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Kanada Ya opening second London ramen bar off Haymarket

12/11/15 - updated with soft launch info. 

As anyone who's walked past the original, which only opened last year, Kanada Ya is almost as hard to get into as Bao and Barrafina. Every time we pass by, there's always a significant queue outside (particularly on weekends). 

So it's good news indeed that they're already opening a second branch.  And it's a bit bigger than the original too - with 56 se…

Read more: Kanada Ya opening second London ramen bar off Haymarket

Lobos meat and tapas bar opening next to Borough Market with lots of Iberico pork on the menu

5/6 - Updated with soft launch details

An upcoming addition to the Borough Market area is new "meat and tapas bar" Lobos, set up by former Brindisa chef Roberto Castro, who's kicking off the project with some more Brindisa alumni too.

There's a big focus on meat - specifically Iberico pork. So expect to see Secreto Iberico, a "hidden" cut between the shoulder and the loin that's been appearing on…

Read more: Lobos meat and tapas bar opening next to Borough Market with lots of Iberico pork on the menu

Taste of the sea - seaweed dishes and drinks on London menus this summer

Beautiful weather driving you mad as you broil slowly in your office? Fed up of seeing everyone else's Instagram feeds full of shots of gorgeous meals being enjoyed by the beach somewhere a million miles from London? At least with London chefs and bartenders' new-found passion for seaweed, you can bring the taste of the seaside to you.

 Tokyo x Delancey - black rye bagel with cream cheese, smoked…

Read more: Taste of the sea - seaweed dishes and drinks on London menus this summer

Blues Kitchen launches Face Melter burger with the Rib Man

Now this looks pretty impressive. It's a new burger that's just gone on the menu at The Blues Kitchen - the appropriately named Face Melter, so called because of its liberal use of The Rib Man's Holy Fuck Sauce and more besides. It's made of a 7oz ground brisket beef patty topped with pulled short beef rib, Mexican chilli cheese, buttermilk fried jalapenos and that limited edition bacon Holy Fuck…

Read more: Blues Kitchen launches Face Melter burger with the Rib Man

A second Pizza Union is heading to King's Cross

After a successful launch ai Smithfields, Pizza Union is spreading its wings and opening a second pizza bar - this time at King's Cross (close to the Honest Burgers there). 

They specialise in Roman-style thin & crispy 12” pizzaa which are fire-baked in 3 minutes in their traditional domed stone pizza oven, which is apparently the largest in the UK. Again, the aim is to repeat the idea of the…

Read more: A second Pizza Union is heading to King's Cross

Croft Kitchen pops up at Holloway Road's Vagabond with ex-Mugaritz chef

To add to its burgeoning cafe scene, Holloway Road is about to get a hot new pop-up with some very interesting folk involved. Croft Kitchen describes itself as as a "seasonal British pop-up restaurant and bar". They're taking over Vagabond Coffee in the evenings from Thursday to Sunday from this month.

In the kitchen is Phil Walther, who has previously worked at Mugaritz (No 6 on the World's 50 B…

Read more: Croft Kitchen pops up at Holloway Road's Vagabond with ex-Mugaritz chef

MEATliquor adds Singapore dishes to the menu

As you may be aware, the latest MEATliquor has taken the dirty food pioneers a little further afield, having just opened in Singapore. But if you're not able to make it all the way over there for your latest Dead Hippie fix, they're bringing a bit of Singapore home too. Starting today, these two new dishes above will be on the menu at all their UK branches - that's the Sambal Wings and Gunpowder…

Read more: MEATliquor adds Singapore dishes to the menu

Jason Atherton to launch Social Wine and Tapas on James Street

3/6 updated with pics of the interior

You'll have spotted from our Coming Soon page that Jason Atherton is opening two new restaurants in London in 2015. And now we've got full details of what to expect from the first of them, Social Wine and Tapas. Essentially it's a place where the sommelier takes centre stage. We rather like the idea of it and it brings to mind Aldo Sohm in New York (in a very…

Read more: Jason Atherton to launch Social Wine and Tapas on James Street

Megan's Cafe and Grill comes to St John's Wood

Updated 3/6/15 with opening date, menu and soft launch details

They already have a restaurant in Chelsea and now Megan's is about to open a second in St John's Wood. 

The original Megan's has been in Chelsea since 2005. They took over the site from an old antiques store and revamped it into a café. Last year it had something of an overhaul from its new owner Becky Mckevitt, who used to be sommeli…

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Allan Pickett launches residency at The Sanderson

Allan Pickett is certainly busy. He's not just opening his own restaurant, Piquet, in the heart of Fitzrovia with Bodean founder Andre Blais: he's also taken on the first ever summer residency at the Morgan Group's Sanderson Hotel.

Allan - who was previously head chef at D&D restaurants Plateau and Orrery, is launching a seasonal menu which allows him to showcase his cooking: modern, seasonal…

Read more: Allan Pickett launches residency at The Sanderson

El Celler de Can Roca regains the top spot in the World's 50 Best Restaurants 2015

Once again the world's movers and shakers in the restaurant industry filled London's Guildhall for the 14th World's 50 Best Restaurants awards. "This year's event marks the end of an era," Group Editor William Drew told the audience, "as we'll be leaving the Guildhall, London and the UK. In 2016 it will be held in arguably the worlds most exhilarating dining destination New York City." Well phooe…

Read more: El Celler de Can Roca regains the top spot in the World's 50 Best Restaurants 2015

Trading House pub and restaurant takes over at Gresham Street

Updated 1/6/15 with soft launch details:

The City is abuzz with new openings at the moment. But away from Broadgate Circle is a huge new pub and restaurant coming to Gresham Street. The Trading House is taking over what used to be the Bank of New Zealand. It'll feature what's being described as a 'striking' central bar, a restaurant seating just under 100 and a mezzanine area for private parties…

Read more: Trading House pub and restaurant takes over at Gresham Street

Chutney Mary moves to St James making room for Masala Grill

1/6/2015 - updated with menu details

It's all go for classic Indian restaurant Chutney Mary which is looking at big changes in 2015. They're moving their original restaurant from Chelsea to St James as well as recently opening Masala Grill.

In February Chutney Mary closed its doors on the King's Road and has relocated to 73 St James’s Street, opening on the site that used to be Wheeler’s. It's a…

Read more: Chutney Mary moves to St James making room for Masala Grill

Massimo Bottura to run Sotheby's pop-up in London for three days

If your eating out budget doesn't extend to travelling the world to work your way through the World's 50 Best Restaurants list, then take heart because the chef from the restaurant currently at No 3 is bringing his work to London for three days.

Massimo Bottura is going to be bringing his three Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana from the Italian medieval city of Modena to Sotheby’s in London fo…

Read more: Massimo Bottura to run Sotheby's pop-up in London for three days

Gordon Ramsay returns to the kitchen of Petrus for one night only

It's not often that you can guarantee that Gordon Ramsay will be in the kitchen when you're booking one of his restaurants - but there's one upcoming night when he definitely will be. And that's because June 10 will mark the 25th year since his first service "as a chef" in London restaurants (that's either at Harvey's or Le Gavroche - our maths isn't great).

On the 10th, Ramsay and Pétrus Head Ch…

Read more: Gordon Ramsay returns to the kitchen of Petrus for one night only

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