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LONDON RESTAURANT AND BAR NEWS (November 2010)... With all the media attention being afforded to the feud with his father-in-law and former business partner Chris Hutchenson, you could be forgiven for forgetting that Gordon Ramsay is first and foremost a chef – and a rather good one at that. Which is why when his revamped restaurant at the Savoy opens on 29 November it will be worth getting a table. Booking lines open today: 020 7592 1600. For a preview of the restaurant, read on.
RECENTLY OPENED (November 2010)... Arriving in Temple on a warm Mediterranean breeze, Cigalon is a swankily done-up newcomer dealing in the cuisine of southwest France. A glass-ceilinged restaurant sporting C-shaped purple booths deals in regional specialities such as salade niçoise and pieds de paquets. If it’s a more informal vibe you’re after, head downstairs to sister bar Baranis for a glass of wine, some cheese and a game of indoor pétanque.
FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (November 2010)... When it comes to booking a restaurant in London, nowhere competes with The Ivy in terms of Fort Knox-style impregnability. For the mortals among us, there is a three-month waiting list. Which is why, when we tell you that the restaurant is celebrating its 20th anniversary from 8-12 November with the performance of a play entitled Heavenly Ivy, we don’t expect you to get a table. Instead, marvel at 20 years of success and celebrity with a feature on the iconic restaurant, taken from our autumn magazine.
FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (November 2010)... Hurry, hurry, hurry: tickets are running out for the Square Meal Around the World Wine Tasting 2010. Come and sample more than 200 fine wines and specialty foods, while enjoying a string quartet and delicious gourmet bowl food by caterers the-recipe. You'll find Christmas staples from Bordeaux and Burgundy, classy reds from Tuscany and Rioja and some lip-smacking Champagne from top houses such as Gosset, Louis Roederer, Bollinger and Pol Roger. All the action is taking place at Vinopolis on 24 November. Click here to book tickets.
Diwali – an important five-day festival in Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism whereby families light lamps and share gifts – is currently under way. The third day, the most important of the five, falls on 5 November and, to celebrate, Indian restaurants across London are putting on special menus. Most of the menus will be continuing for another week, with a special charity banquet at Cinnamon Kitchen arguably the pick of the bunch.
RECENTLY OPENED (November 2010)...
New Notting Hill gastropub from the brains behind Taman Gang and The Waterway. An upmarket-boozer interior hosts fusion pub-grub food that, surprisingly enough, works well. Prices are reasonable and there's a commendable black-cod dish. MORE
RECENTLY OPENED (November 2010)... The latest site from the team behind The Parlour and The Refinery opens at lunch on Friday. Drop in any time of the day for a menu that evolves from breakfast to brunch to sandwiches and a hearty lunch and evening menu. MORE
RECENTLY OPENED (November 2010)... Meat lovers rejoice: Jamie Oliver and Adam Perry Lang's much-anticipated barbecue restaurant opens today at One New Change. Tuck into a menu of flame-tinged meat as you enjoy spectacular views of St Paul's Cathedral. MORE
LONDON RESTAURANT AND BAR NEWS (November 2010)... Triumphing in a shortlist that included big-hitters such as Bar Boulud, Gauthier Soho, Petrus and Viajante, Knightsbridge restaurant Koffmann’s has won this season's BMW Square Meal award for Best Newcomer – presented to the most impressive new opening of the past six months. Combining big-flavoured bourgeois French cuisine with comforting surroundings and urbane service, the restaurant is a worthy addition to a list of past winners that include the likes of Scott’s, Wild Honey and Zuma.
Meat-heavy Argentinian newcomer has opened on Connaught Street. Cosy, softly lit interiors from the Polpo school of design, a menu of flame-licked meat and plummy reds by the carage all make for a pleasant experience. MORE
Chile is one of the most diverse winemaking countries in the world, so the Chilean Christmas tasting is the perfect opportunity to try a wide range of styles. The event takes place between 6-9pm on Friday 26 November at Glaziers Hall by London Bridge, and will feature more than 150 wines from the pick of the UK wine retail scene, as well as Chilean canapés and sultry Latin music. Tickets cost just £15, or £25 for two. Read on to find out more.
RECENTLY OPENED (November 2010)... Almost a decade after taking the capital by storm when it opened near Tottenham Court Road, Hakkasan has launched its second London site. Located on Bruton Street, similar levels of glamour and upmarket charm will doubtless be in place, but to find out more details of the new restaurant, including what to expect from the menu, we caught up with CEO Niall Howard and wine buyer Christine Parkinson. Read on to find out more.
RECENTLY OPENED (November 2010)... The fourth and biggest branch of Thomasina Miers’ lively Mexican has now landed in Soho. Expect the same buzzy atmosphere, authentic and tasty food – including gutsy burritos and churros y chocolate – and a great line-up of tequilas. MORE
RECENTLY OPENED (November 2010)... Danish chef Christoffer Hruskova has brought his Nordic cooking to the City. Expect clever and seasonal specialities such as reindeer rolled in burnt hay with raw and salt-baked beetroot, smoked bone marrow, apple sauce and sorrel. MORE
FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (November 2010)... On Saturday 27 November, Mayfair restaurant Franco’s is offering 45 places to its International Charity Truffle Auction. Priced at £150 per person, enjoy a three-course meal before watching bidders from London, Roma and Macau thrash it out for lots consisting of truffles, fine wines and luxury gifts. Despite the deflated economy, you could be in for a treat – three years ago the auction broke records when it sold a 1.5kg truffle for £206,000.
RECENTLY OPENED (November 2010)... Not just content with wooing Borough Market’s foodie brigade with its vast line-up of oysters, shellfish specialists Wright Brothers opened the doors to a second site in Soho earlier this week. Either take a table in one of the two dining rooms upstairs and tuck into the likes of lobster, moules marinière or fish soup, or pull up a stool in the basement and knock back as many Maldon rocks as you can manage.
RECENTLY OPENED (November 2010)... Branching out west has been something of a theme this year. Both Wright Brothers and Hawksmoor have launched second sites in the West End over the past few months, with St John set to open its new hotel in Piccadilly Circus in the coming weeks. To add to that, City bar and restaurant Vinoteca is now open on Seymour Place. Expect 25 wines by the glass and a full list running to more than 250 bins, as well as a British/European menu.
RECENTLY OPENED (November 2010)... Watatsumi, a swanky new Japanese beside Trafalgar Square, opened its doors yesterday. Classic sashimi, maki and nigiri will be served up by the sushi bar, but above and beyond this, the restaurant seems intent on showcasing a more innovative style of cuisine. With a Nobu-trained executive chef, hopes of achieving this should be high. Expect the likes of Wagyu beef tartare and black caviar, and a signature tuna ‘martini’.
RECENTLY OPENED (November 2010)... With über-successful Japanese Umu and modern-European Greenhouse already in his portfolio, American restaurateur Marlon Arbela has turned to French provincial cuisine for his latest venture, Cassis Bistro, which opens today on the Brompton Road. Expect the likes of homemade patés, and veal kidney with violet mustard sauce and raisins, served up in a smart and light restaurant opposite Brompton Oratory, and backed up by a wine list that draws heavily on the Old World.
RECENTLY OPENED (November 2010)... Today marks the opening of Ora, a sleek and sexy Thai newcomer nestled a short walk from Oxford Street. The team boasts stints at Awana, The Mango Tree and Busaba Eatthai between them, so expect the menu that ranges from Thai favourites to grilled foie gras with home-made dip and sliced duck with shiitake mushrooms, chillies and bamboo shoots. The bar offers ‘healthy’ cocktails and there’s a Busaba-style communal table for those who like their Thai meals informal.
LONDON RESTAURANT NEWS (November 2010)... Among the roster of internationally renowned chefs, there’s only a handful who haven’t yet opened in London. US-based Austrian-American chef Wolfgang Puck, holder of two Michelin stars at Los Angeles Spago and the mastermind behind more than 30 restaurants, was one of them. That was until last week, when The Dorchester announced that he is to open a branch of his steak restaurant Cut in their new hotel 45 Park Lane in the spring. Keen to know more, we met up with the chef for a chat. MORE
RECENTLY OPENED (November 2010)... It’s been a tough year for Gordon Ramsay Holdings, but today’s relaunch of The Savoy Grill should see 2010 end on a high for the restaurant company. Promising interiors styled on the opulent 1920s and 30s, as well as a menu of classic French and British dishes, complete with trolleys and table service, the restaurant looks set to bring classic, old-school dining into the 21st century. To find out more about the menu and interiors, we caught up with executive chef Stuart Gillies. Read on for the full interview
FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (November 2010)... Don't miss The Tasting Sessions’ extravagant multisensory festival A Fluid State, taking place from 3-5 December at a secret 8,000 sq ft central-London space, featuring art installations, music and a drinks experience like you've never had before.
LONDON RESTAURANT NEWS (November 2010)... Handsets at the ready – reservation lines open at 9am Wednesday morning for Heston Blumenthal’s much-anticipated restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park (due to launch 31 January). Prepare for a queue, though; the promise of The Fat Duck chef’s dazzling molecular cooking – focused on historic British dishes – has seen Londoners’ tongues wagging for quite some time. For those desperate to try dishes such as scallops served with cucumber ketchup & peas (pictured), the number is 020 7201 3833.
RECENTLY OPENED (November 2010)... Popping back up at the Royal Academy of Arts, to coincide with the exhibition GSK Contemporary – Aware: Art Fashion Identity, Pierre Gagnaire and Mourad Mazouz’s temporary Sketch café offers all the cool chic of the duo’s Mayfair site, but with more informal intentions. Bed down under a blanket with a hot water bottle and a glass of mulled wine at the portico’s bar or head inside for upmarket soups, quiches and terrines.
RECENTLY OPENED (November 2010)... With its 90-strong list of biodynamic and natural wines, and classic French bistro food, Terroirs has proved a huge hit since launching in Covent Garden in early 2009. Now, the brains behind the site are opening a second bar-cum-restaurant, Brawn, on Columbia Road – home to Hackney’s bustling flower market. Expect a regularly updated wine list sourced from independent growers, and a menu of charcuterie plates and daily plats.
RECENTLY OPENED (November 2010)... What was 86 Fulham Road (an impressive Georgian townhouse) has been transformed into an eccentric space spread over three levels. Come evening, the elevated first-floor restaurant takes centre stage as chef Mark Broadbent (ex-Bluebird in Chelsea) conjures up clever, intricate plates of British food. MORE