So far so good, although the conceit of sending novelist Geoff Dyer off on a Lawrence tour of Europe with DH scholar Catherine Brown is distinctly less successful. The pair don’t share any screen chemistry whatsoever and Dyer doesn’t even give the impression of liking Lawrence all that much. Still, for the most part, a persuasive reappraisal of the man Rachel Cusk calls ‘the greatest writer of English prose.’
This swanky bar and restaurant is the most recent culinary addition to the Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences - a five-star hotel attached to Quilon and Bombay Brasserie. Kona's a good-looking venue, offering a modern-European alternative to the sub-continental flavours at those well-known venues next door. Starters here include lobster bisque with Dorset crab, radish and crème fraîche, beetroot salad with quinoa, black olives and a lemon dressing, and goat's curd with charred vegetables, bosc pear and lavender. Mains feature seabass with chorizo orzo, calamari and white tomato, and Gloucester Old Spot pork belly with smoked paprika, spelt and a rosemary crumb. A tasting menu is also on offer, as well as a fancy '24-karat gold' afternoon tea in which leaves and flakes gold abound.
Venue says: “Enjoy our regal afternoon tea with a selection of the finest teas, scones with cream and preserves, finger sandwiches and pastries.”