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Goodman branches out - we check out Burger & Lobster

What can you tell us about Burger & Lobster?

It's a new venture from the people behind Goodman steakhouses - and does exactly what it says on the tin, serving up simply burgers and lobsters (alongside some cocktails from Soulshakers). The aim is to make lobster more affordable to Londoners, and they've achieved that partly by installing a mammoth lobster tank in the basement - being able to st…

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L'Etranger to expand next door with Meursault lounge bar and dining room

L'Etranger restaurant in Kensington is to expand next door with a new lounge bar and dining room, called Meursault.

The new place, which takes its name from a Burgundy wine (and also the lead character in Camus's L'Etranger), will be split into two with a lounge bar that will offer molecular cocktails and small plates and a dining room offering will echo the fine dining experience of L'Etranger.&n…

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Christmas at Downton DVD launches with Edwardian canapes

'Tis the season for parties, and we loved the idea behind the one last night to publicise the imminent release of Christmas at Downton on DVD. The PR folks got Hus Vedat, Executive Chef at Westminster's St Ermin's Hotel to come up with a range of Downton-inspired canapes.

Having scoffed the lot, we can heartily recommend them. In fact, here's a recipe for one of them for you to serve up as the pe…

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Foodie treats at Circus 11 Christmas market in Shoreditch

To add to our growing list of Christmas markets around London with a decided food bent, we've just heard about Circus 11 which launched yesterday in Shoreditch and will run until 18 December. It's ostensibly a fashion market, held at the Tram Shed, but in addition to a lot of lovely clothes there are some cutting edge food stalls as well.

On the traditional front there'll be a Christmas bakery and…

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Dstrkt restaurant and club opens on Piccadilly's Rupert Street

There’s stealth openings and then there’s uber-stealth openings. This week a massive new development opens just off Piccadilly with almost no advance word. Dstrkt is a £25 million restaurant, bar and club space which – despite having a name that reminds us of The Onion story about Clinton deploying vowels to to Bosnia – looks set to be A Big Opening.

Dstrkt is the brainchild of a new partnership b…

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St John restaurant teams up with Secret Cinema to launch Secret Restaurant

Oh now this is interesting. The Secret Cinema has been around for a while in London, popping up in different venues, with the film (and venue) you're about to see only being revealed on the night. But now they're throwing food into the equation with the launch of Secret Restaurant.

What makes this more worthy of your attention than the average pop-up is that the dining experience is being run in p…

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Russell Norman's

What can you tell us about Mishkin's?

It's the latest in Russell Norman's slowly burgeoning Soho/Covent Garden empire, following in the footsteps of Polpo, Polpetto, Da Polpo and Spuntino. While it retains many of the features of its predecessors (counter dining, sharing plates, and a bare-brick Lower Manhattan vibe), this time the restaurant is taking NYC's Jewish delis as hits key point of refer…

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London's street food markets plan Christmas festivities

This weekend looks to be the perfect one for street food lovers. Not only is Friday the last day of Dalston's insanely successful The Long Table, but over in Kings Cross Eat St are planning a rather festive weekend of it.

For KXmas, each of their traders is going to be putting on a Christmas menu, so you can expect Mulligatawny soup from Bhangra Burger, Creme de marrons crepes from Crep Nicolas an…

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Mark Hix opens Hix Belgravia with a new Mark's Bar

28/1/12 - Updated with menu info.

Rumours of a new Mark Hix restaurant have been in the mix for a while (and been on our Coming Soon page for a couple of months) but today official word has come down today about the launch of Hix Belgravia.

Opening on February 1 2012 in the Thompson Belgraves Hotel, just off Sloane Street, it looks like the new restaurant is taking its lead from Hix Soho. As with…

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Bidding about to open for The Mince Pie Project

If you're looking for a mince pie with a difference this Christmas - and no, we don't mean Heston's pine-tree scented ones - then head on over to The Mince Pie project right now. This brilliant charity wheeze has 36 of the country's best chefs putting up a batch of 50 of their finest mince pies for auction.

Each chef's pies will be different, so Manson's Alan Stewart will be made with an almond an…

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Turner Prize artist to take over Sketch restaurant

Turner Prize winning artist Martin Creed will be joining forces with Mayfair's Sketch to take over the Gallery restaurant in an artwork that blurs the boundaries between art and food. Creed's Work no 1347 will apparently consist of 90 different types of marble so every table, chair and piece of cutlery will be different.

Sketch's chef Pierre Gagnaire will then create a menu "in unison with the art…

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Léon De Bruxelles moules frites to open on Cambridge Circus

Update - Léon de Bruxelles is having a soft launch from 17-20 Jan with 50% off food.

Belgian restaurant chain Chez Léon have just announced they'll be opening a Léon De Bruxelles moules frites joint on London's Cambridge Circus in January. The spot (opposite The Palace theatre where All Bar One/Med Kitchen used to be) will have 220 covers and can seat 12 at the bar. There'll also be 39 seats on t…

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Test driving Aurelia in Mayfair

What can you tell us about Aurelia?

In 312 BC, as part of the ongoing Roman expansion, the construction of the Via Aurelia road began. Over the following few centuries, what started out as a road that ran along a portion of the northern coast of Italy, was extended and now stretches as far as northern France and Spain. We imagine this historic road that brings Italy, France and Spain together may…

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Something for the weekend: The Bell at Ticehurst

What can you tell me about the Bell?

Having just spent a night at the newly spruced up Bell at Ticehurst, we have to confess to feeling pretty jealous of the locals and their spanking new inn.

The sign outside points one way to a 14th century church and the other way (towards the Bell) to 21st century ding-dong, but the origins of the Bell are more than 200 years old. It's just that the new owner…

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We try out the first of Bar Boulud London's new wine tastings

Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental has one of the most engaging wine lists, and experienced sommeliers, within any London hotel. With hotel restaurant wine lists so often a source of painful mark-ups and joyless selections, it's a pleasure to see Bar Boulud embrace the universe of Lyon born Daniel Boulud, and focus on the wines of Burgundy and the Rhône in particular.

A scintillating list of magn…

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