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Hélène Darroze adds American flavour to her weekend brunch at the Connaught

We've already been once to try out Helene Darroze's weekend brunch at the Connaught, but when the chef herself issued a personal invitation to pop back and try the new American dishes she'd added to the menu it seemed churlish to refuse.

So we headed back to Mayfair on a hideously damp and drizzly Sunday morning, happy to throw ourselves on the mercies of the staff there, wanting nothing more than…

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Burgers, shakes, ice-cream with alcohol - Meatmarket in Covent Garden

 

We welcome the Covent Garden meat emporium from the people behind MEATliquor.…

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Trying out Greg Malouf's new menu at Petersham

With all the hoo-ha surrounding Skye Gyngell's departure from Petersham Nurseries Cafe which she raised - however unintentionally - to Michelin-star status, it was always going to be hard finding someone to fill her shoes. Hot Dinners was invited this week to pop down to Petersham to meet the man they think can do that and more - Australian chef Greg Malouf.

Malouf left his popular restaurant Mo M…

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Great British Revival: Test Driving Roast Restaurant at Borough Market

The arrival of new Hix-trained chef Marcus Verberne gives Borough's Roast a new lease of life.…

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Modern Indian with a British influence - test driving Cinnamon Soho

Cinnamon Soho sees chef Vivek Singh bring his brand to Kingly Street in Soho. We popped along to try it out.…

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Fred Smith's Double Cheese Stack burger at the Admiral Codrington

When sloaney Chelsea favourite, the Admiral Codrington got a makeover and a new Head Chef to boot last year, Hot Dinners was right in there in the first few weeks to check out this new gastropub restaurant. So far so good. Until it transpired over the intervening months, that we'd made a huge tactical error in not trying chef Fred Smith's burgers when we went. As word spread on Twitter about the l…

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British Airways pop-up restaurant BA2012 launches in Shoreditch

Shoreditch was buzzing last night for one of the first nights of the British Airways pop-up dining lounge Flight BA2012 which fuses art, cinema and food. Open until April 17, the gallery, cinema and dining lounge features the work of three competition winners who've been mentored by Heston Blumenthal, Tracey Emin and Richard E Grant.

While anyone can come in and drink at the bar or view the specia…

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Burning the hay - we take a cooking lesson at North Road

Michelin starred Danish restaurant North Road has just started cooking lessons.  We popped along to try our hand in its kitchen.…

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Down the apples and pears - we try out Mele e Pere in Soho

Mele & Pere has Andrea Mantovani as its chef, who has worked in Arbutus, Wild Honey and Les Deux Salons. We went along to see how he fares in his own restaurant in Brewer Street.…

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L'Etranger expands - we try out Meursault in South Kensington

Popular South Kensington restaurant L'Etranger is expanding downstairs with the opening of its new lounge bar and fusion restaurant, Meursault. We head along to see how it compares to the original.…

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