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Thursday 10 March 202

Wednesday 09 March 2022...I went to two events today... 1pm to 4pm FLESH & BUNS - press review - 1 Phillimore Gardens, Kensington, London W8. Flesh & Buns are heading west for their third restaurant, opening up their latest just off High Street Kensington. Taking over what was previously BILL WYMAN'S STICKY FINGERS on Phillimore Gardens, the new site will be their biggest yet and will offer Flesh & Buns’ usual Japanese izakaya and Nikkei-inspired dishes, along with whisky, sake, and beers for the full experience. The food menu is split into several sections including small plates, sashimi, ceviche, maki, poké-don and of course the restaurant’s signature steamed bao buns. So we can expect the likes of: Smoked pork rib doused in tallow chilli honey glaze Spicy tuna with rocoto chilli and pickled daikon Ceviche Mixto – tuna, salmon, seabass, sweet potato Salted caramel chocolate fondant with matcha ice cream Being inspired by Japanese izakayas, drinking is as much a part of the Flesh & Buns experience as the food. Highlights from the cocktail menu include the Yuzu Margarita (tequila, triple sec, lime juice, yuzu juice, agave syrup), while Japanese whiskies include a single malt from Akashi, a Yamazaki 12 y/o and Nikka from the barrel. A long list of sake includes a custom sake made for Flesh & Buns’ sister restaurant Bone Daddies. Alongside the new Kensington opening, the two existing restaurants, in Covent Garden and Fitzrovia, will also be getting a refresh with updated interiors and menus. ------------- Had some good times at this venue when it was BILL WYMAN'S STICKY FINGERS. Another restaurant where we had some yummy shared plate dishes including... Korean Fried Rings Sea Salt Tempura Fried Squid Smoked pork rib doused in tallow chilli honey glaze in steamed bao buns Spicy tuna with rocoto chilli and pickled daikon Ceviche Mixto – tuna, salmon, seabass, sweet potato Salted caramel chocolate fondant with matcha ice cream Lovely staff explaining all the dishes, and delicious top quality food here. www.fleshandbuns.com - Visit their website here. -------------- then A NIGHT FOR UKRAINE live at The Roundhouse. Ukrainian-born BLOOM TWINS will be performing as well as international artists, spoken word poetry. Amongst the performers confirmed are Bob Geldof ,Chrissie Hynde and Franz Ferdinand. Also James Walbourne of the Pretenders, Archive, Joseph Toonga, Yuriy Yurchuk accompanied by Konstantin Lapshin, Imelda May, Jack Garratt, Wayne McGregor, Eckoes, Joseph Lawrence, Peter Xan, Nadeem Din-Gabisi, Silai Estatira, Tom Baxter, and the London Community Gospel Choir have confirmed they will be joining the all-star lineup. The project is organised by the founder of Secret Cinema, main collaborators Bloom Twins and Sunflower Relief, alongside Phoenix Court, Roundhouse, Sofar Sounds, Platoon, Lost, and ie: entertainment. ----------------- Tonight was not a sell-out, due to the show only being announced a few days ago and most folks not really knowing exactly who would be playing. A nice touch as the entire venue has the colours of the Ukraine all around it. We have a team selling Sunflowers for a Ł10 each donation to Ukraine and they have sold a few hundred ,who wave them in the air throughout the evening. The Sunflower (sunyashniki in Ukrainian) has long been a symbol of peace for Ukraine. The show runs for around three hours, and finishes at 11.10pm. Around a dozen acts, with most playing a couple of songs each. A nice mix of well known names, and total unknown names to me. Before the live music we have short films, some speeches and two minutes silence. CHRISSIE HYNDE was certainly a highlight for me as she performed stunning versions of "I'll Stand By You" and "Back On The Chain Gang". BOB GELDOF singing a cover of Nick Lowes "What's So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding" was good...and it reminded of that great Live Aid event i went to in July 1985. FRANZ FERDINAND were good as well. An emotional evening with some acts better than others, but all for a good cause.