(Image credit – Mint Leaf Restaurant)  With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, what better time to remind readers of the capital’s top 10 restaurants for romance, as voted for in our annual London restaurant survey: we achieved 7,500 participants in the 2017 survey. The coveted top spots are unchanged from last year, with Clos Maggiore, La Poule […]

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It’s nearly time… next Wednesday 23rd November will see the launch of the 26th annual Harden’s London Restuarant Survey. Who is London’s best chef? Where is the best value in the East End? Well, we could tell you, but we’d have to kill you afterwards, so it’s better for everyone that we wait for the official […]

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⦿ Jay Rayner of The Observer reviewed Margot in Covent Garden, a “fancy Italian” where dinner-jacketed waiters have “that easy, relaxed style around food which really pisses off the French because they haven’t a clue how to do it.” “At Margot they can offer you a special of tagliatelle with white truffles for £55 and not even raise their […]

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New York is ‘the city that never sleeps’, and Parisians have long been used to the idea of the all-night brasserie. Meanwhile here in London, plans for the 24-hour tube have finally, finally come to fruition with the central and Victoria lines the first to go all night from 19 August. Despite the delays to the […]

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Chef Shaun Rankin, of Jersey’s much-admired Ormer (though sliding survey ratings indicate admiration may be on the wane), will open Ormer Mayfair this September at Shepherd Market’s boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair. But first, they want to invite diners to the all-important dress rehearsal with a 50% off food soft launch period in August. Tables in the […]

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On the former site of the Hart brothers’ basement tapas joint Fino, comes a new Uzbek restaurant backed by international restaurateur Sanjar Nabiev and industry consultant Charles Oak (whose credits include Pied à Terre, Gleneagles and many more). The new Fitzrovia venue, Samarkand, is named after Uzbekistan’s city on the Silk Road – the ancient […]

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Lots of Peruvian-related restaurant news this week as Martin Morales’s (Ceviche, Andina) latest venture Casita Andina launches in Soho on 28 July, and Chicama (from the folks behind Marylebone’s Pachamama) arrives in Chelsea. If you hurry there’s a 50% off food soft launch at Chicama until Sunday 31 July. As 28 July also marks Peruvian […]

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Hong Kong-inspired restaurant, Cha Chaan Teng, opens next month just of Lincoln’s Inn Fields with a 50% off food soft launch offer. Tables will be available for lunch and dinner everyday from Monday 8 August until Wednesday 31 August. The soft launch offer is available only through email bookings via 50@chachaantenguk.com. Cha Chaan Teng is inspired by […]

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The Observer’s critic-in-chief Jay Rayner asks himself the all-important question at Cliveden House’s new casual operation, The Astor Grill – would he return here and spend his own money? At £196 for two, the short answer to that question is a resounding ‘no’. “The wine list is short and more shameless than a 1960s pool […]

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