Foodies’ favourites: Britain’s top chefs and restaurateurs reveal where they dine out

Fin de siecle: Has French cookery had its just desserts?
almost 40 years ago, a hungry, young, homewards-bound British hitch-hiker (me) wandered into a small restaurant in Saint-Lô in Normandy. For my last eight francs (roughly 80p), the patronne, wearing the severe black dress still in vogue among French café patronnes, served me chicken in cream sauce, puréed potatoes and a tumbler of red wine. The food was magnificent. I have never since eaten …

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Foodies’ favourites: Britain’s top chefs and restaurateurs reveal where they dine out
Russell Norman, owner, Polpetto Turkuaz This restaurant in south-east London serves Turkish food with authentic flavours and is probably cheaper than buying the ingredients and cooking yourself. Try the amazing pide. 163 Bromley Road, London SE6 (020-8697 4545)

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