JKS Restaurants (the restaurateurs with the Midas touch, behind Gymkhana, Hoppers and more) has announced it will open two new Motu Indian Kitchen sites this autumn, in Islington on 17 October and Swiss Cottage on 3 November, bringing its British Indian takeaway classics north of the river. The two new delivery kitchens will bring Motu to the […]

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XU, the new Taiwanese venture from the trio behind BAO (Shing Tat Ching, Wai Ting Ching and Erchen Chang) – and, of course, their backers JKS Restaurants (the Sethi siblings behind Hoppers and Gymkhana) – is to launch two private dining Mahjong games rooms on 2 October. The rooms will be available to hire for eating, […]

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It is oft remarked that we Brits love to queue, and when it comes to dining out in London sometimes that’s a necessity. According to recent research queues are governed by the rule of six – customers will only join a queue with less than six people and are only willing to wait six minutes. Restaurant-goers, […]

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Jay Rayner in The Observer enjoys a knowing attempt to bring the street inside at Borough Market’s El Pastór (from Barrafina founders, the Hart bros)… It’s “a fun space of bare brick and shiny metal and colourful murals; a knowing attempt to bring the street inside”, with “tequilas in worryingly large servings” and  “pork shoulder, marinated and […]

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It’s National Barbecue Week, so that means hunching over the rusty old Webber in your back garden with an umbrella – right? Not according to Giles Coren. He reviews Shoreditch’s Rök and Smokestak with such enthusiasm that he implores readers to visit one of these two smokehouses, rather than light the barbie in their own […]

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A couple who met in the kitchen at St John are opening their first restaurant, Sparrow, in Lewisham at the end of March. Terry Blake and Yohini Nandakumar say they will use seasonal British meat and vegetables and cook their favourite dishes – which gives them a pretty broad canvas. Between them they have notched up experience at Bao, […]

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⦿ In the Observer, Jay Rayner reviewed Barbecoa, the new Piccadilly flagship from Jamie Oliver (pictured, left, with Raymond Blanc), a grand and expensive “meat and smoke extravaganza“. “It feels like a big New York brasserie crossed with a branch of Hawksmoor. The real action is downstairs in a basement space which laughs in the […]

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The trio behind Taiwanese steamed bun specialist Bao are to open a more upmarket restaurant, bar and tea house called Xu in Soho this spring. Bao, which has branches in Soho and Fitzrovia, has been a runaway success for founders Shing Tat Chung, Wai Ting Chung and Erchen Chang, with customers enduring long queues to sample […]

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Founders of Bao – the über-popular street-food-vendor-turned-permanent-Soho-restaurant – Wai Ting Chung, Shing Chung and Erchen Chang, opened a second site for their Taiwanese steamed buns today (7 July). The trio have taken over the former site of Boopshis in Fitzrovia. Bao Fitzrovia will hopefully go some way towards calming the ravenous hoards queuing 100-deep outside the […]

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The Sethi siblings – the team behind Gymkhana and Trishna – have turned their restaurant Midas touch to street food with their latest venture inspired by the road shacks of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. Hoppers launched in Soho’s Frith Street on 28 October, on the former site of Koya, which closed at the end of […]

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