Donna Carmela
©Alfio Garozzo

Four restaurants in Catania, Sicily

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

©Helen Cathcart

Gourmet gastropubs take centre stage

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

Tyneside

Tyneside Bar Café, Newcastle

City centre meeting place with a theatrical connection

McDonald’s: Eating their lunch

The world’s largest restaurant chain has missed a dramatic shift in what consumers want to eat

Ariana II, Kilburn
©Charlie Bibby

Colbeh and Ariana II, London

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

Gordon Ramsay restaurant
©Gordon Ramsay Holdings

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London

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

The Foxhunter

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 boasts lots of space and natural light

Ham Yard Hotel, London

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

Buvette
©Buvette

Little Parisian cafés, big ambitions

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

Les Papilles’ dining room

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

Fonda Sala and Els Casals, Catalonia, Spain

A glass of cava, a plate of salami with green peppers and the sunset made for an unforgettable aperitif

Barrafina, Covent Garden, London

‘The skewers of big grilled chunks of loin of Ibérico pig are the sort of bar snacks they serve in Valhalla’

Toto’s and Artusi, London

Nothing is going to get in the way of an evening that runs like a speedboat crossing the Lido

Funding boost peps up coffee start-up

64 Degrees, Brighton

The environment shows all the riotous, sexy joy of a tapas joint in backstreet Barcelona

Kirazu, Antidote, London

With just 25 seats at his restaurant, Yuya Kikuchi fulfils the roles of chef and dishwasher

La Ruota, Moneglia, Italy

The restaurant overlooks Moneglia far below, its beach, the calm sea … The vista only improves when the stars come out

On the menu: beyond the cucumber square

Wild boar buns, chamomile scones and cheese with your champagne

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