A 15-year-old Guardian article saying that all the best Scottish seafood left Scotland headed for Spain, as there was no domestic market for the more esoteric or indeed expensive catches, stuck with Stephen Leroni, owner of new Stoke Newington restaurant Escocesa.
The former music producer opened his first restaurant Bar Esteban in 2013 in Crouch End with Pablo Rodriguez (ex Barrafina and Moro) and Naroa Ortega. Pablo served time in Michelin star restaurant Jean
Opening its doors on Holloway Road today is new wine and cheese store Provisions. It's the brainchild of two ex-Borough Wine blokes - Hugo and Ben. "We want to put the producer at the fore and tell their story to people here," Ben told Hot Dinners. "It’s what got us hooked on them in the first place and what we love about working with them."
Expect to find around 100 wines in stock from France and Italy. There'll be a wine refill system where a reusable bottle
Popular Korean restaurant group On The Bab is about to open another place. Their fourth restaurant will be right by St Paul's, but this place will be essentially a takeaway site with a few tables for eat-in.
If you've been to one of their other branches you'll know what to expect here - plenty of KFC (Korean fried chicken) with a choice of two flavours – sweet soy and sweet spicy, both topped with crushed peanuts. There'll also be steamed
The chocolate houses of London's past may have been dens of debauchery and political intrigue, but a new one planned for Islington's Chapel Market will be an altogether more respectable place. Jaz & Jul’s Chocolate House is the first bricks and mortar spot for popular Broadway Market stallholders Jasmine Kershaw and Juliet Sampson.
The new cafe and shop will serve what the pair declare to be indulgent proper hot chocolate - made on site using
So this really is big news. The Standard has landed one hell of a scoop, namely that Ruth Rogers, of River Cafe fame, is opening a new restaurant in Mayfair.
In their piece today she tells the paper that the new restaurant (the first since The River Cafe opened in 1987) will be run by
02/11/2015 - updated with soft launch info
Vats wine bar has been a pleasingly low-key place to quaff wine down on Lamb's Conduit Street since the 70s. In fact, Hot Dinners has rather pleasant, but vague, memories of evenings spent there so if anyone was going to take it
Opening its doors on Hackney's Well Street this week is Machine No. 3 - a brand new neighbourhood bar from the folk behind The Three Compasses in Dalston.
The 70-seater bar will be cocktail-focused with drinks ranging from the Smoky Tommy - Gusano Rojo Mezcal, Agave, Lime (£7) to Black Feather - Baron de Sigognac VS, Lillet Blanc, Sec, Peach Bitters (£8). There'll also be wide range of craft beer (expect to see pale ale served up by brand new Dalston brewery
Currently in Soho you can find a restaurant devoted to polenta and one serving only cheese toasties - now there's a new single ingredient carb spot to add to the mix - The Potato Project.
This new restaurant, opened by Ksenia Karpenko who used to be Head Sommelier at Four to Eight in Covent Garden, says it's bringing a twist to the classic baked potato. So expect to see toppings like smoked ham hock, cheddar & piccalilli, prawn & bourbon Marie Rose sauce and
Just opened this week, there's a new Zebrano in town - this time they've come to the City, hence their name... Zebrano in the City.
It's certainly a pretty striking room looking at the image above (some of the design is being described as an "explosion of energy") and this latest venue is pretty big too. It's 6000 square feet (i.e. a LOT) and it'll be a combined restaurant bar and club.
Updated 26/10 with soft launch details.
Since leaving Kopapa, Selin Kiazim has become a bigger and bigger name with a series of very successful supperclubs while searching for a place of her own. Now she's found it and is getting ready to settle down in Shoreditch with Oklava.
There's another addition on the way to the host of new restaurants that have been arriving in Kingly Court. This time, it's the turn of the kebab as Le Bab is aiming for a "kebab renaissance" .
There will be a seasonal kebab menu at the heart of things. Kicking things off, the winter menu will feature:
Already a popular venue in its own right, Camden Town Brewery is expanding. They're getting ready to open a new sister venue called Camden's Daughter.
It's all about the kebabs. They say they'll be "be stacking and spinning our own chicken and lamb kebabs" and as they're all made from sustainably sourced meat they'll be considerably better than many a kebab shop you might stumble into. They'll
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
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
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
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