Kitchenette Opens in the UK this November

Kitchenette in Putney
Kitchenette in Putney

After some delays, Turkish all-day restaurant cafe chain, Kitchenette, will open its first outpost in the UK on 18th November, 2013 (it was originally slated to open in September).

It’s no secret that I completely fell in love with Istanbul when I visited in 2009 and I have fond memories of spending some time in a couple of the Kitchenette outposts in the city, drinking coffee and eating cake, so its arrival in London has got me rather excited.

Kitchenette first launched in Turkey in 2005. The chain has expanded to boast 24 branches, not just in Turkey but also Baku (to read more of my tips on visiting, eating and drinking in Azerbaijan go here), Moscow and St Petersburg.

The London restaurant will open at 200-204 Putney Bridge SW15 2NA. Restaurant interiors have been designed by Michaelis Boyd. The 80-cover restaurant will feature lots of warm natural timbers and handmade tiles. In terms of food, you can expect good brasserie dishes, a few daily specials and excellent desserts in a really relaxed environment. It’s thought that the brand plans to expand quickly in London and potentially elsewhere in the UK.

Kitchenette is owned by TAG Restaurant Holdings which invested in Tom Aikens’ dining concept, Tom’s Kitchen. However, Square Meal reports (read more here) that the  Michelin-starred chef is likely to only play a very minor, executive chef role.

Kitchenette 200-204 Putney Bridge SW15 2NA

www.kitchenette.com.tr

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Book Reivew: Hedonist’s Guide to Baku

Hg2 BakuThe Hedonist’s Guide to… series of guide books provides inspirational travel advice for the discerning traveller who enjoys unusual destinations and interpretations.  I was lucky enough to recently take a look at Hedonist’s Guide to Baku written by Ben Illis.  It is in Baku where East truly meets West; where green open spaces are juxtaposed with luxury shopping opportunities.  This is hardly a surprise considering the influence of former Soviet big brother Moscow, and playground of the Middle East, Dubai.

After brief descriptions of the three oblasts of Baku, The Hg2 Baku is split into six sections: Sleep, Eat, Drink, Snack, Party and Culture.  No matter what your budget or whims the Hg2 Baku provides information on an eclectic selection of ten hotels.  Each mini hotel review is scored on style, atmosphere and location.  There is also some fantastic imagery which inspires one to book plane tickets immediately!  Similarly, the top ten restaurants includes mini reviews of restaurants serving both local and international cuisine.  The elaborate imagery illustrates what an exotic but cosmopolitan city Baku really is.

However, it is the cultural section which really sells Baku.  There really are some superb sights to be seen, plus some great shopping opportunities.

To conclude, the book ends with a brief but useful ‘what to know’ section and page for your own individual notes.  I have certainly been inspired and I think you will be too.

Hedonist’s Guide to Baku is available nationwide, priced £12

For more information visit www.hg2.com

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