ROUGH UK NIGHT OUT: CONTEMPORARY ASIAN FUSION CUISINE @ 100 ISLINGTON

09/26/16
Anita Keshi

270 Upper Street , London , N1 2UQ

You wouldn’t be wrong in thinking Islington’s Upper Street didn’t need another addition to their already thriving selection of restaurants and bars, however, new residents 100 Islington Bar & Restaurant are set to prove otherwise. The Asian and Middle Eastern infused restaurant chain are steadily making their mark in N1 following on from the success of their Hoxton branch.

Led by executive chef Francis “Ace” Puyat, previously at Ottolenghi’s NOPI, 100 Restaurants delivers an inventive but simple food concept for mini sharing dishes inspired by Asian flavours and spices.

With a large retracting glass front window, modern metallic embellishments and muted colour scheme the understated decor fits in perfectly amongst the cool Islington vibe. The spacious layout sees a bar area in the front, opening up to the restaurant – a swanky slightly more intimate interior with velvet booths and dim lights reminiscent of an upscale vintage parlour. The statement well-stocked bar, built in the middle of the restaurant reflects the noteworthy drinks menu of cocktails, champagne and fine wine to gourmet coffees and fresh pressed juices.

Skimming through the bold and complex menu, it reads as a “what’s what” in the finest of asian fusion cuisine with eye-catching foods such as Braised octopus and Rainbow trout. There’s the Lunch and a Sunday Lunch with staple roast pieces and a touch of wasabi. We can’t forget the mouthwatering champagne and cocktail ‘Tipples’ selection –  In-house concoctions such as the Silent Pool Martini – gin, elderflower cassis and lemonade to classics, martini and Pina colada. It gets better with the impressive dinner menu, 23 plates of glorious sounding dishes including chargrilled lamb belly, chili fried rice with chilli prawn sambal and desserts such as Mango, lemongrass and lime panna cotta. Hungry yet?

We stopped by to sample the unlimited Aperol spritz brunch, opting for the ‘Big Breakfast’. Served in a large beautifully presented plate, the “breakfast” consisted of familiar brunch favourites, fried eggs, bacon with an introduction of the insanely juicy sesame crusted pork belly, buttered portobello mushrooms, sweet and crisp spring onion hash browns and a side of homemade jalapeno salsa. For a nonchalant brunch, our Big breakfast was quite the elaborate dish, a star meal packed with flavour with the Asian twist setting it far apart from many brunches on the scene. Also on the brunch menu is Koroke – Korean cheese croquette served with bacon, poached eggs and sweet chili sauce and the Superfood breakfast – a vegetarian option of the Big Breakfast including power grain quinoa, sweet potato and mix seeds.

Must try – If you’re in a rush try their £5 lunch boxes and Lunch Happy hour discounted cocktails, negroni, prosecco and Aperol Spritz for only £4.75.

Verdict –  100 Restaurant offers high end cuisine with affordable prices. It’s a laid back, cool space for a contemporary twist on Asian cuisine. All dishes are also incidentally gluten free.

Price – A meal for two with drinks from about £70, Sharing menu from £30 per person based on 2 people.

ARISE : ALEXIS MARCOU

04/19/12
Agma Matuszczak
 

Since graduating from Plymouth University, Alexis Marcou has been living and working freelance from Greece. For us, it’s a combination of digital and hand sketched illustation that makes his work almost tangible. We talk to him about his latest collaboration with NIKE and he explains why self initiated projects are essential in every artist’s career.

How did you become involve with NIKE?

NIKE founded me through a project I did, called Cocaine, which was a self-initiated project. And that’s why I value those more than commision projects. They are the fishing baits, they draw the attention of the company. At that time NIKE wanted to produce something related to a skeleton, which I worked on a lot for Cocaine. So that’s how it all started…

You use a very small selection of colour in your work. Why?

I like to focus more on the design and the structure. But as years go by I started adding more colour. As you can see with the NIKE campaign, JUST DO IT, it wasn’t actually my choice, but they pushed me to use more colour and it came out better than I thought. Generally I always use a minimum selection because I like to tone the pencil and I don’t like the colour to wipe it out. I like the structure of the pencil more.

From all the projects you’ve done so far, which was the most rewarding for you as for an artist?

I think the project I did called NOIR. I was trying to play with photorealism and verting it into the computer age and then build up from there so I felt like it was a pilot project. It was definitely the most experimanetal thing I’ve done and I like what I’ve done with it. It was definitely something different.

How does you creative process work? How do you get inspired?

Every project is different. For every project I make a folder that I put everything that drags me to the mood of it. For example, for the Designers Against Child Slavery I thought of using pink make up to make it even more disturbing and affect more people. I tried different ways to put this make-up on the paper because it didn’t want to stay in, I had to experiment a lot. That is the example of a random, real-life inspiration. Other than that I am always very inspired by Cubism, Minimalism and photography.

Tell us Alexis, what are you working on at the moment?

I have just finished collaborating with Jaybo on the Cisco project we did in London. At the moment  I’m also working on 3 other projects for NIKE, unfortunately I can’t get into more details…

14.09.2011 

www.alexismarcou.com

ROUGH UK NIGHT OUT AT BABABOOM – THE ULTIMATE CHARGRILLED KITCHEN

Location: Bababoom 30 Battersea Rise London,SW11 1EE

It’s no surprise Middle Eastern has become one of the UK’s most sought after cuisines. However, unlike recent contemporary twists on the likes of Pan-Asian and Caribbean cuisines, there’s not yet been a ‘wow’ worthy Middle Eastern version for the current wave of foodies. Well, until now. Enter Bababoom, a cool, quaint and cozy food joint in Clapham’s Battersea Rise. The new eatery, which launched on September 6th, is the brainchild of super foodies, Eve, Travis and Jono who have used their combined 30 years of food experience to create a restaurant injecting a dose of modern Middle Eastern to the booming Clapham foodie hub.

The restaurant no doubt adds some coolness to Battersea Rise with specks of bold reds and golds and architectural detailing with an open kitchen against tawny brick walls.The animated, buzzy eatery attracts a varied mix of young instagram ready creatives and professionals capturing the London zeitgeist perfectly.Upon entering, we were greeted with a beguiling welcome from co-owners Jono and Eve. We were then settled in with one of their signature bergamot frozen margaritas…and then another…and then one more – they were that good!

Our eyes pranced around the menu which was divided into Nibbles – Baba’s hummus and Sweet Potato Tahini. Mains offering a selection of meats over Flatbread or fresh Fattoush Salad which included Saffron & Orange chicken, Short Rib Beef Adana complete with add-ons such as Lamb Merguez Sausage and plenty more. Sides include Dukkah fries and earthy spicy super grain Freekah Tabbouleh. The small but rich dessert menu of Afters offers the likes of Caramel doused vodka and Chocolate cardamom bowl. Rounding up the menu is Bababoom’s varied Drinks section with a fine selection of beers, wines, top notch cocktails, mimosas and fresh juices spearheaded by former Hawksmoor drinks whizz Ali Reynolds.

Our food marathon began with a grand opening of delicious mezze starting with the rich Baba’s hummus, Rose Harissa Labneh and the moorish Dukkah Whitebait which was a surprising front runner – melt in your mouth crisp texture with a smoky aftertaste. The Harissa Labneh, a smooth thick hummus, with an aromatic fiery kick, was a deserving runner up. Affable staff were attentive throughout, ensuring our glasses were always full and we were stocked up with delicious tangy/herb side sauces!

Fresh out the mangal grill, mains was the Rotisserie Lamb Shoulder – large chunks of juicy lamb, garnished in pomegranate onions, oversized fresh chilies, crunchy salad layered over a fluffy warm Persian flatbread.

We finished with theToasted Boom!Mallows Peach Melba – grilled peach melba with yoghurt sorbet and toasted marshmallows and the Chocolate Cardamon bowl with honeycomb and yoghurt. Both decadent and soaring on our flavour barometer. Toasted Boom! was nothing short of outstanding – the combination of the toasted marshmallows, grilled warmth of the peach against the creamy yoghurt sorbet, made for one hell of a dessert!

Must Try

Dukkah Whitebait, Toasted Boom!

Avoid

Everything we tasted was a star dish.

Price

From £30* per person based on nibbles, mains, afters and one drink.

Verdict – 9/10

Bababoom effortlessly blends Middle Eastern flavour with quality British goods served within a trendy, non-pretentious setting. From nibbles to feasts, beers to margaritas, hearty to healthy, Bababoom satisfies across all levels delivering “Real food and big flavours!”

Dinner’s not the only meal course on offer, Bababoom have a jam-packed mouthwatering menu offering a killer brunch on the weekends from 10.30am-3pm. Also, the restaurant will be serving their Baba’s midnight feasts every Friday and Saturday, until midnight, so there’s no reason to miss out on the fun.

VAGABOND IN AN INSTANCE

If you are an art lover, you know that there are some very good exhibitions that you may miss simply because the gallery may not be in your neighborhood. Well, Oana Damir created Vagabond gallery with that in mind. That and allowing young artists a platform to present their art works and give them the exposure they deserve. Damir understands that galleries today come and go very quickly, artists and art graduates struggle more and more to earn a living in their chosen path, and art institutions loose funding and support more and more. 

You see, Vagabond is a mobile gallery, a curatorial platform, aiming to showcase artistic work on a regular basis, in various venues across the South of England and internationally. The gallery is represented by a series of shows in which emerging artists are the opportunity not only to present their works, but also to engage with the local creative community to network and revitalize the arts scene. When you think about it, really, it is a win-win opportunity. Even if you are not an artist, you may realize that inspiration is all around you, that you may find inspiration in everything, and the interaction with local communities certainly qualifies as “inspiration”. The community, of course, gets to enjoy the beautiful art works, but also to understand where the artists find their motivation and form of expression, and perhaps also be inspired. 

This November, the gallery will be displaying ‘INSTANCE’, a selection of photographic work by 12 artists, themed on identity, the humanity revealed and the connections between new media and technology, art and artificiality. An indirect dialogue is formed between the artworks, and it correspondingly projects the thematic in subject. 

‘INSTANCE’ features work by Kristina Collender, Stella Asia Consonni, Anastasios Gaitanos,Johnny Horgan, Christopher Lanaway, Georgie Mason, Joseph Mayers, Robert Nemtanu, Dainius Sciuka, Russell Squires, Jennifer Welton and Luisa Whitton. It is the first exhibition to be presented within Vagabond. 

The exhibition will take place at 101 Reykjavik Icelandic Kaffibar, between 22nd and 30th November 2014. You are invited to join the curator and the artists on the launch night for the celebration event, on the 22nd November, starting at 6 PM. 

Come and show the artists your support, and aim for a wonderful evening of art and soul.

MODERN PANIC IV

Prepare to be shocked, to be disgusted, to be perplexed and to be amazed. The exhibition Modern Panic IV will undoubtedly evoke a million different feelings amongst its visitors. It showcases a wide range of paintings, sculptures, performances and films that all have one thing in common; they all demonstrate the theme of panic, guaranteeing that Modern Panic IV is much more than just an exhibition; it is an experience. ROUGH UK sat down with the curator, James Elphick, in an attempt to get into his head and gain a better understanding of this highly unusual and yet spectacular exhibition.

ROUGH: Please tell us about the concept of the exhibition Modern Panic, and about what you wish to communicate through it.

JAMES: Modern Panic is inspired by the 1960s Parisian Panic Movement. A group who concentrated on chaotic happenings containing performance art and surreal imagery, designed to be shocking, as a response to surrealism becoming petite bourgeoisie and to release destructive energies in search of peace and beauty.  Modern Panic is about a new wave of provocative, controversial and surreal modern artists, whose work has something to say and can resonate with the viewers.

ROUGH: You are featuring several artists, many of which are very different. Based on which criteria did you choose the artists?

JAMES: Alongside inviting a selection of artists once a year I run an open call for international artists to participate in the exhibition. This year we will feature 40 visual artists, 10 filmmakers and 20 live arts practitioners. The work usually speaks for itself and stands out, this year we had an overwhelming response and the standard was very high. It was very difficult to select the finalists!

ROUGH: What is it that fascinates you personally about the panic movement?

JAMES: In 2009 I curated a multi event season about Alejandro Jodorowsky who was one of the founders of the Panic Movement. He went on to create some of the greatest cult films which took the energy and vision of the performance art and surreal imagery and combined it with alchemical, esoteric and philosophical elements to create a type of film that wanted to heal its audience. I find the concept of art that can heal fascinating and I try to explore this in the work we exhibit. Beneath all the provocative, controversial, political, social and morally questionable work lies a question to the viewer, to see what they find acceptable in themselves, hold the mirror up and to them ask why.

ROUGH: What should the visitors expect from this exhibition?

JAMES: Art to hate, art to love, art to shake you awake and art to take with you forever!

Visiting Modern Panic IV is an experience that you shouldn’t deny yourself. The exhibition runs till Sunday 17th November in Apiary Studios in Hackney, London. For more information, visit www.guerrillazoo.com/modern-panic-4.

ROBERT FRANK RETROSPECTIVE – RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2013

Film Festivals are all about celebrating film, and about looking into the future by screening upcoming films and welcoming new filmmakers. However, before we let ourselves get carried away by all the film debuts and UK premieres that are taking place at this years Raindance Film Festival, let’s turn back time about 60 years and focus on a very fascinating movement: the Beat generation.

This year’s Raindance Film Festival celebrates the Beat movement through three events that feature the work of acclaimed Beat generation film director Robert Frank. These events carry title “Robert Frank Retrospective”, and the first took place yesterday on September 29th. So why has Raindance chosen to focus their attention on Robert Frank and the Beat generation? Well, the answer is simple, and is best described by the introduction of the yesterday’s event: “Let’s face it, this particular generation of filmmakers are cool, and Raindance is cool”.

“Robert Frank Retrospective – Programme 1” featured three very different short films that all show exactly why Robert Frank is considered one of the most influential figures in photography and film. The first film was “Pull My Daisy” from 1959 that is an exclusive look into the soul of the Beat generation. It’s written and narrated by Jack Kerouac and features other important members of the Beat generations inner circle, such as Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso. The second film on the programme was “OK end here” from 1963, a beautiful short film that tells the story of a day in the life of two disconnected lovers from New York City. The last film was the experimental and non-edited documentary “One Hour” from 1990 that takes the viewer on a trip through New York City’s lower East Side.

Robert Frank Retrospective – Programme 2 takes place today, September the 30th and Programme 3 will take place on Wednesday October 2nd. Robert Frank Retrospective – Programme 2 features the three short films “This song for Jack”, “Energy & how to get it” and “Conversations in Vermont”, while Programme 3 is a screening of Frank’s first feature length film “Me and my brother”. For more information visit raindancefestival.org.

HOW TO MAKE MONEY SELLING DRUGS // RAINDANCE 2013 KICKS OFF

Yesterday on September 25th, the curtains rose for the 21st annual Raindance Film Festival. Running from September 25th to October 6th, the film festival offers 12 days of independent film, each day with an absolutely packed programme that offers something for every taste. It all started off with yesterday’s opening gala that featured a screening of the highly controversial documentary “How to make money selling drugs”.

The founder of Raindance, Elliot Grove, took the stage as he presented the opening film, as well as the festival in general. Grove, who initiated the festival 21 years ago, spoke of how much time has changed since the first festival, creating completely different circumstances. 21 years ago when the first ever Raindance Film Festival took place, everything was screened on 35mm film and the advertising strategy was limited to printed ads in Time Out. Time has changed, and now everything is digital. Not only does Raindance welcome these changes, they also approach them by asking the question, “are these changes for the better?” Through a number of seminars and panel discussions, Raindance try to get to the bottom of it.

And now to what it is all about, film. And not just any kind of film, independent film. With the opening screening of “How to make money selling drugs”, Raindance proves that this year’s festival is not to be missed. The film is a ‘how-to’ guide, setting up ten steps on how to make money by selling drugs. Featuring celebrities such as 50 Cent, Susan Sarandon, Woody Harrelson and a number of extremely charismatic former drug dealers, this film is most enjoyable, hilarious and very thought provoking. Do not get me wrong, “How to make money selling drugs” is not just an entertaining film on how to make it in the drug industry, it has a very serious purpose. In the most sarcastic way imaginable, this film criticise the US’ war on drugs and its many consequences.

For more information on the films shown at this years Raindance Film Festival or to get a look at the exciting programme, visit www.raindancefestival.org.

FINE ART FILMS BY DRYDEN GOODWIN – RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2013

This year, Raindance Film Festival celebrates 21 years of independent film. But on the last day of the festival, Sunday October 6th, Raindance took it one step further by celebrating art film as well. To be more specific, Rainance took part in 25 frames – a programme of screenings and events celebrating 25 years of Film and Video Umbrella, when they screened a selection of the work of artist Dryden Goodwin.

Dryden Goodwin took the stage as he presented some of his most notable works, including the two short films “Closer” and “Poise”, both of which are commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella.

“Closer” is a exciting art film that explores the encounters we have with strangers in public places, which Goodwin puts on the edge through pointing a laser pen at these people. When presenting the film, Goodwin explained that he got the idea for it on a night he was walking in the streets of London, and suddenly realised that someone was pointing a red laser pen directly at him. This experience of a stranger deliberately pointing him out, without him knowing anything about who this person was or even what he looked like, gave him the idea to investigate it through film. The result is both fascinating and thought-provoking.

From focusing on complete strangers, Goodwin takes his art in another direction with the short film “Poise” in which he centres his attention on a group of young female divers. The film is extremely detail oriented and by shooting it in extreme close ups, Goodwin presents a different and much more intimate side of this otherwise fairly known discipline.

For a sneak peak of Dryden Goodwin’s short film, “Closer” from 2001, click here. And to watch the trailer for “Poise”, Goodwin’s 2012 short film, click here.

RAW SKIN

Yesterday ROUGH headed down to the Raw Skin exhibition at London’s Karin Janssen Project Space. Spring finally made an appearance so it was only necessary that we made the most of it! Raw Skin was odd, freaky, strange but at the same time disturbingly beautiful. The exhibition ‘challenged the dualistic view that the body is merely a seat for the mind.’ It delved in and researched what takes place when the ‘internal emotions start bleeding into the body and clash with the world around it.’
It featured the works of five contemporary artists. Firstly Chiho Iwase who unravels the personal discomfort and juxtaposes feelings of both comfort and distorted. Eliza Bennett whose work explores the continuous conflict that takes place between physical appearance and the values of inner self. Next I witnessed the works of Karin Janssen, again a little bizarre but explored the conflicts that the body has with the mind and the ways in which the private emotions can clashes with the external and these emotions become visible. The bold brush strokes and bold colours of Edith Meijering’s paintings unravelled the dark side psychological condition. Last but not least (my personal favourite) the photographic series of Antony Crossfield.  Crossfield blurred the boundaries of the body and the individual selves. He uses photo-manipulation and the hybrid bodies are literally fused and joined at the hip. His work constantly challenged the viewer’s gaze as you continue you notice that the bodies are isolated and each setting and surrounding is both dark and tragic.
Raw Skin did not disappoint! It challenged you to delve into the unknown. The aim was to question traditional conceptions of corporeality and our understanding of the body. However it was not for the squeamish or the faint hearted!

INTRODUCING JADE CHANEL P

Christmas is officially over. We have all consumed way too many calories and are all desperately ensuring that we adhere to those New Years Resolution. Here at ROUGH its business as usual and we thought we would kickstart with 2014 ones to watch.

Tattoos. Etched on every other young persons body. Once deemed to be a sign of rebellion and counterculture, inked skin has now become the new normal. Whilst we admire these works of art and frown upon those that look like a toddler has had their wicked way with a biro, we tend to forget the person creating these masterpieces. When we talk about pop culture in relation to tattoos self taught Jade Chanel is the name to be on everybodys lips. Trawling through instagram i stumbled across her work. Not only is she insanely beautiful  (that kind of beauty should be illegal ) but she has made a career by fusing her two passions art and tattoos. It was imperative that we feature Jade for our first tattoo artist/ illustrator. She draws inspiration from her friends and whilst most tattooists may dream of  tatting a celebrity the humble artist would love nothing more than to etch her dad who remains one of her biggest fans.  Her unique, signature style is dot work and this is something that we admired. Jade is modest and hardworking and this interview does nothing but reinforce that. O
Tell us a little about yourself? 
JC: My name is Jade Chanel and Im a self taught artist from London. I tattoo, draw, paint.. You name it.When was your first tattoo?
JC: I got my first tattoo a few days after my 18th birthday! I had tried to get tattooed previously but I was politely told to leave the studio as I was underage! HahaWhen did you become interested in becoming a tattoo artist?
JC: Ive always loved art. Its my “thing”. From as far as I can remember, Ive always known I wanted to be an artist of some sort. I wasnt sure what path I wanted to take. About 4 years ago I got my first big tattoo.. Thats when I knew tattooing would become a huge part of my life.

 How is it working in a male dominated profession?
JC: To be honest, it scared me at first! But in todays world, theres a lot more to be scared of other than men! HahaWhere do you find your inspiration for your artwork and tattoos?
JC: I would say my friends inspire me the most. I know quite a few creative geniuses! Not in my field, but that doesnt matter. We are always throwing ideas around, inspiring and motivating each other. Its amazing! “Team work makes the dream work!”
 What is your favourite tattoo and why?
JC: I love all my tattoos equally!I always think that tattoos are personal and have a meaning behind them. Would you say thats the case for yours? 
JC: Some of them are just there because of my love for body art. Some of my tattoos have meaning behind them. The one that means the most to me is my Artemis statue. She is the Greek Goddess of hunt, wild animals, childbirth, virginity and protector of young girls, bringing and relieving disease in women.If you could tattoo anyone who would it be and why?
JC: Id love to tattoo my Dad! He loves my work but he hates the thought of being scratched by needles for hours on end. Hes a super cool, supportive father.. But him being covered in tattoos by me would be so sick!!

What gets you in the zone before either doing a tattoo or creating a piece?
JC: Music. Its a big creative jam! Oh, and I always like to eat a huge meal first. Once Im in my zone, Im stuck there for hours!

How would you describe your tattoo/ art style?
JC: Intricate, crazy and dotty!

Do you look to the art world for inspiration?
JC: Of course.. I think collectively, we all inspire each other.

Is there anything you have wanted to tattoo but havent had the chance?
JC: I draw a lot of my signature skulls. Id love to tattoo them all!

Do you keep a sketchbook?
JC: I do. I use it to mock up ideas when im on the go, otherwise I draw on random sheets of paper.

What do you think makes a good tattoo artist? Any tattoo styles which you loathe?
JC: Patience, commitment, a good eye for what looks good, practice and the desire to learn. Tattooing is very time consuming.. Each design has to be perfect to produce the perfect tattoo. Its challenging, which I love!
Styles I loathe.. Tattoos done badly!

Favourite artist in the art /tattoo world?
JC: I have many favourites! Eric Marcinizyn, Lil B, Tamara Lee, James Spencer Briggs, Miguel Ochoa, Justin Burnout & Drew Romero! To name a few!

Were you an artist before tattooing or vice versa? Do you think one influences the other?
JC: Ive always considered myself an artist. Even now, thats the title I want to keep. If im not tattooing, im drawing, painting, making collages. I like mixing it up!

Your iconic style is dot work . Do you think you will ever consider a different medium and why is this your chosen style? 
JC: I kind of stumbled across dot work a while back when I was working on some neotraditional tattoo designs. I added dots, here and there as shading, and I loved how it looked. So I ran with it. New mediums.. Im working on some big canvas pieces. All will be revealed soon!

Instagram: @jadechanelp