Thursday, May 14, 2015

East Village, dinner with Ravinder Bhogal

East Village – serving up an irresistible offering
Stratford evokes nothing but good memories for me – the camaraderie, warmth and friendliness that came with the 2012 Olympics…  The brilliant performance put on by Justin Timberlake at Wireless…  Yet it’s never quite been a neighbourhood.  Until now.

With Westfield Stratford already cemented firmly in place and the Olympic stadium as a backdrop, the landscape is slowly changing as the area develops and East Village comes to life.  East Village (if you weren’t aware), is the apartments that the thousands of athletes participating in the Olympic Games actually stayed in while they were here in UK.  Now, those apartments have been converted into light, airy, attractive living spaces – from one beds, to four bed townhouses.

Having heard so much already about these gorgeous apartments with their spectacular views, Luxuria Lifestyle jumped at the chance to attend an intimate dinner at one of the properties, to sample food from renowned Indian chef Ravinder Bhogal, whilst enjoying wines from the quirky and cool Bottle Apostle.

Get Living London’s private rentals are being snapped up as soon as they become available and it’s easy to see why.  Hassle-free benefits include no fees, long-term stability and flexibility, free broadband and full furnishings.  Floors are heated, appliances are high quality and the rent is very reasonable starting at just £395 per week for a one bedroom apartment.  The surrounding community feel is being built up by retail units lining the walkways – gastro pubs, bicycle shops, hairdressers... and the award winning and artisan wine merchant Bottle Apostle, who were happy to provide us with some truly lovely wines to accompany dinner.

Whilst having a good look around, we quaffed a delicious Portugese Vadio Brut along with a mouth-wateringly more-ish salmon kibbeh nayeh, made with bulghur wheat and spices.  We then sat down at our fabulously intimate dining table (there was just 12 of us), to enjoy smoked aubergine with saffron yoghurt, pistachios and pine nuts, which went beautifully with a 2013 Saint Peray.  The citrus and herb notes of the wine worked wonderfully with the nuttiness of the oily seeds used in the dish.

Influenced by her Persian and Indian heritage, Ravinder’s main dish was a honey spiced quail with rice and crispy onion.  Perfect for a special occasion, the quail was cooked in lashings of honey butter and aromatic spices including cinnamon, ginger and saffron, along with lemon and garlic.  The wine choice for this course was a 2013 Original Spaniard Blank Bottle – velvety, smooth and very drinkable!

While we probably could’ve carried on with a few more courses, (the food was just soooo good!), we ended on a high with a rose scented pannacotta topped with stewed rhubarb and a pistachio and coconut meringue on the side.  The delicate flavour of the dessert was complimented perfectly by the wine choice – a Spatlese Cuvee which wasn’t over sweet, but just sweet enough!

Yes, we’d all been won over, sitting in that beautiful apartment, sipping on wine, eating the most delicious of Indian food, chatting with friends and all against a view over one of London’s most prestigious landmarks.  Where do we sign up?!

Rental prices:
1 bed: £395 per week
2 bed: £420 per week
3 bed: £515 per week

4 bed: £725 per week


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