FOOD&DRINK London Lite Wednesday, 1 July 2009 17 ascafsgetcool Great outdoors: enjoy lunch at the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen in Hyde Park, above, or at Lauderdale House, right Wellequipped Gondolier spoon rest NO MORE messing about with sickly liquids sloshing around your kitchen surface. Keep your cooking neat and tidy with this extremely cute green gondolier boat spoon rest. Its the perfect way for you to take care of sauce-covered cooking implements, making sure your work surface is kept free from foody dirt. Also in red. Koziol Luigi Spoon Rest, 20. 0870 024 0780, heals.co.uk Litebites Foodanddrinknews ItsthebusinessforsomeCityhighliving ITS great walking to High Timber, for on a balmy summers evening there are few London treats more glorious than crossing the Millennium Bridge from Tate Modern as the sun sets over St Pauls. The trouble with this restaurant is, despite a plum spot overlooking the river, its housed on the ground floor of an office block. Inside, however, its light and roomy, and boasts a huge fromagerie and an invitation to explore the cellar thats hard for a wine buff to resist. Our push-the-boat- out 40 Saronsberg red seemed a bargain with the table next Summer treat: High Timber has a wine cellar and fromagerie that are hard to resist to us ordering bottles at 300 a pop; typical clients here are florid well-fed men in expensive shirts. Down with the French! roared the toast from the sweary aforementioned neighbouring table. Food-wise, it started well with a delicious frothy cup of mushroom cappuccino. A sweetcorn soup with smoked paprika oil (5) tasted of sunny fresh corn, even if a chicken popcorn garnish was basically drowned nuggets. We liked the imaginative accompaniment to our roast scallops (9.50), crab-stuffed piquillo pepper with chorizo aoli and fennel confit, but the scallops were too chewy. My topside of Herdwick lamb (17.50) was satisfying. The main draw here is meat, and a 250g rump (19) was attractively served on a board with a jug of sauce (charged as extra). Chips were mimsy time-wasters, onion rings crispy triumphs. To end we had home-made ice cream (5.50) and a refreshing jelly (6.50) to cleanse our palates. Ideal for City fat cats whose expense accounts are even fatter. LARUSHKA IVAN-ZADEH HIGH TIMBER 8 High Timber St, EC4 (020 7248 1777) Three courses for two with wine, 115 Brekkie with spice EXCITING breakfast options abound at Cinnamon Kitchen in the City, which has launched an early morning menu of English, Anglo-Indian and Indian dishes. Try the full English (9), a kedgeree (7.50), or the Bangras butty -- a home-made spicy lamb sausage in a bap (6.50). Monday to Friday, 7-10am. Cinnamon Kitchen, 9 Devonshire Square, EC2 (020 7626 5000) Its cider season SUMMER spells cider, so well be heading for the Betjeman Arms at St Pancras and its annual Summer Ciderfest next week. For a week from next Monday, the pub will have 20 ciders on offer. Most are English, but international offerings include Kopparberg elderflower and lime cider from Sweden and Savanna from South Africa. The Betjeman Arms, St Pancras Station, NW1 (020 7923 5440) Ice cream dreams PARISIAN chocolatier La Maison du Chocolat unveils the latest ice cream flavours at its Piccadilly boutique today. At 3.90 per 100ml petit pot, its not exactly Mr Whippy, but the new Andalusian- inspired pistachio ice cream and rosewater-infused grapefruit sorbet are a dream. La Maison du Chocolat, 45-46 Piccadilly, W1 (020 7287 8500) Regional tapas EL PIRATA DETAPAS launches its regional tasting menus today. Every month this summer, it will run a menu of 10 tapas focusing on a different Spanish region. This month its Navarra and a menu including piquillo peppers filled with oxtail. 20per person. El Pirata Detapas, 115 Westbourne Grove, W2 (020 7727 5000) HILARY ARMSTRONG rotunda from a tired caff to a foodie destination. It ticks the local, sustainable and ethical boxes wher- ever it can and is even a local pick-up point for veg boxes. Its not cheap, with a full brekkie with home- made baked beans at 8, but the quality is terrific. Corner Old Ford Road and Grove Road, E9 (020 8980 0030) RoundwoodLodgeCaf IN CONTRAST to Roundwood Park itself, a preened Victorian park, the parks caf is a no airs haven, surrounded by a wild garden of overgrown shrub- bery, sandpits and park benches. The kitchen does good greasy spoon fare such as fry-ups (6) and toasties (3.10) but also runs to curries, fried rice and stir-fries. It is testament to the high affection in which this caf is held that Willesden locals have fought tooth and nail to keep it from closing down as increased rents have threatened to force out the owners. Roundwood Park, Harlesden Road, NW10 (020 8838 1414) KipferlatCoramsFields DISCREETLY positioned under the colonnades at Corams Fields near Holborn is the not-so-well- known second branch of Austrian caf Kipferl. Little more than a kiosk with seating, there are plenty of classic Austrian flavours to enjoy including legendary cakes such as Sachertorte and Linzertorte. For a more substantial lunch, choose from rye bread sandwiches (from 2.20), filled pretzels, potato salad and delicious soups (2.50). However, there is one slight hitch. You may have to borrow a rugrat to take along as Corams Fields is only open to adults with kids in tow. 93 Guildford Street, WC1 (020 7796 229) TheHonestSausage REGENTS PARKS Honest Sausage is a butch riposte to the twee park caf. The big selling point, as the name suggests, is sausages served in fat organic baps or with mash and onion gravy. The Park Porker (3.60) is the signature banger. On dismal days, the cute hut is a cosy retreat, but when its sunny the courtyard fills with people tucking into British bangers, ice creams and cold ginger beer. Breakfast is served until 11am. Broadwalk, Regents Park, NW1 (020 7224 3872) atcolonnadestheunderpositioned 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