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News feed: omakase dining, Nordic afternoon tea and a brand-new issue of BAKE

by Charlotte Davidson

Every week we round up the newest openings, menus and exciting news from the food world. This week it’s omakase dining, Nordic afternoon tea and a brand-new issue of BAKE

New menu: Nordic afternoon tea

Aquavit London launches their Nordic afternoon tea today (Monday 27 March) at their St James’s Market restaurant. Feast on rye bread sandwiches with gravlax and venison tartare fillings, followed by semla (almond-filled cardamom buns) and punsch-roll (punsch liquer and crushed cookies wrapped in marzipan and dipped in chocolate). It doesn’t get more Nordic than this.


New issue: BAKE

Don’t forget to look out for our newest issue of BAKE. Stocked in Sainsbury’s supermarkets, it’s packed to the brim with delicious baking inspiration, including recipes from Mary Berry, Eric Lanlard and Mich Turner. Ready. Set. Bake!


New menu: Kikuchi

Japanese restaurant Kikuchi in Fitzrovia, London, has launched an omakase-style dining experience this month. Omakase means ‘to entrust’ in Japanese, so the choice is taken entirely out of your hands. It’s up to the chef what you eat, allowing for an unforgettable meal. Chef patron Masayuki Kikuchi will provide a number of different dishes that include sashimi, sushi, grilled fish and meats, plus soups. Not to be missed!


In season: spinach

Although available all year round, it’s at its freshest at the end of March, so make sure you get your hands on some. Check out our website for recipe inspiration – we’re loving these butternut noodles with spinach and ricotta and this fresh tomato, chickpea and spinach curry.


New opening: Operation Red Rocket

The Art of Dining pop-up team is at it again with their launch of Operation Red Rocket. This time the duo will be presenting an immersive retro-futuristic experience. Set in 1965, diners will be assessed in order to become a part of the first colony on Mars. Dishes will be inspired from multiple cuisines and include cumin pork ribs with soft-boiled tea eggs and Xi’an-style potatoes, plus stuffed karela, spiced roasted romanesca and gooseberry chutney among others. Beginning on 26 April, tickets are on sale now so make sure you grab them while you can.


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