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Increasingly, there is a particular type of person that travels to eat.|
For us, monuments and museums have had their day; shopping is passé, and the hotel is all but irrelevant. The eating is everything.
After all, you have to do it three times a day anyway, so you might as well make it the center of the trip.
It takes effort. Research is done before you leave, options pored over, reviews consulted. And it can be disappointing: all cities have dud restaurants, all cities have tourist drags, most restaurants have a bad night every now and then.
But the good cities have restaurants that make the duds fade from memory.
1. London, for offal
Think English food and some still think watery vegetables, overcooked meat and chips. Fools.
In the past couple of decades, London has emerged as a serious place to eat -- brilliant tapas, high-end French, the best pizza outside of Naples (Franco Manca, unit 4, Market Row, Brixton, to be precise; +44 20 7738 3021).
But modern British food is what makes this place such a pleasure to eat in, and it’s best at Fergus Henderson’s St. John (26 St. John St.; +44 20 3301 8069) -- there are two restaurants, a hotel and a bakery, all functional and white.
Henderson is known for exquisitely plain food -- think ox heart with beetroot, or Jerusalem artichokes, gently roasted. But the bone marrow salad is what defines this place: chunks of shin, roasted, served with chopped up parsley and sourdough.
Deadly simple, and sublime.