6 restaurants in Ruislip
Restaurants in Ruislip:
Ickenham Road, Ruislip, HA4 7DR [Map]
The Beefeater Grill range of restaurants, owned by the well established firm of Whitbread has transformed over time into what is now predominantly a cooking platform for chargrill. The restaurants are warm, modern and stylish, with low lighting and contemporary artwork. A comfortable, cosy, mainly booth layout offers guests their own space with no feeling of being hurried at any point. Staff are friendly and helpful if need be - what a difference that can make to a good evening out.
Be it the wide open spaces of Argentina, the intimate setting of a French restaurant, or a busy grill in London's West End, there's no denying the popularity of chargrill. As the production of quality beef, chicken, fish and lamb has grown, prices have come down by comparison, and the simple and traditional art of minimally cooking dishes by chargrill, sealing in the flavours and tastes by intense heat has caught the public imagination.
All the steaks at Beefeater Grill are matured for a minimum of 28 days before being seasoned. Whether it be juicy rib eye, the classic sirloin, that emblem of the Sunday lunch, a tender fillet, or a delicious 7oz rump, all grilled to your own specification, you're never far away from perfection. Even beefburgers have shaken off their dubious image and the highly popular Beefeater burgers are made from 100% beef.
The popular sirloin with giant prawns offers a treat to those for whom an alliance between sea and pasture is a natural attraction, whilst a 16oz steak platter links rump, fillet, sirloin and rib eye into one mouth-watering dish served with chips, battered onion rings, grilled tomato, a flat mushroom and peppercorn and brandy sauce.
Many of us love rib meat, and the rack of ribs at a Beefeater Grill has a meaty rack smoky flavour; maple ribs of pork with a choice of three sauces, mojito, smoked caramel and apple glaze, or Bourbon and black BBQ. And if all else fails and you are totally baffled by the wealth of choices, ask to have a word with the Steakmaster who will help find what is right for you, together with the best cooking method. These guys leave nothing to chance.
On a menu that is a delight to read, let alone choose a meal from, expect to find smaller dishes such as traditional prawn cocktail, whitebait, chicken liver pâté and baked Camembert, or juicy lamb koftas served with yoghurt and mint dip. There's something about a good steak meal that always leaves a gap for a little temptation to sweeten up the scene and from amongst twelve options look for Belgian chocolate cheesecake, treacle sponge pudding or a caramel apple crumble pie.
Throughout the day a wide range of more general dishes are yours for the ordering, sandwiches, jackets, classic favourites like fish and chips, pasta, salads, and sharing dishes of nachos, potato shells and a Beefeater Grill combo. Next door to many of the restaurants are Premier Inns, so staying the night whatever the circumstances need not be a problem.
And what about wine? Endorsed by Matthew Jukes, wine writer in the Daily Mail and bon viveur in his own right, a wine list that marches with the menu completes an impressive and compelling invitation to enjoy whatever takes your fancy at the nearest Beefeater Grill.
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86 High Street, Ruislip, HA4 8LS [Map]
Pizza Express remains a hugely popular bedrock of casual eating. Its popularity is testimony to the fact that across the country, they have restaurants where you will always be guaranteed a good nosh, with children's tastes being well catered for.
Pizza Express has gone even more Roman, and following the success of that particular example of listening to their public have introduced Romana pizzas, including the scorching Etna and the hearty Siciliana.
These pizzas are now thinner, bigger and crispier, and if that sounds like a marketing line, it is. However, unlike many such lines, this one is true, and their quality is always consistent, though cleverly they have still managed to retain a homemade feel to their pizzas.
As an alternative to pizza, try their pollo pesto - cavatappi pasta with torn chicken breast, mushrooms, red onions and mozzarella in a creamy gruyere, parmesan and pesto sauce and finished with grana padano - or the niçoise salad with mixed leaves, yellowfin tuna, free range egg, green beans, potatoes and tomatoes with olives, anchovies, capers and house dressing.
Many of the big chains have come a long way, and Pizza Express is certainly amongst them. One of the first to be quoted on the Stock Exchange - in 1993 - Pizza Express is not a franchise operation and retains tight control through its own staff.
Their wine list - though short - contains some surprisingly good offerings, especially their intense Australian Chardonnay, and a big, full-bodied Merlot from Cusumano, Sicilia.
Pizza & Pasta
136 High Street, Ruislip, HA4 8LL [Map]
For fresh and authentic Indian cuisine in Ruislip, look no further than Delhi Spicee, a contemporary restaurant serving traditional favourites in its smart and modern dining space. Delhi is not just the capital of India but is also a gastronomic hotspot, a meeting place of likeminded gourmands who love nothing better than to eat well. Recreating some of that magic in this High Street location, the chefs are constantly trying to better their creations and improve the flavoursome dishes in every possible aspect.
You can sample some of that excellence with starters of tangy mint and coriander flavoured char grilled chicken tikka followed by lamb shahi korma, subtly spiced pieces in a light yoghurt and cashew nut gravy. There are numerous choices for vegetarians and these could include makkai pala, buttered corn kernels stewed in tempered spinach gravy or the classic dal makhani, a rich slow cooked concoction of black lentils.
The Barn Hotel, West End Road, Ruislip, HA4 6JB [Map]
The Barn Hotel is an elegant boutique styled place located in Ruislip, not too far from Heathrow Airport, and provides modern comforts in a traditional old world setting. Their rooms are well equipped and are decorated with the finest furnishings and fabrics and every aspect of the hotel seems intimate and cosy, with a glamorous sheen. Hawtrey's Restaurant is designed to resemble a Jacobean baronial hall with rich mahogany panelling adorned with fine oil paintings, oak beams supporting an intricate coffered ceiling and fine carpets. This is an ideal venue for relaxing and enjoying some delicious modern French cuisine in their richly decorated dining space.
The 2 AA rosette winning restaurant offers a subtle melange of flavours with roasted duck foie gras and essence of coffee and hazelnut in the list of starters, followed by a main course of slow cooked monkfish with caramelised cauliflower puree, baby leeks, shallot, chive and vinegar dressing. The wine list is comprehensive with quite a few choices available by the glass.
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