Bites: Time to stop taking the Mick

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Ah, the disappointment of racing to catch a late lunch, only to be told "We've stopped serving." Mick Jagger (pictured) can relate: on arriving recently at New York's smart Upper East-side brasserie Orsay at 3.01pm, the decidedly un-starstruck maître d' informed him: "I'm sorry, Mr Jagger. We stop serving lunch at 3pm."

Culture clashes are all the rage over here too: first, Atul Kochar, famous for his Michelin-starred Indian restaurant Benares in London, has opened Ananda in Dublin, featuring a brave Irish-Asian fusion menu. But this week's unusual new concept award goes to London's Sushinho – promoting an unlikely blend of Brazilian and Japanese cuisines. Foie gras and mango sushi, anyone? Wasabi aioli and salmon sashimi pizza? (Seriously...)

Far less bold is the undiluted Latino fare at London's"Mexican kitchen" Chilango, in Fleet Street: bright, modern and dishing up fresh, fast Mexican food for a fiver. Better still, it celebrates its opening this Friday with free burritos all day. Hurrah!

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