Food & Drink

Welcome to the Food & Drink section on City Connect

From the best restaurants and bars to recommendations of food and drink retailers, our features editor and review panel cover a wide range of offerings from the world of food & beverage.

City Connect brings you articles and reviews in this section crammed full of great ideas what and where to eat and drink, from luxury brands to everyday favourites.

For a list of all Food & Drink articles, please see below.

Rosecoco (borlotti) beans curry

Rosecoco Beans (also called borlotti beans) are normally found in their dried form.  Their deep pink colour skin is flecked with beige and brown spots. They need to be soaked overnight and cooked until soft. Once cooked, they look very similar to peanuts.  Cooking them in a pressure cooker saves … Continue reading

Mirrors, Shakers and Manhattans

It’s been quiet on the invite side. I would put this down to the busy holiday season. Saying that I’ve still been invited to a couple of shindigs this week. The week started with a couple of drinks at the Landmark Hotel in Marylebone. I usually frequent the Mirror Bar … Continue reading

Paneer and mixed vegetables stir fry

Lately, I have been using paneer in a lot of curries.  This recipe is slightly different from my usual curries as the curry is dry and can be used to eat on its own, or inside a wrap like a sandwich. Ingredients for 3-4 servings: 2 cups of cubed paneer … Continue reading

Baby corn and Broccoli Rice

  Preparation time-5 minutes Cooking time 10 minutes Serves 2 Delicious Chinese style rice that is easy to make and perfect accompaniment to any curry. Ingredients: 240 g cold boiled rice 6 broccoli florets cut into smaller florets 8 baby corn cut into small one cm rounds 1/4 teaspoon salt … Continue reading

5 Reasons You Need Desiccated Coconut in Your Dishes

Are you always on the lookout for new menu ideas? Do you like the idea of combining interesting tastes and textures in your food creations? If so, you may have overlooked one classic and creative ingredient. Desiccated coconut is the unsung hero in sweet and savoury concoctions. You may have … Continue reading

Street Food Recipe: Egyptian Koshary

There was a general consensus in the press that as we headed into 2018, street food was going to get a lot more sophisticated. We’re not sure we ever agreed with that; the whole point of street food is that it’s simple, unrefined, easy to understand and easy to eat. … Continue reading

Marriott Hotel – Manhattan Grill

As my last meeting of the day was in Canary Wharf I decided to take a short walk towards the quayside and sample the menu at Manhattan Grill. Friday night was a beautiful Summer’s evening and other workers had congregated outside all the bars on the way to Manhattan Grill. … Continue reading

¡Que rico! Tapas

A review of Cambridge-based ¡Que rico! Tapas Two years ago, Estefania Led Ramos left Spain and made what she planned to be a temporary move to Cambridge to improve her English. Deciding she rather liked the city, however, she gave up a career in journalism and communications to set up … Continue reading

Gentilini Wines, Kefalonia – Greece

Kefalonia’s Gentilini family, originally from Italy, traces its arrival on the Greek island back to the 1520s; several centuries later, in the early 20th century, the last Gentilini married a Kosmetatos and the name died out. Marianna Kosmetatos, a direct descendent of the Gentilini-Kosmetatos line, is the current owner and … Continue reading

Corkers: Rock & Roll Crisps in Space

The press pack for these Corkers Crisps tells me they are made from a unique variety of potato (Naturalo, apparently), are sliced thinner for a better texture, are made locally and sustainably in Cambridgeshire, are served on BA, at Kew Gardens and The British Library, have been on television and … Continue reading

Buyers Guide: First Class Cuppa

The Stamp Collection is the chic creation of Gift Republic, a multi award-winning gift company who produce mugs bearing designs using iconic Royal Mail stamps. This is the ideal gift if you’re looking for something quirky and unusual for a friend or loved one. They look so beautiful that it’ll be … Continue reading

Buyers Guide: Kumar’s Curry & Bumbu Sauces

New to the UK is the most amazing range of curry sauces that are like nothing you will have ever tasted before. Kumar’s curry sauces and bumbu’s will give you the true taste of South Asian cuisine in convenient ready-to-use pots that are now available in the UK for home delivery. “Bumbu” … Continue reading

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