After last year’s post-Olympics love-in which was underpinned by a list of nominees containing ten shoe-ins in any other year, this year’s ‘Spoty’ should be considerably less dramatic. A Brit winning Wimbledon? This particular gong is surely a done deal; the only remaining frisson of tension will revolve around whether or not Andy Murray graces the ceremony with his presence, or whether Lennox Lewis is called into ham-fisted presentational action once again.
Things are much less clear-cut over on ITV, where ‘The X Factor 2013’ warbles its last. The show has received a ratings pasting from ‘Strictly…’ this year but, for our money, it’s been more watchable than usual thanks to the return of mad auntie Sharon. ‘The X Factor’s’ hegemony is waning but, with La Osbourne on board, you can bet it’ll go down fighting.
Please not, Foley’s now serves an exclusively Asian-inspired menu. Time Out Food editors, January 2018. We all know the feeling: you’re being led to your seat by the waiter, only to glide by that dream table. I gazed across the room longingly at the buzzy spot at a counter that overlooked a cute tiled bar and backed onto a lively Soho street. Luckily, the food at Foley’s was interesting enough to distract me from such injustice. Billed as ‘Modern World’ food, it’s more like contemporary Asian fusion with a few twists and turns. Puffed lotus seeds – Bombay mix-esque and as moreish as a bag of nuts – arrived as sustenance while we perused the concise small-plates menu. Not a bit like Colonel Sanders’ recipe, the popcorn chicken was a breaded escalope roulade scattered with teeny mushrooms, chorizo and corn; somehow comforting and original at the same time. Trend boxes were ticked with the Middle Eastern-spiced chunk of cauliflower, given a satisfying lift by the cool labneh and a copious scattering of smoked peanuts. Tuna and octopus ceviche, possibly the best-balanced plate of the lot, came nestled in an endive ‘taco’ – a genius use for the otherwise baffling bitter leaf. Black sesame mayo, wiped round a plate of grilled octopus and minced pork, was intense with addictive umami, but this regrettably obliterated any other flavour. Coco Chanel said that before leaving the house you should look in the mirror and take one item off. Foley’s might want to do the same with their i
Venue says: “Every Sunday our head chef Mitz Vora and his team will host our intimate 'off-menu' tasting sessions for up to 10 guests at a time!”