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Gymkhana Founders Reveal Plans for Soho Restaurant Serving Tamil Snacks

London’s Top Chefs Share Their Secret Local Dining Hangouts — London's leading chefs cook some of the best gourmet food in the world. But which are the local restaurants where they keep going back on their day off? I polled a number of them, and here's what they had to say.

Cafe Murano Covent Garden Review: Quality Italian in a Dining Wasteland — Angela Hartnett is a low-key chef who is high profile because people like her and they like her style of cooking, rather than because she wants to be liked. During the first two days of her new restaurant Café Murano Covent Garden, which opened on Monday, she spent more time in the basement kitchen than schmoozing guests in the dining room.

Barrafina Tapas Topples Gymkhana as U.K. Restaurant of the Year — Barrafina Adelaide Street, a new tapas bar in London's Covent Garden, was named U.K. National Restaurant of the Year, toppling last year's winner Gymkhana. The Sportsman, an inn on the south coast, in Kent, placed second. The Ledbury, chef Brett Graham's restaurant in west London, held onto third place and Gymkhana came fourth.

Is London’s Ivy Restaurant Any Good, After Its Splashy Reopening? — You might say that the Ivy had lost its crown as London's most fashionable restaurant long before it closed in January for refurbishment. Or, if you were being more brutal, you could say the owners damaged that crown and are now restoring it to its glory. First, Caprice Holdings Ltd.

Win Brunch With Top Chef Jason Atherton's English Muffin Recipe — Jason Atherton reckons pastry chefs don't get enough respect in U.K. restaurants. The British chef, who has just opened Clocktower, on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, says London should learn from New York in this regard. "In America, they really emphasize the importance of the pastry chef," he says in a telephone interview.

Chef Francesco Mazzei to Head Mayfair Restaurant Sartoria — Francesco Mazzei, the Italian chef who spent seven years cooking for City of London diners at L'Anima, is taking over Sartoria, in the West End. Mazzei, a native of Cosenza, in Calabria, is joining D&D London, the restaurant group whose establishments include Coq d'Argent, Madison, Floridita and Paternoster Chop House.

Expensive, Exceptional Chinese in the City of London — There's a traditional Cantonese dish that is under-appreciated in cities such as London. It's worth seeking out in serious Chinese restaurants like Yauatcha City, which has just opened in the financial district. It is "gu lo yuk" and, in the hands of a culinary master, represents a harmonious balance between disparate elements.

Meet the 90-Year-Old Italian Grandma Behind One of Bologna’s Best Restaurants — Francesca Verri rises at 5 a.m. and cycles two kilometers from her home near the Ducati motorcycle factory to work in a trattoria where she spends the day making pasta. Nothing exceptional about that, you might think. But Verri just celebrated a significant birthday. She turned 90 on Dec.

Portuguese Food Is About to Take London, Courtesy of Chiltern Firehouse Chef — Nuno Mendes is one of the quiet men of the London restaurant world. He's shy and self-effacing: good-natured but intensely serious about cooking and food. It's one of life's mysteries-up there with the Mary Celeste and the precise purpose of Stonehenge-how he came to be executive chef at the Chiltern Firehouse, a celebrity hangout where so much air is kissed, you end up breathing in lipstick.
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Jul 03, 2015

Hodder has acquired the debut cookbook by pop-up restaurateurs Terry & George: Cooking for Friends.

Jul 03, 2015

RT @luxury: Where do London's top chefs like to have a low-key meal when they're not working? We asked.

Jul 03, 2015

RT @luxury: The family behind London's Gymkhana is planning a new Soho restaurant serving Tamil food.

Jul 03, 2015

Owners of @GymkhanaLondon take Koya site on Frith Street for restaurant serving Tamil dishes…

Jul 02, 2015

Brazilian BBQ maestro Andre Lima de Luca will fly to London for Hawskmoor Guildhall Action Against Hunger dinner…

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