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Little Smoke Opens

Next month will see the opening of Little Smoke, the next restaurant from Noble Inns, the team behind Smokehouse, The Pig and Butcher and The Princess of Shoreditch and once again it’s all about the meat. Sourcing their ingredients from small independent farmers, the restaurant will specialise in whole native and rare breed animals. Made up of beef, lamb and pork dishes, the menu will change daily depending on what has been butchered that day – the animals will all be butchered on-site at Smokehouse before being roasted, smoked and grilled at Little Smoke. So you can expect to find […]

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Jikoni Now Open

Jikoni is the Swahili term for kitchen, it’s also the name of Marylebone’s latest restaurant which opened this week on Blandford Street. Opened by the award-winning food writer and cook, Ravinder Bhogal, Jikoni will bring together the flavours and cooking techniques of East Africa, Britain, the Middle East and Asia and will be a celebration of the maternal figures that inspired her love of food and cooking. Divided into snacks, small plates, big plates and puddings, you’ll find British classics but not as you know them. Take the Scotch egg, a firm favourite at Ravinder’s pop-ups but not as you […]

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What To Do This Weekend: 23rd-25th September

The weekend is in sight! You just have two days to get through and then you can walk out that door on Friday evening, straight into a weekend packed with cocktails, bottomless brunches, culture (we’ve got two art events and an exhibition this weekend) and classic dining. Oh weekend we’ve missed you!

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Where the Pancakes Are

One of the best days of the year? Shrove Tuesday or you might know it as pancake day. The one day in the year when it is perfectly legitimate to eat 10 pancakes in one go and no one bats an eyelid. Sure you can do it another day of the year, but it doesn’t have the same feeling of accomplishment, you just look greedy. What you should do when you want to eat pancakes, is go to Where the Pancakes Are, which, this month opens its first permanent restaurant in Flat Iron Square. Created by Patricia Trijbit, the fluffy, […]

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Oktoberfest Comes To The Frog

Walk around the streets of Shoreditch this Autumn and you’re going to feel like you’re further east (and a little bit further south) than you actually are. Munich to be precise. Oktoberfest is being celebrated all over the city and despite the last minute, unforeseen cancellation of the 2015 London festivities at Tobacco Dock, 2016 is looking brighter. The renowned German festival is coming to The Frog E1 in a collage of big bratwurst, giant pretzels and beer-filled steins; all the iconic elements that bring warmth and comfort to a crisp, dark evening. Pioneering the three-week long celebrations is Head Chef, Adam Handling, […]

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Roma Opens: Feast Like an Emperor

When we found out that new restaurant Roma was based on Ancient Rome and the Romans, the first thing we thought of was what we were taught about Roman feasting at school, how they supposedly ate until they could physically eat no more, would be sick and then keep going. Apparently that is a myth… most disappointing. However, they were indeed decadent, they loved to eat, even if some of their dishes were questionable – udders anyone? It’s this passion for food that is inspiring the new Fenchurch restaurant – which history fans might know was the site of a […]

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Cabotte Opens: All the Wine

In French, the word Cabotte means a small dwelling, found in a vineyard – a refuge for workers, somewhere they could store their tools and eat. In London, however, it is a new French restaurant which has just opened in the City on Gresham Street by award-winning Master Sommeliers, Xavier Rousset and Gearoid Devaney.  Created by Head Chef Ed Boarland, the menu will include a combination of classic and modern French dishes such as Oeuf Meurette; a ham and parsley terrine with apple and raisin chutney; beef cheek bourguignon served en cocotte with savoy cabbage and it’s rumoured that Ed’s […]

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Butchies Hatch: Award-Winning Fried Chicken

When it comes to the things that sandwich dreams are made of then fried buttermilk chicken in soft butter-toasted buns is where it’s at. Just read that again, buttery toast and fried chicken. Heaven. Good thing then that the award-winning sandwiches from Butchies are to have their first permanent home in Camden Market following their stall at Broadway Market. Created by Garrett FitzGerald and his wife, Emer their aim is to bring chicken sandwiches to the same level as the beloved burger. Named after some of Garrett’s favourite fictional pop culture characters, they will be serving up four free-range chicken […]

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Mad Hatter’s Tipsy Evening Tea

A tipsy tumble down the rabbit hole has got catastrophic hallucinatory trip written all over it, but when you factor in Sanderson as the destination and an evening tea as the destination, this suddenly becomes a comforting, indulgent immersion. And that’s exactly what Mad Hatters Tipsy Evening Tea at Sanderson induces. Autumn evenings are approaching and The Tipsy Evening Tea menu is changing accordingly with new savoury treats, sweet delights and warming cocktails to see you through the crisp evenings in Sanderson’s courtyard garden. Seasonally inspired, prepared to be lured by a dark chocolate and raspberry liqueur martini, enticed by […]

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Sofitel Launch Wine Days

In London there’s no such thing as a dedicated ‘wine day’ – with a glass on Monday evening to celebrate getting through the day, a wine-fuelled Tuesday night ‘meeting’ with a colleague and once you get to Wednesday there is no need for justification. Sofitel London St James is launching Sofitel Wine Days, a curated collection of wine cocktails which is running from 21st September to 31st October.  Available in the intimate St James Bar and the sophisticated The Balcon restaurant, the cocktails will feature French wines in celebration of the French wine harvest and will include the likes of […]

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Tootoomoo: Pan-Asian in Islington

An ancient Indonesian folktale tells the tale of a little girl called Tootoomoo, who became friends with The Giant through food. Sounds like our sort of friendship and it’s this story that sets the scene for Tootoomoo which opened yesterday in Islington. Ancient recipes meet modern cooking at this Pan-Asian restaurant and the menu, created by Executive Chef Ricky Pang, brings together Malaysian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. Start with sharing dishes like Shichimi squid, crispy smoked chicken and vegetarian potstickers, before moving onto sushi including yuzu salmon maki, soft shell crab maki and Californian prawn rolls. You’ll find […]

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Gaucho’s Divine Bovine Goes Global

Cows; aesthetically displeasing, ponderous beasts that will never be described by such terms as ‘captivating’ or ‘fascinating’ but by God they taste great, and if there’s one establishment that knows it, it’s Gaucho. In celebration of the fine cut Gaucho are taking their annual Divine Bovine event global for one night only. This is a night that will pay homage to the finest of Argentine Aberdeen Angus beef, the delivery of which Gaucho fervently commit. Taking place at their newly refurbished Piccadilly restaurant with interiors inspired by the visually striking Ombu (enormous trees prevalent in Argentina) guests will be on […]

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