Connaught Village Magazine

6 The capital is made up of a series of foodie enclaves, making London now the most diverse food centre in the world. Even so, ConnaughtVillage is an unexpected revelation. It is rare to find quite so broad a platter of the world’s cuisines, from the familiar European to adventurous Japanese, Persian and Argentinian menus, all in one beautiful area right in the centre of London. Refreshingly, the village’s restaurants, cafés, and specialist food stores are predominantly independently run by committed foodies. At one of the oldest stores, Markus Coffee, I delight in an in-depth coffee bean consultation before creating my own bespoke blend combining Blue Sumatra/Negresco roast to order.They offer 34 varieties of coffee bean from 13 different countries. Popping into Buchanans Cheesemonger, I admire the Roquefort wallpaper and inhale deeply as owner Rhuaridh takes me into the cellar maturing room to taste for a dinner party cheeseboard.There are bookable cheese tastings alongside the temptation of sitting down for a posh cheese toastie. After picking up a huge sourdough loaf at Le Pain Quotidien, I pop into Connaught Cellars for some expert wine advice from David Farber to find competitively priced fine and rare wines from some of the most sought-after French and Italian producers. Deciding where to graze in ConnaughtVillage is challenging even for those not as gastronomically curious as I am. It is possible to make one’s own world food safari, flitting from starters in Europe through mains in Asia to Middle Eastern desserts. To start, antipasti from Stuzzico: their burrata is decadently rich and creamy and served with an intriguing aubergine, tomato and basil gel. I ask for a mini helping of the outrageously rich lobster spaghetti too.The mezze options at Pardis are irresistible, especially classic baba ganoush, hummus and home-made hung yoghurt with spinach. Out of curiosity, I order ‘tahdig’, the special Persian crispy rice crust that traditionally accompanies stews... WORLD FOOD IN CONNAUGHT VILLAGE By food and travel writer Sudi Pigott IMAGES FROM LEFT: ABASTO, BOMBAY PALACE, AL MASKOOF IRAQI. MAP: © TIM BENTON To discover more of Sudi’s culinary tips, visit Connaught-Village 7 D I RECTORY F T B P A M . N FASHION Connaught Jewellers Porchester Place De Roemer Porchester Place Eliza Jane Howell Connaught Street Kinder Aggugini Connaught Street Kokoro Connaught Street Lucy Choi London Connaught Street Marion Ayonote Porchester Place ME+EM Connaught Street PDN London Kendal Street Ritva Westenius Connaught Street The Dresser Porchester Place The Place London for Men Connaught Street The Place London for Women Connaught Street Viola Connaught Street ART & LIFESTYLE Bourlet Connaught Street Connaught Carpets Connaught Street Connaught Home Interiors Kendal Street Connaught Kitchens Porchester Place Lyon & Turnbull Connaught Street Mud Australia Porchester Place Nick & Rob Bathurst Street Rosewood Gallery Connaught Street The Park Gallery Connaught Street William Mansell Connaught Street HEALTH & BEAUTY Daniel Mikhael Hair and Beauty Porchester Place Fé Hair & Beauty Kendal Street Medicetics Connaught Street FOOD & DRINK Abasto Connaught Street Al Maskoof Iraqi Kendal Street Assal Patisserie Connaught Street Bombay Palace Connaught Street Buchanans Cheesemonger Porchester Place Casa Malevo Connaught Street Colbeh Porchester Place Connaught Cellars Porchester Place Duke of Kendal Connaught Street Kurobuta Kendal Street Le Chef Masgouf Connaught Street Le Pain Quotidien Kendal Street Markus Coffee Connaught Street Pardis Connaught Street Roni’s Bagel Bakery Connaught Street Stuzzico Kendal Street VILLAGE ESSENTIALS & SERVICES Carter Jonas Connaught Street Chestertons Connaught Street Cluttons Albion Street Connaught House School Connaught Square Connaught Village Dentistry Connaught Street Crispins Food &Wine Shop Kendal Street Elegant Dry Cleaners Kendal Street Hogg & Son Pharmacy Kendal Street Hyde Park School Albion Street Hyde ParkVeterinary Centre Connaught Street Kay & Co Albion Street Nancy Dry Cleaners Connaught Street Prewett Miller Flowers Connaught Street St. John’s Hyde Park Church Hyde Park Crescent Wallers News Connaught Street PORCHESTER PLACE CONNAUGHT STREET KENDAL STREET PADDINGTON 6 MINUTES’ WALK LANCASTER GATE 4 MINUTES’ WALK MARBLE ARCH 3 MINUTES’ WALK