Hel Yes! - the Finnish Institute pop-up restaurant opens

Jacques Chirac once sneeringly referred to the UK as having the second ‘worst food’ in the world. Taking the top spot on that coveted list? Finland.

Aiming to prove that the UK and Finland have more in common than jostling for position in a worst-of list, a brand new pop up concept has taken up residence in an unused warehouse close to Old Street to showcase the latest in Finnish food and design. H…

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Gordon Ramsay is 2011 Zagat London Guide's Most PopularNina and Tim Zagat, the people behind the influential Zagat Guide, hosted a party this morning at Koffmann's at The Berkeley to announce the winners in this year's guide. The 2011 London Restaurants Survey features reviews of 1,196 eateries in Greater London as voted on by 4,852 London restaurant-goers.

Gordon Ramsay was there to pick up the award for Most Popular, which claimed the top position fo…

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The people behind minimalist deli/restaurant Ottolenghi have just announced plans to open a new restaurant on Warwick Street in Soho which breaks free from their existing format of a restaurant and deli.

In a blog that will follow the creation of the restuarant on the former site of The Club Bar and Diner at 21-22 Warwick Street, they explain: 'This isn't going to be an Ottolenghi 5. It will have…

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Olive magazine Alternative Restaurant Awards 2010 announcedHot Dinners always looks out for Olive magazine's annual Alternative Restaurant Awards for a fresh look at the restaurants worth celebrating in any year. This year's list features no fewer than 24 London winners - most of which we'd agree with, particularly the Boulud burger and Wild Honey's ice-cream.

Friendliest service

Believe-the-hype burger
Bar Boulud, London

Where we could eat every d…

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Eight London gastropubs have entered the 2011 edition of Michelin’s Eating Out in Pubs guide for the first time.

Islington drinkers fare particularly well with three of their locals making the grade - The Compass, The Fellow and The Green. They're joined by Chelsea's The Cadogan Arms, the Canton Arms and Lord Palmerston in Lambeth, The Larrick in Marylebone and The Orange in Victoria.

Guide Editor…

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Ever since the launch Head Chef Daniel Cox left Roux at Parliment Square just two months after it opened, we've been wondering who'll take over Michel Roux's Westminster restaurant.

Now Hot Dinners hears there's a new Head Chef in the kitchen. Toby Stuart was previously Senior Sous Chef at Galvin at the Windows and Chef de Cuisine at Les Escargot. Before that worked at The Orerry under the Galvin b…

Read more: Roux at Parliament Square announces a new Head Chef

Kentish Canteen opens with Vinoteca and Acorn House chefs in the kitchenResidents of Kentish Town rejoice! The opening of new restaurant Kentish Canteen on the Kentish Town Road looks set to kickstart eating out in this area.

Owner Wendy Sinclair and her husband have been in the food business for over 20 years and also run PJs Bar and Grill in Covent Garden. They found this spot, just by Kentish Town tube station through their designer whose studio is just around the…

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Trying out Jun Tanaka and Mark Jankel's Street Kitchen

One of the key events that has got us excited about the 2010 London Restaurant Festival is the Street Kitchen. This is a project being run by Jun Tanaka and Mark Jankel - a gourmet food truck which will be touring Central London between the 8th and 12th October.

Inspired by similar trucks in LA and New York, Jun Tanaka told us “It’s a massive thing over there. We just thought that London hasn’t re…

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Simply reading about Britain’s biggest restaurant, Cosmo has made Hot Dinners come over all weary. According to an article in today’s Independent, the eaterie, which opens in November in Croydon’s Valley Leisure Park, will take up 22,000 square feet, serve no fewer than 800 covers and employ around 40-50 chefs.

If all that wasn’t enough to make you give it the widest of berths, let us draw your at…

Read more: Britain's biggest restaurant to open in Croydon

Demand for the Gourmet Odyssey Tours at this year's London Restaurant Festival has apparently been so high that the organisers have been inspired to add two entirely new tours to the roster.

The Soho Tour on 9 October will begin with a starter and glass of champagne at Quo Vadis, main course at Arbutus and then finishing at Yauatcha - that will be £85 per person. And the Shoreditch Tour on the 16…

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The revamped Camden Roundhouse will soon have a restaurant to match its updated surroundings. Made In Camden, a new bar and dining room will open in October 2010.

Made In Camden takes the idea of local sourcing to its ultimate conclusion with both chef Josh Katz and designer Michael Sodeau having grown up in the area. There's more than a nod to local produce when it comes to the drinks list too wi…

Read more: Camden Roundhouse opens Made In Camden bar and dining room

Bjorn van der Horst announces Eastside Inn's closure

Hot Dinners were sad to hear the news this week that Bjorn van der Horst had announced the closure of his Clerkenwell restaurant, the Eastside Inn.  Talking to, the chef explained; 'We were offered the opportunity to carry on but we didn't want to get ourselves into a hole that we couldn't get out of and end up not being able to pay our staff and suppliers.'

When we interviewed v…

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Ben Greeno's Tudor Road supperclub is London's hottest ticket

The last time chef Ben Greeno turned up at a supper club, there was something of a mini riot amongst London’s fooderati to nab places at the table, and then a slew of disappointed people who hadn’t managed it. Why so popular? A glance at Mr Greeno’s cv might explain it – with training at Sat Baines followed by two stints at World’s Best Restaurant ™ Noma and Manhattan’s Momofuku, who wouldn’t want…

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The 20th edition of Harden's Guide is published today and from 85,000 reports they've come up with a list of the good, the bad and the overpriced in London.

Favourite: Chez Bruce
Best for Business: The Wolseley
Best for Romance: La Poule au Pot (for the 16th year).
Best breakfast: The Wolseley.
Best Bar/pub: Anchor & Hope.
Best new restaurant: Viajante
Best restaurant: Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley

Read more: Marcus Wareing and Viajante winners in 2010 Harden's Guide

A whole host of top chefs were to be found in the City this morning as Action against Hunger held its charity breakfast at Le Coq D’Argent to launch its Fight Hunger/Eat Out campaign. Hot Dinners spotted Giorgio Locatelli, Marcus Wareing and Oliver Rowe among the chefs giving their support to this good cause.

Head chef of the group was clearly Raymond Blanc who told Hot Dinners he was passionate a…

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