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The incomparable Travelling Gourmet flies to London and finds…

MYSTIQUE in the form of a secret Masonic Temple, only discovered during extensive refurbishment of what used to be the prestigious Great Eastern Railway Hotel. It was sealed off by a false wall but has now been restored. I went for a tour and saw it in all its eerie splendour with my friend, Head Chef Hameed Farook. Dynamic Chef Hameed helms the 1901 Restaurant here in this luxurious boutique hotel which is part of the Hyatt Group. Contemporary British cuisine with French influences is served here. The food, wines and…the Cheeses, all from England for the most part is outstanding!

Afficionados of haute cuisine will love Restaurant 1901 which has a unique ambience. It was the Grand Ballroom of the Great Eastern Railway Hotel and the exqusite stained glass cupola is most splendid. Foodwise, all the ingredients are sustainable and from England, but some ingredients are from Scotland, Wales and Ireland, for example the lamb is from Wales. The selection of British cheeses is outstanding. Chef Hameed, 31, serves seasonal  dishes that are fresh, tasty and with all their intrinsic flavours intact.

For an aperitif from the unique Island Bar, do try Jack’s Martini, named after Jack The Ripper, the notorious murderer who terrorised this area of the East End of London in days of yore (circa 1888). Hendrick’s Gin, subtle Elderflower Cordial, Cucumber and Lemon combine effortlessly to give you a cocktail that really packs a wallop!

To be continued…a

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As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cuisines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." Have pen, will travel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
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