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From Rajasthan to Battersea: Chokhi Dhani comes to London with fine Indian food

A five-star luxury hotel makes the leap to London for its first overseas restaurant, with street food downstairs, upmarket dining upstairs, and lots of art - including a giant, 14ft bronze elephant.

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Daffodil Soup pops up on Hackney Road with homemade vegan sourdough and local honey

Hackneyites are getting a new six-month pop-up that promises modern British and Mediterranean food with a South African twist, by the name of Daffodil Soup.

It looks like an ethically minded, very East London affair, complete with Walthamstow honey, house granola, nut butters and vegan sourdough, that’ll also be available to take away.

Some of the more substantial plates on offer include whipped…

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Crosstown Fitzrovia will be the doughnuts and coffee company's second cashless site

Fitzrovia is the latest London location to see a Crosstown doughnut and coffee bar open up. And this one will be entirely cash-free…

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Chimis Argentinean parilla restaurant is grilling up a storm on Southwark Bridge Road

The former head chef of Brindisa and the founder of Portena in Borough Market have joined forces to open an Argentinean parilla restaurant with all manner of grilled meat on the menu.…

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Honest Burgers are bringing back Carl Clarke's Disco Bistro burger

Remember Disco Bistro's Rollerdisco - way before the back of King's Cross got poshed up and turned into a massive Waitrose? Well Carl Clarke (of Chick n Sours) is bringing back his classic Rollerdisco ‘Disco Bistro’ burger for a three week period at all Honest Burger outlets.

The Disco Bistro burger features a beef patty with pineapple bacon jam, cheddar, burger sauce and pink onions. All for £12…

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Scotch Egg Challenge 2018 shortlist revealed

Has it really been eight years since the Scotch Egg Challenge first pitted London's chefs against each other in a battle to come up with the best deep-fried egg combo? Apparently so as the eighth bout of this annual contest is about to come round again.

Taking place at The Canonbury pub in Highbury & Islington on 21 February, the challenge will be hosted by author and writer Joe Warwick. The…

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Rök goes healthy for their new Soho base

Rök - which literally means ‘smoked’ - are known for their meats and seafood, so we’re very curious to sample their new health-conscious menu for Soho, which is laden with home-pickled treats, plant-focused dishes and something called a drinking vinegar...…

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Darjeeling Express is bringing in meat-free Mondays

As you may remember, we were ever so slightly embarrassed about missing our on Asma Khan's Darjeeling Express last year, despite it getting rave after rave (but look out for a Test Drive soon). 

And now there's another reason to visit as they're embracing their vegetarian side and introducing a special meat-free menu every Monday (with plenty of vegan dishes on the new menu too). …

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Philly-style cheesesteak sandwiches arrive in Fitzrovia from Passyunk Avenue

From humble beginnings as a Spitalfields food truck to a full blown sandwich restaurant and dive bar in Fitzrovia, Passyunk Avenue has arrived in its new bricks-and-mortar form to ply us with cheesesteaks, meatball sandwiches and scrapple - a type of pork meatloaf.…

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The Great British Bab Off will see five restaurants competing for the Best London kebab title

A good kebab can be a great thing - but want to know what's better? Enjoying kebabs by five of London's top restaurants going head-to-head over who makes the best one.

That's the premise behind the Great British Bab Off [or GBBO if you prefer] - a charity event conceived of by Stephen Tozer and Ed Brunet, founders of Soho’s gourmet kebab restaurant Le Bab.

Taking place on Sunday 11 February, in p…

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Drunken Butler chef Yuma Hashemi takes umbrage at Fay Maschler's review

If you've been at work all day and can't understand why half the people on your Twitter feed are tweeting ALL IN CAPS, let us enlighten you. It's due to a spat today between chef Yuma Hashemi and the Evening Standard critic Fay Maschler.

Earlier today, Fay published a two star review of Yuma Hashemi's restaurant The Drunken Butler. Among the various things she wasn't so keen on was a cocktail she…

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Test Driving The Good Egg in Soho - a Middle Eastern addition to Kingly Court

The Good Egg has set up a second restaurant in Kingly Court - we know their brunch is up to the task but what about dinner? We head along to find out. …

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Cupboard Love Café pop up will serve up free lunches to Londoners for a day

If you're feeling a little strapped for cash, as the days stretch out until payday, we bring you good news. A pop up restaurant is hitting London next week serving up free lunches.

It's the PR brainchild of the brands Hellmann’s, Marmite and Knorr and the idea is to inspire Londoners to delve into their storecupboard at home and make something to eat from what they have already.

Motivated by surv…

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Hot dogs meet bingo with Popdogs at Camden's Social Bingo Academy

Popdogs will return to their spiritual home this month when they pop-up in Camden’s new Social Bingo Academy, providing meaty nourishment for aspiring bingo-ists who’re getting to grips with the game.

The hotdog experts will be on hand to feeding the hungry masses learning their Duck and Dives from their Two Fat Ladies, all set within that giant Mecca bingo hall just off Camden Park Way - which w…

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Llerena is Islington’s new tapas bar (and they’ve got loads of jamón)

Delicacies from western Spain, ingredients from expert jamón producers Jamon y Salud and a *very* summery drinks menu mean that Llerena a fantastic little addition to Islington’s ever-growing collection of restaurants.…

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