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Fillet of beef with cavolo nero

Fillet of beef with cavolo nero

Serves 4

Simon Kelner: When the bill arrives, it's still just a hunk of beef

Has anyone told the restaurateurs of London that there's a recession on, that there are strikers on the streets and that the entire global financial system is about to collapse? Austerity? Make mine a double. Hardship? Get out the white truffles.

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Cut's dark-tan leather sofas, sparkling cutlery, immaculately
uniformed doormen, gleaming table-lamps and marble flooring all ooze 'money-no-object'

Cut at 45 Park Lane, London W1

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Pork steak with jasmine flowers

Serves 4

Surf and turf salad

Serves 4

The Riding House Cafe, 43-51 Great Titchfield Street, London

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Hawksmoor Seven Dials, 11 Langley Street, London WC2

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Grilled steaks

Serves 6

Rebecca Front: '‘If somebody can invent a realistic steak that doesn’t need to be hewn from a cow, I’m first in the queue’

It's time to stop laughing at vegetarians. I've been one all my life, and yet people still think they can describe my diet as "rabbit food" or question my sanity with a "hilarious" nut-based pun. In other respects, attitudes have improved for vegetarians since my childhood. Back then, if you asked for meat-free food in a restaurant, you were greeted with a level of bewilderment and downright hostility that nowadays you only find in France. Indeed, one of the great joys of French dining is the sense of nostalgia I feel when a waiter huffs at me disdainfully and slams down a plate of cheese.

Album: Elvis Costello, National Ransom (Hear Music)

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Family relive their pain in hope of ending rumours

The decision to publish the post-mortem and toxicology reports into the death of Dr David Kelly now, rather than in 70 years time, was, to a large extent, to allow the family of the scientist some form of closure.

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