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Gastroblog

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…

Read more: Hot Dinners tastes tapas at the Opera Tavern

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…

Read more: World's richest flock to Dinner by Heston

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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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…

Read more: René Redzepi gets funding to open larger Noma

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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Glitzy new hotel for Guildford will sign up celebrity chef

It may not be the first (or even the second, third or fourth) place you'd think of going for a glamorous dinner, but a new hotel opening up in Guildford has designs on drawing London diners out of town.

The Radisson Edwardian group, who also own London's May Fair Hotel, are opening a hotel in Guildford's city centre with two restaurants, a dining terrace and two bars. The restaurant's design will…

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Q&A with Noel Hunwick from high-tech Inamo

Hot Dinners caught up with Noel Hunwick, one of the co-founders of interactive restaurant Inamo to talk about clicks, dishes and more as he celebrated the addition of Regent’s Street Inamo St James to their growing stable...…

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Hi-tech Hi-dining at Inamo St James

Inamo, the Oriental fusion dining brand which blends sushi and sashimi with iPod-style touch ordering, has been thumbing its nose at traditional London high dining for over a year with its Soho outpost. Flushed with success, the duo behind this innovative concept recently added to their stable with Inamo St James, perched appropriately enough, next to the legendary  Japan Centre on Regent’s Street…

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New backer for Tom Aikens means restaurant revamp

In the London restaurant world, you're usually only as good as your backers and Tom Aikens appears to have landed himself shiny new financial angels in the form of Turkey company, The Istanbul Doors Restaurant Group.

This of itself, probably doesn't mean that much to the average London restaurant goer. But in practical terms it does mean Aikens has some new cash to fling around and the first of hi…

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