25 Heddon Street, London W1B 4BH Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
The classic Moroccan restaurant in Mayfair by Mourad Mazouz has been given a new lease of life with an extensive makeover. The food is French Med with hints of North Africa and there's a cracking bar downstairs from top barman Erik Lorincz.
The original Blanchette was a big hit in Soho, serving up small plates of French cooking. This restaurant has a similar small plates approach as the original, but the menu has expanded to include more influences from South France and North Africa too.
34 - 36 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QE Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10
Back in 1997 when Moro first opened, Exmouth Market was still a scruffy Clerkenwell street and this restaurant with its implausibly good looking bar staff and open kitchen was the second most exciting thing to happen to the area food-wise since The Eagle threw open its doors. Run by the marvellously-monikered Sam and Sam Clark, it's still turning out great food in a room that's packed every day of the week.