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Eagle-eyed blogger goodforlunch spotted a familiar looking graphic in the window opposite Bocca di Lupo.’Too far to be Spuntino’ he posited. So Hot Dinners called up BdL to find out what was going on.

Turns out the restaurant is opening up a Gelateria, deli and espresso bar at 7 Archer Street. It opens on 17 June 2010 and hours will be 11am to 11pm to begin with – although they’re still deciding o…

Read more: Bocca di Lupo to open new espresso bar, deli and gelateria in Soho

Riverford roving restaurant hits Islington this summertime

If you're too busy, lazy or just too much of a committed Londoner to be tempted into the English countryside over the summer, we've just heard about a farm event set on bringing the taste of the countryside to city-dwellers.

Riverford - the organic fruit and veg box company - is sending out a roving restaurant to showcase some of the fabulous, seasonal food their farms produce. And happily it's go…

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A round-up of this week's London foodie news:

Let’s start off on a positive note with the Independent’s story that burgers may not be bad for you after all. According to a series of new scientific reports, it seems carbs could be worse for you than fats. So you can head for Boulud’s burger with a free conscience (as long as you go easy on the chips).

As far as PR disasters go, only Marco Pierre Wh…

Read more: Burger news, Goodman expands and Marco gets a pasting

AA Gill may not have worried about revealing details from this year’s London Restaurant Festival when he blurted out his invitation to take part in a French food debate, but chef Jun Tanaka is much better about sticking to the party line.

In an interview with Hot Dinners, Jun told us he’s working on a top-secret project for the October festival, but it was too early to reveal exactly what. All he…

Read more: Secret London Restaurant Festival project for Jun Tanaka

Talking to Jun Tanaka

Chef Jun Tanaka talks about what goes on behind the swing door in London's best restaurants.…

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There were some interesting results at last night’s Tatler Laurent-Perrier & Taste of London Restaurant Awards 2010.

While Best Kitchen for Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley wasn’t a real surprise, perhaps the magazine’s choice of It Room – the Brompton Bar and Grill – and Restaurateur of the Year, which went to Ben and Hugo (better known as Benugo) for the Serpentine Bar and Kitchen was an unusu…

Read more: Galvin La Chapelle is Tatler's Best Restaurant 2010

Marcus Wareing has announced plans to open a second restaurant in London next year. In an interview in today's Guardian, Wareing tells the paper he'll be following his former mentor Gordon Ramsay's lead and putting one of his own people in charge of the new place. 'The key thing for me is I'm not going to leave the Berkeley. 'I'm going to do what a lot of chefs have never done, which is to open ot…

Read more: Marcus Wareing to open second London restaurant

Should the Tories finally hammer out an agreement with the Lib Dems, they may wish to celebrate in style by ordering the gulls’ egg omelette on the menu for a very limited period at their favourite restaurant Boisdale in Bishopsgate. But they best not put the omelette in question on expenses – even the kindest auditor would surely baulk at the hefty £90 price-tag.

According to reports, the omelett…

Read more: World's most expensive omelette goes on sale in London

Polpo owner names his new Soho restaurant Spuntino

Polpo owner Russell Norman today confirmed that he’ll be opening another Italian restaurant in Soho later this Summer. Spuntino will open up just off Brewer Street at some point over the next couple of months. According to Russell, it  will be ‘a sort-of speakeasy with food; it will feel like a machine-age downtown NYC Italian diner’. That pretty much reflects what Russell told Hot Dinners when we…

Read more: Polpo owner names his new Soho restaurant Spuntino

Polpo's EnoClub Wine tasting

One of the most interesting developments we’re seeing in the London restaurant scene right now, is the increase in restaurants coming up with innovative ways to get the punters in, particularly on quieter days of the week.

This rise in food and wine-pairing evenings, tutored wine tastings, special menus with lectures serve a number of functions. They give Londoners a chance to chat and connect ove…

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Reaction to the World's 50 Best Restaurants 2010 List

Reaction to the publication of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2010 List has, in the main, been pretty much what you'd expect. First off, thousands of restaurant collectors and foodie tourists stormed the online booking system at winner Noma – 100,000 of them to be exact – only to find that the last time there was a free table was on the night just after the award was announced.

It all must h…

Read more: Reaction to the World's 50 Best Restaurants 2010 List

Exciting news for Islington residents as the site of a once well-loved restaurant, Gill Wing Cafe, has an exciting new future as a neighbourhood Italian with two River Cafe and Fifteen alumni behind it.

Jordan Frieda, formerly front-of-house at The River Cafe has teamed up with chef Tim Siadatan - one of the original trainees at Fifteen who has since worked at both St John and Moro to open their o…

Read more: Fifteen and River Cafe alumni opening Italian Trullo restaurant in Islington

Casa Brindisa Monday supperclub review

It's been twenty years since Brindisa first began importing the best of Spanish food and drink to London. Now, in addition to their Borough Market stall they have three Tapas restaurants, one of which - Casa Brindisa in South Ken - plays host to a series of Supper Club and Masterclass tasting evenings. 

Each event focuses on a different area of Spanish food and wine and Hot Dinners was invited to…

Read more: Casa Brindisa Monday supperclub review

Election Eclairs at the Arch London

When we set out to the Arch London hotel to review the election éclairs – a very topical take on the hotel’s bar snacks which had been creating something of a stir in London’s bar circles – we didn’t expect to find a hidden gem of a bar and restaurant that we’re slightly loath to tell anyone about.

Opened at the tail-end of last year, this hotel is the brainchild of the family behind the utterly d…

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Claude Bosi talks to Hot Dinners about joining the World's 50 Best Restaurants

As the chef behind the only new British entry in this year’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Claude Bosi was in a pretty good mood when Hot Dinners spoke to him this morning.

So how are you feeling this morning?
Fantastic. We’ve only been in London for two years, so I’m really pleased – for us as a team it’s fantastic.

Did you know ahead of the ceremony last night where you’d been placed?
I knew I wa…

Read more: Claude Bosi talks to Hot Dinners about joining the World's 50 Best Restaurants

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