Spoon+ at Sanderson 50 Berners Street, London W1, tel: 020 7300 1400 The restaurant: the mix'n'match, do-it-yourself menu of Spoon is part of three-starred French chef Alain Ducasse's plot to take over the world. Already there are Spoons in France, Mauritius and Japan, as well as this gloriously modern space in Ian Schrager's hotel. Ordering is as easy as one, two, three; as in one/pan seared tuna, two/satay sauce, and three/wok-fried vegetables. The book: Spoon by Alain Ducasse (Conran Octopus).
St Petroc's Bistro 4 New Street, Padstow, tel: 01841 532 700 The bistro: one of the many Rick Stein businesses that has earned this Cornish seaside town the name Padstein. Up the hill from the more famous Fish Restaurant, St Petroc's is lighter, brighter and lower-priced, with such straightforward offerings as moules marinière and cod on spring-onion mash. The book: Rick Stein's Food Heroes (BBC).
The Conservatory The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner, London SW1, tel: 020 7259 5599 The restaurant: you either love it or you hate it but it's hard to be neutral about this OTT dining-room with its Brighton Pavilion feel, potted palms and moody chinoiserie. Equally provocative is chef Paul Gayler's "modern eclectic" menu with its hotel favourites and Asian and Mediterranean flavours. The book: Flavours of the World by Paul Gayler (Kyle Cathie).
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