Cool jazz and hot wok dishes are both on offer in London this May. Add to that a West End revival of an evergreen musical favourite and you can begin to look forward to a few months of vibrant tastes and sounds. As ever in the Capital, you are never too far from a gourmet eatery or a boutique cinema house in which to sample these pleasures. Here are some great options to explore.
This year, they’ll be serving warm asparagus with Serrano ham, Hollandaise sauce and toasted rye bread. The best crop comes from the Wye valley where the silt allows the stalks of the plant to be supported in such a way that they don’t develop into the thick woody (and therefore tasteless) variety. These conditions don’t last and that’s why the season is so deliciously short. Enjoy.
By the late seventies, Miles Davis had formed and disbanded no less than three iconic jazz groups and had inspired the invention of a whole new genre that utilised electric instruments and rock influences. But while his former cohorts got rich and famous, Miles was left behind in a state of drug-fuelled paranoia, bereft of ideas or musicians. Turning to art and boxing he was able to work himself into a frenzy of indignation that basically frightened his record company into action. Cheadle plays Miles with all the cool, deadpan narcissism that you’d expect.
The boat in question is a Mississippi paddle steamer that provides a floating stage to a troupe of talented performers and also serves as an escape from the injustice of society. The waterway as a symbol of both freedom and bondage is encapsulated in the timeless “Ol’ Man River” which has been sung by a succession of famous baritones.
Pork, eggs and strips of beef are lobbed into the broth with generous abandon and the same ethos is applied to the tiny bar which serves deadly but delicious cocktails. If you’d rather have your noodles on the side, then dishes like chicken kaarage will fit the bill, but what makes or breaks any noodle bar is the quality of the broth in which the noodles are cooked. Tonkotsu is spot on with this regard and also with the service which is friendly and fast.