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Darjeeling Express is bringing in meat-free Mondays

As you may remember, we were ever so slightly embarrassed about missing our on Asma Khan's Darjeeling Express last year, despite it getting rave after rave (but look out for a Test Drive soon). 

And now there's another reason to visit as they're embracing their vegetarian side and introducing a special meat-free menu every Monday (with plenty of vegan dishes on the new menu too). …

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Philly-style cheesesteak sandwiches arrive in Fitzrovia from Passyunk Avenue

From humble beginnings as a Spitalfields food truck to a full blown sandwich restaurant and dive bar in Fitzrovia, Passyunk Avenue has arrived in its new bricks-and-mortar form to ply us with cheesesteaks, meatball sandwiches and scrapple - a type of pork meatloaf.…

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The Great British Bab Off will see five restaurants competing for the Best London kebab title

A good kebab can be a great thing - but want to know what's better? Enjoying kebabs by five of London's top restaurants going head-to-head over who makes the best one.

That's the premise behind the Great British Bab Off [or GBBO if you prefer] - a charity event conceived of by Stephen Tozer and Ed Brunet, founders of Soho’s gourmet kebab restaurant Le Bab.

Taking place on Sunday 11 February, in p…

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Drunken Butler chef Yuma Hashemi takes umbrage at Fay Maschler's review

If you've been at work all day and can't understand why half the people on your Twitter feed are tweeting ALL IN CAPS, let us enlighten you. It's due to a spat today between chef Yuma Hashemi and the Evening Standard critic Fay Maschler.

Earlier today, Fay published a two star review of Yuma Hashemi's restaurant The Drunken Butler. Among the various things she wasn't so keen on was a cocktail she…

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Test Driving The Good Egg in Soho - a Middle Eastern addition to Kingly Court

The Good Egg has set up a second restaurant in Kingly Court - we know their brunch is up to the task but what about dinner? We head along to find out. …

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Cupboard Love Café pop up will serve up free lunches to Londoners for a day

If you're feeling a little strapped for cash, as the days stretch out until payday, we bring you good news. A pop up restaurant is hitting London next week serving up free lunches.

It's the PR brainchild of the brands Hellmann’s, Marmite and Knorr and the idea is to inspire Londoners to delve into their storecupboard at home and make something to eat from what they have already.

Motivated by surv…

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Hot dogs meet bingo with Popdogs at Camden's Social Bingo Academy

Popdogs will return to their spiritual home this month when they pop-up in Camden’s new Social Bingo Academy, providing meaty nourishment for aspiring bingo-ists who’re getting to grips with the game.

The hotdog experts will be on hand to feeding the hungry masses learning their Duck and Dives from their Two Fat Ladies, all set within that giant Mecca bingo hall just off Camden Park Way - which w…

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Llerena is Islington’s new tapas bar (and they’ve got loads of jamón)

Delicacies from western Spain, ingredients from expert jamón producers Jamon y Salud and a *very* summery drinks menu mean that Llerena a fantastic little addition to Islington’s ever-growing collection of restaurants.…

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Galvin Bistrot de Luxe on Baker Street is to close

We're really sorry to hear this morning of the imminent closure of Galvin Brothers Bistrot de Luxe on Baker Street. The announcement came today as Chris and Jeff Galvin said; "It’s time to move on...in the world’s great cities things do not stand still. Tastes change and also, as creative chefs, we are restless and now want to do new things not just endlessly repeat the same style of cooking…

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Test Driving Koya City: udon bar expands its repertoire for the City

Soho's perenially popular udon noodle bar Koya has expanded to the City. We went along to see how the newer, bigger restaurant was doing.…

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Cadbury’s new Old Street pop-up is all about the Creme Eggs

If you’re the kind of person quietly rejoices when that time of year finally comes around where it’s socially acceptable to scoff one Creme Egg (minimum) after your lunch, then you’ll definitely be wanting to get down to Old Street’s Creme Egg Camp pop-up.

Inside, you’ll be able to get your sticky hands on sugary concoctions like a Creme Egg Toastie, Creme Egg cookies, a Creme Egg ‘Fongoo’ with s…

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Changes afoot at Ikoyi which moves to a West African seafood menu

Change has come to recently opened Ikoyi, the West African restaurant that opened in St James's Market last year. It's had some rave reviews - and we loved it too - but they've just made the decision to move to a mainly seafood menu, while keeping those West African flavours. 

What does that mean for the food? Here's what you can expect: 

  • Octopus, Ndolé & Calçot
  • Scallop, Ehuru, Bur…

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House of Commons Members' Dining Room pop-up returns for spring break

Fancy dining at the House of Commons over the Spring half term? Better be quick. Parliament has just release three dates that they'll be opening the Members' Dining Room to the public and bookings are already going fast.

The dining room will be open for lunch and dinner from 13-15 February. The room itself was designated as a dining room for members of parliament and their guests back in 1871. Yo…

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Bone Daddies are bringing their ramen to Victoria's Nova

Ramen comes to Victoria's Nova in the shape of Bone Daddies. Expect all the favourites as well as a katsu curry section and new maki rolls. …

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Hackney's The Spread Eagle is going completely vegan with Club Mexicana

There's no stopping the vegan train as more and more places are adding vegan dishes to the menu. And one pub is going one step further and becoming totally vegan. Hackney's The Spread Eagle is teaming up with Club Mexicana for a fully vegan menu. 

And on that menu is:

  • Sopa de tortilla, Corn esquites and pan seared ‘scallops’
  • Deep fried cheeze with Valentina hot sauce
  • Loaded cheezy nachos an…

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