Food of the Week: Lights, camera, menu!

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A recent spate of movies such as 'Ratatouille' and 'Waitress' have put restaurants centre stage. Here's our guide to restaurants from the silver screen.

Woody Allen set a scene of his London-based thriller 'Match Point' at Brasserie Max, Covent Garden Hotel, 10 Monmouth Street, London (020-7806 1007; firmdale.com), where the globally inspired menu includes yakitori glazed scotch rump steak and shimeji mushrooms.

The elegant interior of La Cuisina, Westin Europa & Regina, San Marco 2159, Venice (00 39 041 240 0001; starwoodhotels.com), provided a backdrop for Jude Law in 'The Talented Mr Ripley'. But ordinary mortals can enjoy dishes such as lemon and rosemary risotto, too.

Catherine Zeta Jones's restaurant kitchen in 'No Reservations' was based closely on Fiamma, 206 Spring Street, New York (001 212 529 0900; brguest restaurants.com), where the seven-course tasting menu might include roasted pheasant served with parsnips, pancetta and huckleberry sauce.

Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson were 'Lost in Translation' in the New York Grill, Park Hyatt Tokyo, 3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Tokyo (00 81 3 5322 1234; tokyo.park.hyatt.com), where prime Japanese beef is grilled in the open kitchen.

Taillevent, 15 rue Lamennais, Paris (00 33 1 44 95 15 01; taillevent.com), partly inspired Auguste Gusteau's animated restaurant in Ratatouille. It serves haute cuisine of the highest order, such as veal sweetbread pithiviers with sorrel sauce.

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