Handcrafted basket-weave doors open into a plush, marble floored gathering space with an open kitchen. An intimate study room with shared table has a flat screen TV for presentations that at night metamorphoses into a private dining facility with floor-to-ceiling windows. The spacious living room entices guests to linger with deep, cushioned chairs while the indoor bar has an edgier vibe with sleek, black marble countertop. Sliding doors allow rooms to be separate or they can stay open to create a more flowing space.
A spacious alfresco terrace spans level 30 and 31, the eclectic area features a large open deck with seats for two and alcoves framed by trees with huge daybeds and private tables. Given the venue’s name, lighting plays a pivotal role while the overall scheme is designed to create a warm ambiance.
“Before Spectrum you could not get this type of ambiance in Bangkok,” said Super Potato’s vice president, Norihiko Shinya. “It’s hard to compare with any other rooftop bar in the area as this is type of space is quite special to have in the middle of downtown.”
A selection of premium tapas include bagels with smoked Scottish salmon and Russian caviar, wagyu beef sliders and crispy soft shell crab with tamarind sauce on a taro fritter are available at the lounge and bar. Craft cocktails, wine and a comprehensive beer selection make up the drinks menu with concoctions such as Mad Mango, chili-infused vodka, mango puree, spicy mango, elderflower, lime, chili and salt; and Giant Pandan, a blend of vodka, Midori, grapefruit juice, pandan (a common plant in Southeast Asia), lime, egg white and bitters.
I hate wasting food. Some press trips I go on focus on food and wine, so I've picked up some useful tips along the way. It's a fact, everyone can learn to make tasty meals from some things that might otherwise be thrown out. Take vegetables for instance – do you bin parts you don't consider edible or that look less than fresh?
Herbs that have had their day
Drooping parsley? Basil that's on its way out? Don't chuck them in the bin. You can grow your own super-plant from these wilting specimens. Just pop them in a cup of water for a few days until roots start to appear, then plant them in good soil a flower pot. When you next buy a bunch of herbs you could put them into a freezer bag and roll it like a sausage before freezing. Then slice what you need when you want to use.
You don't think they're appetising? Well, the stalk contains more calcium than the rest of the vegetable. All you do is remove the outer peel, then shred the rest. Broccoli leaves are edible too.
Okay, bendy carrots aren't great as they are but are a great addition to soups or stews, And if you boil the tops in water with dried herbs and sea salt, you've got a tasty stock for soups or sauces. In fact, that applies to any bits of vegetables that would otherwise go to waste. The resultant stock can be frozen.
Cook with a little garlic, olive oil, sea salt and water to make a kind of pesto. It’s good served hot on pasta.
So you forgot about that box of cornflakes sitting at the back of the cupboard. Ohoh, they've gone soft. No problem. Toast them in the oven to crisp them up then crush them, use a food processor if you wish and use as crumbs to coat chicken or fish.
Limp Salad Leaves
Use in a stir fry with some olive or sesame oil, soy sauce and garlic.
Blitz in the processor to make breadcrumbs, pop them in a freezer bag and freeze until you need them. Or make a bread sauce by adding some cream, a bay leaf and chopped onion.
......and when you've eaten the Parmesan and are about to bin the rind - think - doesn't it make more sense to add it to a soup, stew or risotto? Adds fantastic flavour (do remember to remove it before serving though!)
Veganism rules in many of the UK's restaurants and cafés. Here are some which lead the way.
London - Mildreds, Soho
London is full of plant-based restaurants and bars. Mildreds is one. Established in Soho in 1988, the restaurant has branches in Camden, King’s Cross and Dalston. Airy, bright and stylish, the chain offers options including smoked tofu, apple and white bean sausages and mash and toffee apple crumble. Vegan cocktails are popular too - popcorn martini anyone?
Edinburgh - The Auld Hoose, St Leonard's Street
Home to some of Edinburgh's best rock, metal and punk music via their legendary jukebox, The Auld Hoose is great for vegans in search of a little comfort food. From nachos dripping in vegan cheese to crunchy onions rings, vegan falafel burgers and vegan sorbet sundaes, where better for meat-free visitors and music lovers?
pics - Wildflower & The Allotment
Manchester - The Allotment, Lloyd Street
Award-winning restaurant The Allotment offers 3, 7 and 10-course tasting menus. All dishes are 100% gluten, dairy and egg free, making it perfect for coeliacs as well as those following a plant-based diet.
London - Wildflower, Peckham
Veggie and vegan canteen within the Peckham Levels complex, Wildflower offers a moreish vegan full English, as well as a plethora of yummy brunch, lunch and dinner options and a six-course vegan tasting menu.
Brighton - Purezza, St James’s Street
Purezza take animal-friendly Italian cuisine seriously. After two years spent developing their dairy-free mozzarella made from brown rice, they use innovative recipes and ingredients to create vegan pizzas, pastas and desserts. The perfect pit-stop for vegans looking for a taste of Italy.
Where is your favourite place to eat vegan food? Add a comment .....
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