Ratapoil and Frenchie, Paris

Jérôme Aubert (fourth from left) with staff outside Ratapoil
©Eric Valdenaire

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

Shikumen’s dining room

Shikumen, London

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

Camino’s open kitchen and dining room

Camino, California

‘I have never agreed that service standards in the US are high because the customer controls the tip’

Hawksmoor in Manchester

Hawksmoor, Manchester

The pricing hasn’t changed, although Mancunians do enjoy a special £15 rump-and-chips lunch

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’

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’

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’

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’

Rijks’ interior
©Erik Smits

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’

Grill restaurants in London

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

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’

Tufnell Park, London

This latest French influx has contributed to a new sense of affluence in the area

The Simone, Bâtard, New York

‘A pear bavarois and lemon cream tart bring our meal, most reluctantly, to a sweet finale’

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

Profile: Maya Meron, Quince Organic

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

Cheap eats in New York

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

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

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