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The Fattburger Grill Lab pop-up opens in Dalston

There's an air of mystery surrounding London's latest pop-up The Fattburger Grill Lab. What we do know is that it's a burger spot taking over The Three Compasses pub in Dalston at the weekends. What we don't know - well is almost everything else. The project is run by the mysterious Dr Fattburger who would only tell us that he and his business partner are both Michelin-starred chefs and have more…

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Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecote expands to Canary Wharf

Following on from successful restaurant in Marylebone and the City, Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecote is due to open its next restaurant in Canary Wharf.

As with the former restaurants, there is a no reservations policy and it concentrates just on Steak Frites (with a salad starter) along with "secret sauce" at £21. It's probably an ideal lunch location for busy Canary Wharf bankers, with the restau…

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L'Etranger expands - we try out Meursault in South Kensington

Popular South Kensington restaurant L'Etranger is expanding downstairs with the opening of its new lounge bar and fusion restaurant, Meursault. We head along to see how it compares to the original.…

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We chat to Vivek Singh about his new opening, Cinnamon Soho

Hot Dinners caught up with Vivek Singh, of Cinnamon Kitchen and the Cinnamon Club to find out what we can expect from his latest place in Soho.…

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Tickets go on sale for Bompas & Parr's one day space-age installation

[Updated 8/3/12 - ticket sales should go live at some point this afternoon]

Tickets go on sale tomorrow (8 March) for one day event with Bompas & Parr looking at the food of the future. The pair have jumped into bed with KitchenAid for a day focused on space age food and drink.

The menu for A Culinary Odyssey will incorporate genetic modification, entomophagy, nutraceuticals, nano-technology (…

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Bubbas Caribbean restaurant to open in Tulse Hill

Opening this week in South London is a new Caribbean restaurant with Michelin influences.

Bubbas is run by Antoinette Ledford Jobson (and is named after her son) backed up by her Head Chef Anthony Cumberbatch who's worked at the Savoy under Anton Edelman and the Ivy as well as cooking for George Clooney and Mick Jagger. He's an experienced Caribbean chef, having most recently been at Caribbean Sce…

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Regent Street Food Safari 2012 is underway

If you're the kind of person who can't settle down and likes to always be on the go, then the Regent St Food Safari could have been made for you. Now in its third year, it brings together all kinds of restaurants on or adjacent to Regent Street in a celebration of the area's food.

A range of restaurants create taster dishes (and sometimes drinks) for the festival so you can flit from place to plac…

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Islington gets two new gastropubs - the Hunter S and Blacksmith and the Toffeemaker

It's a boon time for Islington as the borough sees two new gastropubs opening up in the South and East of the borough within the space of a few weeks.

The Hunter S

The first to open was The Hunter S on Southgate Road. Run by the people behind The Hemingway in Victoria park this art-deco styled pub has been given a massive makeover complete with now ubiquitous copper ceiling (ref Polpo and the new…

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Gordon Ramsay to open Fat Cow at The Grove in Los Angeles

Gordon Ramsay's certainly got a lot of projects on the go in the US at the moment with confirmation this morning that his latest project will be a British gastropub in Los Angeles. The Fat Cow (no relation to The Fat Duck) will see Ramsay teaming up with his company's Corporate Executive U.S. chef Andi Van Willigan to open at LA uber-mall The Grove this summer alongside other newcomers like Umami…

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Michelin-starred Italian chef Bruno Barbieri opens Cotidie in Marylebone

At a recent party to launch his new Marylebone restaurant, chef Bruno Barbieri was surrounded by Italian journalists all eager to find out why on earth one of their top chefs had upped sticks to move to London. The presence of so many people from the Italian media shows what a big deal Bruno's restaurant Cotidie is going to be. It's the equivalent of Michel Roux Jnr closing Le Gavroche and moving…

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Restaurant critics to take charge of Hawksmoor Guildhall for a night

Many a chef or restaurateur has had to put up with a less than glowing review of their restaurant in the past (indeed, we handily collate the very best and worst of them). So now’s the time for some payback.

On April 15 2012, some of the UK’s top restaurant critics will be taking over Hawksmoor Guildhall for "Too Many Critics" in an effort to impress their fellow writers and, more importantly, som…

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Tsuru Bishopsgate to host Japanese whisky tasting menu

We like the sound of a special whisky tasting night coming up next mnth at Tsuru Bishopsgate. They're holding a one-off Japanese Whisky Tasting Menu on the 27 March hosted by whisky bloggers Neil and Joel from Cask Strength http://caskstrength.blogspot.com/ Places are £40 per person which sounds like a pretty good deal when you look at the menu below:

Nikka from the Barrel Mizuwari
with Scottish sa…

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Hawksmoor Spitalfields launches new bar with poutine and desert island drinks

Every good restaurant should have its must-have dish and at the brand new Hawksmoor bar at Spitalfields, opening March 3, it's definitely the poutine.

Originally a Canadian snack - chips, gravy and some incredibly stringy curd cheese, embellished Hawksmoor style with chicken or oxtail. It's the bar snack of kings and either the perfect cure for or preventive dish for a hangover. But there's also m…

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Posh Indian dining in South Kensington - we test drive Bombay Brasserie

As Quilon's Sriram Aylur has taken over Bombay Brasserie in South Kensington, we popped along to see what the really posh Indian restaurant could pull off.…

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A diner in King's Cross - we test drive Karpo

We try out a new all-day diner in King's Cross, to see if its American influences are enough to impress the throngs of commuters..…

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