The Korean Food Foundation has launched its first Korean Restaurants Guide 2012. With text in English, French and Korean, it’s a fairly thorough, if not exhaustive, guidebook highlighting more than 40 restaurants in the London area with a veritable plethora of Korean restaurants listed the New Maldon/Raynes Park area to London’s south-west. The maps are good and the write ups descriptive but we would have liked to have seen more little London gems such as Seoul Bakery near Tottenham Court Road Station included. The website, www.hansik.org is included in the back of the book for finding out more details, but as of the publication of this post, there doesn’t seem to be any info about the guidebook on there. The book can be picked up at Korean restaurants around London.
Purporting to mash-up the “traditional wine bars of Milano” with the “urban cool streets” of Smithﬁeld, Carluccio’s has opened a new aperativo bar offering regionally sourced wines, traditional Italian beers and cocktails at its West Smithfield restaurant. A bit slow to London’s cicchetti party, the bar will also serve “Venetian tapas style plates.” Interested? A good time to visit might be during Aperitivo Hour from 5-7pm when guests can purchase £5 off bottles of wine, a bottle of prosecco for £15 and pints of Peroni for £3 each along with freebie olives and small dishes from £2.50 in price.
For the second time this year, Hummus Bros on Wardour Street will give away free meals on Sunday the 20th in exchange for donations of clothes, books, DVDs and homeware for Cancer Research UK to sell in their charity shops. “Barter Day” will run from noon to 6pm, and all quality donations will be accepted.
Taking place 24 November from 6.30-8.30pm at the brand new Les Senteurs boutique in Portman Village, an “exclusive” Cocktails & Fragrances event will aim to “take a fun but informed” look at the striking similarities between what goes into a cocktail and the ingredients used to create a scent. Tickets are available from www.thecocktaillovers.com and cost £25 per person; £45 for two people booking together and include Champagne and canapés on arrival, cocktails and goody bag.