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Dinnertime - all the news that's fit to eat

Olympic wooden spoon for street food trucks, more USA imports including Forrest Gump and Mark Wahlberg and the best afternoon tea in town…

Written by . Published on March 30th 2012.


Dinnertime - all the news that's fit to eat

3EatstreetEat street pizzaLONDON's street food evolution has hit a jam with the Olympics. The zealous Food Standards Agency is renting three spaces to impound ‘illegal’ food truckers on the rather dubious pretext that street food sellers are more likely to spread food poisoning.

More likely that they've not paid up their dues to Lord Seb Coe’s Olympic committee, like McDonalds have. Curiously though figures from Beijing Olympics show that 99% of food bought from street vendors was, er, safe. 

Meanwhile street food queen Petra Barran – the brains behind King’s Cross’s Eat Street, is moving indoors  to impressario activities at the Imperial Arms, 577 Kings Road, SW6 and showcasing Eat Street’s finest such as The Bowler’s meatballs on Tuesdays to Thursdays and others in the collective stepping up for the weekend slot. The bar also features new shows from photographer Bob Carlos Clarke…

And for you street food devotees, check out the new www.LondonStreetFoodie.co.uk with news of who and what is turning up where set up enterprisingly by Evening Standard commissioning editor Victoria Stewart…

3MarkyMarky in the nudeBurgers, burgers and more burgers…TV star and mogul Mark Wahlberg is bringing his Massachusetts burger outlet Wahlburgers to town. The former Marky Mark and producer of among others The Italian Job and The Departed is in cahoots with his brother Paul. He says a successful burger operation takes $2,400 a day, a really successful one can do $6,000 and Wahlberg’s is taking $17,000. In case you were wondering…

There is more USA steak on the menu, this time at the Manhattan Grill in Canary Wharf with an open plan Montague broiler for its USDA steaks from Kansas and Aberdeen Angus Inverurie, plus wines from the Rothschilds at the Marriott Hotel on West Quay…

Meanwhile the Rite Spot diner in Pasadena, California is claiming to be the venue that invented the cheeseburger. Apparently Lionel Sternberger, a chef there in the '20s, burnt his burger and used the cheese to cover up the scorched marks. Ummm, maybe….

3BubbaBubba's shrimpsAnother USA import sees the chain based on the movie Forrest Gump bringing the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company to what was Planet Hollywood at the Trocadero off Leicester Square…

And if you are a bit fed up with all these American’s taking over the high street, then head for Selfridges where the Irish are coming for three weeks from April 10 to show off the best of their produce around the food hall…

Some more openings of interest…the team behind Textures are to open a wine bar and bistro on Marylebone Lane, W1….the many-times changed site at Mezzo on Wardour Street has now gone Indian as Carom with small plates designed by former Benares sous chef Balaji Balachander…Soho House is opening another outlet Little House on St James’s…

3MaxFrench maestro Max RenzlandFor you serious foodies Max Renzland is opening a new bistro, this time in Wanstead. Called Provender it will serve old French classics like choucroute and poulet a la crème…

With teatime back in fashion, the Athenaeum Hotel in Mayfair has picked up the top rating from the Tea Guild awards. After you with the cucumber sandwiches…

Less good news comes from a survey of 199 pizza outlets across the country which finds that an average margarita can contain more than your daily dose of salt. The pizza at the Adam and Eve in Barnet apparently was saltier than seawater.

On the subject of bad habits the Gaucho at Richmond has opened a cigar smoking area…

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