Restaurants in the City have many roles to fill – from meeting rooms to celebration halls – and they do this in a variety of ways. Sauterelle is on the mezzanine level of the Royal Exchange, so diners can watch the action of the shopping centre from above. Or, for those who just want a quick lunch, there's City Càphê, one of the best bánh mì (basically a Vietnamese baguette) delis in the whole of London.
Think we've missed a great restaurant in the Square Mile? Let us know in the comment box below.
There’s a dedicated entrance for the restaurants in Heron Tower, from where a glass lift will whizz you in seconds up to Duck & Waffle on the 40th floor, or its glitzier sibling Sushisamba two floors below. The views are, as you might expect, stunning – if you’re pointed in the right direction and, preferably, sitting at a window table (many of which are for two diners only).Read more
‘Visitor bag search’, the sign read. Next to it was a walk-through metal detector and a burly security guard. He had a glint in his eye, the kind that says, ‘I’ve got a box of latex gloves here, and if I find so much as a nail file in your purse, I won’t be afraid to use them.’ So we approached the receptionist instead. ‘Is this the way to City Social?’ ‘No,’ she sighed, ‘this is the main entrance, you’ll need the side door, opposite Wagamama.’ Happily, there’s only a single gatekeeper at the alternative entrypoint, so once you negotiate a long, oppressive tunnel and an express lift so fast it’ll make your ears pop – boom – you’re in.Read more
Michael Nadra Primrose Hill
Venue says: 2-for-1 cocktail happy hour every day from 4pm-6pm. Lunch - two-courses £21, three-courses £26. Sunday roast, al fresco dining.
Michael Nadra's new Primrose Hill restaurant is one of those places that has the potential to be really good. The chefs can clearly cook, the menu makes an interesting read and there are plenty of innovative ingredients in the dishes. They're just trying to pack a bit too much in. As with the Chiswick original the menu is predominantly European, with the odd Asian twist. Featuring well-presented dishes such as prawn and scallop dumplings in a (slightly overpowering) broccoli and spinach velouté and juicy grilled rump of lamb with ratatouille and rosemary gnocchi, as well as the à la carte, there's a well-priced prix fixe or six-course tasting menu to choose from. New to this branch is the martini bar which also serves small plates of tempura or the Peruvian raw, marinated fish dish ceviche (also available as part of a meal). My Japanese dining companion described the innovative lamb sweetbread 'tempura' with pea purée and rosemary jus as 'nice, but it's not tempura'. It was not just the Western treatment; the batterwas also erring on the greasy side of crisp. A main of scotch fillet steak with braised cheeks and creamy truffle mash was executed well - the steak cooked perfectly à point, the cheeks fork-tender. As is often the case with European/Asian fusion restaurants, the Western cooking skills and flavours proved stronger here. Michael Nadra's Camden canalside location and atmospheric dining areas - including a Grade II-listed horse tunnel, complete with cobbled floor