Inca, a new high-end South American restaurant/nightclub, opens this weekend (30 October) in Argyll Street, Soho, with live shows on stage from midnight and a late licence until 4am from Wednesdays. Occupying the former site of nightclub Toy Room, Inca can seat 170 guests and has been created by a team who worked together at […]

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Gazette, the Gallic brasserie group based in Battersea, has opened its first branch in central London, on the Holborn site long occupied by Vanilla Black (RIP), the highly rated vegetarian restaurant that closed down last summer. In a nod to its legal-land location on the fringe of the City, Gazette Chancery features a dine-in wine […]

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Chef Atul Kochhar’s long-planned temple to South Asian gastronomy, Mathura, will finally open next week (October 20) in the Grade II listed 1906 former Westminster Fire Station in Greycoat Place – around the corner from Vivek Singh’s Cinnamon Club, another grandee of Indian cuisine currently celebrating its 20th anniversary. The 200-cover restaurant was scheduled to […]

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Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover, the art-world power-brokers behind the Frieze global art fairs, are taking their first steps in hospitality with the opening of Toklas, a Mediterranean-style restaurant in the Strand that shares a site with their Frieze headquarters. Drinks are being served on the terrace this week to coincide with this year’s edition […]

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Björn Frantzén, the Swedish superstar chef whose Stockholm flagship was this week pronounced No 6 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurant awards, is to open his first UK restaurant in Harrods next year. Last month Frantzén came second in another international contest, the Best Chef awards. Ashley Saxton, general manager of restaurants at Harrods, said it […]

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Poutine is having a moment in London, with the opening of two new restaurants that put the legendary Quebecois take on chips at the centre of their offering. West 4th in Parson’s Green, named after Vancouver’s West 4th Avenue shopping and dining thoroughfare, is an all-day brunch restaurant that turns into a wine bar by […]

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When our reporters praise Bray’s Hind’s Head it is because the picturesque pub is “thankfully not over-Hestoned” but The Sunday Times’s Lisa Markwell has the opposite problem – she can’t find any evidence of Blumenthal’s pseudo-scientific cooking at all, nor the influence of his trusty lieutenant Ashley Palmer-Watts – and it leaves her disappointed… “I […]

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