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Bang Bang Oriental is an Asian food court in Colindale

What: Bang Bang Oriental

In a nutshell: A huge new Asian food hall/restaurant/community space/shopping centre, with 33 kiosks and room for 450 diners.

Summing it all up: Up in Colindale, previously home to other giant Asian developments like the now-defunct Oriental City and Pacific Plaza, there’s a new contender on the scene - Bang Bang Oriental - and it’s bringing Pan-Asian food, shops and lots…

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Breddos’ Taco Truck pitches up in Holborn for lunch

Breddos are at it again. Not content leading the charge the capital’s Mexican food revival, and a host of partnerships, they're now they’re going back to their roots by taking their taco truck to Holborn.

Come lunchtime, the lucky souls working and living in and around the area will now be able to get a taste of the taco action, choosing from a simple menu offering 3 for £7. Plenty of favourites…

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Eat lunch with Lockie from TOWIE at HMP Brixton's Clink Kitchen

Hot gossip for TOWIE fans: it looks like everyone’s favourite Essex lad Lockie had landed himself in prison - but not as you know it. Down in HMP Brixton, the ITV star is taking a quick breather from the tabloid headlines to reimmerse himself once more into the world of food, at The Clink Kitchen, the prison’s social enterprise restaurant.

Gossip mag fodder aside, Lockie, who’s also behind the Lo…

Read more: Eat lunch with Lockie from TOWIE at HMP Brixton's Clink Kitchen

Modern and light - we Test Drive La Dame De Pic at Four Seasons Trinity Square

The multi Michelin-starred French chef Anne-Sophie Pic has just opened in London. We went to see how her food performs in translation…

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Scout is the new British bar being opened by Matt Whiley in Shoreditch

A Hot Dinners exclusive

Hot Dinners can exclusively reveal details of Scout, a new bar from cocktail guru Matt Whiley, which is set to open in Shoreditch next month. Located on Great Eastern Street, Scout aims to shift the way we think about cocktails and drinks, by championing seasonal British ingredients. The drinks list will change regularly as produce from farmers and growers comes in and out…

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Palatino in Clerkenwell is doing carbonara for breakfast

Londoners, welcome to the next level breakfast hitting our streets from today. Palatino, Stevie Parle’s latest opening on Central Street, will be serving up Buccatini carbonara for breakfast.

If, for some unknown reason, the thought of breaking your fast with a bowlful of top pasta doesn't entice you, maybe the other dishes of salt cod, potatoes & broken eggs or maybe onglet steak, egg, sage…

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The Richmond teams up with Noble Fine Liquor for Wine Shop Wednesdays

We do love a good collaboration - particularly when we see neighbourhood spots working with each other to promote themselves. So the idea of The Richmond's Wine Shop Wednesdays are right up our street. Or rather yours, if you happen to live in Hackney.

This East London bar has teamed up with their neighbours Noble Fine Liquor to run a weekly special list of natural wines available to drink in-hou…

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Food Store brings healthy deli fare to go in Leicester Square

What: Food Store

In a nutshell: Healthy, international food, just off Leicester Square

Summing it all up: There are salads, pastas, mains and smoothies at Food Store's new central London venue, where offerings are big on international flavours, from Brazil to Morocco - and it should provide a viable alternative to the takeaway options dotting the area.…

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Hovarda comes to Chinatown from the people behind Yosma

What: Hovarda

In a nutshell: Greek and Turkish food in Chinatown

Summing it all up: The people behind Marylebone's Yosma are opening a second venue in London. This time it'll be focused on Greek and Turkish food with seafood and grilled dishes on the menu.…

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Tibits vegetarian restaurant is coming to Bankside

What: Tibits Bankside

In a nutshell: Swiss vegetarian south of the river.

Summing it all up: The original Tibits in Heddon Street has many a fan. This sees the Swiss restaurant open its seconf London restaurant in Bankside. Expect many salads as well as all vegan and vegetarian food.…

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Nanashi Japanese kitchen opens on Rivington Street

Slipping almost under the radar (and frankly, only spotted because we went past it last night) is new Shoreditch sushi spot Nanashi. It's appeared on Rivington Street in a room with a pared-back modernist look.

As for the menu, it's pretty much what you expect, split into the usual mix of sushi, sashimi, gyoza, udon and tempura. A few things caught our eye, namely:

  • sushi burger - fried rice buns…

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A second Coya comes to the City with upmarket South American fair

What: Coya 

In a nutshell: Upmarket Peruvian food and drinks in the Bank’s new Angel Court development

Summing it all up: With a bottle library locker, a Pisco Lounge and a Rum Round Table, COYA is set to draw in the thirsty City crowd, plus light and healthy South American cuisine - we’re expecting ceviche, grilled meat and sharing plates.…

Read more: A second Coya comes to the City with upmarket South American fair

Kitty Fisher's announces a new Head Chef

Hot Dinners exclusive

Very late last year, Tomos Parry left as Head Chef of Kitty Fisher's. We're still waiting to see where he'll reappear, but in the meantime Kitty Fisher's has unveiled its new Head Chef. 

Taking over the reins is George Barson, who's got a host of top spots on his CV. He's most recently been Senior Sous and Development Chef at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, and was before at Dinner…

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Bun House in Soho has steamed buns, pickles and deep-fried duck tongues

Updated with opening date

Soho’s Greek Street, already so rich with options, is to set to be the home of another tempting eatery, this time in the form of steamed buns and pickle cafe Bun House. Hot on the heels of the wave of steamed bun openings in London, the new takeaway street diner will be providing traditional, Canton-style bao with Chinese pickles made in house, plus sides like their pric…

Read more: Bun House in Soho has steamed buns, pickles and deep-fried duck tongues

Rick Stein is opening a London restaurant by the river in Barnes

Updated 2/3/17 with opening date and menu details

Up until now, the only way you'd get to try Rick Stein's food is by heading due South West, either to Padstow or beyond to one of his 10 restaurants. But now, after 40 years in the business, the TV chef is expanding to London. He and ex-wife Jill have just bought the Depot in Barnes. They're going to continue running the restaurant as is for the m…

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