The high standard of food and service has led 40% of the Zagat 2013 guide’s reviewers to claim that the quality of London’s culinary scene is higher than it was a year ago, while only 3% said that it had got worse. Despite the ongoing economic downturn, diners told the guide, which includes reports from over 9,500 people, that they are spending 30% more in the capital’s restaurants this year than last. However, they are still eating out an average of 2.2 times a week – the same as last year and well below the rates in New York, Paris and Tokyo, which run from three to four times a week. When it comes to what Londoners want to eat, the flavour of the year goes to Italian cuisine (25%) followed by French (17%) and Japanese (14%). Londoners rate French restaurants more highly than Italian but they eat far more frequently in Italian establishments. For British cusine, only 1 in 10 diners named it as their favourite. The survey named Wagamama as the public’s favourite multi-unit restaurant group. The Wolseley was named the most popular restaurant with the Waterside Inn coming out on top for best food. Burger & Lobster was named best American cuisine, Pitt Cue Co best BBQ, Hawksmoor best chophouse, and Tortilla best Mexican.