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Battle of the tattoos between Hawksmoor and Spuntino

If you’ve been down to restaurant of the moment Spuntino, you can’t have failed to notice the body art of waitress Rachel Day – well it seems her work has attracted the attention of the staff at Hawskmoor who have thrown down a tattoo challenge.

The challenge, accepted by Spuntino and Hawskmoor owners Russell Norman and Will Beckett, will take place on Twitter for five days from 18 April and will…

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Cliveden Hotel launches world's most expensive afternoon tea

It's the kind of story that would have Britain's anarchists boarding the next train to Berkshire - standing in tall defiance of the 'we're all in this together' ethos, is the latest wheeze from Cliveden Hotel, which has just launched an afternoon tea so expensive and extravagant that they've applied to the Guinness Book of Records to have their chef's efforts recognised.

The tea for two in questio…

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Michel Roux Jnr and Bruno Loubet turn out for Bistro du Vin's opening night

It's not often you find yourself sharing elbow space at a buffet bar with Michel Roux Jnr, but that's the happy position Hot Dinners found ourselves in last night at the opening bash for Bistro du Vin in Clerkenwell. Roux was there to offer support to his protegee Danielle Meenagh, winner of the sommelier scholarship from his TV show Michel Roux's Service and now Assistant Sommelier at the Bistro.…

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News hits Hot Dinners today of a very interesting new development in Mayfair - Aurelia on Cork Street is being launched by the family behind Zuma, Roka and La Petite Maison. It'll be on the site of the former Mulligan's of Mayfair at 13-14 Cork Street, W1.

The restaurant's head chef will be Rosie Yeats-Greenslade, who's worked at Roka for four years while Nic Watt - Roka's executive chef will over…

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Bruno Loubet bar snacks make ZTH Bar an instant Clerkenwell classic

As we admitted before, we’re a fickle crowd when it comes to choosing our new favourite bar. Over the past 12 months we’ve swung between Hix Bar, St John’s and 69 Colebrooke Row. But just a few steps inside the brand new Zetter Townhouse Bar on St John Square in Clerkenwell and we knew there was a new love in our lives.

Created by the pair behind Colebrooke Row, Camille Hobby-Limon and Tony Conigl…

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Isn't that always the way - you wait ages for a Banh Mi shop and then two come along at once. Just last week we had the opening of Keu on Old Street, and next week another part of Islington gets a Banh Mi cafe, this time courtesy of the people behind the award-winning Saigon Street Cafe from Hackney's Broadway Market.

Ca Phe! opens at 149b Upper St Islington (close to La Porchetta) from Wedne…

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Hot Dinners tastes tapas at the Opera Tavern

The past year or so has been something of a magic makeover for Covent Garden as it gradually transformed from being a culinary wasteland where only those who thought a tofu burger or Cornish pasty were the giddy heights of what the food world could offer would enjoy eating there, to something of a dining destination in its own right.

Recently we've witnessed the opening of some serious restaurants…

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Interesting piece in The Times today on how London has become the international go-to place to party with the uber-rich (provided of course you can afford a ticket to one of their charitable balls).

And while they're here, it seems that one restaurant in particular, has become the hot spot for the oligarchs and travelling billlionaires.

'We’re booking God knows how many tables at Heston [Blumentha…

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Young Turks Dinner at the Loft Project reviewed

It's always nice feeling you're at the cutting edge of where the London dining scene is going, and this week's Young Turks dinners held at Nuno Mendes' Loft Project in Hackney was the very example of that.

James Lowe, who recently left his job as Head Chef at St John Bread and Kitchen to go it alone and Isaac McHale who's worked at both Noma and The Ledbury and last summer ran the Elliot's in the…

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Blumethal trifle, Gordon checks out city competition and chip fat power

This week, Hot Dinners paid a visit to the new Searcy's Champagne Bar in One New Change.  It's a marked departure from the other fizz bars in the group; rather than being out in the open, this bar has its own unit amidst the high class shops of the city shopping destination. Serving up apparently the largest selection of champagnes by the glass in Europe, the list here is also of note due to the n…

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Restaurant review charts - week ending 3 April

Our latest bi-weekly round up the new restaurant reviews where we look at just how it affects restaurants' overall score - with new reviews for Opera Tavern, Spuntino, NOPI, A Little of What you Fancy, Keu, Tapas Revolution, Brawn, Amaranto, Spice Market London, North Road, Fox and Grapes and more...…

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You guessed it - this was our April Fool's story.

If you've ever tried and failed to get a reservation at the World's Best Restaurant™ Noma, we have glad tidings for you today. It seems that expansion plans are afoot in Copenhagen.

Chef René Redzepi has secured extra funding from the Danish government to open a massive new restaurant in the centre of Copenhagen seating upwards of 300 people.

'It s…

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Floating Pommery bar planned for St Katharine Docks

Another reason to wish the days away till Summer arrives in London popped up today with the news of a floating champagne and seafood bar planned for St Katharine Docks by Tower Bridge.

Pontoon will, as the name suggests, be a floating bar serving Pommery champagne and a range of seafood and roasted meats. And if the weather doesn’t live up to expectations, there’s a stretch marquee across, to keep…

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Mennula: a new type of Charlotte Street Italian

It's a lazy shorthand we know, but there's something to be said for eating in a restaurant where a majority of the customers hail from the same part of the world that the cuisine originates from. It does make you feel that the kitchen must be doing something right. So, when invited to try out the Santino Busciglio's Mennula in Charlotte Street, Hot Dinners was comforted to see a reliably large num…

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Cay Tre and Viet Grill owner launches Banh Mi joint on Old Street

The man behind the brilliant Vietnamese joints Cay Tre and Viet Grill in Shoreditch, Hugh Trung Bui, has turned his attention to Vietnam's legendary Banh Mi sandwich and has just opened his first deli called Kêu! at 332 Old Street.

Fans of the Banh Mi may notice that the traditional baguette at Kêu! tastes a little different to what they're used to, that's because Hugh decided not to go with the t…

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