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Dinner with Jimmy

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on Thursday, 08 May 2014
Last year, there was a 4 week waiting list for this pop up restaurant. With just a three-month run, you were a lucky duck if you managed to grab a seat for supper.

Happily, Jimmy's Underground Pop Up Restaurant is back! Running from May to July, diners can delve into the subterrenean dining room in trendy south London to enjoy a multi-course dinner or lunch. Thursdays is Bordeaux and Burgers night (a delectable combination) whilst Fridays and Saturdays offer five courses of ethically sourced, seasonal and downright delicious dishes.


Even better, the pop up is sitauted in the cosy basement of the DVine Cellars wine shop, so you can buy vino to enjoy with your meal with no corkage charge!

Us Young Ladies About Town will be visiting as much as we can possibly manage. See you there!

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Visiting Verdi

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on Friday, 02 May 2014
I don’t know how I existed for so long without experiencing a Mozzarella bar. That’s right, a Mozarella bar.

This ingenious concept is a feature of the menu at Verdi – the Italian restaurant which has recently opened in the Royal Albert Hall. The idea behind it is that you choose your cheese (the classic Buffalo Mozzarella or creamy Burrata) and then select an accompaniment of cured meat or colourful vegetables. It all comes served with a delightful mound of rocket is unfathomably delicious.


The Mozzarella bar is not the only reason to visit this new eatery, though. Their menu includes a well-crafted selection of stone-baked pizzas and pasta plates, along with hearty meat and fish dishes (the sea bream with gnocchi is a must try). You can’t leave without sampling the classic Italian Affogato either: I’d wager the generous dollops of vanilla ice cream topped with bitter espresso and sweet Amaretto can solve all your problems in one taste.


With green banquettes and soft leather seats, the bright and airy restaurant makes the most of the Grade I-listed beauty of the Royal Albert Hall. It’s the perfect spot to sup before seeing a show or, with live music every weekend, it’s a destination for entertainment itself.

Run there before it gets too busy. I’ll be there, propping up the (Mozzarella) bar.

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Conquering cuisines

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on Monday, 17 June 2013
Indian, Chinese, Italian…How many different cuisines have you sampled?

According to research conducted by continental food brand unearthed®, the majoirty of Brits try between just one and seven different cuisines in their lifetime. And with 193 countries in the world each producing their very own delicacies, this means that few of us discover the range of delights available.

Last week, unearthed® set out to smash this standard (and set a new world record while they were at it) by creating and hosting the biggest ever tasting menu. Over a 24 hour period, one dish from every country was presented to a stream of eager samplers. A team of four chefs spent 130 hours prepping and cooking the dishes, which included everything from English strawberries and cream to Korean rice cakes to Zambian toasted ants (yes, really!)

We Young Ladies About Town dropped in on the feast for an hour, during which we tried Bulgarian Ayran (a salty, yoghurty beverage), Cambodian Longan (a fruit like a lycee), Jamaican Goat Stew (a hearty flavour, similar to lamb) and Australian king prawns (as you’d expect!) We left just before the Congonese grass hoppers were served…

The event was opened to the public over the weekend, with all proceeds going to Action Against Hunger.

Rumour has it that a cookery book featuring all 193 recipes is in the pipeline. Just to whet your appetite, here’s the recipe from Portugal (ant-free, we hasten to add). Enjoy!

Portugese Chicken and Chorizo Casserole

2 red onions
200g chorizo sausage
200g chicken breast
1L chicken stock
Half savoy cabbage, shredded
2 large tins chickpeas, drained
Juice one lemon

1.    Heat dash olive oil in large saucepan. Add chicken, sliced onions and diced chorizo.
2.    Cook gently until soft, about 10 minutes. Season well.
3.    Add stock. Bring to boil. Add cabbage and chickpeas and simmer 4-5 minutes until cabbage is cooked.
4.    Serve in bowls with squeeze of lemon juice and drizzle of olive oil.

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Top Places for an Evening Out (Able Bodied or Not)

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on Tuesday, 20 November 2012
In a special guest post, Fiona Jarvis, founder of Blue Badge Style, picks her top spots in London...


I’ve lived and worked in London for 30 years, with varying degrees of disability, so choosing just 5 places is difficult. The dynamic nature of the city means that new places open all the time but BBS keeps up with the latest trends and places to go and we rate them on accessibility, style and facilities. Style is the prerequisite, which doesn’t necessarily mean expense! London is also home to some of the best chefs in the world so eating out has never been more delicious! So many places and not enough time, but I’ve got a current top 5:

The Paramount at Centre Point, Tottenham Court Rd. – a great place for cocktails as it has one of the best, if not THE BEST, view of London. Truly spectacular and the cocktails are interesting too, the nibbles not so, as they include the standard Hummus and olives. I’ve not eaten there but I would only go for drinks. It’s a bubbly crowd enthused by the view. It’s obviously accessible via a lift as it is 32 floors up!

To eat I love going to the ‘West End’ and the Pollen Street Social with Chef Patron Jason Atherton – he has truly inspirational dishes such as the ‘slow cooked egg, English breakfast’. There’s a buzz about the place and it’s easily accessible albeit through the kitchens. At least you get to see him at work. There’s also a disabled toilet so staying behind in the bar for late drinks is safe?!

Round the corner in Conduit St is another favourite haunt, Sketch. Unfortunately the Michelin Star restaurant upstairs is still inaccessible (initially highlighted in 2003 – maybe one day they’ll become 100% inclusive), but the Gallery downstairs (about 6/7 steps) is achievable with help from the staff and there’s a disabled toilet located just beside the East Bar. It has to be visited as it’s an art installation by Turner Prize Winner, Martin Creed where every item in the restaurant is different, down to the knives and forks. Open until 2 am with a DJ playing uber trendy music it’s great for a late night out.

The Art Deco Brasserie Zedel and its Crazy Coqs Cabaret in Piccadilly is a must for an all-encompassing night out with a restaurant, bar and cabaret all under one roof. All accessible via a lift and portable ramps.

For trendy drinks and bar snacks you can’t go wrong with The Zetter Town House in Clerkenwell. Don’t be put off by the collection of antiques; such as the stuffed and dressed cat or the boxing kangaroo, they merely add character. There’s no standing in this bar so everyone has to sit in a comfy chair or sofa, all at wheelchair height, so you don’t feel conspicuous. It is accessible with a disabled toilet downstairs via a lift. The staff look like they should be part of Mumford and Son and resemble 19th century workers, wearing an array of waistcoats, braces and collarless shirts. The nibbles are out of the ordinary and very tasty; I can recommend the ‘deep-fried anchovy olives’ and the ‘Parmesan shortbread’. The ‘Twinkle’ cocktail is also a must.

There are lots of places on my list such as the (open air) rooftop at the Boundary – a Conran hotel in Shoreditch; the Gilbert Scott Bar at St. Pancras with its new take on a British pub menu and the myriad of Brooklyn style restaurants that have popped up such as such as Polpo in Covent Garden.

As I said, so many places and too little time.

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