A restaurant I constantly return to is Leonardo's, 397 King's Rd, SW10 (071-352 4146). The decor is very plain and simple, the food largely a Spanish / Italian mix, though they also cook beautiful English stuff like pheasant and quail. I love a big bowl of mussels in a cream and garlic sauce as a starter, followed by carpaccio, really thin slices of beef, served with sliced Parmesan, olive oil and a little greenery. You'd only pay about pounds 30-40 a head with wine.
I go to St Paul de Vanne every summer to chill out with my girlfriend and my Powerbook. One of the best restaurants in the world is there, La Colombe D'Or, 06570 St Paul, France (010 33 93 32 80 02). It's posh - they give the impression they don't want people in there - but once you are in, you can dine in jeans. It's part of a hotel in which you can eat surrounded by Picassos and Miros . . . Last time, I ate in the garden under olive and orange trees, next to a Leger sculpture. For classic French cuisine, try the chateaubriand, a cut of meat for two; or maybe the foie gras - only pounds 17. The ambience is relaxed, and you really can have the meal of a lifetime for pounds 50.
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