Maison Pic

Maison Pic, Valence, France

In the spacious restaurant there is a studied calm, with nothing to detract from the pleasure of the food and wine

Maya Meron
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Profile: Maya Meron, Quince Organic

‘Music has its own beauty,’ Meron says, ‘but cooking brings immediate results’

The NoMad Bar
©Frances F. Denny

Cheap eats in New York

The chefs make 800 tortillas an hour, filled with hunks of spit-roasted pork laced with pineapple

Fish la Boissonnerie, Paris

The meals that made my year

In his 25th year of writing for the FT, our Restaurant Insider shares his highlights from around the globe

The imposing interior of Spring restaurant
©Amber Rowlands

Spring, London

‘The redevelopment reveals a style of restaurant that London has not seen for many years’

Huertas in New York’s East Village
©Nancy Borowick

Huertas and The Cecil, New York

‘On Tuesday nights, all pintxos are just a dollar each. One customer managed to eat a record 43’

Fu Lu Shou in Hong Kong. Pictures for Great Place To Meet, Business Life

Fu Lu Shou, Hong Kong

Most sought-after joints are those that are best hidden

The Araki's interior
©Charlie Bibby

The Araki, London

In just two hours, Araki prepared and served a remarkable 11-course ‘omakase’ menu to each guest

©Helen Cathcart

Gourmet gastropubs take centre stage

Venues where top-class food is the focus win high acclaim

Donna Carmela
©Alfio Garozzo

Four restaurants in Catania, Sicily

The mozzarella was the whitest, freshest, saltiest and most delicious I have yet encountered

Tyneside Bar Café, Newcastle

City centre meeting place with a theatrical connection

McDonald’s: Eating their lunch

The restaurant chain has missed a dramatic shift in eating habits

Colbeh and Ariana II, London

‘The warmth generated by the naan oven made me realise that this set-up is the original “‘open kitchen”’

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London

‘We shared a glass of Barbeito Rainwater Madeira over Smyth’s signature dessert, a lemonade parfait’

The Walnut Tree Inn and The Foxhunter, Abergavenny, Wales

‘The skate had been sautéed, then the shrimps were added, alongside creamy mashed potatoes’

Ham Yard Hotel, London

The interior design is ultra-modern – and will strike some as colourful, others as confusing

Little Parisian cafés, big ambitions

Forget bitter coffee and steak-frites: a new class of café has its sights set high

Les Tablettes, 16th; Les Papilles, 5th, Paris

Nomicos’ goal is to transport the flavours of his native Provence to Paris. In this he admirably succeeds

Young Parisians and expats shake up the food scene

Posh burgers, food trucks and, er, fish and chips? The capital’s food scene is changing

Orrery, London

Orrery stands as an example of how one restaurant can spark change on the rest of the street

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