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Viajante, Gauthier and Koffmann pick up three AA rosettes

Just as the awards season in Hollywood is getting into gear at the moment, January is also the month when many of the big restaurant guides begin to announce their gongs for the year.

First up is the AA Guide which today announced its three rosette awards winners. Picking up three rosettes for the first time (which according to the guide mean they are 'outstanding restaurants that achieve standard…

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Are you being served? Michel Roux Jnr interview

Michel Roux Jnr talks to Hot Dinners about his new TV show, which London restaurants he really rates and reveals his opinion of Masterchef spoof filmmakers.…

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January deals and offers in London restaurants

For Hot Dinners, January is far from being a depressing month. With a large number of Londoners steering clear of bars and trying to tighten their purse strings, the field is left clear for us to enjoy London's finest establishments without having to proffer our first-born to secure a table.

That said, it's always pleasing to take advantage of the many deals on offer, designed to entice the misera…

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Gordon and Marco alumni turn Folkestone into foodie destination

The London scene may be anticipating a raft of big name openings this year, but it's not alone. The seaside town of Folkestone has three big openings planned for this year which should put the south coast spot on the foodie map.

Opening in March 2011 is Max's House (see picture) - a new venture with great credentials. It's the brainchild of Ben Spalding and Max Palmer.  Spalding was Senior Sous ch…

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Three months after she announced her departure from Gordon Ramsay Holdings, Angela Hartnett today revealed her first solo business venture. She's just signed up as a consultant to trendy East London restaurant, the Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room.

Hartnett will work alongside her head chef Diego Cardoso on revamping the restaurant's menu. According to a press spokesperson, 'There will be a daily c…

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Danish tasting at Clerkenwell's North RoadOpening a Danish restaurant in London just now could rightly be considered a stroke of genius.

Not only have the British crowned René Redzepi King of Chefs by voting his Copenhagen restaurant Noma the World's Best Restaurant™, but London's foodies are also big fans of some of Noma's many London-based alumni - namely Ben Greeno of Hackney's Tudor Road supperclub and Viajante's Nuno Mendes.

So when…

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ZTH destination cocktail bar to open at Zetter Hotel

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As if having the marvellous Bistrot Bruno Loubet wasn’t enough of a draw, the Zetter Hotel in Clerkenwell is adding a destination cocktail bar when it opens its Georgian-style annexe next year.

Hot Dinners sat down with the owner of the award-winning bar 69 Colebrooke Row, Camille Hobby-Limon, to find out what she and cocktail maestro Tony Conigliaro have planned for the bar…

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Momo opens its doors for a special take on Afternoon Tea

Frazzled last-minute Christmas shoppers - or anyone planning to head into the West End for the January sales - should take note of a new haven at Momo on Heddon Street. The Moroccan restaurant has just launched an afternoon tea, offering classic tea time treats such as scones, more outre choices such as mini fruit cheesecakes and pistachio macaroons alongside authentic Maghrebine pastries and Moro…

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Celebrity NY chef Jean-Georges to open Leicester Square restaurant

[Update: Spice Market London opened on 14 February 2011]

On the site of what used to be the Swiss Centre, New York celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten recently announced he's opening a London branch of Spice Market, his popular restaurant in the Meatpacking district of New York. spice Market London will be the destination restaurant at the W Hotel on Leicester Square when it opens next year.

T…

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Marlon Abela - the man behind The Greenhouse and Umu in London and A Voce in New York, among others, is planning two new restaurants for London in addition to his latest venture, Cassis, which opened just a few weeks ago.

In an interview with Caterersearch, Abela admits that an announcement on a new London restaurant is imminent. 'We have signed the deal on a new acquisition - a new restaurant in…

Read more: Marlon Abela confirms plan to open A Voce in London

New champagne bars for Paddington and ParamountIt's the festive season and what better way to celebrate Christmas than with a glass of two of fizz? Perfect timing then for the new champagne bar which opened yesterday at Paddington station. It's the latest in the Searcy's chain of champagne bars - they also run the ones at St Pancras and Westfield - and is going to focus on British sparkling wine producers with wines such as Balfour Brut Rosé,…

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There's a gem of a story in the Metro about a Paddington curry house which has just been done for writing its own fake reviews. Anyone passing by The Connoisseurs Indian Tandoori on Norfolk Place might have been swayed into trying it by the array of good reviews this small, neighbourhood North Indian curry restaurant had on display.

The Connoisseurs featured write-ups and recommendations from every…

Read more: Paddington curry house fined for fake Fay Maschler review

Skyroom bar opens for Christmas on Tooley Street

If you're bored of the usual bars and looking for somewhere extraordinary to take a pre-prandial drink this weekend, you might want to take a wander down Tooley Street. Eagle-eyed denizens of London Bridge may have noticed the Skyroom balancing precariously over the edge of the fifth floor of Magdalen House at 148 Tooley Street.

Magdelen House, it transpires, is the headquarters of the Architecture…

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Burger King opens standalone dessert bar in London's Westfield

At Hot Dinners we are usually more interested by London's finer dining establishments, but we find ourselves strangely drawn to the idea of the new Burger King dessert bar which has just opened in London's Westfield shopping centre.

The Westfield dessert bar is only Europe's second standalone Burger King dessert bar to open (the first was in Benidorm). It will serve up existing products, such as BK…

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A sneak peak at the South Bank Chocolate FestivalNestled among the Christmas markets and party revellers on the South Bank this weekend, the Chocolate Festival will be providing some pre-Christmas indulgence on a grand scale. Some of the best chocolatiers from around the country will be hosting tastings, demonstrations and more as stalls sell hot chocolate, truffles, caramels and all things cacao.

We were lucky enough to be invited along to a pre…

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