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As revealed by Bloomberg's Richard Vines on Twitter today, the folks behind uber-popular Terroirs (off the Strand) and Brawn (Columbia Road) are to open their third branch, this time venturing south of the river. 

The new restaurant Soif (French for "thirst") will take over the space that's just been vacated by Giraffe on 27 Battersea Rise.  It will, as with the other branches, have a fo…

Read more: Owners of Terroirs & Brawn to open Soif in Battersea

Talking to Jun Tanaka about Street Kitchen in the City, Battersea and more...

Jun Tanaka is famed from appearances on Satruday Kitchen and as Head Chef of Pearl restaurant in Holborn.  But it's the success of the Street Kitchen initiative with Mark Jankel that has recently gained them both further plaudits - serving well-sourced high-class cooking from their trailer. We caught up with him to find out how it's been going and what's next for the Kitchen. 

How did…

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Gooseberries and fig leaves arrive on the new ZTH bar menu

It's our favourite bar in London at the moment, so when Hot Dinners were invited to try the new cocktail selection at the ZTH bar in the Zetter Townhouse, we were more than eager to rush down to the Clerkenwell bar.

The new cocktails have been designed by Zetter/69 Colebrooke Row master mixoligist Tony Conigliaro and stick to the ZTH's mantra of simple, seasonal cocktails based around the travels…

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Possibly one of the most prolific restaurateurs in London at the moment, Russell Norman (the man behind Polpo, Polpetto, Spuntino and Da Polpo) is already thinking about what's next.

In an interview with Bruce Palling for the Wall Street Journal, Norman is quizzed about his upcoming plans.  Although, as Palling notes, he doesn't give much away it looks like we can expect something different n…

Read more: Is Russell Norman already planning another restaurant?

Wareing, Locatelli, Hermé, Darroze and more to appear at Quintessentially Epicure

Looking for a higher class of foodie event?  Then Quintessentially Epicure could be for you.  Taking place in London's famed Hurlingham Club, the event runs over two days on the 9th-10th September and brings together the best of culinary London.

There will be a host of demonstrations and tastings from some of the city's best chefs.  So Marcus Wareing will be demonstrating Venison Lo…

Read more: Wareing, Locatelli, Hermé, Darroze and more to appear at Quintessentially Epicure

Tasting pichounettes at Angelus

On a balmy London evening, Hot Dinners were invited to try out the Pichounettes at West London's Angelus, the fine dining restaurant just a few minutes walk from Paddington station.

What on earth is a pichounette?

Essentially it's a bunch of small dishes combined to make one great big plate. The Chef at Angelus, Martin Nisbet, has pulled together two plates of sweet or savoury pichounette selecti…

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Top UK chefs to take over Fortnum & Mason for the London Restaurant Festival

One of the highlights of last year's London Restaurant Festival was 10-10-10, when chefs from outside London paired with London's best all over town.  It was an ideal opportunity for those who fear venturing beyond the M25 to experience food from some of the UK's best (look at our photo gallery here).

This year, the festival is revamping the format - keeping things centred at Fortnum and Maso…

Read more: Top UK chefs to take over Fortnum & Mason for the London Restaurant Festival

The very idea of taking children to restaurants is enough to make some people froth at the mouth. Trouble is, how do you teach kids to try new things and behave well in restaurants if you don't bring them out every once in a while?

Happily North London supper club thrower (and new Evening Standard columnist) James Ramsden seems to think he's man enough to invite a bunch of ankle-biters (and their…

Read more: James Ramsden throws London's first supperclub for children

Young Turks take over Frank's Cafe for their next event

Having been a storming success in Canary Wharf, the Young Turks (James Lowe and Isaac McHale) have announced their next event.  They'll be taking over the Peckham pop-up Frank's Cafe and Campari Bar (on the roof of a Peckham multi-storey car park) for a couple of nights next week.

James Lowe says: "The kitchen space is a bit different so we're going to be taking full advantage of the large gr…

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New Goodman steakhouse confirmed for Canary Wharf

Meat lovers in Canary Wharf have reason to be of good cheer. Following on from the hugely successful Goodman City opening, the steakhouse is confirmed to be heading even further east to Canary Wharf.

Goodman's steakhouses have justifiably been lauded by critics since their launch, with the City restaurant remaining one of the top ten best rated on Hot Dinners.  We were dining at the original…

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Hawksmoor at Home book has kimchi burger and lobster roll recipes

Details were announced today on what sort of content we could expect from the upcoming Hawksmoor cookery book. Hawksmoor at Home which will be published on 13 October sounds like a must-read for any foodie, particularly as it contains recipes for Hawksmoor's famous kimchi burger and their Lobster Roll as well as the sausage that goes in their Sausage and Egg HkMuffin. There's even a chapter on coc…

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In a world where what people tweet and blog about what they've eaten just minutes after a restaurant opens its doors, a printed guide has to do what it can to reclaim the headlines and the Good Food Guide has certainly done that with the publication of its 2012 publication. They've given pride of place to Jason Atherton's Pollen Street Social - a restaurant that has pretty much divided critics sin…

Read more: Good Food Guide 2012 awards rate Pollen Street Social above Heston's Dinner

Trying out Michelin-starred frozen food at the N-Ice pop-up

An instant paradox: the cold interior decor and a very warm welcome at Monday’s opening of the frozen food pop-up restaurant N-Ice was a somewhat bizarre summertime journey into an ambient winter wonderland.

For the week-long event, Michelin-starred chefs Simon Rimmer (BBC’s Something for the Weekend) and Atul Kochhar (BBC’s Great British Menu) have been drafted in by the British Frozen Food Fede…

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Gordon Ramsay opening multiple Las Vegas restaurants

Back in December we reported that Gordon Ramsay had plans to open a steakhouse in Las Vegas. Those plans are still underway - he'll be opening in the space currently occupied by Les Artistes at the Paris on the Las Vegas Strip at some point this summer.

Now it seems that Gordon's plans for Vegas aren't limited to the Paris. According to the New York Post's Page Six gossip column this week, the che…

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While we're not suggesting if you live in an area where police are advising you to go (and stay) home that you shouldn't follow their advice, there are probably some Londoners out there who don't want yob rule to dictate their evening's entertainment.

We asked on Twitter who's planning on staying open tonight to feed the folk who are planning on eating out, here's who's answered so far:

Read more: London's restaurants defying riot fears to stay open

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