Bites: Why flesh-eaters will leaf it out

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Vegetarian Londoners, not to mention their omnivorous dining partners, should be in heaven at the new meat-free restaurant Tibits. Opening next month, it prides itself on being flesh-eater friendly – 90 per cent of diners at its original Zurich branch aren't veggie – yet its leafy credentials are second to none; behind the venture are Marielle and Rolf Hiltl, scions of Europe's first vegetarian restaurant, Hiltl, founded in 1898.

Also in London, another, albeit very different, concept restaurant opens at the scientific altar of the Royal Institute. Part of a £22m RI upgrade, Time & Space at the RI fittingly features molecular gastronomy on its Anton Edelmann menu, and you can book your dinner to fit in with a discourse in the Faraday lecture theatre.

Not enough molecularisation? Hottest ticket right now is for an event at London's Southbank hosted by the godfather of the art, Ferran Adrià of Spain's El Bulli restaurant. It's not until November, but the NYC version sold out in two hours, so get in quick.

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