London diners are returning to their roots and are "showing renewed interest in traditional styles of eating out – especially French – as opposed to the Oriental/novelty styles which have seemed predominant in recent years". That's according to Richard Harden, Co-Editor of Harden's guide.
In the recently published 16th edition of the guide, Harden noted that there has been a "slight cooling off" in London's restaurants, with 136 openings recorded this year compared to 142 last year.
The ‘back to basics' tendency was reflected in the guide's Top 10 Most Mentioned: Andrew Edmunds and La Poule au Pot entered the chart while Nobu fell out of the top 10.
Restaurant prices rose by an average of three per cent over the past 12 months, the guide also reported.