I'm Ian Marshall from London. I've been Qyping since 11-06-2009
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The Stables Market Chalk Farm Road, Camden, London NW1 8AH
Boom, Boom, Boom, tss, Boom, Boom Boom
Expect Hard House blaring at you, fluro costumes and cyber gear all around, robots, dancing girls in fluffy mini skirts and bras. Space, flashing lights and loud, loud music.
Cyberdog is great, it's more like a club than a shop, except without quite as many gurning casualties.
I wouldn't go for the clothes but it's definitely on my list of places to pop in if I'm up at Camden Market, and it certainly wakes you up after wandering through patchouli scented fabric emporiums.
Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3EE
Was at the Robin Hood Tax, Mutate event here last night and this awesome old building has been used by them in the past for their installations of street art and trash sculpture.
The building is in considerable dis-repair but for this sort of thing that just adds to the charm. The flickering lights in the toilets (and the fact you had to walk through a fenced off car park complete with snoozing dog)
keep an eye out for pop up events here as there isn't always something happening
35 Chalk Farm Road, Camden, London NW1 8AJ
Cool Camdenside boozer that often hosts DJ sets and whatnot, is always heaving at the weekends and last time I went there Rhys Ifans was one of the clientele.
There you are, short and sweet, it's one of many pubs in Camden I'd consider.
It is hard to know where to start in reviewing a night that was essentially just a really swell party. I’d heard wonderful things before visiting but the hype was well and truly lived up to on Tuesday as Jim Haynes, surely a man with the ideal lifestyle, After Eight and Qype helped them to host a Dinner Party through the Decades.
Having been to a couple of supper clubs before I thought I knew the drill but the crowd here tonight turned it more into a cocktail party than anything as Johan the Mixologist served up Bellinis while we mingled.
With Qypers and food bloggers rubbing shoulders and appreciating the sensational starter selection it became clear that this was going to be something of a special evening. Crispy Spring Rolls and Summer Rolls stuffed to absolute bursting point were superb while the take on the Prawn Cocktail (2 large tiger prawns in Garlic & White Wine with Mayo) worked nicely as well.
Then the cocktails came out in force with a refreshing Spring Tom Collins, the Bramble which didn’t quite have as much Blackberry as I was expecting, and the Rose-Club cocktail, which most had as their favourite.
The main course consisted of rather yummy mushrooms, a delicious carpaccio of beef and a baked potato mash. We were satisfied and really beginning to get into the swing of things by this stage as it was time for Jim to regale us.
For the last 30 years Jim has had upwards of 60 people coming into his home every Sunday for a dinner party, and funnily enough he is entertaining, engaging and accommodating as you might expect. He told stories about how he had brought people together and of his foolproof method of not upsetting the neighbours (take them food).
It was a pleasure to be in the company of someone who unashamedly lives in the moment as an existentialist; his favourite food is the food he is eating right now, and by extension Fernandez and Leluu’s was his favourite supper club, at least that night!
We rounded off of course with a wafer thin mint and what was described as a summer fruits spotted dick. This was an incredible finish, baked croissant with white chocolate liqueur sauce, raisins and strawberries, just fabulous. So good in fact that The London Foodie got so excited he managed to spill sauce down his front, how lucky to be wearing a black shirt!
So, Sian outdid herself (and I thought Bob Bob Ricard would be hard to top) with an incredible event. Jim will be getting some new guests to dinner, this and other supper clubs will no doubt get an attendance boost now we have the bug and we all left with a box of after dinner mints and a tale to tell. “Did you hear about that night in East London when everything just worked?”
They do it here twice a week and I salute them.
21 Great Windmill Street, London W1D 7LB
I love Malaysian food.
I'd almost go as far as saying it's my favourite cuisine but perhaps that is just because of the memories it evokes of my trip there some time ago now.
We were wandering around Soho looking for this place, or the other Melati around the corner (perhaps - we never found it) and stumbled across it after sneaking down a side alley past a sweet shop.
With that sort of magical introduction, as well as a slightly crazy hall of mirrors style entrance we found ourselves warmly welcomed in a quiet but friendly atmosphere. While it wasn't busy on Wednesday night, two groups came in who were clearly regulars and I can understand why they came back.
The satay was tasty and I wouldn't agree too greasy as mentioned elsewhere. The Coconut rice was as you would expect and the Spicy Tiger Prawn curry had a delicious kick to it which awakened my tastebuds but didn't linger.
While the Beef Rendang with it's dry, rich sauce, full of flavour and with incredibly tender meat was a main I could eat again and again.
The Roti with curry sauce was what really got me though.
I've had nice Rotis elsewhere in London but the famous Roti Chanai breakfast in Malaysia was always as much about the curry for me and they nailed it here. "A taste of home" as the waitress suggested and I was transported from the first dip.
Decent value considering the location, I will be back.
255 Finchley Road, O2 Centre, London NW3 6LU
Had a comp meal here a while back and while it was probably better than your average lunchtime option it was pretty shambolic and I wasn't totally convinced by their meze bites either, a little dry to be honest.
The Wrap we had was better and the apple, ginger and mint lemondae was very tasty and refreshing.
Interesting place and aiming for a chain of lebanese eateries is not a bad idea but just up from the Edgware Road there are better options really..
40-42 Chalk Farm Road, Camden, London NW1 8AJ
Camden boozer with large leather sofas round the back and a little stage up t'front and a garden out the back
Not a bad place, had a great night watching Akira the Don and chums here the other week and it's pretty good for a small venue like that although I can imagine it gets packed later on.
No ale on offer which is a mark down for me though and frankly there are better pubs round here
1 Upper James Street, Soho, London W1F 9DF
I joined some fellow (extremely lucky) Qypers at a Vodka tasting here on Sunday and frankly I'd like to come back here every week. (Any chance of organising that Sian?)
The first thing you notice as you enter is the opulent art deco stylings and attentive service from the staff, the banquette seating around the main part of the restaurant looked ideal for sinking into as you settle down for a long afternoon.
We were in a private room round the back with a golden chandelier, interesting art work and a selection of vintage childrens toys on the walls. Unusual, yes, but it all worked rather well and the dark room helped us forget that, after the clocks had gone forward, to our bodies it was only 11.30.
The signature drink of Pink Rhubarb Gin and tonic helped take the edge off and was delicious with an impressively frothy head.
Our host for the afternoon was Ricard, who co-owns the place with his partner Leonid (or Bob, who has a 2 thirds share..)
He took us through a selection of Vodkas stressing that the original point of the drink was not to impart flavour but actually to remove it. Through different processes of filtration, quality of ingredients and distillation the aim is to get a flavourless drink that just gives that slight alcohol burn at the back of the throat.
The general consensus was that the closest to this was the first one we tried, the Kauffman Special Selected Vintage 2006, which had a slight sweetness but was otherwise almost neutral.
I was also quite keen on the Imperia by Russian Standard and that is lucky because at £4 a shot as opposed to somewhere in the region of £15 for the Kauffman this is slightly more in my price range..
We were served food with each vodka and my favourites were, perhaps surprisingly the Jellied Ox Tongue with a delicious Creamed Horseradish and less surprisingly the Meat Pelmeni.
These little dumplings, similar to Polish Pierogi, and served with Sour Cream and vinegar were incredibly more-ish and I think an afternoon scoffing them with a jug of Imperia would be quite fantastic.
We were too full for a roast dinner after a selection of starters including beautiful scallops with black pudding and some blueberry cured Orkney Beef but I did have a rather tasty Cheese board.
So, this place is fantastic, probably out of my usual price range though but I would make the trip for a special occasion. If it was cheaper I could quite happily come back every week, although maybe that is a good thing for the state of my liver.
50 Frith Street, Soho, London W1D 4SQ
EmKonstan has pretty well covered the Qype event yesterday at this fabulous little fast food joint in Soho so I shall try to add what I can to support the entirely positive feedback.
To call this fast food seems unfair because each Mooli is lovingly crafted and head chef Raju is of a superb pedigree having worked for the 5 star Oberoi Hotel in New Delhi and the Michelin starred Benares in Mayfair.
Fast food it is though because they make batches of fresh roti each morning and afternoon using some heavy duty machinery allowing them to meet the demands of Soho's hungry hordes. 300+ for the lunch time rush each day at the moment but they are increasing.
The beauty of the Mooli is its simplicity and lack of additives. The bread is simply flour and water thinly pressed and baked on a hot plate and comes out soft but not chewy (and goes very well with their selection of chutneys)
We tried these with the baked poppadoms as well and really it seems bizarre that anyone fries these because they are so crisp and delicious done this way.
It's a fascinating story how Sam and Matthew got this place up and running and I recommend having a look on their website and readng more about the journey.
If only I worked nearby and could pop in each lunchtime...
111-113 Camden High Street, Camden, London NW1 7JN
Maybe it was the free Bourbon cocktails that swung it but I had a really good time at the Blues Kitchen last night.
I came to this place many, many moons ago before the place became a Blues bar and it was pretty awful. Now though they have done the place up very nicely and the small tasters of food we had were sensational.
The Ribs were delicious and my companion (who knows about these things) thought the wings smelt very authentic - although we weren't quite quick enough..!
Blues band playing some good jams as well and I think this could be a good place to come for a party.
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