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Halal Food Festival launches Vivek Singh's Joho Soho street stall

If you'd like to broaden your food horizons you could do worse than trekking to Excel later this month for the Halal Food Festival. Over 100 exhibitors including several of London's top chefs will showcase new halal food and drink products for three days.

Vivek Singh and Abdul Yaseen, the Head Chef at Vivek's Cinnamon Kitchen will be serving up green spiced chicken fenugreek and Bengali mutton fro…

Read more: Halal Food Festival launches Vivek Singh's Joho Soho street stall

Barbecoa pop-up & more coming to designjunction at the London Design Festival

The London design Festival is coming soon - and we've already reported on the plans for the Peckham Refreshment Rooms pop-up at St James.

Now we've seen designjunction's plans for the festival, all taking place at the Sorting Office at the top ow New Oxford Street, and they've got some pretty special events and pop-ups happening throughout.

First up is Jamie Oliver's first (proper) pop-up with Bar…

Read more: Barbecoa pop-up & more coming to designjunction at the London Design Festival

Hoi Polloi to open at Ace Hotel Shoreditch from the people behind Bistrotheque

We've known for a while that the people behind Bistrotheque and Shrimpy's, Pablo Flack and David Waddington, were planning something for what could be Shoreditch's hottest new joint, the Ace Hotel. Now the first details are trickling through as Hoi Polloi is announced.

It'll be an all day restaurant and bar - billed as a modernist brasserie and accessed through the hotel's Hattie Fox's Flower…

Read more: Hoi Polloi to open at Ace Hotel Shoreditch from the people behind Bistrotheque

Heston's Fat Duck toppled by L'enclume from Good Food Guide top slot

For the first time in seven years there's a new Best Restaurant in the UK, according to the Good Food Guide 2014. This year Simon Rogan's L'enclume was judged to be the best in the UK, toppling Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck which has held that top slot since 2007.

Elizabeth Carter, Consultant Editor of the Waitrose Good Food Guide to give it its new official title, explained why Rogan's Cumbria…

Read more: Heston's Fat Duck toppled by L'enclume from Good Food Guide top slot

Vinoteca to open on Chiswick's Devonshire Road

They have three spots in central London, but this Autumn, boutique wine bar chain Vinoteca are moving West to open in Chiswick. The latest addition to the group will be a wine bar, restaurant & wine shop on Devonshire Road. There'll be an open plan kitchen and seating for around 50 guests, including 20 stools up at the bar for casual dining. Roughly half the seats will be bookable with the res…

Read more: Vinoteca to open on Chiswick's Devonshire Road

Balthazar Boulangerie begins free delivery in Covent Garden

Lucky Covent Garden residents and workers. Not content with having the rather fabulous Balthazar Boulangerie on their doorstep, now they can also get their food delivered for free.

The Boulangerie begins door to door free deliveries to the WC2 area today – Monday to Friday between 11am and 5pm. You can also get them to send goodies to other parts of central London, but there will be a courier fee.…

Read more: Balthazar Boulangerie begins free delivery in Covent Garden

Chuck's Clubhouse with pizza hatch planned for Earlham Street

Way back in the mists of time (aka the Eighties) Hot Dinners recalls Caspars Telephone Exchange, a bar down one of the side streets in Soho where the (pre-mobile phones) gimmick was a phone on every table so you could call up diners on other tables to chat them up. Now that idea's been resurrected in a new bar, Chuck's Clubhouse opening in Covent Garden this October.

Styled like the set of a colle…

Read more: Chuck's Clubhouse with pizza hatch planned for Earlham Street

Friday round-up: Gizzi turns Spanish, FEAST is one year old & more

We're bursting to the seams with London food news - so here's an end-of-week run down of more news from the Capital...

Gizzi's Street Fiesta

Gizzi Erskine is taking over Street Feast this weekend at Dalston Yard, and she's got some of the best purveyors of Spanish food in London involved. Serving up small plates on Saturday will be Jose Pizarro, Morito, Salt Yard Group (Salt Yard, Dehesa and…

Read more: Friday round-up: Gizzi turns Spanish, FEAST is one year old & more

Birthday menus for Galvin Bistrot and Cheyne Walk Brasserie

While a lot of what we feature on Hot Dinners celebrates the new - such as our Coming Soon page - it's always nice to talk about restaurants that have stood the test of time as well. And there are two such places in London which are celebrating their birthday by putting on a special menu with prices from the time they opened.

Celebrating their tenth anniversary next month is the Cheyne Walk B…

Read more: Birthday menus for Galvin Bistrot and Cheyne Walk Brasserie

Peckham Refreshment Rooms to run pop-up restaurant for London Design Festival

There's usually a few foodie goings-on to tie in with the London Design Festival and this years event is no exception. Design collaboration Wrong for Hay are teaming up with Peckham Refreshment Rooms to create a pop-up bar in St James.

The prohibition-style bar will be at the old St Stephen's Club - formerly a Tory members club in Queen Anne's Gate. They'll be serving up period cocktails, German b…

Read more: Peckham Refreshment Rooms to run pop-up restaurant for London Design Festival

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