Restaurants; Made to make your mouth water

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Chutney Mary

535 King's Rd, London SW10 (0171-351 3113)

is apparently Raj-speak for an Indian woman aspiring to be Westernised, and the restaurant reflects this in its combination of Indian and European ingredients. As well as foie gras samosas, they do a smoked-salmon version. "The idea is to bring a little luxury to a typical Indian dish," says a spokeswoman.

Club Gascon

57 West Smithfield, London EC1 (0171-253 5853)

This relative newcomer specialises in dishes from southwest France, and chef Pascal Aussignac uses foie gras liberally in his meaty menu.

The Crescent

Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London W1 (0171-723 4440)

Stephen Whitney has just taken over as head chef (he was previously at Mosimann's and the Savoy), and here serves a marbled foie gras terrine with walnut-and-raisin toast, for which there is a pounds 3 supplement on the restaurant's pounds 19 (two-course) or pounds 24 (three- course) set menu, which also includes coffee and a half-bottle of wine.