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Nick Lander (my saintly husband) writes regularly about food and restaurants for the Financial Times, where he is known as the restaurant insider because he is one of the few restaurant critics who have actually owned and run a successful one: L'Escargot in its glory days in the 1980s. Find out more at www.nicklander.com.

As the blossoming magnolia trees herald spring in Shanghai, the army of ex-pats who have come from afar to further their careers in this extraordinary city indulge in a more altruistic pastime: discussing where those who are just passing through can experience their adopted city’s most authentic. More...
My first and last sightings over dinner in the restaurant of the Chiltern Firehouse, the reincarnation of the former fire station on Chiltern Street, Marylebone, whose 26 suites will open in late May, probably constituted the most unlikely combination I have ever seen in such a setting. But both. More...
It was the sheer quality of the ingredients in our first courses - a rabbit ballotine, two diver scallops and a smoking 'cannelloni' of crab - at Mark Greenaway's restaurant overlooking the Queen Victoria Gardens in Edinburgh that first impressed me. But as our meal progressed,. More...
Restaurants are, in my opinion, the most expressive examples of one particular human trait: that while so many live and work outside their native countries, their inherent and very distinctive national characteristics never leave them. To take examples from my recent reviews on these pages, the. More...
As I walked into the M Bar on the 25th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong at 6.45 pm, I spotted my friend sitting at a corner table, glass of Krug champagne by his side. A minute later I was reaching for my notebook and pen. This had nothing to what had been said. More...
An evening in a restaurant can last longer than a night at the theatre. At certain restaurants dinner for two can be more expensive even than two tickets in the stalls of the grandest opera house. And restaurants, I know from experience, can certainly divide opinion as much as any new. More...
My one and only trip to the southern states of America left very strong and very happy memories. These range from breakfasts in Savannah to sunny lunches in genteel Charleston. They encompass particularly long 'cocktail hours' in New Orleans, under the tutelage of the late RW. More...
'My first wife was second cook in a third-rate restaurant on Fourth Street' has been my favourite line from the movies since I first heard it spoken by the actor William Bendix in the film The Glass Key made in 1942. I thought of it again after an unusual invitation led to an exceptional. More...
Writing this column has often involved a certain element of risk, most notably early morning meals in Asian food markets, but I had never before thought of requesting danger money before I even set off. We recently headed off into an area that radio bulletins were regularly warning us. More...
Michel Roux Jr, long the chef/proprietor of Mayfair's renowned Le Gavroche and, more recently, the face of BBC TV's MasterChef: The Professionals and Food & Drink , was in a very relaxed mood when we met for dinner recently with our wives. He had just returned from a week in. More...
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