The Dish: Restaurants in the news

The Curry Lounge in Nottingham has set a new world record for building the tallest poppadom tower. Owner Arfan Razak and his team created a 1.51m masterpiece using 1,052 poppadoms. We’re not sure what they did with them afterwards but we say pass us the chutney!

After the recent Dean Street fire forced them to close their doors, Soho's Quo Vadis has reopened and is taking bookings from today.

We love the huge bowls of Vietnamese noodle soup at Pho on Great Titchfield Street, but it looks like we need to visit their Westfield branch to try out the infamous ‘weasel coffee’. Available in three weeks time at £6 a cup, the coffee beans are eaten and digested by weasels so their intestinal enzymes can break down the bitter proteins. The end result is a smooth, rich and unusual coffee – not for the faint hearted.

To celebrate turning three next month, Gilgamesh will invite diners who visit between August 3rd and 6th to roll a dice on arrival. If you roll the magic number three, you’ll receive a complimentary ‘Threesome’ cocktail made with Absolut vodka, passion fruit juice and cranberry juice, topped up with Champagne.

Hammersmith’s Indian Zing have announced a series of ‘fiesta’ menus, which will showcase different Indian cooking styles each month. In August, they’re celebrating rich dishes from Asia and Middle East with a menu full of delicious biryanis. We like the sound of the Calicut beef biryani – a recipe originally brought by Arab traders to Calicut via the Arabian Sea.

From September, commuters can stop by the daily Sourced food market at St Pancras International to pick up fresh fish, deli treats, wine, bread and pastries. The focus will be on local produce, with lots of goodies coming from producers in Kent and the South East. Perfect for picking up the essentials after dinner at St Pancras Grand.