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Test Driving Carte Blanche - a mix of French and American in Hackney

 

One of the founders of Le Bun has opened Carte Blanche in Hackney - a mix of French and American food, with some excellent burgers too. We head down for a look. 

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Test Driving Plaquemine Lock - a Cajun and Creole pub in Islington

Tucked down a residential side street in Angel is a canalside pub turning out Cajun and Creole food. We along for a taste of the Deep South.…

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Test of Time - we make a return visit to Bentley's in Piccadilly

Just in time for the start of Britain's native oyster season, we make a return visit to Bentley's for lunch in the oyster bar.…

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Test Driving RedFarm London - Pac Man dumplings and so much more arrive from NYC

With their Pac Man dumplings, the New York Red Farm became a huge hit. But there's much more to the restaurant than that - and we went along to their new Covent Garden location to see what they can cook up.  …

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Test Driving Bababoom - an Islington kebab restaurant worth hitting up on Upper Street

A commitment to sourcing well and cooking everything - even the condiments - from scratch makes this new Islington kebab restaurant stand out from the crowd.…

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Test Driving ROVI - Ottolenghi's waste-conscious, fire and fermentation restaurant

Yotam Ottolenghi's latest restaurant is here - with fire, fermentation and waste consciousness on the menu. As well as spectacular corn. We pop down for a look. …

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Test Driving Gunpowder Tower Bridge - Indian small plates make an impression south of the river

The latest addition to the growing number of interesting restaurants at Tower Bridge is the second Gunpowder, serving up Indian small plates. We head down for a look.…

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The Beaumont afternoon tea has a cake trolley to die for

It wouldn't be right to end National Afternoon Tea Week without at least trying something served on china and accompanied by a lovely pot of Darjeeling. So Hot Dinners headed off to The Beaumont yesterday to check out their latest wheeze.

As you might expect from anywhere run by Messrs Corbin & King, attention to detail is all. And the new cake trolley that debuted a few weeks ago at this May…

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Test Driving Beef and Brew's new East London restaurant

East London has a hot new steakhouse where the steaks don't cost a fortune and the beer is on point - we check out the new Beef & Brew in De Beauvoir.…

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