Inside the Glamorous Gala One Saint Barth

Closing 2023 in style, Gala One took place on 29th December at the iconic Eden Rock St Barths resort and saw 200 guests in attendance or a glamourous evening of cocktails, a grand dinner and world-class musical performances.

Berkeley Travel was proud to support the event with a donation for the charity auction, which benefitted several charities dedicated to protecting children, biodiversity, and the waters and lands of the Caribbean by donating 5 nights of exclusive occupancy of the entire Private Island of the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi raising €100,000, the winner of the lot was jeweller to the stars, Jacob Arabo.

The Gala, which raised more than €2million saw performances by legendary singers Bebe Rexha and Saweetie and was attended by guests including boxer Mike Tyson, supermodels Anna Andres, Bianca Balti, Jordan Barrett and Victoria Silvstedt, artist Alec Monopoly, Chopard’s president Caroline Scheufele and TV personality Scott Disick.

Significant funds were raised for four charitable organisations on the cutting edge of innovation in the areas of climate change, biodiversity, and humanitarian aid: Parley for the Oceans, Rainforest Trust, Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation (C-CAM) and Amend.

The auction also included a specially curated collaborative artwork by Pierce and Paris Brosnan; artworks by Keiichi Tanaami, Nicole Wittenberg, Michael Kagan, and more; dazzling Chopard Haute Joaillerie earrings (presented by Bianca Balti);  a walk-on role in the upcoming film project “Maserati, A Racing Life,” and a customised Pro Hunter Daytona Rolex created especially for Gala One Saint Barth.

Stylish Mexican Dining in Chelsea at Ixchel

Reviving the somewhat tired dining scene of Chelsea’s Kings Road, Ixchel, the long-awaited Mexican restaurant and Tequila bar has opened its doors with the promise of transporting guests to the hedonistic oasis of Tulum and is set to be amongst the best dining establishments to have opened this year.

Launched under Fraser Carruthers’ Fairbairn Capital, which notably has Chelsea favourites Albert’s and Raffles under its portfolio, the fashionable hotspot oozes the bohemian vibes of the beach clubs that have put the Yucatan peninsula on the map and spans two floors.

Borrowing its name from the Mayan goddess of the moon and textiles, Ixchel is a sensory delight; from the bustle of the busy streets that neighbour the restaurant, you are immersed in the free-spirited vibe of this place with no detail spared in its interior.

Showcasing Mexican art to its fullest extent, one enters to be welcomed by a mural by Rafael Uriegas, which nods to ancient mythology and sets the scene for the dining floor, which opens onto the Moon Bar, acting as a focal point.

Designed by female-led Behind The Door Designs, the inviting décor is enlivened by Mexican influence, floor-to-ceiling windows allow the natural light to linger on the ground floor, and carefully curated art and contemporary sculpture adorn the space.

In perfect matrimony to the vibrant style Ixchel exudes, the menu devised by Head Chef Ximena Gayosso Gonzalez celebrates the exotic tastes synonymous with Mexican cuisine.

Known for his flair in creating traditional dishes but with a modern twist, Gonzalez brings his years of working across the likes of Shoreditch’s famed Brat and Mayfair’s Ella Canta to the helm of the kitchen at Ixchel and has created an easily navigated menu of small and large plates, salads, tacos and quesadillas.

The concept here is very much a sharing one, so you are fine to go either as a couple or a larger group (or even alone) as you so fancy; there are plenty of tantalising dishes to try and with the varied size of the dishes you can probably comfortably order around 4-5 dishes per person.

Start with a few of the Para Picar (small plates); the Bluefin tuna sashimi is a signature and is served with a ponzu toreada sauce which gives a nice kick. The Crab macha tostada is also to die for, a delicious filling of crab, ginger and garlic chips give it a crisp with the freshness and zest of the crab nicely complemented by the other ingredients.

The Pork belly taco is also particularly noteworthy, served with salsa verde and refried beans it has texture and makes for a good second dish before going on to the main course.

Of the mains, the Charcoal crispy chicken thigh is a particular standout dish; it’s simple yet locally sourced produce shines through with the tenderness of the meat from the cooking techniques used, and it comes with a red chilli sauce, which really elevates the fusion of flavours.

A variety of different salsas, which range in spice levels, are also a highlight of the menu, and it’s worth trying one to give the food a little extra panache.

Something else Ixchel has mastered is its cocktails. Chosen by Nar Manager Manuel Lema, the selection is perfectly paired with the sofas that line the entrance for a more laid-back experience with some dishes and a catch-up with friends as you enjoy the upbeat vibes of the DJ all through the fancy Bang & Olufsen sound system.

There’s a choice of tipple for all tastes, which includes an alcohol-free selection. Margaritas take centre stage, with the Spicy being particularly popular and consisting of Patron silver with fresh jalapeño and a splash of organic agave. Do be warned, though, it does have quite the kick.

Of the House Cocktails, we’d recommend the Ixchel Negroni, worthy of being the restaurant’s eponymous drink; it’s a blend of honey-infused Campari, martini rubino and Patron silver – it’s the perfect Negroni, not too bitter, sour enough and with a nice fruitiness.

Open daily for lunch and dinner, Ixchel opens Monday to Wednesday, 12pm – midnight, with a later opening until 1am, Thursday to Saturday and on Sundays closes at 11pm.

Text by Jaz Grewal.

https://ixchellondon.com/

 

Pasture to Plate Dining at Origin City

Bringing the authentic taste of British cuisine with a flair for Scottish flavours to the heart of The City, Origin City is a modern restaurant rooted in traditional values from the Landsberg family, notably behind Farringdon’s favourite 56 West Smithfield.

Located just a stone’s throw from its counterpart on the other side of West Smithfield, Origin City is built on a nose-to-tail concept, a bold statement that carries it with an ethos of uncompromising quality, and on that, it certainly does deliver.

The laid-back yet refined décor sets the tone; a rustic colour palette of neutrals echoes the British heritage at the pinnacle of the restaurant’s concept, but there is an underlying sense of sophistication that reinforces its compatibility as either a lunch spot or an evening occasion.

The chairs are green and red, there are earthy shades of textured wood, and a mural adorns the wall depicting animals, a theme echoed through the artwork that hangs from the walls showing cattle with the centrepiece of the restaurant floor being the open kitchen, positioned to overlook diners.

Using meat from the family’s organic farm back in Scotland and seafood from their aquafarm, Executive Chef Graham Chatham, who counts some 35 years under his belt with stints at The Langham and Rules, to name a few, has created a menu centred around the rarefied produce of the family farm, well executed and sure to serve a treat.

With meat playing the lead role throughout the fare on offer, you’d be forgiven for steering clear if you weren’t a meat lover per se, but rest assured the small choice on offer (one starter and one main, to be precise) are enough of a plate pleaser to make the trip, the Roasted Pumpkin, Beauvale and Pickled Pear is cleverly devised and brings a fusion of flavour, the Grilled Hispi Cabbage equally delights.

For those that can devour game and meat organically sourced from the Landsberg family farm, which sees Heritage Breeds of grass-fed Black Angus and Tamworth as part of its livestock, be sure to arrive hungry as one can feel a little spoilt for choice with so many tempting dishes to choose from.

You’ll want to start with the charcuterie board; like everything else, it is made in-house and comes with a toasted sourdough baguette, they say it serves two, but with such a generous portion, it could easily stretch further.  Prime cuts of ham and pork are accompanied by a helping of pickles. If space allows, do try the potato and thyme sourdough, even if just for the delicious Nduja butter it comes served with.

For the actual starters, Black Angus Tartare is a must-try; the texture and quality of the meat are second to none. The Patridge also makes for a hearty starter, served with a dollop of Foie Gras. It is cooked to perfection and comes with a nice berry jus, which adds a level of consistency to the dish.

Mains wise, it’s a tough shout to decide whether you’ll do one of the dishes for two share, the Stout-braised beef is difficult for anyone to pass on, or to order a la one; either way the true pasture-to-plate concept is showcased along with Chatham’s culinary mastery.

If you do decide to order separately, then the Black pig cut of the day, butchered within the restaurant, is a must. It really hits the spot and comes served with fennel sausage and a  purée of celeriac.

The Black Angus cut of the day is also a standout dish on the menu, as one might expect, deliciously cooked and done to your preference, its 300g of meat dry-aged for some 40 days and for any lover of fine steak, it doesn’t disappoint, and the black garlic ketchup complements it well for just a little more flavour.

Desserts are kept quite unpretentious and very British, Sticky toffee pudding and Vanilla crème brûlée feature alongside a curation of cheeses (undoubtedly British) by twice Affineur of the Year, Perry James Wakeman.

For a newcomer on the scene, having opened only earlier this year, Origin City certainly leaves its mark; you quickly feel as though you’ve journeyed on a culinary voyage to the family farm and back through the perfectly prepared dishes and exquisite produce that take centre stage in this exceptional eatery.

 

https://www.origincity.co.uk/

Text By Jaz Grewal

The Artisanal Symphony of Gaar: Nareg Krikorian Redefines Modern Luxury through the lenses of Functional Art

 

In a harmonious blend of heritage, artistry, and contemporary allure, designer Nareg Krikorian orchestrates a stunning debut in the world of luxury furniture with his Gaar collection. Gaar is a convergence of tradition and modernity and is a testament to Krikorian’s reverence for cultural craftsmanship and design finesse, sculpting a captivating narrative through every meticulously crafted piece.

Nestled within the intricate tapestry of Krikorian’s collection lies a vibrant thread that weaves together the cultural nuances of Armenian craftsmanship. This fusion of heritage and experience within diaspora communities breathes life into Gaar, reflecting the profound significance of craft as a vessel for cultural preservation and resilience.

Gaar, meaning “stitches” in Armenian, signifies not merely a furniture collection but a soulful tribute to the enduring heritage of craftsmanship. The collection exudes an exquisite celebration of intricate leatherwork techniques, artfully interweaving cultural legacy with the designer’s distinctive style.

Beyond its physical form, Gaar stands as a testament to the revival of the makers’ culture within the complex social fabric. Reflecting a movement in traditional craftsmanship and modern technique design, Gaar aspires to elevate the realm of functional art, pioneering a league of products that seamlessly blend the boundaries of artistry and utility.

With a background steeped in graphic arts, Krikorian’s adept fusion of design and functionality resonates throughout Gaar. Each piece exudes a magnetic allure, inviting onlookers to explore the intersection of cultural references and contemporary functionality, casting an enigmatic spell over modern spaces.

The furniture pieces within Gaar aren’t just elements of interior décor; they’re expansive leather di-cuts, masterfully united by bold, captivating stitches. These larger-than-life loops redefine the traditional perception of craft, transcending mere production to become the captivating centrepiece in the world of modern design.

Krikorian’s meticulous craftsmanship in Gaar extends beyond the finished pieces themselves. Each meticulously planned phase in the creation process breathes life into a meticulous sequence, perpetuating an inimitable legacy of cultural expression and connection within personal and shared spaces.

The genesis of Gaar is a testament to Krikorian’s dedication. For two years, the artist meticulously developed the collection in London, often collaborating with a team of skilled leather artisans across the world. This unique blend of creativity from distinct corners of the world underlines the deeper ethos behind Gaar – a manifestation of design that transcends aesthetics, embracing craft as a cultural conduit.

Nareg Krikorian’s journey is a testament to passion, heritage, and the pursuit of artistic expression. With Gaar, he raises the bar for luxury furniture, forging a new realm where heritage and modernity dance in sublime unison.

 

Paris Fashion Week: Shiatzy Chen SS24

For Spring Summer 2024, Shiatzy Chen created a collection that intertwines the realms of Eastern and Western culture with an immersive take on Oriental mystery and a nod to age-old Chinese mythology.

Marking the designer’s 31st stint on the PFW schedule since her debut in 2008, the show was held at the Palais de Tokyo and was a homage to the theme of Mirage, an especially noteworthy tribute given that 2024 marks the year of the dragon.

As models walked the catwalk, which was adorned with ocean currents and multi-dimensional spaces to create the feel of an underwater seascape, there was a clear synergy between modern silhouettes but with the influence of Far East Asian design accents.

Brazillian artist Daniela Busarello, who bases herself in France in partnership with Victorie de Pourtalès, founder of French art studio 91.530 Le Marais, imagined the backdrop. The spectacle of an installation which drew inspiration from the collection was an abstract dragon, one of many motifs the designer referenced this season.

Impeccable taste and exquisite craftsmanship were at the core of Chen’s wardrobe for SS24, and her mastery of design was portrayed through both men’s and women’s staples. The designer had increased the number of men’s looks following the success of the brand’s menswear last season.

Clean-cut silhouettes were paired with embellishments and feathers in a palette that comprised blacks and white but with the odd pop of colour through a fuschia dress and a few porcelain blue looks. Many of the looks also borrowed patterns from oriental myths and legends, which emphasised Chen’s roots. Chen’s typically elegant designs were funked up for the younger customer by introducing contemporary shorts, vests, and tunics.

Text By Jaz Grewal.

 

Paris Fashion Week: Akris Spring Summer 2024 Collection

In a nod to the artistic themes conveyed through his collections of late, Albert Kriemler made his Spring 2024 collection for Akris an homage to the late female artist Felice Rix-Ueno.

Awash with florals and abstract shapes synonymous with Rix-Ueno’s creations, Kriemler opened his show with numerous references to the late artist. A key example of which was a depiction of a poppy sketch, somewhat of a collection motif, emblazoned over a cocktail dress as the show’s opening look.

Bold colours and a handful more of prints from the archives of the artist’s work elevated the otherwise minimalist pieces, which oozed the classic Akris silhouette Kriemler has mastered.

Clean-cut suiting, feminine shapes and long dresses were key to the collection crafted from elegantly lightweight fabrics and pops of floral embroidery gave a welcome ray of spring, especially noting the sweltering weather for the time of year as Paris unveiled its Spring 2024 collection for Akris to what would usually be a black-coat-clad crowd.

Cue Summer and Akris delivered a collection of contemporary luxury essentials in a palette that evoked the timelessness of neutrals, blacks, yellow, a splash of red and a to-die-for shade of midnight blue.

Felice Lizzi Rix-Ueno was a textile and craft designer who in the early 20th century established herself as one of the most remarkable artists of the Wiener Werkstätte [Vienna Workshop] with her design poetry. Her work emphasizes a concept of “Fantasie” [Fantasy], as she liked to call it. For her it meant demonstrating imagination to achieve originality and that only inner creativity will lead to one’s identity, truly believing in the expressive possibilities of craft. I very much relate to her idea of craft a momentum. This collection is a dedication to Lizzi – and all women who amaze. Come to Lizzi Land!

 

Stay in The Ultimate Luxury at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai

Unparalleled hospitality and luxury beyond comparison set the tone for Mandarin Oriental’s debut property in the Middle East, thus paving the way for its entry into Abu Dhabi, having taken over The Emirates Palace in 2023 and the arrival of the group’s second hotel in Dubai over at Wasl Tower, which is rumoured to open towards the end of 2024.

Opened back in 2019, Mandarin Oriental Dubai, Jumeira occupies a coveted beachfront location along the city’s glitzy Jumeirah Beach Road and is comprised of 251 rooms, many of which benefit from private balconies enjoying uninterrupted views of either the blue seas of the Arabian Gulf or of Dubai’s glittering skyline with prime of views of the Burj Khalifa.

Designed by Jeffrey A Wilkes (notably behind Mandarin’s sleek Bangkok property) the resort oozes the understated elegance synonymous with the group’s portfolio and is the epitome of an urban sanctuary.

By day, sun-seekers flock to the resort’s main pool, which is primely positioned in a way that allows Dubai’s sunshine rays to hit it effortlessly. Dedicated pool butlers that carry the charm of Mandarin’s renowned hospitality will ensure you have everything you could possibly want as chilled-out house music fills the air and the day goes by, all with a cocktail in hand if you so wish.

The pool also has direct access to Mandarin’s sandy private beach, complete with sunloungers and service exclusively for in-house guests, and small touches such as ice cream and water served throughout the day emphasise the high level of service at the core of everything the resort does.

If you find yourself wanting to whisk away from the hedonism of the beach, the Spa at The Mandarin Oriental Dubai, Jumeira, is equally as much of a haven offering a tranquil escape from the bustle of the city.

Awash with shades of sea blue and pure whites, treatments are performed with the panache one would expect, and the nine treatment rooms echo the modern-day luxury at the pinnacle of the resort.

A luxurious VIP suite and a Hammam-style suite sit alongside separate men’s and women’s changing facilities, each equipped with a jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms, making them almost a spa in themselves.

Spanning over 2000 sqm, the spa offers signature treatments, one or two-day retreats and specialised rituals aimed at today’s traveller, such as its Digital Wellness Escape targeted towards relieving the strains caused by using tech devices.

Dining-wise, the hotel’s six restaurants have quickly put the Mandarin on the radar as a go-to destination on Dubai’s thriving culinary scene. You can expect to savour caviar at Beluga, the resort’s in-house caviar restaurant and lounge, devour the most delectable of cakes from the Cake Shop and in the stylish Noor lounge and enjoy poolside snacks at Sun Vibe during the day.

By night, the two flagship restaurants, the rooftop eatery by chef José Avillez, earned a Michelin star in the inaugural Dubai edition in 2022. Serving up ceviches and contemporary Portuguese cuisine, some of the favourite flavours on the menu include the ever-popular Crab Torricado topped with a dollop of caviar and the Moqueca de Carabineiro, a Brazillian dish of shrimps and scallops. Be sure to dedicate some time by the adults-only infinity pool during the day, too – it’s a must.

Also noteworthy is Netsu, Ross Shonhan’s Japanese steakhouse, which resides at the resort and is centred around the Warayaki technique, a spectacle from the open kitchen of straw fire cooking with some of the finest Wagyu in the city.

Having experienced the world-class dining, hospitality that is second-to-none and luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, it’s clear to see why the resort already holds so many accolades against its name; it has everything to make your stay a memorable one.

Text By Jaz Grewal.

www.mandarinoriental.com

A Glamorous Feast at Bacchanalia

Bacchanalia, the latest Berkeley Square institution from Richard Caring’s dining empire (AKA Caprice Holdings), is an apologetically swanky destination, occupying glitzy premises at One Mount Street, formerly a Porsche showroom.

A hedonistic haven for the senses, the exquisitely decorated restaurant and bar oozes opulence with a theme imagined in an ancient Greco-Roman era, with a highly curated menu celebrating Mediterranean cuisine to match.

The scene is set almost as soon as you transcend through the doors and are greeted by a plethora of grand artworks, the piece de resistance of which is five Instagrammable sculptures hanging pride of place overlooking the restaurant floor.

In keeping with the whole ethos of mythology echoed throughout the lavish jaunt, Hirst’s creations depict figures synonymous with the theme – namely a unicorn, a lion, a pair of lovers atop a unicorn, Bacchus, another unicorn and a Medusa (which notably resembles his girlfriend Sophie Cannell).

A showstopping mural adorns the main wall courtesy of artist Gary Myatt, who has taken a modern interpretation of the legendary Romans in their Decadence painting with subtle nods to the 21st-century shown through iPhones and laptops making their way onto the piece.

The décor in itself is enough of a marvel to understand the allure of Bacchanalia, but it’s the food, cocktails and enviable wine list that really makes this place one for the list.

Culinary Director Athinagoras Kostakos (who also counts stints at Caring’s Mykonian ventures Noema and Scorpios) is behind the menu, which champions sharing dishes of Meditteranean cuisine across Raw dishes, starters, salads, pasta and Food From The Gods, otherwise known as mains.

The portion sizes are generous, so the sharing concept is key when ordering; Caviar is available should it take your fancy, and we’d recommend around three of four dishes per person to enjoy a taste of the delicacies on offer.

To start, the Red Mullet Ceviche is a must-try; be sure also to order the Grilled Octopus, one of the hero dishes. It comes served in a Greek faca purée, which acts as a nice dipping sauce and is cooked to perfection. Try one of the Roman Flatbreads too, as they make for a nice sharer; the Nduja, aubergine and roasted tomato sauce is a standout, simple yet well executed and hits the spot.

For the mains, you can’t really go wrong with Bacchanalia’s Lobster Paccheri Pasta. Think the finest helpings of lobster with pasta in a devilishly indulgent creamy sauce, with the option to add caviar and black truffle.

For meatier dishes, the Lamb Souvlaki is a good shout and showcases the Grecian flavours on offer, served with a tzatziki like yoghurt and salad; the lamb is beautifully done and is a good all-rounder dish. Another signature dish is the Salt Crust Sea Bass, a crowd-pleaser; it comes in a nice citrus dressing and is served on an equally extravagant silver platter.

If you plan to dine as a group, then the Feasting Menu is a great option. Available for groups of seven or more, it’s the perfectly paired selection of the most popular dishes, including the Salt Crust Sea Bass, Strip Loing Tagliata and favourites to share, such as the Sea Bream Carpaccio and Cherry Tomato Salad.

Dessert-wise, Hirst’s Medusa sculpture has been made available in edible form until the end of September in Bacchanalia’s Desserts of Art offering. Three desserts, Medusa, Jupiter and Neptune, have been created, the hero of which is Medusa, a replica of the overhanging sculpture; it comprises coconut and tonka cream with exotic fruit and coco nibs.

With such a theatrical affair portrayed through the décor, food and overt glamour, it’s clear why Bacchanalia has won the hearts of the Mayfair set already. DJs perform at weekends, and the bar offers an extensive wine list covering some of the finest vintages in the world.

Text by Jaz Grewal

www.bacchanalia.co.uk

 

Cars, Style and Glamour at Salon Privé

The fabulous garden party bringing together the rarest classic automobiles, alongside the most anticipated new launches, supercars and world-class luxury lifestyle, returned to its stunning backdrop of Blenheim Palace for another year of debuts and the coveted Salon Privé Concours.

Opening the show this year was Aston Martin’s DB12 Volante, which made its European debut alongside some of the marque’s most prized models to date, which all take pride of place as Aston Martin’s 110th-anniversary celebrations continued. Guests were treated to a rare glimpse of cars that formed the carmaker’s history, and highlights included the 1920s Bamford & Martin, a 1958 DB4, a DB5 Goldfinger and 1980s Vantage.

Joining Aston in making debuts was Electrogenic, who unveiled its latest bespoke electric creation, a 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II. Fully converted to an electric engine with a range of around 150 miles, the motoring icon has been future-proofed with its new dynamics and was presented at this year’s show.

The highlight of this year’s show was undoubtedly the crowning of Lord Bamford’s 1937 Bugatti Type 57S by Corsica, which won this year’s Salon Privé Concours presented by Aviva.

Other notable happenings this year included showcases by Lamborghini of its new Revuelo and showcases of its V12, V10 and V8 models and a very glamourous affair during Boodles Ladies Day, which saw women wear their best hat to be in with the chance of winning a piece of Boodles jewellery.

www.salonpriveconcours.com

 

Text by Jaz Grewal

 

Five Fabulous Lunch Spots in London

From fine dining to casual eats and food halls, we’ve shortlisted five of the must-visit lunch spots to visit in London.

Tattu

Offering a taste of affordable luxury, Tattu has launched a Moon Stand lunch menu served in its glamorous London outpost, which takes residency in the ever-popular Outernet building, having taken over the rooftop of the Now Building.

With its enviable views and Instagrammable décor, the centrepiece of which is a dazzling canopy of cherry blossoms that hangs over the main dining floor, the Chinese restaurant has established itself as the go-to for Oriental flavours and experience-led dining since its opening last year.

Elevating the sensory journey that Tattu’s ethos is built on, the Moon Stand lunch champions hero dishes and gives diners the opportunity to enjoy three dishes of their choosing for the nominal cost of £33. Signatures on the menu, comprised of 14 curated dishes, include Tattu’s much-loved Wok Fried Angry Bird, a flavoursome dish of crispy chicken, roasted peppers and finished with honey soy sauce and its Seven Spiced Seared Tuna, which comes served with a generous dollop of truffle and caviar.

Arcade

The latest addition to the thriving food scene at Battersea Power Station is the hotly anticipated Arcade foodhall spanning an impressive 24,000 square feet and home to some 13 different cuisines across the foodhall, which seats up to 500 people alongside 3 standalone restaurants and 2 bars.

Promoting new and innovative culinary talents by giving them a platform to establish, the Arcade Create program has been key in building the offering at the BPS outpost, and four of the eateries are exclusive to the location.

Highlights include chef-turned-social-media star Thomas Straker’s Flat Bread concept bringing his food you want to eat concept to a menu of 7 innovative flatbreads, notably of which the signatures feature a Chilli Mussel Butter Flatbread and a tasty Confit Duck Leg with Pickled Onion Flatbread.

Also serving up a storm is Siu Siu, another newcomer with Cantonese comfort food on offer, try the Char Siu Sandwich for a delicious lunchtime treat.

Le Bab

Designed by Buchanan Studio, Le Bab has also taken residency within the art deco halls of Battersea Power Station, serving up an all-day menu of its famous kebabs. A relaxed and contemporary setting plays host to the eclectic menu of Middle Eastern favourites alongside cool cocktails and an impressive wine menu.

Perfect for a lunchtime pit stop, favourites include Le Bab’s Fried Chicken, think that sort of moreish fried free range chicken that you can’t get enough of, and the Mezze Mix is a nice sharer with a glass of wine between two giving a taste of the restaurant’s delicious butter naan along with some hummus and Padron peppers.

For mains, the devilishly good Dirty Bab is the standout, grilled lamb glazed and served in a naan with a helping of fries, chilli sauce and Le Bab’s signature fondue sauce. Vegans can also rejoice as there is also a tasty Dpice-Roast  Aubergine Sabich for the taking, vegan mayo, peanut pesto and a relish wrap a spice-roasted aubergine to create a fusion of flavours too good not to try, and Le Bab plants a tree for each one sold.

The Bugis Singapore Restaurant

Having opened in its new South Kensington home at The Bailey’s Hotel, The Bugis has quickly gained a loyal following who flock here for its authentic take on Singaporean and Malay cuisine, which is cooked using age-old techniques and traditional family recipes.

Drawing on Southeast Asian influence, the menu is designed to share and is centred around plates of seafood, meat and vegetables with a highlighted selection of Singapore favourites.

 Starters range from classical dishes, Aromatic Crispy Duck and Dim Sum with standouts including its Jumbo Soft Shell Crab Salad and a beautifully done Steamed Giant Diver Scallop that melts in the mouth.

For mains, the speciality is The Bugis’ Live Lobster which comes in different flavourings; try the Singapore Style Chilli Lobster for a real sense of homestyle cooking, and the Sizzling Angus Beef is a must-try.

Text by Jaz Grewal