My top five London restaurants

Before I start, let’s get it straight that I haven’t been to hundreds of London restaurants. This is a list based on those restaurants that I’ve been fortunate enough to eat in and that have lived up to expectations.

5. Roux at The Landau

I booked this because I originally wanted to go to ‘Le Gavroche’ ( still do) but found it had a waiting list of about 6 months. No bother. Roux at The Landau was a wonderful stand-in.

The setting is very elegant and the service is, as you’d expect, exceptional. I enjoy my wine and I thought it was a particularly nice touch from the waiter to compliment us on our choice. ( He might have been lying for all we know but it was a nice touch nevertheless).

We spent a good 2 and a half hours at our table and the meal was a real pleasure.

4. Quillon, Kensington 

We were staying at St James A Taj Hotel next door and had seen reviews about Quillon. I fancied an Indian restaurant that was Michelin starred to add to the collection!

If you are fortunate enough to eat at Quillon then don’t expect the standard Indian fare of Chicken Bhuna or Beef Madras. This is proper Indian cooking. We opted for the tasting menu.

The emphasis was definitely on ‘taste’.

We visited the restaurant some time ago and I can still taste the subtle flavours and spices that run through each of the dishes. It really is a sublime experience and one well worth repeating.

3 Ormer, Mayfair

This was a restaurant we saw on TV as part of ‘Masterchef’, liked the look of it and decided to give it a whirl.

Cocktails before dinner can be taken in the oak-panelled cocktail bar should you choose to. The meal itself is in a room smaller than most we’ve been to but the quality is there throughout every course.

Service is excellent throughout and the food is simply exceptional. They served ‘foie gras’ which gets me every time and my wife chose the lobster raviolo. We both chose duck as main course which was cooked to pink-perfection.

Dessert was a raspberry souffle which tasted every bit as good as it looked.

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Raspberry souffle at Ormer, Mayfair

This was a meal that, as fine-dining goes, was hard to beat.

2. Craft, O2, London

Again, this was a restaurant that we discovered through watching ‘ Masterchef’ on TV. It looked very quirky and some of the dishes appeared unusual and exciting.

Its situation suited us exactly as we were seeing a show at the O2 and this couldn’t be close r without actually being inside. The ambience is fairly relaxed, certainly more so than many others we have visited, but again the food was outstanding, accompanied by a good selection of reasonably priced wine.

For our meals, I chose lamb belly to start and pheasant for mains and my wife and her son went for duck to start and lamb for mains. We enjoyed two bottles of South African red before a very tasty dessert.

This is one place that, because of the venue, the relaxed atmosphere coupled with very good service, I would definitely go to again.

1.The Ivy, Covent Garden

Our ‘go-to’ place in London. Never lets you down and for somewhere that has such a well-earned and well-established reputation, it is surprisingly unpretentious. We have eaten here many times before the desire to branch out got the better of us and it has never failed us.

We have tried many combinations from the extensive menu but a few standouts for us are the Baked Alaska that was ceremoniously set alight at the table on our first ever visit ( ensuring that we would definitely return!), pigeon breast and foie gras ( again).

I hope you agree with some of my choices. Let me know if you do, or don’t. Let me know if I’ve tempted you to try somewhere new. I may need to revise my list at a later date as there were some that just failed to make the Top 5. Who knows. maybe a return visit is on the cards.

 

2 Comments

  1. Interesting post. An an East Londoner I tend to find restaurant outlets in West London very expensive for me, even though the quality of food is great, but I’ll definitely be looking to at one or two of them on the list. Thanks!

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