Mark Palmer of The Daily Telegraph visits Bon Appetit in Ramsgate. He is impressed by the “fresh and juicy” spring rolls, the huge quantities of paella and the “delicious” raspberry brulée, and awards the meal 7 out of 10. Giles Coren of The Times visits Semplice in London’s Blenheim Street, which he declares to be “the best new Italian in London for years”. The taste of his saffron risotto “passes words”, the brood di pollo is “clear and clean as chicken’s tears” and the carpaccio is the best he’s ever known. He awards the restaurant 8 out of 10. The Independent publishes a “Summer Food Special” in its magazine, listing its writers choice of “the 100 best restaurants” in a number of categories. These include the following front-runners: the Seafood Restaurant, Padstow (best fish), Scott’s, Mayfair (most stylish); the River Café, London W6 (best outdoor), Locanda Locatelli (best Italian), The Ubiquitous Chip, Glasgow (best classic), Brindisa, London SE1, (best tapas bar), Nauroz, Eastcote, Middlesex (best cheap), The Capital, London SW3 (best wine list), the Glenelg Inn, Ross-shire (best country pub) and Mildreds, Soho (best vegetarian). Matthew Norman of The Guardian reviews London Road in Alderley Edge, which he says is “as brutally cynical an operation as you will ever encounter, serving food of bewildering nastiness and incompetence”. The lobster and seafood bisque is “sub-Heinz” and the crispy duck salad is “a mound of dessicated, astoundingly oversalted shreds of withered meat”. He awards it 2.5 out of 10. The Daily Telegraph 16/6/07 page W20 (Weekend) The Times 16/6/07 page 59 (Magazine) The Independent 16/6/07 page 22 (Magazine) The Guardian 16/6/07 page 70 (Magazine)

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