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Busaba Eathai launches its first cocktail bar at Old Street - we take a look

After a rapid refurbishment, Thai chain Busaba Eathai reopened its Old Street branch last week with the addition of its first dedicated cocktail bar, tucked away at the back of its bustling open-plan dining area. With the new bar comes a selection of Thai-inspired takes on traditional Western cocktails, plus a range of bar snacks. Perched on a bar stool at one of Busaba’s communal tables, Hot Dinn…

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Check-on open The Pearl above the Dead Doll's House in Hoxton

News reaches us of another pop-up that's grown roots as Check On settles down with a restaurant above the Dead Doll's House on Hoxton Square.  

Check On are George Craig ("singer, Burberry model and DJ/club promoter") and Terry Edwards, who's worked with Mark Hix and Michel Roux Jr. They're setting up a restaurant called The Pearl, serving "sharing dishes of seasonal British pr…

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Auction Against Hunger 2014 kicks off with tickets for Street Feast event

Update 2/4 - tickets are now on sale

Last year Hot Dinners was very proud to be a part of Auction Against Hunger, set up by Ben Maschler in aid of Action Against Hunger. That auction raised over £100k so we're extremely happy to be a part of it again this year.

The online auction will take place over a week in May and the whole event will be capped off with a special event at Street Feast in Dalst…

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Kurobuta Japanese pub to open in Marylebone

We first heard about Kurobuta opening in July of last year. Since then, Scott Hallsworth, the former head chef of Nobu and recently Wabi London, has run an extremely successful preview of the restaurant as a pop-up on the King's Road. Now, a permanent version of the restaurant in Marylebone is ready to be unveiled too. 

Hallsworth, who apparently has counted the Beckhams, Roman Abramovich and Bill…

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Jason Atherton reveals City Social at Tower 42 details

Updated 1/4/14 with details of dishes

We've known for a while that City Social was on the way, taking over the Tower 42 restaurant that used to be Rhodes 24 and then became an interim Anthony Demetre pop-up AD12. Now we're finally getting some details on what to expect from Jason Atherton's next. The news comes on a good day for Jason with the news that he's just been appointed an international am…

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Westminster Council plan to crack down on London's restaurant queues

There's been much talk about London restaurants, no bookings and queues over the past week or so - particularly responding to articles in both the Guardian and The Times. But that may all be coming to an end with the news that Westminster Council has been discussing ways to curb the trend.

Complaints from residents, shops and even other restaurants have made their way to the council's all-importa…

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Mode restaurant launches a restaurant in chapters in Notting Hill

If we're not hearing about new restaurants, the next biggest thing seems to be restaurant revamps. Now we hear about MODE, a new restaurant coming to Notting Hill that's taking things a bit further. Billed as "a restaurant, cocktail bar and destination venue" they're planning to relaunch every six months as a series of "chapters".

Each of these chapters will be united by a single concept, and they…

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When Mac Met Cheese opens in Bayswater

You may have encountered the talents of When Mac Met Cheese at various pop-ups and market stalls around town over the past few years. Now they're stepping things up a notch with a three month residency in Bayswater. They're billing it as "the first mac and cheese (and cocktail!) restaurant in London is about to open its doors.

They've got the ex sous chef at the Ivy joining them as head chef. The…

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Foxlow launches the Elvis Presley ice cream sandwich

Once again the people behind Hawksmoor and Foxlow come up trumps with a dish that stops you in your tracks. Although hopefully not quite like the permanent stop that The King came to after eating too many snacks like this:

The Elvis Presley sandwich is made of milk soft serve ice cream with peanut butter and banana compote and is sandwiched between brioche fried with cinnamon sugar, topped with p…

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Coffee Dogs opens for business on King's Cross Southern Square

Just opened at King's Cross and hitting the hotdog and doughnut trend square on is Coffee Dogs. It's the brainchild of the folk behind Fine Burger Co and you'll find it wrapped around a ventilation shaft on the station's Southern Square.

The Norman Rockwell-styled cafe will be open seven days a week serving up quality dogs, burgers, donuts, concretes and coffee.

The team undertook rigorous researc…

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