‘Because there’s more to life than swallowing’ is one of the raisons-d’etre of The Experimental Food Society, a madly creative group of ground-breaking jelly mongers, cake artists, sugarcraft sculptors and unique conceptual artists working in food who are coming together in the Inaugural Experimental Food Society Spectacular this Saturday, 25 September, at The Brickhouse, London, E1.
This magical landscape by Carl Warner, another Experimental Food Society member with a book out soon — Carl Warner’s Food Landscapes published by Abrams on 15th October — is made entirely of food. Seriously.
The London Restaurant Festival is nearly on us, 4 – 18 October, and you’ll hear more about it from us later. (London Restaurant Festival special offers are up on the toptable.com website now.) But book now for the festival’s Gourmet Odysseys on the iconic Routemaster or Gourmet Walking Tours as they’re selling out fast.
Bidding ends Friday, 24 September, for the fabulous Gordon Ramsay three-course dinner on the London Eye, a charity auction to benefit the London Evening Standard’s Dispossessed Fund. Last year it went for £20K and that was in the middle of economic meltdown. Host nine friends, eat well and feel good.
A showcase of the thrilling flavours of Malaysia comes to London’s Trafalgar Square this Friday, 24 September, from 3 – 10 pm, as twenty of the capital’s Malaysian restaurants offer tastes of their best, most authentic dishes at Malaysia Kitchen.
In Edinburgh, Malmaison hosts a free ‘Daring to Keep It Local’ special farmers’ market this Sunday, 26 September. Discover Malmaison’s super local suppliers for yourself.
Exciting new toptable restaurants:
Redgate Steak and Alehouse is in Fenny Drayton, Nuneaton, and we’re tempted to move there so we can (a) say ‘Fenny Drayton’ a lot and (b) have the Redgate’s surf and turf all the time. Modern restaurant in historic surroundings with brilliant beef dishes – say no more.
The Restaurant is a gorgeous, 50’s-chic brasserie in The New Ellington Hotel in Leeds’ business district serving modern European cuisine in a seductive little space – one of Leeds’ best-kept secrets.
Tuli restaurant in London’s Tooley Street in SE1 is a funky modern Chinese restaurant and karaoke bar that we just know is going to be a hotspot for Christmas parties.
Due Fratelli is a family-run Italian in Putney in London with a classic, elegant dining room and seasonally-changing menu.
In Oxford, a former banking hall has been transformed into Quod, a breathtaking restaurant with beautiful modern art and a European menu that’s a study in the classics — at affordable prices.