London Food & Drink News: 25 August 2011

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London Food & Drink News: 25 August 2011

There's not long left to enjoy Cinnamon Club's Indo-Malay menu but if you've got the time and the money, it's well worth it. Created by the restaurant's up-n-comer chef Sankar Chandrasekhar and available until the end of August, the five course menu combines spice from the subcontinent with ingredients found on (and swimming around) Britain. Based upon a recent visit, we can testify to the quality of the starter of seafood soup with melon rice wine. Courses of coriander-crusted king prawn with shrimp-stuffed lychee and steamed red snapper with black chickpea and coconut relish are equally gorgeous. Cinnamon Club's Indo-Malay is £50. Early booking is recommended. Can't make it in time for this fishy feast? The Club has a “Game On” menu set for September featuring delectable sounding dishes such as Venison and prune kofta, tandoori breast of grouse and chargrilled crown of partridge.

Marking the end of Ramadan, Dishoom will be serving a special feast menu, available from 30 August to 4 September. In celebration of Eid-Ul-Fitr, the seven-dish Eid feast, designed for two to share, will cost £22.50 per person and start with a rose and cardamom, mango and fennel or traditional salted lassi to followed by a range of savoury dishes and desserts.

Le Cordon Bleu has announced Le Grand Diplôme Scholarship Award to be granted to a 16-19 year old aspiring foodie. Starting in 2012, the “life-changing opportunity worth more than £30,000” Le Grand Diplôme Scholarship Award will incorporate six courses over nine months including Basic, Intermediate and Superior Cuisine and Basic, Intermediate and Superior Pâtisserie all taught by Le Cordon Bleu London’s master chefs. The training will open doors not only for a potential chef, but as a restaurant manager, food critic, cake designer and a range of food industry related options. To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must post a short video clip on the Le Cordon Bleu UK Scholarship Award website (no longer than one minute and 30 seconds and file size no larger than 250Mb) showing what they know about Le Cordon Bleu and what inspires them. The winner will be chosen based on their passion and determination; previous culinary experience is not required.

London’s “friendliest and most casual whisky tasting night” - Whisky Squad – is planning its 20th tasting for Thursday 1 September. Exact time and venue are still to be confirmed. But the evening with guest presenter, Ludo Ducrocq, Global Brand Ambassador for William Grant & Sons Ltd, will be in Central London and cost £15 per person.

Sticking with booze, London's latest beer supplier opens the kegs over the weekend. London Fields Brewery will hold a grand opening party over all three days of the Bank Holiday weekend, 11am-11pm. Sample five different ales as well as London Fields Lager, and tuck into a BBQ and some light jazz. You can find them at 374 Helmsley Place E8 3SB.

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Last Updated 25 August 2011