgence is perfectly acceptable in the line of duty. We met up with our friend East London Girl and some like-minded foodies to sample the private dining experience at Spuntino. We’re pleased to report that the food, service and surroundings were top notch. If you’re searching for a unique space for a tasty gathering, look no further.

Spuntino have re-imagined a former butchers shop as a tastefully rustic eatery. Hip urbanites occupy the counter, drinking cocktails and nibbling a delicious fusion of American and Italian comfort food. Spuntino has a pleasantly busy atmosphere for both lunch and evening visitors. Nestled in the corner is their small yet perfectly formed private dining space, the arena for our evening event.

Spuntino Review

The Vortex, Spuntino’s semi-private room is named for the huge and vibrant Neal Fox artwork which occupies 3 walls. Plush velvet curtains can be drawn to keep your party exclusive, or opened to let the other guests watch your enjoyment. With high tables and stools, The Vortex offers a snug space for up to 10 guests to sit intimately. The rest of Spuntino can also be hired exclusively, with room for up to 40 people. We loved the space, so what about the food?

Private Dining Spuntino

We ordered up some deep-fried delicacies which shone like gold. The breaded olives stuffed with anchovy vanished in seconds. We sampled a few lovely sliders. Both the ground beef and pulled pork versions were popular, palm sized and packed with juiciness. Shortly afterwards, we tried a Bismarck pancake. Like a Yorkshire pudding crammed with crisp fried chicken and maple syrup. Added opulence took the form of a creamy Lobster mac and cheese, followed by a heavenly slice of truffled egg on toast. A trio of excellent desserts crowned the night: The peanut butter jelly slice brought nutty ice cream to an American favourite while the Campari jelly added an Italian note. Our favourite was the Brooklyn toast, consisting of a nutella ice cream ball sandwiched between two caramelised slices of French toast. It was even better than it sounds.

If you’re up for some seriously yummy food served in a laid back and trendy space, Spuntino is well worth a look. To book an event for parties of 10 or more, get in touch with Flavour Venue Search. We’re ready to help.

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http://spuntino.co.uk/

PRIVATE DINING AT BLACKS CLUB

A Saturday night in Soho isn’t something we’d typically associate with tranquillity. We busied amongst the colourful characters who roamed the neon bathed pavements, seeking the solace offered by Blacks Club on Dean Street. We were invited to experience the serenity behind their famous black door. With our love of private dining and curiosity for new venues, we couldn’t wait to accept their offer.

Blacks Club London

Blacks Club is an oasis of calm in the bustling heart of London. Sipping cocktails in their tastefully decorated bar, the laid-back atmosphere seemed a million miles from the busy streets outside. Although Blacks is a member’s club, they do offer private dining bookings for non-members and we were fortunate to explore their unique venue. This handsome Georgian townhouse has been restored to its eighteenth-century splendour, with multiple private spaces housed over 5 floors. The rooms have seductively dim lighting and beautiful original artwork adorns the dark panelled walls. We loved the aesthetic of Blacks Club and are sure our clients will too.

Private Dining Blacks Club London

We’re pleased to report that food and service were first class. We were looked after by Michele, a very charming and wonderfully attentive host who made our dinner a memorable experience.
We tried some seasonal dishes to start. The asparagus was perfectly cooked and bursting with freshness. Classically matched with ham, poached egg and rich Hollandaise it was a treat. As was the cured Halibut, served with a delicate cucumber pickle and dill cream. The main courses were also excellent. A mouth-watering rib-eye steak with thick cut chips was a pleasing example of a national favourite. The lamb chops with seasonal greens and a decadently rich jus were truly sublime.
Desserts were a scrumptious selection of artisan cheeses and a creamy semifreddo studded with berries and pistachio which deserved a round of applause.
Our meal at Blacks was as impressive as the building in which it was served.

Private Hire Blacks Club London

We had a wonderful time exploring Blacks Club and were made to feel truly special by the passionate staff and their generous hospitality. We’re confident our clients will be equally happy holding their private functions at Blacks. Get in touch with Flavour Venue Search to learn more about booking your event at the fabulous Blacks Club or the many excellent private events spaces we work with.

 

 

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.

Sagardi restaurant

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.

Sagardi

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 WHITE SWAN RISES LIKE A PHOENIX!

Midway through a busy week, I decided to be a little bit naughty by skipping off work for a couple of hours. One quick text to my friend and a fabricated client meeting later, I was on my way to a boozy lunch. We’d heard the buzz about the recently revamped White Swan near Chancery Lane. Mr Flavour and I were once regulars and couldn’t wait to see the all new version. Unfortunately for him, he was away on business, leaving the ladies to explore in his absence.

This former watering hole was historically a favourite haunt of the Fleet Street press brigade, before transforming into a posh pub and dining room. Now reopened as a pub and chophouse, the locals are already queuing up to get in.
Upon entry, the delicious aromas from the dining room were beckoning us upstairs. However, rule number one of boozy lunch dictates a cheeky G&T must be consumed before settling in to eat. Gin is something the White Swan has in abundance! Our sophisticated bartender guided us to a Hendrick’s gin, served long and chilled with a sliver of cucumber. That hit the spot!

The new chophouse theme was certainly well received. Gone are the white tablecloths and wallpaper, replaced with trendy exposed brickwork and deep stained wooden tables. This lovely room is available for private hire and would be a great place to impress your friends or colleagues.

Fishcakes

The menu consists of pub favourites, cuts of Britain’s finest meats and fresh fish sourced from South coast day boats and British fishing ports. Had Mr. Flavour been here, he’d have made a beeline for the ‘On the bone’ 45 day-aged White Park sirloin with Béarnaise and big chips. We were craving something little lighter. The Salt baked celeriac, Blue Monday cheese and kale salad with chestnuts was divine and flavoured with a beautifully earthy seasonality. My friend ordered Iron Age ‘pluck and brawn’, pickles and English mustard, which came in the form of a terrine. I couldn’t resist helping myself to a greedy forkful.

Gurnard

The Albarinho was certainly a fitting partner for the fish mains to follow. Fluffy fishcakes with peas & tomato relish were mouth-wateringly crisp and bursting with tastiness. I’d never ordered Gurnard before and its meaty texture was beautifully complemented with braised fennel. The big chips were absolutely smashing and left us with no room for dessert. As much as I enjoy a girly lunch, it’s times like these when I miss my handsome husband and his relentless appetite.

A quick espresso later, I was headed back to the office with a spring in my step and a very contented belly. I can’t wait to introduce my clients to this wonderful new venue, available for hire 7 days a week.

Fancy booking this venue for your event? Get in touch with Flavour Venue Search www.flavourvenuesearch.com and we’ll make your party happen!

The White Swan Pub & Chophouse
108 Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1ES