Permanently Closed - The Bayou

3.8
121 reviews
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£25 and under
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
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This restaurant is permanently closed. The Bayou is an all-day Creole bar and kitchen celebrating the very best of Southern American food, drink and music.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Creole / Cajun / Southern, Barbecue, American
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Closed

Tuesday to Thursday - 17.00 - 23.00

Friday - 17.00 - 24.00

Saturday & Sunday - 12.00 - 23.00
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Phone number
020 7284 0989
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Public Transit
Underground: Camden Town with Northern Line
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Late Night, Weekend Brunch
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3.8based on all time ratings
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3.9
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3.8
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3.6
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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E
London
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our friend who has recently turned 50 was playing that night in the band and invited us for drinks and live music. The performance (5live acts) was superb and we had no problem to book table on the same day for a delightful dinner with one vegetarian and one chicken main course (okra was the star of the dishes and cooked superb) followed by really scrumptious desert. We paid £50 for 2 people with 2 alcoholic drinks. It was easy to find and parking on street after 7pm is not an issue.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the experience. Waiter was very friendly and professional. Food was fresh and being local I am definitely going back.

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h
London
142 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Simple ,cheerful ,effective
Perfect for a quick warm up before the evening frolics after the hard day work

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C
London
14 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I booked a table through the app and when we arrived discovered it was closed!

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m
London
13 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2016
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Starters were ok but both heavily deep fried. Main I had salmon with guacamole. The guacamole was from a bottle so not impressed. Partner had the burger. Both mains were too big and we felt quite sickly afterwards. Choice of cocktails was limited on the deal. We love amaretto sours but their coffee version didn't work for our taste. I wouldn't go back.

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AD
London
32 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2016
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

A nice place to have catch up with friends.

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J
London
9 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2016
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

From the minute we arrived we felt very welcomed by the staff. They gave their full attention and were incredibly friendly. The food was speedy and was exactly as the menu described. Very tasty! The best part was having a saxophonist playing throughout the evening - he was very good and we enjoyed the ambiance!

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n
London
11 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a really nice meal at the Bayou Soul. The food was typical American style and american size portion too! good value for money, i had to bring some home in a doggy bag the plate was so big and the food so tasty.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a really good time, the food is very good and the place is cool. The music is not bad but it is not really soul music.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

If I could write a review without giving this restaurant a star rating I would! I am writing this after visiting with my partner last night-Valentines Day which also happens to be my birthday. On arrival I was confronted by a less than enthusiastic host who suggested we sit in a dark corner of the restaurant. Ok, romantic perhaps. Not at all. We were given menus and left momentarily before we made our drinks order. I ordered a banana pecan rum which I actually pointed to within the menu for clarity purposes but I got the non alcoholic version! After this we waited over 10 minutes for someone to take our food order even though it was empty my partner actually got up to go and order from the bar, as she did this a waiter rushed over. He then asked if the menu had been explained to us, again perplexed I thought oh perhaps there was a special however it was to clarify that half the menu was no longer available (this was 8pm on Valentine's Day). No Mac n Cheese, no this no that and this is after being in the restaurant for at least 30 minutes. Unacceptable. We ordered and waited what seemed a lifetime (over 20 minutes) for our food. When the waiter brought out the 12 wings my partner ordered he stated they only had 6 left so that's what she got!! No apologies, nothing. So we waited all that time without being given the option to amend our order!!! Not even a complimentary cocktail or appetiser. Disgusting! The food was sub standard. My pasta dish was barely warm and stale tasting far too much Parmesan and if that was a 'spicy' sauce I wouldn't like to know what mild is as it was a very sickly cheesy tomato sauce. As we ate in this dark corner tortured by a very loud speaker billowing the sounds of a performer, we were joined by staff cleaning and polishing cutlery at a table beside us and what seemed to be the manager browsing Facebook. Not the romantic atmosphere I expected I felt like I was in a workplace canteen!! My experience ruined the end of my birthday!

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DD
London
55 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Brilliant meal for valentines day, great food and superb service and ambiencel. Would go agai

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RR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2016
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

I'm going to start with the positive, the atmosphere was great - I don't think the images on Opentable really capture the ambience so don't be put of by that - look at the restaurants own site. The service was attentive and friendly, although at one point I think we had 4 different people asking if everything was ok! The drinks were good and well priced and it would be a great venue for drinks, music and light starters etc. All that being said our booking god lost in the ether, which they managed to rectify, the food was greasy (yes I know it's southern and that's the idea but this was excessive - the chicken basically resorted to a gooey mess instead of being crisp) and for a Friday night there was minimal provision for things you'd expect to have in abundance like sweet potato wedges. All in all it's great as a bar but not as a restaurant.

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TC
London
30 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Tucked away in a quieter side of Camden (if that's possible), this restaurant was a pleasant surprise! Excellent deal with a kilo of wings for a tenner on Tuesday, and the yummy cake definitely lived up to its name. The best part, however, was the service! I'll definitely be back.

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NN
London
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We meet every other month to try a different cuisine; this time it was Cajun. Online booking was straightforward and after meeting for pre-dinner drinks at The World's End it was a just a couple of minutes walk to The Bayou. The ambience was perfect, not too many tables with plenty of space, light background music (live music is apparently coming soon) and a well decorated and clean restaurant.
There was a good selection of interesting starters, some of which I'd never heard of; we decided to select different ones and swap them, all of which were extremely tasty and not too much. There weren't too many authentic Cajun choices for the main course on the menu but there were sufficient that all four of us had something different. I went for the fried catfish which was delicious but so enormous that I couldn't finish it. It would have been nicer to have had chunky chips with it rather than French fries.
The manager came over to chat to us towards the end of the meal which was good timing as we were able to enjoy our meal without being interrupted. We shared a nice bottle of red wine, it was the cheapest on the menu but was still £20 which was a bit pricey.
Despite not finishing my fish I still elected to sample a dessert and chose well with a nice tasty chocolate dish.
The bill included service and came to £142 which was pretty reasonable for the four of us.

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p
London
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2015
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Had a great time at The Bayou. The food was excellent (Meat loaf), staff friendly, and the live music entertainment was top quality. Would recommend to those who enjoy quality entertainment with their dining.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2015
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

The surrounding is lovely and the staff are great, really friendly, approachable and keep you comfortable.

We came for a 4.45pm booking, dinner menu starts at 5pm but our first choice options were not ready yet. It was nice and still quiet so we got to choose where we sat.

I had the ghoulash. I misread it and thought it came with mac and cheese on the side but it was actually macaroni in the ghoulash. Well you would have never have known, the macaroni was cooked beyond recognition and the meal of ?blended meat tasted like baby food. Very disappointing, I couldn't finish my meal which is not me at all. My partner had pork cubes which equally just did not have flavour even post salt/pepper and tobasco. They were very kind and offered me a free dessert and apologised. Perhaps I just met them on a bad day as this restaurant comes recommended by a friend.

The starter was fine - meat loaf, popcorn prawns and ribs and I had the passion fruit colada which was lovely.

Will only go back to see what it feels like with music but will only order a snack and a drink and eat my main elsewhere.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2015
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

We booked a table for Friday night .What can I say the food was great but then that's what we have come to expect from Their Chef since we first tried his food at another venue .Yes we are great fans of this chef you could say we are his stalkers .The music was great the venue Decore is really good. On the down side the service was not that great our waiter was not the least bit untreated in serving us first thing he took 30 mins to take our Drinks order then another 20 mins for our food order which he got wrong we ordered chicken fried steak ,cheese stuffed burger ,BBQ wings ,deep fried pickle and popcorn shrimp.The starters we're amazing and the Chicken Fried Steak is still the best in London when we finally got our correct burger it was just as I remembered full of hot ozzing cheese topped with more cheese .We will defently be back just for the food .The service needs a lot of work.

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J
London
13 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place thoroughly enjoyed with friends

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M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2015
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Really great food if you fancy some southern American food... Lots of food but very quiet as was there for an early dinner and where the only ones in the restaurant.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2015
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The only redeeming part of our evening was the music. The food itself wasn't too bad, but the service was appalling.

Even though we were one of the first people in for dinner, our food was more than an hour late after a "computer error" with our order. Everyone else was served before us, which was awful. The waiter apologised but didn't offer us the meals complimentary or even discounted. When our food finally came, I found a SHARP PIECE OF PLASTIC in my gumbo! I could have choked on it and was shocked when I found it. Immediately I reported this to the waiter and my meal was complimentary, but then I had to wait for another dish to be prepared.

At the end of the meal, we were surprised to find that while my dish had been removed from the bill, there were no other discounts. We discussed how dissatisfied we were that our food had been so late and the service so poor, and our waiter didn't seem to acknowledge the gravity of there being a dangerous object in my food! We finally got 50% off out bill but it was such an awful experience, I can't believe we were made to pay for the privilege.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It's a nice restaurant with a good menu if you like food from the American South. The old fashioned with bacon was unexpected and the Jambalaya was good. The staff were very good without being overbearing.

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z
London
9 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were here last Saturday it was so good we are going back with friends this Saturday. Great menu, great service and fantastic live band. It's definitely a great find in the heart of Camden

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2015
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Myself and Partner ate here, we both had Chicken wings for starters, my partner the BBQ and I had a the spicy, both were absolutely gorgeous! Then as a main, she had the Salmon and I had the Goulash.The Salmon was overcooked, The Beef in my Goulash was undercooked and Chewy, also the pasta in it was overcooked! As a chef I may be picky, however I was expecting better! As far as the service and Ambience go, both were good.

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k
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We visited the Bayou for an evening meal and had good expectations from the reviews and menus. Sadly our experience fell a little short.

On ordering drinks we were told there were no milkshakes which was a real shame as they sounded great from the menu.

We ordered our appetisers and before we could order our mains our waitress walked away. This became an ongoing theme of the evening. We called her back and asked if we could order our mains too.

The appetisers arrived and were well received; nachos, sharing platter and wings. We thought they were great.

Some time passed so we tried to order more drinks; again we called our waitress over placed and order for a drink and she walked off before anyone else on the table could order! So we called her back ordered some more and again she walked away before the whole table could order. Really bizarre service!!

Our mains arrived and these were a mixed bag sadly.

A few ordered the southern beef & andouille sausage goulash and were impressed. The jambalaya was also well received.

The bourbon smoked ribs were a massive disappointment-quoted as 'famous melt in the mouth'. These were tough; impossible to cut and fought to get meat off the bones. I ate two then gave up.

The sweet potato fries were also sub-standard very soggy and the portion was tiny.

We were not asked how our meal was whilst we were eating so sadly it was only when they cleared plates that I could take the opportunity to ask for the ribs to be removed from the bill due to their quality.

My final observation was we really enjoyed the southern soul music that was played; but the Dj who came on at 9pm playing ska & soul didn't really seem in keeping with the
theme of the restaurant.

So in summary this restaurant shows promise but is inconsistent with service & food.

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I
London
10 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2015
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant did not open on time the only person to arrive before me was someone who had not worked at the restaurant before and it was his first day! The drinks waiter did not arrive while I was there and only bottled beer was available to me or soft drinks but not milkshakes for some reason. The food was reheated leftovers probably from the previous day, over cooked and dry. The manager when he did arrive berated the new start, probably because the landlord had given him grief for not opening on time and he lashed out at the new guy who had clearly no idea how the restaurant was usually set up and did not know where the lights were nor some of the other items. A poor experience all round. The new guy should have noted how things were arranged when he came for the interview for the job, but I expect he thought that there would have been someone there to show him the ropes on his first day.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2015
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food but be prepared for ridiculously slow service even if the place is empty.

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B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good Ambiance and Good American Soul Food. Service from Waitress was fantastic and very attentive.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2015
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious milkshakes and lovely live music. Really enjoyed the lobster Mac and cheese and staff were very friendly!

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MD
London
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful friendly and welcoming staff, made me feel warm. The food was incredible, such fantastic choice on dishes, you can't go wrong either anything you order from that menu with be superb. Love the decor also. Everything about this place, the entertainment on a Sunday, food,people, atmosphere....everything is spot on.

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P
London
13 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We started with cocktails which were very tasty and there is a wide range so you are bound to find something you like. The food we had was great. We order the chicken wings as a starter (although they are only served as a main) and they were delicious, we didn't realise they were full wings so got more than we bargained for but that did not matter as we scoffed the whole lot. We would recommend The Bayou also add the option of wings as a starter not just as a main. Our mains were also tasty but that did not stop us from eyeing up the next table's meat platters as well.

Staff were very friendly and welcoming. Service was a bit slow when we immediately sat down and it took a while to get drinks but after this they were very attentive and happy to talk through any aspect of the menu.

Unfortunately I cannot say anything about desserts as we were so full from our starters an mains. But WHEN i go back I will be testing them as well.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2015
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was good and it's lovely place, but it was somewhat ruined by the fact that the music playing was incredibly loud. I could barely hear my dinner companion, and he was sat right opposite me. The staff had to ask us to repeat ourselves when taking our order. Such a shame as just turning down the music would have benefited everyone! It would have been fine to have louder music playing later on when it was a bar/dance floor, but it was detrimental to have it so loud when people were eating.

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Montana
3 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2015
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

My husband and I were so excited to try Bayou, unfortunately it was totally disappointing. The food was incredibly bland, no flavour to anything. We had chicken and prawn gumbo, buttermilk fried chicken and crab cakes. It all tasted of nothing, we actually wanted to go to KFC after just to eat something with some flavour! The restaurant had only 4 tables with people (including us) at 8:15 on a Friday night. Not a good sign!

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ME
London
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really delicious! We went on a sunday so it was rather quite we were able to enjoy ourselves have conversations. The cocktails were delicious especially the hardshakes. It was real soul food you felt like you are in new orleans. The staff are very friendly and you feel like your in a place people are happy to be in. We will be returning here.

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JL
London
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I chose this restaurant for a much deserved night out with friends. The menu looked very appealing and we were not disappointed in the slightest. The food was divine! It was very lively but then it was a Saturday night In Camden. We will be going back very soon to try some more dishes off the menu.

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M
London
8 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the food and the ambiance- great portions and friendly staff- Great live music. Will go back.

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s
London
15 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A friend recommended this place to me, I pop by one Sunday afternoon.
The service was good, the £5 cocktails are really good and yummy too.
My and I enjoyed our time there I will be recommending it to other friends.

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P
London
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2015
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

I must admit, I went with low expectations due to some of the reviews I read by fellow Americans. But, I wanted to be fair and try it out myself. It saddens me to say that the not so great reviews were pretty accurate. For starters, the decor was very generic. The floors were wood looking tiles or laminate, and the chairs and tables looked like they were picked out of a restaurant depot catalog. From the brick like vinyl on the bar wall to the African masks hanging throughout, I was a bit confused as to what the theme was supposed to be. There was no character in the ambiance much less anything that made me get a New Orleans feel.
Secondly, having previously looked at the menu I knew I wanted to try one of the their milkshakes. To my huge disappointment, they were out of cream at 2pm! How could this be so early and on a holiday weekend...on Easter Sunday??!!!
Fine. So I didn't get my milkshake. Maybe they can make up for it with a southern classic: Chicken and Waffles. Or maybe not. The waffles were thin and over cooked while the chicken was more batter that chicken. Then to top it off, the syrup was watered down and wasn't even enough for 1/4 of one of my thin waffles. In addition, I ordered a side of bacon which was also over cooked. At this point I was just over it. The only decent thing I had was the fresh squeezed OJ, and according to the rest of my party the cocktails were pretty good too.
Definitely not an establishment that I will visit again. I would highly suggest that the chef and owner take a trip to New Orleans, and really do their homework. If they care at all about authenticity an extreme makeover is in order. Otherwise, they should be ashamed to call themselves a Cajun creole restaurant.

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M
London
8 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the authenticity of cuisine from New Orleans (fab place). Great food portions and nice decor too. Love the jazz and blues music- playing in the background. The cookie and cream milkshake is delicious.

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JH
Newcastle
5 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EXcellent food cocktails value and service.Will visit again soon

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b
London
48 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

not easy to find restaurants with creole food from the deep south, very relaxed, nice simple menu, great attentive staff, jazz singer doing the blues. food really good portions and good flavour, a no frills place but definitely returning again

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