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Searcys One New Change relaunches as Champagne & Meatballs bar

It’s all-change at Searcys as the bar launches a new ‘bubbles and balls’ menu. Who would have thought it? A champagne bar we could actually afford to go to on a daily basis has emerged. Well, the bar and Champagne has always been there but a fresh Italian injection to the food and drink menu has made Searcys at One New Change a much more accessible destination. It’s now all bubble and balls (Cham-balls doesn’t quite have the same ring) galore with more Italian serves on the side, and all things considered, it’s very reasonably priced. Enjoyed amongst sleek interiors with grey slate walls and aqua, copper and monochrome tones, this place oozes industrial-come-luxe appeal. The step-by-step food menu is simple but efficient – just pick your meat, followed by the sauce and then your choice of carbs. The toss-up between a neat bowl of pasta (£9) and a hands-on ciabatta (£8) is easily made if you value what you’re wearing. With the meatballs, choose between punchy beef or slightly milder beef and pork balls. …

Spring blossoms at Sake no Hana

Sake no Hana recreates springtime Japan with a bit of help from its ‘sakura’ cherry blossoms. When the blooms come out at Sake no Hana, it can only mean one thing – the turn of ‘hanami’ where picnicking is enjoyed under flowering but fleeting cherry blossom trees to see in spring in full glory. Under a canopy of white and pink blossoms with a grass carpet underfoot and projection of falling petals above the bar, the scene is beautifully set for the bar’s limited edition spring sakura menu. And what a way to begin, as the cocktail brings with it a multisensory experience. A mix of gin, yuzu sake, cherry liqueur, grapefruit juice and agave is guaranteed to please sweet-toothed drinkers. But then the three curious atomisers that accompany the drink up the ante. In the first instance, dousing these onto your wrists would be a great waste so do refrain as an alcohol base of vodka tells you all you need to know. There’s a fitting cherry and cinnamon fragrance, a delicate elderflower and …

Rivea London showcases new floral desserts

As the buzz builds in the lead-up to the Chelsea Flower Show, Rivea London plans to put on a sweet floral show of its own. Nothing makes you want dessert more than by making it a one-week-only-and it’s-gone affair. That and the fact that the desserts look like this. In celebration of the Chelsea Flower Show (24-28 May 2016), Rivea London at the Bulgari Hotel will be serving up a duo of new floral desserts created by Alexandre Talpaert, a protégé of Alain Ducasse. The Wild Strawberry and Poppy Pergola (pictured above), beautifully constructed, consists of a lemon zest shortbread topped with poppy mousse, wild strawberries and a scoop of strawberry sorbet. A delicate chocolate pergola structure completes the dish. Next up is the Chelsea Flower Show Planter (above), a dark chocolate case filled with lime and vanilla cream brimming with a colourful array of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and edible flowers. What a blooming wonderful way to kick-start your spring. The desserts cost £8 each and are available from 23-29 May 2016. Rivea London, Bulgari …

HKK brings tradition to its Chinese New Year menu

Diners celebrating Chinese New Year at HKK this year get to delight in both the tasting menu and the stories and traditions that accompany the occasion. Resplendent in red with vibrant uplighting and a ribbon fanfare of a central display, HKK makes for a pretty fine dining spot for intimate Chinese New Year celebrations. Greeting you at your table is a beautifully designed menu-come-story book featuring embossed pages and pastel-coloured hand-drawings (illustrated by Emi Ueoka) that represent each of the eight courses you’ll soon be presented with, as well as details of the history and rituals that surround each dish. It’s thoughtfully put together and if you enjoy a bit of story-telling with your meal, the bound book (which you can take away as a memento) is the perfect accompaniment. The first part begins with a Prosperity Platter – a light and crunchy salad of jellyfish, salmon skin, pomegranate and sesame that you ought to toss as high as you can as a signifier of good luck. This is accompanied by an oyster and Parma …

Hakkasan celebrates Chinese New Year with limited edition menu

To mark the Year of the Monkey, Hakkasan restaurants have created a special Chinese New Year menu and are bringing the Chinese wishing tree tradition to diners. Hakkasan have laid on quite a feast for diners in their restaurants this Chinese New Year and have lit up their dark interiors with celebratory flashes of red and gold to mark the occasion. Look a little closer and you’ll find handwritten notes on each of the coloured ribbons, inspired by the tradition of writing wishes on paper tied to citrus fruits that are tossed into the branches of the Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree in Hong Kong. You’ll be presented with your own to inscribe your hopes and wishes onto which will be duly hung up in the restaurant before your meal begins. First, whet your lips with a fruity 9 Hou cocktail, an Eldorado three-year-old rum, Amontillado sherry, banana and guava concoction or stick with the equally refreshing Sheng Fizz mocktail, a mix of mandarin, guava, peach and ginger ale. The golden monkey cocktail stirrer is a …

Fresh off the ice: Koori at L’Apogée Courchevel

If you’re going to get back on the slopes day after day, you need to get some real sustenance in. At L’Apogée Courchevel, it’ll be Japanese restaurant Koori (translates as “ice”) fuelling you up for the season. Amongst slick, slate grey interiors with marble countertops, you can enjoy indulgent but delicately prepared dishes such as black cod with miso sauce and salmon with daikon radish. That’s alongside the naturally popular choices of sushi and sashimi. And there’s plenty of Japanese tea and sake to help warm you up too. (Koori at L’Apogée Courchevel, France.

Innovation Sensation: Indigo restaurant

Everyone loves surprises. If someone says they don’t, they just haven’t had one worthy of the admission. If you fancy testing out the theory, you’re onto a winner at Indigo. It has a fine showcase of seasonal British ingredients and it’s housed in a damn fine Edwardian building in the centre of London. But the astonishing revelation, after devouring the food, naturally? The menu is entirely gluten and dairy-free. Who would have thought it? But yes, it has been stealthily cut out of everything from the beer-battered fish and chips to the Amedei chocolate mousse without a dent in the flavour stakes. Impressive. Indigo, One Aldwych, Covent Garden, London WC2B 4BZ.

The Ultimate Happy Meal at Verden

Eating until you’re full to bursting – that’s what Christmas meals are all about. But forego the tough prep work and round up your troops at Verden where an indulgent feast will be whipped up for your pleasure. Dishes are designed to be shared, with mains such as beef forerib, whole sea bass and honey-glazed ham being the crowning glory. If you can’t stop at just the one banquet, there’s a game feasting menu (sourced from the founder’s Lincolnshire farm) that runs until late January. £35 per person (groups of at least four or 12 required depending on menu). Verden, 181 Clarence Road, Hackney, London E5 8EE.

Fab babs: Le Bab

Forget all the associations you may have had for the high street kebab as come New Year, they’ll be going gourmet. And you won’t be able to resist. With a starry team of former Le Gavroche chefs in the kitchen, expect wild and eclectic kebabs from roe deer shish with damson and isot pepper jam to sharing size pig’s head with crackling and turnip and carrot slaw. You can even pair them with Sipsmith cocktails, fine French wines or craft beers. Better still, they’re open late into the night, so perfect for midnight jaunts. Le Bab, 2nd Floor, Kingly Court, Soho, London W1B 5PW.

New kid on the block: Urban Coterie

Taking dining to new heights in Shoreditch is Searcys restaurant Urban Coterie, which opens on the 17th floor of the angular M by Montcalm hotel building. At the helm of the kitchen is chef Martin Zahumensky (formerly of Texture and Hibiscus) who will oversee a monthly changing menu of seasonal British dishes such as Brixham crab, apple and celeriac, and grilled monkfish with cockles, kale, rosemary and anchovy vinaigrette. Urban Coterie, M by Montcalm, 151-157 City Road, London EC1V 1JH.