French Laundry chef opens patisserie at Harvey Nicks

Fresh from the excitement brought on by last night’s Great British Bake Off, Hot Dinners is in a dreamy cake state of mind with the news that patisserie chef Claire Clark, formerly of the French Laundry (widely agreed to be one of the best restaurants in the world) is opening a mini-patisserie on the Fifth Floor at Harvey Nicks for two months.

Showing the utmost restraint, by not referring to it i…

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Nobu Berkeley’s days as London's number one celebrity dinner spot may be numbered now that Hakkasan has announced the opening of its second restaurant in Mayfair, just around the corner in Bruton Street, off Berkeley Square.

Hakkasan Mayfair, which opens this November, will be slightly bigger than its Hanway Street sibling with a 145-seater restaurant in the basement (including a private dining ro…

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Stop everything – and put 15 October 2010 in your diary. That’s when the booking lines for Heston Blumenthal’s first London restaurant open. The restaurant itself, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, will be opening its doors on 1 December 2010. The number to put on speed dial for then is 0207 201 3833.

Key news from today’s press release includes the details of two set meals for budget-conscious diners…

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There’s been a lot of speculation (well at least Hot Dinners was wondering) which chefs would be taking part in this year’s London Restaurant Festival’s 10:10:10 event – where 10 London chefs work alongside their out-of-town counterparts to create a special Sunday lunch on the 10th October. Today the full list was revealed, and there are some very exciting pairings to look forward to:

Alain Roux -…

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Some journalists may be sick of pop-ups but we're not really bothered what they're called, as long as they keep the London restaurant industry exciting. So we like the sound of a new pop-up restaurant (or ephemeral eaterie - take your pick) that's opening up next month to tie in with London Design Week.

Hel Yes! was commissioned by the Finnish Institute in London and will run from 15 September to…

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City oenophiles will have a new watering hole on their hands when Bar Battu opens on Gresham Street in October. Occupying the site that was formerly Molloy’s, this wine bar and bistro will have a ground floor wine bar with a dining room for 80 and an upstairs dining area for 40.

Head chef will be Sydney Aldridge who’s been at Galvin Bistrot de Luxe and also the Hoxton Hotel and Terminus in the Cit…

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First grouse of the season from the Grill at the Dorchester

The foodie equivalent of the once-popular Beaujolais Nouveau run, the race to get the first grouse down from the first shoot on the Glorious Twelfth to restaurant tables here in London has become a big deal. Now while we certainly weren’t the first to try grouse in London, we did think it worth while celebrating the first grouse in style, so we were pretty pleased to be asked to the Grill at the…

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Min Jiang summer sake pairing

We’d heard a lot about Min Jiang from other London foodies who’d praised both the views and particularly the restaurant’s famous Peking duck. But we were invited to try out something a little different last month at Min Jiang’s Summer Sake Pairing Chinese Food Dinner.

Situated at the top of the Royal Garden Hotel in Knightsbridge, Min Jiang was opened in the summer of 2008 and has carved out a n…

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Gordon Ramsay confirms his LA gastropub with David Beckham

All those rumours that Gordon Ramsay was thinking about opening up an English pub in Los Angeles with his good friend David Beckham seem to have been true.

In an appearance on the late night George Lopez show in America this week, Ramsay was asked whether he was going to open a pub and he said yes. Asked what it would be like he said it would be 'modern British, somewhere cool, hip with good food.…

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We're always up for a good foodie day out and a new event heading for London this November sounds like it's right up our street. Love Cooking will be at the Royal Festival Hall on 2 November and boasts a great turnout of top chefs hoping to share their enthusiasm for cooking.

The day's appearances include Rick Stein explaining everything there is to know about fish cooking, Hugh Fearnley-Whittings…

Read more: Hix, Corrigan and Clarke on men, eating and drinking

Top London restaurants to order grouse from the Glorious Twelfth

The Glorious Twelfth has arrived (the start of the grouse shooting season for those of you who don't possess plus fours or a Purdey), so naturally our minds at Hot Dinners are taken up with game chips and bread sauce – the perfect accompaniment to the grouse which will be winging (if you’ll excuse the pun) its way to London restaurants from today.  Here’s five places we’d recommend ordering it.


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Hell’s Kitchen winner Holli will help open new Savoy Grill restaurant

Last night seven million US viewers watched a Californian single mum, who'd never cooked lobster or venison before, win the role of Head Chef at London’s Savoy Grill when it opens in October. Holli Uglade beat off 15 rivals to secure the key role at Gordon Ramsay Holdings.

Uglade, who does have experience as a banqueting chef, will work with Andy Cook in heading up the kitchen at the Savoy for six…

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If you’re stuck in London, while the rest of your office is away, texting you pictures of themselves on some palm-fringed beach, be heartened to discover there are some benefits to being in town. For example, you’ll be the only one who knows to get on the phone at 10am sharpish this Friday to book yourself a seat at one of the soft opening of Polpetto.

The pocket-sized sibling of Russell Norman’s…

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London may have 47 restaurants worth of a Michelin star or three, but according to the latest copy of the Good Food Guide it merits just 14 spots in the Top 50 restaurants in the UK, with just one - Gordon Ramsay at Royal Hospital Road - squeezing into the Top 5.

Elizabeth Carter, Consultant Editor to The Good Food Guide 2011, commented on the list saying: 'Heston Blumenthal and Gordon Ramsay cont…

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It's a good news day for Gordon Ramsay - looks like any money worries might be a thing of the past with the news that Ramsay could be taking home a hefty wodge after the sale of his half share of TV company, One Potato Two Potato.

Gordon co-owns the production company with Optomen Television which is being taken over in a multimillion deal. According to the Press Association, Ramsay could walk away…

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