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Orgasmic Roganic
The gorgeous chap who writes the Essex Eating blog has bravely made the foray up from Bristol to the Big Smoke, in fact to Blandford Street in Marylebone to sample the soft opening of Roganic.
Two words.  Blown away.


Roganic is a two-year pop-up under the direction of chef/patron Simon Rogan — get the joke in the name? — who is also chef/patron of l’Enclume restaurant in Cartmel in Cumbria, the proud owner of five AA rosettes, a Michelin star and a ranking of fourth best restaurant in the UK in the Good Food Guide.  With a bloodline like that, Roganic has enormous promise.  The dining room is pleasant but not over the top, but the food is where all the attention is turned.  Beautiful plates of fresh, local produce including some unusual foraged bits, transformed by the touch of the master’s hand into stellar grub.
Essex Eating was scratching his head over ingredients like orache, oxeye daisy and chenpodiums.  The other hot tip, which we will explore at greater length another time, is the revelation of high quality, affordable Slovenian wines.  His knowledgeable dining companion and fellow blogger, Niamh,  who writes Eat Like a Girl, led the way through the wine list and that was a triumph too.  Three courses for £29 at lunch, eight courses £55 through toptable.  Book now.
Lancaster House Popup
This should rightly go in our Monday post about The Week in Food, but if you don’t book now you’ll miss out.  Lancaster House, that glorious megamansion in The Mall right next to Clarence House (home of royalty), is hosting four days of pop-up restaurant from 27 – 31 July and there are still some places for lunch and supper if you book right this minute.  How decadent, how glorious, how very temporary!
START is the sponsor, an initiative by HRH The Prince of Wales to inspire the UK public to take simple steps towards achieving more sustainable living. Jamie Grainger-Smith, formerly of Acornhouse and Fifteen, and the fabulous Gizzi Erskine, that tattooed angel, are creating the menus.  You know the menu will be based around sustainable, carbon-neutral foods and the menu modern British.  You can opt for the full blowout experience at £40 for a four-course lunch and £50 for a five-course supper, or just bask in the beautiful surroundings and eat more normally with sharing plates of charcuterie, pies, cheeses, breads and Dorset crab with drinks on the terrace (the terrace is walk-in only) from £8.