During Clerkenwell Design Week 2013 or other special event, you must take a look at any of London’s newly resurrected nabes like Shoreditch, Borough, Marylebone – everywhere there are farmers’ markets springing up, gourmet stores opening and artisanal suppliers lifting the bar. London’s culinary renaissance was long overdue, with naughty Paris and New York taking pot shots for years, but her new-found confident Brit-dish gastro cooking has revolutionised the dining scene, so you don’t only have to choose from fish & chips or Le Gavroche. For the best of Britain, here you will definitely be wishing to consider the best restaurants in London.
Welcome to the new Balthazar’s, the original Balthazar was opened in New York City by Keith McNally in the spring of 1997. The London edition in February 2013 on the corner of Russell Street and Wellington Street in the heart of Covent Garden, just down the road from The Royal Opera House. Housed in the old Theatre Museum, in a building called “The Flower Cellars”, Balthazar . This is the hardest-to-score reservation in London right now and the pinnacle, the holy of holies, the city most anticipated restaurant that results from a collaboration between New York restaurant supremo Keith McNally and his London friend, Richard Caring.
A simple space on the first floor of the Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green, the Corner Room gives little away, but look a little closer and it becomes apparent that someone has a sense of humour: a spiral staircase leading nowhere; lamps hung at spectacularly varying heights; no external telephone. The place is unassuming. The menu is the same. Three ingredients are listed for each dish, with no indication as to how they’re to be prepared or served. Portuguese chef, Nuno Mendes – who trained at El Bulli – is best known for working his magic at Michelin-starred Viajante, downstairs, so as you settle into your seats at Corner Room you feel like you might just be in for a treat.
Guests entering The Dorchester are greeted with the stunning vista of The Promenade, which stretches the same length as the London landmark, Nelson’s Column. Refurbished in 2005 by Thierry Despont, The Promenade is a series of rich, warm, intimate spaces culminating in a stunning, oval leather bar at the end of the room. Very much the heart of the hotel, The Promenade is open all day for informal dining serving breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and a supper menu.
Club Gascon is specialised in imaginative cuisine from South-West of France. Since its opening the restaurant has received numerous accolades including one Michelin star (since 2002). They take their food from Gascony very seriously this is why it is monitored by “Le Comité Renaissance” that has a commitment to maintaining the highest standards of freshness and authenticity. But what makes their food even more special is: Love.
As Tamarind enters its 16th year, the award-winning Indian restaurant, in the heart of Mayfair, continues to be instrumental in changing perceptions of the subcontinent’s cuisine. Tamarind provides a classic combination of indisputable knowledge, unique experience and traditional values that carry worldwide recognition. The restaurant offers a sophisticated fine dining experience with effortlessly charming staff, discreet service and tantalising food that few can compete with. That is the combination to ensure guests come back for more. Tamarind’s dishes are derived from traditional Moghul cuisine where bread, fish, meat and game are cooked in the authentic tandoor oven style of North West India. In addition to conventional and established favourites, Executive Chef Alfred Prasad regularly devises new and seasonal dishes to keep updated menus innovative and modern.
Veeraswamy is the oldest surviving Indian restaurant in the U.K, and possibly the world. It is one of London’s oldest surviving restaurants. It is a global restaurant institution. Veeraswamy was established at the same site by the great grandson of an English General, and an Indian princess. The restaurant has been the rendezvous of rich, famous, and fashionable lovers of Indian food. Customers included Edward – Prince of Wales, King Gustav of Sweden, Pandit Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Charlie Chaplin, King Hussein of Jordan, and Marlon Brando.
The luxurious, chic and exotic decor reflects Veeraswamy’s heritage. It evokes Maharajas’ palaces of the 1920s.