FOOD&DRINK London Lite Wednesday, 8 July 2009 17 onyourdoorstep Sensory delights: the street food on offer at Gilgameshs Pan Asian hawkers market, above; treats at La Porte des Indes, right Wellequipped Mamma Moo teapot SHAPED like a cow, complete with a head- shaped spout and a tail-shaped handle, this teapot is an a-moosing way to serve your favourite brew this summer. Mamma Moo teapot, 10, Litebites Foodanddrinknews SixtiesLondonstylinggoeswithaswing FUNKY is the word that springs to mind when you enter the new Bermondsey Square Hotel (or, as it styles itself, b), a venue so retro cool you can imagine Austin Powers grooving round with a raspberry martini before heading off to one of the four penthouse loft suites for a shag. The ground floor houses Alfies Kitchen, while the bar area feels like the chill-out zone of a recording studio -- all black leather, Sixties moulded red plastic and a dog bowl for Alfie (the hotels canine mascot). But, in good weather, Yeah, baby: Alfies Kitchen looks like it has stepped straight out of the Sixties youd do better to step outside and make the most of the alfresco dining in the newly developed Bermondsey Square. I was sorry to see the London-themed Boris Burger with a Floppy Cheese Fringe had dropped off the menu (clearly BoJos not as tasty as he thinks). But the food still boasts an eccentric English twist. Soused sea trout with baby fennel and tomato (6.95) was peculiarly refreshing. While I enjoyed a smoked eel salad with new potatoes and parsley oil (7.50) -- a healthier, middle-class take on stewed eels, mash and liquor -- mains took way too long to arrive and were quite unremarkable when they did. Pan-fried skate with nut butter, potato and artichoke (13.95) was good, but the 14.95 pork belly was all pork, no belly. That said, we happily scoffed both of them. As Alfie woofs across the top of the menu: A real English meal always ends with a nice sweet pudding, so we split a perfectly pleasant strawberry trifle (5.95). Alfies is far from a dogs dinner -- a fairly promising start for this Bermondsey newcomer. LARUSHKA IVAN-ZADEH ALFIES KITCHEN BermondseySquareHotel,Bermondsey Square,SE1(02073782450).Threecourses fortwowithwineandservice,100 The new top 20 ROCKNROLL hotel Sanctum Sohos new restaurant, No.20, is up and running. With head chef Gavin Austin at the helm, Brit faves get a twist: fish fingers become salt cod cakes with tomato and chilli jam; burgers are lavish affairs of Wagyu beef and foie gras. Try the weekly lunch menu -- two courses for 14.50 and 19.50 for three. No.20, 20 Warwick St W1, 020 7292 6102, Fuel for a fiesta FANCY a few Latin beats as you eat? Head to Camino on Saturday where Longjon La Flecha will play at the Spanish restaurants Fiesta En La Calle, mixing non-stop music with chilled Spanish beers, regional wines and delicious tapas -- jamn, pimientos de padrn, tortilla de patatas, pan con tomate and more. Find out more about this and the next two Spanish street fiestas at A corker of a deal SO POPULAR is Comptoir Libanais, the new Middle Eastern eatery on Wigmore Street, that it has extended its opening hours to 10pm seven days a week. And its inviting you to BYO -- bring your own wine -- for zero corkage. Share a bottle and a mezze platter with a mate for 9.50, and thats one cheap, great night out. 65 Wigmore St, W1, 020 7935 1110 Bastille breakout AS IF the queues at Le Relais de Venise werent bad enough, the Parisian-style friteries Bastille Day offer for next Tuesday will see them snake twice round the block. Just present a voucher downloaded from and claim a free bottle of house wine with your meal. Offer applies to lunches at the Marylebone branch, dinners in the City. Tables for two only. HILARY ARMSTRONG mash plus tamarind chutney, and masala dosa -- crispy rice pancakes with a spicy potato mash and coconut chutney. Its 25 for all you can eat. La Porte des Indes, 32 Bryanston Street, W1 (020 7224 0055) Indianthalis atChowki THE constantly changing menu here takes diners on a culinary road trip through the subcontinents dhabas, or roadside cafs, and guarantees authen- tic street food. Regional cuisines on the current menu are those of Rajasthan, Kerala and Hyderabad. From Rajasthan theres lal mas, lamb cooked in a special pot to seal in its juices. From Kerala theres allepy prawn cur ry and then Hyderabadi chicken curry. Dishes (6.95-9.95) come with rice or pay 3.50 extra for dal and naan. Chowki, 2-3 Denman Street, W1, (020 7439 1330) Taiwanesetapas atKeelung THIS brand-new offering specialises in authentic Taiwanese street food from the night markets of Keelung. Highlights include crab meat dump- lings, prawn won tons in piquant chilli sauce and crispy oysters (2.60-6). There are also larger dishes, such as clay-pot chicken with shaoxing (rice wine) and goji berries (8.50). For a refreshing and traditional brew, drink ice pearl tea with milk -- iced sweet tea flavoured with tapioca balls which you suck up through giant straws (2.50). Keelung, 6 Lisle Street, WC2 (020 7734 8128) Mexicantacos atTaqueria IN MEXICO, taquerias line every street and range from makeshift road- side stalls to little cafs. Taqueria, the most authentic Mexican joint in London, offers a dizzying array of tacos, all served on soft tortillas with carnitas (shredded slow-cooked pork, green salsa, jalapeo, onion, corian- der) and chorizo jostling with carne asada (chargrilled skirt steak, avo- cado and salsa) and tinga (shredded chicken, onion, tomato and avocado), all from 4. Also on offer are tostadas (crisp-fried open tortillas) and que- sadillas (soft tortillas with cheese). Taqueria, 139-143 Westbourne Grove, W11 (020 7229 4734) aFor(8.50).berriesgojiandwine) drinkbrew,traditionalandrefreshing teasweeticed--milkwithteapearlice youwhichballstapiocawithflavoured suck up through giant straws (2.50). carnewithjostlingchorizoandder) 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.html