London is a melting pot of culture, with people from all over the globe calling it home. This mix also brings with it a wealth of flavours and exotic experiences making it a firm favourite of food lovers the world round. But which restaurants should you try when you visit? We take a look at some of the best that London has to offer…
Avid foodies ought to visit Thirty Six by Nigel Mendham in Dukes Hotel at St. James Place. The restaurant can seat 36 diners at a time and, hence, the name. Nigel Mendham’s fare is quintessentially British, but the flavours and tastes are amazing. The pork braised rare breed cheek served with langoustine and Granny Smith, lemon sole with a flavour of tomato lentils and carrots, and Herdwick mutton sticky ribs are some of the popular dishes here. Be sure to order desserts, as the rhubarb crumble with ice cream and ginger is heaven!
French cuisine lovers should not miss Hélène Darroze at the Connaught. A visit to Hélène’s restaurant is a gastronomic delight and most of her dishes and flavours have roots in Landes, a region in southwest France. Dining at Hélène’s two-Michelin-star restaurant is exciting and thrilling, especially if you reserve a table for lunch. The restaurant also hosts a Saturday brunch, which is worth checking out for its inventive and creative dishes.
Chinese food lovers can head to the one-Michelin star restaurant, Kai of Mayfair. The restaurant opened in 1993 and is located on South Audley Street in Mayfair. The restaurant excels in blending traditional Chinese recipes with the modern ones and also makes use of ingredients from other cuisines. Those looking for familiar dishes might be in for a shock – most of the menu is unique to Kai…
Curries are synonymous with London. So, visiting this city and not enjoying an aromatic and spicy curry is pretty much an incomplete visit. Zaika, located in Kensington, opposite Hyde Park, is housed in a huge building which was once a former bank. Its high ceiling, tall windows and vibrant interiors add more excitement to its innovative Indian menu. This restaurant is famous for its Home Smoked Salmon and Lamb Rogan Josh. Be sure to finish your meal with Chocolate Silk, an extremely popular dessert.
DSTRKT is a £25 million club, bar and restaurant located at West End on Rupert Street. This contemporary restaurant is a foodie heaven, with Head Chef George Yaneff serving European dishes to titillate your taste buds. Be sure to try out the wide range of caviar or start your meal with Scottish scallops served with saffron, pumpkin sauce and micro coriander. The main course can be Gressingham duck leg with duck jus, baby rocket and passion fruit. Not only is the restaurant a fashionable place to dine, it offers an indulgent experience that very few diners will forget!
Zuma, which is located on Raphael Street, Knightsbridge, offers exceptional Japanese food and an impressive selection of saké. The restaurant offers an Izakaya style of dining which is quite informal and promises original Japanese flavours. The restaurant has an enticing menu and surprises diners with intense flavours and simple presentation. It even offers 40 different types of sake and number of appealing cocktails blended with fresh fruit juices and other spirits.