Taking inspiration from Europe’s ‘grand cafés’, this glam all-day brasserie is the younger sibling of The Wolseley, and has a similar put-your-glad-rags-on, special-occasion feel. The menu celebrates the heritage dishes of Central Europe, including tarte flambée (a pizza-like flatbread from Alsace, savoury with smoked bacon, sweet with soft shallots) and a golden Wiener schnitzel of veal beaten thin, crisply fried. Desserts include strudels and a sensational Sachertorte. Refreshingly, you’re treated with equal decorum whether you’re a big spender or just popping in for Welsh rarebit or hot chocolate. A real treat.
Around £120 for two. br> Read The Delaunay review
British-leaning and grazing-friendly – from potted meats to small plates of seasonal greens, this is local hero and chef-proprietor Adam Byatt (also of Trinity in SW4) at his casual best.
Around £80 for two. br> Read Bistro Union review
Another excellent ‘grand brasserie’ from Corbin and King of Rex Restaurants (The Wolseley, The Delaunay). In spite of the imposing art deco setting (a former hotel ballroom), prices are supremely reasonable.
Around £55 for two. br> Read Brasserie Zédel review
Chef Ollie Dabbous has wowed both critics and the public with his gossamer-light haute cuisine: tiny plates of ‘lovely – but what is it?’ dishes that always impress and surprise. No wonder it’s so hard to snag a table.
Around £130 for two. br> Read Dabbous review