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The Mayfair site that was once home to modern Italian, Teca, has just been relaunched as La Petite Maison. The restaurant comes from Arjun Waney, co-owner of Zuma and Roka, and is sibling to the chi-chi restaurant by the same name in southern France, near to which Waney has a holiday home. The restaurant will offer Nicoise food in casual but chic surrounds and is likely to be as popular as its sister across the channel. 54 Brook Mews, W1. Tel: 020 7495 4774.
The trend for grazing menus continues apace, with top-class seafood restaurant One-O-One having re-opened following a major refurb and with a new menu in place. Diners are now advised to order between five to seven of chef Pascal Proyart’s fabulous fish dishes. 101 Knightsbridge, SW1. Tel: 020 7290 7101.
The St James’s site that formerly housed French/fusion restaurant W’Sens has been taken over by an eastern European company and turned in to Divo. The restaurant now focuses on Ukrainian food – sounds like it might become a home from home for all the oligarchs currently residing in London. 12 Waterloo Place, SW1. Tel: 020 7484 1355.
Cape Town Fish Market, which already has several branches in its native South Africa, has expanded into the northern hemisphere, with a new branch in Oxford Circus. The restaurant bears all the hallmarks of its South African siblings, offering Japanese cuisine (including sushi and teppanyaki) alongside fresh grilled fish and seafood platters. 5-6 Argyll Street, Sutherland House, W1. Tel: 020 7437 1143 .
A new top-notch French restaurant has opened in Portman Square. The team behind Texture come from the acclaimed Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, with former head chef Agnar Sverrisson heading up the kitchen. 34 Portman Square, W1. Tel: 020 7224 0028.
Homesick Noo Yoikers now have another restaurant for their little black books. Soho’s The Diner (sibling of The Diner in Shoreditch) is a glam piece of Americana, complete with jukebox and themed cocktails. It’s open from 8am serving up blueberry pancakes, burgers, milkshakes and bottomless cups of coffee. There is booth seating for up to 80, outdoor seating for 20, or you can perch at the bar. 18 Ganton Street, W1. Tel: 020 7287 8962.
Taking over the Mayfair site formerly occupied by Conran Restaurant’s Zinc is Piccolino. The Italian restaurant is part of a national chain, serving up a moderately priced menu of pizza, pasta and grilled meat and fish. There’s lovely alfresco seating, too. 21 Heddon Street, W1. Tel: 020 7287 4029.