Eat Out - - CONTENTS - Linda Scar­bor­ough, ed­i­tor

Hear from the ed­i­tor and the judg­ing con­venor

Hav­ing a meal pre­pared for you by some­one else is one of life’s great­est plea­sures. It’s a treat we some­times take for granted: the gen­eros­ity and care poured into ev­ery roast potato, sushi roll or slice of wood­fired pizza. The plan­ning of the dish, sourc­ing of fresh in­gre­di­ents, the prep be­hind the scenes, the pre­cise cook­ing and even­tual pre­sen­ta­tion of what’s on the plate so that it lives up to what’s on the menu, each and ev­ery time you ask for it – that is some­thing worth ac­knowl­edg­ing.

The 500 restau­rants in this is­sue are the es­tab­lish­ments that take us – for just an hour or two – out of our busy lives and make us feel at home, of­fer­ing warm ser­vice and a com­fort­able set­ting and, most im­por­tantly of all, de­li­cious food. They're spe­cial-oc­ca­sion spots, or the places we don’t have to save up for, the neigh­bour­hood gems we pop into on a whim, the ca­sual eateries where the staff might know our names and favourite or­ders.

I am grate­ful to all these chefs, man­agers and wait­ers for look­ing after us and cook­ing for us, for these re­peated acts of kind­ness, hun­dreds of times a day. And I’m de­lighted that our crit­ics can share with you, dear reader, what these restau­rants do so well, and that we can cel­e­brate them in this guide. Happy eat­ing!

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