Visit London Blog » gordon ramsay http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:00:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 London Bar and Restaurant News: Holborn Dining Room, London House, Villandry and Bianco43 http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/02/london-bar-and-restaurant-news-holborn-dining-room-london-house-villandry-and-bianco43/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/02/london-bar-and-restaurant-news-holborn-dining-room-london-house-villandry-and-bianco43/#comments Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:00:01 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=37737 There are a number of new bars and restaurants that have recently opened in London.

Holborn Dining Room
Holborn Dining Room and Delicatessen at the new Rosewood London hotel offers classic British cuisine in a historic setting. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served seven days a week. The Head Chefs have both previously worked at Quaglino’s, Le Pont De La Tour and The Wolseley, and the Bar Manager comes from Brasserie Zédel and The Ivy.

London House
Gordon Ramsay’s new venture is located in his home borough of Wandsworth. The recently-opened London House restaurant and bar in Battersea Square has a worldly menu, thanks to the international background of Head Chef Anna Haugh-Kelly.

Villandry St James
A 1913 Edwardian baroque building in St James is now the home of the new French Mediterranean restaurant Villandry. The restaurant sits conveniently between Piccadilly Circus and Pall Mall. It is split into two areas, one for formal dining and another for the Grand Café brasserie.

Bianco43
Are you hungry for Italian cuisine while exploring Central London? New restaurant Bianco43 is roughly 30 seconds’ walk from Trafalgar Square on Northumberland Avenue. The restaurant’s wood fired oven is Italian, so authentic Neapolitan pizzas will come to your rescue.

Other recently-opened London venues include the wine bar Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels; fairytale-inspired bar and restaurant, The Fable in Holborn; Turkish Mediterranean brasserie Kitchenette in Putney; Jackson + Rye, the New York-style restaurant in Soho; Brooklyn Bowl, the 800-capacity concert venue and bowling lanes at The O2 Arena; and Poncho 8 grab ‘n’ go Mexican restaurant in Sheldon Square, Paddington.

More London restaurant and bar news
London’s dining scene continues to impress and congratulations must go to the following venues for their recent achievements:

Michel Roux Jr’s Le Gavroche restaurant will re-open on 17 February. A new kitchen and private dining room have been added to the restaurant.

Coq d’Argent restaurant is hosting a stargazing evening on 25 February with a demonstration from Bernard Karpinski of Modern Astronomy using the Skyliner-200P telescope recently added to the restaurant’s winter terrace.

During the weekend of 21-23 February, the Craft Beer Rising festival takes places at the Old Truman Brewery in East London. 60 breweries will be showcasing more than 200 beers alongside a program of music and street food.

More London restaurants

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Video of the Week: The London Story – Celebrity Compilation http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/01/video-of-the-week-the-london-story-celebrity-compilation/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/01/video-of-the-week-the-london-story-celebrity-compilation/#comments Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:31:39 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=37334 We asked famous Londoners to share their London highlights, as part of The London Story. Watch Gordon Ramsay, Joanna Lumley, Boris Johnson, Twiggy and the principal dancers from the Royal Ballet share their stories.

See each story in full, and enter the competition to win a dream trip to London with a bespoke prize at www.visitlondon.com/story #TheLondonStory

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visitlondon.com Guest Editor: Gordon Ramsay http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/01/visitlondon-com-guest-editor-gordon-ramsay/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/01/visitlondon-com-guest-editor-gordon-ramsay/#comments Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:45:53 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=37274
We asked world-famous, London-based chef, restaurateur and TV personality Gordon Ramsay to share his London Story. Watch the video above.

During our interview Gordon mentioned more of his favourite London things and experiences and we’ve used this to populate our homepage www.visitlondon.com for 16-19 Jan 2014

Experience London the way Gordon does with his five top tips on what to see and do in London.

Albert Bridge

The Grade II-listed Albert Bridge over the River Thames was built in 1873, connecting Chelsea to the north with Battersea to the south. The bridge is sometimes known as “the trembling lady” in reference to the effect caused when large numbers of people walk across it, and indeed there are even signs warning troops to break step when crossing (although since the nearby Chelsea Barracks closed in 2008, the bridge is no longer regularly used by soldiers). An extensive, multi-million pound refurbishment in recent years included the installation of thousands of LED lights that illuminate the bridge at night. As Gordon Ramsay rightfully opines, Albert Bridge: “Looks stunning during the day and at night is picturesque.”

Brick Lane

“Whenever we’re returning from a long journey, the first thing we do is go out for a curry. I’ve been to India but I find curries in Brick Lane better; it’s that good.” This is Gordon Ramsay’s glowing recommendation for the area of London that is famous for its Indian, Bangledeshi and Pakistani curry houses. Stretching from Bethnal Green Road to the north, through Spitalfields and onto Whitechapel High Street in the south, this bustling East London street includes more restaurants than you could ever dream of visiting in one lifetime (including Sheba, the Best UK Curry House in Cobra’s 2013 curry guide). Decision making is often down to which curry house has the most persuasive staff member and best special deals as you saunter along the one-kilometre-stretch of Brick Lane.

Borough Market

Borough Market’s gourmet food market consists of up to 70 stalls and stands that open from Thursday to Saturday. Producers from all over the country bring a range of fresh produce to the market, including fish, meats, vegetables, ciders, cheeses, breads, coffees, cakes and patisseries; while other stalls specialise in produce imported from abroad. The market’s proximity to London’s newest icon The Shard, and the popular tourist area of Southbank, give it “must see” status on any London visitor’s itinerary.

Boris Bikes

The Barclays Cycle Hire scheme – known playfully as Boris Bikes – stretches across Central London from Shepherd’s Bush (and the Westfield London Shopping Mall) in West London, to East India DLR station in East London. The network extends as far south as Oval Cricket Ground and as far north as the Stable Markets in Camden. Since the bikes’ introduction in 2010, more than 24 million journeys have been made, averaging 18 to 28 minutes. Further extensions to the cycling scheme are planned for Hammersmith & Fulham, Lambeth, Kensington & Chelsea, and Wandsworth, which should prove welcome news to Gordon Ramsay, who lives and works in these key areas. Gordon says the scheme, “has transformed London, given it so much more flow. What an exciting thing to do when you’re coming to London for the first time: see this beautiful city on a bike, the wind rushing through your hair.”

Vingt-Quatre, now known as VQ

Vingt-Quatre is French for 24, so as the name suggests, this café-restaurant on the Fulham Road in west London is open 24 hours a day. Gordon Ramsay’s “secret place for an amazing fry up” offers a mixed menu of traditional restaurant food (mainly served before midnight) and dishes that can be ordered at any time of the day or night. Beans on toast at 2am? No problem. Burgers at seven in the morning? But, of course. The food here, in Gordon’s eyes, is “to die for”, and has recently proved popular enough to convince the owners to open a second 24-hour VQ Bloomsbury near Tottenham Court Road Tube station.

You’ll discover more stories and enter a competition to win a fantastic stay in London at www.visitlondon.com/story #TheLondonStory

What would you recommend to visitors to London?

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London Bar and Restaurant News: Recently Opened Bars and Restaurants, and New Venues in 2014 http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/12/london-bar-and-restaurant-news-recently-opened-bars-and-restaurants-and-new-venues-in-2014/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/12/london-bar-and-restaurant-news-recently-opened-bars-and-restaurants-and-new-venues-in-2014/#comments Mon, 30 Dec 2013 10:46:42 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=37061 London during the festive season: it’s a bubbling cauldron of parties and indulgent champagne catch-ups. It’s therefore probably not the most prolific of seasons for new bar and restaurant openings in London, you’d assume. But London has other ideas, and shows no intention of slowing down at this time of the year.

December has been as busy as any other month this year for new drinking and dining venues in London. The Rum Kitchen (pictured above) opened in Kingly Court just off Carnaby Street in Soho, bringing the all-day Caribbean food and drink of its sister restaurant in Notting Hill to the shoppers and visitors of Soho; the New York-esque restaurant, Jackson+Rye, launched its breakfast, brunch and hard shakes menu in the area; whilst finishing off a trio of foreign-inspired Soho eateries, Blanchette, is now proffering a quintessentially Parisian experience in central London’s most exciting neighbourhood.

Further afield, although not much further than Soho just across the road in Fitzrovia, Gangsters Tequila Paradise (pictured above) is a new graffiti-covered, downtown LA noir cocktail bar near Oxford Circus, created by the same team behind the popular London Cocktail Club bars; whilst in Hackney, Oslo, is now open for food, drinks and live music, all in Nordic fashion. Family friendly restaurant, Wildflower Cafe (pictured below), is now serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and tea made with responsibly sourced seasonal ingredients in Notting Hill; and Honest Burger has just opened its fifth restaurant in Kings Cross, following successes in Camden, Brixton, Soho and Notting Hill.

London did lose one old favourite this month in the form of Michelin-starred restaurant, Apsleys, when The Lanesborough hotel in Belgravia closed for extensive renovation, not to reopen until the autumn of 2014.

And 2014 is already shaping up to be yet another exciting year for new bars and restaurants in London. Aside from the tantalising news about the former Metropolitan police headquarters at Great Scotland Yard becoming a £100m super luxury hotel (no doubt providing space for a delicious restaurant or three), 2014 will begin with a number of ‘must try’ eating and drinking destinations.

In January, the Great Court Restaurant will open on the mezzanine floor of the Reading Room at the British Museum under the glass roof of, as the name suggests, the Great Court (pictured above). Polpetto will return to Soho after almost two years away; and also in Soho, Vietnamese restaurant, House of Ho, will open on Old Compton Street. Lanes of London will launch on the prestigious Park Lane, combining old-fashioned British heritage with the diverse cultural identity of modern day London (so expect Indian, Vietnamese and Lebanese alongside British cuisine on the menu). My personal favourite, Boom Burger will find its first permanent residence following a string of excellent pop-up occasions and street food performances (note: I have previously claimed this (pictured below) to be “the best burger I’ve ever tasted in London.”)

In February, the Gordon family of Gordon’s Wine Bar will open a coffee company and dining room called Villiers on the street of the same name; Rainer Becker will open a Mayfair branch of his contemporary Japanese robatayaki restaurant, Roka; the Big Easy Bar.B.Q & Crabshack will bring a little American flavour to the West End; and Gordon Ramsay will finally open his London House restaurant and lounge in Battersea Square.

Incidentally, congratulations should also go out to Gordon Ramsay following the 2013 annual Diner’s Choice award recently. Three Michelin-starred Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, was proclaimed number one in the Top 100 Best Restaurants in the UK, according to user reviews.

There are plenty more new launch bars and restaurants planned for London in 2014, almost too many to share with you right now. Look out for more bar and restaurant news soon.

In the meantime, discover more London bars and restaurants on the Visit London website.

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London Bar and Restaurant News: Pop-up Winter Cabin, Hot Tub Cinema, Sing-a-long Afternoon Tea; New Openings http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/11/london-bar-and-restaurant-news-pop-up-winter-cabin-hot-tub-cinema-singalong-afternoon-tea-new-openings/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/11/london-bar-and-restaurant-news-pop-up-winter-cabin-hot-tub-cinema-singalong-afternoon-tea-new-openings/#comments Tue, 26 Nov 2013 09:28:22 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=36351 The UK’s supermarkets have filled their aisles with mountains of chocolate assortment boxes, while department stores are vying for our attention with outlandish window displays and celebrity-strewn television commercials. Meanwhile, London’s drinking and dining scene is also getting seasonal.

There are a multitude of Christmas bar and restaurant offers to explore in London, but here are three interesting twists on the festive theme that I’d specifically like to share:

York & Albany’s Winter Cabin
The cosy, toe-warming festive hideaway pictured above is the pop-up Winter Cabin at Gordon Ramsay’s Camden Town restaurant, York & Albany, near Regent’s Park. It can hold between four and 12 guests and can be booked for two-hour sessions (£30 per hour), from 1pm-10pm every day until January 1 2014. The traditional décor crafted from tweed, holly and oak wood panels gives it a quintessential British Christmas feel. You can also enjoy seasonal snacks and winter cocktails.

Hot Tub Cinema Winter Warmers
Taking their unique style of film appreciation indoors for the winter months, Hot Tub Cinema are screening a range of classic festive movies – including The Goonies, Home Alone, Elf, and Die Hard – from the end of November into December. They’re also introducing two new kooky concepts this season: Hot Tub Karaoke and Hot Tub Speed Dating. £32 single ticket, £192 private hot tub (maximum 7 people).

Sing-a-long Afternoon Tea
For those with a penchant for West End musicals, this is one afternoon tea you will not want to miss. All of the requisite afternoon tea features are there – freshly baked scones, finger sandwiches, cakes, pastries, tea and a superb location in the London Marriott Hotel County Hall adjacent to the London Eye – but at a moderately priced £38, this afternoon tea also includes unlimited bubbly and sing-a-long musical theatre with renditions from Cats, Mary Poppins, South Pacific, West Side Story and Chicago. This event takes place on Saturday 7 December. Song sheets provided; booking essential.

Upcoming Bar and Restaurant Openings

Outside the realm of fake snow and communal cheer, London’s bar and restaurant industry has welcomed a number of new faces that I’d like to introduce to you.

Sixtyone
Sixtyone restaurant (pictured above) near Marble Arch is a partnership between Searcy’s (St Pancras Grand, Gin Joint at the Barbican) and Chef Arnaud Stevens, formerly of 30 St Mary Axe (the Gherkin) and Maze Grill. Stevens’ modern menu features many British ingredients and is available for lunch and dinner. Also worth noting is the 200-strong wine list, 20 of which are by the glass. And on Monday evenings, you can even bring your own wine and expect to pay no corkage. Note the location: this is Christmas shopping territory.

Rogan
The speculation is finally over. Now that Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant has vacated the premises at Claridge’s in Mayfair, his heir apparent has been chosen: Simon Rogan (pictured above). Rogan currently has a brace of Michelin stars to his name for his L’Enclume restaurant in Cumbria. Rogan’s new restaurant, as yet unnamed, will open in Spring 2014.

Simmons Camden
Having already made a name for itself in King’s Cross, Simmons bar (pictured above) has now opened a bar in Camden. The venue is already a hit with locals thanks to its era-skipping interior design, late night shenanigans, cocktail creations, weekend DJs – and skull-shaped disco ball.

Zinc
As new bars and clubs in London go, this must win a prize for the best view. Zinc (pictured above) sits on the 31st floor of Centre Point (that tall grey building at the end of Oxford Street) and you are now free to enjoy its vista, as well as its classy cocktails, opulent furnishings and house music DJs every Friday and Saturday night. Make sure you look the part.

More London bar and restaurant news:

  • New Soho night club, Mason House, takes up where Movida left off, in the vaults below the London Palladium, offering multiple levels, VIP areas, and table service.
  • Angela Hartnett, the Michelin Star chef behind Murano restaurant in Mayfair – has launched her second venture, Café Murano in St James, which focuses on Northern Italian cuisine.
  • The superbly inventive Boxpark in Shoreditch has just launched another food outlet. Bunnychow will serve up the eponymous South African dish, a hollowed out loaf of bread filled with curry.
  • New Zealander Peter Gordon – the supposed godfather of fusion cuisine – is hosting a special dinner at The Providores on 2 and 3 December which will highlight some of the best dishes from his previous menus at The Sugar Club, the 1990s restaurant that made a name for the chef. The six course menu will be matched with New Zealand wines.
  • 34 restaurant in Mayfair has opened its new private room, The Emin Room, so-called because the artwork therein was created exclusively by artist Tracey Emin.
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London Restaurant News: Union Street Cafe, Marianne, Boulestin, Grillshack and Berners Tavern http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/09/london-restaurant-news-union-street-cafe-marianne-boulestin-grillshack-and-berners-tavern/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/09/london-restaurant-news-union-street-cafe-marianne-boulestin-grillshack-and-berners-tavern/#comments Fri, 06 Sep 2013 15:00:04 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=35380 Food lovers are in for a treat this month with a huge number of new London restaurants to try, including new launches from celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsay, Marianne Lumb and Jason Atherton.

Gordon Ramsay’s Union Street Café

Gordon Ramsay will launch his latest venture, Union Street Café, near Borough Market on 16 September. The restaurant has already seen huge demand for bookings (perhaps due to a rumour that David Beckham was a business partner). Italian chef Davide Degiovanni will head up the kitchen, serving Italian dishes made with artisan produce from his home country, as well as nearby Borough and Maltby Street markets.

Marianne

BBC Masterchef: The Professionals finalist Marianne Lumb will open her first restaurant on 10 September in Notting Hill. Marianne will be one of London’s smallest restaurants, with just five tables seating 14 diners. The intimate setting will draw on Lumb’s experience as a private chef for celebrities and politicians. A three-course meal from the seasonal menu costs from £48 for dinner or £30 for lunch.

Boulestin

Boulestin is the latest venue from Joel Kissin, who, in partnership with Sir Terence Conran, helped change the face of London’s foodie scene with restaurants such as Bibendum and Le Pont de la Tour. The new restaurant is inspired by the cookbook writer and restaurateur Marcel Boulestin who was one of the first celebrity chefs. There’s a luxury bistro serving classic French food and Café Marcel, a café offering lighter dishes.

Grillshack

Grillshack has just opened in Beak Street, Soho, offering grilled food to eat in or take away, from early till late. Call in in the morning for a breakfast of grilled sourdough with scrambled eggs and maple bacon, or visit from 11.30am to sample the all-day menu, which includes a 100% British beef burger. You can order from the counter assistants in industrial denim aprons, or via touchscreens or a Grillshack app.

Berners Tavern

Following the recent launch of Social Eating House, Jason Atherton is set to open Berners Tavern on 12 September at the new The London Edition hotel. The restaurant will serve contemporary British dishes such as Orkney scallop carpaccio with avocado, radish, jalapeno and lime, and Buccleuch Estate beef cooked on a charcoal grill. There’ll also be “fish Fridays” and Sunday roasts.

More New Openings

Coal Vaults – new restaurant and bar in a former coal store in Soho, serving a selection of small dishes with matching cocktails

Gin Joint – Searcy’s will launch a new brasserie and bar at the Barbican on 9 September, offering a choice of 40 gins

Rosa’s Thai Café – enjoy homemade Thai cuisine at this new eatery near London’s iconic Carnaby Street

Smiths of Spitalfields – new restaurant and bar from John Torode’s Smiths of Smithfield, on the site of his former venue The Luxe

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Win! Day 1: Taste of Christmas Tickets and a Meal at York & Albany http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/12/win-day-1-taste-of-christmas-tickets-and-a-meal-at-york-albany/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/12/win-day-1-taste-of-christmas-tickets-and-a-meal-at-york-albany/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2011 10:00:11 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=23903

Are you bored of the usual turkey and Christmas pudding? Looking for festive food inspiration?

Then head to Taste of Christmas for some top seasonal cooking tips from celebrity chefs such as Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

We’ve got a pair of Taste of Christmas tickets to give away, along with dinner for two at Gordon Ramsay’s fantastic York & Albany restaurant.

Today’s the first day of our Christmas Advent Calendar competitions. Look out for more daily prizes between now and Christmas Day!

Enter now for your chance to win Taste of Christmas tickets and a meal for two

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Behind the Scenes at One New Change Shopping Centre http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/10/behind-the-scenes-at-one-new-change-shopping-centre/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/10/behind-the-scenes-at-one-new-change-shopping-centre/#comments Fri, 22 Oct 2010 14:00:40 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=16175 The brown glass exterior of One New Change Jean Nouvel's architecture offers some interesting angles St Paul's Cathedral is reflected... ... and revealed! One New Change's open-plan interior One New Change office space The cool, futuristic-looking glass elevator shaft The glass and open spaces help incorporate the City surroundings One New Change liftshaft

Yesterday I got a sneak peek at One New Change – London’s newest shopping centre – opposite St Paul’s Cathedral on Cheapside in the City.

When it opens next Thursday (28 October), One New Change will have the honour of being Central London’s largest retail destination. It contains 60 stores over three floors (mostly high-end high street such as Reiss, Hobbs and Kurt Geiger) as well as several restaurants and food outlets, including Jamie Oliver‘s Barbecoa, an M&S Simply Food and a Gordon Ramsay restaurant (the latter is due to open in a few months’ time). Plus there’ll be office space for 3,000 workers.

I was impressed by the One New Change development. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the structure is predominantly steel and glass, which reflects and reveals the stunning St Paul’s in myriad ways. I also liked the fact the brown and red-tinted glass seemed to pay homage to the 70s styling of the nearby Barbican.

I was taken up to the roof – a huge space that’ll be open to the public and gives access to an incredible London panorama that takes in the London Eye, The Shard, The Barbican, the tip of The Gherkin and, of course, St Paul’s. (Photos from the roof are embargoed until next week so I can’t share them yet. But check our Flickrpool from next Thursday: www.flickr.com/groups/visitlondon)

Best of all, One New Change is handily located a short(ish) walk from VL Towers. I think I’m going to be a regular visitor!

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The Savoy Opens for Reservations http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/08/the-savoy-now-open-for-reservations/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/08/the-savoy-now-open-for-reservations/#comments Tue, 10 Aug 2010 09:47:47 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=13103 The grand old lady of London hotels, The Savoy, is accepting room bookings from today, for the first time since it closed for refurbishment in 2007.

When the hotel reopens on 10 October (10.10.10) it will boast two luxurious new River Suites, a completely revamped River Restaurant, a glamorous new Art Deco bar and a rooftop swimming pool.

Afternoon tea will be served in a stunning winter garden under an ornate glass dome, and the Savoy Grill will re-launch under the operation of Gordon Ramsay Holdings.

For more information see www.the-savoy.com

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London Restaurant Festival Tickets On Sale Now http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/06/london-restaurant-festival-tickets-on-sale-now/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/06/london-restaurant-festival-tickets-on-sale-now/#comments Tue, 08 Jun 2010 16:12:02 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=10092

Tickets to London Restaurant Festival events went on sale today.

At this morning’s launch, chefs were announced for the prestigious London Restaurant Festival on the London Eye event. They will include Gordon Ramsay, Angela Hartnett, Daniel Boulud and Giorgio Locatelli and the other famous faces you see in the above picture.

You can now buy tickets to London Restaurant Festival events including:

  • The Big Debate – AA Gill and Jonathan Meades versus Janet Street-Porter and Rosie Boycott argue the motion: Is French Food A Spent Force?
  • The Big Quiz – Get your friends together and book a table for this foodie fight at Le Café Anglais
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