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10 Cases bistro launches in Covent Garden

A new bistro, the 10 Cases, is launching in Covent Garden. We caught up with co-owner Ian Campbell to find out more about the restaurant.

How did you get started?

The 10 Cases is basically 2 people. Will (Palmer) and I lived together at university and decided then that accountancy wasn’t really going to do it for us. Cooking at University for me evolved pretty quickly from spag bol to finding the…

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Thomas Keller launches French Laundry pop-up at Harrods

A veritable brigade of chefs and other foodie people turned up at Harrods tonight for the launch of Thomas Keller's French Laundry pop-up. Hot Dinners spotted Michel Roux Jnr, Fergus Henderson, Jay Rayner, Fay Maschler to name but a few, milling around in the store's penthouse to welcome chef Keller to these shores.

"If I look nervous, it's because I am," Keller told the room. "This is our first e…

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With one of the lengthiest list of awards around, the Harden's Guide certainly offers an in-depth view of the London restaurant scene. Culled from surveys submitted by over 8,000 people the 2012 guide covers everything from restaurants with the best service (Le Gavroche and Chez Bruce), best Japanese (Roka), ambience (Ritz) and loads more across five price levels.

Of those, the ones that serve the…

Read more: Ledbury, Wareing, Chez Bruce win awards in 2012 Harden's Guide

Olive magazine 2011 restaurant awards give top plaudits to Pollen Street, Pitt Cue and more...

Annual restaurant awards can be a bit of a dull affair, so we always look forward to olive magazine's Alternative Restaurant Awards which go beyond the usual suspects to root out some really interesting new additions to the dining scene. 

The full awards are to be found in the October issue of the magazine, out now. Here's a heads-up on some of the London spots which delighted the magazine's…

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Round-up: Bea's Speakeasy, Caprice reopens, Whitechapel feasts and more...

Here's a round-up of some events, openings, special menus and more that you'll have to look forward to over September.


Le Caprice reopens

Having closed during August for refurbishment, the revived Caprice is reopening 1st September just in time for its 30th anniversary. 

To celebrate, anyone born in 1981 will get a free glass of champagne with their meal during September. The restaurant will…

Read more: Round-up: Bea's Speakeasy, Caprice reopens, Whitechapel feasts and more...

With British Food Fortnight kicking off on 17 September, Harvey Nichols are getting into the spirit by hosting a special pop up. 

Sharpham Park, best known for its organic Spelt farming in Somerset.  They'll be on hand with a pop-up stall featuring Sharpham Park produce as well as preparing a special afternoon tea in the Fifth Floor restaurant. Focused around spelt, expect a spelt bread…

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Test driving the Admiral Codrington in South Kensington

What can you tell us about the Admiral Codrington?

Once the roaming ground of the determined and thirsty Sloane ranger, the Admiral Codrington has somewhat sobered in its reputation, and clientele of late, and adopted a much more tranquil and food-focused approach.

Still first and foremostly a pub, The Admiral’s front bar area is nicely decorated with dark wood panelling and rich upholsteries. Hea…

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Meatballs restaurant opens at Farringdon's Quality Chop House

Hot Dinners were fans of the marvellously old-fashioned Quality Chop House on Farringdon Road with its frontage proudly declaring 'Progressive Working Class Caterers' and retro British food so we were a little sad when it shut down last summer.

However, sometimes change can be a good thing and certainly the restaurant that's now in situ, Meatballs, looks like it could be a lot of fun. It's being r…

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Fifty years on from the day it first opened, the Rib Room at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge is getting ready to reopen with one hell of a facelift.

Designer Martin Brudnizki - best known for Scott's and Dean Street Townhouse - has been in charge of giving the legendary dining room a new look. When it reopens in October it will have a new cocktail bar and cigar terrace. It's all…

Read more: Knightsbridge Rib Room re-opens with £19 set menu

If you can’t afford the airfare to NY to try out the rather fabulous wares of The Big Gay Ice-cream Truck (as Hot Dinners did earlier this summer) then an alternative is at hand. 

The Ice-creamists, who caused a big stir (and one almighty PR coup) when they launched Baby GooGoo – an ice-cream made from breastmilk – have decided to change their Maiden Lane store temporarily into a pop-up gay i…

Read more: Icreamists open gay ice-cream pop-up in Covent Garden

Frank's Cafe hosts Rivington Grill pop-up

As the Young Turks pop-up takes place this week, Frank's Cafe and Campari Bar in Peckham is already preparing for its next event.

The Rivington Grill, Simon Wadham's Shoreditch and Greenwich restaurant, is taking over the roof at Frank's Cafe for a one-off event on September 7.  Already known for displaying art in the restaurants, Rivington is joining up with Bold Tendencies, who present scul…

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As revealed by Bloomberg's Richard Vines on Twitter today, the folks behind uber-popular Terroirs (off the Strand) and Brawn (Columbia Road) are to open their third branch, this time venturing south of the river. 

The new restaurant Soif (French for "thirst") will take over the space that's just been vacated by Giraffe on 27 Battersea Rise.  It will, as with the other branches, have a fo…

Read more: Owners of Terroirs & Brawn to open Soif in Battersea

Talking to Jun Tanaka about Street Kitchen in the City, Battersea and more...

Jun Tanaka is famed from appearances on Satruday Kitchen and as Head Chef of Pearl restaurant in Holborn.  But it's the success of the Street Kitchen initiative with Mark Jankel that has recently gained them both further plaudits - serving well-sourced high-class cooking from their trailer. We caught up with him to find out how it's been going and what's next for the Kitchen. 

How did…

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Gooseberries and fig leaves arrive on the new ZTH bar menu

It's our favourite bar in London at the moment, so when Hot Dinners were invited to try the new cocktail selection at the ZTH bar in the Zetter Townhouse, we were more than eager to rush down to the Clerkenwell bar.

The new cocktails have been designed by Zetter/69 Colebrooke Row master mixoligist Tony Conigliaro and stick to the ZTH's mantra of simple, seasonal cocktails based around the travels…

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Possibly one of the most prolific restaurateurs in London at the moment, Russell Norman (the man behind Polpo, Polpetto, Spuntino and Da Polpo) is already thinking about what's next.

In an interview with Bruce Palling for the Wall Street Journal, Norman is quizzed about his upcoming plans.  Although, as Palling notes, he doesn't give much away it looks like we can expect something different n…

Read more: Is Russell Norman already planning another restaurant?

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