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Arts Club
40 Dover Street W1S 4NP
London
United Kingdom
GB

Arts Club is a private members club in mayfair (dover street), and Gwyneth Paltrov has decorated it (and can often be seen there having breakfast there, or sometimes in the evenings - I have never seen here there, but some of my friends have on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, so probably those are good days to go there and spot her), and Mark Ronson is the music producer. Very beautiful place, with a restaurant on the ground floor, club in the basement (where Prince Harry sometimes goes) and a bar on the 1st floor. I would really recommend you find a member to this place and get them to invite you to go there, even for a drink. The food in the restaurant is superb, and I very rarely say that about european food. Very similar to "le petite maison", so all dishes are small and supposed to be shared, but they are delicios.

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4.50

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Brasserie Zedel
20 Sherwood Street W1F 7ED
London
United Kingdom
GB

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Brasserie Zedel is a lovely French brasserie, cheaper than Café Rouge (which I think serves disastrous food) but serving 10x better food and also offering 10x better atmosphere, I am still very stunned about this.  The restaurant is stunning, when you enter Brsserie Zedel first there is a little café that has a French feel to it, where you can have a nice little coffee with some little cakes, but if you keep walking past the café and down the stairs towards the restaurant you are presented with a beautiful Beaux Arts/Art Deco interior, and when I was doing this walk I kept looking to both sides to admire the interesting paintings. The whole atmosphere is gorgeous, you feel like you have entered a totally different world and transported into time many years ago.

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4.00

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Aubaine
31 Dover Street
London
United Kingdom
GB

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Atmosphere seems to be a lot better at this place than the food. Aubaine serves French food and calls itself a “sophisticated yet relaxed restaurant” and has 6 branches scattered around London, and I went to the one in Mayfair on the very trendy Dover Street. The décor in Aubaine is beautiful, there is a flower pot on every table and flowers all over the place and the décor is in soft pastel colours almost like a place that would serve colourful macaroons, and you can definitely see why they say they are “sophisticated yet relaxed”. The staff were extremely helpful and when 2 of my friends needed to charge a blackberry they provided a charger (they only had 1 charger though). I met 3 of my university friends in Aubaine for a catch up dinner, and my friend OG that had chosen this place did so as her office was located nearby.

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2.50

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Terroirs
5 William IV Street, WC2N 4DW
London
United Kingdom
GB

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Terroirs is a wonderful place where you go with your friends for a few glasses of amazing wine and some top class French food that you share in a very relaxed atmosphere. Terroir comes from the French word “terre”, meaning land, and means the conditions in which the food or grapes (for wine) are grown or produced and these conditions and climate then give the food its unique characteristic (I know, quite confusing). Terroirs is a very “associated with land” kind of restaurant, located next to Charring Cross station on the verge of Covent Garden and it serves more than 200 types of wine, including natural wines (unfiltered wines with no added acid, sugar or sulphur made from biodynamical grown organic grapes) and French food.

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4.00

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Razmataz
Hugo de Grootplein 7 1052 KV
Amsterdam
Netherlands
NL

Razmataz is a neighbourhood restaurant in Amsterdam, and the name razmataz means “any exciting and complex play intended to confuse (dazzle) the opponent”. The place consists of 3 areas, each with a separate entrance, a café, a restaurant and a bar and the restaurant where I went on Sunday for lunch serves “classic French and Italianfood” according to the website. The menu serves sandwiches, some pasta dishes, a soup and some main courses. I had the tagliatelli primavera, which was served with chunky pieces ofmozzarella, cherry tomatoes (which were not that hot, and seemed to be added afterwards to the pasta), olives and somegreenleaves. The pasta was not amazing;I could have made it myself easily, as it was just boiled pastawith things added to it.

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1.50

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Le Ciel
Kärntner Ring 9 1010
Vienna
Austria
AT

Le Ciel is a restaurant located on the top  (7th) floor in Grand Hotel Wien in Austria and serves French food with Austrian accents. The terrace on the top floor as well as the whole interior of the restaurant are very beautiful and have that amazing, old, beginning of the last century feel with beautifully presented art deco furniture. I ended up in Le Ciel having dinner because of my work and as it was quite a few of us so we had a set menu. First arrived the amuse bouche followed by the starter of “barilotto di bufala cheese with avocado, green santolina, romaine lettuce and red onions”, and the funny thing here is that part of the name of the dish is in Italian, when they say they are a French/ Austrian restaurant, I just found this quite funny. Nevertheless the starter was superb, I really enjoyed it. Next followed the whitefish in asparagus coat with lavender-asparagus vinaigrette.

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4.50

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Hibiscus
29 Maddox Street W1S 2PA
London
United Kingdom
GB

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Hibiscus is ranked as the 94th best restaurant in the world according to the St Pellegrino restaurant awards, so I was keen to try it out, as only 6 of the 100 World's best restaurants are Located in the UK. However after I visited Hibiscus (and 2 other of the top 100 restaurants located in Lima), I am really starting to wonder who are these people that rank the 100 best restaurants and how do they come up with these rankings. I personally don’t think I had one of my 5 best meals in London in Hibiscus. Hibiscus is also only one of 8 restaurants in London to have 2 Michelin stars and the main chef is Claude Bosi who has worked under many talented chefs and in 2007 he moved Hibiscus from Ludlow to London. Hibiscus means a flower and you can eat it and also make drinks with it.

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3.50

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Les Deux Salons
42-44 William IV Street, WC2N
London
United Kingdom
GB

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There are only very few French restaurants that I find truly enjoyable and Les Deux Salons was one of these. Les Deux Salons is a traditional French brassiere and I thought it served good quality ingredients that were also prepared in a delicious way. Les Deux Salons is a sister restaurant to Arbutus (where I have been) and Wild Honey (which I have not visited) and it was opened in October 2010 by Anthony Demetre and Will Smith (not the actor). The brasserie is located in Covent Garden and is spread across 2 floors and the feel when you walk into the restaurant is very much like a traditional upmarket French brasserie. 

 

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4.00

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L'Arpege
84 Rue de Varenne 75007
Paris
France
FR

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L'Arpege is the 16th best restaurant in the world according to the world restaurant awards and has 3 Michelin stars, so I was very excited to go there! L’Arpege is located in Paris and is run by  Alain Passard who has a 2.5 hectare biodynamic garden some 200km south-west of Paris where he grows his own vegetables which he serves in the restaurant. First thing I did is almost fall of my beautiful chair when I saw the prices on the menu … starters are EUR60 on average and mains EUR100, which is pretty punchy, even for top restaurants (as I remember paying much less at Dinner, which is now the 9th best restaurant in the world). But after having tasted the food it is kind of worth the price. This place is a vegetarians paradise!!!

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5.00

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La Trompette
5-7 Devonshire Rd, Chiswick, W4 2EU
London
United Kingdom
GB

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La Trompette is a 1 Michelin star French restaurant in Chiswick. It is owned by Nigel Platts-Martin and Bruce Poole, who also own Chez Bruce in Wandsworth (which I have been to and really like) and The Glasshouse in Kew, and they say themselves they serve “some of the best food in London but without the formality or prices”, which I am not sure I agree with. 

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2.50

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