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Young Turks to open at the Ten Bells in Spitalfields

A Hot Dinners exclusive:

(Updated with prices and more booking details)

We'll have to admit to total partiality when it comes to London's hottest young chefs the self-dubbed Young Turks, James Lowe and Isaac McHale. It's no secret that we think they're two of the rising talents in town and, more importantly, they've been responsible for some of the best dishes we've eaten this year. So far, the on…

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Wright Brothers launches raWBar in Soho

Foodie fave oyster farmers, wholesalers and restaurateurs, the Wright Brothers, invited Hot Dinners down to Soho last night as they launched their latest venture: the "raWBar".

Best known for their Oyster and Porter House success in Borough Market, Wright Brothers opened their Soho restaurant in Kingly Street at the close of 2010. However, director Robin Hancock is insistent that they’re not going…

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Sabrina Ghayour launches new supperclub dates

After being overwhelmed with interest following her French Launderette Supper Club, food blogger Sabrina Ghayour has come up with a series of supper club dates for the Autumn. She'll be joined in the kitchen by Simon Fernandez (the Fernandez from Fernandez and Leluu supperclub) who now runs his own club at ferdiesfoodlab.

There are just eight nights - so expect demand to be brisk. The venue is Toy…

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Russell Norman's Mishkin's: a 'sort of' Jewish deli that'll serve pork

[Updated 25/11/11 - Mishkin's is now open and taking bookings on 020 7240 2078. Find out more on the Mishkin's website.]

Russell Norman revealed some more information about his next venture Mishkin's in an interview with City AM this morning.

'I’m always using the words “sort of” in front of it because it’s not kosher, and it’s not a traditional Jewish restaurant.' he told the paper…

Read more: Russell Norman's Mishkin's: a 'sort of' Jewish deli that'll serve pork

Maltby Street Market launches afternoon Lock-in

Fresh from winning the Best Newcomer award at last week's Observer Food Monthly awards Maltby Street market has just launched an afternoon feasting event.

The Maltby Street Lock-in is a regular event which happens every Saturday after the market closes at 2pm. Head for Arch 76 Druid Street (also home to Beas of Bloomsbury) where they'll be serving up cod doughnuts, Austrian charcuterie, goulash so…

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Test Driving Thirty Six by Nigel Mendham

Why's Thirty Six by Nigel Mendham of interest?

In tandem with general manager, Debrah Dhugga, chef Nigel Mendham has brought the restaurant at much-loved five-star, Duke’s of St. James up to the standard of its attendant bar. It’s long been a favourite on account of its balanced but - if you’re not watchful - unbalancing martinis.

Where is it?

Following a couth spruce, Thirty Six now has its own e…

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The Savoy's River Room has a new chef and a historic new menu

When The Savoy re-opened last year, the relaunch of the main restaurant, The River Room, was somewhat overshadowed by its more famous sibling, The Savoy Grill (run by Gordon Ramsay Holdings). Now, almost a year later, the focus is back on The River Room. 

News reaches Hot Dinners today that a new chef has just taken charge of the restaurant. James Pare hails from Canada and has previously wor…

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Pimlico's Roussillon gets new Michelin-starred Head Chef

Roussillon restaurant in Pimlico has appointed its second Head Chef in just over a year. The new man in the kitchen is Shane Hughes. Shane arrives in the city after five successful years of running the kitchens at Ynyshir Hall in Wales where he was awarded a Michelin star for the past three years.

Roussillon first rose to fame as a restaurant under Alexis Gauthier. When Gauthier moved to open his…

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Hedone's chef picks up Bravery award at LRF 2011

Ashley Palmer Watts, head chef at Dinner by Heston, crossed town last night from his kitchen in Knightsbridge to pick up his third award in as many weeks. Dinner was given the award for Pioneer at the Spitalfields ceremony to close this year's London Restaurant Festival.

Other awards of the night included:

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William Curley opens Chocolate Box pop-up at St Martin's Lane Hotel

There was no better time than the middle of Chocolate Week to open a new store dedicated to all things cocoa so chocolatier William Curley was looking rather pleased with himself when Hot Dinners caught up with him last week at the opening of his pop-up shop at the St Martin's Lane hotel.

The shop itself has its own entrance on St Martin's Lane and will be open from now until New Year's Eve. "Open…

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Islington's Trullo to start opening for lunch on Fridays

For anyone who's ever tried in vain to get a table at Islington's Trullo restaurant at short notice, we bring tidings of great joy. The restaurant is about to start opening for lunch on Fridays.

Hot Dinners bumped into Trullo's head chef Tim Siadatan in town on Wednesday night where he was highly commended in the Young Chef category at the Observer Food Monthly awards. He told us that they'd decid…

Read more: Islington's Trullo to start opening for lunch on Fridays

Goodman to launch Burger and Lobster in Mayfair

Hot Dinners exclusive:

They've proven themselves as masters of steak, now the folks behind Goodman are branching out. Their next restaurant will be called Burger and Lobster and they've taken it upon themselves the noble aimi of offering the best value lobster in London.

Speaking to Goodman's General Manager David Strauss this week, Hot Dinners learned that the idea first came about because Russia…

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The great, the good...and Hot Dinners were at the Observer Food Monthly Awards last night in London to celebrate the best food producers, chefs and restaurants in the country.  

In addition to it walking away with The World's Best Goody Bag ™ guests were treated to lethal damson vesper cocktails by 69 Colebrooke Row's Tony Conigliaro and, as you'd expect, a rather fine selection of party food…

Read more: Hix Bar, Dinner and Koya win at Observer Food Monthly Awards 2011

Heston, Atherton and Graham headline charity dinner at The Savoy

If you tried (and failed) to get hold of a seat at the recent French Laundry pop-up and still have that £250 burning a hole in your pocket, why not buy a ticket to the Art and Food gala dinner at the Savoy next month. The list of chefs who'll be putting the menu together is really top-drawer - Heston Blumenthal, Jason Atherton, Brett Graham from The Ledbury and Lisa Allen from Northcote Manor - so…

Read more: Heston, Atherton and Graham headline charity dinner at The Savoy

Hardeep Singh Kohli turns stallholder in Spitalfields market

If you've ever moaned about the price of your lunchtime sarnie, you might want to head down to Spitalfields market this week where TV presenter Hardeep Singh Kohli is turning stallholder at a rather unusual stall.

The Seeds of Change stall will be selling general food items and lunchtime fare at prices that reflect how much they could cost if Britain was a food-insecure country. Apparently, in suc…

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