Haute Living lets you in on the top places to go to broker that business deal
1 Bar Boulud
Daniel Boulud’s London outpost may have only opened last year but it’s already become the destination of choice for fine dining in the capital. The kitchen doesn’t put a foot wrong with dishes like Lapin de la garrigue (provencal pulled rabbit with carrot, courgette and herbs) to croquet monsieur, coq au vin and steak frites, all complimented by a masterfully assembled list of wines.
Service is utterly professional and the low key yet luxe setting in the basement of the buzzy Mandarin Oriental Hotel, can’t be bettered.
2 Cinnamon Club
Housed in what was once a Victorian library, The Cinnamon Club certainly has the wow factor: expect wooden panelling, lofty ceilings and a leather lined book gallery.
The modern Indian food is also fabulous and treats such as the ‘tasting of Bombay street food’ (doll sized portions of bhel poori and dhokla) are light enough that you won’t leave too full so as to spend the afternoon slumped over your desk in a stupor. This is an excellent choice but be warned: due to the restaurant’s proximity to Westminster, the place is inevitably packed with politicians.
3 The Depot
BBC power players and well heeled Barnes residents gather in this West London institution, for long, leisurely lunches. You can dine indoors overlooking the Thames, but while the sun has still got its hat on, you’ll do best to dine outdoors in the front courtyard. Rock oysters, chargrilled cote de boeuf and foie gras all feature on the menu, as do delicious desserts such as sticky toffee and date pudding with banana ice cream. Friendly service and fair prices have helped make this a fiercely popular venue.
Tideway Yard, 125 Mortlake High Street, SW14
020 8878 9462
4 The Engineer
One of London’s original and best gastropubs, the hugely popular Engineer is perennially packed in the summer, owing to its gorgeous garden. And the food? Gorgeous gastro pub classics like sirloin steak with béarnaise sit alongside vegetarian options like crisp polenta, braised artichoke hearts, lemon & parmesan cream and pea, ricotta & mint ravioli. A temple to North London chic, you could find yourself rubbing shoulders with Sadie Frost and friends.
One of the most talked about restaurants in London, this achingly fashionable eatery attracts politicians, power brokers and celebrities alike. They flock here in their droves for the chance to try an array of sushi that is guaranteed to send shivers down your spine. Save some room for dessert though: boasting innovative choices such as banana cake with coconut ice cream and peanut toffee sauce and green tea ice cream.
5 Raphael Street, Knightsbridge, SW7
020 7584 1010