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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…

Read more: Is Heston Blumenthal opening Dinner in New York?

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…

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

Masterchef's Gregg Wallace to open Gregg's Table at the Bermondsey Square Hotel

Big news today with the announcement that Masterchef's Gregg Wallace is opening a restaurant at the Bermondsey Square Hotel. The 80 seat restaurant (with a further 100 seats outdoors) will be called Gregg's Table and will take the place of the hotel's former restaurant Alfie's Kitchen. We hear that their current head chef Kristian Kum, who joined the hotel last summer, is expected to stay on to ru…

Read more: Masterchef's Gregg Wallace to open Gregg's Table at the Bermondsey Square Hotel

Sloane Square's The Oriel opens at Heathrow Airport

In an interesting move, the Oriel restaurant which used to take pride of place on Sloane Square until its lease was abruptly terminated by disgruntled landlord Lord Cadogan, is now moving to a new site...at Heathrow Airport.

The 115 cover brasserie opens airside at Heathrow Terminal 3 today serving up an all-day menu including many of the dishes it had on when it was in Chelsea, so expect to see O…

Read more: Sloane Square's The Oriel opens at Heathrow Airport

Former Momofuku chef's four day residency at The Ten Bells

Take an already hotter than hot restaurant pop-up (The Ten Bells) and add in a four day residency from an insanely well-connected chef and you have a collaboration that any London foodie ought to give their right arm to get a seat at.

The chef in question is Dan Burns who's coming over from New York for a brief trip to team up with Isaac and James from the Young Turks for four days from Wednesday…

Read more: Former Momofuku chef's four day residency at The Ten Bells

Club dining - test driving Kitchen Joel Antunes at the Embassy Mayfair

What can you tell us about Kitchen Joel Antunes?

In the 90’s one of the most popular dining destinations in London had to be Les Saveurs in Mayfair. Run by the impressively trained chef Joel Antunes, Les Saveurs couldn’t seem to get a bad review if it tried. After an extended trip to the US where he launched the highly acclaimed Joel in Atlanta, Antunes returned to the UK in 2010 to set up Brasse…

Read more: Club dining - test driving Kitchen Joel Antunes at the Embassy Mayfair

Sushi with a little Moscow pizazz - we check out Novikov in Mayfair

What's Novikov all about?

It's the first restaurant outside Russia for Moscow's biggest restaurateur Arkady Novikov.

Where is it?

On Berkeley Street - opposite Nobu Berkeley, it takes over much of the corner spanning three floors. The ground floor is the Asian restaurant on the corner of Berkeley and Mayfair Place, then there's an Italian restaurant down and towards the back and a massive&nb…

Read more: Sushi with a little Moscow pizazz - we check out Novikov in Mayfair

Byron launch new bourbon burger and bourbon list

Hot Dinners popped into the recently opened Byron on Rathbone Place this week for an evening of beef and booze, Kentucky-style. We were there for the launch of a new section to the burger restaurant's drinks menu.

Starting this week, in addition to their usual finely-honed menu of craft beers, diners can also work their way through a list of ten Kentucky bourbons, chosen by Byron's founder Tom By…

Read more: Byron launch new bourbon burger and bourbon list

Galante Argentine bar opens on Sloane Avenue

Opening right next door and by the same people behind Gaucho on Sloane Avenue, new South American bar Galante opens this week with a cocktail and bar menu inspired by the 1930s Art Deco cocktail era in Buenos Aires.

The bar has an impressive cocktail list put togther by Tato Giavanonni who was voted South America's Best Bartender of the Decade and which was inspired by the legendary Argentine mixo…

Read more: Galante Argentine bar opens on Sloane Avenue

Jamie Oliver former trainee found dead in South London

The body of a chef who trained at Jamie Oliver's Fifteen has been discovered in a South London garden. The grim discovery was made just hours before the chef's former boss was due to go on to British television to launch a Missing Person appeal.

Kevin Boyle's disappearance prompted countless chefs and other restaurant folk to join the search when he went missing back in October 2011. He train…

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Wahaca, OXO Tower and more win sustainability awards

Congratulations are in order for two London restaurants today that picked up awards at the Sustainable Restaurant Awards ceremony this morning.

The award for Sustainable Restaurant Group of the Year was won by Wahaca who proved particularly strong in the Environment and Society sections. Co-owner Thomasina Miers said: “We are absolutely delighted to have received this award from the SRA, not only…

Read more: Wahaca, OXO Tower and more win sustainability awards

We absolutely love the story today in the Daily Mail (sorry about that) where they've brought together all the MP's whinges about the food and drink operations in Parliament.

Apparently they're all from the suggestions tray in the subsidised restaurant at the House of Commons and have just been released to the public.

Our particular favourite is the complaint by a unnamed MP who's not at all happy…

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Italian restaurant and wine bar Enoteca Super Tuscan opens in Spitalfields

Italian restaurant and wine bar Enoteca Super Tuscan soft-launches today in Spitalfields. We caught up with owner Nick Grossi to find out more.

You share a name with Grossi wines who are supplying the wines for Enoteca Super Tuscan - but are no relation. How did your partnership with them come about?

I've spent the last 12 months attending various wine fairs and tastings for this project and I met…

Read more: Italian restaurant and wine bar Enoteca Super Tuscan opens in Spitalfields

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