Cafe Emm hearty international fodder

17 Frith Street, W1 020 7437 0723 www.cafeemm.com It’s hard to beat Cafe Emm for value, atmosphere and good, filling grub. Dishes include cajun potato skins, deep-fried brie, hearty lamb shanks, calamari, pecan pie and tiramisu, and all come in huge portions, served up by smiling staff in a fun environment.

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