⦿ Marina O’Loughlin of The Guardian reviewed Lorne 7/10 in Victoria, which lived up to the impressive CV of its founding partners, Katie Exton (sommelier and front of house) and Peter Hall (chef), who have worked at the Square, the River Cafe, Chez Bruce, Brawn and San Francisco’s celebrated Benu. “It’s the beef short rib that would make me a […]

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The founders of Gunpowder, a home-style Indian in Spitalfields, are opening a Himalayan restaurant nearby on May 9. Madame D’s will combine Indian flavours with influences from the neighbouring cuisines of Nepal, Tibet and Chinese. The short menu of sharing dishes will include gold coin dumplings; pan-fried Tibetan duck momo; garlic coriander steamed chicken; and prawn […]

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Petersham Nurseries, the plant centre café that became one of London’s must-go dining destinations under former chef Skye Gyngell, is opening a two-restaurant showcase in the heart of Covent Garden this summer. The project has been masterminded by Lara Boglione, who took over the business in Richmond, southwest London, from her parents Gael and Francesco Boglione […]

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⦿ Jay Rayner of The Observer reviewed The Other Naughty Piglet, a branch of Brixton’s Naughty Piglets inside Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new theatre in Victoria, The Other Place, where he found “a kind of modern British cooking with wallops of umami”. “Sometimes the cleverness is textural. A pile of white crab meat sits atop a heap of […]

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Tapas master José Pizarro is opening his fourth and smallest venue in Canary Wharf. Little José launches on April 6 at Street Feast’s new rooftop venue in Crossrail Place. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, Little José will offer plates such as an Ibérico pork meatball sub with manchego; crispy fried squid ‘boca’ with aioli; spicy prawn fritters […]

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⦿ Marina O’Loughlin of the Guardian reviewed Popolo 8/10 in Shoreditch,”run with utter grace by Jonathan Lawson, [an] ex-Theo Randall chef”. “The main flavour here is Italian classics, flawlessly realised… and dishes that straddle cuisines. Some appear to be the result of a particularly febrile imagination: cool, thick labneh studded with a hectic combination of crisp-shelled fried […]

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Australian-style burger café Ben’s Canteen has raised more than £400,000 in a crowdfunding campaign towards an ambitious expansion programme from its Battersea base. Ben Walton opened the original café in 2011, adding a branch in nearby Earlsfield in 2015. The next phase begins with a high-profile branch at the new Battersea Power Station development in September, the […]

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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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MEATliquor has launched its first delivery-only kitchen in Canary Wharf, serving nearby homes and businesses in partnership with Deliveroo. High-flying bankers in high-rise offices can now order in a Tower Block Burger (fried chicken with cheese, hash browns, jalapeños, slaw, onions and Russian dressing, pictured) to eat at their desks. Scott Collins and Yianni Papoutsis founded MEATliquor from a […]

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