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THE IVY CHELSEA GARDEN

CHELSEA

We adore the lovely terrace and fragrant garden at this ritzy,

'any-occasion' King's Road favourite, and you all seem to agree

with us. "� e perfect summer restaurant to hit on a hot day",

announces Alana F, who relished her brunch, while Katherine

L delights in "the total 'Chelsea' feel". Others, meanwhile, praise

"great service", "quirky cocktails" and the desserts.

IN ASSOCIATION WITH

CRITIC

BE THE

BARRAFINA

VARIOUS LOCATIONS

We've long marked out Barrafi na as an immensely popular

collection of tapas joints, but the group also has staying power,

judging from recent comments. Joann G adores the "superb

seafood" and "sublime suckling pig and ham croquetas" at

Soho's branch, while Natasha G singles out the razor clams and

Mozambique prawns ("a must") in Adelaide Street. Praise for the

service is widespread, with Jacqui B and Brendan S lauding the

"knowledgeable staff who go out of their way to look after you"

and Shayan S adding "you never feel rushed".

DUCK & WAFFLE

CITY

Admiration is universal for this 24-hour City high-fl yer, with

Alana F enthusing "I love to take people there to fi nish off an

evening". � e spectacular views from the 40th fl oor get special

mention, as do "spot on"

drinks (Martina M) from

the permanently busy

bar. Many come here for

the duck on waffl e house

speciality: "crunchy and

tasty" (Ana L). Prices are

high, though Federica C

cites the "fantastic service"

in mitigation, and Sonia

M points out "you pay for

the good service and food".

"A special treat" concludes

a smitten Alexandra S.

HOPPERS

SOHO

After lamenting the queuing that has become inevitable outside

Soho's no-reservations restaurants, Laura C is full of praise for

this red-hot Sri Lankan newcomer from the owners of Gymkhana

and Trishna: "those curries were full of fl avour and spice" and

"the shrimps are a must-have". Margaux S is also a fan, admiring

the "delicate and proper Sri Lankan food, full of fl avours and

fragrances, but always perfectly balanced". Hop on down.

BALTHAZAR

COVENT GARDEN

'� e best dauphinois potatoes' is what attracts James G to Keith

McNally's French bistro - modelled on the NYC original - but

he's not alone in his appreciation. We dig the magnifi cent dining

room and the exemplary cocktails, and as Harry L explains this is

'a real bistro if you're in a hurry and a lovely restaurant if you have

more time'. Kelly S agrees: 'I love the decor, the staff , the food'.

'A great place for breakfast, lunch or dinner' chimes Natalie W.

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