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Alternative Restaurant Awards Announces Some Strange Categories

Plus all the other London restaurant snippets fit to print

The panel for the World Restaurant Awards, set up to rival the World’s 50 Best Restaurants World Restaurant Awards [official photo]

World’s 50 Best Restaurants alternative announces categories

The World Restaurant Awards — founded by restaurant writer Andrea Petrini and World’s 50 Best co-founder and Where Chefs Eat editor Joe Warwick — has announced its categories. Divided into ‘Big Plates’ (serious) and ‘Small Plates’ (tongue-in-cheek), the former includes ‘Original Thinking’ and ‘Ethical Thinking’; the latter ‘Trolley of the Year,’ ‘Tweezer-free Kitchen,’ and ‘Instagram Account of the Year.’ The committee, which promises to remedy the structural inequalities of the World’s 50 Best.

Popular Nepalese and Tibetan restaurant will open new site

Momo and Roti — known for its Himalayan and Desi-Chinese cooking — will add a new restaurant in Wembley to its current restaurant in Hounslow. Baral told Eater that the restaurant’s growth “was just beginning” in August, and that has now come to pass, as reported by Big Hospitality.

Pioneering vegan restaurant shuts down promising a permanent home

Cook Daily has closed its site at Shoreditch Boxpark in order to focus on a new, permanent home opening in 2019. The restaurant’s focus on quality over trendiness — and on establishing an inclusive eating culture — has earned it a loyal and diverse following that owner Chef King wants to bring to a bricks-and-mortar restaurant and media centre. “No more street food and no more shipping containers,” King told Big Hospitality.

Affordable steak restaurant gives away cash cow

Flat Ironthe affordable, fast-casual steak chain — will “give away” a whole Dexter beef steer to mark the opening of its sixth restaurant in King’s Cross, at 47 - 51 Caledonian Road. Expect a nose-to-tail examination of beef, which has been scored for “tenderness, juiciness, and flavour.”

Mercato Metropolitano will pitch up in Mayfair

The Italian-leaning food hall / market (or, “big covered market”) will open at the former St. Mark’s Church on Audley Street in Mayfair, as MCA reported back in May. Expect the usual mixture of deli counters, street food, gelato, espresso, and highly branded spritzes from the Elephant and Castle location.