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Virtual Curry Brands Slammed

24th May 2021 A vegetarian curry house, Madras Flavours, has been criticised for operating 40 “virtual brands” on Deliveroo and UberEats websites from its single kitchen in Reading, many with similar or identical menus. Local food blogger ‘Edible Reading’ labelling the move as “disingenuous at best,” adding, “I really struggle to see any rational explanation …

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Maru Mayfair

21st May 2021 The team behind Japanese restaurant Taka will open Maru, in Mayfair in June. Led by executive chef Taiji Maruyama and partners Andrey and Anastasia Datsenko, Maru will serve a 20-course omakase-style, farm-to-table inspired, tasting menu and has claimed to be the first Japanese restaurant in the UK to specialise in the culinary …

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World Tea Day

20th May 2020 The Sri Lankan High Commission is promoting a webinar to mark International Tea Day – 21st May 2021, organized by the Sri Lanka Tea Board (SLTB) and Colombo Tea Traders Association (CTTA) to introduce Sri Lanka’s artisanal teas to a wider audience of tea connoisseurs around the world.    The webinar taking place on …

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US-based Tao Group Hospitality acquires Hakkasan Group

18th May 2021 US-based Tao Group Hospitality has acquired Hakkasan Group, creating a “premium hospitality powerhouse that includes a global portfolio of brands and properties with significant potential for future growth”. The newly combined company operates 61 entertainment dining and nightlife venues in 22 markets across five continents. These include Tao Group Hospitality’s Tao, Marquee, …

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Sari upcycling benefits marginalised women in India and Bangladesh

16th May 2021 An initiative upcycling sari fabric is providing opportunities for marginalised women in India and Bangladesh, resulting in the creation of beautiful handmade bags, cushions, quilts and scarves. Sold by Shakti.ism, the range reflects the artisans’ innovative, artistic style. Millions of saris are made every year. Brilliantly coloured and patterned, they are eventually …

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Bong Bong’s Manila Kanteen

17th May 2021 Lee Johnson and Sinead Campbell, winners of BBC Two’s My Million Pound Menu, has opened a Filipino street-food concept, Bong Bong’s Manila Kanteen, after pitching their concept to judges on the BBC show. It has opened open its permanent home in Kerb’s indoor food market at Seven Dials in Covent Garden, after …

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