Four London restaurantsworth a detour

Highlights of the city's haute cuisine scene, from the traditional to the avant-garde
2020-09-01
Gastronomy

ELLA CANTA

Latin American

Ella Canta delivers the beauty, vibrancy and spirit of modern Mexico. Acclaimed Chef Martha Ortiz has developed a menu that features several dishes that have made her one of Latin America's most celebrated chefs, whilst incorporating fine produce from across the British Isles.

In addition to the extensive A La Carte menu, Ella Canta also has a creative selection of themed menus ensuring that there is always something new to try. The popular Weekend Brunch incorporates many of the restaurant’s best dishes in addition to exciting egg options, accompanied by unlimited margaritas.

SMITH & WOLLENSKY

American

Smith & Wollensky has been serving up what is without doubt the finest steak in America since it first opened its doors in New York in 1977. After winning the heart of the Big Apple, those award-winning steaks were soon to be found all across the States, from the windy city of Chicago to the hot sands of Miami Beach.

In June 2015 Smith & Wollensky launched its first London site in the historic Grade II-listed Adelphi Building, just off the Strand and offers a selection of signature USDA prime dry-aged steaks and premium seafood, alongside award-winning wines and classic cocktails. Renowned American hospitality runs throughout the restaurant, from the warm welcome at the door to the knowledgeable staff at your table, making your experience an enjoyable one from your first drink to your last bite.

KUTIR

Indian

Rohit Ghai, the Chef who won a Michelin star at Jamavar in record-breaking time, opened his first solo site, Kutir in late 2018. Kutir is co-founded by Ghai and Abhi Sangwan who have worked together as colleagues for many years at Gymkhana, Jamavar and Bombay Bustle side by side.

Located just off Chelsea’s Sloane Square in an elegant townhouse, Kutir offers a punchy, authentic and traditional menu from one of the UK’s most successful and creative Indian Chefs. The food is representative of the feasting-style, convivial and celebratory dining, and menus feature highly seasonal ingredients with an emphasis on game and seafood.

Kutir offers a tasting, or ‘expedition’ menu of 6 courses, as well as a full a la carte menu featuring dishes such as the Truffle Mushroom Khichadi, the Lobster Rasam, 24-hour Slow-cooked Roganjosh, and a Tandoori Stone Bass with Squid Ink.

ROMULO CAFÉ & RESTAURANT

Modern Asian

Named Best Bar & Restaurant at the 2019 Kensington and Chelsea Business Awards, Romulo Café and Restaurant is set in a former Georgian townhouse just moments from the Design Museum, Holland Park and Kensington Palace.

Enthusiast food travellers will not want to miss this delicious concept, inspired by Romulo family heirloom recipes. A vibrant sharing menu that opens with an iconic pandesal bread roll (freshly baked four times daily), perfectly presented sizzling chicken inasal sisig (a version of the late Anthony Bourdain’s favourite Filipino dish), classic chicken and pork adobo, a show-stopping braised rib of beef in a honey chilli glaze and more. An invitation to explore the Philippines culinary style in Kensington’s regal surroundings.

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