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Rockfish, Dartmouth

With so much talk of smog, I craved fresh, sea air. So, my friends and I left our poor, polluted capital and drove four and a half hours to Devon – a place where the words ‘this certainly blows the cobwebs away!’ are said far to regularly.

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Saturday was spent driving along the coast, stopping in between showers for walks along the beach, ice cream and lunch in oh so pretty Dartmouth.

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Rockfish looks out onto the harbour, sporting a very turquoise exterior that’s in keeping with its seaside location. Inside, the sea theme continues, with white washed walls, thick ropes and an open kitchen.

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We ordered fish, followed by fish, starting with two pints of Norwegian prawns (£9.50) and a plate of calamari (£7.50). It was nothing I hadn’t had before, but tasted all the more delicious when paired with the Rockfish slogan ‘Tomorrow’s fish are still in the sea’. Watch out Nemo.

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Mains were a mix of Haddock & Chips (£12.95), Plaice with Salad (£11.95) and my lovely South Devon Crab Roll (£9.95). Aside from the stack of chips, I’d managed to choose the healthiest option – two brioche baps cradling fresh, undressed crab meat with salady bits. It was lovely, but I should have picked deep fried, golden haddock, which – from the bite I tried – tasted superb.

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We decided to wander outside for dessert – a 99p Devon Ice Cream with the obligatory flake – so ended our meal at Rockfish with coffees (some Irish).

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I hope to return to Rockfish one day. The setting couldn’t be prettier and the food is exactly what you crave after breathing in so much pure, smogless air. So Rockfish, I’m giving you a healthy LLE Rating of 7.5/10.

Rockfish, 8 South Embankment, Dartmouth TQ6 9BH

Brasserie Zedel, Piccadilly

Since it opened last summer, I’ve been to Brasserie Zedel four times – twice with friends, once with a client and once with the lovely co-owner Jeremy King.

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Three simple things keep me coming back – the price, the food and the wonderful building. This is a brasserie where you can enjoy delicious French cuisine in a large, shiny 1930’s dining room at prices usually reserved for Côte or Cafe Rouge. C’est magnifique!

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The dining room seats 220, some bookings, some walk ins. Each time it’s crammed with loud, excitable Londoners trying to be heard above the next table. The menu is equally big, split into two set meals (Prix Fixe and Formule), the Plats du Jour, Entrees, Choucroute, Poissons, Viandes, Legumes, Fromages and Patisseries et Desserts.

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My favourite Entrees are the deliciously simple Oeufs Dur Mayonnaise (£3.75) and Filet de Hareng with Pommes à l’Huile (£4.95) – a yummy herring dish popular in French bistros.

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I’ve watched my friends devour Choucroute Zedel (£14.95) and Bœuf Bourguignon (£9.95) with gusto, whilst I tuck into something from the selection of Poissons – most commonly Carrelet Meunière (whole pan fried plaice at £15.25) and aromatic Filet de Dauradeaux Fenouils  (grilled sea bream with fennel, orange & thyme – £14.75).

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I’m also a big fan of the sides – in particular the fresh Salade Verte (£2.75), the rich Epinards à la Crème (£3.25), and the real, golden Pomme Frites (£2.95) – but have only managed one pudding. On that special occasion I chose well, savouring every mouthful of the Mousse au Chocolat (£6.75) and wondering why on earth I should share my decadent dessert (the menu suggests you enjoy it ‘a partager’ – I disagree).

Brasserie Zedel has become my ‘go-to’ restaurant when I’m after a special meal minus the hefty price tag. It’s perfect for most occasions, except when entertaining someone that dislikes French food (if that happens, ask yourself ‘why am I aquatinted with this person?’). Par conséquent, Brasserie Zedel gets a bien mérité LLE Rating of 8 / 10.

Brasserie Zedel, 20 Sherwood Street, London W1F 7ED

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