Celebrity NY chef Jean-Georges to open Leicester Square restaurant

[Update: Spice Market London opened on 14 February 2011]

On the site of what used to be the Swiss Centre, New York celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten recently announced he's opening a London branch of Spice Market, his popular restaurant in the Meatpacking district of New York. spice Market London will be the destination restaurant at the W Hotel on Leicester Square when it opens next year.


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Marlon Abela - the man behind The Greenhouse and Umu in London and A Voce in New York, among others, is planning two new restaurants for London in addition to his latest venture, Cassis, which opened just a few weeks ago.

In an interview with Caterersearch, Abela admits that an announcement on a new London restaurant is imminent. 'We have signed the deal on a new acquisition - a new restaurant in…

Read more: Marlon Abela confirms plan to open A Voce in London

New champagne bars for Paddington and ParamountIt's the festive season and what better way to celebrate Christmas than with a glass of two of fizz? Perfect timing then for the new champagne bar which opened yesterday at Paddington station. It's the latest in the Searcy's chain of champagne bars - they also run the ones at St Pancras and Westfield - and is going to focus on British sparkling wine producers with wines such as Balfour Brut Rosé,…

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There's a gem of a story in the Metro about a Paddington curry house which has just been done for writing its own fake reviews. Anyone passing by The Connoisseurs Indian Tandoori on Norfolk Place might have been swayed into trying it by the array of good reviews this small, neighbourhood North Indian curry restaurant had on display.

The Connoisseurs featured write-ups and recommendations from every…

Read more: Paddington curry house fined for fake Fay Maschler review

Skyroom bar opens for Christmas on Tooley Street

If you're bored of the usual bars and looking for somewhere extraordinary to take a pre-prandial drink this weekend, you might want to take a wander down Tooley Street. Eagle-eyed denizens of London Bridge may have noticed the Skyroom balancing precariously over the edge of the fifth floor of Magdalen House at 148 Tooley Street.

Magdelen House, it transpires, is the headquarters of the Architecture…

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Burger King opens standalone dessert bar in London's Westfield

At Hot Dinners we are usually more interested by London's finer dining establishments, but we find ourselves strangely drawn to the idea of the new Burger King dessert bar which has just opened in London's Westfield shopping centre.

The Westfield dessert bar is only Europe's second standalone Burger King dessert bar to open (the first was in Benidorm). It will serve up existing products, such as BK…

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A sneak peak at the South Bank Chocolate FestivalNestled among the Christmas markets and party revellers on the South Bank this weekend, the Chocolate Festival will be providing some pre-Christmas indulgence on a grand scale. Some of the best chocolatiers from around the country will be hosting tastings, demonstrations and more as stalls sell hot chocolate, truffles, caramels and all things cacao.

We were lucky enough to be invited along to a pre…

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Sketch pop-up cafe launches at the Royal Academy

Last week, Hot Dinners was invited to the launch of the new GSK Contemporary – Aware: Art Fashion Identity exhibition at the Royal Academy.  What has this to do with food, you might ask?  Well, for the second year, Sketch are providing a pop-up café to coincide with the event. And so, Hot Dinners was able to play its favourite game of chase the canapé, under the pretence of taking in some culture.…

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Updated: 13 January 2012: Gordon's first Las Vegas restaurant will be called Gordon Ramsay Steak and is expected to open in Spring 2012. The steakhouse will have 274 covers and includes a large bar area, chef's table and private dining room in addition to the main room.

It may be situated in the Paris Las Vegas hotel, but the steakhouse will have a solidly British feel, offering dishes such as fis…

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Bougie Macaron launches in Covent Garden's Russell Street

Hot Dinners braved the snow on Wednesday to head down to the launch of the recently-opened Bougie Macaron & Tea at 3 Russell Street in Covent Garden. Run by Frenchman Jean Nedelec, the West End branch is the second of the Parisien-inspired patisseries to open, their flagship store is in Edinburgh.

The menu and location make Bougie good for a spot of brunch, or an afternoon pick-me up, having a…

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We’re liking the sound of the new QV Bar opening on the ground floor of Quo Vadis in January. According to a press release the bar will be run by award-winning mixologist Paul Mant, who’s presided over the bar at the Quo Vadis members’ club for the past few years.

The bar will have its own bar menu featuring such delights as salt cod fritters with tartar sauce and Montgomery Cheddar and smoked Tre…

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Heston’s London restaurant causes booking meltdown

Table bookings for Heston Blumenthal’s new Knightsbridge restaurant almost brought booking lines down today as more than 4000 covers were booked in the first five hours of the telephone lines opening this morning. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal opens at the London Mandarin Oriental Hotel on 31 January 2011, but advance reservations opened for the restaurant this morning at 9am.

‘They’re absolutely sw…

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At 9am this morning (December 1st) the booking lines opened for Heston Blumenthal's eagerly awaited London restaurant - Dinner by Heston Blumenthal.  Given that it's the first London restaurant to be opened by arguably Britain's top chef you can expect enormous interest and a long battle to make a reservation.  As with any hard-to-book restaurant, if you're prepared to try for a mid-week lunch, th…

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It was one of the biggest restaurant stories of the past few weeks, that Jeremy King and Chris Corbin had finally signed a deal to open a sibling restaurant to their massively successful Piccadilly hub The Wolseley.

Now Hot Dinners has learned that the new Wolseley – which will be very similar to the Piccadilly restaurant, but won’t carry its name, should be open in time for Christmas next year. A…

Read more: Wolseley Mark Two will open its doors next November

Trine Hahnemann hosts Danish embassy's Yule party

Hot Dinners is full of the festive spirit following a party over at the Danish embassy last night where cookery writer Trine Hahnemann presided over a splendid spread for the Ambassador’s Nordic Yule do. (We'll forbear from any mention of Ferrero Rocher, we swear!)

‘Nordic cooking has changed completely over the last 20 years,’ she told us, before plying us with canapés including cubes of slow-coo…

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