Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

76 per Cent Want Total Smoking Ban in Restaurants, Says Food Guide

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

76 per Cent Want Total Smoking Ban in Restaurants, Says Food Guide

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Byline: ED HARRIS

MORE than three-quarters of diners believe smoking should be banned in London's restaurants, a leading food guide has found.

A total of 76 per cent of those questioned for the latest Zagat Survey, published today, said they wanted to see smokers stub out their cigarettes before entering a restaurant.

Almost a third said they would eat out more if smoking was not allowed, a statistic that will boost the campaign to outlaw smoking in public places.

Smoking Or Non-Smoking, the 2005 Zagat Survey of London Restaurants - based on customer satisfaction - finds London's dining scene as diverse as ever.

Asianinspired cuisine is currently the favourite flavour. The two most popular restaurants in the city offer variations on Japanese cooking, while a third favour Thai, Japanese or Chinese food. The most popular restaurant, for another year, is Nobu. Reviewers say there are "not enough superlatives" to describe the Mayfair favourite's Japanese-South American cuisine. Remarkably, the second-most popular destination is noodle chain Wagamama. The Ivy, Covent Garden's reliable celebrity hangout, is third. The "top food" category is dominated by Gordon Ramsay, whose eponymous Chelsea restaurant causes reviewers to "swoon".

. The 2005 Zagat Survey of London Restaurants is published today, priced [pounds sterling]8.99.

MOST POPULAR Nobu, W1.

Wagamama, branches.

The Ivy, WC2.

Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's, W1.

Gordon Ramsay at 68 Royal Hospital Road, SW3.

J Sheekey, WC2.

Rules, WC2.

The Square, W1.

Zuma, SW7.

Hakkasan, W1.

TOP FOOD ning at around [pounds sterling]2.10, which is less than some people are prepared to pay for a cup of coffee. The price of beer is actually increasing at around 2.9 per cent a year, which is less than the average 3.3 per cent increase in the retail price index."

Pub chains and the high rents and beer prices they charge tenants are currently being investigated by MPs on the Trade and Industry Select Committee. …

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