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Manhattan chef Daniel Boulud is in town getting Bar Boulud London ready for its May launch at the Mandarin Oriental and he’s making the most of every minute of his visit.

On his first night he was out on the town with Bloomberg’s Richard Vines taking in drinks at Hix, BobBobRicard and then dinner at newly two-starred The Ledbury. The following day, as he told Hot Dinners, he realised a dream of hi…

Read more: Daniel Boulud eats his way round London's restaurants

There had been rumours circulating for weeks, but today Property Magazine has confirmed that Anthony Demetre and Will Smith, the pair behind the successful Wild Honey and Arbutus restaurants are to launch at a third site in London.  The new development won't be far from their current Soho/Mayfair restaurants, launching at William IV street in Covent Garden.

Little else is known about the restauran…

Read more: Arbutus owners Demetre and Smith bring new launch to Covent Garden

If you have a keen eye for a bargain, get out your diary and make sure you put 3-10 February 2010 in your diary. According to Eat Out magazine, that's when Soho's Red Fort restaurant will be reopening and offering a 50% discount to diners.

The restaurant was closed last summer after a massive kitchen fire, which is referenced with a photograph of the conflagration on Red Fort's website. According…

Read more: Half price dining as Soho's Red Fort reopens

One day - two London underground restaurants

One day, two London underground restaurants and a lot of calories....

The fact that we really need to get a grip of Google Calendars was brought home to Hot Dinners this weekend when we managed to book ourselves into two underground restaurants in one day.

We’d made the first booking what seemed like aeons ago, when Lady Gray’s Hidden Tea Room first opened its 2010 booking dates last year. And the…

Read more: One day - two London underground restaurants

Gwyneth Paltrow may be as slim as a reed, but apparently she knows her elderflower cordial from her artisan bread when it comes to eating out in London.

In the latest newsletter sent out by her website Goop, she shares her secrets for the best restaurants in town including:

Read more: Gwyneth Paltrow names her favourite London restaurants

Gordon Ramsay's first tweet leaves followers cold

Hmmn, perhaps Gordon Ramsay hasn’t quite got the hang of Twitter yet. The chef, who made much of the fact he was taking lessons in Twitterquette before he started – posted two tweets in quick succession...just before boarding a plane bound for Los Angeles, meaning he’ll be unable to respond to any of the numerous welcoming tweets he gets for another 11 hours.

An absolute beginner then...


Read more: Gordon Ramsay's first tweet leaves followers cold

Vintage vodka tasting with BobBobRicard

When someone invites you to a Vintage Vodka Tasting you should always say yes – but what you should also do the minute you accept such an invitation, is to block book two days off for the post-tasting recovery period. That’s one of the key lessons we learned from our trip to BobBobRicard in Beak Street last week for the tasting in question.

Our hosts were BBR’s co-owners Leonid and Richard who had…

Read more: Vintage vodka tasting with BobBobRicard

Put the Bolly on ice and fetch the Beluga - the recession is over! As Britain hefts itself out of recession, Michelin-starred chef Vineet Bhatia today revealed plans to open a third restaurant in London next year.

Bhatia, who owns Rasoi and Urban Turban, tells today's Evening Standard that '2010 has been good for us so far. The restaurants are full, confidence seems to be back.'

So much so, that w…

Read more: Vineet Bhatia plans third restaurant for London

Three months ago, chef Ferran Adria hinted at the fact there might be major changes afoot at El Bulli. ‘I have to reinvent myself,’ he told Londoners, of the possibility he might only open for one month rather than the usual six.

Speaking today at the food event Madrid Fusion, Ferran finally announced that his restaurant – voted best in the world for five year’s running – will not be open to the p…

Read more: Ferran Adria confirms El Bulli's closure for two years

Does Jamie Oliver's St Paul's collaboration with NY chef Adam Perry Lang already have a name? The M&C report - a catering industry news service - is reporting that it's going to be known as Barbecoa and will be a launch-pad for a roll-out of similar restaurants.

Read more: Jamie Oliver's barbecue restaurant gets a name

Hot Dinners' news round-up

By far one of the most entertaining stories of the week was that of Earl Cadogan vs the Oriel.  The Earl managed to elicit the envy of many a reviewer suffering after a bad meal, by using his position as the restaurant's landlord and refusing to renew the Oriel's lease after experiencing a bad meal.  "I didn't like the food and the prices are far too high," said the Earl…

Read more: L'Anima chef heads to Pizza Express and Earl C takes on the Oriel

Atul Kochhar reopens Benares with a chef-packed party

Hot Dinners went to Benares on for the restaurant’s reopening party following three month’s closure and refurbishment after a kitchen fire.

Plenty of chefs had come out to join the celebrations, Hot Dinners spotted Pierre Koffman, Pearl’s Jun Tanaka and Silvena Rowe and, rather randomly, the Radio One DJ Colin Murray. Apparently Antonio Carluccio was also around, although with the sea of guests sc…

Read more: Atul Kochhar reopens Benares with a chef-packed party

Speaking to Jasper Gerard in today's Telegraph, Alain Ducasse – whose restaurant at the Dorchester moved up to three Michelin stars last week – has been singing the praises of the London restaurant scene.

In particular, Ducasse who himself has a whopping 19 stars to his name now, has a serious dig at the UK Michelin Guide.

‘There has been a revolution in London in the last 10 years,’ he says. ‘The…

Read more: Alain Ducasse - London is the most important city for restaurants

Gordon tweeting, Jamie opening and the mystery cafe

Is it a slow news week when one of the biggest stories it that - drumroll - Gordon Ramsay is going to start tweeting? The chef announced the news on Chris Moyles' Radio One show saying: ''I've gone on a Twitter course. I'm just going through all the stages in terms of prep, properly understanding it. I'm doing it personally. ' The launch - as it's now being referred to - takes place 1 February. We…

Read more: Gordon tweeting, Jamie opening and the mystery cafe

The Parlour Canary Wharf reviewed by Hot Dinners

Arriving in Canary Wharf on a Thursday night – if you haven’t been for a while – is like landing on a different planet. Here everything is clean, new, made of glass and steel – and of course the dress code is strictly business. More importantly, for anyone contemplating opening a bar or restaurant – this is clearly where the recession is a word for a phenomenon that’s happening somewhere else.

Hot…

Read more: The Parlour Canary Wharf reviewed by Hot Dinners

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