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Early June will see the arrival of The Palm, a successful American group with restaurants throughout the U.S. It will look familiar to Palm fans, and serve the steak, lobster and seafood dishes that have become its hallmark style. It will open in the former Drones Club site at 1 Pont Street in Belgravia. The Palm, 1 Pont St., London SW3, No phone yet.
Fino, the top tapas restaurant of the Hart brothers, has now reopened. It's very welcome news to those who have missed the basement venue with its inventive tapas. In the meantime, tapas lovers contented themselves with its younger sister, Barrafina. Fino, 33 Charlotte St., London W1, 020-7813 8010.

News Bytes

Sunday Jazz Evenings
The sounds of cool jazz emanate from Le Bar, the basement of Galvin - Bistrot de Luxe, on the first Sunday of each month. Performances start at 8 p.m. for two 45-minute sessions and cost £10 per person and include a glass of Apéritif Maison on arrival. Galvin - Bistrot de Luxe, 66 Baker St., London W1, 020-7935 4007.
Get Healthy at Trishna
The Indian restaurant Trishna, which is a far-flung offshoot of its famous Mumbai parent, has come up with an Ayurvedic Tasting Menu. So if you're concerned about the state of your metabolic system, try specially devised dishes that use good ingredients like red chillis, mustard, turmeric, tamarind and the like. The 8-course menu costs £34.50. Trishna, 15-17 Blandford St., London W1, 020-7353 3633.
New French Restaurant Champions Master Classes & Seafood Deals
The new French restaurant Le Bouchon Breton is working hard in Spitalfields. First up is a range of monthly Cheese Master Classes. It's already made a reputation for its topnotch cheese trolley; now their frommelier, Jean Claude Ali Cherif, who hails from Brittany, takes you through different regional varieties, how they are made, who makes them, how to look after them and when they are at their height. Cheeses are matched to wines. £50 per person, every last Tuesday of the month through August (May 26, June 30, July 28, August 25). It may be known for its steak-frites, but the Breton Butcher also champions seafood with its Festival de la Mer. Le Bouchon Breton, Spitalfields Market, 8 Horner Sq., 1st floor, London E1, 0800 019 1704.
Alan Yau Onward & Upward
Restaurateur Alan Yau, who transformed London's restaurant scene with Wagamama, Hakkasan and busaba eathai among others, struck gold once again when he opened Cha Cha Moon in Soho. Building on success is one of his strengths and he's just opened a second branch in Whiteleys shopping centre, which has become quite a gourmet destination in its own right. Cha Cha Moon, Second Floor, Whiteleys, 151 Queensway, W2, 020-7792 0088.
Marco Pierre White Expands His Empire
What do you do when your restaurant isn't pulling in the punters? One solution is to consult a top chef, which is exactly what the owner of the restaurant formerly known as Lanes in the City has done. It's now called Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill and is reincarnated as a smart brasserie-style place, totally in keeping with the current penchant for the tried and tested. Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill, East India House, 109-117 Middlesex St., London E1, 020-7247 5050.
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