Welcome to the family! – New restaurants on OpenTable

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It’s officially spring! Time to swap the comfort food and Netflix binges for a night out on the town. If you need some inspiration, here are some of the fantastic restaurants that have joined OpenTable recently.

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J Sheekey Oyster Bar – Tucked away on St Martin’s Court, this Covent Garden institution is the ideal spot for pre-theatre Champagne and oysters. Not an oyster fan? No problem! Try the seared scallops with wild garlic and chilli, the Cornish fish stew, or Sheekey’s famous fish pie.

8 Hoxton Square – At this local favourite overlooking Hoxton Square, the menu changes daily and the wine list is full of affordable gems. It’s perfect for lunch or a date night dinner before a neighbourhood bar crawl.

Jinjuu – If you’re out in Soho, head to Judy Joo’s modern Korean restaurant for bulgogi beef sliders, Korean fried chicken and ‘disco fries’ topped with pulled pork, cheese and kimchi.

Morada Brindisa – The latest addition to the Brindisa family specialises in dishes cooked in a wood-fired oven or on their robata grill. Expect plenty of Iberian pork, milk fed lamb, fresh fish and tapas plates.

Wheeler’s Bank – Dine in style at Marco Pierre White’s slick new City restaurant. The menu includes British classics like rib of beef, grilled dover sole and Shepherd’s Pie.

La Polenteria – Craving comfort food? Try creamy polenta topped with wild boar ragu, truffled mushrooms, or fresh crab and sun blush tomatoes. There are plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options too!

Also new in London: The Fourteenth Colonie, Cañas y Tapas in Angel, Bang Bang Vietnamese Canteen, Eat 17, Bobo Social, and the recently revamped Shepherd’s in Westminster.

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Outside of London, it’s a good month for steak lovers! We’re taking bookings at the newly opened Hawksmoor in Manchester and Argentine steak specialists CAU in Wilmslow.

Flaming Cow – They’ve only been open for a few months but Flaming Cow has already won over Eton and Windsor locals with their burgers, ribs and boozy shakes. Don’t miss their In ‘n’ Out-inspired ‘Animal’ burger.

Pintura – Now open at Trinity Leeds, this Basque kitchen and bar serves Spanish meat and cheese platters, tasty tapas dishes, cava cocktails and giant gin and tonics.

Slim’s Pork Chop Express – Offering a British take on American BBQ, Slim’s in Liverpool is the place to be if you’re craving slow-smoked meat. They’re also open for brunch (all week long!), serving American-style pancakes, steak and eggs, and chicken and waffles.

Need more inspiration? You can search for your local area on opentable.co.uk or ask us for tips on twitter.

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The Chocolate Festival is back, just in time for Easter!

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The Chocolate Festival returns to Islington’s Business Design Centre this weekend for three days of shopping, tastings, music and more. With over 60 top chocolatiers at The Chocolate Market, it’s the perfect place to pick up artisan truffles, award-winning brownies and handmade Easter eggs.

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You can have a go yourself at chocolate making workshops and tutored tastings or just chill out in the Chocolate Café. If you fancy a little pampering, you can make your own fresh face mask with the team from Lush or enjoy a treatment in their Cocoa Spa.

Tickets cost £9 in advance (£12 on the door) and £4 for children. Your ticket also includes entry to the Cheese & Wine Festival which is held in the same building. Pop in to try wines from all over the world, plus over 200 delicious cheeses from cheesemongers like Paxton & Whitfield and La Cave à Fromage.

Make a day of it with dinner nearby at one of these top restaurants in Angel.

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Blog bites: What we’re reading

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Feel like you’re stuck in a dining rut? Check out these reviews from some of our favourite UK food bloggers and start planning your next night out!

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We asked Heroine in Heels – finance analyst by day, blogger by night – to round up her favourite food spots for City workers. Her lunch choice, One Canada Square, is a great option for Canary Wharf locals and while The Wolseley isn’t actually in the City, we agree it’s perfect for business breakfasts.

If you’re craving steak, check out The London Foodie’s review of May Fair Kitchen at the MayFair Hotel. His verdict? ‘May Fair Kitchen offers some of the best grilled steaks, fish and seafood in London. A perfect meal here starts with a platter of freshly shucked oysters…finishing with their 20oz, grass-fed, 28-day aged, all singing, all dancing, single rib steak, heaven! Recommended.’

Over on ForkTalk, Esjay visited Fortnum & Mason’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon for an afternoon of scones and sandwiches. With its slick service and resident pianist, it’s a great place to impress out-of-town guests.

The Glasgow Food Geek rounded up her top spots for brunch, including the excellent Hutchesons, and back in February she reviewed Tiki Bar & Kitsch Inn – a wallet-friendly spot for Thai food and cocktails.

If you’re local or passing through Manchester this month, you can feast on steak and seafood at the slick new Hawksmoor on Deansgate. It’s already had great reviews from local bloggers Bacon on the Beech, The Monochromes and Gabriella, who loved the lobster.

Do you write a UK food blog we should be following? Get in touch!

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Where to find the best noodle dishes in London

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March is National Noodle Month– a great excuse to ditch your desk lunch and discover some of London’s best noodles. If you’ve already got ramen fatigue, don’t worry – we’ve rounded up delicious noodle dishes from all over Asia and where you can eat them in London.

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Pad Thai – Let’s start with a classic: silky rice noodles tossed with egg, tamarind, garlic, prawns, lime and crushed peanuts. You’ll find this popular dish on the menu at most Thai restaurants, but it’s particularly good at OpenTable diner favourites Mango Tree, Kinkao and Sukho. We like the crab and mango topped version at Busaba and the prawn-packed plateful at Soho date spot Patara.

You might also like: – Khao soi gai (Chiang Mai red curry noodle soup with crispy noodles) at Janetira.

Pho

Pho This wonderful noodle soup, topped with beef and fresh herbs, is the national dish of Vietnam. You can grab a lunchtime bowl in Soho at Pho and House of Ho, or seek it out at neighbourhood gems like Song Que on Kingsland Road, Saigon Saigon in Hammersmith and Café East in Surrey Quays.

You might also like: Bun bo hue (Vietnamese beef and vermicelli noodle soup) at Da Nang and Ladudu.

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Char kway teow Popular in Malaysia and Singapore, this smoky wok-fried noodle dish is packed with plump prawns, chives, bean sprouts and chilli. Try it with a cup of frothy teh tarik at Sedap on Old Street, in the West End at The Noodle House and Bali Bali, or with a side of satay skewers at Satay Bar in Brixton.

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Ramen London has achieved peak ramen, with restaurants like Tonkotsu, Kanada-Ya and Bone Daddies all battling for the top spot. We love the slow-simmered broths and bouncy noodles at Shoryu and Ippudo but if we can’t face the queues we book a table at United Ramen on Upper Street. Visit at the weekend to try their British Bulldog ramen, topped with rare roast beef and mini Yorkshire puds.

You might also like: Japanese udon noodle soup at Koya in Soho and King’s Cross newcomer, Den.

Best of the rest:
– Dan dan mian (spicy Sichuan noodles) at BarShu, Sichuan-Folk and Chilli Cool.
– Chinese lobster noodles at Mandarin Kitchen and Pearl Liang.
– Japchae (Korean stir-fried sweet potato noodles) at Jinjuu, Cah-Chi, Gogi or Koba.
– Xinjiang hand-pulled noodles with lamb at Silk Road in Camberwell.
– Laksa at Rasa Sayang, Singapore Garden, C&R Café and The Noodle House.

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Mother’s Day dining – London restaurants your mum will love

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If you haven’t made plans for Mother’s Day, don’t panic – there’s still time to find that perfect table. There are plenty of great places to choose from on our Mother’s Day page but if you need a few ideas, here are 20 of the best mum-friendly restaurants in London.

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Foxlow – We love the Moroccan eggs and legendary breakfast burger at this Farringdon favourite.
Bread Street Kitchen – Browse the shops at One New Change after brunch at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant.
3 South Place – This City slicker serves delicious homemade waffles and some healthy options too.
Ben’s Canteen – Keep it casual with avo on toast and a glass of Breakfast Fizz at Ben’s in Battersea.

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Blixen – Mum’s will love this handsome brasserie for brunch, lunch or cocktails in the basement bar.
Joe’s Oriental Diner – Head to this Chelsea hot spot for Singapore chilli lobster and beef rendang buns.
Yama Momo – If mum loves sushi, treat her to dinner at this buzzy new Japanese izakaya in Dulwich.

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Sunday lunch

The Drapers Arms – The Sunday roasts here are superb and very popular with the locals, so book fast!
Plum + Spilt Milk – Choose from sirloin of beef, honey glazed gammon and more at this King’s Cross gem.
Newman Street Tavern – Mums will receive complimentary pink fizz and homemade Madeleines to take home.
The Jones Family Project – The roasts at this Shoreditch eatery are fantastic and only £9.95 this month.
The Ealing Park Tavern – Go west for a family-style lunch at this recently revamped Ealing gastropub.

Glitz and glamour

J Sheekey Oyster Bar – A West End icon that’s perfect for pre-theatre oysters or a leisurely seafood supper.
Searcy’s at The Gherkin – Enjoy a 3-course lunch, glass of Bucks Fizz and stunning views for just £59.
Hakkasan – Splash out on the Dim Sum Sundays experience at Hakkasan. (Champagne included!)
Le Pont de la Tour – Treat your mum to roast beef and Champagne mousse at this iconic riverside restaurant.

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Union Street Café – Mums will receive a free Bellini and dessert at Ramsay’s Italian restaurant in Southwark.
Hawksmoor Knightsbridge – Swap the traditional Sunday roast for stunning steaks and seafood.
Hush Brasserie – Enjoy afternoon tea for just £19.95 per person, including your choice of gin cocktail.
House of Ho – Mums eat for free with unlimited bubbly! Check out the Vietnamese dishes on the menu.

If you need more inspiration, check out our Mother’s Day guide to find out what some of London’s top restaurants have planned for the 15th. There are some great afternoon tea options on our Pinterest board and if you still can’t decide, ask our restaurant experts for advice on twitter!

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Welcome to the new OpenTable

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We love what can happen around the restaurant table and know you do too. For over a decade, we’ve strived to help diners discover and book the perfect table every time they dine out and to enable restaurants to enhance the hospitality they deliver night after night.

After all, our mission at OpenTable is to power great dining experiences.  It’s now in our DNA as many of us have come from restaurants and we have been living, breathing, learning from and working with restaurants for several years.

It is in this spirit that we are proud to introduce to you the new OpenTable brand. It features a fresh new logo, reflects our renewed focus on design and style, and a tagline that speaks directly to our evolution: “The table is just the start.” Our new brand symbolises how we’re building on our heritage to reimagine the role we can play before, during and after the dining experience and the ways in which we connect diners, restaurants and their communities.

“The table is just the start” encompasses the seemingly infinite number of good things that occur at restaurant tables around the world every day – including the start of new friendships, healthy debates between colleagues, and the adventures of sampling a new cuisine. We want to nurture and celebrate these shared experiences.

And as some of you may have noticed, the new OpenTable comes on the heels of other major enhancements and product initiatives including our redesigned website and Guest Centre, our next-generation, cloud-based hospitality solution for restaurants.

As we span countries and cultures, we’re very attuned to an essential ingredient in making our products successful: you. So from our warm and welcoming new mark to a fresh new voice on OpenTable.com and within our apps, we hope you’ll agree that we’re more inspired than ever. We’re humbled to play a part in your joyful dining experiences.

Bon appétit!

Scott Jampol is Senior Vice President of Marketing at OpenTable.

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