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Burgers, shakes, ice-cream with alcohol - Meatmarket in Covent Garden

 

We welcome the Covent Garden meat emporium from the people behind MEATliquor.

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World's 50 Best Restaurants UK Chair Richard Vines interview

Taking over from Jay Rayner as this year's Head of the UK panel for the World's 50 Best list is Richard Vines - Bloomberg's food critic and all round well-connected London foodie. Hot Dinners sat down with him the day before the 2012 list was announced to hear more about the inner workings of the incredibly influential restaurant awards.

What exactly does the head of the UK committee do?

There are…

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Natural Born Grillers’ unite for #Ribstock 2012

If the name ‘#Ribstock’ didn’t already give the game away, then rib lovers, brace yourselves to hear how the ultimate rib festival celebrating all that is finger-licking, tooth-picking and rib-stickingly good went down. 10 participants, including Chef Ben Spalding (formerly of Roganic) teamed up with Inka Grills, Cabana Brasil, Redhook London, The Rib Man, The Lucky Chip and Opera Tavern, all comp…

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Andoni Aduriz launches new Mugaritz book in London

The great and the good of the food world (and Hot Dinners) were in Marylebone last night for the launch of chef Andoni Aduriz's book Mugaritz - the story of his Basque restaurant of the same name. Although he's published several books before this is the first in the English language and is in part a homage to the international nature of his clientele these days.

"I really think it does Mugaritz th…

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Summer barbecue masterclass on One New Change rooftop

You know, if it ever, ever stops raining (Thanks Drought Order!) we rather like the sound of the rooftop barbecuing lesson that's going to take place at One New Change next month. On the afternoon of Sunday 20th May, chefs from Jamie Oliver's Barbecoa will take to the roof of the City shopping centre to show you how to BBQ like a pro.

All the meat will come from Barbecoa Butchery - and anyone who'…

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London's first Hop Shoot Festival launches with Kent to London dash

Forget the mad dash back from France for Beaujolais Nouveau - today a group of brewers and restaurateurs are heading into deepest Kent to take part in the first London Hop Shoot Festival.

They're going to be picking hop shoots at the farm of hop grower Chris Lilliwhite, who set aside part of his crop and avoided spraying the hops so they can be served up. Then once the picking is done everyone tak…

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The Electric in Notting Hill launches Edible Cinema

With Odeon's new gastro-cinema The Lounge getting a lot of press recently, it's good to see that another London cinema getting into the gourmet scene.

The Electric Cinema in Notting Hill is preparing to launch a series of special events called Edible Cinema - the next stage up from Odorama. This time, organiser Polly Betton and experimental food designer Andrew Stellitano have teamed up with…

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Sushi cones and more as Yoobi opens London's first temakeria in Soho

Brazilian temaki are handheld sushi rolls wrapped in a crisp nori cone that, from a distance, look like particularly healthy ice-creams.  Originally a Japanese food, they're big in Brazil which has plenty of popular temakeria restaurants. And now the first temakeria in London has just launched with Yoobi in Soho.

Yoobi's temaki are served freshly made-to-order (apparently taking under 60 seco…

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Street Feast night market to open off Brick Lane

London's has some great success with night markets, most recently the Long Table in Dalston and Bermondsey's The StockMKT which is also returning (Bermondsey Square Friday 27th April 5.30-10.30pm). So it's great to hear of another weekly market opening just off Brick Lane.

The new market, Street Feast, will open on Friday May 4 and feature a number of the biggest names in London's g…

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Trying out Greg Malouf's new menu at Petersham

With all the hoo-ha surrounding Skye Gyngell's departure from Petersham Nurseries Cafe which she raised - however unintentionally - to Michelin-star status, it was always going to be hard finding someone to fill her shoes. Hot Dinners was invited this week to pop down to Petersham to meet the man they think can do that and more - Australian chef Greg Malouf.

Malouf left his popular restaurant Mo M…

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Great British Revival: Test Driving Roast Restaurant at Borough Market

The arrival of new Hix-trained chef Marcus Verberne gives Borough's Roast a new lease of life.…

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Fortnum and Mason put Heinz baked beans on the menuWith the likes of Her Majesty taking tea there you may be forgiven for thinking Fortnum & Mason to be a very rarefied type of place. But we hear there's a new dish on the menu there that has much more proletarian roots. The Piccadilly store's Gallery restaurant will this week be serving up a special dish of Roasted Fillet of Cod served with a Chorizo and Heinz Baked Bean Casserole. Yes, you re…

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Draft House to open on Goodge Street in July

Clearly the answer to our question in this week's newsletter as to whether Soho or Noho was hotter as far as restaurants are concerned seems to have been answered in part by today's hot news that Draft House is now opening up there too.

Owner Charlie McVeigh has secured his first central London site on the corner of Charlotte Street & Goodge Street which used to be the Northumberland Arms. The…

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The Craft Guild of Chefs may be an industry guild, but it's always interesting to see who other chefs rate in their profession. The guild, which sees over 1500 chefs and restaurant workers vote in the majority of categories, has just announced its shortlists for their 2012 awards and London restaurants have done pretty well.

Here are some of this year's key categories:

Ethnic Chef Award
Mehernosh M…

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René Redzepi to launch London pop-up

[Updated 8/5/12 - the pop-up sold out in record time]

The restaurant at Claridges has been the focus of much speculation as Gordon Ramsay's tenure is due to end this year. While we're waiting to hear who will be taking up the reins full-time, news has reached us of a huge event taking place during the Olympics.

René Redzepi, whose Danish restaurant Noma is heralded as the best restaurant in the wo…

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