Are you hungry? Would you go so far as to say you’re ‘starving’?
I hate to break it to you: you’re absolutely, definitely not. But a scandalous one in eight people worldwide IS. That’s so hungry that they’re not getting enough nourishment to function fully; compromising their health, their lifestyle, and their livelihood. They don’t want sympathy. They don’t want handouts. They just want to ensure they can eat and provide for their nearest and dearest.
That’s where Find Your Feet comes in. This charity uses its head when working to tackle food poverty, lending a hand and giving a leg up to its partnered communities, empowering people to change their own lives, sate their physical hunger, and develop a fresh appetite for life.
With the annual #CurryForChange campaign, Find Your Feet uses one of the UK’s favourite cuisines to raise vital funds for its work, harnessing the power of spice to entice more supporters on board each and every year. From June through to October, you can do two things to support the charity – visit partnered restaurants, and host a supperclub in your own home.
More on the latter later, but for now the focus is on the venues where you can sample special menu items or leave a donation when you dine. Fine chefs like Cyrus Todiwala, Vivek Singh, and Atul Kochhar are all poised to cook up #CurryForChange – will you be at table?
You can barely move for shiny new brunch menus in the capital at the moment, and Atul Kochhar’s Benares is bang on-trend. Every Sunday, find your salvation in an all-day menu made up of small sharing plates and limitless libations.
After a welcome cocktail, tuck in – starting with a must-try masala omelette. Classic curry lovers will relish rogan josh and spicy sweetcorn and spinach stew, whilst those after a saintly Sunday can enjoy sin-free salads including a chicken tikka Caesar number. With decadent Desi sweet treats like rasmalai and kulfi and the option of bolting on an ‘unlimited drinks’ package, you might well stay all day. Just don’t forget to pop a pound on the bill for #CurryForChange.
Cyrus Todiwala‘s seasonal specials always add intrigue to his already-innovative menus, treating the best British produce to a very Indian makeover. Throughout June, the chef will be serving a bespoke #CurryForChange creation – Belly of pork with shrimp paste and coconut a la Parsee; Cyrus’s own take on Binagoongan baboy, a Philippine heritage recipe from a woman from Pampanga called Des Rodriguez-Torres.
Make a meal of the matter by ordering a few new bits from the tapas grazing menu, too. The month, the tempting little list features fine produce from sea, land and earth: salt cod croquettes with spicy coleslaw, tandoori scallop shaslik, and king prawns peri peri; hot choriso & lop mince sausage roll and belly of lop pork in hot ginger and sweet chilli; paav bhaji and masala mogo chips. It all makes a change from curry, but you’ll still be helping #CurryForChange.
Vivek Singh’s flagship restaurant might be situated in a library, but it’s making a big noise over #CurryForChange. Last year, the scallop special proved so popular that this Spice Scribe nearly went missed the chance to sample it – and this time round, the green-spiced Norfolk free range chicken breast with tandoori chicken rillettes looks set to sell out in much the same manner.
Since you’re supporting #CurryForChange, your visit should be suitably celebratory. Couple that chicken dish with a couple of cocktails from an extensive, inventive collection which employs fine spirits in spirited creations like the spice-laden, cognac-based, tamarind-tangy East India; Pisco Punch tinged with turmeric, or a carom salt-rimmed-margarita – or round off your evening with a wee dram from a long list.
Whether you’re seeking a dinner to get you in the summer spirit or just want to share multi-course meal with a special someone, Cinnamon Kitchen’s seasonal menus should fit the bill. But don’t dare depart without sampling Head Chef Raju Ramachandran’s designated #CurryForChange dish: dry-spice-crusted free range chicken breast with tomato and fenugreek sauce.
After that superb savoury, you can’t beat a sweet. Especially when the items on offer fuse the best of East and West; yielding decadent desserts like Cumin profiteroles with cardamom shrikhand or Pineapple & pink peppercorn tarte tatin. And the cheeseboard accompaniments? They aren’t crackers, but they are quirky: fruit’n’nut naan and Bengali-style chutney.
With the youngest sibling in the Cinnamon group currently playing host to Melissa Alley’s ‘fusion’ art exhibition, your mind and eyes might understandably wander from the menu to the artwork; but do ensure you order the #CurryForChange dish – Roasted rump of Kentish lamb with corn sauce.
Relish your meal as you ruminate over the intriguing ‘As Above, So Below’ – Alley’s custom-created ‘Colour Fugue’ installation. The Central Saint Martins graduate trained under visionary artist Cecil Collins, and her multi-hued creations are inspired by the rhythms of music, colour, and light. Fancy a free Mango Kick cocktail when you eat? Tweet an image of the exhibition with the hashtag #MelissaAlley, follow @CinnamonSoho, and show the online evidence to the Duty Manager.
If you fancy a lads’ night out (even if you’re a lady), this Queensbury bar and grill is for you. Perhaps the closest thing London has to the Midlands’ beloved ‘pub grills’, it’s the place for a posse in search of bold flavours, hearty portions and brilliantly-priced beverages. The mile-long menu majors in classic curries (where meat is concerned, on the bone is best) and towering tandoori platters, smattered with a few East African, Gujju, and Indo-Chinese items.
Regularly-changing Chef’s Specials extend the choice still further – and, throughout June, further the funding for Find Your Feet‘s charity work. For each item ordered from the specials menu, The Regency Club will donate a round pound to #CurryForChange.
- To visit the #CurryForChange website, click here
- To visit Find Your Feet’s website, click here
- To read about #CurryForChange’s champions, click here
- To read about The Cinnamon Club’s 2014 dish for #CurryForChange, click here
- To read tips for hosting a supperclub for #CurryForChange, click here, here, and here
- To get the recipe for my #BombayBadBoy chocolate cheesecake, created for #CurryForChange, click here