On The Menu: Food news & reviews


This week Samuel's been eating... Argentine stew

Locro, to be exact. It's a rich and hearty concoction of steak, pancetta and pumpkin from the Andes region, served up at De La Panza in that slightly less picturesque part of the world, Islington. It may be modelled on an Argentine bodégon (roughly translated as "pantry" or "tavern") but in the grand style of restaurants in Islington it's all white walls and rock-hard wooden chairs and benches. As well as Locro (£14) we ordered sirloin steak (£22), which had a serious char on the outside and was pink-going-on-purple in the middle. Melt-in-the-mouth stuff. Empanadas of spiced beef and onion had a lovely kick to them. Alternatively there is tapas at around £6 a dish and a light-meals menu at around £11, with blood sausages and Argentine shepherd's pie but two of the dishes on offer. Choose deftly and you can have a South American feast for the price of a standard curry.

delapanza.co.uk

Some really cool ices

If I were to mention chrysanthemum flower or red bean ice cream, you'd probably roll your eyes. "Another gimmicky ice-cream brand knocking up sub-Hestonesque creations," you might sigh. Well sigh not. Yeek Wan's savoury ice creams are anything but gimmicky, they're actually rather delicious. They're made in Yorkshire, though inspired by Yorkshire woman Wan's Chinese heritage. Alongside the chrysanthemum, there is refreshing lime and lemon grass, and green tea, which admittedly proved an adventure too far for my palate. The 500g tubs are £5.95.

yeekwan.com

Strange fruits

Fancy checking out a house made of chocolate? Trying an edible jumper on for size? Or casting your eyes over a butter Venus de Milo? Then head down to the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, in east London, this evening and tomorrow afternoon. The Experimental Food Society – a group of culinary eccentrics from across the country – is taking over the 8,500ft former brewery. Alongside the mind-melting art, there are talks from chefs, "food magicians" and trend forecasters – and lots of nosh to sample. Tickets £5.

experimentalfoodsociety.com

That's the spirit

Berry Brothers has released a new gin in time to toast out the final days of autumn. No 3 London Dry Gin has been created especially for martinis, with the help of the Dr David Clutton, the only man in the world to have a PHD in, wait for it, gin tasting. It's strong on juniper flavours with a clean, almost metallic taste in the finish, though not cheap at £36 for 70cl.

bbr.com

A slice of Spain

The restaurant chain and Spanish-food importer Brindisa was one of the first to introduce British palates to the delights of Jamon Iberico. Now it is to start selling a new range of Spanish cured hams on its website. From the acorn-fed pigs of the Extremadura area comes the creamy and rich Senorio Iberico Bellota. Also from acorn-fed pigs is Brindisa Iberico Bellota from Salamanca, matured for three to four years to give a deeply savoury flavour. The saltier Jabugo Iberico is also worth checking out. All are ethically sourced, and the pigs free-range. £10 for 100g.

brindisa.com

News
peopleFrankie Boyle responds to referendum result in characteristically offensive style
Arts and Entertainment
Friends is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year
tvSeries celebrates 20th anniversary
Sport
Yaya Touré (left) and Bayern Munich’s Spanish defender Juan Bernat
football
Life and Style
Jack Cooksey goes for the grand unveiling - moments before dropping his new iPhone 6 on the floor
iphone launch
PROMOTED VIDEO
Life and Style
ebooksA superb mix of recipes serving up the freshest of local produce in a delicious range of styles
Life and Style
ebooksFrom the lifespan of a slug to the distance to the Sun: answers to 500 questions from readers
Life and Style
Life and Style
Customers look at the new iPhones on display at the launch of the new Apple iPhone 6 and iphone 6 plus at the Apple IFC store in Hong Kong
Arts and Entertainment
Liam Neeson said he wouldn't
tv

Liam Neeson's Downton dreams

Sport
Wembley Stadium
footballNews follows deal with Germany
Arts and Entertainment
A spell in the sun: Emma Stone and Colin Firth star in ‘Magic in the Moonlight’
filmReview: Magic In The Moonlight
Voices
voicesApple continually kill off smaller app developers, and that's no good for anyone
Sport
A 'Sir Alex Feguson' tattoo
football

Arts and Entertainment
Ben Whishaw is replacing Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington Bear
tv

Thriller is set in the secret world of British espionage

Life and Style
life

News
ScienceGallery: Otherwise known as 'the best damn photos of space you'll see till 2015'
Life and Style
fashion

Bomber jacket worn by Mary Berry sells out within an hour

Sport
Andros Townsend is challenged by Vladimir Volkov
football
Arts and Entertainment
Rapper Jay Z performs on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury in 2008
musicSinger sued over use of the single-syllable sample in 'Run This Town'
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Food & Drink

    IT Administrator - Graduate

    £18000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: ***EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY FO...

    USA/Florida Travel Consultants £30-50k OTE Essex

    Basic of £18,000 + commission, realistic OTE of £30-£50k : Ocean Holidays: Le...

    Marketing Executive / Member Services Exec

    £20 - 26k + Benefits: Guru Careers: A Marketing Executive / Member Services Ex...

    Sales Account Manager

    £15,000 - £25,000: Recruitment Genius: A fantastic opportunity has arisen for ...

    Day In a Page

    Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

    A shot in the dark

    Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
    His life, the universe and everything

    His life, the universe and everything

    New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
    Save us from small screen superheroes

    Save us from small screen superheroes

    Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
    Reach for the skies

    Reach for the skies

    From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
    These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

    12 best hotel spas in the UK

    Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
    These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

    Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

    Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
    Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

    Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

    Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
    How to make a Lego masterpiece

    How to make a Lego masterpiece

    Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
    Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

    Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

    Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
    Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

    Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

    His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
    'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

    'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

    Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
    Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

    Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

    The Imitation Game, film review
    England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

    England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

    Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
    Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

    Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

    Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
    ‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

    ‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

    Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week