• Test Driving Sibarita - wine, cheese and charcuterie in Covent Garden

    croquettesThere's a new wine bar in Covent Garden by the same people behind Encant. And it's all about the cheese and charcuterie too. We check it out. 

  • Bar 44 are crowned winners of the Battle of the Bravas 2017

     Bar 44Last night we ate a LOT of potatoes, but it was all in the pursuit of discovering who could make the best Patatas Bravas dish, so it was well worth the carbs. Find out who came top in the Battle of the Bravas,,,

  • London's Croquetas Challenge returns to Ember Yard for a second year


    Is there such a thing as too many croquetas? We put that concept to the test last Autumn when we, alongside a panel of foodie folk, judged the first Croquetas Challenge. Turns out that as long as you pace yourself (and eat NOTHING all day in preparation) it's possible to try - and enjoy - 14 croquetas in quick succession.

    Last year's

  • Test Driving Lobos in Soho

    Presa IbericaLobos Meat & Tapas have opened a second restaurant in Soho. We head down to get our meat fix.

  • Barrafina Dean Street

    Excellent Spanish tapas In Soho

  • Encant chef to open Rambla in Soho, his second Catalan restaurant

    Encant chef to open Rambla in Soho, his second Catalan restaurant

    We’ve seen a couple of Catalan-style Spanish restaurants popping up around Soho, from Copita to Lobos Meat and Tapas. And now Dean Street is set to see another in the form of Rambla, which'll be the the second solo venture from Encant and Bravas Tapas.

    The menu at Rambla is inspired by Victor's childhood in the Barcelona barrio of the same name. It’ll be split into three sections - the ‘Cru, which comprises

  • Barrafina Dean Street to feature Frith Street favourites on menu


    A ripple of excitement goes through the London food scene when a new Barrafina opens. So we confidently predict a positive reaction to news that the new one on Dean Street is about to open.

    Taking over much of what used to be the main restaurant at Quo Vadis, Barrafina Dean Street came about when the restaurant was given notice on its Frith Street site.

    The key information you'll be wanting to know is how many stools are there? Well the new one

  • Tapas Brindisa relaunches in Shoreditch with a regional tapas menu


    Brindisa’s Shoreditch restaurant is set for a winter makeover when it relaunches as Tapas Brindisa Shoreditch. Aside from a pretty serious refurb, the menu’s set to have a bit of a revamp as well. It’ll still be bursting with the quality Spanish food Brindisa are famous for, but this time with a new focus on rural and coastal regions, specifically around the east and south of Spain spanning from Cadiz to Catalonia. It’s due in no small part to the influence from

  • Lobos Meat and Tapas is bringing all the Iberico pork to Soho

    Lobos Meat and Tapas is coming to Soho

    27/10/16 - updated with soft launch details. 

    A new tapas joint is heading to Soho - the second Lobos Meat and Tapas from the same team who opened the original in Borough. Of that original, Marina O' Loughlin said: "I want to fall out of here post-midnight and not remember leaving, reeling from sherry and fine pork" - so we're expecting big things here. 

    Little is known about the new menu but expect a mix of new and

  • Sagardi

    Spanish restaurant specialising in Basque food comes to Shoreditch.
  • Test driving the Basque cuisine at Sagardi in Shoreditch

    05 sagardi We take a look at Sagardi, the Spanish import that's settled into Shoreditch and tuck into some Basque goodness.

  • Basque specialist Sagardi comes to London with restaurant in Shoreditch


    It's that time of the year when you either have to have some sort of great foodie trip planned or avoid Instagram for the next few months. Happily there's something to make any homebody happy as a major player on the Basque region's restaurant scene is heading this way.

    Grupo Sagardi was founded 18 years ago in Barcelona by Iñaki Viñaspre. The goal was to champion Basque gastronomy. In the intervening years he founded more restaurants in Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia,

  • Escocesa brings Scottish tapas to Stoke Newington Church Street


    A 15-year-old Guardian article saying that all the best Scottish seafood left Scotland headed for Spain, as there was no domestic market for the more esoteric or indeed expensive catches, stuck with Stephen Leroni, owner of new Stoke Newington restaurant Escocesa.

    The former music producer opened his first restaurant Bar Esteban in 2013 in Crouch End with Pablo Rodriguez (ex Barrafina and Moro) and Naroa Ortega. Pablo served time in Michelin star restaurant Jean

  • Iberica announces plans to open at Victoria's Zig Zag Building


    Popular Spanish restaurant chain Ibérica is opening its sixth restaurant (and fourth permanent London restaurant) this summer. They're opening on the ground floor of the Zig Zag Building which is one element of the huge redevelopment of Victoria (the other big foodie destination is Nova).

    It's a large space with room for almost 150 diners on two floors as well as a huge terrace. There'll also be two private dining rooms.

    Expect the usual

  • Barrafina pick Drury Lane for their third restaurant

    A Hot Dinners exclusive

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    If you're a fan of Barrafina (and what food-loving Londoner isn't) then we bring you tidings of glad, glad joy. Come this summer, a third Barrafina will open in Covent Garden. The new Barrafina Drury Lane will have 23 stools - exactly the same as the original on Frith Street - but like Adelaide Street will also have a private dining room downstairs.

    As with their other restaurants, Barrafina Drury Lane will be


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