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Bar Boulud London marks a triumphant arrival for Daniel Boulud

Judging from the sheer weight of positive tweets and blogs flooding the internet since it opened its doors just over a week ago, Bar Boulud will be a huge success. And why wouldn’t it, when you discover how carefully it was put together. As the first UK outpost for New York’s most famous chef, Daniel Boulud, this restaurant was thought out, planned and prepared with a degree of care and attention…

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Polpo's EnoClub Wine tasting

One of the most interesting developments we’re seeing in the London restaurant scene right now, is the increase in restaurants coming up with innovative ways to get the punters in, particularly on quieter days of the week.

This rise in food and wine-pairing evenings, tutored wine tastings, special menus with lectures serve a number of functions. They give Londoners a chance to chat and connect ove…

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Casa Brindisa Monday supperclub review

It's been twenty years since Brindisa first began importing the best of Spanish food and drink to London. Now, in addition to their Borough Market stall they have three Tapas restaurants, one of which - Casa Brindisa in South Ken - plays host to a series of Supper Club and Masterclass tasting evenings. 

Each event focuses on a different area of Spanish food and wine and Hot Dinners was invited to…

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Election Eclairs at the Arch London

When we set out to the Arch London hotel to review the election éclairs – a very topical take on the hotel’s bar snacks which had been creating something of a stir in London’s bar circles – we didn’t expect to find a hidden gem of a bar and restaurant that we’re slightly loath to tell anyone about.

Opened at the tail-end of last year, this hotel is the brainchild of the family behind the utterly d…

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Bistrot Bruno Loubet at the Zetter reviewed

The restaurant at the Zetter Hotel in Clerkenwell has long been a good-looking venue in need of a better chef. With Bruno Loubet at the helm, finally this restaurant has the brilliant cooking to go with the space. Loubet, together with his partners at the Zetter, Mark Sainsbury and Michael Benyan, has created a restaurant with a real sense of excitement.

The night Hot Dinners was invited, mid-week…

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Bar Pepito opens its doors in King's Cross

To King’s Cross recently, where the owner of Camino has extended across the courtyard at the Regent Quarter to open up an Andalusian bodega/sherry bar called Bar Pepito.

Every conceivable kind of sherry is on offer, and at the launch Gonzalez Byass’ brand manager, the fabulously-named José Argudo López de Carrizosa, had flown in from Jerez to talk us through the best of them.

Two we particularly l…

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Eating out at Viet Grill

It's already touted as the kind of place other chefs love to eat, with Mark Hix being a particular fan, so when Hot Dinners was invited down to try out the recently revamped Viet Grill earlier this month, we jumped at the chance.

Situated on the Dalston/Hoxton boundary on the Kingsland Road, Viet Grill is the sister restaurant of the nearby Cay Tre.  Aimed at a more casual audience, Viet Grill has…

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One of the best value wine pairing dinners in London?

Hot Dinners was recently invited to try out Dinner with Jordi – one of a new series of private dinners with wine-pairing at Vivat Bacchus in Farringdon. The Jordi in question is the Barcelona-born head-chef, Jordi Vila, whose training includes stints at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon and El Bulli.

Held once or twice a month, these dinners are fast-becoming hard to book and maybe that’s because they’re…

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Hot Dinners visits the revamped Benares

After attending the recent re-launch of Atul Kochhar's Benares, Hot Dinners were recently invited back to try out the restaurant itself.

Situated in the heart of Mayfair on Berkeley Square, the warmth of Benares was a welcome respite from the bitterly cold February Wednesday evening.  After a couple of drinks in the main bar area - an convivial place to wait for someone - we were ushered into the…

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One day - two London underground restaurants

One day, two London underground restaurants and a lot of calories....

The fact that we really need to get a grip of Google Calendars was brought home to Hot Dinners this weekend when we managed to book ourselves into two underground restaurants in one day.

We’d made the first booking what seemed like aeons ago, when Lady Gray’s Hidden Tea Room first opened its 2010 booking dates last year. And the…

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