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Chicken lollipops and bun kebabs - Roti Chai in Mayfair

What can you tell me about Roti Chai?

It's an Indian restaurant nestled in the heart of Mayfair - but with a difference. Roti Chai's main speciality, and one you'll see as you enter the brightly lit first floor, is of Indian Street food. So the restaurant is split into two - the upstairs mainly focuses on the street food aspect, but the downstairs is a more traditional Indian restaurant. We decide…

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Benugo founder to open Market Cafe on Broadway Market

[Updated 9 February 2012]

We're loving the sound of an upcoming opening over in Broadway Market in March. Market Café will apparently "recreate the spirit of the classic Italian “formica” café of the 1950’s". It's a labour of love for Hugo Warner, one of the founding members of Benugo.

"Often dismissed as greasy spoons and poor relations to their continental counterparts, these working class, form…

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Angela Hartnett teams up with Prune chef for London's girls night out

[Updated 9/3/12 with the menu details]

Six of the world's best female chefs are going to be cooking together in London for a series of exclusive dinners this March. The idea sounds great, even if the title is bloody awful - Girl's Night Out. Can you imagine Heston Blumenthal working alonside Thomas Keller for a "Boys Only" event? Anyway, we digress. The main point is the sheer amount of talent tha…

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Roast at Borough Market lures ex Mark Hix chef to head up kitchens

It's a bit of a coup for Iqbal Wahhab’s Roast over in Borough Market as they get their hands on ex-Caprice Holdings chef Marcus Verberne. Marcus has worked alongside Mark Hix for over a decade at places including Le Caprice, J Sheekey, The Ivy and Hix at The Albemarle where he was Head Chef.

Verberne is already in the kitchens over at Roast, with some of his dishes - including chargrille…

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Superette Sundays team up with Castle Gibson for a roast pop-up

Their first venture was a pop-up Sunday Roast supperclub at F Cooke & Sons on Broadway Market and they followed that with a Burger pop-up in the same venue. Now Superette Sundays are branching out with a new Sunday roast pop-up, this time taking place at one of the locations run by Upper Street furniture shop Castle Gibson. The chefs are brothers Ben and Matthew Bishop who've served time in th…

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Get some culture with your food - Opera at Quaglino's and chef interviews at the British Library

Want to make your almost unhealthy interest in food look a little more highbrow? We've heard of a couple of events that could work for you.

First up, the British Library is taking chef interviews to a new level. Several London chefs, including David Eyre, of Eyre Brothers, are taking part in "Food: From Source to Salespoint"  - an oral history of the history of British food.

Eyre has contribu…

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Trinity's Adam Byatt to open Bistro Union in Clapham

Adam Byatt's Trinity restaurant in Clapham is a South London favourite, and he's now expanding to nearby Abbeville Road with Bistro Union.

The kitchen will be run by head Chef Karl Goward. He's worked at St John Bread and Wine from its launch and before that in NYC at Soho House and the hugely popular and very trendy (but quite small) Prune. The Bistro Union menu will have a strong focus on Britis…

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London foodies host Star Wars charity dinner

Is the Force strong with you? Then you might be interested in a charity dinner being lovingly themed around a certain sci-fi film series. A group of London food bloggers, including MiMi Aye (meemalee.com), Gail Doggett (onemilliongoldstars.com), and Dan Kingston (foodurchin.blogspot.com) will hold a Star Wars dinner in May in aid of the Make A Wish Foundation.

The trio are all total Star Wars nuts…

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Test driving Dabbous in Fitzrovia

What can you tell me about Dabbous?

The restaurant is named after its chef, Ollie Dabbous, who was Head Chef at Texture and began his career with Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir au Quat Saisons (who has been a big supporter of this new restaurant). He's also spent time working at the Fat Duck, Noma and NYC's WD-50. This is his first solo venture and has been hotly touted as one of the key openings of…

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Test driving the revamped Tom Aikens in Chelsea

Splitting opinion in the food community like a oyster, Tom Aikens' Chelsea restaurant has recently opened with a brand new facelift. Hot Dinners went along to check out whether this particular comeback kid could really pull it off.

What can you tell us about Tom Aikens?

Having been closed since summer for a makeover that included both decor and the approach of the kitchen, Tom Aikens has a lot to…

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With pop-ups literally popping up all over the shop in London, it's sometimes hard to work out which are the ones you really shouldn't miss. One this week in Shoreditch - Nine French Place certainly looks as though it fits that bill.

The chefs are Daniel Morgan, who's worked at Maze and The Square, oh and done a nice line in catering with Heston Blumenthal as well as cooking for the Queen at Bucki…

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Lucky old East Londoners, they're always getting some hip new cafe or restaurant that sounds right up Hot Dinners' street. The latest opening we've heard of is Tuck Shop which will open on Dereham Place in Shoreditch in May.

The chef is Australian Magnus Reid who has most recently been working in the kitchens at A little of what you fancy in Dalston. "I've worked in a lot of small businesses here…

Read more: Australian-inspired Tuck Shop opening at Dereham Place Shoreditch

 Is Heston Blumenthal opening Dinner in New York?

The influx of American chefs to London may soon see the tide turn in the other direction if a story in this weekend's Telegraph has any merit. It seems that Heston Blumenthal is now in talks to open a restaurant in Manhattan.

Blumenthal featured in the paper over the weekend as writer Matthew Norman attempted to try a recipe from Heston's new book, Heston Blumenthal At Home. In his piece he mentio…

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1 Lombard Street relaunches following refurb

City favourite 1 Lombard Street has recently undergone a refurbishment and Hot Dinners popped down last week for a preview of the new interior and menu.

Opened in 1998 by former banker Soren Jessen, 1 Lombard Street was one of the early pioneers of large scale dining within the City. Having spent 10 years on the trading floor, Jessen was disappointed at how few restaurants were capable of seating…

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Keith McNally confirms he'll open in London this Autumn. But will it be Balthazar?

If you weren't paying close attention to Twitter last week you may well have missed the news that Manhattan restaurateur Keith McNally has finally confirmed that he'll be opening a restaurant in London. It's planned for this Autumn and is widely expected to be on the site of the old Theatre Museum in Covent Garden. Apart from that announcement no more details were given, so Hot Dinners turned to r…

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