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Stunning food in the East End with Viajante

We have to admit to having been really excited in a geeky, far-too-interested-in-eating-than-can-be-healthy sort of way about our lunch at Viajante. We'd been following the exploits of chef Nuno Mendes via the foodie blogosphere for over a year while he wowed visitors to his Loft project - an endeavour Mendes had set up following his departure from Bacchus when the gastropub changed direction. Th…

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Following hard on the heels of yesterday’s story about Manhattan restaurateurs heading our way, Hot Dinners now hears that hip hotel chain Thompson Hotels will be opening an 85-bedroom hotel in Belgravia next summer.

Belgraves will open at 20 Chesham Place, SW1 – just off Pont Street in June 2011. And the reason this should excite London foodies, is the fact that Thompson Hotels have a good track…

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Top New York chef Daniel Boulud will be joining 10 London chefs cooking up a storm at this year's London Restaurant Festival in one of the London Eye capsules. The full line-up of chefs taking part in the London Eye capsule restaurant experience were released this morning. They are:

Mon 4 Oct: Richard Corrigan, Corrigan's Mayfair
Tue 5 Oct: Georgio Locatelli, Locanda Locatelli
Wed 6 Oct: Tong Chee H…

Read more: Ramsay, Boulud and Hartnett head up London Eye dining at London Restaurant Festival 2010

More New York restaurants look to open in London

There are several New Yorkers who must have been watching the successful Spring launch of Daniel Boulud's Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge particularly carefully. It seems that London is fast becoming the go-to place for American restaurateurs wishing to expand their portfolio.

First we heard through an interview with Richard Caring in the Sunday Times that Keith McNally…

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Here at Hot Dinners, like many other foodies, we would easily rate our lunch at Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck as the best lunch we've ever had.  So we're keeping a close eye on the Mandarin Oriental, where Heston will finally be opening his second UK restaurant in October (oddly we're not counting the Little Chef).

This will be the second high profile restaurant to open at the Mandarin Oriental, fo…

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Hell's Kitchen USA winner will land Savoy Grill job

'The contestants include an Italian who doesn't know how to make pasta. A woman who burned Ramsay's lips by laying on the hot sauce when a few drops would have worked. A Hannibal Lecter wanna-be (he likes butchering animals). A guy who showed up with a fresh "Hell's Kitchen" logo tattooed across his abdomen. And another cheftestant who laughs like a hyena when things go wrong.'

That's the LA Times…

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Jermyn Street restaurant claims biggest rosé list in Europe

As we write this, the rain is sluicing down on the Hot Dinners roof, but we're an optimistic bunch and apparently summer is on its way back this weekend. So what better reason do you need than the merest hint of blue skies to head over to Jermyn Street to try out what we hear is a restaurant with Britain's - nay Europe's largest list of rosé wines?

According to Decanter magazine, Franco's on Jermy…

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Joel Antunes returns  to London at the Park Plaza

Zut Alors! There's a French invasion of London happening. We've already had successful openings from Daniel Boulud and Bruno Loubet this year. Pierre Koffman is gearing up for launch in Knightsbridge and now they're joined by another returning Frenchman - Joel Antunes.

Antunes was a star chef from the 90s - famed for his restaurant Les Saveurs in Mayfair.  After opening his eponymous restaurant in…

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Evening Standard restaurant critic Fay Maschler is passing over to the other side - she's just announced the opening of her first restaurant project. Maschler, in partnership with Simon Davis - who she runs the London Restaurant Festival with - have worked on the opening of Bond & Brook at department store Fenwick on Bond Street with catering company rhubarb. The restaurant will open on 2 Augu…

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If we haven't already whet your appetite for the London Restaurant Festival, then let us do better. This morning, the festival organisers revealed a few more key details for this year's festival itinerary.

One of last year's popular events - the Gourmey Odyssey - where guests take a Routemaster tour of some of London's top restaurants - is returning (see what we thought of last year's Odyssey) Som…

Read more: London Restaurant Festival 2010 reveals key events for this year

Home county foodies alert - Hibiscus chef Claude Bosi, whose restaurant recently entered the World's 50 Best Restaurant list, has new plans to open a gastropub somewhere around London.

In an interview with Hot Dinners, Bosi - who used to own a gastropub in Ludlow with his brother Cedric - told us of his latest pet project.

'I’d like to open a pub with my brother,' he says. 'You know we used to hav…

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Michelin Possible: Claude Bosi is aiming for three stars

We find out from Hibiscus chef Claude Bosi about the effect of being on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list and aiming for three Michelin stars....…

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If Hot Dinners had a pied-a-terre in Mayfair (we wish) then we’re pretty sure Mount Street Deli would soon be on speed-dial. Opening tomorrow, this venture brings together dishes from some of Caprice Holdings' swishest restaurants and private clubs. Chef Mary Lewis previously worked at Le Caprice and Rivington Grill.

Imagine sashaying in with your wicker basket, picking up all manner of lovely goo…

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Bar Boulud London marks a triumphant arrival for Daniel Boulud

Judging from the sheer weight of positive tweets and blogs flooding the internet since it opened its doors just over a week ago, Bar Boulud will be a huge success. And why wouldn’t it, when you discover how carefully it was put together. As the first UK outpost for New York’s most famous chef, Daniel Boulud, this restaurant was thought out, planned and prepared with a degree of care and attention…

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Top chefs gather to celebrate 25 years of Michelin success at Waterside Inn

It’s just as well the landing stage outside the Waterside Inn in Bray was up to the cumulative weight of hundreds of chefs. This cracking shot was sent to us, courtesy of Yes Chef! Magazine, showing all the top-name chefs who turned up  at the Berkshire village yesterday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Waterside Inn getting its third Michelin star.

The guest-list read like a Who’s Who of…

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