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New all-day diner Karpo to open in King's Cross

(Update - Karpo is now opening on February 1)

Kings Cross is getting an early Christmas present in the form of a new all-day diner called Karpo. Just opposite the entrance to the station on Euston Road, the restaurant, which opens in December, sounds like a useful new addition to the area.

The head chef will be American-born Daniel Taylor - who's worked with both Rowley Leigh (Le Café Anglais) an…

Read more: New all-day diner Karpo to open in King's Cross

Islington favourite Busan reopens on Holloway Road

It's been closed for five years, but one of Islington's best-loved restaurants has returned to its original stomping ground on the Holloway Road.

Korean restaurant Busan was quietly reopened just off Highbury corner two weeks ago by the original owners Mr and Mrs Lee. The new location (next to Tesco) is a stone's throw away from its previous spot at the Islington end of Holloway Road. You can choo…

Read more: Islington favourite Busan reopens on Holloway Road

Bincho Yakatori opening flagship restaurant Bincho EC1 on Exmouth Market

Bincho Yakitori, which already has one site in Soho, is looking to expand its empire by opening a new flagship restaurant on Exmouth Market in a few weeks time.

Bincho EC1 will be at 55 Exmouth Market (where The Ambassador used to be). It'll have 70 covers and tables outside. As with Bincho Soho, there'll be seats up at the counter to watch the chefs at work, and also a bar area.

Bincho's Alex Che…

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[Updated 3 February 2012] The Independent critic Tracey McLeod called their city spot 'without doubt the best vegetarian restaurant I've been to in this country'. Now the people behind Vanilla Black are opening a new place on Sicilian Avenue called Orchard.

Due to open in late 2011/early 2012, the new restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch and early dinners. There'll also be a takeaway as we…

Read more: Vanilla Black to open Orchard, new veggie restaurant and deli in Holborn

Tapas Revolution to launch second bar at Bluewater's Plaza

A tapas joint in a shopping mall may not seem like a must-visit destination, but Omar Allibhoy's Tapas Revolution at Westfield in Shepherds Bush has been an oasis amongst the chains.  Previously trained by Ferran Adria and part of the launch of El Pirata Detapas, he's gained plaudits at Westfield from high-profile foodies including the Guardian's John Lanchester.

Now he's expanding to another…

Read more: Tapas Revolution to launch second bar at Bluewater's Plaza

Champagne angels and charcuterie - test driving The Balcon on Pall Mall

What can you tell us about The Balcon?

The restaurant attached to the Sofitel on Pall Mall used to be a Brasserie Roux but has recently changed hands and undergone a major refit. The chef is Vincent Menager who was sous chef in the previous incarnation and the room has been completely redesigned under the auspices of Russell Sage, recently famed for Bread Street Kitchen and the Zetter Townhouse.

W…

Read more: Champagne angels and charcuterie - test driving The Balcon on Pall Mall

The season for awards is coming to an end, but there's always time for another party. So Michael Caines, Ashley Palmer Watts (who, admittedly, only had to pop upstairs), Brett Graham and more were on hand at the Mandarin Oriental to hear the unveiling of Sunday Times Food List - the top 100 restaurants in the UK.

The list is garnered from Harden's customer surveys and those customers voted for wha…

Read more: The Ledbury comes top of the Sunday Times Food List

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…

Read more: Young Turks to open at the Ten Bells in Spitalfields

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…

Read more: Wright Brothers launches raWBar in Soho

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…

Read more: Sabrina Ghayour launches new supperclub dates

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…

Read more: Maltby Street Market launches afternoon Lock-in

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…

Read more: Test Driving Thirty Six by Nigel Mendham

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…

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

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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