To Marylebone this evening for the launch of the Colony Bar and Grill - the latest venture from Atul Kochhar. It's been a hectic few weeks for Atul - less than a month ago he presided over the re-opening of Benares on Berkeley Square. 'We hadn't planned it like this,' Atul told us tonight, 'but we've made it work.' The Colony is a co-venture with restaurateur Carlo Spetare - who brought London The…

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In the week it lost out in the Twitter poll by Quadrille Food for Best Food Publication to newbie Fire & Knives, the publishers of Waitrose Food Illustrated have just announced a new direction for the magazine.

A press release by WFI’s publisher, John Brown, says that from April the magazine’s name and remit will both be changed. According to them, the new-look Waitrose Kitchen will be a ‘fres…

Read more: Waitrose Food Illustrated gets a makeover

Hot Dinners visits the revamped Benares

After attending the recent re-launch of Atul Kochhar's Benares, Hot Dinners were recently invited back to try out the restaurant itself.

Situated in the heart of Mayfair on Berkeley Square, the warmth of Benares was a welcome respite from the bitterly cold February Wednesday evening.  After a couple of drinks in the main bar area - an convivial place to wait for someone - we were ushered into the…

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After much shifting and rescheduling, a new date for the reopening of Petrus has been announced. According to a press release just out, it will open its doors for business on for 29th March 2010. Sean Burbidge, who will be heading up the kitchens, following the departure of Marcus Wareing, will be offering dishes including fillet of Angus beef with Swiss chard, wild mushrooms and red wine sauce an…

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Bruno Loubet interviewed - the chef takes a second turn at London

Hot Dinners catches up with chef Bruno Loubet just before the opening of his eponymous restaurant Bistrot Bruno Loubet at the Zetter Hotel in Clerkenwell…

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Make sure you put this Putney pop-up in your diary

If there’s one website you should bookmark this week (other than our own, dear readers) it’s which will have details on how to book your seat at the mother of all pop-up restaurants raising money for Haiti.

Chefs and restaurants who’ve already signed up for one-nighters include The Square’s Philip Howard and Rowley Leigh of Le Cafe Anglais. And for Londoners who’ve always lik…

Read more: Make sure you put this Putney pop-up in your diary

[UPDATE: On Midnight the same day this story broke - it seemed we were right to wonder if this really is the end. Ferran has now told El Pais that the New York Times got it all wrong. 'We're not going to close El Bulli permanently' he tells the paper.]

Typical. The Hot Dinners team allow ourselves one day away from the computer and the tyranny of Twitter and the news ‘breaks’ that Ferran Adrian ha…

Read more: Has Ferran Adria really closed El Bulli for good?

You may have enjoyed his cocktails at Hawksmoor or lost an evening or two trying his concoctions at his present home in the bar at Hix Soho, now top mixologist Nick Strangeway is teaming up with the equally eminent Tony Conigliaro to offer Londoners the chance to learn the pair's cocktail-making secrets.

Nick and Tony will be co-hosting a summer cocktails masterclass at Tony's compact and bijoux c…

Read more: Hix's Nick Strangeway hosts Islington cocktail class

According to a survey by the newly-formed Sustainable Restaurant Association almost 70% of British diners think that restaurants aren’t doing enough to tackle social and environmental issues.

Clearly it’s an area that’s worth restaurant owners tackling, as the survey apparently found a similar proportion of diners said they were more likely to choose a restaurant which was up on its green and ethi…

Read more: London restaurants form new ethical association

Manhattan chef Daniel Boulud is in town getting Bar Boulud London ready for its May launch at the Mandarin Oriental and he’s making the most of every minute of his visit.

On his first night he was out on the town with Bloomberg’s Richard Vines taking in drinks at Hix, BobBobRicard and then dinner at newly two-starred The Ledbury. The following day, as he told Hot Dinners, he realised a dream of hi…

Read more: Daniel Boulud eats his way round London's restaurants

There had been rumours circulating for weeks, but today Property Magazine has confirmed that Anthony Demetre and Will Smith, the pair behind the successful Wild Honey and Arbutus restaurants are to launch at a third site in London.  The new development won't be far from their current Soho/Mayfair restaurants, launching at William IV street in Covent Garden.

Little else is known about the restauran…

Read more: Arbutus owners Demetre and Smith bring new launch to Covent Garden

If you have a keen eye for a bargain, get out your diary and make sure you put 3-10 February 2010 in your diary. According to Eat Out magazine, that's when Soho's Red Fort restaurant will be reopening and offering a 50% discount to diners.

The restaurant was closed last summer after a massive kitchen fire, which is referenced with a photograph of the conflagration on Red Fort's website. According…

Read more: Half price dining as Soho's Red Fort reopens

One day - two London underground restaurants

One day, two London underground restaurants and a lot of calories....

The fact that we really need to get a grip of Google Calendars was brought home to Hot Dinners this weekend when we managed to book ourselves into two underground restaurants in one day.

We’d made the first booking what seemed like aeons ago, when Lady Gray’s Hidden Tea Room first opened its 2010 booking dates last year. And the…

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Gwyneth Paltrow may be as slim as a reed, but apparently she knows her elderflower cordial from her artisan bread when it comes to eating out in London.

In the latest newsletter sent out by her website Goop, she shares her secrets for the best restaurants in town including:

Read more: Gwyneth Paltrow names her favourite London restaurants

Gordon Ramsay's first tweet leaves followers cold

Hmmn, perhaps Gordon Ramsay hasn’t quite got the hang of Twitter yet. The chef, who made much of the fact he was taking lessons in Twitterquette before he started – posted two tweets in quick succession...just before boarding a plane bound for Los Angeles, meaning he’ll be unable to respond to any of the numerous welcoming tweets he gets for another 11 hours.

An absolute beginner then...

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