Chez Bruce Knocks the Ivy off Top of the Tables League; THEATRELAND HOTSPOT FORCED INTO SECOND PLACE AFTER NINE YEARS AS LONDON'S FINEST RESTAURANT

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Chez Bruce Knocks the Ivy off Top of the Tables League; THEATRELAND HOTSPOT FORCED INTO SECOND PLACE AFTER NINE YEARS AS LONDON'S FINEST RESTAURANT


Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA

IT is every celebrity's favourite London hangout.

From Madonna to Kate Moss, George Michael to Jack Nicholson, for years its diners have read like a roll-call of A-list stars.

Now The Ivy has lost its crown as London's favourite restaurant to Wandsworth's Chez Bruce.

For the first time in nine years, The Ivy, in Covent Garden, has been beaten into second place in the new edition of Harden's London Restaurant Guide.

The Ivy was also named the second most disappointing restaurant and the fifth most overpriced by reviewers. The guide is based on feedback from 8,000 restaurant-goers who submitted more than 92,000 reports.

"It's tempting to say people go to The Ivy with excessive expectations, but its reputation has been so great for years that the standards are not quite what they were," said the guide's coeditor Richard Harden. "It remains a very good restaurant but its food is not particularly remarkable."

A typical meal for one at Chez Bruce - including three courses, a half-bottle of wine and coffee - would cost [pounds sterling]50. The Ivy creeps up further, at an estimated [pounds sterling]57.

Chez Bruce co-owner Bruce Poole said he was "delighted", adding: "I don't think for one minute that we are the best restaurant in London but we are pleased to have done well in one of the guides that is quite highly respected. It means we are doing something right."

Chez Bruce, however, dropped from second to third place in the "top gastronomic experience" ranking. Gordon Ramsay held the number one spot in this category, while Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's rose from third to second place.

Mr Harden said establishments in the "favourite restaurant" category were rated for the overall dining experience, while the "top gastronomic experience" focused solely on the food.

The new guide shows a record 142 restaurants opened in London in the last year. Eight out of the capital's 40 most talked-about restaurants are now Asian.

. See Fay Maschler for the latest restaurant reviews in tomorrow's Evening Standard.

Favourite restaurant 1 . . . . . Chez Bruce . . . . . . .(2) 2 . . . . The Ivy . . . . . . . . . .(1) 3 . . . . The Wolseley . . . . .(8) 4 . . . . J Sheekey . . . . . . . .(3) 5 . . . . Le Caprice . . . . . . .(4) 6 . . . .

Gordon Ramsay . . .(5) 7 . . . . . La Trompette . . . . .(6) 8 . . . .

Hakkasan . . . . . . . .(7) 9 . . . . Nobu . . . . . . . . . . . .(-) 10 . .

. . Zuma . . . . . . . . . . . .(10) Last year's position in brackets

Best for romance Lovers' favourite: La Poule au Pot 1 . . . . . La Poule au Pot . . . .(1) 2 . . . . Andrew Edmunds . .(2) 3 . .

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