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Test driving 45 Jermyn St - a new-look St James gem

This new restaurant behind Fortnum and Mason has taken a fuddy duddy spot and turned it into a modern gem

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Test Driving Oklava - Selin Kiazim's modern Turkish food in Shoreditch

Highly regarded ex-Kopapa chef Selin Kiazim has set up a Turkish restaurant in Shoreditch - we pop down to try it out.…

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Test Driving Nanban in Brixton - Tim Anderson does ramen and a lot more

We take a trip to Brixton to try out MasterChef winner Tim Anderson's long-awaited izakaya and ramen shop…

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Test Driving The German Gymnasium - King's Cross gets a huge dose of Germanic cuisine

There's a new addition to King's Cross in the shape of the huge new German Gymnasium from D&D. …

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Test driving Noble Rot - a new breed of wine bar with a built-in history

This much-anticipated wine bar hits Lamb's Conduit Street and immediately makes itself at home…

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Nobu sushi masterclasses - we take sushi lessons at Nobu London

If you’re a sushi fiend, you’ll know the cravings are likely to strike at any time. You could be sitting at your desk or going from A to B and suddenly you’ll find yourself with a desire for fresh fish, cold, sticky rice and nose-clearing amounts of wasabi. No soggy sandwich or pasta salad can come close. At these times, wouldn't it be nice to whip out your rolling mat and create your own Califor…

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Test Driving Zelman Meats - all the beef you'll ever need and great value too

The latest from the people behind Goodman and Burger and Lobster sees them returning to their roots.…

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Trying out the new menu at Grain Store Gatwick

Airport food is certainly getting more sophisticated - it's come a long way from the days when a soggy panini and a flabby croissant were the best you could expect. Now - after Gordon Ramsey's Plane Food and Heston's The Perfectionist's Café at Heathrow - Bruno Loubet is bringing his Grain Store concept to Gatwick's South Terminal, with a dramatic open kitchen behind a 5 meter long glas…

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We try the MAST Brothers and Rivington Grill Chocolate experience

Here at Hot Dinners we like a good cocktail. We also like chocolate. But mixing these two lovely things together tends to conjure up images of the sickly sweet, syrup-laden glasses that we haven’t looked at since uni. So when we were invited to preview the new Chocolate Cocktail menu at Rivington Grill Shoreditch in association with super-cool New York chocolatiers MAST Brothers, curiosity got th…

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Test Driving Hoppers in Soho - another triumph from the Gymkhana folk

It's the latest restaurant from the people behind Gymkhana, taking over the space left by Koya. Can Hoppers live up to huge expectations? We find out. …

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