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Super Natural pop-up cafe launches in South KensingtonWe rather like the sound of the Super Natural pop-up project in South Kensington. Part of London Design Week 2010 it's part installation, part sensory overload and part café aimed at celebrating the art of foraging in the English countryside.

The installation is Mrs Tee's Mushrooms which reflects the work of top mushroomer Brigitte Tee who's been supplying London's best restaurants with fungi for m…

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This week's London restaurant news:

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Read more: The London Olympic meal will be a McDonalds, apparently

Sydney's top chefs cook up a storm at The LedburyIt's great writing about food and restaurants in London right now, but after a special lunch at The Ledbury today, hosted by Tourism South Wales, where Sydney chefs  Mark Best from Marque and Peter Gilmore of Quay showed off their culinary talents - we've decided it must be pretty good being a foodie in Sydney as well.

Mark and Peter were in the kitchen with Ledbury chef Brett Graham creating an as…

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Rowley Leigh launches Le Cafe Anglais Oyster Bar

Hot Dinners was over in Bayswater last night for the opening of the new Oyster Bar at Rowley Leigh's Le Café Anglais where the place was mobbed with foodies and locals checking out the new layout. The piece de resistance, style-wise, was clearly the astonishing crystal chandelier over the new oyster bar which made the whole place look swanky but fun.

Although we were delighted that our favourite d…

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Brick Lane Festival beats poppadom stack world record

Now here's something you don't see every day - a 6ft-high tower of poppadoms.

The side order stack was created for the launch of this year's Brick Lane Curry Festival, breaking the record for the world’s tallest stack of poppadoms (the old record was a paltry 4 ft 7.9 inches).

This the fourteenth year of the festival, which runs for two weeks from the 19 September. Highlights this year include an op…

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London's street food vendors storm the Street Food AwardsFive of London's Street Food sellers (or Mobilers as they apparently prefer to be called) are celebrating as they picked up six of the nine awards on offer at this year's Street Food Awards which was held over the weekend at the Ludlow Food Festival.

Best Pie went to Eat My Pies (Whitecross Street Market), Best Dessert was La Grotta Ices which also picked up Best Overall Winner. Ca Phe Vn (Broadwa…

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OK - we're officially very, very excited. The first interview with Heston Blumenthal about his upcoming opening at the Mandarin Oriental in London has just gone up at www.cntraveller.com and it's bound to whip foodies into a frenzy over the December opening.

Certain details are very interesting - such as the idea that you can hire a private dining room there to recreate the atmosphere from Heston's…

Read more: Heston Blumenthal reveals more details for London restaurant

Hel Yes! - the Finnish Institute pop-up restaurant opens

Jacques Chirac once sneeringly referred to the UK as having the second ‘worst food’ in the world. Taking the top spot on that coveted list? Finland.

Aiming to prove that the UK and Finland have more in common than jostling for position in a worst-of list, a brand new pop up concept has taken up residence in an unused warehouse close to Old Street to showcase the latest in Finnish food and design. H…

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Gordon Ramsay is 2011 Zagat London Guide's Most PopularNina and Tim Zagat, the people behind the influential Zagat Guide, hosted a party this morning at Koffmann's at The Berkeley to announce the winners in this year's guide. The 2011 London Restaurants Survey features reviews of 1,196 eateries in Greater London as voted on by 4,852 London restaurant-goers.

Gordon Ramsay was there to pick up the award for Most Popular, which claimed the top position fo…

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The people behind minimalist deli/restaurant Ottolenghi have just announced plans to open a new restaurant on Warwick Street in Soho which breaks free from their existing format of a restaurant and deli.

In a blog that will follow the creation of the restuarant on the former site of The Club Bar and Diner at 21-22 Warwick Street, they explain: 'This isn't going to be an Ottolenghi 5. It will have…

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Olive magazine Alternative Restaurant Awards 2010 announcedHot Dinners always looks out for Olive magazine's annual Alternative Restaurant Awards for a fresh look at the restaurants worth celebrating in any year. This year's list features no fewer than 24 London winners - most of which we'd agree with, particularly the Boulud burger and Wild Honey's ice-cream.

Friendliest service
Caravan

Believe-the-hype burger
Bar Boulud, London

Where we could eat every d…

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Eight London gastropubs have entered the 2011 edition of Michelin’s Eating Out in Pubs guide for the first time.

Islington drinkers fare particularly well with three of their locals making the grade - The Compass, The Fellow and The Green. They're joined by Chelsea's The Cadogan Arms, the Canton Arms and Lord Palmerston in Lambeth, The Larrick in Marylebone and The Orange in Victoria.

Guide Editor…

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Ever since the launch Head Chef Daniel Cox left Roux at Parliment Square just two months after it opened, we've been wondering who'll take over Michel Roux's Westminster restaurant.

Now Hot Dinners hears there's a new Head Chef in the kitchen. Toby Stuart was previously Senior Sous Chef at Galvin at the Windows and Chef de Cuisine at Les Escargot. Before that worked at The Orerry under the Galvin b…

Read more: Roux at Parliament Square announces a new Head Chef

Kentish Canteen opens with Vinoteca and Acorn House chefs in the kitchenResidents of Kentish Town rejoice! The opening of new restaurant Kentish Canteen on the Kentish Town Road looks set to kickstart eating out in this area.

Owner Wendy Sinclair and her husband have been in the food business for over 20 years and also run PJs Bar and Grill in Covent Garden. They found this spot, just by Kentish Town tube station through their designer whose studio is just around the…

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Trying out Jun Tanaka and Mark Jankel's Street Kitchen

One of the key events that has got us excited about the 2010 London Restaurant Festival is the Street Kitchen. This is a project being run by Jun Tanaka and Mark Jankel - a gourmet food truck which will be touring Central London between the 8th and 12th October.

Inspired by similar trucks in LA and New York, Jun Tanaka told us “It’s a massive thing over there. We just thought that London hasn’t re…

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