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Ethnic food lovers rejoice! Two restaurants offering far-flung dishes have just opened in London. La Porte d'Or (0181 455 4626) in Golders Green serves North African delicacies such as stuffed leg of rabbit with cracked wheat. The decor also makes it worth a visit - it is designed to resemble a Bedouin interior (right). Satsuma (0171 437 8338) in Soho, a new Japanese eaterie, serves everything from sashimi to noodles. Prices are low because diners rub shoulders, sitting together on benches.

Edinburgh's food scene increases in sophistication with the arrival of Bonar's (0131 556 5888) on St Mary's Street. It moved into town from a village 25 miles away, because Douglas Bonar, its extrovert proprietor, wants his food (based entirely on local produce) to have a wider audience. Dishes include seafood risotto with saffron lobster bisque and red snapper mille-feuille with langoustine and cepe puree. Gary's latest venture, Rhodes in the Square (0171 798 6767) in Pimlico, seems something of a politicians' hot spot. Ken Livingstone, Cecil Parkinson and even the shamed Neil Hamilton have been recently, and rumour is that Tony himself may be imminent. Don't let that put you off: the restaurant, decked out in blue and chrome to resemble an ocean liner, has launched good value lunch menus to attract other folk too: two courses for pounds 16.50, three for pounds 19.50, Sunday lunch for pounds 21.50.

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