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Chef Massimo Bottura: I May Move Italy's Osteria Francescana to London — Tap for Slideshow Massimo Bottura, who holds three Michelin stars at Osteria Francescana in Modena, is considering moving overseas with his family and closing the establishment that occupies third place in the World's 50 Best Restaurant awards. The Italian chef says his wife Lara raised the idea of a move, with London the most likely destination.

Gymkhana Restaurant Backers Bring Taiwan Street Food to London — The owners of Gymkhana, the restaurant named the U.K.'s best after only a few months in business, are backing a new London venue serving Taiwanese street food. Bao, scheduled to open early next year in London's Soho district, began life as a market stall in the east of the city and will specialize in "xiaochi": small snacks, especially steamed buns called, you guessed it, bao.

Ivy Market Grill Captures Future of London Dining Before It Happens: Review — Tap for Slideshow It's that time of year when people like to make predictions about trends for the coming 12 months. Funny how those forecasts frequently describe what has been happening over the past year. Let's face it: We probably see more in a rear-view mirror than a crystal ball.

Fortnum & Mason Triumphs as Duck & Waffle Chef Tests Mince Pies — Forty floors above the City of London, Daniel Doherty is working his way through a pile of mince pies with nothing more than a glass of water to drink.

Ramsay's Heddon Street Kitchen Is Unobjectionable, Really: Review — Tap for Slideshow Gordon Ramsay has done more to improve London dining than almost any chef of the past 20 years. He mentored a generation of culinary stars, including Jason Atherton, Angela Hartnett, and Marcus Wareing, who went on to open fine restaurants.

Mexican Chef Says She's Fed Up With Tex-Mex: Bring on the Chiles — Chef Margarita Carrillo Arronte is frustrated. She considers the cuisine of her native Mexico to be among the world's finest. Yet everywhere she goes, people talk to her about Tex-Mex food and peppers that blow a hole in your tongue.

London Restaurant Openings Surge as Fera Is Top Newcomer on List — London added restaurants in the past year at the fastest net rate since at least 1991 and Chef Simon Rogan's Fera is the best newcomer, according to Harden's London Restaurants. Fera at Claridge's hotel in Mayfair focuses on extracting maximum flavor from the best ingredients, many of which come from Rogan's own farm.

New York Watch Out: Chef Jason Atherton Is Coming to Town — Jason Atherton is a chef in a hurry. He's planning to open three more restaurants this year, including making his New York debut in May. He's in the middle of a photo shoot for Vertu phones when I arrive for an interview at his flagship Pollen Street Social.

Quaglino's Makes Glamorous Return: Dancing on Tables Optional — 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 — 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.
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Dec 18, 2014

Brilliant @tonkotsulondon opens 4th site in early Jan at 382 Mare Street. Expect cocktail bar and new dishes: seafood ramen and okonomiyaki

Dec 18, 2014

Karam Sethi and family behind @GymkhanaLondon to back opening of @bao_london street-food restaurant on Lexington St, Soho, in the spring.

Dec 18, 2014

Everyone’s buying magnums this year — so which one’s worth a pop?

Dec 17, 2014

Goodman Steak Team Splashes With Fresh Fish: Fire Up Your iPads…

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