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Foreign investment fall highlighted by Minister


UK Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell, expressed concern about a drop in foreign investment in Bangladesh during a meeting with the Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia, the BNP chairperson. Mitchell suggested this might be due to political instability and said he hoped that a free and fair


election would be held in Bangladesh to overcome this situation. He fur- ther expressed the wish that the UK would play a bigger role in investing in Bangladesh.


For her part Khaleda said she hoped that Bangladeshi students would get more opportunities to study in the UK, and also sought the minister’s inter- vention in increasing visa facilities for Bangladeshis seeking employment in restaurants in the UK.


Quilon reopens with new look


There is a new bar area and a private dining room with its own bar, kitchen and entrance. Seating up to 16, the dining room will effectively be a ‘res- taurant within a restaurant’.


Quilon was first awarded a Michelin star in the 2008, becoming the first restaurant serving south-west Indian cuisine to be given this accolade. It claims it remains the only Michelin starred south Indian restaurant in the world.


Award-winning Michelin-starred South Indian restaurant Quilon, which is based at London’s 51 Buckingham Gate, has recently reopened after a major refur- bishment lasting three months. Quilon commissioned designLSM to oversee the restaurant’s first design overhaul since its opening 12 years ago. The new interior look, which includes tra- ditionally inspired ‘jaali screens’ and a feature candle wall with flickering tea lights, is intended to reflect the restau- rant’s cultural origins.


Famed for his baked black cod and also for inspired beer/food matching, Executive Chef Sriram Aylur com- ments, “Having opened in 1999, the restaurant’s décor was very out-dated and I felt it really needed a contem- porary new look. I wanted it to be in keeping with Quilon’s elegant cuisine and relaxed, stylish atmosphere, while reflecting the ethnicity and quality of our food. I feel we have really achieved this.”


Quilon recently retained its Michelin star in the 2012 Guide, for the fifth year in a row, and last year chef Siriam was named ‘Beer Drinker of the Year’ by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group in recognition of his work in ‘pairing’


Indian food with beers. Recently he has singled out two Scottish beers as providing an ideal complement to his food. One of them is Ceilidh beer, from Williams Bros in Alloa, which Sriram pairs with poppadoms and tomato chutney, and a bottle from Innis and Gunn in Edinburgh, which is paired with dosa. His signature dish, baked black cod, can be served with Chimay Red, a Belgian beer, while the coco- nut creamed chicken is paired with Brewsters Pale Ale from England.


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May/June 2012


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