Bites: Caroline Stacey follows the smart money in search of the power lunch
Saturday 12 September 1998
10 Cutlers Gardens Arcade, 10 Devonshire Square, London EC2 (0171-283 7888). Mon-Fri lunch and early dinner (5-9.30pm). Formerly Le Champenois, 10 now puts up two digits to its previous, flavourless French form. Food is bang up to the minute: sushi, sashimi and tataki, tempura lobster and chips, and tagine. In the evening the surroundings do not let you forget you are in a fiercely commercial environment: the arcade is owned by Standard Life and policed by security guards.
Nairn's 13 Woodside Crescent, Glasgow (0141 3530707). Tue-Sun lunch and dinner. Nick Nairn's elegant West End townhouse is just under a year old, and the tables are some of the most sought-after in the city. Lawyers and accountants from the Charing Cross area appreciate the canny lunch deal of pounds 13.50 for two courses or pounds 17.50 for three. Offerings include cauliflower and mustard soup, chargrilled chicken, garlic mash and Thai sauce, and summer fruit gratin. Dinner is pounds 23.50, three courses.
Sous le Nez en Ville The Basement, Quebec House, Quebec Street, Leeds (0113 2440108). Mon-Sat lunch and dinner. City centre basement brasserie filled with business types chowing down. The bar has a blackboard selection of tapas and sandwiches, the restaurant has eclectic cooking that's strong on fish: from Thai fishcakes with coriander sauce to grilled halibut steak with pea and lettuce broth. Around pounds 20 a head without wine.
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