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Selfridges' Meet the Makers is back with foraged food dinners and more

For a second year, Selfridges Food Hall (something we're quite addicted to here at Hot Dinners) has launched Meet the Makers, where they showcase 12 artisan producers and it's all backed by some very interesting dinners too.

Those included are:

  • Wild Food by MASH: This sounds very interesting, MASH provide foraged food for restaurants worldwide and this is the first time they'll be packaging it u…

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Lee Tiernan brings Black Axe Mangal to Islington

Chef Lee Tiernan is bringing a ‘Metal and Mangal’ restaurant to Islington. Lee's Black Axe Mangal project first started in Copenhagen as a series of popups where it quickly reached cult status amongst both locals and travelling chefs. Prior to his move Lee spent over 10 years working at St John, finishing up as head chef at Bread & Wine in Spitalfields working alongside James Lowe and John Og…

Read more: Lee Tiernan brings Black Axe Mangal to Islington

Delta and Virgin launch a first class lounge for everyone at the O2

It's all happening in North Greenwich at the moment. There's the wonderful Craft London and we're already fans of the big driving range and Vinothec Compass. And now Virgin Atlantic have landed in the O2 with a version of their first class lounge that you don't have to book a transatlantic flight to experience (although all this talk of New York is reminding us it's high time to arrange another v…

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Tonkotsu brings ramen to Bankside as Tsuru is revamped

Updated 30/7/2015 with soft launch details.

The ongoing march of the mighty Tonkostu continues. This time they're taking Tsuru Bankside (run by the same people) and relaunching it as Tonkotsu Bankside.

The renovation is well underway and they're planning to reopen in August with the brand new look (see above). While it'll be keeping tonkatsu (that's the breaded pork) on the menu for the regulars,…

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On the Bab Express launch as Marylebone takeaway

It quietly opened last week but now there's a Korean takeaway option that Marylebone locals may want to be aware of. On the Bab (also at Covent Garden and Shoreditch) have just launched On the Bab Express. It has a smaller menu than the main restaurants, including:

  • Yangyum chicken (Korean fried chicken) in two flavours – sweet soy coating and sweet spicy coating – both topped with crushed peanut…

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M restaurants to open grill, raw bar and wine shop in Victoria

Following their City restaurant, M Restaurants are the latest to join the rush to Victoria, with plans to open in the Zig Zag building (which Iberica is doing too). 

It's essentially a restaurant of two halves M-Grill and M-Raw which - as you can imagine - concentrate on high-end grill and raw dishes (emphasised by them celebrating the opening by having a Kobe beef barbecue on the roof). Expect a…

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New noodle bar Bosslady gets preview pop-ups at Forzawin

The people behind Forzawin, Arch McLeish and Bash Redford, have a new restaurant on the way - a noodle bar called Bosslady. They've joined up with Henry Chung - who has spent the last six months in Taipo in preparation for their speciality - beef brisket noodles.

It's all inspired by a Taipo restaurant. It's been there for 30 years and apparently "embodies a humble yet unscrupulous approach to pe…

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Showdown cocktail bar to open underneath The Lockhart

While it's fair to say that we're pretty pumped up about the upcoming new opening by Lockhart's Brad McDonald, Shotgun, the downstairs bar at the original restaurant in Marylebone being created by Matt Whiley (Peg + Patriot) also sounds the business.

Showdown takes Brad's approach to the food at The Lockhart, giving American classics a similar modernist twist. There'll be an iced tea cocktail on…

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Bernardi's brings Italian cooking to Marylebone's Seymour Street

Updated 29/7/15 with chef and menu details

Marylebone is getting a rather large new Italian restaurant and it sounds like it'll be fun. Bernardi’s is set to open on a corner site by the intersection of Seymour Place and Seymour Street where Maroush II once was. Set over two levels the venue will serve up lunch, cicchetti, dinner and evening cocktails with a breakfast/brunch offering planned for w…

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Yeah Burger launches Scotch egg burgers

After donut burgers it was, we suspect, the next logical step. This is the scotch egg burger - being launched by Yeah Burger, who have a couple of residencies set up across town. It is, yes, a burger surrounded by a scotch egg. It's apparently being launched to celebrate the start of the Edinburgh Fringe (although, it must be said at this point, scotch eggs aren't actually Scottish...).

Those bur…

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Burgers and chicken for concert-goers as Bonfire burger bar comes to Barbican

The latest burger bar to come to town is heading into the warren of Barbican as Bonfire opens there next week. So if you're heading to a concert and have a burger craving, it could be worth checking out on the second floor of the Barbican Centre.

It'll mainly specialise in burgers which include the Bonfire (6oz burger, lettuce, red onion, tomato & mayo - £7.45), The Kenyon (6oz burger, Monter…

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A spot of golf and fine dining - we Test Drive Vinothec Compass at the Greenwich Peninsula Driving Range

Another new addition to North Greenwich, and with easy access to Canary Wharf, this is a new casual fine dining restaurant with a pretty impressive selection of wines. We head along to check it out.…

Read more: A spot of golf and fine dining - we Test Drive Vinothec Compass at the Greenwich Peninsula Driving Range

Pizza Pilgrims and Cinnamon Kitchen join forces for a week-long alfresco pop-up

Fresh from getting a Francesco Mazzei seal of approval, Pizza Pilgrims are about to head into the City for a week long pop-up with Vivek Singh's Cinnamon Kitchen.

They'll be setting up shop (or more accurately, van) on Cinnamon Kitchen's terrace from noon to 9pm for some Indian inspired pizzas including:

  • Tandoori chicken, green chilli and cheese
  • Cauliflower and green peas ‘Bhujia’
  • Venison pickle…

Read more: Pizza Pilgrims and Cinnamon Kitchen join forces for a week-long alfresco pop-up

National burger day returns, capped off with burger feast

It's nearly time for National Burger day again, and that means that there will be another of their big burger parties too - this time taking place in Dalston Yard.

Backed by Mr Hyde, this sees some of the best of London's burger scene all gathered together for one night. So that includes Honest Burgers, Burger Bear, Dip & Flip, Lucky Chip, Le Bun, Bleecker St., Smokestak, Breddos and Slider B…

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Rudie's brings real jerk and more Jamaican food to Dalston

Coming to Dalston is a new restaurant billed as a casual dining Jamaican restaurant which is aiming for "traditional Jamaican cooking presented with a contemporary twist."

Their focus will be on "real jerk". These dishes will be marinated for 24 hours in a secret blend of herbs and spices, then smoked using pimento and sweet wood and finally cooked over coals in traditional jerk drums. 

But there…

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