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If you watched the same weather report as me you'll be feeling that this week is probably one catered more to staying than going out.  And although we live in an amazing city that's so full of wonderful things to do I still advocate staying in and cooking your own dinner here and there!

So here is a recipe to fit in with both the weather and Thai New Year for an authentic Massaman Thai Curry from Head Chef Sanguan Parr at Nipa Thai

Songkran is the annual festival which takes place over three days during the traditional Thai New Year, this year falling on Friday 13 – Sunday 15 April 2018.  Throughout Thailand there are celebrations, festivities and plenty of food; all culminating in a momentous country-wide water fight!

Massaman Gai is a popular but classic recipe from the Southern region of Thailand, the curry it's simple to make but you always have the back up of the restaurant if it all goes wrong!


Ingredients (to serve four):

2 Chicken breasts

600ml Coconut Milk

2 tbsp Roasted Peanuts

5 Small Onions; sliced

4 Medium Potatoes; cubed

3 tbsp Massaman Curry Paste

2 tbsp Fish Sauce

3 tbsp Palm Sugar

3 tbsp Tamarind Juice

3 Bay Leaves

1 piece Roasted Cinnamon; 1cm long

5 Roasted Cardamom Pods

1 tbsp Vegetable Oil



Step 1: Cut the chicken into chunks, around 2 inches in length.

Step 2: In a wok, heat the vegetable oil, curry paste and 200ml of coconut milk. Keep stirring over a low heat until fragrant.

Step 3: Add the chicken to the wok, turning frequently so all the meat is covered in sauce.

Step 4: Pour in the remaining 400ml of coconut milk and simmer gently for 5 minutes.

Step 5: Add the cubed potatoes, roasted peanuts, onions, fish sauce, palm sugar, tamarind juice, bay leaves, cardamom and cinnamon. Keep over a low heat to simmer until all the ingredients are tender.

Step 6: Remove from the heat and serve with steamed white rice.

Throughout Songkran 2018, Nipa Thai will be offering its traditional menu. Nipa Thai is open from 5pm-10.30pm, Monday-Sunday.


Nipa Thai, Royal Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY

Tel: 020 7551 6000 or www.niparestaurant.co.uk

wine makers dinner london

Notting Hill’s three AA Rosette awarded restaurant, The New Angel, is hosting a unique and intimate dinner with the knowledgeable and talented son of famous French wine maker Joseph Janoueix.

Jean-Pierre Janoueix will celebrate the French wine region of Bordeaux as he takes diners on a journey across the Janoueix vineyards, which have been established since 1898. This journey through Bordeaux’s wines will be accompanied by an exquisite five course menu, which has been carefully designed by Chef Patron John Burton Race and Head Chef Stephen Humphries. Dishes have been creatively and meticulously paired with the wines to ensure taste buds are tantalised and satisfied.

Some of the wines include a Cotes-de-Castillion, a soft and rich Pomerol and a fruity Saint Emilion, which will perfectly compliment the decadent array of French cheeses that The New Angel has to offer. The evening will take diners on a journey through Bordeaux and will provide an insight like no other as diners discuss the wines they will taste with the very man responsible for their creation.image003

This exclusive five course menu, paired with 4 exceptional wines is £95 per head



Hump day is back, and so are London’s favourite flatmates. The Little Yellow Door, renowned for keeping Notting Hill up at night, will at the end of the month launch a new tongue-in-cheek concept, namely, Kitchen Supper & Cocktails created as the perfect way to beat the mid week blues.

At the end of last year, the flatmates rose to fame with their entertaining house parties and sold-out Friday dinners, and from Wednesday 25th March they’re giving their guests yet another reason to knock on that door. TLYD’s Kitchen Supper & Cocktails will be an informal, no-fuss affair, on a first-come, first-served basis, designed for those looking for fun, and something a little different, without breaking the bank. Simply a good old fashioned home cooked meal among friends, only it’s not your home and you may not know the person next to you. (Though you will when you leave).

In terms of food, TLYD’s very own, The Wandering Chef will create a regularly changing menu, the first one being inspired by Luigi, the newest flatmate of the house fresh off the plane from Toscana. Presenting Luigi’s greatest hits, the Wednesday kitchen suppers will be a two-course indulgent affair, where diners can expect dishes such as, Raw Appeal, Smoked Beef, Ricotta and Capers, Say Cheese, Burrata, Aubergine, Rye and Oregano, Ducky Love, Egg Tagliatelle with Spiced Duck Ragu, and Luigi’s special weekly pasta will also be up for grabs. The Italian aperitif and icebreaker, Aperol, will be mixing up some cocktails at the housemates’ bar, serving up the ultimate Spritz, in perfect keeping with Luigi’s menu. The two-course meal and cocktail will be available for a cheeky £20 - it is only Wednesday after all.

When supper is over and the table has been cleared, the focus will turn to the bar, which also will be open throughout the whole evening, and in keeping with the pop-up’s habit of bringing people together, a new selection of quirky sharing cocktails will be introduced for guests to mingle over, such as the Van Wilder for two, an array of alcohols and flavours including tequila, rum, vodka, passion fruit and guava. Made in a home-style blender and built over ice, they will also be serving the ‘Leaving Las Vegas’, created for eight, it’s a mixture of rum, vodka, more rum and more rum, passion fruit and Guava.

Since the quirky pop-up bar, based on a fictional flatshare, opened its Little Yellow Door in October 2014, it has rapidly become a West London institution, and the infamous house parties have seen queues lining up far down Notting Hill Gate. Their popular Friday dinners tends to get booked up weeks in advance, so it is with great excitement the flat mates presents a more casual supper, appropriate for a Wednesday rendezvous, where anyone can pop in and pop-out, in the only London venue where bookings can be made via What’s App. It is true what they say: “Visiting The Little Yellow Door, you may arrive with three friends and leave with ten...”

London Evening Standard: “With top-notch food, killer drinks, silly games and free roam of the flat this is the ultimate house party — and everyone is invited"


...Launching Wednesday 25th March – no bookings required.

The Little Yellow Door

68 Notting Hill Gate

W11 3HT


Opening Times:

Wednesday: 6pm – 11pm

Thursday: 5pm – 11pm

Friday: 6pm - 1am

Saturday: 7pm – 1am

W: www.thelittleyellowdoor.co.uk

Roast - Pure TasteNotting Hill’s Pure Taste has become the go-to venue for health-conscious fine dining in London. Specialising in high quality, seasonal produce, Pure Taste are battling the chilly London weather by extending their menu with a traditional Sunday roast dinner; one made from the richest, freshest ingredients in accordance with the Paleo diet.

Available from noon until 6pm every Sunday, Pure Taste’s unique take on a traditional roast dinner will include delicious starter options of Jerusalem Artichoke and Truffle Soup, Cured Bass with Rhubarb, and a Spiced Charcuterie Board with Parsley and Shallot Salad. A delectable choice of main courses includes Grass Fed Sirloin Beef, Guinea Fowl, and Fish of the Day En Papillote. Each main is served with specially prepared seasonal vegetables and the all-important traditional Yorkshire Pudding. Desserts include a Chocolate Orange Ganache, Roast Pineapple with Mint Ice-Cream, or a selection of Pure Taste Ice Creams.

Head Chef, Holly Redman says ‘Opening Pure Taste gave me the opportunity to bring the variance of paleo cuisine to a wider audience, now, it’s exciting to show how a staple meal as traditional as the Sunday roast can be prepared and enjoyed with a healthy spin that doesn’t compromise on flavour.’

Pure Taste’s Roast Dinners are available now, please visit the website below for more information.


For more information about Pure Taste, please contact

Ryan Child at Child PR on: ryan@childpr.com or by calling 0207 294 7748

Copacabana at bunga bunga

Missed the boat with booking your Brazilian beach holiday in time for Rio Carnival, fear not, head riverside rather than seaside, and join in the Cocobananas Rio Carnival Party, on Friday 13th February, above Bunga Bunga, on Battersea Bridge Road.

Celebrating the world’s biggest carnival, for one night only, Cocobananas will transform it’s laid back beach shack into a one-stop-party-shop of carnival craziness. Guests will be welcomed with complimentary whistles, before being sashayed away by sexy samba dancers to have themselves decorated as decadently as the bar staff, (who will be hidden behind their feather headdresses), with free festive face painting.

An array of colourful, carnival themed, Cachaca filled Caipirinhas, (so extensive, that the lucky ones will even be in with a chance to match their drink to their dress), will be available, and Bossa Nova beats will be blended with various Latin American Electro, raising the heat on the dancefloor, before it’s cleared for two especially steamy Samba performances. Last but not least, there will be blown up animals around the place– of course – what Brazilian party would be complete without raving rainforest revelers!?

Cocobananas takes guests straight to the heart of a Latin American beach party. Set over two floors, the nightclub is a celebration of all things Brazilian, with a décor evoking the vibrant beach shacks found throughout the country. Design features include vintage surfboards, palm trees, distressed plantation shutters, and a reproduction of Rio’s iconic Christ the Redeemer Statue. Guests can unwind in the upstairs caipirinha bar, which offers the perfect holiday soundtrack and atmosphere.

The Inception Group also own and operate Chelsea speakeasy Barts, 80s themed nightclub, Maggie’s, the acclaimed Bunga Bunga, an Englishman’s Italian, Bar, Pizzeria and Karaoke, and Mr Fogg’s, a Mayfair bar modeled on the home of Jules Verne’s most famous adventurer, Phileas Fogg. Last December they also launched Beaver Lodge, a cabin bar and dance saloon based on the winter cowboy log cabins found in Wyoming.

So get all kinds of festival freaky, this Friday 13th at Cocobananas

Cocobananas at Bunga Bunga


Entry: £10

37 Battersea Bridge Road,


SW11 3BA

0207 590 3603

Free Entry before 11pm

£10 entry from 11pm - you will be given a wristband that gives you access through the interconnecting doors to Bunga Bunga.

Table bookings will receive a complimentary wristband when committing to a minimum spend.