ANTUNES SETS UP SHOP ON SOUTH BANK
French chef Joel Antunes built a laudable reputation for himself back in the Eighties and Nineties working around France, Asia and the UK before launching Les Saveurs in Mayfair, where he picked up a Michelin star. After that he went to the States, but his latest venture is back here in London, with a brasserie at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge. Traditional Gallic dishes on offer include tournedos rossini in truffle sauce and sweetbreads with veal cheek, roast apple and shallot sauce. Brasserie Joel, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, SE1 7UT. 020 7620 7272 www.brasseriejoel.co.uk
GO TO THE CIRCUS ON INDEPENDENCE DAY
Covent Garden restaurant Circus will be getting in the revolutionary spirit on Sunday, offering an all-American themed brunch to celebrate US?Independence Day. The restaurant will be open from 11-3pm with a selection of Stateside snacks, including classic stacked pancakes with caramelised bananas and honeycomb butter, spiced crab cakes, and Mexican quesadillas and tacos. This being performance-friendly Circus, there’ll also be the odd bit of table-side entertainment. Circus, 27-29 Endell ST, WC2H 9BA 020 7420 9300www.circus-london.co.uk.
CUPCAKE MASTERCLASSES IN NW3
Primrose Hill’s award-winning home of deliciousness, Sweet Things Cakery, is spreading the knowledge with some classes in how to make the perfect cupcake. Founder Natalie Allen will be explaining ingredients and baking tips as well as serving end-of-session cocktails. Perfect for a hen night, one suspects. One hour classes are £45 with ingredients and cocktails included. To book call 020 722 2107. www.sweetthings.biz