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There's definitely a watery theme developing with the extraordinary food experiences created by Bompas & Parr. First they came up with  the Courvoisier punchbowl you could row across, then they created a Willy Wonka-style chocolate waterfall in Whiteleys. Now they're going to flood the roof at Selfridges to create a mad boating lake.

The Truvia® Voyage of Discovery installation is sponsor…

Read more: Bompas & Parr create boating lake on Selfridges roof

This August, for one week only, Michelin-starred chefs Atul Kochhar and Galton Blackiston (of Norfolk's Morston Hall) are teaming up with Something for the Weekend’s Simon Rimmer to lend their culinary skills to the opening of the world’s first frozen gourmet restaurant, N-Ice.

The British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) set up the pop-up with the aim to celebrate fresh and natural frozen food free…

Read more: Frozen food pop-up with Michelin chefs in Westminster

New this week - Drift Bar and more...

Here's Hot Dinners' latest guide to the week ahead. This week, the first bar at the new Heron Tower on Bishopsgate opens...…

Read more: New this week - Drift Bar and more...

Indian short-ribs and bone marrow flan on the menu for Wolfgang Puck's London Cut

Update 2/8/11: The opening date for Cut has just been confirmed - it will open on 1 September 2011.

One of the great joys of London in recent years has been the opening of several great steak restaurants, so it's always interesting to hear how newcomers to the market will make a difference.

Wolfgang Puck made a name for himself serving up food to the stars in Hollywood. Now he's opening his steak…

Read more: Indian short-ribs and bone marrow flan on the menu for Wolfgang Puck's London Cut

London loses out in Restaurant & Bar Design Awards

There may have been 28 London bars and restaurants shortlisted for this year's Restaurant & Bar Design Awards but just four managed to pick up an award last night - and two of those were in the Barbican.

The Barbican Lounge, which features a unique light installation from Beirut designers PS Lab (see picture), picked up the gong for Best Independent Restaurant while the Barbican Foodhall won f…

Read more: London loses out in Restaurant & Bar Design Awards

Seizing his chance as the denizens of Chelsea decamp en masse for their villas and yachts, chef Tom Aikens is closing his restaurant on Elystan Street, SW3 for the summer. While the doors are closed, Aikens is bringing in Turkish designer, Hakan Ezer for a full redesign of the restaurant. Apparently Tom's 'planning a completely new look for the restaurant, emphasising a more informal ambience'.

To…

Read more: Tom Aikens closes his Chelsea restaurant for a summer revamp

Vintage Britain food and drink celebration comes to the South Bank

From the 29th – 31st of July 2011 the Southbank Centre will play host to a celebration of vintage Britain - bringing a taste of British food, fashion, music, art and dance from eight decades spanning the 1920’s right up the 1980’s.

Food and drink feature heavily, which is reassuring to know as the notion of tea-dancing, discoing and acid-house raving your way through eight decades certainly works…

Read more: Vintage Britain food and drink celebration comes to the South Bank

Heston Blumenthal's new Xmas hidden clementine Christmas pudding

Last July we ran a story about Heston's Christmas pudding, and how it was destined to be the hit of Christmas.  "too early!" you cried, and while yes, it is a little hard to visualise Christmas in summer, Heston's Christmas pudding with the whole candied orange inside became a massive Christmas hit - the foodie equivalent of the sold-out toy that every child wanted.

It's July again, so it mus…

Read more: Heston Blumenthal's new Xmas hidden clementine Christmas pudding

Caterer Search, the restaurant industry's top trade website, unveiled its 2011 awards at a chef-studded event, The Cateys, held at Grosvenor House Hotel last night. It's a big deal for chefs and restaurateurs alike, as they're being judged by their peers.

Key restaurant award winners were:

  • Restaurateur of the Year - Independent:
    Philip Howard, chef-patron of the Square and co-owner of Kitchen W8…

Read more: Ledbury, Square and Garrison top Cateys Awards for 2011

Test driving the Mall Tavern in Notting Hill

Why's The Mall Tavern of interest?

The Mall Tavern has quietly grown in reputation as a neighbourhood joint worth travelling to. Chef Jesse Dunford Wood has trained up under some top names including Sydney's Mark Best, Michel Roux Jnr and Rowley Leigh. This year he was named Rising Star in the Tatler Restaurant Awards and when he invited Hot Dinners to come and take a look at what he was up to, we…

Read more: Test driving the Mall Tavern in Notting Hill

Perth eco-restaurant Greenhouse to open in King's Cross

It's going to be a bit confusing, what with the existing Greenhouse restaurant in Mayfair, but eco-restaurateur Joost Bakker is determined to open a branch of his popular Australian restaurant Greenhouse in London this year.

The aim of the original Perth-based restaurant (they also ran a pop-up restaurant in Sydney this year) is to create no waste at all. So expect vegetables grown on the roof and…

Read more: Perth eco-restaurant Greenhouse to open in King's Cross

Chelsea footballer Ashley Cole is teaming up with music mogul Jay-Z to open a sports bar and restaurant in central London.

Part of the rapper's 40/40 chain, the London venue will work along similar lines to Jamie Oliver's Fifteen foundation, aiming to give jobs to young people who have been unemployed for a long period.

Talking to The Sun, Cole said; 'I'm delighted to be working with Jay-Z. I have…

Read more: Ashley Cole and Jay-Z to open London restaurant The 40/40 Club together

New this week - Bistro du Vin, Devonshire Arms, the Gallery and more...

Here's Hot Dinners' latest guide to the week ahead. This week, a whole host of new openings hit the city, including an expansion of Bistro du Vin in Soho, Devonshire Arms from the people behind Islington's Drapers Arms and loads more…

Read more: New this week - Bistro du Vin, Devonshire Arms, the Gallery and more...

Trying out Street Kitchen in the City

Street Kitchen, the travelling gourmet Airstream van dishing up lunch for Londoners has a new pop-up home nestled in the heart of the City, and Hot Dinners was invited along to check it out.

A breath of fresh air for workers tired of Pret A Manger salads, Street Kitchen first caught everyone’s eye at the London Restaurant Festival. Since then, it’s been quietly popping up all over the capital with…

Read more: Trying out Street Kitchen in the City

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