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Tombo, Poké & Matcha Bar is bringing Hawaiian poké to Soho

25/5/16 - updated with soft launch info

It's all about Hawaiian poke at the moment, as another poke bar is coming to London - the Tombo, Poké & Matcha Bar, heading to Soho.

To get you up to speed, poké is being described as something like sushi in a bowl - not completely dissimilar to ceviche but with different flavours. So the bar will have a range of poke; marinated raw fish "imbued with fr…

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Bleecker St Burger is back on the South Bank for the summer

Another great reason to spend most of your summer on the South Bank is here - Bleecker St Burger have set up shop again.

You'll see them in their huge new section under the Hungerford Bridge where the usual AMAZING burgers, Bleecker Black, Angry Fries and more will be available. Plus they've added wine this time around too (ok, so burgers and wine is definitely becoming a "thing"), and a special…

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Test Driving Restaurant Ours - Tom Sellers in Kensington

We head to South Kensington to see what Restaurant Story's Tom Sellers is serving up at his second place, Restaurant Ours…

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Coppa Club opens first London outpost at Tower Bridge

Resisting EVERY urge to write a headline along the lines of Coppa Loada That View! we're gobsmacked by the outlook of a new all day eating/drinking/workplace that's about to open on the river. Coppa Club is the first London outpost of a rapidly growing business that started up river in Sonning-on-Thames.

They're billing themselves as an all day space that you can use to work in, or meet people or…

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Aquavit London is coming - New York's Nordic restaurant heads for St James

The upcoming St James development is shaping up very nicely indeed. Not only do we have a new restaurant from Salt Yard but also Anzu from the people behind Tonkotsu bu there's also the much anticipated Aquavit.

Aquavit found fame as a Nordic restaurant opening in the heart of New York (so it's coming to London the long way around) and has been a huge success there since 1987 (earning two Micheli…

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Hawksmoor Classics return to the table as they celebrate the 10th Anniversary

24/5/16 - updated as the menu is now in all Hawksmoor restaurants.

Blimey - has it really been 10 years since Hawksmoor launched? Since then, they've undoubtedly become one of the biggest names in London restaurants (and beyond). And with a launch in New York next year, huge things are ahead of them. 

In the meantime they've chosen to take a look back to the past as they prepare to launch the Haw…

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Meatballs and Beer unite for Hackney's Mason and Company

The next restaurant to open in the Hackney food hub Here East is a combo meatball and beer joint, Mason and Company. It's a collaboration between Ed Mason, founder of Hackney’s Five Points Brewing Company, and Rachel Jones, founder of street food stall, Capish?. 

Yes, there will be lots of beer. Expect 20 draught taps as well as bottled and canned beer, new beer launches, food and beer pairings,…

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Gordon Ramsay's Heddon St Kitchen launching a Summer promenade with make-your-own ice lollies

We do like the sound of this alfresco terrace revamp coming to Gordon Ramsay's Heddon Street Kitchen, this Summer. From the end of June, they'll convert the terrace to a Summer Promenade outside Heddon St Kitchen, all with a seaside look. 

They'll have seasonal dishes on offer - but it's the dessert that grabbed us. You'll be able to create your own ice cream lollies with flavours  including rasp…

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A second Ostuni Puglina restaurant is coming to Highgate

Fans of Ostuni restaurant, which is devoted to food and wine of Southern Italian region Puglia, should rejoice as a second venue is on the way. This time, they're opening in Highgate, with a new 95 seater restaurant.  - sh

As with the original, the Puglian focus will continue, so looking at the original you can expect dishes like: 

  • Crispy baked salt cod with aquaviva’s red onions
  • Octopus stewed…

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The New Tate Modern Switch House brings with it a new bar and restaurant for the South Bank

Big changes are coming to Tate Modern next month as the big new 10 storey Switch House building is launched. The huge new building that's been attached to the main gallery also means they're bringing a brand new bar and restaurant to the South Bank. 

First off, there's the Tate Modern Bar (Switch House, Level 1), then there's the Tate Modern Restaurant (Switch House, Level 9) - and there's a 10th…

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Zia Lucia, A new pizza place is coming to Holloway Road

We've been in the Islington area for a long time now and we've really noticed that the past few years or so have seen a real improvement in Holloway Road's food scene. So we look with interest to the opening of a new pizzeria, Zia Lucia, which is different enough to get our attention...  

The pizza bases are 48-hour slow fermented doughs. And there are four options to choose from - we're particul…

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There's a Brazilian pub Rio Boteco popping up in London Fields

In perfect time for the Olympics in Rio this summer is a Brazilian popup hitting London Fields. Rio Boteco is described as a Brazilian corner shop pub and it's part of a new cinema/record store/coffee shop and bookshop space next door to Climpson's Arch called the Institute of Light.

Devised by Brazilian event organisers MargoCamilo, what you're looking at for Rio Boteco is a menu of tapas and st…

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Ahi Poké seafood restaurant comes to Fitzrovia

So Poke's DEFINITELY a thing at the moment, as there's another restaurant specialising in the Hawaiian fish dish on the way. Ahi Poké is on the way to Fitzrovia with Poké and more on the menu.

The vibe they're aiming for is "simple Hawaiian beach shacks crossed with the laid back poké bar vibes of LA" LA is where owners Jeremy Coste, Gabriel Cohen-Elia and David Bellaiche researched the idea - th…

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Test Driving the Lighterman - a bespoke bar and restaurant for King's Cross

We head over to Granary Square in King's Cross to see what the people behind Percy and Founders have in store with The Lighterman.…

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The Hawksmoor Spitalfields bar launches a new Lobster Roll and classic cocktails

This, frankly lovely-looking thing is the new lobster roll that has just hit the menu at the Hawksmoor Spitalfields bar. It's all part of their ten year celebrations which also sees the cocktail menu taken over by "The Gin Years", showcasing some of their best cocktails from the past decade. Shakey Pete's Ginger Brew and the wonderful Marmalade cocktail are making a return to the menu. And, as ev…

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