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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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Talking to Sara Galvin about the new Galvin Demoiselle at Harrods

Hot Dinners talks to the Sara Galvin, in charge of the new Galvin Desmoiselle at Harrods.  We find out what's (literally) in store for the new restaurant, what the menu will look like and much more.…

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Franco Manca to launch pizza making masterclasses

In keeping with today's pizza theme, we hear that another pizza powerhouse, Franca Manca, is now offering mere mortals the chance to learn how proper pizzas are made.

The classes are going to be held on the first Thursday of every month from 5-7pm moving around their sites. So the first class is on Thursday 5 April at Brixton, then it's 4 May at Westfield Stratford City and 7 June at Chiswick. Fut…

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Pizza Pilgrims street van to trade from Berwick St market

Second only to burgers in London's foodie circles, the competition to be the next great pizza provider continues with the arrival of Pizza Pilgrims in Soho. Two brothers Thom and James say they're aiming to bring Neapolitan pizzas to London.

"We are called Pizza Pilgrims because last summer we set off to bring our little 3-wheeled van back from the southernmost tip of Italy to the UK (at a top spe…

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Anna Hansen launches the Chef Season at Benares bar

Hot Dinners popped down to Mayfair this week for the launch of the Chef Season during which a number of top chefs will join forces with Atul Kochhar to come up with a new fusion bar menu for Atul's Mayfair spot Benares every month.

The first chef to take part is The Modern Pantry's Anna Hansen, who when we met her was still flushed from her trip to Buckingham Palace to pick her up her MBE. "I…

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Retro vegetarian fare - we test drive Orchard in Holborn

We try out the new vegetarian restaurant from the people behind Vanilla Black, Orchard in Holborn, and see what the team can do when they step away from their fine dining original.…

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Luxury cinema with Rowley Leigh food - we test drive the Lounge

We head to the Odeon at Whiteleys in Bayswater to check out their brand new luxury cinema, with food created by Rowley Leigh.  Can fine dining and film watching go well together?…

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Skye Gyngell leaves Petersham calling Michelin a curse

There's a fascinating piece in Sydney newspaper The Age, published this weekend, in which Petersham Nurseries head chef Skye Gyngell gives her then-PR team a headache by calling the Michelin star she won last year 'a curse'.

Gyngell who just days before the Age piece was published, announced that she was leaving Petersham (to be replaced by Melbourne chef Greg Malouf), talks frankly about the expe…

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Michelin starred Quilon to reopen after refurb in March

Michelin starred Indian restaurant Quilon in Westmister, which has been shut for a major reburbishment, is due to reopen at the end of March. Hot Dinners got a few scraps of info on the impending re-opening when we chatted to chef Sriram Aylur recently.

Both Quilon and Bombay Brasserie are owned by Taj Hotels, with Sriram responsible for both restaurants - he's now entering his twenty-fourth…

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Benares Bar to launch special menus from Corrigan, Hansen and more

Atul Kochhar's recently been teaming up with Richard Corrigan in his restaurant and now Corrigan is returning the favour and joining others in to take part in a celebrity chef mash-up at Kochhar's own Benares bar.

Starting from February 21, the bar is launching a series of small plate menus that will see a number of chefs taking the ingredients and spices that Kochhar is best known for and creatin…

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Meat Liquor to launch follow up Meat Market in Covent Garden

UPDATE - we went to Meatmarket, check out pics and more.

Meat Liquor has been one of the biggest hits of the past few months with rave reviews, queues around the block and quite possibly the best burgers in London. So the news of a follow up, after weeks of rumours, comes as no surprise.

Meat Market is to launch in Covent Garden in early May inside Jubilee Market Hall.  You can expect the us…

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Ledbury chef James Knappett dinner at the Ten Bells

Question: what's more exciting than a meal out with our favourite Young Turks chefs at the Ten Bells? Answer; that'll be dinner with the Young Turks and the new Ledbury head chef James Knappett. You're the very first people to hear about a special collaborative dinner that's taking place on the Ten Bells on Saturday 25th February.

Bookings for 'Knappett Saturday' are being taken from 11am this Thu…

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Jeremy Lee conquers Soho - test driving Quo Vadis

What can you tell me about Quo Vadis?

TV and film folk, media luvvies, foodies of all shapes and sizes all congregate here - Quo Vadis is a venerable canteen for Soho's movers and shakers that's been a restaurant since 1926 and was the former home of Karl Marx. Between 1996 and 2007 it was co-owned by Marco Pierre White and Damian Hirst, and then by White alone before ending up in hands of Sam an…

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Jamie Oliver's empire expansion continues apace with the news this morning that he's opening a one-off cafe at Gatwick alongside a Jamie’s Italian and a standalone Union Jacks Bar.

The cafe, which will open in the airport's North Terminal this June, will be called Jamie’s Italian Bakery - exclusively designed for Gatwick. It'll serve up a variety of takeaway fresh pizza, brownies and salads.

Charl…

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