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Gastroblog

If you’re stuck in London, while the rest of your office is away, texting you pictures of themselves on some palm-fringed beach, be heartened to discover there are some benefits to being in town. For example, you’ll be the only one who knows to get on the phone at 10am sharpish this Friday to book yourself a seat at one of the soft opening of Polpetto.

The pocket-sized sibling of Russell Norman’s…

Read more: Russell Norman announces soft opening details for Polpetto

London may have 47 restaurants worth of a Michelin star or three, but according to the latest copy of the Good Food Guide it merits just 14 spots in the Top 50 restaurants in the UK, with just one - Gordon Ramsay at Royal Hospital Road - squeezing into the Top 5.

Elizabeth Carter, Consultant Editor to The Good Food Guide 2011, commented on the list saying: 'Heston Blumenthal and Gordon Ramsay cont…

Read more: London restaurants lose out in Good Food Guide 2011 list

It's a good news day for Gordon Ramsay - looks like any money worries might be a thing of the past with the news that Ramsay could be taking home a hefty wodge after the sale of his half share of TV company, One Potato Two Potato.

Gordon co-owns the production company with Optomen Television which is being taken over in a multimillion deal. According to the Press Association, Ramsay could walk away…

Read more: Gordon Ramsay opening St Paul's restaurant and selling TV stake

The gourmet food truck craze that’s exciting foodies from Los Angeles to New York is crossing over the pond to London. Pearl chef Jun Tanaka will take to the streets in an airstream kitchen as part of the London Restaurant Festival this October.

According to a spokesperson, Tanaka's van will sell ‘a seasonal British menu, serving dishes such as Home Smoked Salmon and Braised Featherblade of Beef’.…

Read more: Jun Tanaka launches London's first gourmet food truck

Our favourite local restaurant - Trullo

I have to make something clear at the outset. I live VERY close to Trullo - about 3 minutes walk away. Some weeks ago I found myself regularly passing the creation of a new restaurant on the way to the office and, naturally, was intrigued.

The spot where Trullo now resides was once the home of Islington's Gill Wing Cafe. This was one of those neighbourhood institutions that locals remember fondly…

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The Langham launches

A drink billed as "the world's coldest martini" easily grabbed Hot Dinners' attention, so last night we jumped at the chance to test out the Langham's new groundbreaking cocktail.

The Langham's barman, Alex Kratena, has been dabbling with science in an effort to create a new type of drink for the hotel's bar, utilising his new "anti-griddle". It's much like its name suggests - a large plate that f…

Read more: The Langham launches "world's coldest martini"

With the much-delayed Savoy hotel launch getting closer, all eyes are now on Gordon Ramsay to see what he can pull off for the formerly much-loved Savoy Grill.

It's fair to say that the opening of Ramsay's last restaurant, Petrus, did really not generate a huge amount of interest outside of the traditional restaurant press. Ramsay was, allegedly, not even in the country for the launch day and whil…

Read more: Ramsay casts a wide net for the new Savoy Grill

While Roux at Parliament Square has had some mixed reviews since its opening, most of the criticisms were aimed at the décor and design as opposed to the cooking itself.  So it was a surprise to hear that head chef Daniel Cox is already moving on after only 10 weeks.  A replacement is yet to be announced, and time will tell if the new chef decides to revamp the restaurant as well as the menu.

The…

Read more: Roux chef moves on, Washington Post reviews London restaurants and more...

True love for Trullo

Islington gets a pinch of River Cafe magic, and we talk to the men responsible...…

Read more: True love for Trullo

Taking a leaf from the American food movement Outstanding In The Field, Harvey Nichols restaurants across the UK will be taking diners out of the city and into the countryside to eat food where it's produced, on the farm.

The 'Handpicked by Harvey Nichols' event for London will have Jeremy Bloor, Head Chef at OXO Tower Restaurant, escorting Londoners to a dairy farm just outside Sevenoaks in Kent o…

Read more: Oxo Tower Restaurant pop-up in Kent countryside

Hotel Terravina - world class wines in the New Forest

Barely 90 minutes from London's Waterloo station, the Hotel Terravina is a pretty much perfect overnight stay for anyone who is interested in food - and more particularly wine. It's owned and run by Gerard and Nina Bassett whose provenance as far as hotels go is impeccable - Gerard spent six years at Chewton Glen, Nina was a hotel inspector and together (with partner Robin Hutson who now runs Lim…

Read more: Hotel Terravina - world class wines in the New Forest

Searcy launches new expanded Champagne Bar at Westfield

Hot Dinners was over at Westfield last night for a celebratory glass of Pommery champagne (or two) in honour of the opening of an extension to the Searcy's Champagne Bar.

Recession - what recession? The place was packed with fashionistas - and the odd foodie - cheered to find a comfortable area to charge their glasses with fizz.

The new section of the champagne bar can also be booked for private p…

Read more: Searcy launches new expanded Champagne Bar at Westfield

Tickets go on sale today for this year's London Restaurant Festival Gourmet Odyssey tours. There are four tours to choose from on Saturday 9 October 2010, and for your £135 you get a glass of Mumm chamapagne in the Met Bar to start and then visit three restaurants in turn for a starter, main course, dessert and accompanying wines.

We reckon the Piccadilly tour, featuring the newly-opened Pierre Kof…

Read more: Gourmet Odyssey Tours for the London Restaurant Festival go on sale

Heston Blumenthal's Waitrose range gets our thumbs-up

Hot Dinners was full of the festive spirit (and food) last night when we attended the Christmas launch for Waitrose in Fitzroy Square. While it was rather surreal checking out the latest gifts and party food for December in the middle of July, what we were mainly looking forward to trying was some of the new Heston Blumenthal range of food developed exclusively for the supermarket.

Scheduled to hi…

Read more: Heston Blumenthal's Waitrose range gets our thumbs-up

There was an air of confusion on Twitter yesterday when news broke of the opening of another offering from Polpo owner Russell Norman. We'd been aware for a while that Polpo would be opening a second restaurant, Spuntino, at an undisclosed location in Soho - that's being blogged about here.

However it was a bit of surprise to learn that before Spuntino opens, another, smaller Polpo will be launched…

Read more: Polpetto - Russell Norman reveals plans for third restaurant

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