Just back from 8 nights in London. Had some amazing dining experiences that I'd like to share since I relied on a lot of the reviews on this site in planning the trip. We were staying in Belsize Park so that influenced some of the choices that we made. Anyway, here goes...
For dinners, we had a great Indian meal at Hazara on Belsize Lane. Here we really enjoyed the vegetarian mixed platter appetizer for two people. We celebrated a milestone birthday at The Ledbury where we ordered from the a la carte menu. The lamb and the turbot really stood out along with the passion fruit souffle. We had indicated, when booking, that we were celebrating a birthday and they surprised us with an extra dessert for sharing. A few days later, we had a post-theatre meal at Pollen Street Social where, again, we ordered from the a la carte menu. The organic pork entree was delicious as was the rice pudding. At PSS, we moved to the dessert bar and found that the service faltered a little but not enough to ruin the experience. On our last night, we went to Alyn Williams at the Westbury. Given that it was a Saturday night, we were limited to the tasting menu but we were able to substitute with items from the vegetarian tasting menu.
We had our weekend lunches (the first Sunday and then the following Saturday) at Bull & Last in Kentish Town. Amazing roast beef as well as the roasted pork belly. For desserts, we had the sticky toffee pudding and the apple crumble. Both delicious. When we returned the following Saturday, we both had the fish and chips. Again, delicious! Also, caught up with a friend at Caravan, Kings Cross, which is located in the newly-renovated Granary Building. Here, I ordered the pearl barley risotto.
Other unique experiences included fish & chips from Oliver's in Steeles Village. We ordered a premium picnic for two (which could have easily fed 3 people) from Hampstead Butcher & Providore. This was delivered free of charge since we were staying in NW3 and we took it with us to Regent's Park. On the Friday evening, we did a cooking class at Jamie Oliver's Recipease store at Notting Hill Gate. The class was 1.5 hours in length and we made American-style Green Chili, guacamole and Navajo flatbreads. A great way to spend a Friday night.
And last, one thing that I really love about visiting the UK, is just being able to pop into M&S and pick up a chicken sandwich, a bag of prawn cocktail crisps and a lemonade. Mmmmm.
All in all, we had an amazing time!
Just got back from London on the weekend and will post a report on the places that we visited while we were there in a separate message. But, with respect to the birthday, in the end, I chose The Ledbury. Simple but elegant room. Bustling for a Monday night. Very attentive service. And, simply amazing food! I had mentioned that we were celebrating a birthday and they brought us an extra dessert. All in all I was very happy with my choice.
My partner and I will be in London for a week this Spring to celebrate a milestone birthday. I am researching restaurants for the two of us to go to on his birthday – it’s a Monday night. I’d like someplace where the atmosphere is not too stuffy but not too casual either. Also, looking to do a la carte.
The restaurants that have peaked my interest so far (in particular order) are: Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Marcus Wareing and The Ledbury. Any feedback on these restaurants (or any other recommendations) would be much appreciated.