Nowhere does fine dining like London. Haute Living has the low-down on five of the finest fine dining restaurants in town
1 Bar Boulud
Daniel Boulud’s London outpost is our destination of choice for fine dining in the capital. The kitchen doesn’t put a foot wrong with dishes like Croque Monsieur and 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.
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, SW1
2 Boisdale of Belgravia
This fabulous Scottish restaurant, run by Ranald Macdonald, is often referred to as the unofficial Scottish embassy in London. There are six places to eat and drink – the clubby Back bar, richly panelled Jacobite room, Auld restaurant, Cigar Terrace, charming courtyard garden with its retractable roof and, our favourite, the Macdonald Bar which manages to be large yet intimate, buzzy but private. Food is sophisticated but scrumptious. Expect Scotland at its best: think Loch Ryan oysters, Hebridean crab, haggis and Aberdeen angus aged steaks. Mmmm.
15 Eccleston Street, Belgravia, SW1
3 Cinammon Club
Housed in what was once a Victorian library, The Cinnamon Club certainly has the wow factor: think wooden panelling, lofty ceilings and a leather lined book gallery. The modern Indian food also elates 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.
The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street, SW1
4 J Sheekey
This long running West End haunt – owned since the turn of the 20th century by the Caprice group – is one of London’s most iconic eateries and has earned a reputation as the capital’s best fish restaurant. Keira Knightley, Kate Moss, Kelly Brook and Ewan McGregor certainly seem to think so. They are just a few of the celebs who have been spotted sneaking in for Sheekey’s famous fish pie. You’ll also find an array of oysters – West Mersea pearls, Lindisfarne rocks and fines de claire all feature - on the menu.
28-32 St Martins Court, WC2
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