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New restaurants around the globe

Posted on: March 10, 2016


Bloomberg’s Tejal Rao compiled a list of noteworthy recent and upcoming restaurant opening around the world. The first entry may not be promising (Shake Shack LA), but it gets better. A handy list, whether you find yourself in Chicago (Smyth) or Hong Kong (Belon).


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The Fat Duck relaunched

Posted on: October 28, 2015


After a six month closure for renovation (and a stint in Melbourne), The Fat Duck in Bray is open again, and  Heston Blumenthal has a story to tell.

“The move to Australia was a great opportunity to question what the Fat Duck is. In the sense that we cook food and it’s served to people, we’re a restaurant. But that’s not much, is it? The fact is the Fat Duck is about storytelling. I wanted to think about the whole approach of what we do in those terms”, he told The Observer in August.

The Telegraph’s Xanthe Clay went to try the new menu. Whilst some of the restaurant’s most famous

Walkie Talkie Update: The Restaurants of 20 Fenchurch Street

Posted on: February 2, 2015

20 Fenchurch Street restaurants

It’s been a while since we’ve written about what’s going on in the Sky Garden at the top of the Walkie Talkie (or 20 Fenchurch Street as it prefers to be called). But the restaurants are open now so head over to our Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill profile page to see what the critics think of the flagship operation. Or have a look at the Sky Garden website to see how the Darwin Brasserie turned out or gasp at the views from the Sky Pod Bar.


In 2013 we wrote:

Londoners are getting more and more options for high-rise dining all across town. In the last 12 months, the Capital’s

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Simon Rogan’s Fera at Claridge’s

Posted on: May 11, 2014

Fera at Claridges

Simon Rogan’s hotly anticipated new restaurant at the Claridge’s is now open and taking reservations. Fera at Claridge’s will serve all-British produce from Rogan’s farm in Cumbria.

Fera comes from Latin for ‘wild’ and to complement the fresh and natural food, the glamorous dining room is designed by Guy Oliver in muted earthy colours.

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Chiltern Firehouse scores with restaurant critics

Posted on: March 22, 2014

Chiltern Firehouse restaurant reviews

When Chiltern Street Hotel opened early this year, it had all the right ingredients: location (in a beautiful old fire station in Marylebone), pedigree (hotelier Andre Balazs’ portfolio includes US hotels The Mercer, The Standard and Chateau Marmont) and – most intriguingly, in Chiltern Firehouse a restaurant for which chef Nuno Mendes was willing to leave his celebrated East London restaurant Viajante.

Early buzz about Chiltern Firehouse focused on a models-and-oligarchs-heavy clientele and the difficulty of scoring a reservation. It wasn’t unreasonable then

Interview with Bunmi Okolosi, General Manager at Lockhart

Posted on: January 28, 2014

GM Lockhart Bunmi


Olubunmi “Bunmi” Okolosi is General Manager at Marylebone restaurant The Lockhart. Serving American cuisine, it was founded by two Texan couples. Bunmi’s previous manager positions included Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and most recently, Peruvian restaurant Lima. FoodVerdicts caught up with Bunmi in Lockhart’s bar to talk about his front of house career, the American comfort food trend, his latest venture, and red undies.

Bunmi, tell us about your career in hospitality. You started out as a chef, but soon switched to a front-of-house

Chotto Matte – Nikkei cuisine in Soho

Posted on: September 18, 2013

Chotto Matte Soho restaurant reviews

Soho has a new venue for Peruvian cuisine. “Japanese inspired Nikkei cuisine” to be precise – the mix of traditional Peruvian cuisine with Japanese influences that has developed in Peru over a long time.

At Chotto Matte, this means dishes like avocado tempura with smoked purple potato or grilled baby chicken with spicy pomegranate salsa. Set over 3 floors on Soho’s Frith Street, the restaurant also features a robata grill and a sushi bar.

The team behind the new concept includes restaurateur Kurt Zdesar (who previously launched dim sum chain Ping Pong), and executive

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Berners Tavern by Jason Atherton at Edition Hotel

Posted on: September 12, 2013

Berners Tavern Edition Hotel restaurant reviews

Since 12 September, Jason Atherton’s much anticipated fourth London restaurant (after the three ‘Socials’ – Pollen Street, Little and Eating House) has opened its doors. It’s located in Ian Schrager’s equally new Edition Hotel in Fitzrovia. And as you’d expect the dining room is quite a stunner.

The  menu is contemporary British and includes dishes such as Orkney scallop carpaccio with avocado, radish, jalapeño and lime or char-grilled quail served with smoked tomato jam, shallots and parsley. “Fish Fridays” and Sunday

Angela Hartnett's Merchants Tavern to open soon

Posted on: September 9, 2013

Angela Hartnett's Merchant's Tavern restaurant in Shoreditch

[Updated with restaurant website and further details]

Angela Hartnett, the chef patronne of Michelin-starred Murano and business partner of Gordon Ramsay for more than a decade, is planning to open a restaurant on Charlotte Road in Shoreditch 0n 8 October. She partners with the co-founders of Canteen, Dominic Lake and Patrick Clayton-Malone (pictured with Angela)

Merchant’s Tavern

The venue will be called Merchant’s Tavern and will include both an 80-cover restaurant and a bar seating 50. The menu is described as “honest, heartfelt” modern European cuisine

Hoi Polloi Restaurant to come to Ace Hotel Shoreditch

Posted on: September 8, 2013

Hoi Polloi restaurant Ace Hotel

The arrival of Ace Hotel in London, was highly anticipated by fans of the hip Ace Hotel in New York (which is also the venue of April Bloomfield’s Breslin restaurant). Ace London is located on Shoreditch High Street – check out hotelchatter for pics and an opening night review.

To come up with a new restaurant concept, Ace turned to Pablo Flack and David Waddington, the people behind Shrimpy’s and Bistrotheque. Their restaurant will be called Hoi Polloi and is expected to open on 3 October. It will be a modern all-day brasserie (open from breakfast to nightcaps) with 100 covers

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