11 January 2019
Are you in the mood for a theatre show in London this winter, and partial to fine dining within close proximity? Perhaps you would like to impress your date with an evening of entertainment followed by some culinary delights. Here, Haute Girls have compiled our shortlist of the best pre and post Theatre restaurants to enjoy this winter 2019. So have a read and discover your next gastronomic destination.
Aqua Kyoto, 240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll Street), London W1B 3BR
Visualise elegant, high end Japanese cuisine with some pizzazz. This is Aqua Kyoto in summation and it gets even better; decorated with exquisite silk padded booths and a theatrical red lantern, it is the perfect, and dramatic setting for a Theatre meal. The mood and ambience is as close it gets to Tokyo Ginza district in London. What about the menu? This is where Aqua Kyoto shines for regular patrons and first time diners alike. Each bite of their sushi and classic Japanese dishes is bursting with flavour and innovative. Some of the highlights of their Experience Menu this January 2019 include: wagyu gyoza, 12 pieces of chef selected sashimi, rock shrimp style tempura, wagyu beef with foie gras miso, yuzu parfait with almond praline.
Balthazar, 4-6 Russell Street, London WC2B 5HZ
A classic brasserie with a French menu to die for, Balthazar has that lively atmosphere that diners in the Westend love. It has a lot of buzz and personality as far as brasseries go. The chefs are very accomplished too, turning classics into delicious morsels that keep diners coming back for more. It is the ideal place for a bite anytime of the day, bt dinner is especially sumptuous with lobsters, caviar, luxury plateau de fruits de mer, garlic escargot, baked scallops, French veal T bone and fresh native oysters this January 2019. One thing is for sure-you will not leave Balthazar hungry.
Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill, 11-15 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DG
Having survived in London for more than a century, Bentley’s take their expertise in oysters and turns it up a notch for diners. For discerning, connoisseurs of fresh oysters, Bentleys is the place to be. The atmosphere is convivial and elegant, the perfect setting to crack open some bivalves. Luxurious sea platters, fruits of the sea aplenty and an abundance of great wines including the accolade Wine List of The Year. The place deserves a visit if you are serious about seafood. This January 2019, their seasonal menu includes: Baerii and Beluga caviar, scallops ceviche, langoustines, dressed crab and lobster, Bentleys Royal fish pie, turbot, dover sole and lobster whole.
Bocca di Lupo, 12 Archer Street, London W1D 7BB
Lively, busy and high energy-Bocca di Lupo embodies Londons Westend in a restaurant. Tourists and local Londoners love it-it has the cachet with its marble bar and laid back chic. The cuisine is Italian, and very robust it is in flavour and the menu changes with the seasons. A must if you adore Italian food with the rustic touch. This January 2019, their seasonal main menu includes: Crescentine, squaquerone, parma ham, Risotto nero, Rustic pork & foie gras sausage with farro & porcini.
Bob Bob Ricard, 1 Upper James Street, London W1F 9DF
Probably one of the most opulent restaurants in Londons Westend, Bob Bob Ricard differentiates itself through its surroundings (and VIP patrons) and outrageously deluxe menu with all manners of glitzy ingredients thrown in. Treat yourself this January to a sumptuous menu of: Russian Oscietra sturgeon caviar, Jersey rock oysters, lobster crab and shrimp pelmeni, slow roasted pork belly, beef wellington, sole with lobster and champagne veloute, and finishing with a signature chocolate glory.
Brasserie Zédel, 20 Sherwood Street, London W1F 7ED
Brasserie Zedel was a former ballroom and it has retained that charm in the decor. It may be close to the tourist traps of Piccadilly Circus but it is worth a visit for the Gallic menu that is both simple and deeply comforting on a cold winter’s night. This January, enjoy their seasonal menu of: duck breast, moroccan couscous, cointreau sauce, whole lemon sole, caper & lemon butter,stone bass fillet, wilted spinach, red wine butter, the alsacienne plus morteau sausage.
Cafe Monico, 39-45 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6LA
A part of the Soho House group, Café Monico is alluring in that cosmopolitan, classy way. For goodness sake, it even has green leather in the decor-the colour of affluence. Diners are greeted by friendly staff and the soft jazz music in the background. When it comes to the menu itself, the quality, presentation and flavours score well with diners. This January, their menu includes: Chicken paillard, tomatoes, capers, Sea bass, spinach, capers & lemon, Whole roast chicken with mash & gravy, Fromage du jour.
Cafe Murano, St James's 33 St James’s Street, London SW1A 1HD
A dressed down version of Murano, but full of its own personality, Cafe Murano is an excellent for the discerning diner this winter. Never before has winter comfort food seem so elegant. Impeccably sourced and prepared, the food is dazzling. This January, diners can enjoy: venison carpaccio with boretane onions, risotto osso buco, Portland crab risotto, sea bream with winter slaw, lamb neck and cannellini bean stew, Piedmont cheese selection and Polenta cake with caramelised orange.
Christopher's, 18 Wellington Street, London WC2E 7DD
Housed within a gorgeous grade II listed building, Christophers has the right ambience for a pre or post theatre treat. Always reliable and robust, the menu never fails to please. Their January theatre menu includes:Barbecue-rubbed Hereford Sirloin Steak,Pappardelle,Twice-cooked Breast of Chicken, and White Chocolate Pannacotta.
Clos Maggiore, 33 King Street, London WC2E 8JD
Synonymous with romantic dates in London, Clos Maggiore has an impressible ambience that speaks to the heart of lovers and serious diners alike. It is Gallic and speaks the language of romance. Even the decor breathes romance in the liberal use of fairy lights and wispy foliage. There is a glass roof conservatory which is open on warmer evenings. The menu is distinctly French with some subtle influences of Mediterranean cooking. The wine list is always excellent with a well informed sommelier to guide you. This January 2019, their tasting menu offers: hand picked Dorset crab remoulade, pan roasted les landes duck liver, poached fillet of Scottish trout with Sturia Baerii caviar, slow braised short rib of black Angus beef, Granny Smith apple parfait and artisan cheese board.
Cora Pearl, 30 Henrietta Street, London WC2F 8NA
Named after the infamous courtesan Cora Pearl, Cora Pearl restaurant is the perfect place for a theatrical meal this winter. It is simply a place to enjoy great food and soak in the Westend atmosphere. The menu is impressive without going into pretentious territory and everything is cooked with an elegant touch. It is comfort food with a touch of class, indeed. This January 2019, diners can enjoy a special, seasonal offering of: Cow’s Curd Agnolotti, Jerusalem Artichokes & Truffle, Cod & Spiced Crab, Veal Fillet, Celeriac & Bordelaise, Quince & Crème Fraiche Mille-Feuille, Tonka Bean Ice Cream, and St. Jude, Isle of Mull, Beenleigh Blue & Crackers.
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