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In that curious deadzone of Knightsbridge, between Harrods and the park, lie a couple of hotels with all the trimmings, their opulence blinding but predictable: all spiky flowers and smoked mirrors. I never did manage a guess at the Bulgari clientele. Gathered in groups too large for business and too formal for pleasure, it looked like a load of bookclubs for the super rich. My friend

J and I destroyed the air of international mystery by looking as though we come straight from Zara, and being starving. The amuse bouche was a nine strong plate of dips in dainty pots the word is far too 1970s and parochial for the spectacle, which was enticing, like an edible game of mah jong. It was just a teaser I don want to go on about it, except to say that the flavours were very pure, particularly the beetroot and the aubergine, and all the augurs were good.

Since everything is now, just assume that the number of dishes I ordered was at the direction of the restaurant and not because I gone mad.

In the octopus and potatoes (8), I remember the creature as having been sliced to transparent thinness, dressed with the most delicate olive oil, the potatoes cooked to the exact point of waxy firmness.

Looking at my pictures afterwards, it appears that there were some big, meaty tentacles to rough things up a bit, and more parsley than I have allowed. Nevertheless, the impression of clarity and cleanness lingers. I love this dish any which way, when they slather it in paprika as much as when they don but this was a superior, exquisite version.

Buffalo mozzarella with courgettes and basil (7) was, again, defined by respect for the integrity of each flavour: nothing had been devised to mask or liven up anything else; each ingredient was perfect, and they related to one another as equals. We had asparagus with parmesan crisps (8) and pasta with, accidentally, more asparagus (10) oh, the freshness.

It was like a green elf coming up to you with a bugle and announcing the summer. It was brilliantly cooked too, with the innovation of some teeny samphire. The pasta was in wide sheets and was buttery and wholesome.

By the time of sea bass with courgette and its flowers (16), we were probably ready for a bit less elegance, imitation bvlgari chronograph watch and it was delivered in the shape of the deep fried flowers, beautifully battered and light and spry. I had lamb (17) to myself (J is a sort of veggie), its rib copy bvlgari men watch and saddle, with new potatoes, and broad beans so young and fresh they were like peas. You couldn in conscience, occupy real estate such as this if you didn know where to get good lamb and work out how to cook it, but it would be churlish to deny how subtle and beautiful the flavour. John Dory Riviera style (14) was buttery and meaty, with a wonderful slab of braised fennel, an artless olive and some relaxed pieces of tomato draped about.

All this, and we could have ordered two puds each, by the new laws of the sharing plate jungle. I constrained myself to cheese (8), which included a lovely clochette, and a chalky ewe cheese, and the rhubarb and strawberry (6), braised very lightly (the strawbs), and very totally (the rhubarb), into a state of utter fruitness. Some creamy ice cream wobbled on top. It was like going to a farm in the 1950s, before machines messed everything up. J had gianduja (6), which looked like a doughnut, but was in fact the smoothest and richest and deepest pot au chocolat you ever tasted, then draped in more chocolate. The ox in coal oil is what people rave about.

Galvin Brasserie de Luxe Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh The Caledonian, Princes Street, Edinburgh (0131 222 8888)

The Galvin brothers Parisian style brasserie (with its blue banquettes, crustacea counter and circular bar) lies at the heart of this former Victorian railway hotel. After pork with prunes (18), the tarte tatin (7.50) is a must

Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor Eastgate, bvlgari watch bands replica Chester, Cheshire (01244 324024)

The headline restaurant at this half timbered hotel is a gorgeous cream and gold room with elegantly clothed tables and chairs into which you can sink. Expect imaginative flavour pairings pigeon, pistachio and dandelions, say, or sweetbreads with almond milk (75 for three courses)

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