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Shikumen Finchley Road Officially Opens Today

Shikumen NW3

We are delighted to announce Shikumen are officially launching their third restaurant in Finchley road today following a period of menu tasting and staff training. New menu items have been specially designed to celebrate their new opening including:

– Robata grilled dishes including Beef with Crunchy Chilli, Garlic and Sesame Seeds, Grilled Cauliflower with Black Sesame Truffle Sauce and Scallop Wrapped in Smoked Bacon with Miso Herb Butter.
– Four new Dim Sum platters (including one vegetarian) have been added to offer diners a more flexible way of trying Shikumen’s most popular Dim Sum dishes priced at £10.90, £15.90, £18.90 and £22.90 (dishes below).
– Crispy Grilled Eel & Seaweed Cheung Fun has been made a permanent dish on their menu following it’s success as a temporary special in their Shepherd’s Bush location.

Below you can find more details on location, opening hours, covers, menu details and quotes from previous reviews of their Shepherd’s Bush location.

If you would like further information on Shikumen Finchley Roadplease do not hesitate to contact Krista Booker

Address:
Shikumen Finchley Road
255 Finchley Rd
London
NW3 6LU

Opening Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 11.30 – 23:00
Sunday: 11.30 – 23:00

Covers:
80 including stool seating at full-height window overlooking Finchley Road

Menu Items:
Dim Sum Platters:
Vegetarian Dim Sum Platter (£10.90 p/p): Cong Mushrooms Dumpling, Steamed Vegetable Dumpling, Vegetarian Spring Rolls, Vegetable Shanghai Dumpling,  Three Style Mushroom Cheung Fun, Grilled Tenderstem Broccoli, Grilled Cauliflower.
Shikumen Dim Sum Platter (£15.90 p/p): Har Gau, Prawn Siu Mai with Pork, Crispy Aromatic Duck Roll, Baked Venison Puff, Curry Chicken Katsu on Rice.
Shikumen Dim Sum Platter  (£18.90 p/p) : Pumpkin Seafood Dumpling, Crabmeat and Prawn Dumpling, Scallop Siu Mai Topped with Tobiko, Chinese Chive Prawn Dumpling, Cong Mushrooms Dumpling, Prawn Cheung Fun, Phoenix Sesame Prawn on Toast, Crispy Aromatic Duck Roll, Golden Seafood Roll, Chilled Mango Pudding.
Shikumen Dim Sum Platter (£22.90 p/p) : Roasted Duck Bun, Pumpkin Seafood Dumpling, Crabmeat and Prawn Dumpling, Scallop Siu Mai Topped with Tobiko, Chinese Chive Prawn Dumpling, Mixed Vegetables in Teriyaki Sauce, Chicken Meatballs in Teriyaki Sauce, Miso marinated Salmon with Teriyaki Sauce, Baked Venison Puff, Golden Seafood Roll, Black Sesame Ball in Ginger Tea.
Dim Sum Menu: http://tinyurl.com/ShikumenDimSum
Robata Menu: http://tinyurl.com/ShikumenRobata
Full Menu: http://tinyurl.com/ShikumenMenus

Quotes:
Evening Standard – Fay Maschler:
“Xiao Long Bao are a test of the skill of a dumpling chef and here they were delicately pleated, surely at least 18 times, lusciously drenched in stock, superb.”
The Times – Giles Coren:
“I rolled the dumpling into a spoon, nipped it with my teeth and drank the hot, rich stock…the soup dumpling was delicious”
Time Out London
***** (5 stars)
“Exquisitely steamed, baked, and fried dishes ranging from classic har gau and xiao long bao to more sophisticated items such as scallop siu mai topped with tobiko and cheung fun filled with prawn and beancurd skin. The latter was a revelation, each mouthful exploding into a sensual mix of sweet, briny flavours and crisp textures”
Mail on Sunday – Tom Parker-Bowles:
“The great xiao long bao, whose beautiful broth is only just contained by…miraculously thin pastry”
Financial Times – Nicholas Lander:
“We were here for the Peking Duck and the Dim Sum – and neither disappointed”

About Shikumen:
Michelin Bib Gourmand awarded Chinese fine-dining restaurant has a large flagship located in the Dorsett Hotel on Shepherd’s Bush Green (2014), a second smaller location in Ealing (2014) and now their third in Finchley Road (2016). Shikumen is so called after the traditional Shanghai stone house architecture of the 1940s whose stone gatehouses were influenced by Western traders as they made their way to the gateway to the East.

Links:
www.shikumen.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/ShikumenUK
https://twitter.com/ShikumenUK
http://instagram.com/shikumenuk
http://uk.pinterest.com/shikumenuk

Shikumen Launches Selection of Coloured Xiao Long Bao

Shikumen Bao

We are proud to announce the launch of the new selection of coloured Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings) at Shikumen, Shepherd’s Bush.

Shikumen’s XLB, also known Shanghai dumplings, have fast become their signature dim sum dish following praise from critics across the board. Fay Maschler wrote “Xiao Long Bao are a test of the skill of a dumpling chef and here they were delicately pleated, surely at least 18 times, lusciously drenched in stock, superb.” Giles Coren; “I rolled the dumpling into a spoon, nipped it with my teeth and drank the hot, rich stock…the soup dumpling was delicious” and Tom Parker-Bowles; “the great xiao long bao, whose beautiful broth is only just contained by…miraculously thin pastry”.

Now guests at the Shanghainese restaurant can try a new selection of four naturally-coloured varieties with individual fillings:

Yellow (coloured with carrot); Chicken and Cheese filling
Green (coloured with spinach); Crab filling
Pink (coloured with beetroot); Szechuan Spicy Pork filling
Black (coloured with bamboo charcoal); Lobster and Truffle
Diners can order a 5-piece selection to try one of each colour including the original Xiao Long Bao with Minced Pork.

If you would like further information on Shikumen’s new offering
please do not hesitate to contact Krista Booker

Coloured XLB & Pricing:
Yellow (coloured with carrot); Chicken and Cheese filling (£6.20)
Green (coloured with spinach); Crab filling (£7.80)
Pink (coloured with beetroot); Szechuan Spicy Pork filling (£6.20)
Black (coloured with bamboo charcoal); Lobster and Truffle (£8.80)
Diners can order a 5-piece selection of each colour (including the original Xiao Long Bao with Minced Pork) and this is priced at £12.80.

About Shikumen:
Shikumen is an affordable Chinese fine-dining restaurant with a large flagship located in the Dorsett Hotel on Shepherd’s Bush Green now in it’s second year of trading with a second smaller location in Ealing’s Hotel Xanadu.

Since opening Shikumen has received encouraging reviews online such as “(I) have been here three times now, what an amazing restaurant!…The duck is to die for, honestly the best Chinese in London”, “This is proper food, beautifully cooked, elegantly presented” and “If there is a better Chinese restaurant in this part of west London, I have yet to find it”.

Shikumen has also received positive praise from The Evening Standard (Fay Maschler), The Times (Giles Coren), The Financial Times (Nicolas Lander), The Mail on Sunday (Tom Parker-Bowles), Timeout (5 stars) and they have been awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand award for outstanding food at a reasonable price.

Shikumen is so called after the traditional Shanghai stone house architecture of the 1940s whose stone gate houses were the gateway to the East. Ingredients are carefully sourced to bring diners produce of the highest quality served for exceptional value for money and you will see this reflected in the pricing of signature dishes such as Peking Duck carved at the table and served in two servings (whole £48.50 half £26.50) and the homemade dim sum such as Shanghai Xiao Long Bao (£5.20), Fried Dough Stick Cheung Fun (£4.50) and Cream Custard Bun (£3.80).

Shikumen Shepherd’s Bush Address:
Shikumen Shepherd’s Bush
Dorsett Hotel
58 Shepherd’s Bush Green
London
W12 8QE

Mien Tay 6 New Dishes to Celebrate 6th Birthday

6 New Dishes

We are delighted to announce the Battersea branch of Vietnamese favourite Mien Tay are celebrating their sixth birthday this November with six new dishes.

In the past six years Vietnamese food has skyrocketed in popularity and as the first ever Vietnamese restaurant to feature in The Evening Standard, Metro and Time Out London Mien Tay can certainly hold claim to widening interest to their country’s cuisine. Mien Tay have served approximately a quarter of a million customers since opening, have received certifications from Parliament, hosted dignitaries, is a popular “night off” spot for local chefs, industry figureheads, food writers and celebrities and it’s unusual not to see a queue snaking down Lavender Hill from this humble and honest family-run restaurant.

Over the past six years patrons to Mien Tay Battersea have contributed to charity causes in Vietnam because a large proportion of their profits are channelled directly into their native country. Co-owner (and wife of Mr Su Tran) Mrs My Le has led assistance to children in poverty providing clothing, toys and school equipment, in poor villages they have built roads, bridges and financed maintenance to increase accessibility and they have also given direct financial aid to those suffering extreme conditions.

The new menu items are: Deep fried Monkfish with Salt, Pepper and Garlic, Whole Grilled Semi-Dried Squid with Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce (starters), Kohlrabi Salad with Squid, Pomelo Salad with Chicken and Prawn (salads), Whole Grilled Poussin with Honey and Herbs, Stewed Snakehead Fish (main courses)

6 bestsellers from Past 6 years: Fresh Rolls with Prawn, Vietnamese Chicken Clay-Pot Curry, Crispy Squid with Garlic, Chicken with Honey and Spices, Goat with Galangal, Quail with Honey and Spices.

If you would like further information on Mien Tay’s 6 New Dishes
please do not hesitate to contact Krista Booker

EKACHAI Launch Interactive Wall

Ekachai Interactive Wall

Our client Ekachai is completely refurbishing the interior of their Wandsworth restaurant that is located on the upper concourse of Wandsworth’s Southside Shopping Centre. Narrative, the design team, are making huge changes such as covering the roof in bamboo and hanging almost fifty light fixtures imported from Indonesia.

As well as a new look there will also be a new menu with additions such as ever popular Cantonese Char Sui Bao, Thai chicken classic Kai Krapow and Roti Canai fried Malaysian pancake. The re-launch is planned for early July however between now and then they have to fully cover the exterior in large dull hoarding.

To reimagine this temporary drawback we commissioned The Outside Collective to create an interactive mural running along the entire length of the 13m hoarding. Ekachai also provided the collateral of 500 meals for us to giveaway.

Our focus for the interactive wall was to reflect the profile of Ekachai; a Southeast Asian restaurant specialising in authentic Cantonese, Thai and Malay street food served in an informal, honest and fun environment. The cuisines’ styles were illustrated by a scene from each area in geographical order moving from morning until night. We then made these scenes interactive to promote engagement and social media promotion of the re-launch. The Hong Kong scene features über-sized chopsticks, Thailand conical hats and Malaysia a becak bicycle. Instructions on how to use the wall are positioned at the top of the mural, to the side and also on an A board.

Yesterday Fourteen Ten spent time at Southside wearing Ekachai uniforms and encouraging passers-by to pose with the items on the wall. Some interacted, some didn’t but the first thing people did when walking past was to look at the wall, stop and smile many enquiring about the re-launch of the restaurant. We also spoke to lots of customers who were disappointed (and some angry!) to find their local restaurant was temporarily closed which was an interesting observation on numbers of regular diners.

Follow the entries using the hashtag #Ekachai.

WANT TO ENTER?

To win one of 500 free main-meals passers-by can select between Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaysia pose with the chopsticks, hats or bicycle and upload a photograph on either Facebook, Twitter or Instagram including the hashtag #Ekachai.

ADDRESS

Unit 205,
Upper Concourse,
Southside shopping centre,
London SW18 4TE
www.ekachai.co.uk/locations/wandsworth/

RELAUNCH

The restaurant is planned to re-open early July. We’ll be contacting the lucky winners via their social media channels and send them vouchers to redeem their prize following the reopening.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Hashtag: #Ekachai
Facebook: facebook.com/ekachai.uk
Twitter: twitter.com/ekachai_uk
Instagram: instagram.com/ekachai_uk/

For further information please contact Krista Booker

Nuk Phanurat Collaborates with Halo & Co

Halo and Co Jewellery

Fourteen Ten recently assisted Nuk Phanurat with his WordPress CMS following the launch of his lifestyle and retail site.

Nuk owns his own image, style and communications consultancy, as well as being Vice-President of Modern Lady House in Asia. He comes from a Business, Advertising and PR degree background with an additional Masters in Strategic Fashion Marketing. This knowledge and talent led on to Nuk being the co-founder of New York fashion label ‘Nukwear’ which expanded to 450 international retailers selling garments and accessories to men and women.

After showcasing his award-winning work at Fashion Week Japan and New York Fashion Show 2002, he became a media star producing and hosting his own weekly TV show. He has a wealth of experience under his belt from working at London companies Louis Vuitton and Browns SMS to name a few but his most recent and exciting project is establishing himself as an independent stylist and online retailer.

Fourteen Ten are delighted to support Nuk’s most recent collaboration with luxury British costume jewellery designers Halo & Co. Nuk is exclusively selling limited pieces from Halo & Co’s collection ‘The Deconstruction’.

The gorgeous jewellery combining classic vintage elegance with edgy, urban metal and silver hues are true to the refined, chunky and elaborate signature style of Halo & Co which counts members of the British Royal Family and many celebrities as fans.

View The Deconstruction collection here.
Nuk has arranged 10% discount across the entire Halo & Co collection. Enter promo code: NPLTD

Benihana 50th Anniversary Wagyu Beef Menu

Wagyu Beef

Benihana opened their first restaurant 50 years ago and to commemorate the occasion by offering a promotional menu that celebrates both the lifting of the import ban on Japanese Wagyu and Benihana’s unique heritage.

The 50th Anniversary Wagyu menu begins with the traditional starters of Onion Soup and Salad followed by Sushi, Tempura and the classic Prawn Appetiser, Courgettes, Onion Volcano and Hibachi Rice.

Diners are then served Wagyu known around the word for its sweet aroma and rich flavour. The Benihana style of cooking suits Wagyu beef very well as the marbling benefits from swift cooking at a high heat and the sweet fragrance given off when cooking (due to increased amino acids) can be appreciated by the diners seated around a Teppan.

The Wagyu can be compared with a dish of the Scottish Fillet or, at the diners preference, the Black Cod with Miso.

This ten-course meal is finished with an ice-cream dessert.

The price of the Benihana 50th Anniversary Wagyu menu is only £50 per person for a limited time to allow diners to experience Wagyu at an affordable price – before returning to the rrp of around £100 for the Wagyu alone.

For press enquiries please contact us

Wagyu Beef Menu

NOLA Bar Awarded Seal of the Sazerac

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Huge congratulations to NOLA who have been awarded the prestigious ‘Seal of the Sazerac’ from the New Orleans Culinary Preservation Society.

NOLA will be the first bar outside of North America to receive the award for serving the cocktail at an incredible standard and promoting the Sazerac and culture of New Orleans.

“For us this is an unbelievable achievement. When we put the cocktail program together it was important to us that we honour the rich history of cocktails from the city of New Orleans, so for the NOCCPS to recognise us as the first bar outside of North America to receive this honour is something that our whole team are very proud of” says Dan Priseman, Founding Partner of NOLA.

As Duke’s Bar is known for their Martinis we look forward to welcoming guests to NOLA to try the Sazerac, officially the most authentic and perfect example to be found outside North America.

So what makes the perfect Sazerac? Michelle Dunnick from Tales of the Cocktail has the answer:
“The perfect Sazerac contains all of the major elements (spirit, bitters, sweetness, anise) but is well-balanced, includes a lemon garnish, uses a chilled glass that’s been rinsed first with an anise-flavored liquor (herb saint or absinthe) and contains Peychaud’s bitters and rye whiskey. The no-nos? Serving the drink in a martini glass, using a lemon wedge garnish, shaking the cocktail or serving it on the rocks”.

Now you can find out what the perfect Sazerac tastes like, see you at NOLA!

NOLA
66-68 Rivington Street
EC2A 3AY
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 6pm until midnight
Friday & Saturday: 6pm until 3am (Members only after midnight)

Bookings: savemeaspace@nola-london.com
Website: http://nola-london.com
Twitter: @NOLAbar

The Cavendish London Cocktail Festival

The Cavendish London Cocktail Festival takes place from August 15th to September 15th during which guests are invited to enjoy cocktails and win prizes.

The festival is being held to celebrate the opening of The Rosa Lewis Bar named after the legendary “Duchess of Jermyn Street” who owned the hotel for 50 years from 1902.

During the month-long festival guests and members of the public are invited to the hotel to enjoy half-price Mondays and win prizes by tweeting #cocktailwednesday, Checking-In on Facebook or Foursquare and submitting Instagrams and Vines.

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Rosa Lewis
The Rosa Lewis Bar is named after Rosa Lewis, a British chef and owner of The Cavendish Hotel in London from 1902 to 1952. Known as the “Queen of Cooks” her culinary skills were highly prized by Edward VII with whom she was rumoured to have had an affair in the 1890s. She was also called “The Duchess of Jermyn Street.” Rosa Lewis was a strong woman and a infamous character amongst society and many tales are told of her flamboyance. One of her employers was Lady Randolph Churchill. One day, Rosa chased Lady Churchill’s then ten-year-old, red-haired son Winston out of her kitchen, shouting “Hop it, copper knob!”

Offers
Mondays – all cocktails are half price
Check-in on Facebook and Foursquare for a complimentary cocktail

Prizes
Complimentary cocktails for 5 followers (and guest) selected from all twitter entries that include #cocktailwednesday
The best #cocktailvine and instagram taken at the hotel will win prizes of overnight stays, Champagne dinners and afternoon teas.

Entry
Three prizes for best #cocktailvine submitted via Twitter
Three prizes for best Instagram submitted via instagram, Twitter or Facebook
5 weekly prizes for #cocktailwednesday entries

Prizes
1st Prize: Overnight stay for two with breakfast in a Suite with Champagne Dinner and welcome cocktails
2nd Prize: Dinner for 2 and welcome cocktails
3rd Prize: Afternoon Tea for two and welcome cocktails

Hotel address
www.thecavendishlondon.com
81 Jermyn Street, SW1Y 6JF
020 7930 2111
Nearest tube: Piccadilly & Green Park

The Rosa Lewis Bar Opening Hours
4pm to 12.30am daily and until 2am on Friday and Saturday

Hotel SM details
www.facebook.com/cavendishlondon
www.twitter.com/cavendish_hotel
https://plus.google.com/+cavendishlondon
www.pinterest.com/cavendishlondon
www.instagram.com/cavendishlondon

#News Facebook Introduces Hashtags

Hashtag Image

Facebook has now introduced hashtags for their users which was announced by their newsroom earlier today.

You will now be able to click hashtags on Facebook as you can with other social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest.

The benefits we will see are as follows:

• Ability to search for a specific hashtag from our search bar.
• Click hashtags from other services like Instagram.
• Create posts directly from the hashtag feed and search results.

Facebook stated on their news release: “hashtags on Facebook allow you to add context to a post or indicate that it is part of a larger discussion. When you click on a hashtag in Facebook, you’ll see a feed of what other people and Pages are saying about that event or topic”.

Delfina Opens Ski Lodge for Christmas 2012

Delfina Ski Lodge

Choose the Delfina Ski Lodge to host your lunch, dinner or evening events this Christmas

Delfina London have transformed their Bermondsey Street restaurant into a Ski Lodge complete with fur throws, rugs, logs, an open ‘fire’ and skis and stockings on the walls.

Their Christmas package for both lunch and dinner is priced at £30 for 2 courses or £35 for 3 courses and includes a complimentary glass of Prosecco on arrival. Our menu offers a selection of almost 20 dishes for guests to choose from to ensure everyone enjoys their celebration without compromising on taste.

Each dish stays true to the modern British seasonal cooking of the Delfina kitchen each dish as well as having an extra sprinkle of festive spice. Starters include Carpaccio of Venison with Pickled Red Cabbage and Blackberries, Stilton Panna Cotta with Balsamic Onions, Watercress and Toasted Walnuts.

Try Roast Pheasant with Butter Bean and Pancetta Cassoulet and Brussel Tops for main or Fillet of Seabass with Confit Lemon and Olive Oil Potato, Squash Purée, Sautéed Spinach and Sage Butter and for dessert Christmas Spice Crème Brulée with Mulled Wine Pear Compote and or a classic British cheese board of Shropshire Blue, Berkswell and Wigmore cheese.

Lunch Bookings Available: Monday-Friday Timing: 12pm-2.30pm (guests can stay until 5pm) Capacity: 1 to 200 Dinner Bookings Available: Fridays (November Only, Closed in December) Timing: 7pm-10pm (guests can stay until midnight) Capacity: 1 to 200
For mid-week evening exclusive hire please contact us directly for group package information for 150-500 guests.

Booking requirements Pre-orders one week before booked date Final numbers confirmed 48hours before booked date Deposit of £20 per head.

For booking or other enquiries contact restaurant@thedelfina.co.uk

50 Bermondsey Street London SE1 3UD Telephone: 020 7564 2400 Nearest tube: London Bridge.

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