IN&OUTTONIGHT peas, broad beans and soft herbs topped with a perfect soft-boiled egg (7.25), and wood-fired pizzas (from 7.50). Serpentine Road, Hyde Park, W2 (020 7706 8114) TheCafat LauderdaleHouse Bequeathed to Londoners by Sir Sidney Waterlow as a garden for the gardenless, Waterlow Park offers 20 acres of lush greenery and scenic views out to the City. at the edge of the park is historic Lauderdale house, with its terraced lawns and genteel tearoom. Sounds rather posh but its strong suit is retro caff grub. hefty helpings of liver and bacon, escalope Milanese and scampi (all 8.95) are all on the lunch menu, as well as salads and sandwiches. Waterlow Park, Dartmouth Park Hill, N19 (020 8348 8716) ThePavilionCafat VictoriaPark tyPiCaL east London -- it has the coolest and most right-on park caf. the Pavilion Caf by the boat- ing lake in Victoria Park has been given a new lease of life by new owners Rob Green and Brett Redman. theyve converted the L ike a scene from trumpton, the traditional park caf by the bowling green or boating lake has an enduring appeal. until, that is, you find yourself sipping a lukewarm Coke or instant coffee over a soggy, clingfilm-wrapped sandwich and wondering where your five quid went. Luckily for us, the capitals caffs are being updated as passionate, foodie owners aim to improve the food and drink on offer while protecting the nostalgic image we still hold dear. So why not make the most of the good weather and take a trip to some of Londons loveliest parks for tucker that you wont want to feed to the ducks? TheSerpentine Bar&Kitchen the Benugo boys, Ben and hugo Warner, have been busy this summer. Not con- tent with overhauling the Film Caf at BFi South Bank, theyve also given the caf on the Serpentine (formerly dell Restaurant) a makeover. the iconic building itself i s a b e a u t y : g l a s s - fronted, with terraces zigzagging around it and views over the pedalos and ducks. all mains are less than a tenner, with top-value treats including garden salad, a jumble of 16 Wednesday, 1 July 2009 London Lite STAR RESTAURANTH SirMickJaggeratQuilon ParkupAtlastyoucanindulgein greatgourmetfoodinthe capitalsgreatoutdoors by hilary armstrong Ethical and tasty: fry-up at the Pavilion Caf STRAWBERRY, MELON & GINGER COCKTAIL Serves 4 l 1 honeydew melon (approx 1kg) l 1 watermelon (approx 2kg) l 500g strawberries l 20g piece of stem ginger l 20ml ginger syrup from the jar l 4 sprigs mint Cut honeydew melon into quarters, peel and slice. Cut watermelon into cubes. Cut strawberries in half. Chop ginger, add to watermelon and strawberries. Put honeydew melon on four plates. Place watermelon and strawberry mix on top. Drizzle ginger syrup around and decorate with mint. STRAWBERRY AND PIMMS JELLY WITH CLOTTED CREAM Serves 4 l 400g strawberries l 30g caster sugar l 3 sheets leaf gelatine l 200ml Pimms l 600ml lemonade l 120g clotted cream SliCe strawberries, mix with sugar and heat until soft. Blend, then sieve. Put gelatine into a bowl of water. leave till soft, squeeze out water, add to pure. Heat until gelatine dissolves. Cool, add Pimms and lemonade. Divide between four glasses, leave to set. top with cream. Recipes by Andy Redwood, chef for Keith Prowse hospitality at Wimbledon l strawberries1ingredient2ways QuILON 41 Buckingham Gate, SW1 (020 7821 1899) Quilon is a discreet little number within the plush taj Hotel in Belgravia. Having worked with the group for 20 years, executive chef Sriram Vishwanathan Aylur was last year finally rewarded with a coveted Michelin star for his faultless rendering of the regional cuisine of Kerala and Karnataka. WHO Sir Mick Jagger dined here with a female friend last week. WHO ELSE tennis ace apply. Just like Quilon itself, southern indian fare is mild and unassuming with subtle flavours. WHAT TO ORDER try sharing a selection of dishes. For starters, go for Srirams famous Malabar chicken and the spicy batter- fried pepper shrimps, each 8. then it has to be the baked black cod (23) the Goan chicken (15) or the pistachio lamb curry (17). WHAT TO DRINK Pietra, an organic Corsican beer made from chestnuts (4.50). BEST TABLE Go for the round table next to the window -- it takes up to six mates. NEXT BEST THING Tamarind, 20 Queen St, W1 (020 7629 3561) Hot stuff: Mick Jagger ate at Quilon last week Roger Federer, Jack Black and Jeff Goldblum. AMBIENCE Simple and elegant blonde wood and wicker. BLENDING IN Vindaloo lovers need not index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html