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Is Jamie coming? Juniper man moves over, more shuffles for Korova and red hot and here

Published on January 14th 2010.


Food and drink round-up

Jamie Oliver, is he moving in?
There have evidently been talks between the Liverpool One people and our food hero's gang. The rumour mill was grinding as surely as as the Fortnum and Mason pepper variety at the Wirral Food and Drink Festival last month.

T'would be a great thing, all agreed, but “nothing is set in stone,” came the reply from Jamie's Italian when Liverpool Confidential sought to give legs to the tale that he was opening his highly successful brand in Liverpool.

Watch this space, they said, pointing us to their website.

Or that nice big space in Hanover Street, right at the end there. So the tattle would have it.

Juniper man
Somebody who IS confirming that they are moving into this neck of the woods is the acclaimed Swiss chef Michael Riemenschneider. He will lead the fine dining and banqueting kitchens at Hillbark Hotel, Frankby, on the Wirral.

Riemenschneider worked at Michelin-starred restaurants in England, Wales, Germany and Switzerland, including the three-starred Restaurant Vendome (Cologne) and Restaurant Phillip Rochat (Crissier, Lausanne), before opening The Abbey and, later, Juniper in Altrincham, now closed, where he had inherited a Michelin star from Paul Kitching.

Olive Magazine calls him one of the top five chefs to watch. Much is being spent of the kitchen refurb in Frankby. Riemenschneider will act as chef patron at the Yellow Room as well as overseeing the food operations at Contessa Hotels other two places in Saddleworth and the Lord Leverhulme hotel in Port Sunlight. With Michelin man Marc Wilkinson continuing to do the do at Fraiche in Oxton, could this be a case of the Wirral takes it all?

Red, hot and here
Just when you were convinced that Liverpool's people could nay take more restaurant options (oh yes, we can!), or the “food offer” as the tourism people like to call it in that deeply unsexy manner, up springs the deeply sexy sounding Red Hot World Buffet.

Other branches are in the sultry, purring towns of Nottingham, Northampton and Milton Keynes - hotbeds of passion for the adventurous diner along with the curious pampas grass grower.

Opening this weekend in Liverpool One with a big launch party, Red Hot World Buffet serves fixed price Chinese, Italian, Thai and Indian food from live cooking stations with a choice of 110, yes 110 dishes. That's oodles of noodles in any language (except Indian).

Every little yelps....
Terry Leahy's loss is Rob Gutmann's gain and as the door closes on the idea of a Tesco in Hope St, in comes Korova to dish out club card points of a different kind. The Korova bar, popular haunt of students, is closing up in Fleet Street and moving to the hallowed Hope Street turf. This was previously Roadkill. Any connection between this name and Korova's penchant for dead animal décor is purely coincidental.

Who's the daddy?
Korova's business arrangement with the Cream organisation has also come to an end after five years, meaning that Babycream in the Albert Dock is no longer, and the distinctive Cream logo can be found there no more. Babycream was one of the first places in the city to have a VIP area. Now it is being called “Baby Geisha” for the moment. Unfortunately Baby Geisha is an orphan, because Geisha, another Korova operation, in Myrtle St, was sold some time ago. Their Zeligs and Dinomat remain. Their Negresco, Lark Lane, has closed, Low has opened. Circo was sold, and we can't keep up with Raven.

Confused yet? Welcome to our world.

Turning into a pumpkinhy not keep Jack Frost at bay and warm yourself up with the Pumpkintastic new autumn menu from 60 Hope Street, it says here.

For £19.95 per person, until November 28, choose three courses from the seasonal menu.

This includes pumpkin spring rolls, confit leg of duck with lentil jus and pumpkin purée, and bakewell tart made out of...pumpkin. Then throw in a bottle of Fuente Verde Garnacha Tinto Bodegas, Monfil Carena Spain or Fuente Verde Macabeo Blanco Bodegas, Monfil Carena Spain. We're glad that last bit was a cut and paste job.

60 Hope Street's signature dessert is the deep fried jam butty. Perhaps this month they'll be pump-kin up the jam (you're fired, ed).

Cheers!
It's still bring your own booze at the ever lovely Little Pizza Kitchen at the bottom end of St John's Road in Waterloo. But if you forget, the owner, Alex Lawless, will give you one.

A bottle of wine, that is, provided two of you order two starters and two mains from the excellent little menu where the food is anything but small. 0151 286 1299.

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