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som saa kicks off its plans to go permanent with crowdfunding

Update 9/9/15

And it's reached the crowdfunding goal after only two days - making £700k. Very impressive!

Original article follows...

Climpson's Arch has had plenty of its long-term residents go very big when they opened their own places - the most obvious recent example being Kitty Fishers - and the very successful Som Saa is getting ready to graduate too.

If you're not aware of som saa yet, yo…

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Yoshihiro Murata returns to London with Tokimeitē in Mayfair

He may hold seven Michelin stars across his three Japanese restaurants, but top chef Yoshihiro Murata found the London market slightly harder to break into than he may have expected. His first attempt, in 2012, with Chrysan lasted just six months. But the chef has brushed himself off and returned to these shores for a second venture.

Tokimeitē will open this autumn in Mayfair and is owned by JA Z…

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Former Hakkasan chef to open Vietfood on Wardour Street

Wardour Street is hotting up and the arrival of Vietfood sounds like just the ticket. It's a new restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Jeff Tan who was the Head Chef at Hakkasan Mayfair for its first three years.

The two floor restaurant will focus on the streetfood side of Vietnamese cuisine - so there'll be bowls of Pho or Bun - made from sixteen hour simmered bone marrow stock or chicken broth…

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Hot Dinners does brunch with Yotam Ottolenghi to celebrate his new book NOPI

We can't honestly think of a better way to start the week - sitting down with Yotam Ottolenghi at a special brunch to mark the launch of his latest cookbook. NOPI, written together with his restaurant's head chef Ramael Scully, is Yotam's fifth book - complete with pages quite literally bathed in gold.

Yotam told us the main challenge was translating high-end restaurant dishes into ones which hom…

Read more: Hot Dinners does brunch with Yotam Ottolenghi to celebrate his new book NOPI

Bernardi's brings Italian cooking to Marylebone's Seymour Street

Updated 7/9/15 with opening date and soft launch details

Marylebone is getting a rather large new Italian restaurant and it sounds like it'll be fun. Bernardi’s is set to open on a corner site by the intersection of Seymour Place and Seymour Street where Maroush II once was. Set over two levels the venue will serve up lunch, cicchetti, dinner and evening cocktails with a breakfast/brunch offering…

Read more: Bernardi's brings Italian cooking to Marylebone's Seymour Street

The Five Star burger comes to Climpson's Arch for one night

For the second year running, The Five Star Burger event is bringing together five big names in aid of Action Against Hunger for a pretty special burger.

Launched by Tom Hunt of the newly opened Poco Tapas, the burger will have two 50 Day Aged Native Breed Patties from Bleecker St. Burger which will be topped with a trotter Cotechino made by Jackson Boxer, Comté cheese, ‘Impatient’ Rainbow Pickles…

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Where to celebrate International Bacon Day in London

It's International Bacon Day (Saturday 5th September). Which is as good a reason as any to try out any of the following:

1. Make your own

None of that shop bought stuff - head to Cannon and Cannon's Meat School and make your own bacon

2. Ultimate bacon sarnie

Got to be the one that top chef Bruno Loubet thought was worth backing - Le Swine

3. Bacon jam

Two of our favourite things in one pot - cre…

Read more: Where to celebrate International Bacon Day in London

Kensington Place adds a pop-up fish & chip shop Notting Gill Chippy

Updated 5/9/15 with extended opening details

Kensington Place has recently had a bit of a refurb and now they're adding something new - a pop up chippy. The food, as befits its location, is certainly more upmarket than most fish and chip shops.

For instance, on the menu will be:

  • Lobster Thermi-Bun, a savoury doughnut filled with lobster thermidor sauce (pictured). 
  • Bitter & Twisted Scampi - m…

Read more: Kensington Place adds a pop-up fish & chip shop Notting Gill Chippy

Where to order a Tomahawk steak in London

If a normal sized steak just isn't doing it for you - behold the Tomahawk special that's just gone on the menu at the new Meat and Shake in Ealing. It's part of their a new smokehouse menu and is 1700 grams of on-the-bone beef served with fries and sauce. The price of such meaty nirvana? £55 and you have to pre-order it 48 hours before.

4 other places to order a Tomahawk in London

Hawksmoor Knigh…

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Tim Anderson to open Nanban izakaya and ramen shop in Brixton

03/09/15 - updated with soft launch dates

After a much-anticipated wait, Tim Anderson has announced the opening of Nanban, his first restaurant in Brixton.

Situated on Coldharbour Lane, Nanban Brixton will be a combination izakaya and ramen shop. Diners can stop in for a quick bowl of noodles, or stay a little longer to enjoy a range of dishes to share, along with plenty of good Japanese beer and…

Read more: Tim Anderson to open Nanban izakaya and ramen shop in Brixton

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