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Critics to cook at London Restaurant Festival's Street KitchenAt Pearl Restaurant last night for an evening hosted by chef Jun Tanaka for Action Against Hunger, we discovered another date to put in your diary over the London Restaurant Festival.

We've already talked about (and tried) some of the food that Jun will be serving up at his Street Kitchen, now we hear that on Thursday 7 October 2010 there will be three special sous-chefs in the kitchen over the af…

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Five minutes with Polpetto chef Tom Oldroyd

Hot Dinners grabs five minutes with Polpetto chef Tom Oldroyd to find out why his Venetian small dishes are a big hit in Soho.…

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Polpetto, Russell Norman's latest venture, lives up to the hype

After last year's hugely successful launch of Polpo - the immediately popular Venetian bacarro by way of New York - there was almost immediate speculation on what restaurateur Russell Norman would come up with next. The answer eventually came that he was going to be opening Spuntino in Autumn, when suddenly Norman surprised everyone when he announced on Twitter that his third restaurant was on the…

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Restaurant review charts - week ending 26 September

Our latest weekly round up the new restaurant reviews where we look at just how it affects restaurants' overall score - with new reviews for The Ledbury, Morito, Geales Chelsea Green, Zucca, Trullo, Tempo, Shaka Zulu, Tompkins, Tinello, Giant Robot, Circus, Red Fort, Redhook and more...…

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Jason Atherton announces two night charity pop-up for LRF 2010We're already excited about the upcoming London Restaurant Festival (4-18 October) - what with the supper clubs, festival menus and special events. Now there's one more reason to look forward it - news that Jason Atherton will be running a special festival pop-up restaurant.

Atherton is the former head chef of Maze who left Gordon Ramsay Holdings in Spring to start work on his first solo venture -…

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More details have been released today about the opening of Brawn, the new restaurants from the owners of Covent Garden's Terroirs. Brawn, which will be located at 49 Columbia Road will be open daily and serve breakfast from 8am on Sundays for the flower market.

Head chef is Owen Kenworthy who's been working in the kitchens at Terroirs for the past year and includes The Wolseley and Galvin Bistrot d…

Read more: Terroirs owners head east to open new Brawn restaurant in Columbia Road

Trying out the burger menu at Corrigan's Mayfair

When Richard Corrigan tweeted the other week that he'd just launched a new all-burger tasting menu at his Mayfair restaurant Corrigan's, well we felt honour-bound to try it out. So we snagged an invite to the launch to check it out for you, dear readers (selfless - us?).

Served in the bar area - either up at the counter or at one of the smaller tables - the new menu consists of a choice of five bu…

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ActionAid launch Millione Rosé at Shoreditch HouseAn eclectic group of actors, comics and reality TV stars gathered at Shoreditch House last night to launch ActionAid's Millione Rosé - the £7.99 wine of which £1 of each bottle sold will be used to build schools in Sierra Leone. Having drunk quite a few glasses of it, Hot Dinners can report that Millione is a very palatable blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Jerry Lockspeiser, a long-time supporte…

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Super Natural pop-up cafe launches in South KensingtonWe rather like the sound of the Super Natural pop-up project in South Kensington. Part of London Design Week 2010 it's part installation, part sensory overload and part café aimed at celebrating the art of foraging in the English countryside.

The installation is Mrs Tee's Mushrooms which reflects the work of top mushroomer Brigitte Tee who's been supplying London's best restaurants with fungi for m…

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Read more: The London Olympic meal will be a McDonalds, apparently

Sydney's top chefs cook up a storm at The LedburyIt's great writing about food and restaurants in London right now, but after a special lunch at The Ledbury today, hosted by Tourism South Wales, where Sydney chefs  Mark Best from Marque and Peter Gilmore of Quay showed off their culinary talents - we've decided it must be pretty good being a foodie in Sydney as well.

Mark and Peter were in the kitchen with Ledbury chef Brett Graham creating an as…

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Rowley Leigh launches Le Cafe Anglais Oyster Bar

Hot Dinners was over in Bayswater last night for the opening of the new Oyster Bar at Rowley Leigh's Le Café Anglais where the place was mobbed with foodies and locals checking out the new layout. The piece de resistance, style-wise, was clearly the astonishing crystal chandelier over the new oyster bar which made the whole place look swanky but fun.

Although we were delighted that our favourite d…

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Brick Lane Festival beats poppadom stack world record

Now here's something you don't see every day - a 6ft-high tower of poppadoms.

The side order stack was created for the launch of this year's Brick Lane Curry Festival, breaking the record for the world’s tallest stack of poppadoms (the old record was a paltry 4 ft 7.9 inches).

This the fourteenth year of the festival, which runs for two weeks from the 19 September. Highlights this year include an op…

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London's street food vendors storm the Street Food AwardsFive of London's Street Food sellers (or Mobilers as they apparently prefer to be called) are celebrating as they picked up six of the nine awards on offer at this year's Street Food Awards which was held over the weekend at the Ludlow Food Festival.

Best Pie went to Eat My Pies (Whitecross Street Market), Best Dessert was La Grotta Ices which also picked up Best Overall Winner. Ca Phe Vn (Broadwa…

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OK - we're officially very, very excited. The first interview with Heston Blumenthal about his upcoming opening at the Mandarin Oriental in London has just gone up at www.cntraveller.com and it's bound to whip foodies into a frenzy over the December opening.

Certain details are very interesting - such as the idea that you can hire a private dining room there to recreate the atmosphere from Heston's…

Read more: Heston Blumenthal reveals more details for London restaurant

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