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Café Royal Hotel, 68 Regent Street, London, W1B 4DY [Map]
Housed within the luxurious Café Royal Hotel, The Ten Room offers a refreshing take on the dining room concept, serving British cuisine with much flair.
The elegant interior retains many original features of this landmark building and striking red furnishings, large windows and high ceilings add a regal feel. Kick-start your day with a sumptuous Ten Room breakfast menu that includes a choice of continental, English, American and healthy breakfast options alongside bacon, sausages and eggs. A unique blend of classics and contemporary favourites are evident on the a la carte with dishes such as Scottish scallop ceviche, avocado, lime and hazelnuts, or Label Anglais chicken and confit leg 'Royale.
Diners can also enjoy a specialised selection of popular dishes on the Ten Room all day menu featuring pasta, fish, burgers, steaks and a variety of sandwiches. Afternoon tea time brings in a range of choices with black, herbal, oxidised, jasmine and fruit teas, served with pastries, cakes and freshly cut sandwiches.
In the heart of London's West End, The Ten Room on Regent Street exudes much charm as one of London's most famous dining rooms.
Piccadilly Circus Tube Station is a 2-minute walk away.
To gain further information, just visit their extremely comprehensive Website.
Menu Du Jour – 2 courses for £20 and 3 courses for £26. Also available for Pre and Post Theatre Dining Book
192 Pitt Street, City Centre, Glasgow, G2 4DY [Map]
Without any shadow of doubt Alla Turca is a place for enjoyment. Located in Glasgow City Centre the different facets of this award winning Turkish restaurant, grill and mezze bar combine to bring an air of jollity to a city of many unusual ingredients, causing one wag to coin the phrase, 'a funeral in Glasgow is more fun than a wedding in Edinburgh'. From the standpoint of an intimate acquaintance with both cities I wouldn't dare to comment, but I do wish that Alla Turca had been in existence when last I was there, some years ago.
This is Turkey at its best away from home. A wonderful combination of exotic Turkish dishes, the enchanting live music of Armagan Alakus and his Turkish guitar every night from 6pm, never intrusive, always entertaining, amidst a décor that is challenging enough in itself, the citizens of Glasgow, their friends and a wider public are all set to have an evening they will recal with pleasure.
Writing in Glasgow West End Roy Beers said, "For Glaswegians and also the increasing stream of visitors who seek out the city's unrivalled dining and drinking scene, a meal at Alla Turca is a journey of exploration into a world of fascinating complementary tastes and food textures, a candlelit oasis of romance and refinement at the busy heart of Scotland's Fine Dining milieu".
The tasting menu starts off with 10 classic mixed starters that include Kisir, Tabule, Borek, Falafel and Sucuk. No need to choose - all ten arrive en table with Turkish bread and - if you take heed of the recommendation, a glass of Turkey's national drink, raki, for everyone. Larger courses include the Alla Turca mixed grill special, barbecued sword fish shish, Scottish king scallops from Shetland, and sitting rather austerely amongst all this frivolity an Angus rib eye steak from the Buccleuch Estate in Dumfriesshire.
As night follows day so does the Turkish Delight and blueberry crème brûlée follow the steak or whatever else your eye lit upon, hotly contested by the much celebrated Baklava with vanilla ice cream or Turkish chocolate, cherry and amaretto mousse with ice cream.
A brasserie menu offers two courses during the day and pre-theatre at an incredibly value for money price, with sesame falafel and humus served with salad and Turkish style fusilli pasta with creamy chicken and asparagus tips, or the chicken casserole of mixed vegetables, apricots and plums with rice and salad.
Over 50 fine wines and champagnes lurk in the cellar. One looks in vain for the odd bin of Chateau Musar, but you never know ? keep on asking. There are some Turkish reds well attuned to the hearty dishes from which you are never far away at Alla Turca. Staff have the same jovial service with a flourish that drums up thoughts of holidays-past in the robust countries of the Middle East.
The live musician plays every evening until late, an ideal accompaniment to the Candlelit Romantic Dinner, meaning you don't have to shout when you pop the all-important question. On certain weekends they even have traditional Turkish dances, do enquire to get details.
And talking of weddings, such occasions are star events at Alla Turca, who if you wish will take care of the whole event, or as much as you would like them to do. From 10 to 100, you can leave it all to them.
The final word should perhaps come from Joanna Blythman, respected restaurant critic, writing in the Sunday Herald ? Feast of the East, "This is definitely one of the most professional and well-run, assured restaurants I've eaten in for quite some time. It's the sort of place where, even in a large group, you know you will be well looked after. The music makes it more attractive still".
Alla Turca has Top Table Awards for 2007-2010, an Eat Scotland Award and is a real fun place in the Glasgow tradition of enjoyment. Click on their Website for further information.
Entertainment, International, Turkish
3 Course Tasting Menu, Champagne Cocktail & Live Music for £15.95 before 6PM and £19.95 after 6PM Book
3 Course luxury A La Carte, Bottle of Prosecco or Wine to share between 2 & live music for £29PP (usually £49) Book
3 Courses Tasting Menu & Champagne Cocktail from £14.95 Book
3 Course Luxury A la Carte & Bottle of Wine from £29 per person Book
Christmas Day Menu - 3 Courses & Champagne Cocktail, £24.95 Book
Hogmanay / New Year's Eve Menu - 3 Courses & Champagne Cocktail £24.95 Book
No1 Poultry, London, EC2R 8EJ [Map]
The team behind the highly successful Coq D'Argent are confident in the knowledge that while people who visit them at the top of No.1 Poultry might be taken in with the spectacular view over the Square Mile, what really keeps them coming in is the excellent French cuisine. The setting is elegant and lavish with the lovely roof garden creating a superb atmosphere: the food at this D&D restaurant is classic French infused with contemporary flavours.
Choosing what to eat might prove a dilemma but you could make a start with the hand-picked Devon crab with avocado and wasabi puree with brown meat parfait and move on to a main course of slow roasted salt marsh lamb served with rosemary jus and mini ratatouille. There are ample choices for dessert including a bitter chocolate and salted caramel fondant with vanilla ice cream, and lemon tart with berry compote. The wine list offers mostly French selections although it does pay attention to other important wine producing countries across the globe.
To gain further information, just visit their extremely comprehensive Website.
Set menu - 2 courses at £26 and 3 courses £29 Book
18 Hogarth Place, Earl's Court, London, SW5 0QY [Map]
The British love affair with French cuisine rolls on and all over the country pockets of Gallic expertise pander to this national inclination. The Little French Restaurant, tucked into one of the more civilised and quieter corners of Earl's Court, takes a leading role in perpetuating our adoration of not only the cooking abilities of the French, but perhaps just as importantly their philosophy regarding this highly rated pastime, occasionally cloaked beneath the mantle of necessity.
Given that the entente cordiale is not always the uppermost thought in the minds of the collective British, this is an enormous tribute to the culinary abilities of a race that are characterised by such daily icons as garlic, the whiff of Gauloises, romance and inscrutable politics.
Half the battle in any French restaurant so impudent as to establish itself in a foreign field is to get the décor right. Thoughts of impressionist art, pewter bars, red velvet and dangerously ponderous sparkling chandeliers and a general air of controlled decadence come to mind, and on at least some of these matters The Little French restaurant ticks the box.
But of course, when the chips are down, it is the food and drink that make the pace, so let's start with the wine list. Having perhaps visited their website beforehand you will have noted that the most expensive bottle of wine does not even reach the £25 mark. This, from one of the most respected wine producing countries in the world, may well have surprised and a Crozes Hermitage at £22.95 does not disappoint. As ever an exception is made for the Lanson champagne which does cross the threshold, but wait - the house champagne at £22.95 is most certainly not to be overlooked.
Lunch time in Earl's Court makes the middle of the Sahara look overpopulated and the three course meal on offer at £9.95 is therefore offered at both lunchtime and in the evenings, making it incredibly sound value. With a choice of nine dishes each from the starters and main course the eye catches a traditional start with French onion soup, vichyssoise, corn and crab French potage with scent of fresh parsley, springs, thyme, shallots and black pepper, or tartare of marinated wild salmon with cucumber salad.
Main courses weigh in with coq au vin d'Alsace done the French way in a pot, before even considering the lamb Wellington, hardly an item one expects to find in a French restaurant, but never mind all that was a long time ago. A return to patriotism is signalled by the arrival of the cod à la Provençale, but let nobody ignore the canard Josephine, tender breast of duck, marinated in Asian spices, grilled and served with sauce bigarade.
Desserts such as French apple tart, or crème caramel lead the satisfied diner to a graceful completion before coffee is served and the relative merits of a single malt or an excellent brandy become a talking point.
The Little French Restaurant lives up amply to its name and has all the necessary accoutrements to ensure its neighbourhood status. Do check on its Website for further information and evidence that it is in tune with then spirit of the times.
3 course meal at £9.95 (offer available with minimum order of one drink per person) Book
11 Bristo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 1EZ [Map]
We hear a great deal about recycling these days - du Vin recycles attractive but sometimes un-loved buildings to restore real gems in the best tradition of British understated style.
Complement that with all that is best in the French bistro ethos, bars that reach out to please, and you have a setting that provides an inspirational background for people to meet, do business, get married, provide a base for golf or fishing, somewhere you can call your own for a private celebration, a spa or - most engagingly - a wine school that breaks the mould.
In Edinburgh, du Vin has taken on the site of a former lunatic asylum, squirrelled away deep in the Old Town of Edinburgh, only a short walk from the historic Royal Mile. Next door to the well-known Bedlam Theatre, this striking luxury boutique hotel has 47 timelessly furnished rooms and stunning suites offering monsoon showers, luxurious Egyptian cotton linen, and air conditioning. Plasma TVs and DVDs are also standard. As a comfortable base from which to explore the fascinating city of Edinburgh, with its great historic and cultural heritage, as well enjoy the nightlife and entertainment scene, the hotel could hardly be bettered.
In the trademark classy bistro the choice of starters could include shell on prawns with garlic mayonnaise, an Isle of Mull soufflé, pig terrine with homemade pickle, or duck rillette with crusty bread. How often the simple things in life are the best, and it applies here to the classic dishes on offer, amongst which the devilled lamb's kidneys, or the choux farci a l'alsacienne, are notable.
Head Chef Matt Powell leaves no recipe book unread in his quest for new dishes, including those of his own, and main courses demonstrate his success. Natural smoked haddock cassoulet with Montgomery's cheddar crust, char-grilled squid, fennel, leeks and a warm chorizo dressing and chicken Cordon Bleu with potato salad all demonstrate an independence of approach that is mirrored throughout the menus, which change daily.
Whilst one might argue that the whole point of being in a du Vin is to snuggle up to the wine list, this list is designed to march with the food and can only be described as superb. With a team of two sommeliers, headed here by Romain Audrerie, there is no room for anything but the best. Service is telepathic in the best possible sense.
Click on their Website for full information and rates. Hotel du Vin, with fourteen options throughout Britain, awaits your call.
Bistro, French, Modern European
20% A La Carte food discount Book
Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill, 30 Portman Square, London, W1H 7BH [Map]
The Montagu offers tranquil views over one of London's most picturesque gardens, yet provides a vibrant setting to relax and indulge in a wide range of modern British, seasonal dishes, all of which are prepared in a striking open kitchen. Located at the Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill - in Portman Square the restaurant prides itself on being a neighbourhood restaurant, which serves up a wide selection of wonderful, fresh dishes, with a mission to provide relaxed eating for all those whose lives bring them into contact with the hotel and its neighbourhood. Awarded the prestigious Tea Guild's Award of Excellence for the past three years, The Montagu offers a full afternoon tea service from 3:00pm to 6:00pm which is the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street.
The Montagu offers tranquil views over one of London's most picturesque gardens, yet provides a vibrant setting to relax and indulge in a wide range of modern British, seasonal dishes, all of which are prepared in a striking open kitchen. Located at the Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill - in Portman Square the restaurant prides itself on being a neighbourhood restaurant, which serves up a wide selection of wonderful, fresh dishes, with a mission to provide relaxed eating for all those whose lives bring them into contact with the hotel and its neighbourhood.
Awarded the prestigious Tea Guild's Award of Excellence for the past three years, The Montagu offers a full afternoon tea service from 3:00pm to 6:00pm which is the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street. The Montagu Afternoon Tea offers elegant tiered stands bearing a selection of traditionally British, thinly sliced finger sandwiches and warm fruit and plain scones with strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream. The Patissier's selection includes pretty French pastries and fruit tartlets and mini desserts. Also served is a fine selection of exquisite teas.
In addition, The Montagu offers Sex and the City Afternoon Tea, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Created with each of the girls in mind the Sex and the City afternoon tea includes savoury dishes inspired by the city of New York and include pastrami on rye, and New York bagels with smoked salmon and cream cheese. Mini burgers (named after Jack Berger, one of Carrie's boyfriends) and mini New York hot dogs with a light drizzle of mustard add a little Manhattan glamour to the tea.
On the sweet end of the spectrum, a selection of pastries have been created with each of the girls in mind. For Carrie, a strawberry-flavoured chocolate pink stiletto; for Charlotte, a pink strawberry cupcake; for Samantha an appletini jelly in a mini martini glass; and, finally, for Miranda, glazed doughnuts.
The Montagu's Chef's Table is a foodie experience with a 5-course menu, prepared and delivered by the chefs, right before your eyes.
For those with time to linger at lunch or having dinner, the choice is wide and focuses on ingredients that are in season. Try the court bouillon poached prawns with cocktail sauce and avocado, or the Dover sole with roasted potatoes and drizzled with lemon butter. Or for those who prefer something meatier, choose from a stunning beef tenderloin with bone marrow crust and braised shallots, or a herbed lamb rump with celeriac mash and glazed carrots.
And for pudding, it is difficult to resist The Montagu's tempting selection. Indulge in a plum crumble with red wine ice-cream and vanilla pod sauce, a spiced hot chocolate with caramelised homemade marshmallows, or a scrumptious sticky toffee and date pudding with toffee sauce and vanilla ice-cream.
An extensive wine list offers 70 labels covering mix of New and Old World wines, with numerous selections available by the glass.
The Montagu in some ways echoes the grand style of a gentleman's club but one that is shorn of its pomposity and sepulchral silence, instead they are replaced with jollity and laughter, a real fun place to be not least because of the quality of the food and surroundings, and providing a real lift to the area.
However, the best way to find out all about The Montagu and the Hyatt Regency Hotel - The Churchill, one of the most elegant in London, is to visit their Website.
Brasserie, British, European
STAR DEAL - 3 courses & 2 glasses of wine £25 per person Book
Set Menu Dinner Offer - 3 Courses including a glass of bellini at £25 Book
Rafayel on the Left Bank, 34 Lombard Road, Battersea, London, SW11 3RF [Map]
It's strange that we have so few restaurants by the banks of the Thames in London, when almost every other major city that either has a major river running through it or a position by the sea capitalises on that, however, now the Hotel Rafayel in Battersea has opened its doors to guests and created its 'Banyan on the Thames' to make use of its fabulous situation with views up, down and across the water.
Almost every table benefits, as a result of the clever two level design, which is also modern but chic with the clever use of lighting panels that change colour and offering a menu that is aimed to appeal with its tempting fusion mix of Asian and Modern European dishes in a thoroughly modern fashion, like tilapia fishcakes with lemongrass chilli jam or Cromer crab, mango and king prawn with chilli, mango and lime dressing.
Even their version of fish and chips is rather unusual as it is made with pieces of haddock fried in lime and coriander tempura batter while baked nut-crusted cod fillet is served with lemon zest new potato gratin; the carnivores should be more than delighted with the chilli beef Banyan style or the rack of lamb with a pistachio crust, gratin potatoes and a red pepper coulis.
The desserts are not exactly run of the mill either with kheer brûlée, caramelised rice pudding served with toasted almond, or white chocolate and baileys mousse served in a brandy snap scroll with mint crème anglaise. The wine list is short but sensibly compiled providing a decent choice at reasonable prices.
50% discount from A La Carte Menu - applies when ordering a minimum of 2 courses per person, including a main course Book
476 Union Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1TS [Map]
Located in the heart of the Granite City's West End, Cinnamon specialises in rich, nouvelle Indian cuisine. The contemporary dining room is a great place to unwind and the exclusive bar area serves an excellent range of refreshing aperitifs, handpicked wines, beer and whisky.
Cinnamon's menu blends in the best of Bangladeshi and regional India cuisine with a Scottish touch. The kitchen team use fresh and flavoursome ingredients and spices that lend a distinct flavour to dishes such as the king prawn trilogy, rogan josh pot roast poussin and Gressingham duck breast simmered in an orange gravy.
Popular dishes include Cinnamon's fillet of sea bass rubbed with chef's spices and the fiery lamb tak tak bhuna. The concise wine list includes bins from around the world and complements the spicy flavours of Indian cuisine on offer.
Close to the Aberdeen Rail Station, Cinnamon restaurant enjoys a glowing reputation among locals and tourists in the area. The Trinity Shopping Centre is an 8-minute walk away.
To gain further information, just visit their extremely comprehensive Website.
Fusion, Indian, Modern
The Maharaja Experience Banquette - £53.90 per person. Original price £69.90 Book
Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Brompton Road, knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RJ [Map]
A fine modern European cuisine menu served in a stunning ambience makes the SEASON at the Fifth Floor Restaurant a destination of choice for good food aficionados. Housed on the top floor of Harvey Nichols iconic Knightsbridge branch, the restaurant's stunning interior draws inspiration from constructivist art of the early 20th century and is the perfect place in which to take a break during a day of shopping or sightseeing. You could also unwind at the stylish bar or smart café which boasts lovely views over West London.
Executive Chef Jonas Karlsson creates stunning menus featuring a selection of modern dishes, influenced by his passion for French cooking as well as by his home country, Sweden. He uses a selection of the best seasonal ingredients available from the Harvey Nichols Foodmarket.
Starters of Cornish crab salad with dressed crab, avocado salad and mango vinaigrette; marinated Dedham Vale beef; thinly sliced beef with toasted pine nuts, green beans and chive dressing and mosaic of wood pigeon; smoked quail and celeriac with tarragon cream make for a delicious beginning to the meal.
Main courses follow on perfectly with hearty dishes such as roast pork loin with winter cabbage, Agen prune and sage jus; roasted Highland venison with truffle macaroni with curly kale and sweet and sour game jus and Norwegian halibut with shellfish bolognaise bacon and parsley ravioli and red chard leaves.
The dessert menu will tempt diners with a sweet tooth who can choose from chocolate fondue, raspberry mille feuille with raspberry Chantilly or apricot and rhubarb sable tart with rice pudding surprise.
Alternatively, you could relax in the informal surroundings of the Fifth Floor café which offers its own menu through the day for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. For a hearty start to the day enjoy a classic full English breakfast with certified organic free range eggs, crispy smoked bacon, sausages, black pudding, beans and toast; fried eggs and chorizo or a healthy porridge with Scottish oats, drizzled Greek yoghurt and Harvey Nichols Heather Honey.
For lunch or dinner begin with starters of sea bass ceviche with chilli, mango and fresh herbs or grilled Mediterranean vegetables or share an antipasti selection with fennel salami, cured ham, carpaccio di Barolo, Noccellare olives and burrata, marinated artichokes and sundried tomatoes. Main course offerings could include wild boar pappardelle with fresh Italian egg pasta and slow cooked wild boar ragu or slow roasted Devon chicken with wild rice and shitake mushroom sauce.
Guests could also chill out at the chic champagne bar, inspired by Emile Gallé's iconic 1902 anemone design for the Cuvée Belle Époque Champagne bottle, while sampling luxurious vintage champagnes or a variety of botanically themed and calorie conscious cocktails.
The Fifth Floor offers diners a variety of interesting programmes including cocktail and wine master classes and a specially created five-course tasting menu. The restaurant's four separate areas can be hired individually or as a whole for private parties or corporate events.
To gain further information, just visit their extremely comprehensive Website.
European, Modern British
Dine at the Fifth Floor Restaurant every Monday to Friday & enjoy wine at Wine Shop prices from the Restaurant wine list Book
Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24 Kensington High Street, London, W8 4PT [Map]
Occupying what must be one of the finest restaurant locations in London, the Park Terrace on the ground floor of the luxury 5 star Royal Garden Hotel looks out over Kensington Gardens, a serene oasis in the capital city.
Executive Chef Steve Munkley works with a brigade of some 80 chefs and in between carrying responsibility for all the catering outlets in the hotel also finds time to be the youngest ever Chairman of the Craft Guild of Chefs. He graduated from TVU in the '80s.
The restaurant is divided into three areas, designed to deal between them with multi various requirements of those wishing to enjoy the wide availability within the hotel. A British à la carte cuisine has a strong focus on locally sourced ingredients. A lounge area allows more informal dining to proceed all day, with afternoon tea available, and a bar which provides the focal point of the room, visible from the hotel lobby, with an extensive selection of drinks.
As with any major hotel breakfast is available to non residents. A du jour lunch offers around five or so courses well able to keep the average human furnace fuelled, always with fish and vegetarian dishes. The likes of a platter of English cured meats with rhubarb and orange chutney, or rosemary and sherry marinated Shetland salmon with pickled cucumber provide variety within lighter plates, as well as desserts with baked lemon curd raspberry sorbet a popular choice.
The Kensington Tea is the Park Terrace's solution to the 7th Duchess of Bedford who, in the early 19th century took issue with what she described as "that sinking feeling" during the late afternoon and arranged for a pot of tea and a light snack to be sent to her boudoir for private enjoyment ad relief. The Kensington Tea goes rather further, The Hampstead Tea even more so with a glass of champagne amongst the goodies.
When it comes to dinner the full force of Steve Munkley's approach to sourcing becomes apparent. Much of the meat derives from a co-operative of farmers in Essex and East Anglia. The animals are all free range, some are classified organic. So precise is the control that they are sometimes able to tell you which farm your meat came from. Label Anglais chickens give an outstanding flavour, and venison comes from the New Forest via a lady called Mrs Tee who also picks for wild mushrooms from the forest for Park Terrace tables.
The same precision and care is taken with the fruits of the sea, and Neal's Yard on Covent Garden are entrusted with the British cheeses. Cromer crab ravioli is served with samphire and shellfish bisque and East Anglia scores again with beef fillet carpaccio, wild rocket, Spenwood cheese and horseradish oil. Turning to more ample dishes the grilled free range Blythburgh pork cutlet with caramelised plum, honey and sherry vinegar, kale bubble and squeak and pork crackling is indeed a dish fit for a prince. A lounge menu, with bar menu and bar plates give wide variation with more informal dishes.
A fascinating wine list bears all the evidence of careful and enlightened choices, although the inclusion of some British labels might not come amiss.
Park Terrace is a treat at any time of the day or year, but as part of a prestigious hotel complex in West London it carries the seal of perfection. Their Website will keep you informed, in particular about the changing menus and special offers.
Pre-Theatre Dinner with Wine - 2 Courses & a glass of house wine £23.50/ 3 Courses & a glass of house wine £30 Book
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