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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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Posh Indian dining in South Kensington - we test drive Bombay Brasserie

As Quilon's Sriram Aylur has taken over Bombay Brasserie in South Kensington, we popped along to see what the really posh Indian restaurant could pull off.…

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A diner in King's Cross - we test drive Karpo

We try out a new all-day diner in King's Cross, to see if its American influences are enough to impress the throngs of commuters..…

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Retro vegetarian fare - we test drive Orchard in Holborn

We try out the new vegetarian restaurant from the people behind Vanilla Black, Orchard in Holborn, and see what the team can do when they step away from their fine dining original.…

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Luxury cinema with Rowley Leigh food - we test drive the Lounge

We head to the Odeon at Whiteleys in Bayswater to check out their brand new luxury cinema, with food created by Rowley Leigh.  Can fine dining and film watching go well together?…

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Jeremy Lee conquers Soho - test driving Quo Vadis

What can you tell me about Quo Vadis?

TV and film folk, media luvvies, foodies of all shapes and sizes all congregate here - Quo Vadis is a venerable canteen for Soho's movers and shakers that's been a restaurant since 1926 and was the former home of Karl Marx. Between 1996 and 2007 it was co-owned by Marco Pierre White and Damian Hirst, and then by White alone before ending up in hands of Sam an…

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Chicken lollipops and bun kebabs - Roti Chai in Mayfair

What can you tell me about Roti Chai?

It's an Indian restaurant nestled in the heart of Mayfair - but with a difference. Roti Chai's main speciality, and one you'll see as you enter the brightly lit first floor, is of Indian Street food. So the restaurant is split into two - the upstairs mainly focuses on the street food aspect, but the downstairs is a more traditional Indian restaurant. We decide…

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Test driving the revamped Tom Aikens in Chelsea

Splitting opinion in the food community like a oyster, Tom Aikens' Chelsea restaurant has recently opened with a brand new facelift. Hot Dinners went along to check out whether this particular comeback kid could really pull it off.

What can you tell us about Tom Aikens?

Having been closed since summer for a makeover that included both decor and the approach of the kitchen, Tom Aikens has a lot to…

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Test driving Dabbous in Fitzrovia

What can you tell me about Dabbous?

The restaurant is named after its chef, Ollie Dabbous, who was Head Chef at Texture and began his career with Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir au Quat Saisons (who has been a big supporter of this new restaurant). He's also spent time working at the Fat Duck, Noma and NYC's WD-50. This is his first solo venture and has been hotly touted as one of the key openings of…

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