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.
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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
The menu at this Turkish restaurant in Clapton certainly offers plenty of choice - it spans breakfast, lunch and dinner, with more than your average number of dishes in each category. All can be enjoyed with views out onto Chatsworth Road, thanks to large floor-to-ceiling windows. The breakfast offering combines Turkish, Mediterranean and European elements, and there are wraps as well as egg dishes. The Turkish menus at lunch and dinner include many of the country’s classic dishes, with a long list of meze (starters) both cold and hot, a number of main courses (including fish and steaks) cooked on the grill, a few casseroles, and a few vegetarian dishes. Modern touches include the use of sesame oil and soy sauce in roasted seasonal vegetables.