Constant improvement is something the restaurant industry has long strived for. And, generally speaking, it’s been rather successful at it, even if it occasionally falls foul of being more pretentious than is strictly necessary.

In our blog of the week, the Wall Street Journal looks at seven new restaurants that laugh in the face of tired, old, boring trends. They include the marriage of homely and ‘precocious’ cooking, quiet ‘iconoclasm’ and cross-border pollination.

You may not understand all of the terminology (we certainly didn’t), but it makes for a fascinating read nonetheless and offers fabulous inspiration for any restaurateur who is tired of the same, old laminated menu they’ve pedalled all year.

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