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Masala Wala Cafe founder Saima Thompson dies

Incredibly sad news from South London last night as the family of Saima Thompson - founder of popular Brockley spot Masala Wala Cafe - revealed she had lost her battle against cancer.

"We are beyond devastated," they wrote in a post on Saima's Instagram page. "She made a lasting impact on everyone she met, and compacted a lifetime of love, work and close connections with people during her 31 year…

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Newsnight segment sparks discussion over restaurant critic diversity

Last night's Newsnight piece about restaurant criticism, discussing whether restaurant critics "should be nicer to restaurants as they gradually reopen and find their feet" has found a lot of traction on social media today.

The segment featured Darjeeling Express chef-patron Asma Khan and critic William Sitwell debating the topic. But hardly any of today's noise is about the original subject…

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Anna Haugh launches Anna's Bistro for delivery (and Myrtle is coming back too)

 

Anna Haugh will be reopening the Irish-influenced Myrtle restaurant in Chelsea (read our recent Test Drive here) but that's not all she's planning. She's also launching Anna's Bistro, a new takeaway, delivery and picnic service inspired by her time spent in Paris

Planned for Anna's Bistro menu are:

  • Chicken liver pâté and pickles
  • Beef bourguignon with wild mushrooms, lardons and red wine
  • Th…

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Test Driving the Passyunk Avenue Philly cheesesteak delivery kit

Passyunk Avenue are famed for their excellent cheesesteak sandwiches. They're now delivering kits all over the UK - so we decided to try one out...…

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How restaurants across the world (and London) are working with social distancing

As London's restaurants reopen after the lockdown, we take a look here and around the world at some of the industry's more creative solutions to the new normal of social distancing. …

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Rice Error's guest boxes kick off this week with Junya Yamasaki

We've already been impressed with Bao's new Rice Error delivery service, and this week it's about to get even better. 

As part of their international guest chef series, they're launching a limited guest box. Things are kicking off in style with the excellent ex-Koya chef Junya Yamasaki as the first guest chef. His box is a Japanese twist on a British sandwich - with Mortadella…

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The Greenhouse restaurant in Mayfair has closed

As recently as this month, the Greenhouse in Mayfair was talking about its reopening - flagging up a competition to win dinner there. But there have been rumblings about the financial status of the two Michelin-starred restaurant ever since its stablemates Mortons, Umu and The Square closed so suddenly back in February.

So it was perhaps not altogether surprising when the head chef Alex Dilling r…

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The Berkeley are now sending cocktails by bike to Knightsbridge residents

Look, we were already jealous about folks living in SW1, but now we're even more so.

Not only are they in one of London's swankiest postcodes, but now they're also getting an at-home cocktail service direct from The Berkeley's Blue Bar.

The Blue Bar Bikes are now available seven days a week. So if you fancy one of their martinis mixed for you on your doorstep, you simply call them up and one of t…

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Tandoor Tacos spins out from Tandoor Chop House, landing in the Hoxton Southwark

Tandoor Chop House (currently in Covent Garden) is about to get a new spin-off in Southwark called Tandoor Tacos. They are exactly as they sound - a mash-up of Mexican and Indian food, with the Chop House paratha breads converted into tacos. 

Here's what's on the menu:

  • A Peas Yourself - Chickpeas, ginger, garlic and chilli, pickled cucumber and endive, coriander
  • The Jack Route - Jackfr…

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Here's what's in the Hawksmoor at Home meal delivery box

Going on sale from today is the much-anticipated Hawkmoor at Home box. The box, which costs £120 (that includes delivery to anywhere in the UK) serves two people.

In it you'll find the Hawksmoor Cookbook along with an absolutely massive 35-day dry-aged Porterhouse Steak. To go with that there's bone marrow and Madeira jus (for making the Bone Marrow Gravy) along with some Pierre Koffmann potatoes…

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LeBlanq launches its luxury cycling tours with Raymond Blanc and Bradley Wiggins

Love cycling? Love eating well? If you're at the intersection of both of those on a Venn diagram, then LeBlanq would be the perfect holiday for you. Imagine world class food and the best sports icons in cycling coming together for a weekend.

The man behind this luxury cycling tour is Taste of London creator Justin Clarke and he's brought in Sean Yates (Tour de France winning Directeur Sportif) an…

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Eggbreak have stuffed an entire Full English into a pie

There's one thing that we've seen less of since the lockdown began - ever-so-slightly mad food mash-ups. But here's Eggbreak to make up for that, with The Full English in a pie. It's not the first time we've seen this attempted, but it's quite the impressive construction, nonetheless. 

This one's in the pork-pie family of pies and contains dry-cured streaky bacon, Cumberland chipolata s…

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The London Pizza Festival Home Edition is all about demos, recipes and deliveries

Restaurants, bars and pubs are coming back - but what about the festivals? Looks like they're going to be mainly virtual for the foreseeable, which is forcing a lot of folk to be particularly inventive about how they do just that.

The 2020 London Pizza Festival is one such bash. Run by Daniel Young of Young & Foodish, it's spent the last five years bringing in the crowds at Borough Market. No…

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Sam's Riverside is reopening, with a seafood terrace overlooking the river

As London's restaurants prepare to spill outside, going alfresco in a big way this summer, new Hammersmith restaurant Sam's Riverside is taking full advantage of its waterside location.

Only open four months before the lockdown - here's a reminder of our Test Drive at the time -  the restaurant will reopen on 4 July with a new seafood terrace, overlooking the Thames.

This large 32-seat alfre…

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