Want to Eat Out? Shall we Outlaw at the Capital?

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 16 Nov, 2017

My Best Meal London - Knightsbridge 

You must have noticed by now that I am a foodie:
I'm always looking for new places offering amazing food and you can see my escapades around Islington (#MyBestMealIslington Monthly Feature series with my latest blog covering Niche ) and London (#MyBestMealLondon series with reviews of Il Portico   in Kensington, Le Boudin Blanc in Mayfair and Joel Robuchon in Covent Garden to name a few.)
This month is the turn of  Outlaw at the Capital , a Michelin Star Restaurant focusing on wonderfully fresh seafood sourced from around the coast of Cornwall based at the Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge.

The Hotel was one of the first boutique hotels in London, often described as a  grand hotel in miniature , just a few steps away from the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Natural History Museum , perfect for a quick pre-Xmas London visit, for some shopping and of course some shows at the Royal Albert Hall.

Hotel intro apart, it is lovely but, I'm interested in the food .
All the menus are created by Nathan Outlaw and Head Chef Andrew Sawyer,  they are short and sweet featuring the bestest and freshest British fish (I know, I made one word up).
Dishes are constantly changing with the seasons .

The venue is small and very intimate , the staff is very friendly, efficient (I would dare impeccable  actually) and not pretentious at all and this is applicable to both the dining room and the dishes (I know it is Knightsbridge but there is no need to feel intimidated at all).

I love fish but I'm crap at cooking it except smoked salmon ( and let's face , you don't really cook that) so when I find a nice place with fabulous fish I'm sold. 

I have been twice (greedy I know) and I went both times for set menus. The first time in the evening with the superb tasting menu and the second time the lunch set menu  ,both absolutely excellent. 

In the tasting menu I loved the Octopus and the Bass courses and the wine pairing really enhanced the flavours/taste. 
The lunch menu is a vey reasonable £ 29 for two course or £ 33 for three ( if you compare to some pretend posh gastro pubs in London, you know what I mean...).

I had, of course the 3 courses, and the gorgeous Cornish soup, followed by the Hake and then the British Cheese Plate.
The portions are Michelin Star's e.g. you are going to come out fully satisfied and full but definitely not stuffed ( as it should be).

I love this place, perfect for an after shopping trip - did I say it is a few minutes away from Harrods ?
It doesn't get better than that.... ;-)

Outlaw at the Capital is definitely #MyBestMealLondon for November - try it, you'll thank me for it.

PS: the New Year's Eve menu looks scrumptious :-p

The People Alchemist Blog

By The Alchemist About Town 16 Dec, 2017

Pre-Christmas shopping has now reached epic proportions; presumably most people missed the memo that the shops re-open in a few days  (even on Boxing Day, amazing non?) and there is no need to stockpile like we're just about to enter WW3.  

Giving presents is part of Christmas, but it is only a small part of it;  the pressure to buy things and "create a holiday" can be very stressful and is unrelated to what many consider the original reason for Christmas, to celebrate the birth of Christ. 
Even though Christmas may have now morphed into a secular holiday for many people,  I think it is important to remember , religious/observing or not, to enjoy it and spend the day with family, friends and/or loved ones. 

These times are precious and laughter and memories last a lifetime much more than the latest gadget or "in" thing, don't waste them. Share the love.


By The Alchemist About Town 11 Dec, 2017

In every story, every hero is helped through his/her journey when meeting a mentor and then allies along the way.

"Emerging leaders need a mentor to guide them, but they also need a network of peers , to reassure them that they are not on the path alone” Alyse Nelson , President and CEO of Viva Voices.

The percentage of women on board is increasing both on a voluntary basis and/or with mandatory boards targets but there is still a lack of visible female leadership models, women to inspire and empower women. Women are every good at sharing a lot of things but having a good mentor does not often seem to be one.

I had in my life women I looked up to them as examples, beacons of what is possible to achieve if you are really determined;  not perfect women by any means, but I am who I am today because of them:

Coco Chanel: a Business Woman ahead of her time ,
Anna Wintour: a fashion pioneer ,
Jackie Kennedy: quiet leadership ,
Margaret Thatcher: love or hate her , you cannot forget her
In a world full of Kim Kardshians, Be an Audrey
Josephine Baker: did the Banana skirt start it all?

I'm passionate about inspiring/empowering/helping women in making the most of their circumstances with the tools they have available and grabbing the opportunities that life presents - without using excuses of why they can't and I wanted to find and  provide some virtual mentors/ allies/ role models to show you their “call to adventure’, their crossing of thresholds together with perhaps tests, allies and maybe enemies.

I have interviewed many women in leadership roles, CEOs,MDs and/or Founder/s of their owns very successful company for my book: you might have read some of them already ( Natasha Makhijani , Rachel Dipper , Jackie Smithen , Emmajane Taylor-Moran , Karen Green , Liz Ward , Ela Slutski & Galit Bauer ). Each of them had a different journey but they all had something in common - self belief and pursuing their goal no matter what.

What is your journey? Do you have a mentor?
The Women in Leadership interviews ( contained in my book STOP IT! It is all in your head ) are my gift to you - THE HERO JOURNEY of some real models and perhaps some virtual role model for women out there on their way to the top.

“If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want, and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results”
Tony Robbins.

" Believe in Yourself, You Can - Define your legacy".

This is blog is an extract from my book
"S TOP IT! It is all in your head"   Part IV: The Hero Journey .
Click here to Read:
Part III:
Think Outside The Box: What Box? 
Part II: Tell Me What You Want, What You Really Really Want .
Part I: Blah, Blah, Blah .
To see how the book was developed/written : " What is the best way to write a book in 30 days"
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