Privee Knightsbridge

Privee has very discreet signage, we actually walked past it and then had to turn around and head back. Luckily a waiter was coming out just as we walked past, who confirmed we were in the right place.

We headed down to the basement club, which is pretty warm, dress lightly or you may end up hot and bothered even before the burlesque starts!

We got there for 8pm and the show starts at 9, so we could eat first. There is a set cabaret menu (£30) with two choices per course.

You get some dips, salted popcorn and toasted flatbread to start. The dip was good but sadly the flatbread tasted a little stale.

We both chose the beef salad with pomegranate molassess for starters. The beef was nice and tender but I found the dressing on the salad to be quite sharp, I’d prefer it if they put it in a pot on the side so you could add as much or little as you want.

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We also both chose the salmon with pasta for our main. This was actually surprisingly good, I have been to venues that do dinner and a show and the food can sometimes play second fiddle to the show. My salmon was perfectly cooked and there were different creamy sauces to accompany the fish and the pasta, they hadn’t just used the same one for both. However there was a bit of a snafu surrounding our main course, first they brought out dessert right after our starters then after explaining that we hadn’t got our mains they brought chicken when J had ordered salmon. This happened twice, we sent back 2 chickens! Finally after we spoke to Emmanuel, the manager, they brought the correct dish. By this point I’d basically eaten mine as it was going cold.

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Then the show started, beware people sitting close to the stage you are going to get involved! The burlesque wasn’t quite my cup of tea but ladies, if you’re feeling bad about your wobbly bits, this will definitely make you feel better, Because whilst the ladies in the show are undeniably attractive they have them too. It makes you realise just how rarely you see normal women’s bodies as opposed to airbrushed perfection in the magazines. I also really liked the MC who was very funny and did great magic tricks.

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We finished up with a champagne cocktail and dessert, baklava and an apple pie.

Privee is an interesting night out, maybe one to consider for your next date night if you want to do something different, you’ll certainly have lots to talk about after!

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International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from: http://www.royalorienttrain.com/goa/goa-history.html
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