Despite the quality of the food and its Michelin star, the atmosphere is chilled, friendly and not at all snobby and the staff are great. It runs from twists on classics the Ancho Negroni is served in what looks like a mini pottery urn, made with Montelobos mezcal, Mancino Chinato, Rinomato aperitivo and Ancho Reyes Verde chilli liqueur to inventive original concoctions. . We recommend the pol sambol, the coriander chutney and the seeni sambol, a caramelised onion relish. Plan two: grab two seats at the bar, order some charcuterie, and forget about your week over a bottle of great wine.
While socialites nibbled rabbit rillettes in the restaurant, gentlemen took everyone except their wives upstairs to the private dining rooms for anything-goes parties. Statistically speaking, 93% of all date nights for those in long-term relationships are actually just expensive apologies. Split over two floors with sleek wooden interiors inspired by the Sri Lankan architect and tropical-modernism pioneer Geoffrey Bawa, the bigger, brighter Hoppers is more polished than its little sister, and the food is just as delicious. Cipriani restaurants have never been only about the food, and this outpost is no exception. The staff are exceptional and as professional as they come. Billed as British with an Asian twist, the cooking here is masterful. And I can think of far worse places to hibernate than Jolene.
The latter is a deep-fried ball of slow-cooked meat teamed with pea purée and an umami anchovy. But for the smartest seat in the house, book one of the velvet banquettes in the bright white dining room out back. Trust us though, whatever decision you make will be a good one. The orange Carso Vitovska from was delicately spiced; the Opok from had proper depth; a warm Barolo Serralunga accompanies the dry-aged duck and a splash of small-vineyard, honeyish Monbazillac matched the puddings. Try The Brixton made with orange bitters, Fever Tree tonic, rosemary and lemon mixed with Jenson Old Tom gin.
Like a beautiful blast from the past in theatreland, this double-height grand café summons up visions of la belle époque complete with wood panelling, cosy lighting and bartenders in crisp white jackets — all very romantic. And London is all the luckier for it. A bastion of old Soho since 1986, Andrew Edmunds wine bar-cum-bistro was doing shabby chic long before the term became common currency, and regulars are still hooked on its charms. This is a place you go to the toilet and spend five minutes checking yourself out in the mirror because you are bloody gorgeous. Also — try the lunch and pre- and post-theatre menus; they offer many of the same dishes for half the price. Like Salon, the menu here is dedicated to being as sustainable as possible — with 90% of waste and trimmings reused or repurposed. It's a celeb draw too - the were Smyth's aforementioned mentor Ramsay along with his pals David and Victoria Beckham and we hear that Harry and Meghan, whose wedding they catered, were back just before Christmas too.
Duck foie gras, lamb ragu, Duck breast, pork — each is served in seemingly delicate portions whether for starter or main event. The steaks come from the butcher who supplies the British royal households and are accompanied by an artful stack? The mix of Colombo No 7 gin, mango leaf, tonic water, grapefruit bitters and kaffir lime leaf is at once familiar and yet excitingly different. The Lingroni, with Tanqueray, Campari and lingonberry syrup, is like a Scandi take on a Negroni, while the aforementioned Bagleys has rum, Campari, passionfruit and grapefruit sherbet, with a chilli kick and all the punch of a Margarita. That may all be set to change, with this eponymous Piccadilly outpost and future London appearances from the charming man himself. The food has deep roots, the flavours often coaxed out paysanne-style over lengthy periods of time. At the rear of the space, glowing like an enticing chamber, is a cool, back-lit bar — the space seems deeper than it first appears.
And the incredible menu in between features elements such as reindeer moss, savoury Japanese chawanmushi egg custard, smoked kobe beef with the sweetest of English peas, and a superbly rich mouthful of bone marrow paired with pickled onion. Cantina Laredo has one simple aim; to showcases the finest, most exotic flavours that Mexico has to offer. Here things kick off with a little ceramic saucer containing cubes of cured salmon under tiny elderflower blossoms and a delicate elderflower jelly, followed by a paper-thin charcoal-crust tart with spiced cauliflower purée. So there was a collective cheer when they announced that the cooking and sense of fun at their new venture, the flagship restaurant of the refurbished Principal hotel, would remain the same. The larder staples give a clue to the Iranian roots of chef-patron Yuma Hashemi, who grew up in learning the Persian cooking of his family. Meanwhile, the French menu is a culinary work of art: beautiful plates of food that blend contemporary flavours with just the right amount of indulgence. The huge lobby bar looks fabulous, but the vast baroque-style dining room, with its ornate plasterwork ceiling and portrait-lined walls, is even more alluring.
Stamina should be reserved, however, for pudding — just a little trio of sweet options to choose from, plus a full dairy of , obviously. With mismatched bottles covering the white-washed walls, a few rickety tables and dangling globular lights, the 2011 resident mixes with the warmth of an. As for the wine list - we think the Italian whites take some beating. Check out the artwork on the walls including Picasso and Miro and the individual sculptures on each table. This decadent stack, loaded with berries, cinnamon sugar and a drizzle of cream-cheese frosting, is made for sharing.
And for dessert, combine a sherry with the crème catalana. Another highlight is the loin of venison, pink and plump with a delicious black-pepper cottage pie on the side. Le Gavroche opened in 1967 in Chelsea and moved to Mayfair in 1981. The octopus is banging, the baked feta is out of this world and the courgette fritters are a must. The dress code is strictly elegant, so don't forget to go suitably attired. For decades, the pistachio-green-and-liquorice façade of Lina Stores in Soho has been synonymous with selling the best Italian cured meats, cheeses and, above all, pasta in the capital.
Plates of garlic-studded lamb ribs arrive, with the advice to eat the tomato first, then a slice of chorizo; a simple bowl of potatoes come smeared with paprika. Dining at Chris Galvin's Michelin-starred restaurant - located on the 28th floor of the Hilton at Park Lane and set against the backdrop of the capital's majestic skyline - is the perfect date for star-crossed lovers. Staff are on hand with a well-rehearsed spiel to guide you through the menu of snacks and plates: they advise one snack and two plates per person. With four sections to the menu, the focus is up to you: snacks include delicate samphire tempura with oyster cream, and smooth Jerusalem-artichoke puree served in crispy vegetable skins and topped with crunchy hazelnuts. Flour and Grape is an excellent pasta restaurant and perfect for a date.
For dessert, Japanese pastry chef Aya Tamura, Leroy's wife, takes over. With that comes more of a bistro focus. Low-slung velvet sofas are arranged around marble tables, and smaller tables for two and four set near the sweeping staircase. The wood-fired grill warms the concrete-clad industrial space, in which a central chandelier is made from a Second World War jet engine and huge windows flood natural light onto Carreira and his green-aproned team hard at work in the open kitchen. By Tabitha Joyce Cub, Hoxton A drinks-led tasting menu with a sustainable ethos The Mr Lyan empire of Ryan Chetiyawardana , Dandelyan is ever-expanding. Once again the restaurant is the hottest table in town, serving top-notch French food to London's most urbane crowd.