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Bistrot Bruno Loubet at the Zetter reviewed

The restaurant at the Zetter Hotel in Clerkenwell has long been a good-looking venue in need of a better chef. With Bruno Loubet at the helm, finally this restaurant has the brilliant cooking to go with the space. Loubet, together with his partners at the Zetter, Mark Sainsbury and Michael Benyan, has created a restaurant with a real sense of excitement.

The night Hot Dinners was invited, mid-week…

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Five minutes with Theo Randall

Hot Dinners caught up with chef Theo Randall, at Islington’s La Dolce Vita food show and found out what he’s up to next and where he’s eaten well recently.

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The Sunday Times’ Christine Toomey reports in today’s paper of her visit to El Bulli’s Barcelona workshop where Ferran Adria drops a series of hints as to how one might secure a table at El Bulli once it reopens in 2014 as a gastronomic think tank.

‘Maybe one week we will do just breakfasts. The next, we might be closed. The following, we might serve just one extraordinary supper.’ Another idea be…

Read more: Ferran Adria on how El Bulli will operate from 2014

London restaurant news round-up

Restaurant industry hours challenged
The parents of a London chef who died this week of complications following a bout of tonsillitis blamed the long hours he was working as a sous chef in the Tate Modern restaraurant for his death. 23-year-old Nathan Laity’s mother told the Daily Mail that her son ‘had just done 27 days on the trot, working 14-hour days. He got so r…

Read more: London chef dies, family blames long working hours

Heston Blumenthal has received just over £200,000 in compensation following the temporary closure of the Fat Duck for two weeks last year. That’s good news for Heston, but according to the Daily Mail, some of the guests who suffered food poisoning are still waiting for their payout.

Meanwhile, keep your eyes peeled for Heston and Delia, who’ll be appearing in a three minute ad slot during Corrie t…

Read more: Heston gets £200k comp over Fat Duck closure

Bar Pepito opens its doors in King's Cross

To King’s Cross recently, where the owner of Camino has extended across the courtyard at the Regent Quarter to open up an Andalusian bodega/sherry bar called Bar Pepito.

Every conceivable kind of sherry is on offer, and at the launch Gonzalez Byass’ brand manager, the fabulously-named José Argudo López de Carrizosa, had flown in from Jerez to talk us through the best of them.

Two we particularly l…

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Lunch with Simon Parker Bowles

The restaurateur behind Green's in Mayfair and the City tells us what he thinks of restaurant reviewers, how London restaurant fashions have changed over the decades and why he’s not impressed with eating out fads.…

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Eating out at Viet Grill

It's already touted as the kind of place other chefs love to eat, with Mark Hix being a particular fan, so when Hot Dinners was invited down to try out the recently revamped Viet Grill earlier this month, we jumped at the chance.

Situated on the Dalston/Hoxton boundary on the Kingsland Road, Viet Grill is the sister restaurant of the nearby Cay Tre.  Aimed at a more casual audience, Viet Grill has…

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Tickets for the Taste of London festival go on sale today and we can reveal the restaurants who've already signed up for this summer's event:

Almeida & Restaurant Sauterelle
L'Anima
Asia de Cuba
Awana
Benares
Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill
Busaba Eathai
The Cinnamon Club
Club Gascon
Colony Bar & Grill
Dinings
Fino
Gaucho
Le Gavroche
The Grill at The Dorchester
Launceston Place
Maze
Mennula
Min Jiang
The Mo…

Read more: Taste of London Festival 2010 restaurants revealed

Twilight star Kristen Stewart made her debut appearance on America’s Jay Leno show this week and much of the chat was about her recent trip to London.

Leno, a known foodie, wondered what Kristen thought of the London dining scene. ‘I actually don't mind it,’ she told Leno, adding ‘It's got a bad rap. I know you’re really into food and you’re really into food and you don’t like eating there.’

 ‘W…

Read more: Kristen Stewart defends London’s restaurants

Great interview with El Gordo in today's Observer Food Monthly in which Gordon and interviewer Simon Garfield go over a number of knotty issues that have beset Ramsay over the last year or so. Reassuringly, the chef is characteristically blunt on all counts.

On losing money with his Paris restaurant: "The reason I lost €1.3m in Paris is because the French have become fucking lazy. They want to wor…

Read more: Gordon Ramsay on Petrus, Marcus and lazy Parisians

La Dolce Vita Festival - the best of Italy in Islington

To Islington this weekend, just a hop skip and a jump away from Hot Dinners HQ to La Dolce Vita Festival of Italian food and wine at the Business Design Centre. Lucky old us had a guided tour around some of the best stands in the show and our favourite things were as follows:

The idea of Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi's beer jelly trifle, made with Birra Moretti. For the recipe, see La Cucina Caldesi…

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Gordon Ramsay was in Qatar this week to open a branch of maze at the Pearl-Qatar, the first maze to be opened outside a hotel. The Gulf Times caught up with him to find Ramsay uncharacteristically frank about the factors that led to his restaurant in Claridges losing a star in the 2010 Michelin guide.

‘During the recession we cut corners, Ramsay told the paper. ‘We simplified the menu to entice cu…

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One of the best value wine pairing dinners in London?

Hot Dinners was recently invited to try out Dinner with Jordi – one of a new series of private dinners with wine-pairing at Vivat Bacchus in Farringdon. The Jordi in question is the Barcelona-born head-chef, Jordi Vila, whose training includes stints at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon and El Bulli.

Held once or twice a month, these dinners are fast-becoming hard to book and maybe that’s because they’re…

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The dates for the second London Restaurant Festival have just been announced. This year’s festival will run from 4-18 October 2010. ‘Our passionate commitment to encourage as many restaurants as possible to participate in the London Restaurant Festival in 2010 is now well underway,’ said festival co-founder Simon Davis.

'We want hundreds of restaurants across the capital to be running their own Fe…

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