Ah, it is the start of 2019, a new year – time for ‘new year resolutions, new start captions on social media, fitness initiatives, an increase in gym applications and detox regimes. Health conscious eating may be a part of personal upgrades in 2019 , but how does it mix with fun social excursions. Any seasoned Westend musical/theatre attendee will know that a satisfying meal is part and parcel of the experience. Not ideal when you’re cutting down on carbs but absolutely essential for an indulgent evening in the Westend. Here are the top Westend restaurants to complement your evening this January:
The Delaunay, 55 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BB
A perennial favourite with Westend theatre goers/the city crowd, The Delauney is a glossy and polished Westend establishment. Here, the David Collins interior impresses upon entry and the sleek stone floors adds a bit of finesse to the old school Viennese decor. As such, the menu is almost old world European with wiener schnitzel, chicken Kiev and kedgree. All of the patisserie on offer are distinctly Viennese, including a marvellous sachertorte. As a pre or post theatre treat, it does not get any better than this fashionable spot.
Dishoom Carnaby, 22 Kingly Street, London W1B 5QB
Located in Kingly Street of West London, Dishoom is a feast for all the senses. Here, 1960s Bombay kitsch and a vibrant atmosphere creates a lasting impression. The menu utilises the best, freshest ingredients with a handful of spice. Their grills and biryanis are just as enchanting as the spicy cocktails list. Try their house chai for a warming welcome to 2019! Perfect for theatre parties and an indulgent experience, Dishoom is a Westend must.
Frog by Adam Handling, 34-38 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HF
Impressive and high octane, the Frog is a competent venue for Westend theatre lovers this January. Their showstopping 8 course tasting menus will indulge the palate and they reinvent classics such as the Iberico pork with aplomb. It is an ambitious venue that is sure to please, and the flavour combinations are some of the most daring in the Westend. The wine options are also delightful.
The Ivy, 1-5 West Street, London WC2H 9NQ
A Westend favourite for over 100 years, there are great reasons for the Ivy's longevity. A facelift in 2015 gave it more glamour and it takes its place alongside some of London's most iconic venues. Everything from the tasteful art deco decor to the impeccable service is deserving of its reputation. It is the place to be seen and sample their delicious offerings such as the classic Ivy Sheperds pie, confit duck and grouse. Although the menu is starting to burst with new dishes introduced over the years, the chefs are accomplished in cooking them all well.
J Sheekey, 28-32 St Martin's Court, London WC2N 4AL
J Sheekey is proudly old school and it doesn't pretend to be an experimentally outlandish. It serves fish and seafood of the highest quality, with a smile and great service. Diners can settle comfortably into the leather banquettes and admire some of the surrealist paintings adorning the wood panel walls.,But the real high light is the lobster, finest Diver sole, dressed crab and fruits de mer. Their interpretation of a classic fish pie is to die for, and their wine list has been selected with care.
Joe Allen, 2 Burleigh Street, London WC2E 7PX
American comfort food has never tasted so good at Joe Allen, it is a no nonsense Americana inspired venue that is bursting with flavours. Albeit, it is not a contender for the Michelin, Joe Allen delights with its American classics such as cocktails, lobster brioche roll, glazed short ribs, steaks, and the tasty Joe Allen hot dog made with beef frankfurter.
Kettner's Townhouse, 29 Romilly Street, London W1D 5HP
Founded in 1867 by Auguste Kettner, the favourite chef of Emperor Napoleon III, Kettner's Townhouse sets the tone for culinary excellence. It even has a champagne and piano bar for patrons decked out with marble and luxurious materials. It is urbane but also timeless. When it comes to the menu, Kettner's Townhouse does French comfort food really well-the small plates are made for sharing and the classics such as wintry crab, French onion tart, lobster, roast Ban ham chicken are cooked beautifully.
Margot , 45 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AA
With attention to service and an impeccably sourced Italian menu, Margot has the foundations for a great Westend restaurant. It can be described as Italian classic, with all the pastas, antipasti, gnocchi and veal osso buco that you can handle. The meats just melts in your mouth and the flavours will make you forget about that January diet asap. In contrast to the heavy and fat saturated dishes in some other Italian Westend restaurants, Margot has a lighter touch.
Nopi, 21-22 Warwick Street, London W1B 5NE
The more upmarket version of his Ottolenghi chain, Nopi is devoted to Middle Eastern inspired healthy cuisine. Here, the sea trout dazzles with koji rice and the nectarines have never tasted as sweet with Gorgonzola. Nopi has caught the trend for raw and vegetarian, incorporating many dishes into its menu. The depths of flavour and creativity are second to none if you are looking for mid price range and eclectic cuisine.
Parsons, 39 Endell Street, London WC2H 9BA
Friendly and unpretentious, Parsons is a seafood venue that is sure to delight. The secret of its success is the price and quality-seen in classic dishes such as potted shrimp croquettes, cod fritters in light batter and octopus with pork fat potatoes. The fishes can be ordered whole -as in, the entire plaice or sea bass.
Quo Vadis, 26-29 Dean Street, London W1D 3LL
Founded in 1926, Quo Vadis is a gem of Soho complete with leather banquettes and stained glass windows. The dining experience is refined with Janaury offerings of goose hash with fried eggs, chutney kedgeree and pie of the day. Diners never know what to expect as the menu changes with the seasons but the quality of the cooking and service is top notch.
Roka Aldwych, 71 Aldwych, London WC2B 4HN
High end, contemporary Japanese dining is the effect that Roka goes for and it succeeds with charm. It has many locations across London but the Westend location is arguably the most enchanting. Here, natural stones, timbers and dried oaks adds to the quiet sophistication. Some of the January highlights include a robata grill, Korean lamb cutlets and black cod with yuzu miso. The sashimi and sushi are sumptuous, owing to the sourcing that the restaurant uses. You can pair each dish with high end sakes, shochu cocktails and even Japanese whiskey.
Savoy Grill at The Savoy, The Savoy, Strand, London WC2R 0EU
Many famous people of the past and present have enjoyed the hospitality of The Savoy, and the offerings of its Savoy Grill. Dining there feels like partaking in history, adding your own presence to the glittery halls. The Savoy Grill is a plush venue, complete with chandeliers and an aura of lively sophistication. It is respectful of the Savoy culinary heritage, serving the original peach melba and omelette Arnold Bennett. Grills, roasts, braises and chops are also the highlight of the restaurant which never fails to delight.
Terroirs, 5 William IV Street, London WC2N 4DW
Everything about Terroirs says Gallic charm and it delivers in flavour and quality. Focusing on a seasonal menu with signature pork terrine and duck rilettes, there are plenty of charcuterie, baguettes and cheeses to go around. Wine lovers can rejoice in Terroirs selection of natural wines which features organic, artisan produce served from biodynamic bottles. The quality of their wines is perfectly paired with the melt in mouth textures of their foods.
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10 January 2019