Archives for the month of: December, 2013

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I joined friends for dinner at Dishoom on Boundary Street in Shoreditch, a “Bombay café in London”. You can book for groups under 6, so we rocked up at around 7pm with a few groups ahead of us in the queue, but in the 10 minutes it took for us to make it through the door, the queue behind us had formed out the street. Impeccable timing. Once in, the wait at the bar was still around an hour, but the cocktail (or mocktail in my case) list was good and the smells wafting into the bar area kept us excited.

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Our waitress explained how to order. The menu is divided up into small plates, grill, biryani, ruby murray, bread and rice, naan and the odd special dropped in too. The best way to order is tapas style, a few dishes from each section. For our group of 4, she suggested around 10-14 plates.

dishoom1Amongst other dishes, we ordered the calamari, spicy lamb chops, house black dahl (a Dishoom signature dish) and mahi tikka (fish). We were unanimous (the vegetarian in our number aside) that the lamb chops were the most delicious.

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I’m no food critic, but it just smelt, tasted and looked authentic. If a Brick Lane curry is your thing, give Dishoom a miss, but if you want an authentic treat that doesn’t leave you feeling stuffed, but leaves you smiling inside, give it a go – but get there early!

We’re so excited to have this fundraising banquet for our members to join. It’s for the benefit of Trees for Cities, the charity that turns London’s grey parts green.

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FeastEnders is London’s first pop(lar)-up restaurant! It’s at the wonderful Victorian vaulted Arch Gallery on Cambridge Heath Road. It really is a spectactular venue.

It’s a three-course dinner starting from 6pm and running until midnight. Dinner is served at 7pm. Food is by Sarah Moore at the excellent Mud Pie Kitchens. Sarah will be providing a bespoke meal using sustainable local food sources.

There will be special live visuals projected on to the Arch walls and special after-dinner guests. Details will be realised to diners soon.

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All proceeds go to Trees for Cities, a registered charity that plants trees in London, cities across the UK and internationally – especially in the poorest parts. This year the charity celebrates its 20th birthday. And as a bonus, everyone who comes will have their own tree planted.

Eat, drink and be merry whilst doing your bit for charity and having a thoroughly good time! For more information and to book your place, please go here or contact us @tablecrowd or contact the organiser directly @julianblake.

 

Probably the last update of the year, as the Christmas madness descends and we battle to get everything we set out to do in 2013 done! (No time for blogging).

We had a great Startup Engine dinner at Chico Bandito for people with exciting ideas brewing, who were just getting things going or had plans to do so. Founders’ Hive also hosted their first dinner for their growing community on the site. Sean Obedih from Founders’ Hive is hosting his second dinner on 6th December, the day before the Founders’ Hive demo day. Get in touch with us or Sean for details of either. We have exciting news about some new partners for our startup dinners, which will be kicking off in the New Year.

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I made it along to the 2nd #vagtech dinner (it does what it says on the tin) organised by Chloe Nicholls from PublicBeta. A chance to meet other ladies in tech at the tech friendly Thirsty Bear – where you can ‘build your own burgers’. All ordering is done via a console from the table and bills can be paid individually. It gives people the flexibility to come and go as they please and also provided an interesting talking point.

Our Reuters on the Road interview went live on Reuters. We also had a nice interview on Lily and Parker. Also keep your eyes peeled for a short TableCrowd video we put together, starring some of our members – we’re pretty sure you’ll recognise a few faces. We’ll be releasing that soon.

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1390703_605787919481904_745374685_nWe were invited to pitch at a sharing economy event arrange by Crowdcube and Compare And Share at Level 39 in Canary Wharf. Compare and Share have just gone into over-funding on Crowdcube with a tremendous concept that has set out to do for the sharing economy market what Ebay has done for the second hand market. We picked up the audience vote for “best pitch”. Not a bad evening’s work.

Nominated for the “Startup Of The Year” award by Tech City News, we attended the awards ceremony at private members’ club, Eight. The team at Tech City News did themselves proud and put on a tremendous event for 100+ people. Dinner and drinks with all the other startups on the London scene. Congrats to my pals at Fitness Freak and Dattch for their awards and thanks to all our members who took the time to vote for TableCrowd.

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Looking forward to being part of the #CampusFeast. Campus is bringing together the most original food startups, to celebrate food innovation with a delicious feast of food and drink. I’m sure we’ll be seeing some familiar faces.

To see what’s coming up and who you could be meeting and eating with, browse tables here.

Introducing Tanya, one of our TableCrowd members. See how Tanya got on at her latest “3 course Indian tasting menu @ Mint Leaf“ dinner, in her latest blog:

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Cuisine: Indian **1/2; Price: approximately £32 per person

Having grown up on curry, I am naturally picky when it comes to Indian.

Somebody who has lived in, or dined, in the subcontinent usually tends to find Indian food in central London to be quite bland. This is because fine dining Indian restaurants try and appeal to a more globalized, rather than Indian palette, which is used to more spices. However, I was not alone in judging that the food lacked these important spices, as my fellow diners of non-Indian origin, Graham and Robert, too felt they could do with some more.

While booking the dinner, Tablecrowd arranged for us to have the three course set menu with bellini (or mocktail) for £25, which was the most economical option. Joining me at Mint Leaf Haymarket for dinner was Robert, Graham, Vladimir and Greg.

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We started with a bellini. It certainly did not disappoint, considering neither I, nor my other fellow diners exactly knew what a bellini was. For starters we had the option of going vegetarian (with stuffed bell peppers, paneer tikka, potato beetroot tikki, vegetable samosa) or for the tandoori tasting platter (with lamb sheekh kebab, chicken tikka, achari guinea fowl, duck tikka).

Being a conservative meat-eater, I was wary of eating guinea fowl or even duck, which is not a part of the Indian diet anyway. So, I went for the vegetarian option, but instantly regretted it when I everyone’s  tandoori platter arrived. Everyone agreed the tandoori platter was exquisite, whereas the vegetarian option was fairly average.

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For the main course, all the diners ordered Chicken Makhani, except for Greg, who got Mehti Mass, or lamb curry. All of us got food envy, as the lamb curry looked (and also tasted) a lot better. The food was served with rice, dhal makhani, naan bread and cucumber and roast cumin raita to share. All of us felt we should have ordered different main courses, so we could try a range of different things. Indian food, like Chinese food, is always better when shared.

Then came time for dessert, which consisted of a serving of gulab jamun with kulfi, which did not disappoint. I quite enjoyed the combination of hot with cold.

In the end, all the diners felt we could have done with more of the starters, than the main course, which was not particularly good.

We also felt a bit short-changed, being rather over-charged for still and sparkling water, which we didn’t order and believed came with the meal.

The restaurant had rather loud music playing in the background, which made conversation a bit difficult. The fact that we were seated right below the loudspeaker did not help either.

Would I go to this restaurant again? Probably not. If I do, however, I will make sure not to order the vegetarian starter.

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If you want to meet Tanya at a future dinner? Why not connect with her on TableCrowd here.

Alternatively, if you fancy joining one of our TableCrowd dinners join:

Anna - Dinner & Drinks at Cape Town Fish Market.