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Reform Social & Grill

Sure, home-cooked dishes are great but sometimes you just have to hand it to the experts. The winter menu here is a good place to start, with well-prepared, hearty British classics that will be worth your while to emulate. There’s a tender, glazed beef shortrib with walnut-coated beetroot to provide a satisfying, crunchy point of difference. If you’re lucky enough to land plaice as the Catch of the Day, savour it neatly rolled up with capers and zingy bursts of lemon. On that note, you might as well finish with the lemon and raspberry posset which has just enough sharpness to reenergise the palate. Reform Social & Grill, Mandeville Hotel, Mandeville Place, Mayfair, London W1U 2BE. reformsocialgrill.co.uk

The House of Peroni residency

Last few days of Italian food and drink pop-up in Brick Lane. There are few places as warm and welcoming as an Italian family home, which is why you’re likely to find pleasure in grabbing a drink and a bite to eat at the House of Peroni before its ‘Vita all’interno’ (‘a life lived inside’) residency is up. Among the set of themed rooms and spaces is a bar featuring a stunning autumnal paper installation by artist Francesca Signori and a large laundry-come-dining room complete with stacks of washing machines and overhanging clothes lines full of billowing clean sheets. It is here where you can enjoy the comforting Sicilian-inspired aperitivo menu created by Michelin-starred chef Accursio Craparo and Peroni Nastro Azzurro-infused cocktails dreamed up by the Langham Hotel’s mixologist Simone Caporale. The food is made for sharing so small plates (£4 each) are in order. The beef meatballs with potato puree is a beautifully simple dish – there’s no sauce to mask the flavour, just pure, quality meat. The Sicilian pizza is just as unfussy, …

Maitre Choux launches Christmas eclairs

Maitre Choux’s superstar pastry chef Joakim Prat creates two new eclairs for the festive season. Feast your eyes on these fancy eclairs. Look too good to eat? Almost. These new Maitre Choux beauties should help get you into the Christmas spirit nice and early. First there’s the Coconut Snow eclair which contains lashings of smooth coconut cream wrapped in light choux pastry and covered in crunchy, snow-white coconut flakes. Then there’s the Hazelnut and Milk Chocolate Treasure, an eclair filled with whippy, milk chocolate cream covered in a homemade praline and roasted hazelnut chunks. As if that wasn’t tempting enough, it is also spray-painted gold so once you latch eyes on it, you won’t be able to walk away. £5.80 each, available at Fortnum & Mason and maitrechoux.com

50% off food at launch of The Ninth

New Fitzrovia restaurant The Ninth opens with a half-price food offer. French-Mediterranean restaurant The Ninth is the first solo venture by chef Jun Tanaka. Expect a sharing menu of seasonal dishes that have been given a distinctly lighter makeover, from salted beef cheeks with oxtail consommé, and lamb en croute with truffles, to razor clam ceviche and seabream with anchovy dressing. In advance of its official opening on 23 November, the restaurant will have a three-day (19 – 21 November) soft launch in which diners can enjoy dishes at half the usual price. Tables will be available for dinner on 19 – 20 November, and for lunch and dinner on 21 November. The 50% discount is only available with a reservation. To book, call 0203 019 0880. The Ninth, 22 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2NB theninthlondon.com

Night Tales brings Tokyo Nights to Shoreditch

The team behind street food market Night Tales opens new Tokyo-inspired pop-up. Just off the Old Street roundabout is a buzzy new set-up that recreates scenes straight from the streets of Tokyo. With flickering neon street signs, Japanese lanterns and scripts engraved in wood throughout the space, you won’t forget there’s an overarching theme any time soon. Another thing you’re guaranteed not to do is go hungry. Or thirsty for that matter. The four bars and many more food stalls will see to that. Among those stalls are the likes of Patty & Bun, who have gone to town creating signage especially for the pop-up and serving up burgers with bacon dashi and Asian vegetables alongside their signature Ari Gold favourites, and Bubbledogs who are topping their hot dogs with Asian salads and good old Sriracha sauce. Dorshi Dumplings offers a popular selection of steamed and fried dumplings, and Nanny Bill’s has Teppanyaki short rib beef buns you need to check out, whilst Walter and Monty are smoking all sorts of meat over charcoal to …

Spice Market launches Barley & Buns bao pop-up

For a limited time only, diners at Spice Market can tuck into Taiwanese-style bao buns with the new Barley & Buns pop-up menu. Capitalising on the success of Taiwanese gua bao (steamed, fluffy white buns traditionally filled with pork belly) on the London street food scene, Spice Market has launched its own menu of savoury bao buns with a pop-up, Barley & Buns, on the ground floor of its restaurant. There are six buns (£4 – £7) to choose from and one additional ‘bun of the week’ – on the evening we visited, barbecue chicken was in order. The fillings, all of which have south-east Asian influences, are comforting and well portioned, and the buns are pillowy soft with a trace of sweetness. There are lots of textures at play on the menu, from the more tender choices like classic pork belly with pickled shallots, basil and mint, and Thai shrimp cake with mango and a sweet nuoc cham fish sauce dressing, to one of our firm favourites – the soy-glazed short rib with apple …

PizzaBuzz brings tailor-made gourmet pizza to the City

New restaurant PizzaBuzz livens up Shoreditch and the City by inviting diners to create their own pizzas. Whether you’re the experimental type, or just a fussy eater, there’s fun to be had in PizzaBuzz, a cool new foodie hangout where you can whip up a tasty, custom-made 12-inch pizza in less than 10 minutes from counter to table. Set in the newly opened Alphabeta Building, located between Tech City and the City, the restaurant has everything that would appeal to the hipster diner, from colourful, mismatched chairs and curious animal-themed murals to gluten-free pizza bases and curly kale toppings. Just start at the counter and work your way along the extensive assembly line as you watch your pizza being created. First, pick from one of five pizza bases including margherita (£4.95), verde (£5.95) and tomato-free bianca (£5.95). All the bases are made using the restaurant’s own blend of white and spelt flour, with the addition of spelt helping to aid digestion. Second, add some protein – there’s pancetta, merguez sausage and fennel salami (£1.50 each) …

Ma’ Plucker opens Southern chicken shop in Soho

Plucky newcomer Ma’ Plucker takes roost in Soho to bring you Southern-style chicken from noon til night. Ma’ Plucker might only have one ingredient as its specialty but it sure knows how to mix things up so you keep coming back for more. Here, in this small-seater restaurant, you’ll find chicken cooked three ways and served up in any combination you wish. First, make a choice from three bases that will determine your level of indulgence – there’s a salad, a house bun or some maple waffles. Next, pick a sauce to accompany your dish, the chirpy staff can offer assistance here if you’re unsure about the most complementary flavour combinations. Then comes the most important decision of the day – choose the style in which your chicken is cooked. You can have the chipotle-rubbed rotisserie, the fried crispy-coated buttermilk or the hickory-spiced pulled chicken. Crispy-coated halloumi cheese is also available for vegetarians and if you’re feeling a bit rebellious, you can even opt for the BBQ-braised beef short rib sub. But chicken is the …

Jean-Jacques Brasserie and Wine Bar opens in Soho

From Moscow and St. Petersburg to London, Jean-Jacques brings all-day classic French dining to Soho. It’s easy enough to neglect the good old tried and tested classics amongst the excitement of the latest foodie import or craziest foodie concoction that Soho is so renowned for. But when exhaustion kicks in and all you want is just a bit of the familiar, it’s good to know there are plenty of places you can turn to within striking distance. Jean-Jacques is one such place for fuss-free, traditional French food done well. It is set across three floors with a causal bar in the basement, a café decked out in black, white and red on the ground floor and a more formal cream and golden-accented, mirrored-ceiling restaurant upstairs with an outdoor terrace for open-air dining if the weather permits. Bar a couple of Russian dishes, there aren’t any surprises on the French menu. A trio of lightly seared scallops (£10) has a lovely herbaceous hit from the salsa verde and tomato fondue. A simple but generously layered endive …

Bottomless Kate Moss Champagne coupe lunch at 34

Mayfair restaurant 34 livens up lunch with the irresistible offer of bottomless Champagne. Just find an occasion, any occasion, to head to 34 for lunch soon because for a limited time only, you’ll be able to enjoy complimentary top-ups of Champagne. Just order two courses along with a single glass of Champagne and all your subsequent top-ups will be free for the duration of your meal. Use whatever tactics you like to help stretch out the time for maximum Champagne pleasure. You could try repeatedly requesting “more time” to decide what you will order in the first instance, or when your meal arrives, whip the phone out and photograph your dish from every conceivable angle, then spend some more time reviewing the pictures before duly posting on Instagram. Then repeat the process with your companion’s meal. Or, you could just order a third course and enjoy dessert at lunchtime too – if you’re having Champagne, you might as well go all-out and take your sweet time with a double whammy of treats. Do find the …