Borough Wines & Beers has announced that Zijun Meng and Ana Goncalves – the ex-Viajante chefs behind TĀ TĀ EATERY – takes over the kitchens in its Kensal Rise (NW10) shop from today (10 May) for a three-month residency, as part of its ongoing Chef Development Series. The husband and wife team met under chef […]

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London’s favourite Portuguese chef Nuno Mendes (Taberna do Mercado and once upon a time Viajante) has been talking about launching a fine dining supper club for some time (a revival of his Loft Project of sorts). Now it seems the dream has finally come to fruition with the arrival of a 14-seater, tasting menu-only dining […]

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Chef Nuno Mendes has teamed up with Barworks to launch a new neighbourhood venue in Hackney’s Keltan House, incorporating a bar, restaurant, deli and café. Mare Street Market opens this winter (date still TBA). Nuno, of course, made his name at Bethnal Green’s Viajante (RIP) and has gone on to head up Chiltern Firehouse in […]

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Cartel, a new taqueria and late-night tequila bar in Battersea, is the latest in the new wave of Mexican taco joints that is sweeping across London. Named in what seems a clear reference to the Mexican narco wars involving drug cartels that have cost 100,000 lives in the past 10 years, the venue must also be an early front-runner in the “poor taste […]

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On Thursday 26 May Auction Against Hunger will return for the fourth year in a row to raise money for the restaurant industry’s charity of choice, Action Against Hunger. This time around the event will be held at the new Street Feast venue Hawker House in Canada Water where top chefs will cook up street food style […]

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A few week’s ago we reported on the interesting rise of crowd-funded restaurants as several high-profile restaurateurs announced plans to finance their latest ventures this way. We also pointed out that this strategy doesn’t always pay off – just look at the unfortunate case of Viajante. A slam dunk idea one would reckon. It’s a […]

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It was one of London’s top dining destinations, put Bethnal Green firmly on the foodie map, and was the fifth best food in the capital in its price bracket according to Harden’s 2014 survey. So when Nuno Mendes announced almost two years ago that his “thrilling” testament to “gastronomic story-telling” Viajante was to close, it […]

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Mission, the second project from husband and wife team Michael and Charlotte Sager-Wilde (also behind Sager & Wilde funnily enough), has acquired a hot new head chef straight from paparazzi-magnet the Chiltern Firehouse. Aussie chef Sebastien Myers is part of a brand new team for the Bethnal Green restaurant, which also includes: Marcis Dzelzainis of […]

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The Evening Standard’s Grace Dent seeks out Shoreditch’s latest smokehouse venture, Rök, concerned that it may be a another tedious, cavernous, edgy-by-numbers barbecue joint, which – she says – it absolutely is not. “Rök is small — 40 seats — and elegantly formed, dispatching gorgeous, highly devourable sharing plates of exquisite British produce with a Nordic […]

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Another week, another seven day stint raising the profile of a product we’re already well aware of. This time round it’s National Doughnut Week (9-16 May). To honour this humble, yet delicious, food we’ve rounded up our favourite 10 places to get sweet and savoury rings in the capital. In the immortal words of Homer […]

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