Wormwood’s dining room

Wormwood, London

Chef-owner Rabah Ourrad’s original career was as the leading rap artist in his native Algeria

The new home of Chutney Mary
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Chutney Mary, London

‘The reincarnation of Chutney Mary in this space, once the esteemed Prunier’s, may be Mathrani’s greatest challenge’

Le Rest(o!, with the dunes of the Atlantic coast stretching into the distance
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Le Rest(o!, Arcachon

‘The restaurant overlooks the most extraordinarily wonderful views I have ever enjoyed’

Granger has opened his third London restaurant at King’s Cross
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Granger & Co, London

‘The ricotta pancakes are now so popular in Japan that they have become the design for a keyring’

The beach view from inside Hostal Empúries

Costa Brava, Spain

‘The inspiration for our mains was local — succulent pieces of octopus and paella with a profusion of squid’

Diners at Animal

Animal, Los Angeles

‘There was succulent marrow inside a roast bone; poutine lusciously topped with chunks of oxtail’

Thomas Burberry cafe London

Thomas’s, Burberry, London

A masterclass in luxury brand extension

Charles Dowson
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Take it from the top

Charles Dowson is helping London pubs and restaurants to grow their own by making use of space on the roof

Bar Luce: The devil drinks at Prada

Where cocktails meet caffè meets Visconti film set

The interior of Taberna do Mercardo
©Joe Woodhouse

Taberna do Mercado and The Greek Larder, London

‘My favourite dish was an acorda of cod and cod tripe that had been gently cooked in a salt cod stock with olive oil, salt and coriander’

Start-up Blue Bottle Coffee raises $70m

California-based group transforms small-scale, artisanal cafés into big bucks

Spanish restaurant tops world’s best

Challengers for best restaurant title emerge in Latin America and Asia

Sage, Co Cork

‘Shortly after 9pm, craic, that other Irish ingredient, filled the room, helped by delicious desserts’

The wonder years

The FT’s Restaurant Insider picks his personal highlights from the past 30 years

Little Barwick House, Somerset

‘A restaurant with rooms can be run with a certain amount of eccentricity’

Dining venues revive City’s social heart

Broadgate Circle and old Midland Bank hope to lure weekend crowd

Kin Khao and Los Gatos, San Francisco

‘A hotter version of the dry-fried ribs in turmeric and curry paste left my head tingling’

Jago, east London

‘Solley’s menus get the attention they deserve at night; by day, Jago is mainly a staff canteen’

Ratapoil and Frenchie, Paris

‘Restaurateurs reported that as the fall in the euro attracts more visitors, business is improving here’

Shikumen, London

‘We were here for the Peking duck and the dim sum — and neither disappointed’

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