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Mr Ji on Old Compton Street will be ALL about Taiwanese fried chicken

Inspired by trips to Taipei, Mr Ji's founder is now hoping to bring all the delights of the night time Taiwanese fried chicken scene to Soho's Old Compton Street.

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Here's who's taking part in the 2019 Croqueta Challenge - updated

Updated 25/9/19 with finalists' details

If the impending arrival of Autumn (if it isn't here already) has you depressed, then we have some good news to counter that. September may mean the end of the hols and back to work, but it also means that the Salt Yard Group Croqueta Challenge is just around the corner.

We've judged it for the past few years and it's always a cracking event - bringing toge…

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Volta do Mar sees ex-Salt Yard Group founder take on Portuguese food

The ex-Salt Yard Group founder returns to the fray with a Portuguese restaurant that'll start with custard tarts in the morning and move through to larger dishes in the evening.…

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The YBFs reveal the winners for 2019

 

We're well into the food and drink awards season at the moment. Following the AA Awards earlier this week, we have the turn of The YBF's who held their awards do last night. The awards are there to recocgnise and champion upcoming British talent, with judges that included Marina O’Loughlin, Yotam Ottolenghi and James Knappett. 

  • Alcohol - Lucy Do, The Dodo Micropub
  • Chef - Santiago…

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The Gladwin Brothers are opening Sussex on the old Arbutus site

They have success with The Shed, Rabbit and Nutbourne and now The Gladwin Brothers are opening their fourth restaurant, Sussex, in the space that used to be Arbutus.…

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Little Bat in Islington has gained a restaurant with Little Bat Kitchen

Change has come to Islington's LIttle Bat, the cocktail bar run by the same people behind Calooh Callay - it's been divided into two. The front part of the building will remain the Little Bat Bar, where the cocktails will continue to flow as before - but there's a change at the back. That's become the Little Bat Kitchen. …

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Brother Marcus is coming to Spitalfields

They've already had success with their restaurants in Balham and Islington and now Brother Marcus are heading to the City with their largest restaurant yet. Expect a similar Eastern-med approach to the cooking with some new dishes on the menu. …

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Tonkotsu's latest ramen restaurant is in Shoreditch

Tonkotsu really are becoming London's chief ramen joint with this, their eleventh opening in town. Expect the usual ramen (and a signature Shoreditch option) as well as gyoza and lots more. …

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Jason Atherton and Michael Caines win big at this year's AA Hospitality Awards

The annual AA Hospitality Awards took place at The Grosvenor last night, and a slew of London's chefs, restaurants and hotels picked up gongs for their good work this year.

The big winner of the night was Jason Atherton who was awarded Chef's Chef of the Year - a key award as it's voted for by his peers.

In a heartfelt post on Instagram Atherton said: "every now and again if you are lucky we get…

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Junkyard Golf Club find a permanent space in Broadgate Quarter

Junkyard Golf have been one of London's longest pop-ups, taking over a sizeable space in Brick Lane for the past three years with their crazy golf shenanigans. But now they're getting to move into a permanent space, not too far away from where they first started.

They'll be moving into a massive 12,000 sq ft space in Broadgate Quarter, just off Liverpool Street. The new space will have room for n…

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Moto bar and shop in Covent Garden will serve up sake and top Japanese snacks

Moto will be focusing strongly around Sake and other Japanese spirits, aiming to bring lesser-known varieties to London - all paired with bar snacks too. …

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Alcotraz is bringing its prison-themed cocktail bar to Covent Garden

It caused something of a stir when it opened originally in Brick Lane, but the prison-themed Alcotraz must be doing something right - as they've just announced a new three-month pop-up in the West End. 

Coming to Covent Garden, this time it's Alcotraz Penitentiary: Cell Block Six Eight. It's a basement speakeasy where you'll have to smuggle your alcohol past a warden and guards to…

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Leyton's Yardarm open their own, permanent restaurant

Following a few years of popups and residencies, Leyton wine bar and deli Yardarm is now making its restaurant space a permanent spot and keeping it in the family when it comes to the chef.…

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Alan Yau is back with Chyna and Yau Grilling in Canary Wharf's Wardian London

  

It's been a little quiet on the Alan Yau front this year, but that's all set to change. The Evening Standard reports that he’s working on three launches for 2020, so expect to see a lot more from him.

The Hong-Kong born restaurateur, founder of the Wagamama chain, as well as Hakkasan in Mayfair and the Yauatcha branches in Soho and Broadgate Circle, intends to open two of the three re…

Read more: Alan Yau is back with Chyna and Yau Grilling in Canary Wharf's Wardian London

Filthy Buns are bringing their burgers to Dalston's Three Compasses

 

Dalston is about to get a new burger bar, setting up shop in The Three Compasses. Filthy Buns, led by exec chef John Gladwell, will be settling down for a residency in the pub following their start on the street food scene this summer.  

Here's what's on offer:

  • Cheesy House (£8) - The ‘house’ cheeseburger. 45-day, dry-aged beef patty, double cheese (red & swiss…

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