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Duck & Waffle comes down to earth - we Test Drive Duck & Waffle Local

London's best known high rise restaurant has a ground-level, fast food sibling. But how does it actually work?

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Ben Spalding pops up at Last Days of Shoreditch for the summer

If there's one thing you can be sure about, a food event featuring chef Ben Spalding won't be boring. Now the chef and his PuzzleProjects team are popping up in Shoreditch for the summer.

Small Plate Sessions @ The Last Days of Shoreditch is described as ‘high-energy, punk tapas". There'll be two distinct areas to the popup - a 50-seat mezzanine restaurant where Ben is promising dishes like Gress…

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Roast launches its Ultimate Veggie Burger

They're best known for their meat, for sure, but now Roast in Borough Market are going all vegetarian. It's all linked to the launch of Vegetarian Week (15 -21 May) and to mark that, they've been developing their own veggie burger. 

Base on their own Ultimate Roast Burger, it's the Ultimate Veggie Burger. That's a beetroot and quinoa patty (for a meaty texture) in a grilled charcoal brioche bun a…

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Dead Rabbit at Claridge's - the World's Best Bar comes to town

It recently got voted number one in the World's 50 Best Bars list, but if you haven't managed to make it to New York to try Dead Rabbit, then fear not - it's coming to you.

Fresh on the heels of the Blacktail pop-up (their sister bar), Dead Rabbit will be appearing at the Claridge's Bar, and they'll be recreating the second floor of the NYC original. There will be food AND drink available - so ex…

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Adam Handling to open The Frog restaurant in Covent Garden

8/5/17 - updated with the location

What: Adam Handling opens in Covent Garden

In a nutshell: The Frog goes west

Summing it all up: Adam Handling is bringing his Frog concept from Spitalfields to Covent Garden.…

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Jason Atherton's City Social pioneers world's first augmented reality cocktail menu

For London’s top cocktail bars, innovation and experience is often a key differentiating factor. Jason Atherton’s Michelin-starred restaurant and bar, City Social is set to raise this bar once again, announcing the world's first augmented reality cocktail menu.  

Due to launch this June, the cocktail menu, entitled MIRAGE features 12 cocktails which are then enhanced via a purpose-built app. How…

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Yamagoya launches a limited edition raindrop cake

Prepare to have your Instagram feed flooded. From next week, the ramen popup Yamagoya on Shaftesbury Avenue will be introducing Londoners to the raindrop cake.

This rather beautiful creation is a cult Japanese dish - mizu shingen mochi, made in the shape of a water droplet. It's made from special agar powder and is served up with sweet molasses syrup (Kuromitsu) and kinako (roasted soybean flour)…

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Sandwich Fest 2017 is coming to Hackney

8/5/17 - updated with details of the sandwiches

It seems increasingly to be the year of the sandwich, from Burgerac’s Sonic Sandwich to the eye-watering toasties at The Cheese Bar in Camden. And now, new for 2017 - Sandwich Fest.

Set to be a one-day celebration of all things between two pieces of bread, the Hackney-based food fair will bring together eight of the capital’s top sandwich hawkers, i…

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Dona Rita Brazilian snack shop pops up at Old Street

Kicking off today at Old Street station for two months is a Brazilian snack pop-up. You may already have tried Dona Rita's Pão de Queijo (or cheese bread) down at her stall at Druid Street Market. Made from cassava flour and cheese (so gluten-free too), each of these little cheesy puffs are made by hand by Dona.

The snacks are apparently particularly good for breakfast, served with a short black…

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Coppa Club's igloos have been replaced by floral cabanas

Remember those rather marvellous looking igloos along the side of the Thames? Blessed with an amazing riverside terrace Coppa Club has decided to swap them out for the summer. They're replacing them with beautiful, flower strewn cabanas with wisteria and roses growing up them.

There are seven to choose from - three can be reserved and booked ahead for for 8-10 people while a further two can be bo…

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The Lacy Nook brings Macedonian food and more to Stoke Newington

Bringing together tastes from all over the world - think miso, jalapeno and tahini on aubergine  - The Lacy Nook experiments with international flavours, led by Macedonian friends Elena and Jana, with help from Nobu’s Tom Catley.…

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Round-up - Atherton's Social Sundays, KERB's Alchemy is back, J Sheekey breaks out the terrace and more...

Time for a quick run-down of the rest of this week's news. Atherton's Social Sunday team-ups are back, KERB's getting spicy for Alchemy, J Sheekey is getting ready to unveil its summer terrace and more...…

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Sibarita is Covent Garden’s new Catalan wine and cheese bar from Encant’s Victor Garvey

After wowing Londoners with his Catalan food at Encant and Bravas Tapas, Victor Garvey has teamed up with his dad to open another restaurant on Maiden Lane. This time, it’ll be a laid back wine and cheese bar, with tapas and plenty more to enjoy.…

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Clodagh McKenna pops up at Cheyne Walk Brasserie for the Chelsea Flower Show

We're about to hit the point at which London finds floral inspiration in everything for the duration of the Chelsea Flower Show. And London's restaurants just love the opportunity to put their gardening gloves on and come up with flowery dishes and drinks.

One such event worth seeking out will be Irish chef and writer Clodagh McKenna's pop-up at the Cheyne Walk Brasserie in West London. Her lovel…

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Asparagus dishes hitting London's restaurants this spring

Don't you just love this time of year? When London's larders fill with ultra seasonal produce from wild garlic to gulls eggs and asparagus. We've been trawling some of London's chef and restaurant Instagram and Twitter accounts for lovely pictures of new asparagus dishes hitting London tables right about now for your delectation…

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