My Monday Exclusive: Top 5 Best London Restaurants. My dad used to tell me that London is the most misunderstood place in the world. ‘Why?’ I would ask him. And he would present me with a list of quite reasonable arguments. One, for instance, would be its weather. Grey, wet, British weather is hardly ever connected to anything even relatively positive… ‘But isn’t it the most romantic atmosphere in the world?’. How not to agree with him on this.
Then come the Brits, on the fence between politeness and shyness. But would we have the myth (if not legend) of the British Gentleman today, if their personality had been any different? The iconic elegance, the mystery I have always been so attracted to. And finally…
…their food. London has in fact – mistakenly – often been underestimated when it comes to food. In my opinion, though, when it comes to food, London is just like the Gentleman it is often represented by. The city does not reveal too much. But has more than one ace up its sleeve. Here is a list of my Top 5 Best London Restaurants, not to say the most elegant. And although I can say that I have tried my share, I must also admit this city never stops surprising me, and I still have a lot to discover.
1. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Undoubtedly one of my favourites. The interiors of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is of the utmost elegance, contemporary and innovative. The walls are painted ivory and decorated with custom-made porcelain, and the dining room is characterised by continuous, floor-to-ceiling glass walls. Above all, though, I love the contrast with the traditionally English cuisine and the historical background that inspired the Chef.
2. Helene Darroze at The Connaught Hotel
Located in Mayfair, the Connaught Hotel is situated in one of the most luxurious and tranquil areas of London. Contrasting with the Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, this multi-starred restaurant features a luxurious uptake on fine French cuisine, featuring – among other glamorous dishes – Foie Gras terrine decorated with gold leaf. The sophisticated interior was designed by talented and renowned architect India Mahdavi and presents art of world-famous artist Damian Hirst. Needless to say that this restaurant is a literal ‘feast for the senses’.
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Also located in one of my most favourite areas, namely Mayfair, Umu serves the best Japanese cuisine in London, and therefore had to be featured in my Top 5 Best London Restaurants. Inspired by the local cuisine of the city of Kyoto, its menu changes with the season, only providing ingredients of the highest and freshest quality. The Japanese culture is present in every detail, from the flower arrangement to the ceramic tableware.
4. The Dorchester
One of the only few restaurants in London that have been awarded 3 Michelin stars and owned by world-famous French Chef Alain Ducasse. The Dorchester had to be in my Top 5 Best London Restaurants list. Its dishes are very unique, not to say refined and modern, boasting the best of both British and French seasonal ingredients. Unique as their signature dish: Saute’ Gourmand of lobster, truffled chicken quenelles and homemade pasta.
I was particularly stunned by their prive room, where we were seated.
5. The Square
Also in the heart of Mayfair, this evolutionary restaurant features a modern and provocative take on French cuisine. The Square perfectly manages to mix urbanism with luxury, placing it on the boarder with an art gallery. My favourite dish? Labgoustine tail with Parmesan gnocchi.