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Ramsay & Beckham could open Pie and Mash chain

Posted on: September 4, 2013

PM Pie & Mash - David Beckham and Gordon Ramsay

For a while the London food scene (including yours truly) had been speculating about David Beckham’s involvement in the new Gordon Ramsay Group restaurant, Union Street Cafe in Southwark. It turns out there is none. Of course all the publicity hasn’t hurt the venue’s advance bookings – we hear Union Street Cafe already has a couple of months’ worth of reservation in the books before opening its doors.

The Gordon & Becks speculation continues however. The duo are said to be working on a pie and mash restaurant, which could develop into a chain. A filing at the

Gordon Ramsay to open Union Street Cafe

Posted on: September 2, 2013

Gordon Ramsay David Beckham Union Street Cafe

[Updated with opening date and restaurant profile & booking page]

Gordon Ramsay’s latest restaurant is set to open on 16 September 2013.

Union Street Café will be located in a converted warehouse at the intersection of Union Street and Great Suffolk Street in Southwark, a short stroll from Borough Market.

The kitchen will use a mix of seasonal Mediterranean ingredients and produce from local Borough and Maltby Street markets. The menu will change daily but we can expect dishes with a Southern European flavour such as torn pasta with artichoke, pancetta, mint and ricotta; veal carpaccio

Neil Rankin's Smokehouse in Islington now open

Posted on: August 18, 2013

Smokehouse Islington Neil Rankin restaurant

Since mid August, London has a new destination for meat lovers. Smokehouse on Canonbury Road in Islington specialises in smoked and grilled meats and its menu includes peppered ox cheek, pork mixed grill and rib eye steaks, but also seafood dishes such as lobster and spring onion frittata or monkfish with tomatoes and razor clams.

The kitchen at Smokehouse is headed up by Neil Rankin who has made quite a name for himself in recent years. He was the former chef a successful Soho BBQ joint Pitt Cue Co. before relaunching John Salt with an entirely new menu. At the Smokehouse, Rankin collaborates with

Tommi's Burger Joint re-opening in Marylebone

Posted on: August 4, 2013

Tommi's Burger Joint

Tommi Tómasson opened his first hamburger joint in Iceland in 1981 and  is widely known as the guy who brought hamburgers to Iceland. There are around 20 Tommi Hamburger restaurants in Iceland alone!

In June of 2012, together with head chef Siggi Gunnlaugsson, he opened a pop up restaurant on Marylebone Lane and for the first few months, personally flipped burgers each day at the restaurant. Despite fierce competition from other gourmet burger outfits in London [Honest Burgers (Brixton, Camden, Soho), Burger & Lobster (Soho, Mayfair, Farringdon), Bar Boulud], critic reviews were

Pizza Pilgrims' first restaurant now open

Posted on: August 1, 2013

Pizza Pilgrims Restaurant Open

James and Thom Elliot (aka the Pizza Pilgrims) are on a roll. It all started with a ‘pilgrimage’ through Italy which led to their wildly successful pizza van. Then came the book deal, the TV show and now, at last, a proper, permanent, grown up restaurant.

The Pizza Pilgrims pizzeria opened on 1 August on 11-12 Dean Street in Soho.

At the heart of their menu is the classic Neapolitan margherita. Other street van pizzas have made it to the Soho pizzeria as well, such as the Portobello mushroom and smoked garlic oil, and the spicy Nduja sausage.

The italianità extends to the drinks and

Grillshack will open in September in Soho

Posted on: July 29, 2013

Grillshack Soho restaurant reviews

With Grillshack, a new casual grill restaurant is set to open in Soho this September. The restaurant will occupy the ground floor and basement of 61-63 Beak Street.

There will be quick counter service to eat in or take away and a menu including burgers, steaks, roast chicken, salads and a range of side dishes. Grillshack promises to be open seven days a week “from 8am till late”.

The team behind Grillshack is led by prolific restaurateur Richard Caring, owner of the Caprice (J SheekeyScott’s34 etc.) and Soho House groups. Caring has teamed up with Mark Askew, formerly

Shoryu Ramen expanding in the West End

Posted on: July 22, 2013

Shoryu Soho

On Piccadilly Circus, you find yourself surrounded by Shoryu Ramen outlets. On Lower Regent Street you’ll find the original branch, which opened late last year. Across the road, next to the Japan Centre, Shoryu Express opened on 9 July, a “rapid, self-service style prototype ramen bar”. And a bit further North, after a successful soft launch, Shoryu Ramen Soho is now open as well.

Not that this is a bad thing of course. Shoryu Ramen Regent Street earned a very respectable 70% Verdict. AA Gill found his ramen “chilli hot and fantastic, big flavours that were quite complicated,

More Shard dining: Aqua Shard now open

Posted on: July 16, 2013

Aqua Shard restaurant reviews

One after the other, ambitious new restaurants are opening in The Shard. After Oblix and Hutong, it’s now Aqua Shard‘s turn. What they all have in common are some pretty spectacular views across our city. And arguably Aqua Shard makes the most of it with its three-storey high bar that requires no reservation or cover charge and is open till 1am.

Unlike sibling Hutong (both are run by the Aqua Group), the menu at Aqua Shard stays close to home with modern British dishes such as Rhug Estate salt marsh lamb saddle with aubergine and goat’s cheese, Dover sole on the bone with iberico

Flesh and Buns – opening 8 August and now taking reservations!

Posted on: July 16, 2013

Flesh and Buns

Another hotly anticipated restaurant opening in London, this time from the team behind Bone Daddies (headed up by former Zuma chef Ross Shonhan). Flesh and Buns at Seven Dials in Covent Garden will open on 8 August but online bookings are open now! The dining concept with long shared tables is inspired by Japanese izakayas – informal establishments where people go for a casual meal and drink. Read more about the izakaya trend in this New York Times article.

The restaurant’s name takes after its focus on hirata buns which are offered with a variety of ‘flesh’ fillings

Young & Foodish on the Meyer Touch

Posted on: July 12, 2013

Shake Shack

BurgerMonday event impresario and food writer, Daniel Young (Young & Foodish) knows New York’s food scene like few people else here in London. A former restaurant critic in the city, he has closely observed Danny Meyer’s ascent over the years. It’s only fitting then that Daniel helped organise a launch event for the recent Shake Shack opening.

In a very detailed article on his blog, Daniel describes the “Meyer Touch” and helps us understand why Meyer’s restaurants have consistently been voted Manhattan’s favourite restaurants.


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