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平時想吃簡單法國菜的話通常都會去法式bistro,但最近我發現了一家很有特色的法國餐廳,叫La Cantoche,意思是"飯堂"。餐廳由來自法國的David Sung所開,由於David的父母曾經在越南及Laos居住,所以餐廳的部分法國菜混合了亞洲菜的元素。食物的份量大,而且很惹味,八位以上還可以預訂一個派對菜單,每位$450便可選擇菜單上的任何菜式及任飲紅,白酒。晚上和朋友來吃頓飯真的十分不錯!When I think about casual French dining, a bistro usually springs to mind. Recently, however, I have discovered an alternative, which is a French "canteen"! La Cantoche, meaning "canteen" in French, located just off Hollywood Road, is a humble, laid-back eatery opened by French-born owner David Sung
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平時想吃簡單法國菜的話通常都會去法式bistro,但最近我發現了一家很有特色的法國餐廳,叫La Cantoche,意思是"飯堂"。餐廳由來自法國的David Sung所開,由於David的父母曾經在越南及Laos居住,所以餐廳的部分法國菜混合了亞洲菜的元素。食物的份量大,而且很惹味,八位以上還可以預訂一個派對菜單,每位$450便可選擇菜單上的任何菜式及任飲紅,白酒。晚上和朋友來吃頓飯真的十分不錯!

When I think about casual French dining, a bistro usually springs to mind. Recently, however, I have discovered an alternative, which is a French "canteen"! La Cantoche, meaning "canteen" in French, located just off Hollywood Road, is a humble, laid-back eatery opened by French-born owner David Sung. The interior is like a physical extension of David's character - with its graffitied whitewashed walls, cement floors and a foosball table, it looks more like a bachelor pad, or even a teenage boy's bedroom, than a restaurant in the middle of Sheung Wan.

As David's parents have lived in Vietnam and Laos before, some of the menu's French offerings incorporate Asian elements in them, resulting in dishes that are interesting yet comfortingly delicious. The portions are robust and the pricing is very reasonable. David has recently introduced party packages for parties of 8 and above, so that at $450 per head, you can select any dishes from the menu to share and have free-flowing wine all night. There is a 10% service charge for the party menu, but otherwise service charge isn't imposed. I am sure, though, that you would be very willing to tip their energetic, attentive staff generously!
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(1) The sardines in escabeche marinade ($70) boasted a symphony of bright, refreshing flavours, and the citrus elements worked very well with the oily fish.
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(2) Using a recipe from David's mother, the La Cantoche Rice Krispies lettuce wrap ($75) brought a smile on many faces at our table! The crispy rice offered a fabulous crunch, and the lemongrass fragrance was completely invigorating.
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(3) The goat cheese spring rolls in big salad ($135), with oozy, melty goat cheese filling out the entire spring roll, was utterly moreish.
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(4) The roasted camembert cheese with potato balls ($150) was a gooey, cheesy and hearty dish, but some discerning palates detected a hint of bitterness in the camembert.
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(5) The 100% filet minced beef steak ($145) had spot-on flavours. The minced beef was tender and supple, and the tangy seasoning perfectly complemented the steak's natural flavours.
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(6) The taste of spices in the chicken skewers marinated in oriental spices ($135) could have been stronger, but otherwise I really enjoyed eating the firm, juicy chicken.
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(7) The Merguez ($145), i.e. beef and lamb sausages, were satisfying. The sausages were nicely grilled, and the delicious meaty flavours were enhanced by a hum of spices.
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(8) We also enjoyed the raison & lamb tajine with couscous ($165). Served in a gentle, sweet sauce, the lamb was soft and tender, and the almond flakes added a delicate touch.
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(9) The ham & reblochon cheese chicken cordon bleu ($145) was well executed, with the crispy, breaded surface forming a beautiful contrast with the moist ham and cheese filling.
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(10) Our party menu included a range of side dishes, such as mashed potatoes and yellow beans. The most memorable side dish was glazed carrots, which were naturally and enticingly sweet.
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(11) We were completely full, but insisted to march on with the desserts, and these turned out to be real winners! The M&M’s nougat ice-cream ($60) was addictive, with bits of ground M&Ms making it extra tasty; the chocolate cake ($55) was a thin, velvety cake which was buttery without being overly filling and the coconut, rum & raison bread pudding ($55) was also gorgeous in an exotic way.
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I was surprised by the interesting and fabulous dishes that La Cantoche offered. Dishes were mouthwatering, the staff were welcoming and the atmosphere was casual in a hip, unpretentious way - it is an excellent alternative to classic French bistros!
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La Cantoche is tucked away in Sheung Wan, a little off the beaten track but not hard to find (directly opposite Java Java on Hollywood Rd, in a tiny side alley) making it still close to the action and bright lights of Soho. The party menu is great value - $450 for appetisers, mains and dessert, a combination of large dishes and platters to share and a free flow of red, white and rose wine, making it ideal for the Christmas party season or birthday parties.   There were 8 of us in total and the f
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La Cantoche is tucked away in Sheung Wan, a little off the beaten track but not hard to find (directly opposite Java Java on Hollywood Rd, in a tiny side alley) making it still close to the action and bright lights of Soho. 

The party menu is great value - $450 for appetisers, mains and dessert, a combination of large dishes and platters to share and a free flow of red, white and rose wine, making it ideal for the Christmas party season or birthday parties.   There were 8 of us in total and the food & wine is plentiful and varied.  The service was attentive and informative.

The decor is very informal and casual, 'frat-boy cool' masculine (with a foosball table at the entrance, chrome and brick, and Michael Jackson's 'Bad' spray-painted on a wall upstairs, multi-coloured wood and metal chairs).  Though the venue is small, it doesn't feel it.  The lighting and the high ceiling by the entrance give an illusion of space.  It is also nice to be able to see the food properly as the place was lit well.  Though the decor wasn't to my taste, it is very much of the personality of the owner, which I like.  He is not catering for a specific crowd, rather it is very much something of himself that he is offering up.  This again is reflected in his menu, a mish mash of French, Vietnamese and Laotian cooking.  

I was very impressed by the influences of Laotian and Vientamese cuisine on the menu, and these were very interesting.  So too were the Arabic influences.  The only lows (for me) were the typically French, Cordon Bleu-style cheese / chicken dishes, which were not that exciting and served as fillers. I felt they were completely unnecessary.  The owner's Vietnamese and Laotian history really shine through and I feel the dishes where he paid homage to these roots were the most exciting and delicious. He would be better served if he followed this instinct to produce exciting fusions between French and Asian cuisine. 

The starters:  
- Sardines Escabeche - marinated sardines with capers and sundried tomatoes - very Mediterranean, salty and delectable. 
- Goat cheese springroll salad - who does not love goat's cheese or springrolls? This was a fantastic blend. A nice fusion, but quite filling starter.  Crispy outside, creamy inside.  Healthy serving of salad.
- Rice Krispie - my favourite, a twist on David's mother's Laotian cooking - lettuce leaves with crispy puffed rice, chillis, nuts and spices.  Utterly more-ish and delicious.  I could've eaten platefuls of this.  It was crunchy, light, bursting with flavour and nicely spiced. 
- Chakchouka - baked eggs in tomato and bell pepper - perfect with the merguez. 
- Baked camembert with roast potatoes to dip - my least favourite, although I think this was partly due to the clashing flavour of the cheese (which I suspect was rolled in ash) with the Asian spices I had before. It tasted bitter and acrid and put me off, though my companions were fine with it.  If i had eaten this on its own, I think it would've been a different experience.

Mains / Shared platters:
- Merguez sausages - divine! Perfect for a party, loads to share, spicy, salty and cooked with a slight crispy edge.  Was delicious! 
- Steak Hache - Steak Tartare - I'm not usually a fan of raw meat, but this made me a total convert, it was beautifully prepared and tender, with a slight sweetness. There was no metallic 'tang' from blood which means it was hung properly. It was full of flavour and definitely a star on the menu.
-Raisin and Lamb Tagine & Cous Cous - sweet and full of spices like cinnamon. The heat came from a small side dish of rose harissa paste, which I think was a nice thoughtful touch, for those who don't like their food too hot. I really enjoyed this and thought it was tender enough, though the person next to me felt it was a touch too dry and could've been moister. 
- Cordon Bleu Chicken stuffed with ham and reblochon cheese - again, for me, the cheese was very overpowering and not as enjoyable as the other mains. As a dish, I felt it was lost amongst the other more interesting dishes.  This seems like it's been tacked onto the menu to show that the chef can cook Cordon Bleu, but it is completely unnecessary.  However, there are people who may prefer their food plainer and simpler and not so adventurous or spiced, in which case, this would suit them, and makes perfect sense on a party menu.
-Chicken skewers - marinated in Oriental spices (I did not find out which ones).  A perfectly serviceable filler. Nothing exciting or outstanding compared to the others.

- Sides - Carrots Vichy, Yellow beans, mashed potatoes and cous cous - all good side dishes, though the yellow beans were least liked.  Mashed potatoes were excellent, pureed, creamy, full of butter and flavour.

Desserts
- Chocolate tart - smooth, creamy, heavy, a morsel goes a long way.  Good-sized portions, this is definitely one to share if you are wary of putting on weight.  Not one to share if you love chocolate.  This one is a keeper.
- Crushed M&M and nougat icecream - a lovely balance of textures and flavour, surprisingly delicate.  The nougat flavour is very evident. 

Other Info. : No service charge on a la carte menu.
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十多年前,還是二字頭,喜愛夜蒲的我,喜愛去一些不被廣泛報導的私店,沒有旺角MK Look,靚人靚衫see and be seen,的確是一件賞心樂事。今天,還是會去廠廈看獨立樂團的演唱會,近乎絕跡夜蒲了,反而,樂於去找一些隱身在暗巷內的食肆。月前到訪過中環蘭桂坊,後巷內的墨西哥餐廳Brickhouse,充滿私竇的感覺,留下不錯的印象。較早時間在上環荷李活道一帶流連,在咖啡店Java Java對面,名為華里的小巷,看到有一間像Studio的店,見到有兩名老外,正在玩足球機。。。細看之下,原來是新餐廳,回到家再搜尋一下,此店名叫La Cantoche,是一間法國餐廳。大家對法國餐廳的印像,不是高不可攀的Fine Dining,便是Bistro形式,還有沒有更平民一點?例如,像我們的茶餐廳?法文的Cantoche,即是中文的飯堂。當步進店內,以磚頭砌出來的牆身,沒有貼滿海報,但牆上的Graffiti,感覺很Raw,連店員都只是便裝一度,很有私竇的味道。閣樓的進餐區,牆上的塗鴉是紅字的BAD。心水清的朋友,也知道這是Michael Jackson的一張Masterpiece!樓下門口足球機前的
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十多年前,還是二字頭,喜愛夜蒲的我,喜愛去一些不被廣泛報導的私店,沒有旺角MK Look,靚人靚衫see and be seen,的確是一件賞心樂事。

今天,還是會去廠廈看獨立樂團的演唱會,近乎絕跡夜蒲了,反而,樂於去找一些隱身在暗巷內的食肆。

月前到訪過中環蘭桂坊,後巷內的墨西哥餐廳Brickhouse,充滿私竇的感覺,留下不錯的印象。較早時間在上環荷李活道一帶流連,在咖啡店Java Java對面,名為華里的小巷,看到有一間像Studio的店,見到有兩名老外,正在玩足球機。。。

細看之下,原來是新餐廳,回到家再搜尋一下,此店名叫La Cantoche,是一間法國餐廳。
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大家對法國餐廳的印像,不是高不可攀的Fine Dining,便是Bistro形式,還有沒有更平民一點?例如,像我們的茶餐廳?法文的Cantoche,即是中文的飯堂。
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當步進店內,以磚頭砌出來的牆身,沒有貼滿海報,但牆上的Graffiti,感覺很Raw,連店員都只是便裝一度,很有私竇的味道。
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閣樓的進餐區,牆上的塗鴉是紅字的BAD。心水清的朋友,也知道這是Michael Jackson的一張Masterpiece!樓下門口足球機前的塗鴉,電影迷一看就知,是昆頓塔倫天奴的經典作落水狗
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餐牌上沒有甚麼很名貴的菜式,頭盤六七十元有交易,主菜平均百多元一客,不過酒品則由二百多元一瓶Rose,至二千多元一瓶Billecart Salmon也有。女友不大喝酒,我倆喝水便算。

女店員推介了goat cheese spring rolls給我們,用到羊芝士來作春卷餡料,實在是第一次試。上桌一刻已嗅到很濃的芝士香,香脆的外層,包著流心,濃烈的芝士,非常特別,但不失好吃。中間的沙律菜新鮮爽脆,一口春卷,再一口沙律,甚麼肥膩感也中和,小朋友也明白的道理。
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法國曾經是越南的宗主國,所以在菜式上,或多或少互相感染,像剛才的春卷,與此道La Cantoche Rice Krispies,也有點點越南小吃的味道。我反而覺得這個以肉碎,炸米為主,以生菜包著吃的頭盤,更像我們的甚麼鴿鬆生菜包呢。當然,混合了可口的脆米,則與鴿鬆有所不同了,店員說要儘快吃,否則脆米變軟,便失真。
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主菜要了大多法國人都會做的Cordon Bleu,原理像維也納的炸牛仔肉,或基輔炸雞,但內涵豐富得多,雞肉裡面夾著火腿,芝士,沾些麵包糠,然後拿去炸。

外層金黃不厚,香脆可口,雞肉結實中帶爽,中間夾著的芝士呈半溶狀態,配菜的薯蓉大堆頭,香滑亦不失薯仔肉的質感。
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另一道主菜是炸鱈魚柳,外脆內嫩,但配菜的芝士通心粉,味道不大突出。
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沒有甜品的餐牌,只憑店員口述,她介紹了結糖蛋糕給我們,與朱古力蛋糕配云呢拿醬。
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了結糖蛋糕賣相佳,混合了M&M碎粒,質感實在,更帶點脆口,朱古力蛋糕較為Sticky,味道濃甜。
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興之所緻,結賬後到足球機前,投下$5,玩舖才夠,無拘無束,純屬嬉戲,沒有任何競爭,最緊要好玩。
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人生,也只不過是一場遊戲,何妨,是一餐飯,一舖足球機?
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法國菜的門檻不一定由鵝肝開始,La Cantoche 便讓大家認識到法國菜平易近人的一面。Cantoche法文解釋是“canteen”的意思,顧客來這裡可以牛記笠記,大聲喧嘩,不顧儀態,店家就是希望大家可以抱著嬉戲的心情和朋友來喝一杯又有,吃一頓飯也好,總之要好玩。老闆首先介紹他親自揀選的rose , 外出很少地方有這款酒, 果然也不錯。 這裡的menu 非常簡單, 幾款頭盤, 幾款主菜, 幾款甜品, 我們一伙人, 這晚幾乎試勻所有的食物。頭盤之中最喜歡的是 The Nems au chevre (goat cheese spring rolls) 炸了的Goat cheese ,外脆內暖,濃而不膩, 佐酒佳品;也有些充滿越南風味的 Vietnamese meat balls 及 la cantoche Rice Krispies, 後者如生菜包,有些炸米, 肉碎及香料, 十分惹味。喜歡吃蔬菜的這裡也有很多選擇,兼且那些不是平常餐廳吃到的rocket , spinach 而是beetroots, leeks 加上特制醬汁, 吃得出一點家鄉風味。Tinfoil wrapped fish
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法國菜的門檻不一定由鵝肝開始,La Cantoche 便讓大家認識到法國菜平易近人的一面。

Cantoche法文解釋是“canteen”的意思,顧客來這裡可以牛記笠記,大聲喧嘩,不顧儀態,店家就是希望大家可以抱著嬉戲的心情和朋友來喝一杯又有,吃一頓飯也好,總之要好玩。

老闆首先介紹他親自揀選的rose , 外出很少地方有這款酒, 果然也不錯。
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這裡的menu 非常簡單, 幾款頭盤, 幾款主菜, 幾款甜品, 我們一伙人, 這晚幾乎試勻所有的食物。

頭盤之中最喜歡的是 The Nems au chevre (goat cheese spring rolls) 炸了的Goat cheese ,外脆內暖,濃而不膩, 佐酒佳品;
炸羊芝士
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也有些充滿越南風味的 Vietnamese meat balls 及 la cantoche Rice Krispies, 後者如生菜包,有些炸米, 肉碎及香料, 十分惹味。喜歡吃蔬菜的這裡也有很多選擇,兼且那些不是平常餐廳吃到的rocket , spinach 而是beetroots, leeks 加上特制醬汁, 吃得出一點家鄉風味。
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Tinfoil wrapped fish ,主菜來說個人最喜歡這一味 這天的魚是 barramundi (鱸魚),魚不乾之餘因為用錫紙焗加上車厘茄,大蔥,capers (酸豆),調味效果便如蒸魚後有魚汁一樣, 一個人可以吃掉一整塊。這裡的價錢由$70一個頭盤到$160一個主菜, 真的是一個canteen的價錢, 吃到的除了是美味的食物, 更感受到店主對他自己心血的熱愛。
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每天不同的甜品
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這裡的地點有點難找, 在上環文武廟附近的一條小巷, 雖然難找, 但也確實有點異國的小巷風情, 如果在銅鑼灣的話就不是這回事了。
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BIG MISTAKE IN GOING, everything off the markI went there today for a causal lunch. I don’t care much for the fact that the chef/owner “was born in Paris”, I’m not expecting much, nor was I expecting fine dining, but being the only patrons in the restaurant and served by two wait staff, the whole premise of them screwing up is just mind boggling. The whole experience just felt like a big mistake; the entire interaction with the chef/owner and the staff was extremely unprofessional (read: just pl
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BIG MISTAKE IN GOING, everything off the mark

I went there today for a causal lunch. I don’t care much for the fact that the chef/owner “was born in Paris”, I’m not expecting much, nor was I expecting fine dining, but being the only patrons in the restaurant and served by two wait staff, the whole premise of them screwing up is just mind boggling. The whole experience just felt like a big mistake; the entire interaction with the chef/owner and the staff was extremely unprofessional (read: just plain incompetent) and sluggish beyond comprehension.

I can understand delays if the restaurant was full, when the restaurant is empty I shouldn't have to wait 40 minutes for bread. While I was waiting I saw my waitress chilling and smoking in front of the restaurant. Again, I'm not expecting fine dining, as its "casual" French, but this is just completely unacceptable, even waiters at the cooked food center would not do this. Their only excuse was that the bread was being reheated (read: the wait staff were too busy talking amongst themselves), however, there were other diners leaving as we arrived, it only proves to show the staff, including the chef/owner are unprepared and unprofessional. I saw at least two wait staff at the restaurant, when you have two people serving one table, you’d think the service would be a little more spot on. In addition, we were only presented with a barebones lunch menu which was average at best. Meanwhile another set of patrons (whom arrived right before we asked for the check, were quite chatty with the chef/owner) had access to the full menu, which proves to show that I was getting sub-standard service. I’m paying good money, there is absolutely no reason why I should suffer food and service that is below par. The word “BAD” is painted on the wall upstairs, at first we thought the owner was being sarcastic, but the “BAD” description is the only portion of the experience that was spot on.

I appreciate the restaurant being relatively new, but the experience was utterly disappointing. A word of advice, as a restaurateur, you should NEVER have your patrons feel like their making a mistake visiting your establishment, when you and/or your staff F up, you need to own up to it and rectify the situation and not respond sarcastically. Our conversation with the owner only reinforced my disappointment and my mistake in being his patron. He said in a very sarcastic tone, “So what do you want me to do about it… I [and the staff] cannot satisfy everybody at the same time, there are a lot of things going on.” I beg to differ, what else is going on in an empty restaurant? They really only have two explanations: (1) they were being douche-bags; or (2) they’re completely incompetent; either way it’s not good. It makes me wonder what the chef/owner did at Le Cordon Bleu, it proves again, having only a basic cuisine certificate is clearly not sufficient to open and run a restaurant.

Given the restaurants "off" location and lack of visibility from Hollywood Road, one would imagine the owner and the staff would keep their eye on the ball and do more to pleasure their patrons. Typically at least 75% of all restaurants shut their doors before their first anniversary; this looks another addition to this statistic. Perhaps the restaurant closing down and the owner losing their investment isn’t such a bad thing; it’ll be a good opportunity for the owner and rest of the staff to take more advanced courses at Le Cordon Bleu, and maybe after that, then I’ll take up the chef/owner’s offer to “visit them again.”
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2012-09-01
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四月下旬‧炎熱很熱的一天,在荷李活道行著人是汗流浹背。來這裡喝一杯,再算。要了杯Eristoff加冧酒,碎冰,夠涼也清新,很不錯。既然來了也吃點東西,青豆,腍,好吃。巧克力醬也不錯。
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四月下旬‧炎熱

很熱的一天,在荷李活道行著人是汗流浹背。來這裡喝一杯,再算。

要了杯Eristoff冧酒,碎冰,夠涼也清新,很不錯。

既然來了也吃點東西,青豆,腍,好吃。

巧克力醬也不錯。
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