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Palomar, Max's Sandwich Shop & more lead Observer Food Monthly Awards 2015

It's that time of the year again, as the food awards season comes to a close with one of our favourite (and often one of the starriest) ceremonies, the Observer Food Monthly Awards.

This year, some top London places came away with the plaudits and we must say we're particularly pleased to see that Max's Sandwich Shop (pictured and which IS amazing) get voted top of the best Cheap Eats category. L…

Read more: Palomar, Max's Sandwich Shop & more lead Observer Food Monthly Awards 2015

The new Waitrose in King's Cross comes with a wine bar attached

If you're in the King's Cross area and in need of a quiet drink, there's a new place that's just opened. It's the massive new Waitrose near Granary Square and it has a wine bar tucked away at the back.

They've been adding these bars to some new stores but this is the first time we've stumbled across one ourselves. So if you fancy a quiet bite and a glass in the area - it might be worth checking o…

Read more: The new Waitrose in King's Cross comes with a wine bar attached

45 Jermyn Street by Fortnum & Mason takes over from The Fountain

Updated 15/10/15 with new image and opening date

There's a new restaurant from Fortnum & Mason on the way, and it's taking the place of the Fountain brasserie that's been open for 60 years - so it's a big move for the store. It will be rechristened as 45 Jermyn Street and they're apparently going for a restaurant that recaptures "a golden age of glamour".

In practice, that means an all-day r…

Read more: 45 Jermyn Street by Fortnum & Mason takes over from The Fountain

German Gymnasium gets ready to open in King's Cross from D&D

Updated 14/10/15 with opening date

No, it's not some kind of new fitness craze, this is the latest restaurant from D&D that's opening in King's Cross. It's absolutely huge, as anyone who crosses between St Pancras and King's Cross will tell you (it's the building that was completely covered up until recently) and promises to be D&D's biggest restaurant yet.

Yes, it used to be a gym. It's…

Read more: German Gymnasium gets ready to open in King's Cross from D&D

Jun Tanaka's new restaurant is The Ninth in Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia

Jun Tanaka is coming back with his own restaurant. Previously best known for his Pearl in Holborn and with the Street Kitchen business with Mark Jankel (which is doing very nicely) this is his long-anticipated solo restaurant and sees him taking over the space that once held Nizuni. 

It's a French/Mediterranean neighbourhood style restaurant. It's a regularly changing seasonal menu and one that p…

Read more: Jun Tanaka's new restaurant is The Ninth in Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia

Night Tales to launch Tokyo Nights in Shoreditch

Not only are they getting ready to open a new permanent bar, the Night Tales team are also coming back to Shoreditch, transforming their space into something that'll mimic the back streets of Japan. 

There will be four new bars - all created with influences from various places in Japan. Among those is the Golden Gai Cocktail Bar with Japanese 7 spice mulled cider, Lychee Gimlet and Lemon grass ‘D…

Read more: Night Tales to launch Tokyo Nights in Shoreditch

Eat Bake Love sees Dan Doherty and a host of top chefs in a bread bake-off

If you're missing your weekly Bake Off fix - then this is for you. Some of the country's top chefs are combining forces to create one-off bakery themed dishes and raise money for Action Against Hunger.

The city's leading artisan bakery, The Bread Factory, has organised a charity event called Eat Bake Love, together with Duck and Waffle executive chef Dan Doherty, to be held on November 8th at the…

Read more: Eat Bake Love sees Dan Doherty and a host of top chefs in a bread bake-off

Pho & Bun are introducing a bao burger hybrid to London

Londoners prepare yourself - hitting Shaftesbury Avenue this month is what promises to be the perfect fusion between two of the city's current food obsessions - burger and bao. Pho & Bun is the brainchild of Holborn restaurant Viet Eat's owner Andy Le. The new Vietnamese spot will focus on Pho and their steamed milky bun burger.

And while the rest of the dishes all sound lovely - rare sirlo…

Read more: Pho & Bun are introducing a bao burger hybrid to London

MEATliquor reveal plans to open in Islington off Upper Street

Updated 13/10/15 with pics.

Well it seems that there well and truly is a god. It's not a secret that Hot Dinners is based in Islington, so when news popped into our inbox that MEATliquor was planning on opening their fourth restaurant here, well to say we were pleased isn't the half of it.

They're going to open where in the site where Pipsdish once was - an abandoned Citroen garage just off Islin…

Read more: MEATliquor reveal plans to open in Islington off Upper Street

Chiltern Firehouse chef takes over at Mission

A year on from opening Mission in Bethnal Green, from the wonder wine due Sager + Wilde, is hitting its strike with a whole new team both in the kitchen and front of house. Taking over from James de Jong in the kitchen is Australian chef Sebastien Myers. Myer worked under Nuno Mendes at Viajante before heading up the kitchen at Chiltern Firehouse. He's most recently done a stage at Faviken before…

Read more: Chiltern Firehouse chef takes over at Mission

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