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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…

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

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?

Wareing, Locatelli, Hermé, Darroze and more to appear at Quintessentially Epicure

Looking for a higher class of foodie event?  Then Quintessentially Epicure could be for you.  Taking place in London's famed Hurlingham Club, the event runs over two days on the 9th-10th September and brings together the best of culinary London.

There will be a host of demonstrations and tastings from some of the city's best chefs.  So Marcus Wareing will be demonstrating Venison Lo…

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Tasting pichounettes at Angelus

On a balmy London evening, Hot Dinners were invited to try out the Pichounettes at West London's Angelus, the fine dining restaurant just a few minutes walk from Paddington station.

What on earth is a pichounette?

Essentially it's a bunch of small dishes combined to make one great big plate. The Chef at Angelus, Martin Nisbet, has pulled together two plates of sweet or savoury pichounette selecti…

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Top UK chefs to take over Fortnum & Mason for the London Restaurant Festival

One of the highlights of last year's London Restaurant Festival was 10-10-10, when chefs from outside London paired with London's best all over town.  It was an ideal opportunity for those who fear venturing beyond the M25 to experience food from some of the UK's best (look at our photo gallery here).

This year, the festival is revamping the format - keeping things centred at Fortnum and Maso…

Read more: Top UK chefs to take over Fortnum & Mason for the London Restaurant Festival

The very idea of taking children to restaurants is enough to make some people froth at the mouth. Trouble is, how do you teach kids to try new things and behave well in restaurants if you don't bring them out every once in a while?

Happily North London supper club thrower (and new Evening Standard columnist) James Ramsden seems to think he's man enough to invite a bunch of ankle-biters (and their…

Read more: James Ramsden throws London's first supperclub for children

Young Turks take over Frank's Cafe for their next event

Having been a storming success in Canary Wharf, the Young Turks (James Lowe and Isaac McHale) have announced their next event.  They'll be taking over the Peckham pop-up Frank's Cafe and Campari Bar (on the roof of a Peckham multi-storey car park) for a couple of nights next week.

James Lowe says: "The kitchen space is a bit different so we're going to be taking full advantage of the large gr…

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New Goodman steakhouse confirmed for Canary Wharf

Meat lovers in Canary Wharf have reason to be of good cheer. Following on from the hugely successful Goodman City opening, the steakhouse is confirmed to be heading even further east to Canary Wharf.

Goodman's steakhouses have justifiably been lauded by critics since their launch, with the City restaurant remaining one of the top ten best rated on Hot Dinners.  We were dining at the original…

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Hawksmoor at Home book has kimchi burger and lobster roll recipes

Details were announced today on what sort of content we could expect from the upcoming Hawksmoor cookery book. Hawksmoor at Home which will be published on 13 October sounds like a must-read for any foodie, particularly as it contains recipes for Hawksmoor's famous kimchi burger and their Lobster Roll as well as the sausage that goes in their Sausage and Egg HkMuffin. There's even a chapter on coc…

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