Wagamama was named the most popular restaurant of the year in the latest Zagat survey, pushing the Ivy into second place. The fast causal noodle chain was given the award for the fourth year running in a poll carried out by the Zagat food guide. The newly published research found that Londoners were eating out as much if not more than they were two years ago, despite the rising cost of restaurant meals in the capital, according to the latest Zagat survey. The average cost of a meal in London was shown to have increased by 3.7% since last year to £40.55. Despite the rises, 82% of diners said that they still ate out as much if not more than two years ago. The declining pound, however, saw Paris and Tokyo overtake London as the most expensive cities for eating out, with an average meal in the French capital costing £45.09 and £41.75 in the Japanese capital. Tim Zagat, chief executive of Zagat survey, said: “Although the average cost of a meal in London is up, that hasn't stopped diners from eating out on the town. Thanks to an influx of less expensive eateries, 43% say they are going out more and only 18% say less. In addition, the decline of the pound makes London more appealing to tourists.”