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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Stoke Newington restaurant Wander is putting on a menu of Australian favourites to raise funds for the bushfire relief campaign.

Hot May Pot Pot is putting on a special three-course detox menu this month, and it includes China's take on fondue.

"How do they make watermelon look like tuna?" my son pondered as we sat in Wagamama's new Old Street branch, waiting for the new vegan dish to be served up.

If you're looking for classic French fare cooked to stunning perfection, look no further than Petit Pois Bistro.

Review: Tonkotsu, Shoreditch

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Forget fish and chips - ramen is warming, comforting fast food at its finest.

Review: Caldera, Mare Street

Thursday, December 12, 2019

This week I had the pleasure of visiting Caldera, the newly opened Mexican eatery on Mare Street.

Yann Florio has always been a cooking prodigy. He began his training at the age of 14, was working in Luxembourg's Michelin-starred La Pomme Canelle by 18 and was appointed head pastry chef at Corrigans, in Mayfair, when he was just 23. This journey started with some harsh words from his school teacher.

Review: Oren, Dalston

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Mediterranean-Israeli food isn't something I'd normally seek out, but Oren has made me realise I've been missing out.

Rotunda in Kings Cross recently launched its Sunday Beef Club - a lavish four-course meal brimming with canapés, seafood, aged beef and fruit-filled desserts.

Barge East is a 114-year-old Dutch barge turned floating bar and kitchen docked upon the River Lee. Its seasonal menu and casual take on fine dining offers comfort and warmth to those who step on board - a little culinary escape from the hustle and bustle of east London life.

Draughts has given Londoners a cool spot to play board games since 2014. Originally based in Haggerston, the venue specialising in family favourites and retro classic games has switched to Dalston, where they've been settling in to a fancy new 3,000 square foot abode.

Fresh pasta and creative flavour combinations from different Italian districts are on offer at Officina 00, which opened on Old Street back in September.

A new hub for Mexican food and cocktails opens on Mare Street next week.

The world's first zero-waste restaurant is relocating from Brighton to Hackney Wick, launching on the upper floor of CRATE Brewery from Tuesday, November 5.

When he first settled in London, Taewoo Kim spent five years working in Japanese restaurants like Gilgamesh and Sake no Hana before launching his own venture celebrating his Korean heritage.

I've always been a bit suspicious of calzones.

Craft beer bar and shop Mother Kelly's is the latest addition to the little row of restaurants in Stratford's East Village square.

Superb news if you work near Old Street, or if you just like good food and artisanal coffee in general.

Founded as recently as April 2018, Tom Brown's Cornerstone restaurant has landed yet another top-tier prize.

Your sofa is obviously a strong choice. But you hardly get the same buzz out of watching the action from Japan whilst sat in your front room, in your PJs, eating Weetabix. No, that won't do at all. Instead, we've put together a list of six of the best bars and restaurants showing the World Cup in Hackney and Islington for you to *try*... (sorry).

Life comes at you quickly - just ask John Gladwell and Debs Croshaw. The pair only began serious planning for their Filthy Buns burgers in February, and now they're preparing to launch a seven days a week residency at The Three Compasses on Dalston Lane.

The freshly refurbished London Fields Brewery has invited Prairie Fire - the Kansas City BBQ joint - in to their kitchens to serve authentic fare as the colder months approach.

I've been marvelling at the impressive architectural feat that is The Stratford ever since walking past last summer.

Borough Market favourite Padella could soon be opening in Shoreditch if councillors grant bosses a licence this week.

When Carolina W Seibel opened Moio on Stokey's High Street barely a few days in to 2019, she spoke warmly of the local neighbourhood.

Formerly a songwriter for the likes of Girls Aloud, Sugababes and Kylie Minogue, Lisa Cowling now runs a cookery school out of her home in Dalston, after a year of volunteering at the Made in Hackney kitchen.

One of the new pizzas on Flat Earth's August menu is topped with Haggerston plum sauce, spring onions, and soy & sesame aubergines.

Nando's have launched a pop-up in Shoreditch which is about way more than just chicken slathered in PERi-PERi sauce.

A second branch of the hugely popular Borough Market restaurant Padella could be coming to Shoreditch.

We can't help you to sleep in these outrageous temperatures (26 degrees! At midnight!) but we can nudge you in the direction of a free piña colada, which is surely just as good.

Whether you're a French national or an out-and-out Francophile, Bastille Day is the perfect excuse to celebrate all things Gallic.

A virtual-reality gaming lounge and vegan dessert bar is set to open in Homerton next week. Vivid Reality co-founders Rebekah Douglas-Bagley and Yemi Shodipo explain the concept behind their new three-storey space on the High Street.

Nightjar, the multi award-winning speakeasy on City Road, has introduced an Arts & Crafts cocktail menu for the summer.

To celebrate the 71st birthday of the NHS on July 5, The Pembury Tavern is offering a free drink to any of its employees.

Italian food, cocktails and DJ sets in to the early hours are on the cards at Gigi's: the new Hoxton Square venue from Giovanna Hussain

Lower Clapton restaurant My Neighbours The Dumplings are expanding. The Gazette went for a walk around the park with director Becky Wharton to talk about their second dumpling house: set to open on Victoria Park Road in mid-July.

We're now just one day out from the start of All Points East 2019, so are the event organisers slowing down ahead of the Festival's opening? Absolutely not.

As Shoreditch-based venue The Bike Shed prepare to host their 10th anniversary show at Tobacco Dock, the event's caterers Feast It pick out five great places that will be feeding the motorhead masses.

A cocktail bar promising 'chemistry and theatre' is opening on City Road in time for the weekend.

US craft beer brewer Brooklyn Brewery has teamed up with the Mexican chain Tortilla to make a tasty beef sauce.

Mare Street venue The Last Tuesday Society has been crowned the Best Bar in London at the 7th annual Design My Night Awards.

It might not sound appetising, but you're going to want to get your chops around a flam.

A new Chinese restaurant has opened on Mare Street, and the menu is entirely vegan.

Two bank-holidays and a big range of interesting events; there's lots to look forward to in May. Here's a run-down of six of the best things to do in Hackney and Islington.

Yard Sale Pizza has teamed up with a mega-star chef for its latest collaboration - and it's one of their best yet.

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