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Ex-Nobu head chef behind Brick Lane Japanese street food pop-up

It seems as if barely a day goes by without news of some new pop-up or temporary bar or restaurant opening up in London and this week begins in similar fashion with the news that Kirin beer are sponsoring a pop-up restaurant on Brick Lane next month.

What's particularly interesting about the Kirin Ichiban Yatai restaurant are the people behind it. Yasuhiro Mineno (ex head chef of Nobu) and Shinya…

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London's top Thai restaurants take over Selfridges Food Hall

The Senses of Thailand promotion opened at Selfridges last night in a blaze of colour, exotic ingredients and Singha Mojitos.

For the next two weeks the Selfridges Food Hall will be crammed with Thai food demonstrations and tastings, as well as featuring plenty of unique Thai ingredients to experiment with at home.

Leading the showcase are a selection of Thai restaurants, headed by Nahm who are se…

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If you've got a bit of a sweet tooth you'll be interested in this week's restaurant deal. The Gilbert Scott at St Pancras is launching Mrs Beeton's Mondays at their restaurant during July and August. Order a starter and main course and you can finish the meal with Mrs Beeton's snow eggs for free. Served with Everton toffee and burnt honey custard, the Guardian's John Lanchester described…

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If you're looking for seasonality in your cocktails, and who amongst us isn't, then head on over to Amaranto at the Four Seasons London on Park Lane and order yourself one of their fresh peach Bellinis.

The bar there reckon they're the only place in town right now serving up Bellinis made to order with Italian white peaches, while they're in season.

They'll only be on the menu for the next few wee…

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There's definitely a watery theme developing with the extraordinary food experiences created by Bompas & Parr. First they came up with  the Courvoisier punchbowl you could row across, then they created a Willy Wonka-style chocolate waterfall in Whiteleys. Now they're going to flood the roof at Selfridges to create a mad boating lake.

The Truvia® Voyage of Discovery installation is sponsor…

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This August, for one week only, Michelin-starred chefs Atul Kochhar and Galton Blackiston (of Norfolk's Morston Hall) are teaming up with Something for the Weekend’s Simon Rimmer to lend their culinary skills to the opening of the world’s first frozen gourmet restaurant, N-Ice.

The British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) set up the pop-up with the aim to celebrate fresh and natural frozen food free…

Read more: Frozen food pop-up with Michelin chefs in Westminster

New this week - Drift Bar and more...

Here's Hot Dinners' latest guide to the week ahead. This week, the first bar at the new Heron Tower on Bishopsgate opens...…

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Indian short-ribs and bone marrow flan on the menu for Wolfgang Puck's London Cut

Update 2/8/11: The opening date for Cut has just been confirmed - it will open on 1 September 2011.

One of the great joys of London in recent years has been the opening of several great steak restaurants, so it's always interesting to hear how newcomers to the market will make a difference.

Wolfgang Puck made a name for himself serving up food to the stars in Hollywood. Now he's opening his steak…

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London loses out in Restaurant & Bar Design Awards

There may have been 28 London bars and restaurants shortlisted for this year's Restaurant & Bar Design Awards but just four managed to pick up an award last night - and two of those were in the Barbican.

The Barbican Lounge, which features a unique light installation from Beirut designers PS Lab (see picture), picked up the gong for Best Independent Restaurant while the Barbican Foodhall won f…

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Seizing his chance as the denizens of Chelsea decamp en masse for their villas and yachts, chef Tom Aikens is closing his restaurant on Elystan Street, SW3 for the summer. While the doors are closed, Aikens is bringing in Turkish designer, Hakan Ezer for a full redesign of the restaurant. Apparently Tom's 'planning a completely new look for the restaurant, emphasising a more informal ambience'.


Read more: Tom Aikens closes his Chelsea restaurant for a summer revamp

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