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Test Driving SoLa - West Coast fine dining hits the streets of Soho

It's all change on Dean Street as Rambla transforms into fine dining Californian spot SoLA. We went to see what a Soho meets the west coast of America looks like on the plate.

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Test Driving Lina Stores King's Cross - the 75 year old deli goes large

Lina Stores has been in Soho for 75 years, but now they've just opened a big new restaurant and deli in King's Cross. We went down for a look.  …

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Test Driving the Ivy Asia - an instant hit arrives in St Paul's

The Ivy Asia sees the group taking over from Jamie Oliver's Barbecoa in St Paul's. And they've gone BIG, We stepped onto their glowing floor to check it out.  …

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Test Driving Oren - a warm fug of hospitality on Dalston's Shacklewell Lane

Having popped up in residencies across town, Tel Aviv chef Oded Oren has settled on Dalston for his permanent and hospitable home.…

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Test Driving Silo - the very model of an no-waste approach restaurant

The arrival of Douglas McMaster's no-waste restaurant Silo has been hugely anticipated. We head to Hackney to see if it can live up to those big expectations. …

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Test Driving Volta do Mar - a restaurant using Portugal as its culinary springboard

Having sharpened Londoners' appetites for Spanish and Italian food with the Salt Yard Group, the former founder is now hoping his new opening Volta do Mar will do the same for Portuguese food.…

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Test Driving Trivet - Fat Duck alumni shine in Bermondsey

Jonny Lake and Isa Bal have opened Trivet in Bermondsey - and they've brought plenty of ex-Fat Duckers with them. We nipped over to London Bridge to check them out.…

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Test Driving Daffodil Mulligan - a perception-challenging Irish restaurant for London

Employing Irish talent and using Irish produce as inspiration, Richard Corrigan's new London opening challenges perceptions of what it means to be an Irish restaurant. We went down to London's Silicon Roundabout to try it out. …

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Test Driving Mercato Mayfair - the glamorous new food hall in a Grade I listed church

Mayfair's first food hall is, as you might imagine, a glamorous affair. Set in a Grade I listed church it has everything from a crypt wine bar to pizzeria, roof terrace and grocery store. We went to check it out.…

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Test Driving Market Hall West End - a new food and drink haven for Oxford Street shoppers

The latest Market Hall has landed just off Oxford Street. It's their largest food court yet - we went down for a first look. …

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