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Taillevent Paris, the group behind restaurant Taillevent, has opened a unique brasserie in London. Les 110 de Taillevent in Cavendish Square offers 110 wines by the glass, paired with seasonal and contemporary French dishes. Les 110 de Taillevent, 16 Cavendish Square, London W1G 9DD, 020-3141 6016.
After a six-month stint in Australia, The Fat Duck has re-opened and now employs a ticketed reservation system. “The Itinerary” costs £255 per person, excluding a discretionary 12.5% service charge and drinks and other items that are priced separately. Instead of dish descriptions, the menu presents nostalgic musings such as “Mid-Morning: First one to see the sea... The original Sound of the Sea. Can I have some money for the ice cream van? Then we went rockpooling. The Fat Duck, High Street, Bray, Berkshire SL6 2AQ, 016-2858 0333.
Le Chabanais is a London offshoot of the Parisian bistro Le Chateaubriand. It offers a modern, classic bistro-style menu. Inaki Aizpitarte, his team from the aforementioned Paris bistro, and Mumbai, India, film producer Varun Talreja collaborated on the restaurant. Le Chabanais, 8 Mount St., London W1K 3NF, 020-7491 7078.
Dining destination and bar Brooksby’s Walk has opened. The Homerton, east London, venture from restaurant manager Jarrod Cooke and chef Giorgio Ravelli, who previously worked together at Upstairs at The Ten Bells in Spitalfields, will offer a weekly barbecue, northern Italian sharing plates and seasonal cocktails. Brooksby’s Walk, Brooksby’s Walk, London E9 6DA, 07555 229870.
The Duck & Rice is restaurateur Alan Yau's take on the British pub. This Soho spot brings in Asian aesthetic traditions and offers dishes such as whole Cantonese roast duck, chop suey and Singapore fried noodles. The Duck & Rice, 90 Berwick St., London W1F 0QB, 020-3327 7888.
In the space that once housed Chutney Mary, Masala Grill offers Indian cuisine in a contemporary, casual setting. The menu highlights grilled dishes, street food and home-style fare. Masala Grill, 535 King's Rd., London SW10 0SZ, 020-7351 7788.
Hawker House Returns
Street Feast's indoor night market Hawker House is back, and this time it’s heading over to Canada Water. Following a very successful winter stint in Dalston last year, it will this time be showcasing two floors of street food, bars and its now-famous whisky roulette, in a warehouse on Canada Street. New for this year is Neil Rankin's Meat Hook, Argentine-style, three-meter-long, whole-animal grill; and Up In My Grill, serving hunks of meat with shoestring fries and chimichurri. There'll be 13 street food vendors to choose from, and six bars serving everything from craft beer to classic cocktails. Hawker House will stay there until April 2016, with a Christmas break from December 12 to January 29. Street Feast's Hawker House, Canada St., London SE16 2XU, no phone.
Chefs of Tomorrow Pop-Up
Duck and Waffle chef Dan Doherty’s Chefs of Tomorrow venture will be manifesting as a series of pop-up chef spots taking place for five weeks, every Saturday at Druid Street Market, from November 7-December 5, 2015. The project aims to showcase blossoming kitchen talent on the brink of stardom, and guests will be able to sample the cooking of chefs from some of London's best restaurants, and beyond, at a unique stall. Visit the website for the full calendar. Druid Street Market, 126 Druid St., London SE1 2HH, no phone.
With Som Saa packing up shop at Climpson's Arch to pursue its permanent site (due to open early 2016), a new residency has been announced for this hot Hackney spot in the form of Portuguese chef, Leandro Carreira. Carreira comes via the kitchens of Viajante, Mugaritz, and most recently, Lyle’s. Having been chosen from a list of more than 20 applicants, he started his residency on October 30, taking a simple approach, serving a typically Portuguese menu for sharing. Carreira showcases a mostly Portuguese wine list and collaborating with a local baker to provide breads and pastries typical to his home country. Climpson's Arch, 374 Helmsley Pl., London, UK E8 3SB, no phone.
Often regarded as one of the top Italian restaurants in town, Zucca has announced it will be closing its doors just before Christmas. Various landlord changes have been cited as the reason, and its last day of operation is December 23, 2015. Zucca, 184 Bermondsey St., London SE1 3TQ, 020-7378 6809.
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