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Test Driving Taka Marylebone - a happy marriage between British produce and Japanese techniques

This Marylebone restaurant is the happiest of marriages between amazing British ingredients and fine Japanese cooking techniques. We went down to see what that a difference that makes on the plate. 

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Test Driving Kol - Santiago Lastra's winning fine-dining Mexican restaurant hits Marylebone

Santiago Lastra has brought a fine-dining edge to his new Mexican restaurant Kol. We head down to Marylebone to check it out.  …

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Test Driving Galvin at Home - posh French on your table in minutes

Enjoy haute French food at home with this clever, but easy to follow meal box from the Galvin brothers. …

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Test Driving Milk Beach - an all day spot in Queen's Park which now has room to flex its kitchen muscles

This all day neighbourhood spot has had a dramatic revamp and, even better, has a huge alfresco space too. We headed west to check it out.…

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Test Driving Eldr at Pantechnicon - Nordic simplicity in a hugely impressive space

The new Pantechnicon in Belgravia brings together several restaurants and cafes, all wrapped up in a look of Japanese and Nordic Chic. We wend to try out their main Nordic restaurant, Eldr. …

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Bar Notes: Kwant

Where is it? On Heddon Street, underneath Momo

Who's in charge? Running things here is Eric Lorincz who previously headed up the American Bar at The Savoy which he took to the top slot in the World's Best Bars list.

What's the vibe? Think subtle tropical meets clubby drawing room - so the chairs are studded Chesterfields while the plants and decor are a bit tiki.

Why is it worth trying? Well, not…

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Test Driving Napoli Gang - the new delivery service from the Big Mamma Group

We take the new delivery-only restaurant from Big Mamma Group for a spin with its pizza, antipasta, towering desserts and more. …

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Test Driving Amazonico - a wonderfully over-the-top Berkeley Square treat

This very extra Mayfair restaurant serves up sushi, steak and great times as an added bonus. We put on our glad rags and joined the Mayfair set for the night.…

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Test Driving Townsend - modern British in Whitechapel with a menu to linger over

Townsend has been creating quite a name for itself both in the Whitechapel Gallery and with its delivery service. We went to try out the modern British restaurant. …

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Test Driving Akoko - William JM Chilila has a winner in Fitzrovia

William JM Chilila explores West African cuisine with his new restaurant. We headed to Fitzrovia to try it.…

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