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    Tried and tasted: Indian Accent

    Indian Accent is a modern take on traditional Indian cuisine based in Mayfair, London.  You won’t find a chicken tikka but you will find a refined, sophisticated restaurant that can cater for a business lunch, private dining experience, a larger event such as a Christmas work party. We sent Vincenzo Ferrara and PA/restaurant blogger Paula Gibson to review the restaurant…

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    Tried & tasted: Orso and Forge

    A lot of dining establishments these days rely on gimmicks ? sharing plates, cocktails served in jam jars, or placing your order via a touchscreen table, writes Colette Doyle. Orso (pictured) is one of those reassuringly old-fashioned places that doesn?t need to resort to any such trickery; the emphasis here is on genuinely good Italian food that uses the finest…

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    Tried & tasted: The Goring and Uni

    The Goring (pictured) is one of those hotels that can justifiably be called “a bastion”, upholding civilised behaviour and impeccable good manners, writes Colette Doyle. Run by CEO Jeremy, who represents the fourth generation of the Goring family, this venerable property is a long-time favourite of the residents of nearby Buckingham Palace and can lay claim to being the first…

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    Tried & tasted: Avenue and Boisdale

    Think of American food and what usually comes to mind is hot dogs, pancakes, ribs, burgers and anything groaning under the weight of its own carb-laden content, writes Colette Doyle. Avenue, (pictured) however, is a modern American restaurant that claims to “capture the buzz of the New York dining scene” and has about as much in a common with a…

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    Tried & tasted: Brasserie Chavot and Pantry at 108

    Brasserie Chavot (pictured) exudes an air of Gallic sophistication from the get-go, writes Colette Doyle. The dark wooden panelling, subdued lighting supplied by an array of crystal chandeliers and the leather upholstered seating are all perfectly in keeping with its swanky Mayfair location as part of The Westbury hotel. My dining companion and I start off with smoked eel with…

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    Tried & tasted: Benares and Napa at the Chiswick Moran

    The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Indian food is a traditional curry with a side of pilau rice, writes Molly Dyson. Atul Kochar has forever changed the definition of one of my favourite cuisines with his signature dishes at Benares in Mayfair (pictured). Set in the quiet luxury of Berkeley Square, the restaurant’s main entrance…

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    Tried & tasted: The Ritz and Hix at Brown’s Hotel

    The Ritz (pictured) is a byword for opulence and dining here is something to which all bon viveurs aspire, writes Colette Doyle. Luxury comes as standard, as frock-coated waiters cater to your every whim and each patron, whether they have a title or not, is made to feel special. If you like understated minimalism you may have to book elsewhere:…

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    Tried & tasted: The Palm and Royal China

    All the best institutions have an amusing anecdote at their origin and The Palm is no exception (pictured). If a New York City clerk had paid more attention, the restaurant would actually have been named Parma, after the home town of the founders, John Ganzi and Pio Bossi, but the gormless pen-pusher had trouble understanding their native accents and so…

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    Tried & tasted: Northbank

    A riverside setting, seasonal ingredients and exquisite cocktails provide the foundations for Northank, a restaurant that prides itself of serving fresh fish since its inception in 2007. Jade Burke dines out in the venue to experience its mouth-watering offering. If you’re after a dinner with a view then look no further than London’s Northbank restaurant and bar. Located on the…

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    Tried & tasted: Searcys at the Gherkin

    London’s The Gherkin isn’t just home to offices; on its 39th and 40th floor sits the Searcys Helix restaurant and Iris bar – a perfect spot for fine dining while soaking up the glorious views of the City. Jade Burke dines in the venue to sample all it has to offer. The centre of London is a hive of restaurants…

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