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Iron Chef Franck Pontais opens pop up at Harvey Nichols

If you're in the vicinity of Harvey Nichols over the next four weeks, you might want to stop by the Fifth Floor restaurant where Iron Chef 2010 winner Franck Pontais has just launched a pop-up restaurant.

The Glass Kitchen, which is the latest venture from Harvey Nichols' Taste Lab project, celebrates Franck's speciality - terrines and verrines, serving up a series of layered food in glass dishes.…

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Marcus Wareing dishes more details about Gilbert Scott menu

A couple of interesting facts pop up in Marcus Wareing's interview this week in the Wall Street Journal. To begin with, he lets more details slip about the kind of food we'll see on the menu at The Gilbert Scott when it opens at St Pancras in a few months time.

Two dishes that we thought sounded fun were 'Soles in Coffins (sole fillets cooked in a hollowed out potato)' as well as 'a Sweet Shop Bag…

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Tickets go on sale for 2011 Taste of London festival

Some tickets are already on sale for one of Hot Dinners' favourite foodie events of the year Taste of London (16-19 June in Regent's Park) - you can buy standard and VIP right now - but put 15 March in your diary as the time to get your hands on other ticket types.

We rather like the sound of a new addition this year called The Secret Garden. Billed as 'a gastronomic oasis' it's a VIP area where v…

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Arsenal scores with two bars in Restaurant Design Awards shortlist

The shortlist for the 2011 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards has just been announced, which is always an interesting mixture of restaurants and bars you either know well or may not have thought of trying.

Probably the most surprising entries are two from the Emirates Stadium - The Foundary and the WM Club - both of which, sadly, are only accessible if you're a Club Level member of Arsenal. We're…

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The publication of a Top 100 best restaurant list is always of interest to Hot Dinners and today's release from Top Table of their Top 100 diner-rated restaurants in the UK has some interesting inclusions (and omissions).The list has been compiled based on the ratings Top Table users give to restaurants on everything from food and service to ambience and toilet facilities.

Less well known restaura…

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Amaranto at the Four Seasons; deluxe Italian in Mayfair

The recent relauch of the Savoy Hotel got so much press that another major London hotel revamp seems to have gone almost under the radar. The Four Seasons Park Lane closed n 2008 for just over two years for a £125 million overhaul using Pierre-Yves Rochon, the same designer as The Savoy to propel it into the 21st century. If you've been before, apparently you'll hardly recognise the place.  For us…

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Nick Strangeway takes on the cocktail list at St Pancras Booking Hall bar

He may bear more than a passing resemblance to the 1970s TV character Catweazle, but mixologist Nick Strangeway's tenure at both Hawksmoor and Hix Bar had cocktail lovers swooning with pleasure. Now his legion of fans will have to head to the Euston Road where Strangeway is lending his mixologist expertise to the new Booking Office bar and restaurant at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London.

Nic…

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Hot Dinners talks to Odette's Bryn Williams

Hot Dinners sits down with Bryn Williams to find out how he squares TV fame with operating a neighbourhood restaurant and why Odettes is both a place for vegetarians and game lovers.…

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Odette’s: A Labour of Love in Primrose Hill

Movers and shakers in Primrose Hill may recall the past few years of Odette’s, the bar and restaurant set snugly amongst a row of Victorian houses, with mixed feelings.

Its chequered past has involved a history stretching back to 1978, and most recently was under the leadership of Mark Powers (allegedly an uninspiring era).

Now under the ownership of Welsh prodigy and Great British Menu star Bryn…

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Trishna's new chef launches Not Your Average Curry Night

It's not usually advisable to accept an invitation to any event on a Monday night which involves tasting 30 different wines, but when Hot Dinners found out we'd be helping put together the final drinks list for a regular drinks-pairing event at Trishna, we couldn't turn down the invitation.

Not Your Average Curry Night was dreamt up to launch Trishna's new Head Chef on to the London scene. North L…

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World-famous butcher Dario Cecchini hosts dinner at Fifteen London

It seems wrong describing someone as Butcher To The Stars, but that's a good description of Dario Cecchini. Just google him and you'll find out that Elton John once paid him $2500 for a single steak and his fans include everyone from Prince Charles to Manhattan celebrity chef Mario Batali . You may also remember him from Bill Buford's excellent book, Heat.

So forgive us if we're rather stage-struc…

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Claude Bosi teams up with Sat Bains and Noma's René Redzepi

Hibiscus chef Claude Bosi's clearly a popular fellow, teaming up with not one but two Michelin-starred chefs for a couple of unmissable dinners - a sort of cheffy BOGOF if you like - over the next two months.

First up is an evening with Claude Bosi and Sat Bains at Hibiscus on Monday 14th March. This event is to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Good Food Guide. Hot Dinners was told that Claud…

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How to get a table at Dinner by Heston

If you're starting to get a little irritated (or plain jealous) reading all the critics' glowing reviews for Dinner by Heston when you despair of ever getting hold of a table there, we think may have found an answer.

According to a Hot Dinners' mole eating at Dinner last week, there's been a conscious decision taken by the Mandarin Oriental not to turn tables yet. So anyone who has an early dinner…

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Château Lafite for a fiver at the Laithwaites Lucky Dip

Here's a date to put in the diary if you're partial to particularly good wines. On the 26th March, following the success of last year's event, Laithwaites wine company are holding their second Laithwaites Wine Annual Lucky Dip.

The idea's pretty simple. Members of the public pop along to The Arch at London's Vinopolis complex, buy a Lucky Dip ticket for £5 and, if they're particularly lucky, end u…

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Richard Corrigan's St Patrick's Day culinary celebration

March is just around the corner, which means all celtic-blooded people in London ought to be in training for the annual festival of the Irish, St Patrick's Day. Now while Hot Dinners has nothing but pure Irish blood flowing in our veins, we've grown to prefer mixing our marathon Guinness tasting with a little food (old age and all that). And what better place could there be to do just that than he…

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