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MM Caffe is an alfresco cafe from Mercato Mayfair, just off Oxford Street

They've already achieved a pretty impressive makeover of nearby Grade 1 listed St Mark's and now Mercato Metropolitano have gone outside to Brown Hart Gardens, the raised garden area just in front of the Beaumont Hotel (most recently the Bonnie Gill seafood shack). Their latest opening is called MM Caffé in MMayfair Garden - so if you're on the hunt for an alfresco space after a spot of socially-…

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Corbin & King are going to reopen Bellanger in Islington

28/7/20 - Updated with opening date

Almost a year ago, we reported that Corbin & King's Islington outpost, Bellanger, was to close. At the time we posited that the restaurant's Alsace menu wasn't perhaps right for the area, and now it seems we could have been right.

The site remained almost in aspic since the closure with no other restaurant moving in. A few weekends ago, Jeremy King sent out…

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Louie sees top US chef Slade Rushing and Paris Society opening on the old Robuchon site on West Street

New Orleans chef Slade Rushing has moved to London to open Louie in the old L'atelier de Joel Robuchon site in Covent Garden, joining forces with Parisian powerhouse restaurant group Paris Society.…

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Keeping track of the restaurants that are closing in London

Here at Hot Dinners we mainly focus on the hottest restaurants in town, as well as new openings. But the London restaurant scene is ever-changing and that means some restaurants fall to the wayside. With that in mind, we're keeping track of the notable restaurants that London has lost over the past year.…

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India's biggest TV chef has just opened The Yellow Chilli in Wembley

India's best-known TV chef has just opened the first of his restaurants here in the UK. Sanjeev Kapoor has his own TV channel in India, has published over 200 cookery books and has a slew of restaurants. It's not an understatement to say he's BIG business.

And it's his Yellow Chilli restaurant group that he's chosen to launch in Wembley. Kapoor put the menu together for the Yellow Chilli fro…

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Cuca, the Cuban supperclub, is popping up in Ealing

 

Cuban supperclub Cuca is getting ready for a series of supperclubs every Thursday in August. Set up by Luís Gonzalez-Castro, it's named after his grandmother in Miami and the menu is filled with dishes from his childhood and his grandmother's recipes. Those recipes were hidden in the family's belongings when they fled Cuba 60 years ago and have now made it to London. 

It's a tapas…

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Sam’s Larder is Hammersmith's hot new deli

Hammersmith folk have a hot new deli. Sam's Larder will open officially on Crisp Road tomorrow as an extension of nearby Sam's Riverside restaurant.

The shop will stock all the fresh and store cupboard foods the restaurant's kitchen uses, along with wines from the wine list, and ready meals such as fish, chicken and vegetable pies; seasonal casseroles; and rabbit ragù pasta sauce.

So you'll be ab…

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All you need to know about Eat Out to Help Out, saving money at London restaurants

 

When does the promotion run?

Every Monday - Wednesday in August.  (So that's actually 3-26 August).

What discount can I get in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme?

It's 50% off food and drink (excluding alcohol) up to a maximum of £10 per person (adult or child). A few restaurants (like Dishoom) are removing the £10 cap, but you'll need to check with them individually.

It's worth knowing th…

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Shake Shack are launching a ShackBurger DIY kit

The latest burger joint to get into the DIY kit game is none other than US import Shake Shack. They've pulled together a kit which lets you recreate a ShackBurger at home - and that means it also contains their amazing potato buns (which we just can't get enough of, to be honest). 

The kit has enough to make four ShackBurgers with the burgers, Shack sauce, American cheese, lettuce and tomato…

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The Nook wine bar and deli opens in Islington, taking over from Linden Stores

With people not heading into the centre of London to work, neighbourhood bars and restaurants are getting a lot more attention - and this new opening in our own local area caught our attention. The Nook has taken over the space that used to be Linden Stores, so we popped down to find out more. 

The owners are Angus and Lale Oztek-Pook. Angus is front of house and Lale the chef. Lale studied…

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Where you've been dining out in London's reopened restaurants (31 July)

With London restaurants back up and running. we've pulled together the best of your dining-of Instagram shots.  …

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Donna Sofia sees Highbury's Da Mario deli opening its first restaurant

Over the many, boring weeks of lockdown, we spent a lot of time on our daily prescribed walk going past the old Dear Pizza spot on Highbury Barn, wondering what new restaurant was opening there.

Now we know - it's Donna Sofia - an Italian restaurant and pizzeria from the folk next door at Da Mario deli. They're serving up a range of antipasti, pasta, mains and pizzas.

On the menu you'll find:

  • To…

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Dominique Ansel is closing both his bakery and Treehouse in London

Another big name restaurant closure hits London today. We'd already been hearing rumblings, and today trade title Big Hospitality this morning revealed that Dominique Ansel will be closing both his London places. So that's the end of both the Belgravia patisserie that opened back in 2016 plus the big new opening in Covent Garden, Dominique Ansel Treehouse, that we Test Drove just before lockdown.…

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Mao Chow is coming to Mortimer House for a vegan Chinese pop-up

Before the lockdown, Mortimer House was already the host of a number of highly rated pop-ups and supperclubs. Now, as things inch back to normality, they're starting their residencies again, kicking off with Mao Chow.

Mao Chow had previously found fame at a Dalston pop-up before settling down permanently in London Fields. They were also apparently looking at a second site - but have paused that f…

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Bleecker team with Neil Rankin for a Symplicity veggie burger

Bleecker, still one of our favourite burgers in town, have been pretty busy over the past few weeks. After opening their stores, they then kicked off a home delivery service of cheeseburger kits which, we can attest, to work very well indeed

And now they've just teamed up with someone else who's been very bust with his own business - Neil Rankin and Symplicity Burger. We've already said ho…

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