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Young Turks dinner at The Loft Project is Spring's hot ticket

Our remit at Hot Dinners has always been to bring readers into the bubble - to let you know what's happening on the London restaurant scene. The Young Turks absolutely tick that box, being a collective of three of London's most exciting young chefs.

The group consists of Ben Greeno, trained up by Sat Bains, former sous-chef and then pastry chef at Noma, James Lowe - former Head Chef at St John Bre…

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Alain Roux and Alex James open new Cheese Makers Market

Now that Spring's finally here, jaded Londoners might be looking to spend an hour or two outside the city in the countryside. And while we've nothing against a nice walk in the countryside, unless there's a really good pub or restaurant at the end it's not usually our thing. What sounds much more up our street is the idea of combining a few hours outside the Big Smoke with a visit to a spanking ne…

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Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social experiment

We sit down with Jason Atherton to find out what we can expect from his new restaurant, Pollen Street Social, and why it’s the stuff of his dreams.…

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Outstanding In The Field dinner movement comes to the UK

Outstanding In the Field is quite literally a grassroots organisation which over the past 11 years has taken to farms all over America, setting out dining tables and chairs on everwhere from roaming plains to vineyards and beaches as a way of connecting diners to the food on their plates. The meals, as you'd imagine, have the smallest of food miles and in every location a celebrated local chef is…

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Kampai! Hot Dinners sips from the sake cup at Saki

It’s been referred to as ‘the Japanese tequila’, but has never really found its feet in the capital. With very few dedicated tastings, bars or shops, how much do we really know about sake?

Saki, a Japanese restaurant/shop/tasting room hybrid tucked unobtrusively behind Smithfield market, offers an authentic taste of the Japanese nectar. Hot Dinners was invited along to one of their speciality sak…

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Stevie Parle cooking Sunday lunch at Blacks in Soho

If you haven't made it across London to try Telegraph food writer and chef Stevie Parle's Dock Kitchen, put a note in your diary, as he's heading into town to cook Sunday lunch this weekend at Soho's Blacks.

The menu for the 'First Shoots of Spring' Bacchanalia lunch does sound heavenly: Egyptian New Season’s Garlic Roast in Butter with Goat’s Curd & Sourdough Toast; Sharing Plates of Sea Kale…

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Using Your Loaf - talking to the woman behind the BBC's Great British Food Revival

Bridget Boseley, producer of BBC's ‘The Great British Food Revival’ talks to us about championing local produce.…

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As the weedy spring sunshine tries to dispel London's usual grey gloom, Hot Dinners' day was brightened still further by the news that tapas group Cambio de Tercio are going to be opening a ham and sherry bar, Capote Y Toros, on the Old Brompton Road.

Along with all things piggy, the bar will have a whopping list of 100 sherries on offer. We rather like the idea of the sherry tasting selection, co…

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Hard on the heels of Jeremy King and Chris Corbin announcing their plans to launch a sibling to The Wolseley, we hear courtesy of Restaurant Gossip on Twitter that Richard Caring of Caprice Holdings has now got planning permission to open his first Ivy Cafe.

The venue between 12 Curzon Street and 2 Queen Street in Mayfair will have 90 covers (including 18 seats at the bar) and will be open from br…

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A war of words has broken out this morning between Londoner Jay Rayner and New York chef David Chang over Rayner's review of Chang's newest restaurant Ma Peche in the Guardian this weekend.

It seems that Chang has taken rather violent exception to Rayner's review, taking to Twitter last night to declare 'Dear guardian.uk Didn't know fact checking was optional This is very silly. It's irritating an…

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Breakfast at Jamie's - Fifteen London's Full Monty.

Fifteen, Jamie Oliver's restaurant which sets out to give a leg up to youngsters, is one of those places that Hot Dinners has always intended to go to, but were put off by the alleged difficulty of getting a table. It hadn't even occurred to us to try the place for breakfast until we were recently invited to try the morning service out with a bunch of fellow bloggers.

As we all sat down for the br…

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Iron Chef Franck Pontais opens pop up at Harvey Nichols

If you're in the vicinity of Harvey Nichols over the next four weeks, you might want to stop by the Fifth Floor restaurant where Iron Chef 2010 winner Franck Pontais has just launched a pop-up restaurant.

The Glass Kitchen, which is the latest venture from Harvey Nichols' Taste Lab project, celebrates Franck's speciality - terrines and verrines, serving up a series of layered food in glass dishes.…

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Marcus Wareing dishes more details about Gilbert Scott menu

A couple of interesting facts pop up in Marcus Wareing's interview this week in the Wall Street Journal. To begin with, he lets more details slip about the kind of food we'll see on the menu at The Gilbert Scott when it opens at St Pancras in a few months time.

Two dishes that we thought sounded fun were 'Soles in Coffins (sole fillets cooked in a hollowed out potato)' as well as 'a Sweet Shop Bag…

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Tickets go on sale for 2011 Taste of London festival

Some tickets are already on sale for one of Hot Dinners' favourite foodie events of the year Taste of London (16-19 June in Regent's Park) - you can buy standard and VIP right now - but put 15 March in your diary as the time to get your hands on other ticket types.

We rather like the sound of a new addition this year called The Secret Garden. Billed as 'a gastronomic oasis' it's a VIP area where v…

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Arsenal scores with two bars in Restaurant Design Awards shortlist

The shortlist for the 2011 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards has just been announced, which is always an interesting mixture of restaurants and bars you either know well or may not have thought of trying.

Probably the most surprising entries are two from the Emirates Stadium - The Foundary and the WM Club - both of which, sadly, are only accessible if you're a Club Level member of Arsenal. We're…

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