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News bites: February

News bites: February

by Great British Chefs 29 January 2016

Our food news round-up looks at all the exciting things happening this month in the world of food and drink.

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From adam's to Adam's

As the chef who earned Birmingham its fourth Michelin star, Adam Stokes has certainly made a name for himself with his intricate, balanced approach to cooking. For the past two years he has been working away in his small restaurant adam’s, which was always going to be a temporary location while he and his wife Natasha found a more permanent building to settle into. They finally found one last summer, just round the corner from their old restaurant, and after six months of refurbishment (the kitchen and dining room had to be built from the ground up) Adam is ready for his first service.

The restaurant, now called Adam’s (note the capital A) is much bigger, but still keeps its intimate, cosy feel. The main difference is the kitchen, which gives Adam the space and tools needed to cook to the best of his ability. We interviewed him just before his first service – read what he had to say here.

Be my Valentine

If there’s one night of the year a restaurant owner looks forward to the most, it’s probably 14 February – full dining rooms and couples splashing out on Champagne are always good for business. We’ve put together a list of the top twenty places to go this year, from a blow-out, one-off menu from L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon to a gourmet getaway in Jersey. Take a look here, but be quick – bookings will be filling up as you read this.

Big in Japan

It looks like Japanese food is on track to become the biggest trend of 2016, with new restaurant openings, awards and cookbooks all focusing on the country’s varied cuisine. Selfridges has got its finger on the pulse, and has set up a series of evenings throughout February and March to explore the trend and showcase some truly delicious dishes. We caught up with David Wrigley, the man who paired Japanese whisky with different dishes for one evening – read more here.

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Birthday for Bentley's

Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill is a stalwart of London’s fine dining scene, and 2016 marks one hundred years since it opened in 1916. This means Richard Corrigan and the team will be putting on a series of events throughout the year to commemorate everything seafood, from oyster-shucking masterclasses every month, shellfish cookery workshops and special menus. The restaurant has even commissioned its own green tea for the festivities. Read more about what’s coming up here.

On the hunt

It’s black Périgord truffle season at the moment, and the chefs at London’s Michelin-starred Pied à Terre seem to love them so much that they’ve dedicated an entire tasting menu to the incredibly luxurious ingredient. If you share their passion, you can tuck into risotto, truffled cheese, squab pigeon and crab, all enhanced with the earthy, perfumed flavour of the world’s best truffle.

A taste of Peru

Peruvian restaurant Lima is taking the plunge into retail and launching its very own delicatessen in Harrods on 1 March. There will be an array of takeaway dishes for lunch or dinner on offer, such as salmon ceviche or beef empanadas, as well as a range of deli products showcasing the vibrant and exotic flavours of Peruvian cuisine.

Two star takeover

Michael Wignall, the two-starred chef that turned The Latymer in Surrey into a gastronomic destination of epic proportions, has completed his first service at his new home of Gidleigh Park in Devon. Michael moved there in January to take over from two-starred Michael Caines MBE, who had been head chef there for twenty years. Watch this space for an in-depth look at the new menu and how Michael has found everything so far.

Mile high dining

Bruno Loubet’s ever-popular Grain Store group has added another site to its roster at Gatwick Airport, giving travellers access to healthy, produce-led dishes which blows traditional airport food out of the water. The majority of the ingredients used are sourced within thirty miles of Gatwick, and vegetables take centre stage. There’s also a guarantee that your meal will be served within fifteen minutes, so there’s time to grab something even if you’re in a rush.

Mine's a pint

The Galvin brothers may have closed their Café à Vin on Spital Square in London, but in its place they have opened HOP, a new pub that specialises in fresh craft beers (the Pilsner Urquell on tap is unpasteurised and held in copper tanks which are refilled every week). The dishes – described as simple pub food – is given the classic Galvin Brothers treatment: think gourmet hotdogs, Barnsley chops and treacle tart.

Venetian dreams

Venetian small plates behemoth Polpo is adding two new sites to its list of popular restaurants in February, both within Harvey Nichols stores. Taking up residencies at the Fifth Floor in Knightsbridge and the Fourth Floor in the Briggate, Leeds shop, the new restaurants will continue the theme of backstreet bacaros serving up spritzes, bellinis and negronis alongside little dishes from the world’s most beautiful city.

Relish ramen

Everyone’s favourite ramen joint Tonkotsu is opening a restaurant in Notting Hill on 5 February, bringing its delicious bowls of noodle soup to the hungry crowds of west London. As well as all the classic dishes that made the restaurant famous, there will be some new additions unique to this particular venue. The interior will be more like the counter-style ramen bars of Tokyo, and the group’s new matcha-infused tea will be on offer to help wash everything down.

 

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