Category: Food & Drink

Food & Drink
Ristorante Frescobaldi

Despite a location with almost no passing footfall and having only been open for two weeks, Frescobaldi was almost full the Saturday lunch time I visited. To launch this first independent UK site, the people behind the centuries-old wine dynasty – Frescobaldi Vini – have partnered with Good Food Society, a new hospitality venture promoted […]

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Arabica Bar & Kitchen

“An Iranian and a part-Turk walk into a Levantine-inspired bar (and restaurant)”. Remarkably, not the opening to a joke with potential to offend, but an innocuous intro to an evening at recently launched Arabica Bar & Kitchen in the thick of Borough Market. For me to delay a visit to a newly opened Middle Eastern […]

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Ambience – worthy of a trek to Wimbledon

There is plenty of Turkish life “souf of the river”. One gem is Ambience, a 10-minute walk away from Wimbledon tube (or short hop of two stops along the 156 bus route), where you’ll be met by a warm and friendly welcome at this modern family-run Turkish Cypriot restaurant. The only Turkish eatery in the area, they have become a firm local favourite since opening their doors two years ago. Manager Tanser Ozdemir, […]

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Doner kebab inventor Kadir Nurman dies

His simple market stall idea has become a multi-billion pound global business The Turkish immigrant widely credited for creating the doner kebab has died in Berlin at the age of 80. Kadir Nurman, originally from Malatya in Eastern Turkey, moved to Stuttgart in Germany at the age of 26. Soon after he moved to Berlin […]

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Simit takes on the bagel in NYC

New York serves as the battleground for a new Middle Eastern conflict, this time over dough-breads. After years of domination, the city’s classic bagel has competition in the shape of its skinnier Turkish neighbour the simit. The company taking on the bagels is Simit and Smith, which opened its first Manhattan store on the Upper […]