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Dishoom heads for Soho/Carnaby for its next restaurant

Updated 1/1015 with soft launch details.

A few more details are creeping out about the ever-popular Dishoom, which is returning to central London for its next opening. It's a big site, being over 7000 sq ft - seating 196 and with a bit of courtyard space too which will seat 38 more. So yes, very big. 

For the look of this one, their taking the influence of Carnaby's history, crossed with the 60s…

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FOLD brings Vietnamese rolls to Brick Lane

First there were banh-mi. Then there were bao. Now there are folds - the latest south east Asian street food trend to hit the streets of London. A new Vietnamese restaurant - aptly titled FOLD - opens in Brick Lane later this month, based all around food you can fold. Traditionally known as the summer roll, the gluten free rice paper can be folded round a variety of fillings before being steamed,…

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Arbutus launches new bar - Les Couilles du Chien

This place is quite literally the dogs' bollocks. A Michelin starred restaurant with a sense of humour is opening a new bar - cheekily titled Les Couilles du Chien.

Arbutus in Soho is already known for its keenly priced contemporary food and huge range of wines available by the carafe, under the direction of chef patron Anthony Demetre. Now, the new bar will offer a chance to enjoy a far more inf…

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Five things to do in the 2015 London Restaurant Festival

Now in its seventh year, the London Restaurant Festival has 350 restaurants taking part across London in partnership with American Express, offering a host of special events and festival menus throughout October.

With so much on offer we've picked out our top five events to try in 2015.…

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The Savoy launches its Temptation Wheel evening menu at the Thames Foyer

So this is a bit of fun. The Savoy has introduced a Temptation Wheel - a roulette game where the wheel decides what chocolates, desserts or cocktail you go for. It's to showcase the new evening menu at the hotel's Thames Foyer where they currently do afternoon tea.

The idea is that you call for the wheel, which rolled to the table on a trolley. It's then spun and depending on where it ends up you…

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The Barrafina burger comes to MEATliquor

Haven't managed to make it into Barrafina yet? You can get a taste of it at all the MEATliquors, MEATmarket and MEATmission with the Barrafina Burger. 

The burger mixes unpasteurised Ermesenda cheese [imported from Catalonia], deep-fried panko coated rice morcilla with blended Mojo picon sauce, all topped with Russian dressing and house pickles - and the MEATliquor beef patty.

It's by MEATliquor'…

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Mangal Ocakbasi comes to Shoreditch with Mangal 1.1 at the Comedy Cafe Theatre

The original Mangal Ocakbasi is a 25 year old charcoal grill hit in Dalston, often lauded by chefs and an early example of how Londoners are only too happy to queue for some great comfort food.

And now they're making a move into Shoreditch, taking over the spot that's soon to be vacated by Jubo (who now have their own restaurant). They'll be appearing at the Comedy Café Theatre & Bedroom Bar…

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Zelman Meats replaces Rex & Mariano on St Anne's Court

Twitter was all abuzz with the news that popular seafood restaurant Rex and Mariano was closing.

Hot Dinners caught up with Dave Strauss from Goodman restaurants, owners of Rex and Mariano, to find out what was going on. First things first, he confirmed that R&M is indeed closing. The last service is expected to be on 17 October. "We got the formula wrong," he told us. "The restaurant was ver…

Read more: Zelman Meats replaces Rex & Mariano on St Anne's Court

House of Crab pops-up on Mayfair's Grosvenor Street

Just opened, very much on the QT in Mayfair is House of Crab, a short-term pop-up by James Chase of Chase distillery and Dominic Jacobs - the folk behind The Running Horse pub in Mayfair. This new seafood spot, where Chalet (aka Princess Diana's favourite restaurant) used to be, will be here until the end of January, after which the building it's in faces demolition.

As the name suggests, the men…

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Selfridges gets an impressive line-up for its Nordic Dinners

Now that we're officially into Autumn, it's nice to have something to look forward to and the new series of Nordic dinners coming up at Selfridges sounds like just our cup of lingonberry tea. The store has brought in an incredibly impressive range of chefs for the various dinners - these are going to be seriously hot tickets.

First up is a dinner on 19 October by Swedish chef Bjorn Frantzén whose…

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