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Blumethal trifle, Gordon checks out city competition and chip fat power

This week, Hot Dinners paid a visit to the new Searcy's Champagne Bar in One New Change.  It's a marked departure from the other fizz bars in the group; rather than being out in the open, this bar has its own unit amidst the high class shops of the city shopping destination. Serving up apparently the largest selection of champagnes by the glass in Europe, the list here is also of note due to the n…

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Restaurant review charts - week ending 3 April

Our latest bi-weekly round up the new restaurant reviews where we look at just how it affects restaurants' overall score - with new reviews for Opera Tavern, Spuntino, NOPI, A Little of What you Fancy, Keu, Tapas Revolution, Brawn, Amaranto, Spice Market London, North Road, Fox and Grapes and more...…

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You guessed it - this was our April Fool's story.

If you've ever tried and failed to get a reservation at the World's Best Restaurant™ Noma, we have glad tidings for you today. It seems that expansion plans are afoot in Copenhagen.

Chef René Redzepi has secured extra funding from the Danish government to open a massive new restaurant in the centre of Copenhagen seating upwards of 300 people.

'It s…

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Floating Pommery bar planned for St Katharine Docks

Another reason to wish the days away till Summer arrives in London popped up today with the news of a floating champagne and seafood bar planned for St Katharine Docks by Tower Bridge.

Pontoon will, as the name suggests, be a floating bar serving Pommery champagne and a range of seafood and roasted meats. And if the weather doesn’t live up to expectations, there’s a stretch marquee across, to keep…

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Mennula: a new type of Charlotte Street Italian

It's a lazy shorthand we know, but there's something to be said for eating in a restaurant where a majority of the customers hail from the same part of the world that the cuisine originates from. It does make you feel that the kitchen must be doing something right. So, when invited to try out the Santino Busciglio's Mennula in Charlotte Street, Hot Dinners was comforted to see a reliably large num…

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Cay Tre and Viet Grill owner launches Banh Mi joint on Old Street

The man behind the brilliant Vietnamese joints Cay Tre and Viet Grill in Shoreditch, Hugh Trung Bui, has turned his attention to Vietnam's legendary Banh Mi sandwich and has just opened his first deli called Kêu! at 332 Old Street.

Fans of the Banh Mi may notice that the traditional baguette at Kêu! tastes a little different to what they're used to, that's because Hugh decided not to go with the t…

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Glitzy new hotel for Guildford will sign up celebrity chef

It may not be the first (or even the second, third or fourth) place you'd think of going for a glamorous dinner, but a new hotel opening up in Guildford has designs on drawing London diners out of town.

The Radisson Edwardian group, who also own London's May Fair Hotel, are opening a hotel in Guildford's city centre with two restaurants, a dining terrace and two bars. The restaurant's design will…

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Q&A with Noel Hunwick from high-tech Inamo

Hot Dinners caught up with Noel Hunwick, one of the co-founders of interactive restaurant Inamo to talk about clicks, dishes and more as he celebrated the addition of Regent’s Street Inamo St James to their growing stable...…

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Hi-tech Hi-dining at Inamo St James

Inamo, the Oriental fusion dining brand which blends sushi and sashimi with iPod-style touch ordering, has been thumbing its nose at traditional London high dining for over a year with its Soho outpost. Flushed with success, the duo behind this innovative concept recently added to their stable with Inamo St James, perched appropriately enough, next to the legendary  Japan Centre on Regent’s Street…

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New backer for Tom Aikens means restaurant revamp

In the London restaurant world, you're usually only as good as your backers and Tom Aikens appears to have landed himself shiny new financial angels in the form of Turkey company, The Istanbul Doors Restaurant Group.

This of itself, probably doesn't mean that much to the average London restaurant goer. But in practical terms it does mean Aikens has some new cash to fling around and the first of hi…

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Young Turks dinner at The Loft Project is Spring's hot ticket

Our remit at Hot Dinners has always been to bring readers into the bubble - to let you know what's happening on the London restaurant scene. The Young Turks absolutely tick that box, being a collective of three of London's most exciting young chefs.

The group consists of Ben Greeno, trained up by Sat Bains, former sous-chef and then pastry chef at Noma, James Lowe - former Head Chef at St John Bre…

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Alain Roux and Alex James open new Cheese Makers Market

Now that Spring's finally here, jaded Londoners might be looking to spend an hour or two outside the city in the countryside. And while we've nothing against a nice walk in the countryside, unless there's a really good pub or restaurant at the end it's not usually our thing. What sounds much more up our street is the idea of combining a few hours outside the Big Smoke with a visit to a spanking ne…

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Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social experiment

We sit down with Jason Atherton to find out what we can expect from his new restaurant, Pollen Street Social, and why it’s the stuff of his dreams.…

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Outstanding In The Field dinner movement comes to the UK

Outstanding In the Field is quite literally a grassroots organisation which over the past 11 years has taken to farms all over America, setting out dining tables and chairs on everwhere from roaming plains to vineyards and beaches as a way of connecting diners to the food on their plates. The meals, as you'd imagine, have the smallest of food miles and in every location a celebrated local chef is…

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Restaurant review charts - week ending 20 March

Our latest bi-weekly round up the new restaurant reviews where we look at just how it affects restaurants' overall score - with new reviews for Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Opera Tavern, Spuntino, Yashi Sushi, NOPI, A Little of What you Fancy, The Savoy Grill and more...…

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