IN&OUTTONIGHT 22 Wednesday, 7 October 2009 London Lite STAR RESTAURANTH MikaatSaf WhereNigellafamouslylovesScotts, butwerevealotherceleb cooksfavouriterestaurants by hilary armstrong ROOSTER SALAD WITH GRILLED MACKEREL AND HORSERADISH Serves 4 l4 mackerel fillets l4 tbsp sour cream l4 Rooster potatoes l2 spring onions, sliced l1 tablespoon olive oil l1 stick fresh horseradish, grated lsalt, pepper, lemon juice Boil potatoes. leave to cool, peel. Dice and fold in spring onion, sour cream, seasoning and horseradish. lay fish skin side up, brush with olive oil and season. Place under grill and cook for 6-8 minutes. Finish with lemon juice and lay on top of potato salad. ROOSTER AND CHORIZO GRATIN Serves 4 l6 Rooster potatoes, peeled l1 clove garlic, crushed l20 slices chorizo sausage l250g crme frache l60g mature cheddar lsalt and pepper Slice the potatoes and boil until tender. Drain but do not rinse. Place in a bowl with crme frache, garlic and chorizo. Fold and season. layer into ovenproof dish and bake at 180c for 15 minutes, sprinkle over the cheese and cook for a further 10 minutes. Recipes from Michel Roux Jr of Le Gavroche, 43 Upper Brook Street, W1 (le-gavroche.co.uk) l Roosterpotatoes1ingredient2ways SAF 152-154 Curtain Road, EC2 (020 7613 0007, safrestaurant.co.uk) The majority of the vegan dishes at this restaurant are cooked below 48c to preserve the nutrition and flavour of ingredients. At the Grey Goose Greenhouse Bar in the Secret Garden, you can pick herbs and spices for botanical cocktails. WHO Mika dined here recently. WHO ELSE Moby, Woody harrelson and Keira Knightley. AMBIENCE it buzzes with hoxton hipsters. BLENDING IN Dont worry, you dont need a food intolerance to enjoy eating here. WHAT TO ORDER chive pearl caviar with cashew nut sour cream on carrot blinis (6), black truffle risotto, wild mushrooms, cashew cream and pickled vegetables (14.76) and choc orange marble tart (6). WHAT TO DRINK Mixologist Joe Mccanta will mix you a Jasmine Pearl -- jasmine green tea vodka, organic pche, 6.50. BEST TABLE The high table in front of the glass kitchen. NEXT BEST THING Rootmaster, Elys Yard, The Old Truman Brewery, Hanbury Street, E1 (07912 389314, root-master.co.uk) Funky: singer Mika, left, recently dined at Saf D o you really think chefs lead a glamorous life of Michelin- s t a r r e d d i n n e r s , p o sh sommeliers, fish knives and five kinds of butter? you must be joking. When Londons chefs go out to play, they just want a great feed, a few laughs with their mates and a beer or three. We think they might just be onto something. Heres our round-up of the capitals top chefs hangouts. Just dont expect silver service. CyTre CHef, ber-foodie and east London resident Mark Hix was the first to champion this Vietnamese caff, and his fellow foodies have been flocking there ever since. unlike many of the samey Vietnamese eateries on nearby Kingsland Road that serve Chinese-Vietnamese hybrids, Cy Tre offers authentic dishes. of the house signatures, two stand out: Cha Ca La Vong (5 per person), a monkfish, fennel and shrimp dish inspired by a Hanoi restaurant of the same name; and campfire sirloin steak served sizzling in its clay pot (7). In spite of a trendy new look and its hordes of cool punters, Cy Tre remains a basic caff at heart -- albeit perma- nently rammed. Who goes there? Rick Stein, Mark Hix, St Johns fergus Henderson and food writer Anissa Helou. Cy Tre, 301 Old Street, N1 (020 7729 8662) GourmetSan NoT for the faint-hearted, this no-frills Sichuan joint has a stronghold on the nose-to-tail set -- chefs who think nothing of having wibbly-wobbly pigs intestines, beef tendon or jellyfish for their supper. Note that Jeremy Lee, star of TVs extreme eating manifesto Could you eat An elephant? is a fan. However, many of the less scary-sound- ing dishes are worth the journey. Deep- fried whole crab (11) in Sichuan peppercorns makes the centrepiece of a glorious feast, while the skewers of cumin-spiked lamb, 1 each, are a must. frilly folds of beef tripe with chilli and coriander salad are another favourite. The setting is unremarkable, the service is limited, its dirt-cheap and quite brilliant. Who goes there? Bocca di Lupos Jacob Kenedy, Jeremy Lee, and Racines Henry Harris. Gourmet San, 261 Bethnal Green Road, E2 (020 7729 8388) CiaoBella CIAo BeLLA is one of a dying breed: a good, old-fashioned Italian trattoria. It has it all -- phallic pepper mills, bread- sticks, straw-covered chairs and flasks of chianti. All thats missing is a Ren and Renata soundtrack. even the menu reads like one that time forgot: Parma ham and melon (6.50), avocado vinaigrette (3.30), veal escalope Milanese (10.50) and sorbet in a hollowed-out lemon (4.25), are just a few of the vintage hits. The Italian restaurant fraternity piles in Vietnamese: Rick Stein eats at Cy Tre index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html