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Quaglino's Makes Glamorous Return: Dancing on Tables Optional

bloomberg.com — Tap for Slideshow Few restaurants can claim the distinction of a name check in a Roxy Music song. Quaglino's achieved this in "Do the Strand": "Do it on the tables/Quaglino's place or Mabel's," Bryan Ferry urged in 1973. I have no idea who or what is Mabel's, but I can tell you about Quaglino's, a monster establishment in Mayfair.

Paris Chef Brings Le Chateaubriand Flavor to London

bloomberg.com — Inaki Aizpitarte, one of the most feted chefs in France, plans to open a restaurant in London's Mayfair. Aizpitarte, best-known for his Paris bistro Le Chateaubriand, is scheduled to open Le Chabanais on Mount Street in February or March. It will be an informal establishment, without tablecloths or carpets, serving a menu that will change each day, based on available ingredients.

Rock Stars Ditch Jack Daniels for Quinoa as Chef Goes on Tour

bloomberg.com — We're backstage at the Roundhouse in north London, and it's shortly before showtime. The auditorium is filling with members of the 3,000 audience who have booked for the second of three sell-out concerts by The Specials. The ska band, which grew out of punk, is going strong 35 years after its first hit, "Gangsters."

Dishoom Restaurant Serves Slice of Indian History in London: Don't Tell the Cops

bloomberg.com — Restaurants are usually judged more on their food and service than their design. Rightly so. You wouldn't go to a dentist for his comfortable chair or a hairdresser because the walls were painted in cool colors.

Fraud Tricks U.K. Michelin Restaurants Out of $62,000

bloomberg.com — Midsummer House, a U.K. restaurant with two Michelin stars, was conned out of wine valued at 28,000 pounds ($44,000), Chef Daniel Clifford said. "That's the last three months' profit straight out of the window," Clifford said in a telephone interview today.

Bye Bye Barcelona: London's Barrafina and Ember Yard Bring Tapas Home

bloomberg.com — Tap for Slideshow Earlier this year, I went to Spain with a couple of friends to dine at El Celler de Can Roca, a past winner of the World's 50 Best Restaurants awards. We were so excited about tapas in Barcelona; we packed in three lunches in one day before heading north to a multi-course tasting menu in Girona.

Michelin Awards Third Star to Second Chicago Restaurant Grace

bloomberg.com — Grace restaurant in Chicago was today awarded a third Michelin star, becoming one of just over 100 in the world to hold the guide's top accolade. Chef Curtis Duffy serves contemporary seasonal tasting menus in his West Loop establishment, Michelin said today in an e-mailed release detailing which Chicago restaurants have been awarded stars.

London Chefs' Battle for Restaurants Pays for Carnaby Street Owner

bloomberg.com — The dynamism of London's food scene in recent years hasn't only been good for chefs and diners. It's proved a boon for property companies such as Shaftesbury Plc, which owns real estate across the West End. A successful restaurant can become a destination, creating a buzz and boosting demand at neighboring stores.

The Colony, a West End Gentlemen's Grill Room by Team Wolseley

bloomberg.com — Tap for Slideshow I don't get all-male institutions. Having spent five years at a boys' school, my memories are of bullying and violence. If people want to hang out with all the boys, there is always the YMCA.

Michelin Names 58 Chicago Restaurants Offering Value for Money

bloomberg.com — Michelin today named 58 Chicago-area restaurants serving good-quality, inexpensive food. New winners of the Bib Gourmand award include Parachute, a family-owned Korean-American establishment in the Avondale neighborhood, where diners are warned: "If you are grumpy, pouty, crabby or just plain mean, this may not be the place for you."
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Nov 28, 2014

Kobe beef options @SUSHISAMBA_LON to include 160g rib eye (£144) tamaki hand roll (£26) nigiri 2 pieces.sashimi 3 (£24).

Nov 28, 2014

From Dec 8, @SUSHISAMBA_LON will serve Kobe beef, including a £1,000 Ishiyaki service, with 1 kilo presented tableside to four guests.

Nov 28, 2014

Up in My Grill @upinmygrilluk is resident at the Old Pump on Shoreditch HIgh St for 3 weeks from Dec 1 serving Latin-inspired street food.

Nov 28, 2014

Brindisa has secured a site at 18-20 Rupert Street and plans to open in February. The 3,445 sq ft site will be its fifth London restaurant.

Nov 28, 2014

RT @RouxAPS: @Richardvines they tried it with @RouxAPS too claiming to be drogba and Torres!

Nov 28, 2014

Ex-Rothschild expert is the latest to fall victim to wine hustle in £50,000 con, following restaurants standard.co.uk/news/crime/exr…

Nov 27, 2014

RT @eightyfourpr: Under the mistletoe @NunoViajante & @Richardvines - it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas #chilternfirehouse http:/…

Nov 27, 2014

Portland to open in January at 113 Great Portland Street, headed by owners Will Lander + Daniel Morgenthau + head chef Merlin Labron-Johnson

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