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Soho's Chinese gastropub: we Test Drive Alan Yau's Duck and Rice

Alan Yau unveils his Chinese gastropub concept on Soho's Berwick Street market. We went along to see what on earth that means in practice.

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Tom Oldroyd to open solo restaurant Oldroyd in Islington

Best known for being one of the leading lights of the Polpo group as its Chef Director, Tom Oldroyd has now set out on his own, landing in Islington for his first restaurant, the eponymously titled Oldroyd.

He's setting up in the heart of Islington, close to Camden Passage, taking over what used to be a sandwich bar. There, he'll be opening a neighbourhood restaurant seating 40 across two floors.…

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Trading House pub and restaurant takes over at Gresham Street

The City is abuzz with new openings at the moment. But away from Broadgate Circle is a huge new pub and restaurant coming to Gresham Street. The Trading House is taking over what used to be the Bank of New Zealand. It'll feature what's being described as a 'striking' central bar, a restaurant seating just under 100 and a mezzanine area for private parties.

The project's been put together by the N…

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Gaylord Indian restaurant introduces new Thali lunch menu

You can only imagine what capital We Want Plates is going to make out of the taco car that's just turned up at Gaylord. One of London's oldest Indian restaurants (it opened in Fitzrovia way back in 1966), Gaylord's decided to update its lunch menu with a range of new dishes including Indian tacos. Filled with pulled chicken, lamb seekh kebab, paneer jalfrezi and spicy rayma (kidney beans) the dis…

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HOP is bringing Vietnamese food on the go to Broadgate

Coming soon to that growing foodie hub in Broadgate is a new Vietnamese restaurant, Hop, that specialises in boxes of Vietnamese food to have on the go (the word "hop" means box in Vietnamese). 

The menu will cover the wide range of Vietnamese cuisine, including pho and banh mi, bun noodle salads and fusion summer rolls. It's been set up by a former City worker, Paul Hopper, inspired by his own t…

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Tooting's The Selkirk relaunches with River Cottage chef Daniel Stevens

Tooting foodies have what looks to be a promising new gastropub in their midst. The Selkirk, which used to be a pizza and nachos kind of pub, relaunched a few weeks back with a new team. And key to what's making this place sound worth a trip is who's in the kitchen.

Chef Daniel Stevens might look familiar to anyone who used to watch Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage on TV. For four year…

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Street Feast migrates South - we visit Model Market

We popped down to the latest instalment of Street Feast last weekend to see how things were playing out. In short - they've managed to cram a lot into a small space.…

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Red's True Barbecue comes to London and lands in Shoreditch

There's no slowing down the barbecue trend in London as another restaurant will soon be smoking all sorts of meat in Shoreditch. This time it's Red's True Barbecue, which has a number of restaurants in the north (Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Headingly), and this is their first in London.

The menu will be the same as in their other restaurants with some fairly outlandish dishes on the menu. Like…

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Mayfair's 34 to host week long Gone Fishing pop-up from Ben Orpwood

Mayfair restaurant 34 is undergoing a week-long change in May as they invite Ben Orpwood, a British chef now based in Sydney, to take over the kitchen for their Gone Fishing pop-up for six days.

He'll be revamping the menu with his own dishes which include:

  • Sharing plates with sashimi, scallops with yuzu & soy granita and tuna tataki from the raw bar
  • Fish skewers, spicy barbecue octopus, hot…

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Grillstock comes to London with a new Walthamstow smokehouse and festival too

For folks in E17, there's a new local BBQ opportunity as Bristol fave Grillstock warms up for their upcoming festival with a brand new smokehouse. It's the first time they've come to London and they've already opened the doors in Walthamstow.

At the new venue, you can expect a soundtrack and design inspired by their festivals (more of that below) and a mix of booths and communal tables. As for th…

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Dom Pérignon dining experience with Skye Gyngell hits London

Updated 25/4/15 with menu

If you've a taste for the finer things in life, you'll be wanting to get your name down for Les 3 Étages by Dom Pérignon. It's a ten day dining experience, taking place in a secret central London location in May.

What we do know is that the venue is a traditional London townhouse. Over three floors, three expressions of Dom Pérignon will be explored with a series of parti…

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Sesame by Ottolenghi director Noam Bar is coming to Covent Garden

23/4/15 Updated with menu details.

London's love of Middle Eastern food is one of 2015's most obvious culinary trends, which makes Noam Bar in the right place at the right time for the launch of his new restaurant Sesame. Bar, one of the founders of Ottolenghi, has taken inspiration from the market stalls and smoking grill street food of the Middle East for his Covent Garden opening.

"We researche…

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Sake no Hana's cherry blossom pop-up Sakura returns

21/4 updated with new pics

Yes it is indeed Spring, don't let that cold weather fool you. And with Spring comes the cherry blossom and one of our favourite London pop-ups, Sakura at Sake No Hana.  Simply put, the bar is completely redesigned to become an indoor cherry blossom garden. You can see more about last year's pop-up here which is all part of the Japanese tradition of celebrating the cher…

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Nuno Mendes to open Portuguese restaurant Taberna do Mercado in Old Spitalfields Market

There'd been whisperings on the London grapevine for a few weeks that Chiltern Firehouse's Executive Chef Nuno Mendes was going to be opening a place in Spitalfields, and today we got confirmation.

Mendes will be opening Taberna do Mercado right in the heart of Old Spitalfields Market. The restaurant will be open all day, will serve up Portuguese food and - in line with its location - will go for…

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Mommi to bring Peruvian/Japanese cuisine to Clapham High Street

Nikkei cuisine - that fusion of Japanese and Peruvian food - is about to hit South London with the news that MOMMI is opening this June. The 85-seater restaurant is from the team behind Camden's KOKO, who already run Bison & Bird in Clapham. They're going to be putting on a mixture of raw and robata grill dishes.

The group's Executive Chef Paul Sowden has put together a menu featuring ceviche…

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