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Bodean's take over from Mishkin's on Catherine Street

Clearly it's a 'cue kind of day. Hot on the heels of our news that Bukowski Grill were opening their third restaurant, this time in Soho - comes news that Bodean's are opening their seventh place, in Covent Garden. They'll be taking over the space previously occupied by Russell Norman's Mishkin's.

And while the 60 seat restaurant will serve up the usual BBQ fare you'd expect if you frequent their…

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The Berkeley launch a special royal Pret a Portea for the Queen's birthday

Every season, The Berkeley's Prêt-à-Portea celebrates the most fashionable labels in cake. But for Spring, they've gone in a different direction. To commemorate the Queen's 90th birthday they're launching ‘Prêt-à-Portea – The Royal Collection’.

The special royal afternoon tea runs for the week of the Queen's actual birthday. They've chosen to create cakes and patisserie in the formof HRH's (and h…

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Bukowski Grill are opening a flagship restaurant on Soho's D'arblay Street

It's been five years in the making, but in a few week's time, BBQ spot Bukowski Grill will open their biggest restaurant to date - this one in the heart of Soho. Their 70 seat D'arblay Street spot will be their third restaurant (following Boxpark in Shoreditch and a second one in Brixton Market).

Turns out to be a bit of a homecoming for chef/owner Robin Freeman who used to work down the road at…

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Damien Hirst to reopen Pharmacy at his Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall

Updated 10/2/16 with opening date and images

If you were around, as ye olde Hot Dinners crew were, in London back in the 1990s you'll definitely remember Pharmacy. It was an ultra concept (or conceit) restaurant which was opened in Notting Hill by Damien Hirst and Matthew Freud among others. Hirst's pill pictures were on the walls, celebrities were at the tables and for a brief period it was the…

Read more: Damien Hirst to reopen Pharmacy at his Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall

The Potlatch supperclub launches in Brick Lane with former Clove Club chef

We're suckers for a good pop-up and the latest, interesting venture launching in London is taking over the Canvas Cafe just off Brick Lane for its opening night.

The Potlatch has several interesting folk involved. It's the brainchild of Nick Gilkinson - a manager with D&D London and part of the team that's just opened The German Gymnasium in King’s Cross. In the kitchen is former Clove Club c…

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Yorkshire pudding menu hits the menu at Reform Social and Grill

Are you a fan of Yorkshires, then this latest menu from Reform Social and Grill may well be the thing for you. First there's the savoury platter - that's one with salt beef, horseradish, and water cress, another with hot smoked salmon, cream cheese and chives and the third with British Tunsworth cheese and truffle.

And there's a sweet platter too - the first of those is chocolate and caramel, fol…

Read more: Yorkshire pudding menu hits the menu at Reform Social and Grill

Weeknight tasting and testing menu, we give Craft London Test Kitchen Tuesdays a try

Those looking for novel dining experiences in 2016 will be delighted to see Hot Dinners favourite Craft London leading the way with their recently launched Test Kitchen Tuesdays. 

The concept is simple, every Tuesday evening Stevie Parle and his team serve a £28 blind tasting menu, giving guests the opportunity to involve themselves in the creative process by trying these dishes before they hit t…

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Crosstown links up with Pump Street for a very chocolatey doughnut

Little makes us hungrier than a story about the latest Crosstown special doughnut - but here goes... The latest in their single-origin series sees them joining up with Pump Street Chocolate (specifically their Ecuador Hacienda Limon 75% dark chocolate). It's a dark chocolate custard filling topped with a chocolate ganache and finished with a sprinkling of dark chocolate shavings. Sounds great. 

T…

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BAFTAs 2016 - we get a sneak preview of the official dinner

For most folk, 14 February is either the day you're most (or least) likely to be heading out to dinner with your other half. But for the A-listers, it's not so much Valentine's Day as BAFTA day. And when all the showtime shenanigans are over and everyone has has their pic snapped on the red carpet, the great and good of the showbiz world will head on over to Grosvenor House for the official award…

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Carl Clarke is opening Chinese Restaurant Syndrome under Chick n Sours

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We're big fans of Chick 'n' Sours, Carl Clarke's great chicken restaurant in Dalston and if you haven't been in to try that Szechuan Aubergine, which we highly rate, then you're really missing out. 

So when we heard that he's opening a new bar, planning to serve a whimsical take on Chinese comfort food, UNDER Chick 'n' Sours, we were naturally pretty darned excited. It's run…

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Ex Palomar chef to open Foley's in Fitzrovia

We've already wrote about how you can get a preview of Foley's in the Shepherd's Bush Market Yard - but now we've a lot more news about the restaurant itself. 

Foley's Tasting Kitchen in Fitzrovia has a big thing going for it - it's headed up by Head Chef Mitz Vora - who's been Sous Chef at the ever-hot The Palomar. He's the sole creator of the menu at Foleys, which will be "experimenting with fo…

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London Beer Week - where to drink (and eat) during the festival

Plenty of beer, great food, and some excellent restaurants involved: the prosepct of London Beer Week has already piqued plenty of interest at Hot Dinners HQ, and we've picked out some of the highlights.

1. Get the wristband

If it's just beer you're after - you can get access to more than 100 beer bars and breweries across the city, with a £10 wristband that lets you buy speciality beers for £3 a…

Read more: London Beer Week - where to drink (and eat) during the festival

Earl's Serious Sandwiching opens permanent spot in the City

You may have come across Earl’s Serious Sandwiching at various festivals or markets over the past few years. But now the sarnie street food spot is moving to more permanent quarters in the City.

Situated, incredibly aptly on Crown Place, off Earl St (behind Liverpool Street) the new place is the brainchild of Joe Gray, who trained up with Jamie Oliver's Fifteen and got help from the Prince's Trus…

Read more: Earl's Serious Sandwiching opens permanent spot in the City

Pan de Vie matcha cafe opens in Covent Garden

It's not just a pretty colour: matcha is so on trend it's cropping up everywhere, from verdant green lattes to pastel hued macarons. Now for the truly obsessed, a new cafe in the heart of Covent Garden has turned it into their hero ingredient.

Pan de Vie aims to combine the best of European baking and patisserie techniques with flavours from the Far East - in a cafe and shop arranged over two flo…

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