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Trying out the new QV Bar at Soho's Quo Vadis

Quo Vadis has always been a favourite Hot Dinners haunt (particularly whenever we manage to gain access to the members' club upstairs) so when we were invited to try out the new QV Bar, we may have reacted with rather unseemly haste.

The QV Bar launched in January and occupies a space previously taken by part of the main restaurant. As owner Sam Hart explained, it had been one of those neither fis…

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Fancy buying Jamie Oliver or Marcus Wareing's houses?

There are many items for sale which the merest whiff of association with a celebrity chef can help shift - books, saucepans, stock cubes, to name just a few. However its seems as though London property is not one of them.

Back in May last year a house, previously owned by one Jamie Oliver (see picture), went on the market. Described as 'a stunning architect-designed house' with a flash-looking kit…

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All the speculation in the world couldn't persuade Michelin UK to reveal who'd got a Michelin star this year ahead of today's announcement. So we were all gathered at Michelin House to find out which chefs had managed to win lose, or hold on to their precious stars.

It's been a great year for Britain in general with 143 starred restaurants in the UK and Ireland - more than there's ever been. Londo…

Read more: Ramsay gains a star as Britain Guide 2011 celebrates most Michelin stars ever

Heston's bargain £25 set lunch at the Mandarin Oriental

Eager diners who were quick off the mark to book a table at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental may have to rush online to book a second table as Heston revealed today that the tasting menu won't be available for another month or so. However, restaurant goers dining there in the first few weeks will benefit from having Heston in the kitchen himself  alongside head c…

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The Michelin Man

Hot Dinners finds out from outgoing Michelin Guide Editor Derek Bulmer what propels a restaurant into the stars.…

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We're looking forward to the opening next week of Opera Tavern, the new Covent Garden offering from the people behind Salt Yard and Dehesa, particularly now we've found out it will open with a soft launch promotion.

Diners at the restaurant in Catherine Street will receive 50% off the cost of their food bill between opening day on Thursday 20th January and Sunday 30th January.

Opera Tavern, like i…

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Richard Caring wins battle to open Covent Garden restaurant

There must have been jubilation all round at Caprice Holdings last night, when the news broke that Westminster Council had finally agreed to give Richard Caring a licence to open a massive new restaurant in the former Theatre Museum in Covent Garden. The site in question had been the subject of a restaurant dispute at the highest ranks of the London restaurant scene after Wolseley owners Chris Cor…

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Detox Dinners - Hot Dinners experiences healthy indulgences at Awana

January can be a tough month for the food lover. Whether or not you’re facing the dreaded detox, or even braving an alcohol ban, there’s certainly a heaped serving of guilt that goes along with each decadent meal after a bloated Christmas period.

Luckily enough, a few restaurants this month are proving that detoxing can be more pleasure than chore. With this in mind, and ready for all of our Chris…

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Ferran Adria to open Tickets tapas bar in Barcelona

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, so when Hot Dinners read the headlines yesterday that Ferran Adria, he of El Bulli fame, was opening a tapas restaurant, we presumed that someone had happened upon our April Fool's story from last year and not got that it was a joke.

But on closer inspection of the story, it turns out that while Adria actually is opening a tapas restaurant, sadly it's in B…

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Viajante, Gauthier and Koffmann pick up three AA rosettes

Just as the awards season in Hollywood is getting into gear at the moment, January is also the month when many of the big restaurant guides begin to announce their gongs for the year.

First up is the AA Guide which today announced its three rosette awards winners. Picking up three rosettes for the first time (which according to the guide mean they are 'outstanding restaurants that achieve standard…

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Are you being served? Michel Roux Jnr interview

Michel Roux Jnr talks to Hot Dinners about his new TV show, which London restaurants he really rates and reveals his opinion of Masterchef spoof filmmakers.…

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January deals and offers in London restaurants

For Hot Dinners, January is far from being a depressing month. With a large number of Londoners steering clear of bars and trying to tighten their purse strings, the field is left clear for us to enjoy London's finest establishments without having to proffer our first-born to secure a table.

That said, it's always pleasing to take advantage of the many deals on offer, designed to entice the misera…

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Gordon and Marco alumni turn Folkestone into foodie destination

The London scene may be anticipating a raft of big name openings this year, but it's not alone. The seaside town of Folkestone has three big openings planned for this year which should put the south coast spot on the foodie map.

Opening in March 2011 is Max's House (see picture) - a new venture with great credentials. It's the brainchild of Ben Spalding and Max Palmer.  Spalding was Senior Sous ch…

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Three months after she announced her departure from Gordon Ramsay Holdings, Angela Hartnett today revealed her first solo business venture. She's just signed up as a consultant to trendy East London restaurant, the Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room.

Hartnett will work alongside her head chef Diego Cardoso on revamping the restaurant's menu. According to a press spokesperson, 'There will be a daily c…

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Danish tasting at Clerkenwell's North RoadOpening a Danish restaurant in London just now could rightly be considered a stroke of genius.

Not only have the British crowned René Redzepi King of Chefs by voting his Copenhagen restaurant Noma the World's Best Restaurant™, but London's foodies are also big fans of some of Noma's many London-based alumni - namely Ben Greeno of Hackney's Tudor Road supperclub and Viajante's Nuno Mendes.

So when…

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