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Shake Shack and Five Guys: now open in London

Posted on: July 10, 2013

London burger restaurants - Shake Shack and Five Guys

Update: London’s restaurant critics and bloggers are putting the US burgers to the test. Read their reviews and get the aggregated score on our restaurant profiles for Shake Shack and Five Guys.

After months of buildup and buzz two of America’s most revered burger chains have now opened the doors to their first London outlets.

Virginia-based Five Guys opened on the 4th of July at 1 Longacre in Covent Garden. Their menu follows the successful US concept: Burgers with or without cheese and bacon and lots of free toppings. 15 to be precise, from grilled onions and mushrooms to a range

Rock Lobsta restaurant now open at Mahiki

Posted on: July 9, 2013

Rock Lobsta Mahiki restaurant reviews

Mahiki usually makes the headlines when an enthusiastic footballer or royal is papped stumbling out of it at 3 am. The reason we at FoodVerdicts are interested in the Mayfair club however, is that one of London’s favourite pop-up restaurateurs has just opened a permanent residence on the first floor.

Carl Clarke made his name with successful pop-up restaurants such as God Save the Clam, The English Launderette or most recently, Disco Bistro. Clarke and his head chef Glyn Gordon declare themselves “influenced by New York-style lobster bars that serve New England Lobster rolls,

Whyte and Brown opening on 12 July

Posted on: July 9, 2013

Whyte and Brown

Following hot on the heels of restaurants such as Tramshed, Chicken Shop and Clockjack Oven is Whyte and Brown a new restaurant specialising in ‘chicken and eggs’ which is set to open on 12 July in Kingly Court, just off Carnaby Street. The menu offers unusual concoctions such as Bangkok scotch egg on pickled cucumber salad as well as more classic chicken fare such as the pulled chicken bap and Brick Chicken, which is the restaurant’s signature dish of half a chicken cooked three ways (marinated breast roast-grilled under brick, 24-hour slow-cooked thigh confit, &

Florence Knight's Polpetto will reopen in Soho

Posted on: July 7, 2013

Florence Knight's Polpetto in Soho

Since Polpo founders Russell Norman and Richard Beatty closed down Polpetto on the first floor of the French House pub in Soho, they have been inundated with requests to bring it back.

This may have something to do with Florence Knight, the 26-year old head chef and anointed ‘the next big thing’ by The Guardian, whose contemporary Italian cooking has won her many fans (as well as a book deal).

In November 2013, Polpetto will finally be back. The team have secured a site at 11 Berwick Street in Soho and Florence Knight will again be in charge of the kitchen as executive head chef. It’s

Now open: Soho Diner on Old Compton Street

Posted on: July 4, 2013

Soho Diner - new London restaurant opening

[Updated 4-July]

Following on from their successful collaboration at Notting Hill’s Electric Diner, Soho House’s chief executive Nick Jones and US restaurateur, Brendan Sodikoff are joining forces again with the opening of Soho Diner on Old Compton Street (formerly Boheme Kitchen and Bar – BKB). Soho Diner is run by familiar faces from the Soho Group, with restaurant manager Morgan de Quillien migrating over from Chicken Shop and head chef, Leon Lawrence from BKB staying on.

The menu is a mix of American and French food with classics such as cheeseburgers and steaks

Grain Store: we told you so

Posted on: June 30, 2013

Grain Store Kings Cross restaurant reviews

We wrote about Bruno Loubet’s new King’s Cross opening Grain Store two weeks ago and suggested to get you table booking in “if you want to beat the restaurant critics to it”.

Well if you haven’t, then your chances just got a bit slimmer. From Giles Coren to Lisa Markwell and Guy Dimond, the critics have put Grain Store to the test and found it to be – to quote The Independent – “a new vegetable Nirvana”. We count 6/6 YAY reviews.

But don’t despair – there is still hope if you’re quick. As we write this, you can still some tables

Coming up in Canary Wharf: One Canada Square

Posted on: June 28, 2013

One Canada Square restaurant Canary Wharft

This September, a new European restaurant and bar will open at One Canada Square, the iconic tower at the heart of Canary Wharf. The team behind One Canada Square (as the venue is conveniently called) is led by restaurateurs Tom and Ed Martin, whose ETM Group runs the Botanist on Sloane Square as well as a range of gastropubs such as the Jugged Hare or the Cadogan Arms.

There will be a 100-cover restaurant and a 30-cover cocktail bar located in the building’s ground floor lobby as well as a mezzanine floor (no high rise dining for once). The kitchen will be run by head chef Jamie Dobbin, who held

New US burger joints in London – only a few days left

Posted on: June 25, 2013

London burger restaurants - Shake Shack and Five Guys

Update: both US burger joints are now open and London’s restaurant critics and bloggers are putting them to the test. Read their reviews and get the aggregated score on our restaurant profiles for Shake Shack and Five Guys.

Did you think London already has all the burger joints it can handle and the search for the perfect bun and patty is getting less frantic? Think again – two of America’s most revered burger chains are coming to London in a few days’ time.

Virginia-based Five Guys are expected to open on the 4th of July at 1 Longacre in Covent Garden. Their menu should

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Now open: Bruno Loubet's Grain Store in King's Cross

Posted on: June 16, 2013

Grain Store Kings Cross restaurant reviews

Chef Bruno Loubet just opened his second London venue, Grain Store, on Granary Square in King’s Cross.

At his successful Clerkenwell restaurant Bistrot Bruno Loubet, Chef Loubet delighted meat-lovers with trademark dishes such as snails & meatballs, guineafowl boudin blanc, or braised beef Indochine.

The new menu at Grain Store (as well as the restaurant’s name) reveals that Loubet has decided to give vegetables the starring role at his new venue. Loubet tells Bloomberg: “vegetables are often just a garnish and I want them to become the focus on the plate. I like my

Jason Atherton to open Berners Tavern

Posted on: June 15, 2013

Jason Atherton's Berners Tavern restaurant

Berners Tavern is now open! Read our updated article or head over to the Berners Tavern restaurant profile with restaurant reviews and online booking.

Jason Atherton is looking to add to his stable of London restaurants (Pollen Street Social, Social Eating House and Little Social) as well as his Asian projects.

Later this year, Atherton will open Berners Tavern, a 120-seat restaurant at the new Edition hotel in Berners Street in Fitzrovia. As Caterer and Hotelkeeper reports, the kitchen will be headed up by Atherton’s long term colleague Phil Carmichael, who will introduce a sharing

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