Gastroblog

Gastroblog

Compton Brasserie will pay homage to Soho's past with cocktails named after Paul Raymond and Regina Fong

With a cocktail list by Matt Whiley and a breakfast menu that includes a special breakfast pot pie, we're intrigued by the arrival of this large new all day brasserie.

Read more: Compton Brasserie will pay homage to Soho's past with cocktails named after Paul Raymond and Regina Fong

A London restaurant is celebrating National Tequila Day with an avocado luge

If Covent Garden restaurant Cantina Laredo were gunning for the millennial market, they couldn't have done any better than their latest wheeze. For National Tequila Day next week (yes, there really IS a national day for that and it's on 24 July) anyone who orders one of their Clásico Guacamoles will get a free tequila shot straight out of an avocado.

Better still, the restaurant will then use tha…

Read more: A London restaurant is celebrating National Tequila Day with an avocado luge

Brooklyn's Best Pizza is coming to London with Yard Sale Pizza

Another of New Yorks finest pizza establishments is on its way to London. This time it's Brooklyn's Best Pizza (that's the actual name of the restaurant - they're definitely not modest) whose founder Frank Pinello will be putting one of his classic white pizzas on the menu. 

The ‘white pizza’ pie is a thin crispy base, simply topped with ricotta - and then finished off with extra t…

Read more: Brooklyn's Best Pizza is coming to London with Yard Sale Pizza

Buffalo is a new plant-based diner that's just opened on Brick Lane

London's booming veggie and vegan scene throws up another East End opening as Buffalo diner offers a casual, entirely plant-based dining experience.…

Read more: Buffalo is a new plant-based diner that's just opened on Brick Lane

Here's how the World Restaurant Awards is going to shake things up

The World Restaurant Awards are going to take place in Paris next February.  Here, founder Joe Warwick (who also wrote the original article that spawned the World’s 50 Best Restaurants) explains how it’s going to change the international restaurant awards landscape.

 

1. It’s NOT another (insert swear word) list

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and the various others that have been ‘insp…

Read more: Here's how the World Restaurant Awards is going to shake things up

Levan  in Peckham is the next restaurant from Salon's Nicholas Balfe

After five years of success with Brixton's Salon, Nicholas Balfe is following it up with an all-day restaurant in Peckham, Levan. Expect a bistronomy approach to the food, with low-waste and natural wines a big thing too. …

Read more: Levan in Peckham is the next restaurant from Salon's Nicholas Balfe

Test Driving BOB's Lobster - the lobster roll van finds a parking spot at London Bridge

BOB's Lobster, best known for their excellent lobster rolls, have parked their street food van right in the middle of their new restaurant. We head along to see what else is on the menu. …

Read more: Test Driving BOB's Lobster - the lobster roll van finds a parking spot at London Bridge

Kin et Deum is a next generation Thai restaurant coming to London Bridge

A trio of siblings have taken over their dad's restaurant by London Bridge station and given the space and menu a more modern makeover.…

Read more: Kin et Deum is a next generation Thai restaurant coming to London Bridge

Som Saa chef sacked over racist social media posts

Updated 15/7/18

Every so often, a restaurant story blows up in real time and over the past weekend, the one to watch involved a chef, Shaun Beagley, who has been working at popular East London Thai restaurant som saa.

Instagrammer midnightbakerliz was the first to draw attention to the appallingly racist content of Beagley's tweets, Instagram account - and, it turns out, YouTube Channel,&nbs…

Read more: Som Saa chef sacked over racist social media posts

The 40 food and drink names British folk find hardest to pronounce

We don't normally do survey-style stories, but we have to admit being struck by this one today. The survey, for French bakery brand Brioche Pasquier, asked 2000 adults for the food names they found most hard to pronounce. And we'll be honest with you - there are several here we definitely had issues with at some point or another (Quinoa and Acai Berry we're looking at you).

So, how many do you fi…

Read more: The 40 food and drink names British folk find hardest to pronounce

Marylebone is getting a posh corner store with Boxcar Baker and Deli opening

Only the best for Marylebone's residents and workers - this new deli and cafe will serve up British produce and Swedish pastries making it a very handy addition to the area.…

Read more: Marylebone is getting a posh corner store with Boxcar Baker and Deli opening

Former Gordon Ramsay chef opens takeaway spot Alfs in Bank

After eight years working for Gordon Ramsay and then as a private chef, Angie Steele has opened her first takeaway spot in the heart of the City.…

Read more: Former Gordon Ramsay chef opens takeaway spot Alfs in Bank

Balans Soho Society have opened their eight restaurant, in Victoria's Cardinal Place

The expansion of Balans Soho Society continues - the group have just opened their eighth place, this time in Victoria. They're the latest restaurant addition to the Cardinal Place Roof Garden.

As per their other restaurants, the menu here relies on quality suppliers like The Ginger Pig and H. Forman & Son for its produce. On the menu you'll find dishes like seared scallops with spiced caulifl…

Read more: Balans Soho Society have opened their eight restaurant, in Victoria's Cardinal Place

Sushi master Endo Kazutoshi is holding an intimate eight-seat pop-up at The Berkeley this summer

Ahead of the opening of his upcoming restaurant at White City, sushi master Endo Kazutoshi is going to be popping up at the Berkeley in Knightsbridge this summer. Kazutoshi - who used to run all things sushi at the Zuma group, and whose White City restaurant will seat just 15 - is going even more exclusive with his Berkeley popup. He'll be serving up a traditional omakase experience to just eight…

Read more: Sushi master Endo Kazutoshi is holding an intimate eight-seat pop-up at The Berkeley this summer

Huge Ichiba Japanese food hall opens in Westfield London

There’ll be space for 200 to dine in at Ichiba, the enormous new Japanese food hall that’s springing up as part of Westfield’s regeneration. It’ll be providing hefty amounts of traditional Japanese cuisine, plus sakes, baked foods, ingredients to take home and cooking demos.…

Read more: Huge Ichiba Japanese food hall opens in Westfield London

Hot Dinners recommends

Test Drive

Hot Dinners on Instagram