I'm a big lover of sushi but haven't had any since coming to London. I figured since Itsu is right next to my uni, that'd be a good place to start :] The selection is pretty good. As sushi generally is, it's a bit expensive. I got the Health & Happiness selection, which came with quite a bit of sushi, for £7.95. Everything was very nice and quite fresh tasting. I wish I hadn't spent so much on it, but that's what you get when you don't just want one roll but a bit :]
Fine dining Lebanese restaurant conveniently located just off Piccadilly Circus. Try getting a table with the sofa benches against the walls as they are REALLY comfy. The restaurant does get busy, but tables are nicely spaced apart and with the tasteful Lebanese music playing in the background, it creates a calm and relaxing dining atmosphere. A great place to take your partner for a intimate date.
The food here isn't the best I've had, but everything is done to a good standard. Especially the freshly baked bread they serve here. If you go to the centre of the restaurant, you can actually see them making it from a traditional stone oven which is a nice feature.
The menu is slightly expensive for the food you get, but what brings me back here is the ambience and service. The waiters are friendly, professional and very helpful. Oh, and they have a great selection of wine to choose from.
Expect to pay £40 ~ £50 per person for a very filling meal including drinks.
It's a constant mystery to me how Wheeler's stays open because there is barely ever anybody in its wonderful, decadent bar.
It's a place of two halves: the restaurant, which is covered in sexy photographs (Bob Carlos Clarke's picture of Rachel Weisz in a leather shark fin number anyone?) that turn a formal dining area into something very naughty and fun - food is excellent. Go there. Now. And the bar.
Wow. This is a bar and a half. Even more so when you go there because it's perenially deserted meaning that even at 6.30 it feels like 4am. It's a huge, beautiful place, with stools at the long bar (sit there, way more fun than at a table) and a classic menu. Martinis and old 80s drinks a particular speciality.
If you ever harken back to the days when Wooster wandered the streets unsteadily with a white scarf dangling around his neck and men propped up bars talking to bartenders who called them "Sir" or "Mr", you'll love Wheeler's. And even if you don't, their cocktails are made with such style and efficiency that after two or three you'll be two pissed to notice. This is a real insider's place and definitely one to add to the London Classics tour.
A small group of us had a mid week dinner here recently. We ate in the main restaurant area, which felt a little bit formal for us, and lacking a little atmosphere probably because there were very few other diners in the restaurant. We ordered various starters and mains from the a la carte menu, all dishes were good and we felt the food was good quality and not too overpriced. The winelist was extensive - quite pricy for a good red and white though. One problem for me was that even though I had booked the table, and was clearly entertaining my guests, I was handed a menu with no prices in it, and when the bill was delivered to the table it was presented to one of my male guests which I found a little disconcerting. This will stop me returning which is a shame because the food was pleasant indeed.
i only went because i joined a friend who joined her friends who were staying at the hotel.
i like nice restaurants and hotel but i don't like places that are too posh and this one is a bit like that, although we were treated friendly but that was because of our friend's friends who were guests (and seem to be regulars at the hotel).
the menu could have less entriens and maybe one or 2 more vegetarian options.
I went for the rotisserie section, and I ordered a chicken breast with puree (potato mash for the brits).
my gf went for the risotto (she is the vegetarian); there were also 1 fillet steak and 2 fish dishes ordered.
the service is impeccable, even too much, that is one thing I don't like of this kind of posh establishment, the constant pouring of water and the constant asking if everything is ok.
other people ordered a bottle of wine, a red from chile; I don't drink so i can't comment on that.
the food came in a reasonable and yet not too short amount of time.
the chicken was perfectly cook, tender, tasty and the skin too was cooked to perfection.
The puree was perfectly shaped with some small waves on the top, something that I guess some people regard as great presentation, although to mee it looked worryngly like a man made piece of white plastic.
despite the presentation, it was nice potato mash.
a little bit more gravy would have been nice (I am sure if I had asked they would have brought it).
the chicken breast was more like a breast with a leg, however the meat being perfectly cooked, it came off the bone very easily, saving me from the embarrassment of using my hands.
we had dessert (and this time a bottle of pommery champagne was ordered). desserts were, as it could be expected, of the highest quality both in flavours and presentation.
another highlight of the meal was the bread basket which contained the usual selection of white and brown breads. the baguette was really extraordinary. It was one of the best baguettes I have ever eaten. It smelled really good (that nice, intense smell of bread) and the taste was perfect. I had to have an extra basket of baguette just for myself during the meal (of course being italian, it is natural to eat bread alongside the main course).
Our friend's friends were very kind and paid for the wine and the champagne, we only paid 25gbp each, i think the bill for 5 adults and 1 child came in excess of 200gbp but less than 300gbp, which, if true, is not too bad all considered.
It's not my kind of place but the food was really nice.
The best (pretty much only place) for very nice shoes that actually fit my ridiculously skinny feet. Whilst some makers have ditched anything outside the "normal" range in the search for better margins and bigger profits, C&J still make a whole range of shoes that fit me. Whilst they may seem expensive to start with, they last a long time if treated properly and can always be re-soled and even a full re-furb with relining as well as re-soleing. Friendly, helpful staff too.
I would have given the Trafalgar 5 stars if the service had been better, yesterday was a gorgeous sunny day and all the bar staff were chatting, joking and laughing in the bar area (who could blame them, it was so hot yesterday!). My friend and I waited 30 minutes to be serve (we counted 20 people including us on the roof terrace and 5 members of staff) so it was hardly "buzzing". My friend's food order was wrong and had to be sent back and she had to wait a further 30 minutes.
Poor service but with those views we coudn't really fault the place! Lunch bites were average, I had fish cakes and my friend had the parma/mozzarella/artichoke salad.
Next time we'll go just for drinks and we'll stay there for hours, might as well as they make you wait for ages for your drink!
I found this little patisserie and coffee shop by accident.
There are quite a few in Duke of York's Square but this one is friendly and unimposing.
Entered from both sides you get the choice of which side of the square to sit.
The selection of breads and pastries are fantastic.
I have a pan au chocolate and cappuccino and can honestly say I have not enjoyed a coffee and pastry as much anywhere else in London.
The pastry was home made and the coffee was fresh and flavourful.
The waitress did fill my coffee cup too much and spilt it upon placing on the table but this was not a problem. I didn't (and wouldn't have) complain but without hesitation the waitress took the coffee and made me a fresh cup.
It's about the usual price for a coffee house in the Kings Road but more than worth it - I cannot fault it.