Fans of Joël Antunes' cooking at Brasserie Joël in the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London will be delighted to learn of his latest venture, Kitchen Joël Antunes. He's taken over the former Embassy site in Mayfair. It promises to be chic with art on the walls and a Provençal menu. There will also be a 40-seat terrace for sunny summer days. Mon.-Sat. 11am-11pm. Kitchen Joël Antunes, 29 Old Burlington St., London W1, 020-7494 5660.
In late November, Caprice Holdings, which already has venues like The Ivy, J. Sheekey and Scott's, launched 34 in Grosvenor Square in the heart of Mayfair. It's big (100 seats) and panders to London's current love affair with steak and steakhouses. Lunch & Dinner Mon.-Sat. 34, 34 Grosvenor Square, London W1, 020-3350-3434.
Pop up to the room above The Ten Bells pub in Spitalfields for a real secret treat. The Young Turks, a talented bunch of chefs, are cooking here until the end of January. The £39 menu brings snacks and four courses, plus a Hendrick's cocktail when you make it up the stairs. It's up-to-the-minute cooking with dishes like buttermilk fried chicken with pine salt keeping the punters happy. There's a good wine list of around 20 bottles and the menu changes regularly. Tues.-Sat. 6.30-10.30pm. Young Turks at The Ten Bells, Upstairs at The Ten Bells, 84 Commercial St., London E1, 075-3049 2986.
The people behind Hawksmoor in Seven Dials and Spitalfields have just opened their third branch, Hawksmoor Guildhall. It's a grand affair, with some odd decorations, such as specimen cabinets from the Natural History Museum, in a large, loud, bustling setting. Meat is the main attraction, and very good it is too. But the restaurant is also making a name for itself as a place for some of the best breakfasts in town. Mon.-Fri. 7-10am, noon-3pm, 5.30-9.30pm. Hawksmoor Guildhall, 10-12 Basinghall St., London EC2, 020-7397 8120.
White Truffle Menu at Refettorio
Refettorio offers a white truffle menu from mid November to mid December, which follows its black truffle menu in the summer. Feast on ‘the Diamond of the Kitchen' via a four-course menu, including coffee and amaretti biscuits, priced at £125. Try the likes of white truffle risotto and pan-fried veal chop with various accompaniments, including white truffle. Refettorio, Crowne Plaza Hotel London-The City, 19 New Bridge St., London EC4, 020-7438 8052.
Sicilian Tastes in the City of LondonChef Shuffle
Italian chef Giorgio Locatelli is a busy man. Not only does he cook at Locanda Locatelli, he also oversees the menu at Refettorio. And if you dine at Refettorio, you can taste the results of his latest labour, a large, beautifully produced recipe book, Made in Sicily. Until December 10, a special Sicilian tasting menu based on dishes from the book offers the likes of aubergine stew ‘caponata,' warm octopus salad with mixed fried vegetable and sardines done fritto misto style, followed by swordfish with roasted vegetable couscous. The three-course menu costs £35 and includes coffee and amaretti biscuits to finish. And there's a selection of Sicilian wines to choose from as well. Refettorio, Crowne Plaza Hotel London-The City, 19 New Bridge St., London EC4, 020-7438 8052.
The Rib Room has re-opened with a new look and a new chef, Ian Rudge. The Rib Room, Jumeirah Carlton Tower, 162 Sloane St., London SW1, 0207-858 7250.
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