Vintage vodka tasting with BobBobRicard

When someone invites you to a Vintage Vodka Tasting you should always say yes – but what you should also do the minute you accept such an invitation, is to block book two days off for the post-tasting recovery period. That’s one of the key lessons we learned from our trip to BobBobRicard in Beak Street last week for the tasting in question.

Our hosts were BBR’s co-owners Leonid and Richard who had…

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Put the Bolly on ice and fetch the Beluga - the recession is over! As Britain hefts itself out of recession, Michelin-starred chef Vineet Bhatia today revealed plans to open a third restaurant in London next year.

Bhatia, who owns Rasoi and Urban Turban, tells today's Evening Standard that '2010 has been good for us so far. The restaurants are full, confidence seems to be back.'

So much so, that w…

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Three months ago, chef Ferran Adria hinted at the fact there might be major changes afoot at El Bulli. ‘I have to reinvent myself,’ he told Londoners, of the possibility he might only open for one month rather than the usual six.

Speaking today at the food event Madrid Fusion, Ferran finally announced that his restaurant – voted best in the world for five year’s running – will not be open to the p…

Read more: Ferran Adria confirms El Bulli's closure for two years

Does Jamie Oliver's St Paul's collaboration with NY chef Adam Perry Lang already have a name? The M&C report - a catering industry news service - is reporting that it's going to be known as Barbecoa and will be a launch-pad for a roll-out of similar restaurants.

Read more: Jamie Oliver's barbecue restaurant gets a name

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By far one of the most entertaining stories of the week was that of Earl Cadogan vs the Oriel.  The Earl managed to elicit the envy of many a reviewer suffering after a bad meal, by using his position as the restaurant's landlord and refusing to renew the Oriel's lease after experiencing a bad meal.  "I didn't like the food and the prices are far too high," said the Earl…

Read more: L'Anima chef heads to Pizza Express and Earl C takes on the Oriel

Atul Kochhar reopens Benares with a chef-packed party

Hot Dinners went to Benares on for the restaurant’s reopening party following three month’s closure and refurbishment after a kitchen fire.

Plenty of chefs had come out to join the celebrations, Hot Dinners spotted Pierre Koffman, Pearl’s Jun Tanaka and Silvena Rowe and, rather randomly, the Radio One DJ Colin Murray. Apparently Antonio Carluccio was also around, although with the sea of guests sc…

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Speaking to Jasper Gerard in today's Telegraph, Alain Ducasse – whose restaurant at the Dorchester moved up to three Michelin stars last week – has been singing the praises of the London restaurant scene.

In particular, Ducasse who himself has a whopping 19 stars to his name now, has a serious dig at the UK Michelin Guide.

‘There has been a revolution in London in the last 10 years,’ he says. ‘The…

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Gordon tweeting, Jamie opening and the mystery cafe

Is it a slow news week when one of the biggest stories it that - drumroll - Gordon Ramsay is going to start tweeting? The chef announced the news on Chris Moyles' Radio One show saying: ''I've gone on a Twitter course. I'm just going through all the stages in terms of prep, properly understanding it. I'm doing it personally. ' The launch - as it's now being referred to - takes place 1 February. We…

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The Parlour Canary Wharf reviewed by Hot Dinners

Arriving in Canary Wharf on a Thursday night – if you haven’t been for a while – is like landing on a different planet. Here everything is clean, new, made of glass and steel – and of course the dress code is strictly business. More importantly, for anyone contemplating opening a bar or restaurant – this is clearly where the recession is a word for a phenomenon that’s happening somewhere else.


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From Le Caprice to Hix: In the kitchen with chef Kevin Gratton

Hot Dinners talks to Kevin Gratton, the main in the kitchen at Soho's newest celeb hangout Hix to find out what working with the best-connected man in London's restaurant industry is really like.…

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London's new Michelin starred restaurants for 2010

For the second year in a row, the Michelin stars for the UK have been leaked online, forcing the company to abandon its own release date.

London's 2010 Michelin starred restaurants - see the full list here

News that some sites had already seen the 2010 guide leaked on Friday 15th January on Twitter, four days earlier than expected, when Restaurant magazine editor Paul Wootton tweeted; ‘Just had a…

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Four London restaurants are celebrating today as they join the ranks of those establishments awarded three rosettes by the AA. They are 1901, Launceston Place, Aubergine and Seven Park Place by William Drabble.

AA Hotel Services’ group area manager, Giovanna Grossi said, 'I am delighted to welcome more restaurants into the higher Rosette awards.’

Of Launceston Place the inspectors said; ‘Chef Tris…

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Today's Evening Standard is reporting that the re-opening of celeb hangout Eight over Eight is being delayed by wrangling over the insurance payout. The King's Road restaurant has been shut since October following a fire. Owner Ricker tells the Standard he runs 'a small chain of neighbourhood restaurants and this amount means a great deal to us. I sincerely hope that this matter can be resolved.'…

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Lucky old astronauts. Not only do they enjoy a rather fine view of the planet from their orbit, but they’ve just taken delivery of a series of dishes from a German three-Michelin-starred chef. According to the Telegraph, Harald Folhfahrt (no, we didn’t make his name up) has come up with dishes including braised veal cheeks with wild mushrooms, white bean purees, Swabian potato soup and plum compot…

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Borough Market's Wright Bros look for a Soho spot

A Hot Dinners exclusive.

The growth of West Soho as a serious restaurant destination continues apace with news of another potentially exciting restaurant opening. Hot Dinners has just learned that Borough Market resident Wright Bros Oyster and Porter House has plans to expand to the West End. We spoke with their general manager Jeremy this afternoon who confirmed that Wright Bros are in negotiatio…

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