Albert’s Table takes fine dining to another level in a sleepy London suburb. @albertstable #restaurantreview #food

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Fine dining doesn’t have to come at a painful price, you can get elegance, superb service and good quality food only a short train ride away from London.

IMG_3231Albert’s Table provides a relaxing environment where you are most certainly focused on the food rather than who’s walking through the door. There is no stuffy atmosphere, the staff are friendly and know their stuff, and the cuisine is brilliantly created from quality British ingredients such as world class meat, vegetables and dairy all from British farmers, and producers and you really can taste the difference.

The style of food is very much British, but with a slight modern take to include some of the best influences from Europe. The restaurant opened in June 2008, under the leadership of Joby Wells, who has previously worked in a number of Michelin starred restaurants for many years. Since opening, Alberts table has quickly grown a reputation for high end dining and has led the charge for the increasingly popular restaurant quarter in Croydon.

IMG_3239The menu itself has a relatively large array of choice and wont break the bank with prices starting at £28.00 for a two course dinner. It allows you to ponder over mouth watering descriptions including a starter of gurnard and saffron soup with Cornish mackerel and salt cod brandade ravioli, leading on to a main of Ravioli of truffle mashed potato with new season spring vegetables, buffalo mozzarella, soft herb emulsion and rocket leaves. We went for the latter for our main and it was delicious and fair sized in terms of portion, so you wont feel short-changed unlike other fine dining restaurants.

The real winning ingredient for this restaurant is its attention to detail and genuine aim to please. From stunningly summery Louis Barthelemy Champagne with Strawberry to begin your dining experience through to the carefully plated up food that is presented with not a drop of sauce out of place; it really wont be long until Alberts Table proudly places a Michelin star sign in its window, and well deserved too!

To book your place at this fantastic restaurant, then click here

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New York on a shoe string – Affordable dining at the Mandarin Oriental’s Asiate restaurant @MO_HOTELS #food #newyork #finedining

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You literally can live the high life in New York for under $50 if you know the right spots to visit; and thanks to a very kind recommendation, we managed to find a hidden gem in a well known luxury.

New York oozes style, money and culture, and for some the dream of visiting the big apple can often remain just that. However, we’ve found a few little gems which will get your mouths watering and keep your bank manager still smiling.

The Mandarin Oriental is the height of luxury, it stands on the corner of Central Park opposite Donald Trumps hotel and soars high into the sky. However, you may just chose to stay in more affordable accommodation elsewhere, which is perfectly fine, but make sure you book in lunch here!

Soaring well above the skyline on the 35th floor is the Asiate restaurant. A pan Asian experience which for us superscrimpers luckily has a Prix Fixe menu (3 courses) for just $35! If you’ve never experienced fine dining before, this is certainly a great place to start. It has excellent service, delicious food and views over central park to die for!

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The attire is smart casual, and that means that after a morning of walking around this amazing city, you can still look glam in your slinky sandals and smart flip flops. You’ll be surrounded by lots of corporate business people who have used this as a location to secure a deal or two, but really you, the tourist are getting the deal breaker. You’ll feel straight like a character out of Sex and the City, and really experiencing what it means to be a high-flying Manhattan native!

IMG_3073For us, the first course consisted of a Ceviche pallet cleanser with a little hint of wasabi and some cuts of oranges and sea food – it was delicious and really set the scene for the culinary delights to come. Following that, you get a choice of pea soup or tuna nicoise salad, which was elegant and not too filling.

The main course has a selection of three dishes, Scallops, which are so rich in flavor that it almost becomes difficult to finish, Black Seabass, which was totally moreish but delivered in the perfect amount, and for those who didn’t want to stray too far from British shores, a lamb cutlet with mashed potato.

Finally you had the choice of two deserts, either a dark devils delight chocolate fondant (which of course we chose!) or an Almond and Rhubarb fondant. The chocolate choice exuded decadence and luxury and was a melt in your mouth experience!IMG_3072

So in terms of a bargain, surprisingly the Mandarin Oriental provided something above and beyond our expectations. This was an experience perfect for a treat, a birthday or just something different to do whilst you’re touring the city. Our one word of caution is to watch out for the additional prices on drinks – a glass of wine, a bottle of water and a cup of tea or coffee to finish your meal, will start to rack up the price point, so if you are watching your wallet be careful of that!

Finally, to ensure that you get one of the breathtaking window seats, make sure you plan ahead – these tables can go months in advance, and sometimes can be given as priority seating to those who are staying at the hotel. So our recommendation is that you specifically request this when making your booking.

For more information on this unique dining experience, click here

Happy Dining!!

 

Jumeirah Restaurant Week Goes Global For 2013 #food #restaurant #hotels @jumeriahCT @jumeriahLH

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Bringing even more sunshine over from the United Arab Emirates, Jumeirah Restaurant Week is going global following its huge success last year.

Now we can enjoy a taste of paradise between the 23rd May and 1st June. Featuring three-course set menus across 56 renowned restaurants worldwide, diners will be able to experience the New York-style Restaurant Week and get a taste for the great quality food and creative cuisine for which Jumeirah restaurants & bars  have become famous. Screen Shot 2013-04-23 at 09.10.47

This year will see participation from some of Europe’s most popular restaurants and hotels including The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant at Jumeirah Carlton Tower London, Max on One at Jumeirah Frankfurt, Agatha Restaurant at Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah in Istanbul and Cap Roig at Jumeirah Port Soller, Mallorca. And if you happen to be on holiday further afield during the restaurant week – diners can also frequent Junsui at Burj Al Arab, Voi at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Pierchic at Madinat Jumeirah, The Ivy at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, La Parrilla at Jumeirah Beach Hotel, The Rib Room in Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Blue Flame at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel and Tori No in Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in the United Arab Emirates. As well as a selection of restaurants in Asia such as Grill Room at Jumeirah Himalayas Shanghai, Fenesse at Jumeirah Vittaveli and Johara at Jumeirah Dhevanafushi in the Maldives!

Sounds very fancy non?

Screen Shot 2013-04-23 at 09.12.49Well, its not a bad price either! If you’re keen to make the most of this tempting offer you can choose from an exciting selection of set menus ranging from £29 at either The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant or Lowndes Kitchen & Bar in London to $70 at Johara Restaurant at Jumeirah Dhevanafushi in the Maldives.

So why not give it a go, you can find out more below:

 

Booking details:

To book call 00971 (0) 4 366 6730 or email restaurants@jumeirah.com

 

Participating Restaurants

Jumeirah Carlton Tower – London, UK

The Rib Room Bar and Restaurant (£29 per person)

Jumeirah Lowndes – London, UK

Lowndes Bar and Kitchen (£29 per person)

 

Booking terms and conditions:

–      Guests wishing to enjoy the Jumeirah Restaurant Week menus are required to book in advance and state which offer they are booking

–      No other discounts/vouchers can be used in conjunction with Jumeirah Restaurant Week

–      Sirius members can redeem / spend points during Restaurant week