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Regent Street Food Safari 2012 is underway

If you're the kind of person who can't settle down and likes to always be on the go, then the Regent St Food Safari could have been made for you. Now in its third year, it brings together all kinds of restaurants on or adjacent to Regent Street in a celebration of the area's food.

A range of restaurants create taster dishes (and sometimes drinks) for the festival so you can flit from place to plac…

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Islington gets two new gastropubs - the Hunter S and Blacksmith and the Toffeemaker

It's a boon time for Islington as the borough sees two new gastropubs opening up in the South and East of the borough within the space of a few weeks.

The Hunter S

The first to open was The Hunter S on Southgate Road. Run by the people behind The Hemingway in Victoria park this art-deco styled pub has been given a massive makeover complete with now ubiquitous copper ceiling (ref Polpo and the new…

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Gordon Ramsay to open Fat Cow at The Grove in Los Angeles

Gordon Ramsay's certainly got a lot of projects on the go in the US at the moment with confirmation this morning that his latest project will be a British gastropub in Los Angeles. The Fat Cow (no relation to The Fat Duck) will see Ramsay teaming up with his company's Corporate Executive U.S. chef Andi Van Willigan to open at LA uber-mall The Grove this summer alongside other newcomers like Umami…

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Michelin-starred Italian chef Bruno Barbieri opens Cotidie in Marylebone

At a recent party to launch his new Marylebone restaurant, chef Bruno Barbieri was surrounded by Italian journalists all eager to find out why on earth one of their top chefs had upped sticks to move to London. The presence of so many people from the Italian media shows what a big deal Bruno's restaurant Cotidie is going to be. It's the equivalent of Michel Roux Jnr closing Le Gavroche and moving…

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Restaurant critics to take charge of Hawksmoor Guildhall for a night

Many a chef or restaurateur has had to put up with a less than glowing review of their restaurant in the past (indeed, we handily collate the very best and worst of them). So now’s the time for some payback.

On April 15 2012, some of the UK’s top restaurant critics will be taking over Hawksmoor Guildhall for "Too Many Critics" in an effort to impress their fellow writers and, more importantly, som…

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Tsuru Bishopsgate to host Japanese whisky tasting menu

We like the sound of a special whisky tasting night coming up next mnth at Tsuru Bishopsgate. They're holding a one-off Japanese Whisky Tasting Menu on the 27 March hosted by whisky bloggers Neil and Joel from Cask Strength http://caskstrength.blogspot.com/ Places are £40 per person which sounds like a pretty good deal when you look at the menu below:

Nikka from the Barrel Mizuwari
with Scottish sa…

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Hawksmoor Spitalfields launches new bar with poutine and desert island drinks

Every good restaurant should have its must-have dish and at the brand new Hawksmoor bar at Spitalfields, opening March 3, it's definitely the poutine.

Originally a Canadian snack - chips, gravy and some incredibly stringy curd cheese, embellished Hawksmoor style with chicken or oxtail. It's the bar snack of kings and either the perfect cure for or preventive dish for a hangover. But there's also m…

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Posh Indian dining in South Kensington - we test drive Bombay Brasserie

As Quilon's Sriram Aylur has taken over Bombay Brasserie in South Kensington, we popped along to see what the really posh Indian restaurant could pull off.…

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A diner in King's Cross - we test drive Karpo

We try out a new all-day diner in King's Cross, to see if its American influences are enough to impress the throngs of commuters..…

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Talking to Sara Galvin about the new Galvin Demoiselle at Harrods

Hot Dinners talks to the Sara Galvin, in charge of the new Galvin Desmoiselle at Harrods.  We find out what's (literally) in store for the new restaurant, what the menu will look like and much more.…

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Franco Manca to launch pizza making masterclasses

In keeping with today's pizza theme, we hear that another pizza powerhouse, Franca Manca, is now offering mere mortals the chance to learn how proper pizzas are made.

The classes are going to be held on the first Thursday of every month from 5-7pm moving around their sites. So the first class is on Thursday 5 April at Brixton, then it's 4 May at Westfield Stratford City and 7 June at Chiswick. Fut…

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Pizza Pilgrims street van to trade from Berwick St market

Second only to burgers in London's foodie circles, the competition to be the next great pizza provider continues with the arrival of Pizza Pilgrims in Soho. Two brothers Thom and James say they're aiming to bring Neapolitan pizzas to London.

"We are called Pizza Pilgrims because last summer we set off to bring our little 3-wheeled van back from the southernmost tip of Italy to the UK (at a top spe…

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Anna Hansen launches the Chef Season at Benares bar

Hot Dinners popped down to Mayfair this week for the launch of the Chef Season during which a number of top chefs will join forces with Atul Kochhar to come up with a new fusion bar menu for Atul's Mayfair spot Benares every month.

The first chef to take part is The Modern Pantry's Anna Hansen, who when we met her was still flushed from her trip to Buckingham Palace to pick her up her MBE. "I…

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Retro vegetarian fare - we test drive Orchard in Holborn

We try out the new vegetarian restaurant from the people behind Vanilla Black, Orchard in Holborn, and see what the team can do when they step away from their fine dining original.…

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Luxury cinema with Rowley Leigh food - we test drive the Lounge

We head to the Odeon at Whiteleys in Bayswater to check out their brand new luxury cinema, with food created by Rowley Leigh.  Can fine dining and film watching go well together?…

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