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Ravaling the night away at the Royal Television Society Awards

Philippa Tomson and Roger Tames at Royal Television Society Awards 2012

Award winning North East Indian restaurant Raval was buzzing with excitement this week, when it hosted the glittering post awards party for the recent Royal Television Society Awards.

More than 500 celebrities and guests marked the 25th anniversary of the Royal Television Society Awards in what was one of the biggest events of its kind outside London.   Popular Tyne Tees weather presenter and North East Tonight co-host Philippa Tomson was among the guests, having earlier been crowned Presenter of the Year.

To the delight of the management and staff, it was the fifth year in succession that Raval restaurant has hosted the after-awards party.

Restaurant manager Avi Malik summed up the success of the evening: “Once again it proved a huge success and we received some extremely positive feedback, which shows we must be doing something right!”

Already well known amongst fine food lovers in the Newcastle-Gateshead area, Raval is one to note for anyone visiting the region.  Their team of chefs has worked hard to take Indian food to a new dimension and provide diners with an exclusive gourmet experience.

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Spicing up Manhattan

First Frankie went to Hollywood, now The Cinnamon Club goes to Manhattan.  In a true fusion of continents, it will be a case of India-meets-London-meets-New York when Westminster restaurant The Cinnamon Club – headed up by executive chef and CEO Vivek Singh – pops up at Desmond’s NYC between 7th – 11th February.

Desmond's restaurant in Manhattan, New York City

Housed in a 1920s bank on the Upper East Side, Desmond’s is a firm favourite with the great and the good and serious foodies. At the helm is celebrated British chef and co-owner David Hart – formerly of Soho House and Claridge’s – whose restaurant will act as the perfect backdrop to Vivek’s modern Indian cuisine.

A little bird tells us that dishes may include seared breast of Long Island duck with Hyderabadi-style sesame and tamarind sauce, and 8 oz steak of US beef with slow-cooked onion sauce and stir-fried morels, but you’ll need to head there to find out for yourself!

Everything will be served from Desmond’s open-plan kitchen beneath a stunning arched dome ceiling, with diners enjoying the plush surroundings of the restaurant whilst sipping the signature Cinnamon Bellini.

Both restaurants and chefs are dedicated to delivering food that is fresh and creative and are known for their stunning presentation, so it’s sure to be a match made in heaven for lucky customers who book a table for the pop up event.

Reservation enquiries can be made by telephone on  +1 212 207 4949 or by email to

If you don’t have time to jet off to New York City for the pop up, The Cinnamon Club have some fabulous December offers back at their London base.

Spice up the New Year with a Benares masterclass

Indian food at Benares is Michelin star standard

If you’ve ever wanted to cook world class Indian cuisine, the New Year could be your big chance to learn at one of the UK’s leading Michelin starred restaurants.

In 2012, Atul Kochhar is opening the Benares kitchen to guests keen to find out more about his culinary secrets.

During a special masterclass, guests will have a unique and in depth lesson about Indian cooking which will reveal some of the secrets to Atul’s delicately spiced dishes, so they can then create some for themselves.

The masterclass concludes with a meal at Benares and guests will also receive a signed copy of Atul’s cookbook, Fish, Indian Style, as well as some other complimentary gifts.

The classes will run on Sundays, from 9.30am on 22nd January, 18th March, 20th May and 16th September. There is a maximum of 10 people per class, priced at £350 per person. Bookings can be made by sending an email to and further details are available from  Benares Restaurant.

We’ve been lucky enough to see Atul Kochhar at work in the kitchen before and can testify how exciting his food creations are!  Of course, if you just want to eat the delicious food at Benares, tables can be booked online.