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London Restaurant Festival 2011 tickets go on sale

The ticket line for the London Restaurant Festival has opened this morning to all (after a brief period for Amex users only), with a host of events available for booking. 

The big one is obviously the "Pop up in the Sky" where famed chefs take over the London Eye.  This doesn't come cheap though - as the "enquire about tickets" option has an "if you have to ask the price - you can't affo…

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If you're around Soho this summer, it might be worth popping down to Broadwick Street where Yauatcha has made a few changes.

The first thing to talk about is the opening of a new ground floor bar area - at the back of the current tea house. There's a new wine and cocktail list to go with the bar, so how about starting your evening with a Thea martini, a mix of bison grass vodka with apple juice, g…

Read more: Yauatcha launches new bar and menu at Broadwick Street

Masterchef's tattooed contestant James Perry announces London pop-up

If you're a fan of TV cooking competitions, you might be interested in a new London venture which gives contestants (and other homegrown chefs) the chance to run their own pop-up restaurant.

Pipe Dream restaurant, just round the corner from Southgate tube station, has already run a dinner for this year's Masterchef winner Tim Anderson and it's just opened booking for one of Tim's fellow contestant…

Read more: Masterchef's tattooed contestant James Perry announces London pop-up

Morrisons launch hay-smoked ham and crackling turkey for Xmas

One of the more bizarre annual rituals of the food world are the various Christmas in July events put on for folks in the magazine world who work months in advance. So Hot Dinners found ourselves surrounded by fairy lights and poinsettia in a warehouse just off Carnaby Street yesterday for the Morrisons Xmas do.

Normally, we have to admit, Morrisons isn't a draw in quite the same way as Waitrose w…

Read more: Morrisons launch hay-smoked ham and crackling turkey for Xmas

We're normally all about the best places to eat in London, but we had to make an exception today for a story about one of the biggest places to eat in London.

McDonalds has just released details for its flagship spot at the 2012 Olympics site - the 32,000 square foot fast food restaurant will be the biggest in the world.

If that's hard to imagine, here are some stats. There will be 470 staff worki…

Read more: World's biggest McDonalds opens in London for 2012 Olympics

Boisdale launches burger delivery in Canary Wharf

So you're a modern-day master (or mistress) of the universe (well Canary Wharf) but in order to do your job properly you're looking for something more substantial at lunchtime to keep your blood sugar up. Lucky for you then, that newcomer to the area Boisdale has anticipated your needs. From this week they'll deliver one of their rather lovely burgers to your door.

All their burgers are made from…

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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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Test driving Baity Kitchen in South Kensington

What's so interesting about Baity Kitchen?

Described as a ‘mood food’ deli , Baity Kitchen is quietly turning heads with a simple, middle Eastern based menu in well-heeled South Kensington.

Although this casual spot’s deli offerings may not immediately turn heads, this is more than run-of-the-mill grab-and-go eaterie.  Baity Kitchen is taking a leaf out of popular gourmet takeaway spots such…

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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…

Read more: London's top Thai restaurants take over Selfridges Food Hall

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…

Read more: Weekly restaurant deal - free dessert and wine at The Gilbert Scott

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…

Read more: Amaranto serves up London's freshest Bellini

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…

Read more: Bompas & Parr create boating lake on Selfridges roof

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…

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

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