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If we haven't already whet your appetite for the London Restaurant Festival, then let us do better. This morning, the festival organisers revealed a few more key details for this year's festival itinerary.

One of last year's popular events - the Gourmey Odyssey - where guests take a Routemaster tour of some of London's top restaurants - is returning (see what we thought of last year's Odyssey) Som…

Read more: London Restaurant Festival 2010 reveals key events for this year

Home county foodies alert - Hibiscus chef Claude Bosi, whose restaurant recently entered the World's 50 Best Restaurant list, has new plans to open a gastropub somewhere around London.

In an interview with Hot Dinners, Bosi - who used to own a gastropub in Ludlow with his brother Cedric - told us of his latest pet project.

'I’d like to open a pub with my brother,' he says. 'You know we used to hav…

Read more: Hibiscus chef Claude Bosi wants to open a new gastropub

Michelin Possible: Claude Bosi is aiming for three stars

We find out from Hibiscus chef Claude Bosi about the effect of being on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list and aiming for three Michelin stars....…

Read more: Michelin Possible: Claude Bosi is aiming for three stars

If Hot Dinners had a pied-a-terre in Mayfair (we wish) then we’re pretty sure Mount Street Deli would soon be on speed-dial. Opening tomorrow, this venture brings together dishes from some of Caprice Holdings' swishest restaurants and private clubs. Chef Mary Lewis previously worked at Le Caprice and Rivington Grill.

Imagine sashaying in with your wicker basket, picking up all manner of lovely goo…

Read more: Caprice Holdings open Mount Street Deli in Mayfair

Bar Boulud London marks a triumphant arrival for Daniel Boulud

Judging from the sheer weight of positive tweets and blogs flooding the internet since it opened its doors just over a week ago, Bar Boulud will be a huge success. And why wouldn’t it, when you discover how carefully it was put together. As the first UK outpost for New York’s most famous chef, Daniel Boulud, this restaurant was thought out, planned and prepared with a degree of care and attention…

Read more: Bar Boulud London marks a triumphant arrival for Daniel Boulud

Top chefs gather to celebrate 25 years of Michelin success at Waterside Inn

It’s just as well the landing stage outside the Waterside Inn in Bray was up to the cumulative weight of hundreds of chefs. This cracking shot was sent to us, courtesy of Yes Chef! Magazine, showing all the top-name chefs who turned up  at the Berkshire village yesterday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Waterside Inn getting its third Michelin star.

The guest-list read like a Who’s Who of…

Read more: Top chefs gather to celebrate 25 years of Michelin success at Waterside Inn

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…

Read more: Riverford roving restaurant hits Islington this summertime

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.…

Read more: Talking to Jun Tanaka

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

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