Pre-prepared restaurant food

Diners can feel cheated when restaurant food is pre-prepared elsewhere. But if it still results in outstanding meals, should we be complaining?

Smoking Goat
©Paul Winch-Furness

Smoking Goat, Blacklock, Milroy’s, London

‘Soho’s small, intimate ground floors lend themselves to the style of food many want to eat today’

Schwartz's Deli

Schwartz’s Deli, Montreal

Join a jostling crowd at a historic institution

Morada Asador
©Vladimir Studenic

Quick bites: A Spaniard in Soho

Hearty farmhouse cooking and an ‘asador’ wood-fired oven inspire Brindisa’s latest London outpost

Dining room: The Restaurant at Meadowood

The Restaurant at Meadowood, Napa Valley

‘Without a menu, the diner is flying blind, placing all his trust in the chef’

Lobby Bar and Hotel Fasano

Fasano Lobby Bar, São Paulo

A wood-panelled sanctuary in a frenzied city

The Chancery’s intimate dining room
©Anna Gordon

The Chancery, London

‘The Anglo-French brigade is fitting since the restaurant feels Parisian, though the location is old London’

Bold Street Coffee Shop

Bold Street Coffee, Liverpool

A popular joint in a transformed historic centre

Qbara’s interior

Nusr-et and Qbara, Dubai

‘Sayadieh – black cod with spiced rice, served in the metal dish it had been cooked in – was addictive’

©Giulia Mule

Hawker House, London

‘For a snapshot of the exciting food-and drink scene in London, there is nowhere more stimulating’

Chefs look to dine until dawn in London

Restaurants expected to open later when tube starts all-night services later this year

Rijks, Amsterdam

Fried dough balls were served with oyster ‘braaioli’, a sauce of puréed, grilled oysters

Din Tai Fung and A Wong, London

‘Sales of the dumplings, whether filled with pork, chicken or pork and crab roe, are a staggering 2.3 million a month’

Kosher haute cuisine finds niche in Paris

An innovative restaurant is on the hunt for a Michelin star

Concept 13, Warsaw

Traditional fare in a glitzy new society

Five of the best: Tokyo counter-top restaurants

An insider’s picks, from Michelin-starred sushi to Kyoto-style kaiseki and Cantonese tapas

Grill restaurants in London

‘The tendency has been to grill rather gently, merely adding stripes to a steak. No longer’

Starbucks brews UK profit after 17 years

Under-fire coffee shop chain hails turnround strategy

Dining out in Cape Town

‘This is South Africa, after all, where appetites are large and portion sizes have to be too’

La Trompette, London

‘A Jerusalem artichoke soup sounds pretty straightforward until the extra ingredients are factored in’