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Test Driving Blanchette East - the French small plates restaurant gets a north African touch

Blanchette East is the second Blanchetter - this time they've settled on Brick Lane and there's a new North African influence on the menu. We take a look.

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Bunga Bunga unveils a top floor Italian pastiche, Club Bunga

It's apparently been five whole years since Bunga Bunga opened in Battersea and they're celebrating by opening Club Bunga on the top two floors. 

Obviously, given Bunga Bunga's ways, it's not going to be subtle. We're promised Statue of David drinking vessels, large Roman statues, striped beach chairs, parasols, icebox tables and a vintage changing room photobooth. The Italian flag stripes from t…

Read more: Bunga Bunga unveils a top floor Italian pastiche, Club Bunga

Voodoo Ray's pizza are coming to Camden Market

30/8/16 - updated with launch details.

They're already very popular in Dalston and Shoreditch - and now there's a third Voodoo Ray's on the way - this time to Camden Market. 

It'll be in the North Yard, where they'll be serving up pizza by the slice (and also huge 22-inch pies) including...

  • Giorgio Moroder - Goats Cheese, Sunblush Tomatoes, Courgette, Basil, Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce
  • Rubenesque -…

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German Gymnasium gets the Oktoberfest spirit in September

In King's Cross, German Gymnasium is playing up to its name and getting into the spirit of all things Oktoberfest, kicking things off early in September. So waiters will be in traditional dress, including lederhosen and dirndls - and it'll all be taking place on the restaurant's terrace. Drinks-wise, beer is naturally the main attraction and they've teamed up with Black Forest Beers for some natu…

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Queensway spot Queens: Skate - Dine - Bowl is returning with a new look

Historic skate rink Queens, near Hyde Park, is set to reopen its doors this November sporting a total refurb and a LOT going happening under one roof. At Hot Dinners, we've spent many an evening here in the (fairly distant) past, but the place has always been very much in need of a proper sprucing up. So we'll be interested to see just how the revamp looks when it opens. 

First opened in 1930, th…

Read more: Queensway spot Queens: Skate - Dine - Bowl is returning with a new look

Immersive French resistance dining experience Maman le Mot comes to London Bridge

There's a new immersive drinking and dining experience on its way to London Bridge, from the same people behind the 1920s style Tick Tack Club.

This time, they've moved things up to 1943 for Maman Le Mot, a French resistance themed affair. Once you enter, you'll be taken into French resistance training, be on the look out for double agents and get your French accent in place. It all sounds VERY "…

Read more: Immersive French resistance dining experience Maman le Mot comes to London Bridge

Abel and Cole are popping up with a London restaurant at the Truman Brewery

You may well be getting regular deliveries from Abel and Cole, but now they're actually opening their own London restaurant (using their own produce, of course) - called Abel and Cole at the Brickhouse. 

They're coming to the Truman Brewery for a four-week stint in September and have brought in Head Chef, Leon Aarts (who set up the Extraordinary Ones Foundation, an initiative to help feed childre…

Read more: Abel and Cole are popping up with a London restaurant at the Truman Brewery

The Good Food Guide announces top 50 restaurants for 2017

The Good Food Guide have announced the top UK restaurants and winners of their annual awards with sixteen of London’s top restaurants making it into the Top 50 of the 2017 guide. While top spot went to Chef Simon Rogan’s restaurant L’Enclume, London’s eateries were well represented.

The top 10 has undergone a reshuffle with Hedone in Chiswick the biggest mover, rocketing up 29 places to No. 8 whi…

Read more: The Good Food Guide announces top 50 restaurants for 2017

Brewdog launch pop-up restaurant spot Punk Kitchen in Islington

There's change afoot at Brewdog's Islington outpost - Dog Eat Dog is becoming Punk Kitchen, a new home for rotating pop-ups.

Every month they'll be hosting someone new in their kitchen and they're kicking things off with London Laksa - they've been popping up all over town and will be at Punk Kitchen for 30 days from Friday. Expect Singapore-style noodle soups and curries with spicy prawns, tofu…

Read more: Brewdog launch pop-up restaurant spot Punk Kitchen in Islington

Holloway’s Zia Lucia supports Breast Cancer awareness with pink pizza

Yes - that really is a pink pizza. Holloway Road’s recently opened Neopolitan pizzeria Zia Lucia will launch their pink pizza this Autumn for Breast Cancer Awareness month which runs throughout October.

They've been getting a lot of praise for their 48-hour slow fermented pizza doughs, and their pink pizza is made with beetroot infused pizza dough and replaces their traditional dough through the…

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Patty&Bun's next burger joint will be on Goodge Street

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It seems fitting that we have more burger news the day before National Burger Day. We just had word that Patty&Bun have confirmed that they're opening their next place on Goodge Street.

All the usual favourites will be making their way to Goodge Street, including the mighty Ari Gold (Beef patty, Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickled onions, Ketchup, Smokey P&B mayo, Brioc…

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Fumo Italian chichetti restaurant comes to St Martin's Lane

Fumo is a big new restaurant is coming to town from the people behind Signor Sassi and Cicchetti. They've already opened in Birmingham and Manchester - now they're coming to London. It's also the latest to involve their "Chef Consigliere" Aldo Zilli.

  • They'll be sourcing a lot of their produce direct from the markets in Milan.
  • It'll mainly be all about chichetti and small plates and those include…

Read more: Fumo Italian chichetti restaurant comes to St Martin's Lane

Bodean's BBQ is coming to Muswell Hill

BBQ restaurant Bodean's is on a mission to expand to all areas of London and the next on their list is Muswell Hill. They're taking over from the old Giraffe for the latest BBQ outpost. 

As for what to expect from them, it's the usual Bodean's fair - essentially lots of BBQ. So that's Memphis-style pulled pork, burnt ends and Jacob’s Ladder rack of ribs, sides of BBQ beans, cornbread muffins and…

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The best burger specials in the run-up to National Burger Day

It's nearly time for National Burger Day - where places all over town will have 20% off burgers all...day...long. So you might as well start planning now for a burger-centric day.…

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All change at Quo Vadis with a big refurb and Barrafina is moving in

22/8/16 - updated with more details about the opening

The Queen's not the only notable 90th birthday this year, as venerable Soho institution Quo Vadis is getting ready to celebrate its own 90th anniversary. And it's doing it with some BIG changes.  

The first change is downstairs - where the main restaurant is moving into the bar space (which used to be the dining room). That'll now seat 25, ser…

Read more: All change at Quo Vadis with a big refurb and Barrafina is moving in

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