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Published on December 7th 2011.

Hot Tables

Young Turks at Ten Bells
84 Commercial Street, E1 6LY
0753 049 2986

James Lowe was head chef at St John Bread & Wine while Isaac McHale was development chef at the Ledbury – enough said? They have popped up here in the pub that was notorious as the haunt where Jack the Ripper selected his victims. The sign outside a single room says 'Live East, Die Young.' Dishes are cutting edge - dried scallop and seaweed; parsnip, oats and pheasant; Old Spot belly, fennel, molasses and red radish. It is so in, you might not get in.

27 Battersea Rise, SW11 1HG
0207 223 1112

The talented Ed Wilson and Oli Barker follow up Brawn and Terroir with a third venue – soon to be a fourth in the West End – with their mix of rag tag organic wines and surprisingly good small plates of euro tapas. Rusty, hearty, simple but  noisy – but they know their ingredients.

Del Delaunay
55 Aldwych, WC2B 4BB
0207 499 8558

The euro may be in crisis but the “Euro-brasserie” style pioneered by Jeremy King and Chris Corbin is in the ascendancy. The boys who launched the Caprice and Ivy, moved on to the Wolseley, open an all dayer with takeouts too for their patisserie and Viennoiserie in that rather strange piece of triangular real estate – delauney is a mathematical triangulation as well as the French artist Robert – on the Aldywich. The art is deco, the service suave.

Granger & Co
175 Westbourne Grove, W11 2SB  
0207 229 9111 

Will Notting Hill love Bill Granger? All day caffe for Australian TV chef who has gambled that life is more of a beach on Westbourne Grove than on Sydney harbor. The king of eggs does a cute line in breakfasts and is on message with semolina – a coating for calamari.

Ducksoup Ducksoup
41 Dean Street, W1D 4PY
0207 287 4599

Next to the Groucho, hence the name. The Hix team from Clerkenwell go it alone with a robust changing menu of big dishes and a wacky approach to the music – you can bring your own and play it on the turntable. The duck in the soup itself is foie gras.

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