A tête-à-tête in the stars

In the multitude of restaurants that flourish in London, we have selected some gastronomic venues in which to savour the most romantic moments of the year
2020-02-03
Gastronomy

UMU

Bruton Place

Nestled on Bruton Place, serving Michelin-starred Japanese cuisine, Umu prides itself on the provenance and integrity of ingredients, which are used to create innovative Kyoto influenced dishes.

Executive Chef Yoshinori Ishii brings over twenty years of cooking experience to the elegant dishes for which Umu is famed.

Ishii has designed the menus at Umu with both the traditional Japanese restaurant-goer and the contemporary Japanese food lover in mind. The A La Carte features dishes such as Tuna tartare with nagaimo, wasabi and Kaluga caviar, Wild Cornish lobster with homemade shichimi pepper and tofu miso bisque along with an extensive selection of sushi and sashimi. Also, on offer to customers is the Kaiseki menu, a traditional tasting menu from Kyoto which changes on a seasonal basis.

The Greenhouse

Hay's Mews

The Greenhouse has become a long-standing institution in the Mayfair restaurant scene. With its kitchen currently under the helm of Chef Alex Dilling, the restaurant is now re-defining classic French fine-dining.

Since 2004, the restaurant has held onto its Michelin star status and continues to win the praise of food critics, gourmets and wine lovers alike. The Greenhouse remains the pinnacle of excellence and offers the very best in food and wine to its discerning and loyal clientele.

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Knightsbridge

Dinner began with Heston Blumenthal’s fascination with historic gastronomy. Together with Ashley Palmer-Watts, the two chefs created a menu that takes historical discoveries into a new and evolving modern dining experience. The restaurant opened in the award-winning Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London in January 2011.

The menu includes recipes dating as far back as the 14th century, such as a ‘Meat Fruit’ of Mandarin, Chicken Liver Parfait and Grilled Bread; Spice Squab Pigeon with Artichokes and Ale; and Tipsy Cake with Spit Roast Pineapple. Each dish is a celebration of the historic discoveries and, as with all of his restaurants, there is a feeling of Heston’s unique and multi-sensory approach to cooking.

Kaspar's at The Savoy

The Strand

Building on the rich history of restaurants at The Savoy, Kaspar’s at The Savoy offers an informal yet luxury dining experience in an elegant 1920’s style setting. Provenance takes prominence with menus that showcase contemporary seasonal dishes from land and sea that capture the vibrancy of the natural landscape.

The restaurant’s dining experience evolves throughout the day, with informal lunches moving into elegant dinners, and a sense of theatre running through the service style that perfectly emulates the vibrant art deco inspired setting. Champagne and seafood are served at a striking centrepiece bar with chefs stepping out of the kitchen for an interactive dining experience. An a la carte menu is refreshed almost monthly and features the likes of smoked mackerel from Fraserborough, Dover Sole from Cornwall and Lobster from Harris, to Ribeye from Cork, Oysters from Maldon, and King Crab from the Bering Sea.

Daphne's

Draycott Avenue

50 years after its launch by theatre agent Daphne Rye (who famously discovered Richard Burton), Daphne’s was proud to re-open its doors in June 2014 to reveal a glamorous new look. Esteemed designer, Martin Brudnizki created a space which represents the vibrant colour palettes of Italy and ensure that Daphne’s maintains the effortless charm and familiarity so synonymous with Italian culture, and which has made it such a favourite amongst the residents of Chelsea and further afield.

Highlights include the pink marble topped bar, vintage Italian 1950s Murano glass chandeliers and a perceptively curated collection of European modern art adorning the walls. The dazzling bar, inspired by the Venetian drinking dens of the Grand Tour, is ideal for dining for up to 14 people. The drinks list has been created by a team of passionate bartenders, and each cocktail has a hint of the homeland. There is a robust choice of staunchly Italian staples on the menu, but a lighter side has been introduced with seasonal salads and a section of “Secondi Alla Griglia”.

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