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Grand Pacific Launch Party

The queen of Spinningfields, Australasia Manchester, has now extended its offering with the opening of Grand Pacific; a contemporary, colonial style bar in the heart of Manchester financial capital.

It can be accessed via a secluded staircase inside Austalasia, this unique cocktail bar  evokes the atmosphere of a luxury Pacific beach hideaway with smart colonial style decor in cream and white, a long bar, and a secret tropical garden. With exquisite cocktails as its main focus. The menu is the same as Australasia so you can expect some mouth watering sushi and desserts here. The whole place screams class and panache from every corner. This bar is definitely very unique and reminds me a lot of classy cocktail bars in London or New York. The pricing definitely is very high end as you would imagine and you need to put on some swanky clothes to feel not so out of place here. I can vouch that the food is delicious and so are the cocktails, but that you can find in a lot of other places too so this one you need to visit purely for the ambiance and the whole experience.

Verdict : Great place to visit when you want to feel special!

                                                       

 

Foodie night at The Grill – Dorchester

The Grill at Dorchester

They say good things happen to you when you least expect it – that is exactly what happened when I randomly got invited for a meal to Dorchester by Zomato one fine wednesday afternoon for a meal in the evening. It is really exciting for a foodie to get invited to one of the fanciest restaurants in London but then you also gotta think about what you gotta wear when you are going for a meal to a swanky hub like this. But well, I was working so had no choice but to land up in my work attire (snore bore) and to be fair I was a little worried that I might get some strange looks off people carrying LV bags and wearing Prada dresses, but guess what? I didn’t. The good thing about classy places is that you don’t need to make that much of a superficial effort as long as you are well behaved (which I think I am… ok most of the times).

 

Now let’s get to the most exciting bit – The FOOD (Yay). It was definitely one of the BEST meals I have had and when I say that I mean some serious business. The bread served at the table was beautiful, fresh and so tasty and I could binge on them all day. I absolutely fell in love with the lobster burger starter, they were the perfect size which goes inside your mouth in one go and was succulent soft and totally melts in your mouth (nom nom). We were served three different kind of wine with each course (yeah yeah I know its a given but hey still worth mentioning right?) and let me tell you m’dear that was definitely some high quality wine specially the dessert wine (usually not the biggest fan of this, but ohh boy this one blew my mind). I asked the waiter not to serve me dessert wine because of my obvious dislike towards it and then he took that as a challenge to serve me a different kind of dessert wine, which he promised I would love – he couldn’t have been more right. The wine was a smokey chocolately cinnamony wine – ’nuff said! My starter was a duck pate (they had some complicated name for it which I can’t recall now) followed by the perfectly cooked haddock and a beautiful sauce – definitely impressive to say the least. But the one dish that had me at hello was the gooey, creamy chocolate and marzipan dessert (must try).

The ambience was obviously very classy and royal – come on we are talking about The Dorchester here! But what I really appreciated was the customer service and the absolute politeness of the staff (a lot of times places like these have a different kind of snobbery about them which is rather off putting). The minute I entered one of the guys took my coat and then he again came and gave it back to me while I was leaving (without me even having to ask).

Verdict : Next time you gotta big celebration coming up or you need to impress someone you know where to go!

Cocktails with The Global Rum Ambassador – Ian Burrell

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You need food to live and a great cocktail to wash it down – this is what Ian said when I asked him to pick between a great meal or a lip smacking cocktail. I cannot agree with him more because even I face this dilemma every time I am out, should I spend more money on food or cocktails. Ahh the first world problems!

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Ian Burrell is the Global Rum Ambassador which basically means he is the man you need to go to when you want to find out about Rum and he tours the world talking about Rum and making cocktails, when I say world I mean literally because he has even been to Antarctica and set up a pop up Rum shack there. He now owns Cottons, the rum shack and restaurant in Camden where they also serve delicious Caribbean food. Besides being the cocktail and rum expert Ian is also an Actor, Rapper and Basketball player – talk about wearing different hats. Phew!

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So when I asked him for a lay man’s guide to making a professional cocktail he said you need to remember 5 different elements (yeah he treats cocktails like chemistry he said) because the best cocktails are punches! So here is the basic recipe to make the best cocktails!

1. Sour – Anything from Lime, Lemonade, Lemon, Tamarind (get wild)

2. Sweet – Sugar syrup, Honey, Sugar, Caster sugar, chocolate

3. Strong – Obviously any spirit, but according to Ian – Rum!

4. Weak – Coke, Soda, Juice, whatever floats your boat!

5. Spice – To make it nice, that is what they say in the Caribbean – Cinnamon, Chilly, Cardamom and likes.

Shake these 5 elements up with some crushed ice and impress your next guest!

Shrimoyee
Shrimoyee

When I asked him to make me a cocktail, he made this exotic litchi cocktail and I must say, being a non-rum lover I absolutely LOVED it. I must say, I was a very anti rum person  till I met Ian and he definitely convinced me otherwise, i had a great time chatting with him at his bar Cottons Camden, you must visit and try their cocktails.

Shrimoyee
Shrimoyee Chakraborty and Ian Burrell

Photographs taken by the lovely Luoana www.LuoanaNegut.com