Archives Month: July 2014

“Molecular Gastronomy” is a phrase normally associated with Heston Blumenthal and bacon & eggs ice cream. According to Stephen Gomes of Moksh Indian restaurant in Cardiff, MG is the future of cooking.

Stephen is using MG to bring home the bacon on a very regular basis with him as chef/patron and his restaurants picking up national awards every year.

His second restaurant, Meluha, in Park Street, Bristol, which opened in April has already been awarded Best in the West of England by the Cobra Good Curry Guide. A third restaurant in Mumbai is due to open shortly.

Little wonder that Stephen is receiving so much recognition for his contemporary Indian cooking when both his father and grandfather were Master Chefs.

We met Stephen in 2007, when we supported him to open Moksh in Cardiff Bay. We are pleased to still be assisting him to grow his business. Hard working, creative and a thoroughly nice, genuine person – he deserves all his accolades and for certain you’ll hear his name much more in the future.

One of our friends tried to taste his food at Moksh this week – he is still trying as there is a waiting list.

More spice to your elbow Stephen.

Husband and wife, Ian & Johanna Ashford are in the process of opening a new tapas bar and cocktail lounge in Cardiff, The Mojo Lounge.

Their furniture supplier needed paying before they would place the order for the goods and time was ticking to fit in with the opening.

Ian asked if Armada could expedite the paperwork for funding the furniture – no challenge there then, we just had to operate at our normal speed.

Within 48 hours of their request the contract was prepared and signed and the supplier received their payment!

Ian & Johanna were overwhelmed –
“If it hadn’t been for Armada’s speed of service we would have lost the discount in the deal

The South West of England has so much to offer visitors and locals alike. From the obvious attractions of the stunning coastlines and the glorious sandy beaches to the rolling farmland and moors and valleys to the history and architecture of Exeter Cathedral, the oldest bridge in the country together with our outstanding naval history and traditions.

For art enthusiasts there is the Barbara Hepworth Collection and Tate St Ives in Cornwall and Damien Hirst in North Devon. In addition, every village and cove seems to have one or more resident artists and no wonder, with such amazing scenery to draw or paint.

The region is also a paradise for photographers, sailors and gourmands, with some of the finest fish restaurants to be enjoyed anywhere in the country, as well as numbers of vineyards.

Shoppers are well catered for in Exeter and Plymouth and many individual retail secrets such as Salcombe and Dartmouth.
A new Armada Pinterest Board is soon to be opened, showing the quality and variety to be found in Devon and Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset. No wonder folk come to this balmy area to live.

Check out our existing Pinterest Boards to get a flavour of what to expect.

“Armada has been great for my business. Rather than hiring equipment all the time I have been able to call Armada and get a response the same day. They are so quick and efficient.”

Neil Cuthill, Swan Scaffolding

Setting up a new business can be daunting, but when you have experience with little capital and no equity it would appear impossible!

Not So. Recently we were approached by a young man opening a niche, city centre restaurant, who was looking for support to fund the catering equipment.

After discussions and sight of his business plan a personal friend with considerable resources came forward and offered to guarantee the transaction. We required them to seek professional legal advice concerning their guarantee and its implications.

The funding is now in place, the restaurant is open and the restaurateur and his friend are delighted to have found funders who believe in them.

Britain’s recovery and future are dependent upon entrepreneurs and small businesses. Armada should know, we have been working with them for 40 years.