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Salt beef, cheese toasties and craft beer at the Longroom at Smithfields

We head down to the Longroom at Smithfield to try their salt beef and tosated cheese sandwiches while washing it all down with craft beer.

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Cocktails and dumplings at Opium Chinatown on Gerrard Street

If you're looking forward to breaking your January detox - we can heartily recommend Opium Chinatown as a good place to start. We visited it on a Thursday night in January (no detox for us) and lived to tell the tale.

As our news story on its opening revealed, this is a collaboration between mixologist Dre Masso and the good folk of Dumplings Legend downstairs. And from the get-go, they do their b…

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Alan Yau does Thai food in Islington - we Test Drive Naamyaa Cafe

Alan Yau comes to Islington with the first outpost of a new chain, modelled after  Bangkok cafes.…

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We try the entire menu by Neil Rankin at John Salt

Ever since it was revealed that the former Pitt Cue Co chef Neil Rankin was taking over after Ben Spalding's departure at John Salt, anticipation has been slowly building to fever pitch. The menu has been getting everyone VERY excited on Twitter since we revealed it last week, and on Monday we had a chance to properly put it through its paces. We were invited to try pretty much everything on the m…

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So much more than a steakhouse - we try 34 in Mayfair

This most recent addition to Richard Caring's stable of Mayfair restaurants works like a well oiled machine to keep diners very, very happy..…

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Notting Hill brasserie becomes a classy American diner - we check out the Electric Diner

This new diner has literally risen from the ashes to give Notting Hill residents a taste of a real American diner and mighty sized portions.…

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High flying gastropub - we test drive the Newman Street Tavern

The burgeoning Charlotte Street restaurant scene gets an upmarket new spot in the form of the Newman Street Tavern.…

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Hakkasan comes to the City - we test drive HKK

Hakkasan, moves east with its new restaurant in the City and we put the 15 course tasting menu to the test.…

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Steak for a tenner in Soho - we check out Flat Iron

 

When we were invited down to check out the soft launch for Flat Iron Soho we didn’t need to be asked twice. Formerly in existence as a pop up in the Owl and Pussycat pub in Shoreditch, this is the first permanent location from Charlie Carroll, former Operations Advisor at Wahaca, and steak fanatic

Still ironing out the creases (geddit?) on our visit, this one menu fits all concept spans it…

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Loud, buzzy and insanely good ramen - we try out Bone Daddies

We have a look at London's newest ramen joint, Bone Daddies.…

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