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Hazraj opens in Kentish town for tiffin and chaat

As anyone who lives or works in Kentish Town will tell you, it's a bit of a wasteland when it comes to decent places to eat out, so Hot Dinners was pleased to spot a promising new opening in the triangle between Highgate and Fortress roads.

Hazraj bills itself as a Chai Latte house and juice bar, but once inside the tardis-like interior it's obvious that there's quite a bit more to it than that. O…

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Test driving the Devonshire Arms in Chiswick

What can you tell us about the Devonshire Arms?

As an ex-Gordon Ramsay location ‘at the wrong end’ of a leafy Chiswick street, new gastropub The Devonshire Arms may have some cynics to convince.

Stocking the kitchen with a heavyweight in the form of David Philpot, previously of Le Caprice and Dean Street Townhouse, was the first step to impressing West Londoners – and we at Hot Dinners were lucky…

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Start sustainable pop-up launches at Lancaster House

Approaching the grand, imposing entrance to Lancaster House, you don't immediately sense that you're entering a pop-up restaurant, least of all one that is focused on sustainability. However, this is indeed the setting for the latest venture by eco-restaurateur Jamie Grainger-Smith. In conjunction with HRH Prince of Wales’ Start initiative, Jamie is launching a pop-up restaurant with the focus bei…

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Win Heston Blumenthal as a mentor and have your food served on BA

There's just one more day for entries into British Airways Great Britons competition which offers mere mortals the chance to create dishes that will be served up on BA's flights from economy to first class.

Your job over the next 24 hours is to come up with a menu which 'captures the essence of London 2012 in Britain' and do a quick 2 minute video about yourself. All food entries will be judged by…

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A viewer who contacted Ofcom to complain about Gordon's Ramsay's effing and blinding on the TV programme Hell's Kitchen USA has had their complaint upheld. The viewer apparently contacted the broadcast authority after El Gordo used the word "fuck" a terrible/incredible (delete as you feel apropriate) 47 times in one programme - and 18 times in the first eleven minutes of the show.

We can't quite b…

Read more: Gordon Ramsay's US swearathon riles Ofcom

London Restaurant Festival 2011 tickets go on sale

The ticket line for the London Restaurant Festival has opened this morning to all (after a brief period for Amex users only), with a host of events available for booking. 

The big one is obviously the "Pop up in the Sky" where famed chefs take over the London Eye.  This doesn't come cheap though - as the "enquire about tickets" option has an "if you have to ask the price - you can't affo…

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Restaurant review charts - week ending 24 July

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 Galoupet, Magdalen, the Corner Room, The Gilbert Scott, L'Anima, Medlar, The Northall, Pollen Street Social, Roganic, Riding House Cafe, José, Joe's, Elephant and more...…

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If you're around Soho this summer, it might be worth popping down to Broadwick Street where Yauatcha has made a few changes.

The first thing to talk about is the opening of a new ground floor bar area - at the back of the current tea house. There's a new wine and cocktail list to go with the bar, so how about starting your evening with a Thea martini, a mix of bison grass vodka with apple juice, g…

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Masterchef's tattooed contestant James Perry announces London pop-up

If you're a fan of TV cooking competitions, you might be interested in a new London venture which gives contestants (and other homegrown chefs) the chance to run their own pop-up restaurant.

Pipe Dream restaurant, just round the corner from Southgate tube station, has already run a dinner for this year's Masterchef winner Tim Anderson and it's just opened booking for one of Tim's fellow contestant…

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Morrisons launch hay-smoked ham and crackling turkey for Xmas

One of the more bizarre annual rituals of the food world are the various Christmas in July events put on for folks in the magazine world who work months in advance. So Hot Dinners found ourselves surrounded by fairy lights and poinsettia in a warehouse just off Carnaby Street yesterday for the Morrisons Xmas do.

Normally, we have to admit, Morrisons isn't a draw in quite the same way as Waitrose w…

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We're normally all about the best places to eat in London, but we had to make an exception today for a story about one of the biggest places to eat in London.

McDonalds has just released details for its flagship spot at the 2012 Olympics site - the 32,000 square foot fast food restaurant will be the biggest in the world.

If that's hard to imagine, here are some stats. There will be 470 staff worki…

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Boisdale launches burger delivery in Canary Wharf

So you're a modern-day master (or mistress) of the universe (well Canary Wharf) but in order to do your job properly you're looking for something more substantial at lunchtime to keep your blood sugar up. Lucky for you then, that newcomer to the area Boisdale has anticipated your needs. From this week they'll deliver one of their rather lovely burgers to your door.

All their burgers are made from…

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Ex-Nobu head chef behind Brick Lane Japanese street food pop-up

It seems as if barely a day goes by without news of some new pop-up or temporary bar or restaurant opening up in London and this week begins in similar fashion with the news that Kirin beer are sponsoring a pop-up restaurant on Brick Lane next month.

What's particularly interesting about the Kirin Ichiban Yatai restaurant are the people behind it. Yasuhiro Mineno (ex head chef of Nobu) and Shinya…

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Test driving Baity Kitchen in South Kensington

What's so interesting about Baity Kitchen?

Described as a ‘mood food’ deli , Baity Kitchen is quietly turning heads with a simple, middle Eastern based menu in well-heeled South Kensington.

Although this casual spot’s deli offerings may not immediately turn heads, this is more than run-of-the-mill grab-and-go eaterie.  Baity Kitchen is taking a leaf out of popular gourmet takeaway spots such…

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London's top Thai restaurants take over Selfridges Food Hall

The Senses of Thailand promotion opened at Selfridges last night in a blaze of colour, exotic ingredients and Singha Mojitos.

For the next two weeks the Selfridges Food Hall will be crammed with Thai food demonstrations and tastings, as well as featuring plenty of unique Thai ingredients to experiment with at home.

Leading the showcase are a selection of Thai restaurants, headed by Nahm who are se…

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