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What restaurants currently best describe the London dining scene?

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Hi
I've been away from London for 4 years and about to return. I've been to most of the "big guns" (Square, Marcus, Gordon, Hix, St John) but was wondering what the board thought - what are the most vital restaurants that I should go to when I get back - what are the restaurants that currently best describe the London dining scene.

There may be two separate questions.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. One good way of finding these places is to just read down the postings here. Of course, not every worthy place gets mentioned, but a lot do. Very popular these days are places like The Ledbury, Launceston Place, Min Jiang (especially for roast duck and dim sum). Recently opened by the Arbutus people is Deux Salons.. I'm eating there on Saturday if Mother Nature isn't cruel.

    There are a lot of new Chinese places that have opened in the past year... those are mentioned here, too.

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    1. re: zuriga1

      I forgot Textures... also appeals to many here.

    2. Viajante is also very talked about at the moment.

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