There are eight Bistro du Vins planned for London and this smart, handsome restaurant is the second of them (there's also a branch in Clerkenwell). It's in the heart of town, in trendy Soho, and serves well-done classic dishes and has a cave of fromages where you can choose your cheese. Other planned locations include Marylebone, Shoreditch, Notting Hill and Kensington. Lunch Mon.-Sat., Dinner nightly. Bistro du Vin, 36 Dean St., London W1, 020-7432 4800.
Hotel du Vin has become a small chain of individual, slightly quirky but very chic hotels in cities around the U.K. like Winchester, Bath, Cambridge and Tunbridge Wells. An important part of their popularity lies in each hotel's restaurant, all called Bistro du Vin. It was only a matter of time before the group tackled London, and in April the first Bistro du Vin opened in Clerkenwell in the old Vic Naylor restaurant. Like all its relatives, the philosophy is simple: serve classic dishes made from locally sourced ingredients in a setting that is as individual and interesting as the hotels. And, of course, you're certain to get a really good wine list. Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner Mon.-Sat. Bistro du Vin, 40 St. John St., London EC1, 020-7490 9230.
Wolfgang Puck's CUT at 45 Park Lane has finally opened. The ground-floor restaurant seats 70, and if you follow the central staircase, the first floor features a library and Bar 45. The modern American steakhouse in the Dorchester Collection's 45 Park Lane hotel promises a lot: great food, exciting décor by Thierry Despont and a seductive bar. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. CUT at 45 Park Lane, 45 Park Lane, 45 Park Ln., London W1K 1PN, 020-7493 4545.
Gordon Ramsay is never far from the news, but this time it's for a grand new opening rather than an old dispute. Bread Street Kitchen opened on September 26 in a large warehouse style space. The restaurant is open all day, from early morning until late night. It's a big bold design with reclaimed furniture and vintage armchairs giving a thoroughly retro feel, and a huge wine balcony. The menu is seasonal, international and offers the likes of an English breakfast; there's a counter for lunch and a bar for cocktails as well as full meals in the restaurant. Breakfast Mon.-Fri, Lunch & Dinner daily. Bread Street Kitchen, 10 Bread St., London EC4M 9AB, 020-7592 1616.
Bavarian Beer Festival Returns to London
If you like German culture, and particularly Bavarian brews, then make your way along to the two Bavarian Beerhouse venues from Sept. 21-Oct. 29 for copious amounts of beer served by dirndl-wearing waitresses, entertainment by oompah bands (Wed.-Thurs. 7 p.m.-11 p.m.), eating, drinking and singing aloud on benches. It's all very convivial. Also at The Arches, 9 Crutched Friars, EC3. Lunch & Dinner daily. Bavarian Beerhouse, 190 City Rd., London EC1, 0844 330 2005.
Carluccio's Mushroom FestivalsChef Shuffle
The Carluccio's chain is always innovative and this year its mushroom markets Sept. 10-Oct. 10 (in Stratford, London, Windsor and St. Albans) are a treat. Fresh, dried, wild and cultivated mushrooms, plus recipe tips and the chance to meet the chefs, are on offer. In the restaurants, you can try regional mushroom dishes like risotto con funghi and arancini di riso ai funghi (deep-fried rice balls with mixed mushrooms). Carluccio's, 8 Market Pl., London W1, 020-7636 2228.
David McIntyre, formerly chef de cuisine of Wolfgang Puck's WP24 in Los Angeles, is overseeing Puck's steakhouse CUT at 45 Park Lane. CUT at 45 Park Lane, 45 Park Lane, 45 Park Ln., London W1K 1PN, 020-7493 4545.
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