Table Talk: Where Guy Farrant eats..

I used to be head of food at M&S, and business dinners have always helped me to keep up with emerging restaurants. I'd often choose ones that were 'on trend', so that I could see what the latest restaurant fashions were, and use those to point out what the opportunities were for our new ranges. So restaurants have been a source of inspiration for many years.

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

One of my 'of choice' restaurants is Le Caprice, near Piccadilly, London. I find it a nice environment, and there are always a number of dishes on the menu that take my fancy. It has a nice blend - it's not too formal or overbearing, and it's where I tend to go when I'm eating on business in the capital.

Le Caprice has been around for donkey's years, and is a sister restaurant to The Ivy. I'm not adept at describing ambience and things, but it's a little like its famous sibling - I suppose you'd describe it as a modern take on a traditional restaurant. Of course, it's also quite popular, so you do need to book it a reasonable time in advance.

It has everything from light, simple food like a well-done fish and chips and a tasty Caesar salad, to duck confit and a good calf's liver. In other words, a lot of classic dishes, but done just right.

It's certainly not the place to be spreading paper out all over the table, but it's good for more conversational meetings. Most importantly, everyone I've taken there has been pleased to go, as it's such a well-known restaurant. And one that never disappoints.

Le caprice
Arlington House, Arlington St, London SW1A 1RJ, 020 7629 2239,
www.le-caprice.co.uk
Average price for three courses: £37, plus wine

Favourite dishes
Fish and chips: £16.25
Caesar salad: £7.25

Guy Farrant is head of retail at M&S.

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