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London’s afternoon tea scene has a new addition as Hankies, the North Indian restaurant on Shaftesbury Ave, unveils its Chai Time offering.

But given its reputation for bold Indian flavours, street food style dishes, rotis and sharing plates, Hankies is breaking with tradition. The Chai Time menu features exotic delicacies like minced keema sandwiches, rolled chicken hankies and sweet treats of kheer shots (think sweet rice pudding) and syrupy ladoo strudel. Lucknowi-spiced scones are slathered with clotted cream and strawberry jam is made with a hint of cumin. There’s also a completely vegetarian menu, which boasts creations like crunchy bhindi bhel made from okra, paneer (cheese) hankie rolls and Bombay potato sandwiches.

Wash it down with a cup of Kulhar Ki Chai; a ginger and cardamom tea, or for those looking for something a little stronger; enjoy a Spicy Lychee featuring green chilli or the Old Colonial with gin, vermouth, Campari, marmalade and tonic. Alternatively, diners can choose from traditional teas like English breakfast, camomile, peppermint and silver needle tea – a luxury tea where only the top buds of the plant are used.

The afternoon tea menu comes priced at £15 per person and a glass of Prosecco can be included for an extra £5. If you’re looking for something more substantial, there will also be extra small bites available, such as lamb chops, spicy murg ke wings, crispy dahi puri and kachori poppers for an additional price.

Located on Shaftsbury Avenue in the heart of theatre-land, Hankies Chai Time is perfect for a post-matinee or pre-show treat in a relaxed and informal setting.

With autumn approaching, Hankie’s spicy take on afternoon tea hits just the right note.

Anise Healthy Juices - Cucumber, Pineapple, Fenugreek, Kale &amp_ Mint

January is all about restoring and repairing after a sinful December, revitalising your body and mind with clean livinbut where’s the fun in that? Help is at hand from Anise– Vivek Singh’s contemporary bar by Cinnamon

Kitchen in the City– where the dull detox is being spiced up with a range of Indian inspired cold pressed  fruit and veggie juices, guaranteed to get you fighting fit and back on form.

Banishing the bland flavours associated with a detox, the spiced juices available now until the 28th February include healthy Indian ingredients that naturally heal the body. Fenugreek helps to fend off the coughs, and sniffles of a common cold; cinnamon is known to reduce blood sugar levels and lemongrass protects the digestive tract by killing harmful micro organisms. Using cold pressed methods and high pressure processing the juices retain far more of the good stuff than standard off the shelf options.

Priced at £3.95 for 33omls the nutritious and delicious range will be sold at Cinnamon Kitchen as well as Anise. Flavours include-

Mint Booster- cucumber, pineapple, fenugreek, kale and mint

Ginger Spice - cucumber, spinach, celery, lemongrass, ginger and black pepper

Carrot Cleanse- carrot, cinnamon & apple

Beet It- Beetroot, Mint and black pepper

9 Devonshire Square, London, EC2M 4YL

BqZucisCQAAC5bRAward-winning Wapping Indian restaurant Laksha Bay has announced two brand new schemes for loyal customers that can result in money off their next visits or even free meals at the much-loved eatery. With a loyalty card for Laksha Bay regulars and a new review system that results in a multitude of special offers, the restaurant is doing everything it can to reward curry lovers in the Wapping area.

The Laksha Bay Loyalty Gold Club is a unique system whereby regular visitors to the much-loved Indian restaurant can accumulate points based on how many times they visit, and how much they eat. When their card has racked up enough points, they can cash them in on discounts or even free meals for themselves and their friends.

The restaurant has also launched a similar review system; customers who have enjoyed their Laksha Bay experience can now use the restaurant’s website to submit their thoughts on the service, the food and the ambience. As a thank-you for providing valuable feedback that will benefit the restaurant, reviewers will receive a special offer the next time they visit the store or order a takeaway, whether it’s money off their total bill, or a free starter for their party.

Anayet Hussain, Head Chef at Laksha Bay, says, “Our new loyalty scheme is not just about customers proving their commitment to us – we want to prove that we are dedicated to serving our most loyal customer base, rewarding them and showing that they are important to the entire team here at Laksha Bay. The loyalty cards are available in store and points can be accumulated on all meals, meaning that those who love our authentic Indian food can be rewarded with a range of discounts and offers – simply for eating food that they enjoy!”

Laksha Bay’s menus is packed with diverse dishes that are sure to make the taste buds tingle. With all of the traditional classics like chicken korma and tikka masala, as well as contemporary takes on lesser-known dishes like niramish and Fish Tikka Harialy – a house special. All meals are available to eat within the restaurant, and a large selection of them feature on the separate takeaway menu – diners can get their Laksha Bay curries delivered to many postcodes within London to enjoy the intense flavours and tender meats in the comfort of their own home.

Now that diners can enjoy their meals while accumulating points, Laksha Bay has cemented its status as the prime Indian restaurant in Wapping. To experience the authentic Indian flavours cooked by the experts at Laksha Bay, visit http://www.lakshabay.co.uk to order online or call 020 7481 0777 to speak to a member of staff.

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Then get ready for a night of indulgence at The Great Indian Food Feast, a gastro adventure crafted by food writer and pop up guru, Urban Rajah. The Indian chef will be in residence at the Doll's House Hoxton, located in an old textile factory overlooking the historic Hoxton Square. Whilst its exterior may look like any other East London warehouse, inside you are transported to a different era and on the 24th and 25th July a different world, one filled with wondrous spice.

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Urban Rajah will spin you across the Indian subcontinent dishing up 4 courses inspired by the terrain of God’s own country. From Safalle (chicken dumplings) from the snowy Himalayas, to Lamb Shammi Kebabs fit for Mughal princes from the magical desert kingdoms of Rajasthan, to Chemmeen Prawns which will have you imagining you're paddling up the heavenly Malabar coast but then you'll be thrown into the urban hustle of Mumbai as you indulge in street food in the form of Channa Chaat. At the Great Indian Food Feast you’ll be scoffing dishes off the eaten track.

Date: 24th & 25th July

Time: 7:30pm till late

Location: Dolls House, 35 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NN

Tickets: £25

Book: http://billetto.co.uk/raj

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While it’s common knowledge that takeaway food is usually not the healthiest choice, Londoners still gravitate towards it and spend up to £110 each month on their takeaway fix.  Indian cuisine is second on Britain’s favourite takeaway list, beaten only by Chinese meals and closely followed by traditional Fish and Chips.  Laksha Bay, one of London’s top Indian restaurants and takeaways has compared popular Indian dishes with other takeaway food and found that the exotic cuisine has an array of health benefits.

As with all foods, how healthy a meal is depends on the portion size of all items, and the choice of meat and sauce will also drastically affect the calorie and fat content.  Laksha Bay’s Head Chef Anayet Hussain believes if diners go easy on heavy starters and sides, Indian cuisine can be at the healthy end of the takeaway spectrum.  “Weight conscious diners should always choose steamed rice as this is a healthier option and could slash 280 calories from the meal,” he said.  “We also suggest choosing hot curries such as our flavoursome madras, or switch creamy curries for dry tandoori dishes.”

Compared to the average meal consumed from other takeaway vendors, Indian food can be considered one of the healthiest options.  For example, a large portion of fish, chips and gravy with bread and butter can contain a staggering 115g of fat – that is well over the recommended daily allowance in just one meal.  Similarly, choosing fatty, crispy duck with deep fried starters and prawn crackers from the local Chinese will soon add pounds.

Anayet Hussain added, “Of course, Indian food is incredibly rich and intense, and if some people over-indulge in the delicious cuisine then it may not be the best option.  However, the spices used in traditional Indian cooking also have incredible health benefits; from aiding digestion and bloating to even preventing cancer.”

Authentic South Asian spices such as cinnamon, turmeric and cardamom have been medically proven to reduce blood sugar, relieve heartburn and stomach pain and a few ingredients even boast cancer-fighting properties.

Laksha Bay use all of these tantalising spices and many more in their traditional Indian cooking, so diners and takeaway customers alike can reap the health benefits.  The Wapping restaurant has led the way for Indian dining in the capital, with its fantastic selection of authentic favourites and appetizing house specials on their restaurant and takeaway menus.  Laksha Bay offers a quick and efficient delivery service, supplying the colourful dishes of your choice to the comfort of your own home.

To find out more about the delicious Indian dishes on offer from Laksha Bay’s takeaway menu, or to book a table, visit http://www.lakshabay.co.uk.