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Naamyaa Café, 407 St John Street, London EC1

You know how, in a dream, you find yourself surrounded with familiar objects, landscapes and people but also with completely unfamiliar, surreal and alarming things? That sense of walking down a street near your old school which is also, somehow, a path on the side of the Grand Canyon, populated with giant talking lemurs? The Naamyaa Café made me feel like that. It's both Western and Eastern, basic and exotic, frank and inscrutable.

Take a dip: Spring rolls filled with smoked chicken and shiitake and dried black fungus mushrooms
Pot Noodle: the snack equivalent of 'Zoo' magazine

Something for the ladies. Noodles in a pot

Pot Noodle, the instant noodle "dish" from Unilever, has never bothered the female market too much before. Coming in such delightful flavours such as Doner Kebab, Bombay Bad Boy and Sticky Rib, it's the snack equivalent of Zoo magazine; women wouldn't be caught dead with it. (Look, I'm not saying I've never bought one, but I think we can agree who they are targeted at).

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24-hour room service: Ana Mandara Hue, Vietnam

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This week I've been eating... cold udon noodles with hot broth

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With news coverage from Japan still studying the aftermath of disaster, it seems fitting that something be done to move the focus back to the nation’s reputation of dynamism and efficiency.

Vegetable spring rolls with ginger dipping sauce

Serves 4-6

Media lunch: Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Newsreader, Channel 4 News

The venue: Roka. It has great Japanese food which feels light and it's just enticing enough to ensure a guest turns up.

Sushi & Beyond, By Michael Booth

In his previous food memoir Booth put himself through a Cordon Bleu course in Paris for the self-flagellating reason that he was "a worthless fraud".

Davos Sketch: Curried rye bread, African scarves and the 'magic of Davos'

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