Patrick Powell, former head chef at the Chiltern Firehouse, is to open a new restaurant at The Stratford Hotel, part of the mammoth Manhattan Loft Gardens development in Stratford. The venue, a ‘sky high’ fixture with views across East London and beyond, is one of many high-profile complexes – all including dining – on the […]

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A Syrian refugee chef who escaped to Britain is to open a two-week pop-up in Bethnal Green this month, in the hope of re-launching his career. Imad Alarnab had two restaurants in Damascus before Syria’s civil war, but more recently has catered for hundreds of fellow refugees. Imad’s Syrian Kitchen will run from Thursday March 9 to Friday […]

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Chef, singer, broadcaster and supper club host Andi Oliver is to open her first restaurant next month in Stoke Newington – her home turf. Andi’s will serve brunch classics by day – baked eggs, French toast bacon sandwiches and Reubens with home-cured salt-beef – and transform into a more formal brasserie in the evening. She will be […]

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Som Saa, the hit Thai pop-up that moved into a permanent Spitalfields site last year, is launching a new series of late-night openings on Saturday February 4, followed by the first Saturday night in every month. The kitchen will stay open until 1.30am with a late-night menu of street-food classics from regional Thailand, including fermented pork with celery and […]

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A rule-breaking pizzeria bringing the values of the Slow Food movement to the ultimate Italian fast food opened in Hoxton Square this week. Radio Alice, named after an underground Bologna radio station shut down by the carabiniere in the 1970s, cooks the pizza base separately from the topping – apparently to “avoid incinerating the feisty […]

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In the same week that we wondered whether the craze for niche, single offering restaurants had reached its ne plus ultra with grilled cheese spot The Melt Room, some comforting news that east London has not yet found its ceiling when it comes to unusual dining concepts. Not content with a cat cafe (Lady Dinah’s), a […]

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Two of east London’s most exciting dining and drinking destinations have joined forces – it’s a foodie’s dream come true! On Wednesday 18 March, Sager + Wilde and the Typing Room at Bethnal Green Town Hall hotel will host a collaborative wine dinner for one night only. An eight course tasting menu will pair chef (and Jason […]

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We don’t often report on the comings and going of chefs, but news that J Sheekey are bidding farewell to head chef Richard Kirkwood after five years seemed particularly noteworthy. Richard Caring’s restaurant and oyster bar has long been a favourite with our reporters, consistently London’s most commented on restaurants with top ratings for its […]

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