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Dip and Flip opens second burger-gravy-dipping restaurant in Wimbledon

Another fairly quiet opening almost snuck in under the radar today as Dip and Flip (already very popular in Clapham) has just opened in Wimbledon. If you're unaware of them, they specialise in the wonderful art of the French dip - sandwiches you dip in gravy. 

The new restaurant will have the same menu as before - so that's either chicken, lamb or beef sandwiches or a range of burgers all served…

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Smack Lobster opens second place on Soho's Dean Street

Talk about sneaky! Smack Lobster has just opened its second restaurant and this one's in Soho on Dean Street. We haven't been down to the original for a few months, but a look at the menu tweeted by blogger MelissaFoodie today suggests there are some new dishes available here - mainly lobster salads.

The salads cost the same as the lobster roll - £10 - and come in four varieties:

  • Lobster Avocado…

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Auction Against Hunger 2015 - gallery and fundraising total

There was really only one event in town you had to be at last night and that was the annual Auction Against Hunger. Earlier on, our online auction for them had raised a massive £14,858.85 (and once again - thank you all!.) A stellar line-up of chefs and street traders set up stall at Street Feast in Dalston to offer the lucky ones who'd managed to get tickets a top night out. So chefs like Nuno M…

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Hotdog restaurant Top Dog to open in Soho

22/5 - updated with soft launch details

While burgers have reigned supreme, hot dogs haven't had as great a time of it in London with a couple of notable exceptions (mainly Bubbledogs). However, now a new hotdog joint is on the way to Soho 

It's from Matt Hermer (the man behind Boujis, Eclipse and Bumpkin) but it's his American wife Marissa who is the main force behind the new restaurant (who you…

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Meatopia returns to London a third time in September 2015

Updated 20/5 with some of the chefs taking part.

It's quickly become one of London's top food events and now that festival of meat, Meatopia, is returning for a third run.

If you're not yet familiar with Meatopia, it's organised by Hawksmoor's Richard Turner and sees a number of chefs - both from here and from the US too - showing off their ways with meat. We've been big fans of the previous even…

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Shuck oyster bar pops up at Borough Market

Popping up at Stoney Street, one along from Wright Bros, is the company's newest (but most transitory) opening, Shuck.

All they're serving up are oysters - "naked, dressed or blown" with naked starting at £1.50 a bivalve. On the menu right now are; The Shuck Shuck - with a classic Som Tam dressing, The Moor Shuck - with pomegranate, sumac, chilli and red wine vinegar and a Jalapeno dressed oyster…

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Kricket Indian restaurant comes to Pop Brixton

Brixton is really booming: buoyed by the success of new ventures like Three Eight Four and Naughty Piglets, its restaurant and bar scene has never been more vibrant. Now as part of Pop Brixton, the self styled 'community campus' for start ups and small businesses, comes Kricket - an Indian restaurant offering small plate dishes, cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks.

Kricket is aiming to combine the…

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Young's to completely revamp The Canonbury Tavern in Islington

21/5 - Updated with menu details and pics.

Now this is an announcement that we're VERY pleased about. Last month Oisin Rogers, the very well connected landlord of The Ship (you'll often see him mentioned in Fay Maschler's reviews - he also made our Murphia list last month) left the pub for pastures new. And that's now revealed as heading up Youngs' latest acquisition, The Canonbury.

As locals (@h…

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Street Kitchen settles down on Broadgate Circle, selling sandwiches by the inch

After years of running things from their airstream, Street Kitchen (founded by Mark Jankel and chef Jun Tanaka) is settling down. But they're not moving far from where that airsteam has been parked, taking one of the spaces at Broadgate Circle for their gourmet sandwich restaurant - selling huge subs cut down and served by the inch. We caught up with Mark Jankel to find out more...

What's made yo…

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The Good Year wine bar pop-up launching on Old Street

The resurgence in wine bars continues with a new Old Street pop-up that's being launched to coincide with London Wine Week next month - popping up at Attendant coffee shop in Shoreditch

It's been set up by Mumtaz Lalani and David Payne who are looking to manage an ever-changing wine list of wines by the glass starting at a fiver - but thee will also be smaller tasting glasses if you want to exper…

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The White Onion takes over from The Lawn Bistro in Wimbledon

Just in time for the tennis, Eric Guignard, owner of the popular French Table in Surbiton, has opened a new restaurant in Wimbledon Village’s thriving dining strip.

Occupying a site previously home to the Lawn Bistro, The White Onion will seat 70 in two rooms, including one with a greenhouse ceiling, which sounds like an appealing summer dining prospect. Guignard will oversee the menu with head c…

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Fino is closing its doors in June

Yesterday we had the news that Barrafina is opening a third restaurant on Drury Lane, which went some way to sweetening the pill that was a closure elsewhere in the Hart Group, of Fino in Fitzrovia. The subterranean Spanish restaurant has been opened since 2003 and was the Hart Brothers' first London restaurant. And the group Executive Chef, Nieves Barragán Mohacho, who has been very much behind…

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Why Hawksmoor had to explain today that

An article which appeared on the Daily Mail website, today caused ructions - after top London restaurant group Hawksmoor recognised a photograph of their prime beef steak illustrating a piece about a Nigerian restaurant which allegedly served up human flesh to their unsuspecting diners.

According to The Huffington Post, the Nigerian story has been doing the rounds - appearing earlier this month o…

Read more: Why Hawksmoor had to explain today that "we don't serve human flesh"

Barrafina pick Drury Lane for their third restaurant

A Hot Dinners exclusive

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 res…

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Stevie Parle's North Greenwich masterpiece - we try Craft London by the O2

Stevie Parle (of Dock Kitchen and Rotorino) has opened in prime position just outside the O2 with Craft London. We went east to check it out.…

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