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Balans Soho Society is opening in Clapham

Updated 17/2/17 with soft launch details

What: Balans Soho Society

In a nutshell: Classic British all-day dining with an upmarket twist in Clapham.

Summing it all up: Luxury and high society is the theme but not the price point at Balans, who are celebrating their 30th year by opening their latest venue in Clapham.

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 Head to East Dulwich’s La Bonne Bouffe for your fix of French delicacies - including snails

What: La Bonne Bouffe

In a nutshell: Snails, confit canard, steak frites and more typical French delights in south London.

Summing it all up: La Bonne Bouffe is bringing an all-French menu and dining experience to East Dulwich, with a range of treats we usually expect on the continent. There’ll be well matched cocktails, wines, and classic desserts too.…

Read more: Head to East Dulwich’s La Bonne Bouffe for your fix of French delicacies - including snails

Tratra from Stéphane Reynaud takes over the Boundary basement in Shoreditch

What: Tratra

In a nutshell: French chef Stéphane Reynaud opens his first UK restaurant in Shoreditch

Summing it all up: Shoreditch’s Boundary hotel will see a revamp of its entire basement, taken over by Reynaud who'll be dishing up charcuterie and other meat dishes influenced by his childhood in the Ardèche region.…

Read more: Tratra from Stéphane Reynaud takes over the Boundary basement in Shoreditch

Joe Allen celebrates its 40th year by serving burgers in the open

Covent Garden institution Joe Allen is celebrating its 40th year of serving hungry Theatreland punters with a special Birthday menu, which will feature a burger for the first time ever. Yes, they've had a burger before (rated as one of the best in town) but it's the infamous secret burger that you had to know to order.

It's been one of London's worst kept secrets, mind, and now they've decided to…

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Le Bun comes to Brick Lane and celebrates with free truffle cheeseburgers

Only recently extending their Dalston residency, Le Bun are now coming deep into the heart of Shoreditch, setting up their van on Brick Lane. So you can expect their burgers with a very French touch to appear there Monday - Sunday, noon to 12pm (and by delivery too). As for what's on the menu:

  • Le Truffle cheeseburger - 8 - Aged Rarebreed Patty, American Cheese, Truffle Mayo, Brioche
  • Le Truffle D…

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Barrafina's Head Chef Nieves Barragán Mohacho plots departure for solo project

So this IS news - today we heard that the two key folk at Barrafina are leaving the group at the end of the month to pursue their own project. Nieves Barragán Mohacho, who has been Head Chef of Barrafina since it launched a decade ago is joining forces with the group's General Manager, Josè Etura.

Barrafina's owner Sam Hart admitted that “Nieves and Josè have been an integral part of what has mad…

Read more: Barrafina's Head Chef Nieves Barragán Mohacho plots departure for solo project

Burger & Beyond and Other Side Fried join forces for Soho residency

What: Burger & Beyond and Other Side Fried

In a nutshell: Burgers meet fried chicken in Soho

Summing it all up: The two street food vendors are teaming up for a three-month residency at Dirty Harry’s Soho on Wardour Street, where there’ll be toppings like pancetta bacon, crispy chicken skin and tarragon mayo.…

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All day local spot Meet District to open on Peckham's Queen's Road

What: Meet District

In a nutshell: Brunch, dinner and local beers in Peckham

Summing it all up: An airy new dining establishment will be opening on Queen's Road SE15 this March, headed up by a local resident.…

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Darjeeling Express comes to Carnaby with a permanent spot in Kingly Court

What: Darjeeling Express

In a nutshell: Indian sharing platters from supperclub gone permanent. 

Summing it all up: She's had lots of success with her pop-ups and residencies and now Asma Khan is launching a permanent Darjeeling Express restaurant in Kingly Court.…

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Expect the unexpected - Artesian bar at The Langham introduces all new ‘Perception’ Cocktail menu

Updated 13/2/17 following a recent visit

We popped down to Artesian last week to see how the new menu is shaping up. Headed up by Dino and Gabor the new bar team have been working intensively over the last 12 months to develop the menu. We're pleased to see that the attention to detail behind it really shows through.

The Perception menu includes a range of esoteric ingredients such as Unico, a Hu…

Read more: Expect the unexpected - Artesian bar at The Langham introduces all new ‘Perception’ Cocktail menu

The People's Fridge tackles food wasted in Brixton

We were very excited by news of a community fridge that launched in Brixton last week.

Literally a big secure fridge in the centre of Pop Brixton - also home to Kricket’s first restaurant and new Cantonese restaurant Duck Duck Goose - it’s a food-sharing initiative (the first of its kind in London, although there are others in Spain, Germany and Wiltshire), which encourages people and businesses…

Read more: The People's Fridge tackles food wasted in Brixton

Noble Rot is teaming up with Gymkhana for a special dinner and more

Noble Rot and Gymkhana – two of our favourite restaurants - have just announced a special one-off collaborative wine dinner to be held on Monday 27 February.Hosted by award-winning sommelier Sunaina Sethi and Noble Rot founder Dan Keeling, the dinner marks the launch of a month-long collaboration between the Bloomsbury wine bar and Michelin-starred Indian restaurant.

Hosted downstairs at Gymkhana…

Read more: Noble Rot is teaming up with Gymkhana for a special dinner and more

Dirty Bones brings cheeseburger dumplings and more to Soho

What: Dirty Bones Soho

In a nutshell: Dirty food in Soho.

Summing it all up: The latest from Dirty Bones sees them coming to Soho (they also have a spot in Carnaby) where you'll be able to eat all the mac & cheese pimped up burgers and more dirty food to your heart's content.…

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River Cottage returns to the Imperial with a six course tasting menu

Devon’s River Cottage returns to The Imperial for a second time, bringing with it a hefty yet affordable tasting menu lead by Steven Lamb.

If you’re kicking yourself for missing last year’s River Cottage residency at the Imperial, then good news. You’ll have a second chance for two nights this February when the Devonshire restaurant visits for a second time. It’ll also be stopping off in Surrey a…

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Breddos is serving Taco Sunday brunch from this weekend

As if there wasn't enough to tempt us to Breddos on any given day, this weekend the team are kicking off Taco Sundays with a marvellous-sounding Sunday brunch menu.

They'll now be open from 11am till 6pm serving a Mexican take on Sunday brunch. There'll be six brunch tacos including:

  • Huevos Mexicana (fried eggs, rancheras sauce, black beans, avocado, crema)
  • Pork Belly (thick cut pork belly, frie…

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