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From high rise hopes to dashed French dreams - here are the most-read stories about new restaurant openings on Hot Dinners in 2016.

1. The Sky Garden

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Londoners are REALLY into food with a view. Our exclusive on what was coming to floors 35 to 37 of the Walkie Talkie was our most popular news story this year. (19,324 views)

 

2. Taberna do Mercado

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Late breaking news that Nuno Mendes was opening a new restaurant Taberna do Mercado in Spitalfields was a huge story for us. So goodness alone knows how popular the return of Viajante will be. (18,343 views)

 

3. Duck and Rice

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Doing little to no press does make it hard to get details ahead of time on what Alan Yau is planning next. But you were all intrigued by the notion of his Chinese gastropub Duck and Rice. (16,336 views)

 

4. Hoppers

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Right now it feels like everything the Sethi family touches turns to gold - so the prospect of Hoppers got folk very excited. (12,077 views)

 

5. Le Chabanais

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They came, they opened, and they closed faster than any other restaurant this year. Yes it's Le Chabanais. (11,301 views)

 

6. Sexy Fish

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It's fish. It's sexy. It's Sexy Fish. The dodgy name didn't stop Richard Caring's latest from being a hot story. (10,106 views)

 

7. Bellanger

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News that Corbin & King were opening a brasserie, Bellanger, in Islington brought unbridled joy to Hot Dinners HQ - seems like a lot of other people were pleased by the prospect too. (10,042 views)

 

8. West Thirty Six

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The opening on Golborne Road of West Thirty Six clearly made a lot of West Londoners very happy. (9,537 views)

 

9. Noble Rot

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We were the first to bring you the story of the Noble Rot wine bar and it turned out to be rather a big deal. (9506 views)

 

10. Berber & Q

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Our exclusive on the opening of Berber & Q in Haggerston proved very popular. (9,289 views) 

 

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