Monthly Archives: February 2014

Food: Kappa Japanese Restaurant

Posted by Caroline Lofts

I realise I have gone a long time now without writing about one of the restaurants I happen to eat in most in Earls Court. Go figure!

Kappa has been a part of the Earls Court dining scene for some time now and is a local favourite. Located towards the entrance to the Earls Court Road where the Cromwell Road crosses it means there isn’t a huge amount of footfall relative to the rest of the area and so Kappa has had to rely on good food and good service to tempt its patrons back for seconds. And they have returned, for seconds, thirds and more. It’s rare to see an empty seat after 7.30pm on any given night so it’s worth calling and booking just in case.

The restaurant floor is small, perhaps only 40 covers in total, and the decor is simple and practical, a clean canvass for the presentation of some rather delicious food.

To start I would recommend the MAGURO NO TATAKI (Seared tuna with garlic chips and spring onion with ponzu sauce), this is a light dish that packs a punch of flavour and is lovely accompaniment to the YAKI ASPARA (Grilled asparagus & pak choi with teriyaki sauce).

No matter whether you’re a die hard sushi fan or interested in exploring the other elements of  the traditional Japanese menu there is something here for everyone.

SASHIMI MORIAWASE is a mixed Chef’s selection of sashimi and will include the usual suspects as well as some less expected flavours such as HOKKIGAI (Surf Clam) and IKURA (Salmon Roe).

I do so love Black Cod in Sweet Miso and the one served here is to die for. If you fancy a little bit of sizzle then try out the TEPPANYAKI, served piping on a hot metal tray you can opt for the vegetarian Pan grilled tofu and assorted vegetable with teriyaki sauce or try a BEEF YAKINIKU with a fruity garlic soy sauce.

Green tea ice cream rounds the meal off for me but to each their own… Enjoy!

Kappa Japanese Restaurant
139 Earls Court Road, SW5 9RH
0207 244 9196

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If Life is a Dancefloor then You Are the DJ

Posted by Caroline Lofts

Ever arrived at a club only to have your ears assaulted with an appalling din of varying quality and questionable taste? Ever wished you could step up and save the day? Ever wished YOU were the DJ? Me too!

Artpeggios is here to aid your euphonious aspirations. They are now offering weekly DJ classes with Ashman DJ. Yes, you read that right.

Learn the basic and advanced skills of the DJ.
You will first be introduced to our Traktor S2 2 deck DJ controller and its software. The most advanced 2 deck controller available, the S2 will offer you all the effects, controls, sampling ability and mixing tools that you need to create great mixes.
In addition to technology, you will be introduced to the art of analysing a song, its structure, its beat and tempo. This musical knowledge will take your ability to mix to another level.
For our more advanced students, you will be able to take advantage of our other music software such as Logic to create and incorporate your own music into your mix and start creating new music.

 

So, get yourself signed up and let me know where you’ll be spinning ASAP!

Classes are held on:

Thursday (adults) & Fridays (teens) at 6pm, Duration 90 mins – £27

Saturdays & Sundays (10 +) at 11.30am, Duration 1 hour – £18

Artpeggios Music and Art Academy, 198-200 Earl’s Court Road, SW5 9QFSo, get yourself signed up and let me know where you’ll be spinning ASAP!

To find out more, get in touch by email info@artpeggios.com or call +44 (0)20 7244 45 70

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Theatre: Variation on a Theme

Posted by Caroline Lofts

The first ever production in more than fifty years of Terence Rattigan’s Variation on a Theme, starring twice Olivier Award nominated Rachael Stirling.

Inspired by La Dame aux Camelias, and set amidst the glamorous and exotic society of the 1950’s French Riviera, Variation on a Theme revolves around the tempestuous love affair between Rose, a beautiful and worldly socialite, and Ron, a young bisexual ballet dancer with a keen eye for social advancement.

In an emotionally charged story of desire and disillusionment, Rose is persuaded by Ron’s choreographer and mentor, Sam, to sacrifice her personal happiness for the sake of her young lover’s success and career. But as Rose’s health deteriorates, and Ron is faced with the loveless reality of their separation, they finally face up to their need to be needed.

A forgotten classic by “one of the supreme dramatists of the 20th century” (Michael Billington, The Guardian), this will be the first production of the play anywhere in the world since its original 1958 premiere when it was directed by John Gielgud, and starred Margaret Leighton and Jeremy Brett.

Tuesday, 25 February – Saturday, 22 March 2014

The Finborough Theatre
118 Finborough Road
London
SW10 9ED
Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm.
Sunday Matinees at 3.00pm.
Saturday Matinees 3.00pm (from second week of the run).
 
Performance Length: Approximately 2 hours with one interval of fifteen minutes.
 
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Open Audition: Casting Twelfth Night

Posted by Caroline Lofts

The Earls Courtiers Amateur Dramatics Society is holding open auditions on 25th and 27th of February for their summer production of Twelfth Night.

Following on from their sold out performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream last year they will be continuing with their Shakespeare in the Square open air shows that proved so popular in 2013.

So, if you fancy yourself a bit of a bard or just want to be involved in the production in a behind the scenes capacity then don’t hesitate to contact Toby Brown for lines and/or information via his email toby.brown@tlclondon.com.

Auditions are being held at The Troubadour Gallery, 265 Old Brompton Rd, SW5 9JA, from 7pm.

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Flamenco at the Troubadour

Posted by Caroline Lofts

Paco Peña embodies both authenticity and innovation in flamenco. As guitarist, composer, dramatist, producer and artistic mentor he has transformed perceptions of this archetypal Spanish art form.

Born in the Andalucian city of Córdoba, Paco Peña began learning guitar from his brother at the age of six and made his first professional appearance at the age of 12. In the late 1960s he left Spain for London, where his recitals of flamenco music captured the public imagination.

Venues for his solo performances have included the intimate Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and the monumental Royal Albert Hall in London, New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Concertgebouw, in Amsterdam. He has shared the stage with fellow guitarists, singers and instrumental groups, bridging diverse musical genres, including classical, jazz, blues, country and Latin American.

And now he is celebrating the place of The Troubadour in London’s flamenco history on Sunday, February 23. It is a show not to be missed. Tickets need to be purchased in advance and are being sold for £10 via vera@flamencomag.demon.co.uk

Enjoy!

The Troubadour Club
265 Old Brompton Rd, SW5 9JA 
020 7370 1434

 

 

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