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Rodizio Rico

Thanks to Rodizio Rico, London’s authentic Churrascaria de Rodizio, a Brazilian carnival atmosphere is at play in Fulham Broadway – spilling out onto the street courtesty of a stunning alfresco Caipirinha Bar. But what is Churrascaria? Prounounced ‘shoe-hoss-korea’ it means barbecue in Portuguese and Rodizio means rotating. Just like in its native Brazil, there’s no formal menu so diners pay a fixed price and carvers pass from table to table, slicing sizzling roasted meats – straight from a charcoal fire – from skewers onto your plate. Experienced passador carvers glide from table to table with a huge array of meats […]

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Assaggini

The Italian small plates trend is gaining further momentum with the launch of the contemporary Assaggini in Haymarket this month. The name Assaggini, translates as ‘a selection of small dishes’ and the restaurant offers just that. The menu boasting fresh seasonal Italian ingredients, is designed for sharing, matched with Italian regional wines and beers and is further divided into ‘stuzzicchini’ (smaller plates), ‘dalla fattoria’ (larger dishes literally meaning ‘form the farm’), ‘al mare’ (seafood), ‘contorni’ (vegetable side dishes) and ‘dolcetti’ (desserts – always sounding less sinful in the diminutive!). Take-aways are also available with a wide selection of Italian wines […]

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CREATE11

Now in its fourth year, the 2011 CREATE11 Festival celebrates East London’s standing as the largest and most dynamic cultural area in Europe through over 200 events and exhibitions featuring art, design, film, music and theatre. This year, food is taking centre stage with new initiative, Restaurants in Residence. Set in Create House, donated by Canary Wharf Group plc, the festival will feature some of London’s best pop-up restaurants and interactive art installations showcasing four of the very best from London’s underground dining scene: The Clove Club, A Bit More Of What You Fancy, Shacklewell Nights and Bistrotheque. Kicking off […]

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Sketch & The Royal Academy

London's exclusive Sketch restaurant and club is flexing it creative muscles once more. The hip Conduit Street venue has joined forces with the Royal Academy of Arts to offer the ultimate afternoon of fine dining and fine art. From 7th June to 15th August Sketch will be offering cultural vultures a three-course lunch with a glass of Champagne in the Michelin-starred Lecture Room restaurant plus and a ticket for the acclaimed Summer exhibition at the nearby Royal Academy – and all for a bargain £46 per person. Sketch was launched in 2002 by Mourad 'Momo' Mazouz and French master chef Pierre Gagnaire […]

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Rock Lobsta

The well-trodden territory of the well-heeled gourmet, the lobster has, alongside oysters and caviar, long enjoyed pole position on the expensive section of the menu. However, just like the trustafarian, it’s recently decided to go a bit more, well, street. The ultimate reclamation of the lobster, launching today for a limited four day run is Rock Lobsta, taking up residence next door to hip East London fashion boutique, Luna & Curious. Rock Lobsta is the brainchild of Harrods’ food hall GM (formerly of the Conran restaurant group), Adam van den Bussche, chef and food consultant Carl Clarke (Turnmills, Wish in […]

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Roganic

Simon Rogan who moved to the picturesque village of Cartmel in Cumbria back in 2002 to set up the now renowned Michelin starred restaurant with rooms, L’Enclume, is back in the smoke to launch brand new and semi eponymously named venture, Roganic near Marylebone High Street. Rogan has an intense passion for organic, local and foraged food and L’Enclume was just the start. In 2008, he went on to open informal Brit brasserie Rogan & Co, also in Cartmel and he runs, in addition, the 15-acre Howbarrow Farm in the Cartmel Valley, where he grows his own vegetables, fruit, herbs […]

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VOC

The capital already boasts watering holes encompassing every decade from 1920’s elegance to 60’s kitch and everything in between. But just launched in Kings Cross is VOC, London’s first 17th century inspired bar from Fluid Movement mixologists’ collective aka Thomas Aske, Matt Whiley, Bryan Pietersen and Tristan Stephenson, the team behind Marylebone’s Purl and the Whistling Shop in Shoreditch. VOC specialises in barrel-aged drinks so you can expect bespoke cocktails aged in wax sealed bottles and oak casks and a pioneering cocktail menu offers punches and shrubs made on the premises. And to ensure guests get the full-on 17th century […]

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Tea at The Goring Hotel

If you're coming from a tour around Buckingham Palace, or simply running early for your afternoon train at Victoria Station, why not indulge yourself on a selection of delicious finger sandwiches and unique cakes at The Goring Hotel. For £35 per person, treat yourself to their award winning teas 'brewed to your liking', the egg savoury and a variety of small dishes like the lobster and mango appetiser or the more traditional freshly baked scones. A more unusual take on tea features a sponge flip flop that you can try while overlooking 'tea on the beach at basil's' in the garden, […]

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St. Martins Lane Hotel hosts Dri Dri.

With the galateria already becoming a big favourite with residents and tourists of Portobello,  Dri Dri is looking to take it's business into the centre of London with the help of the St. Martins' Front Room. You'll walk into a scene inspired by the Mediterranean, the beach themed pop up parlor will be complete with everything you'd be used to seeing by the sea! Using the best organic ingredients from all over Europe, Dri Dri creator Adriano di Pertrillo has spared no expense in sourcing the elements that go into each flavour including coffee beans from Arabia, lemons from Scicily, and even our […]

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The Brasserie

Altitude London just got bigger! This month the venue is launching The Brasserie on the ground floor of the iconic Millbank Tower with seating for 30 inside spilling out onto a street-side terrace with space for a further 80 people. A relaxed egalitarian policy means that the venue does not accept reservations so it’s first come first served. The menu features classic brasserie fare such as Rib-eye Steak, Sausages and Mash, Shoulder of Lamb in a Herb Crust and Sea Bass with Crushed New Potatoes, alongside a selection of freshly prepared sandwiches, salads and stone baked pizzas. But we did […]

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Picasso

King’s Road just got a new all-day eatery (well sort of) from Black and Blue group. Following on from their successful steak and burger joints across the capital from Borough to Notting Hill Black and Blue have just taken over Chelsea’s Picasso and given the erstwhile, and dare we say, slightly grotty cafe a whole new lease of life with a contemporary and stylish decor flooded with sunshine via the sky light window. Menu-wise, steaks and burgers are the name of the game alongside a selection of seafood dishes and salads. All meat comes directly from the restaurant’s own butchers, […]

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Mahiki Motel

This summer Polynesian paradise Mahiki, beloved by Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Kate Moss, Rihanna and Emma Watson (to name but a few celebrity guests) and erstwhile favourite of Kate Middleton is launching two brand new concepts – a dining area in the lounge and the enigmatically titled No-Tell Motel Room. Diners can settle down on colourful Hawaiian cushions surrounded by hand-carved wooden figures, and suspended flotsam and jetsam to enjoy sharing style dishes created by head chef Darius Endriukaitis. Think Mahiki Burgers, Mini-Sliders of Angus Steak, Canadian Lobster Nachos with guacamole and Duck Confit Egg Rolls with sweet plum sauce and truffle. […]

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