Not many of us can jet off to faraway lands in the name of gluttony – even if you're all but a tasting menu away from ticking off all 100 of London's best restaurants it's likely you haven't made it to Babette in Stockholm, Raymonds in Newfoundland or Rosetta in Mexico City. Lyle's in Shoreditch (which is a superb restaurant in its own right) is offering you the chance to eat your way around the globe minus the airmiles with The Guest Series: monthly special guest appearances by some of the world's best chefs.
Back in August Jeremy Charles (chef at Canada's best restaurant Raymonds) served a menu involving cloudberries he picked personally in Newfoundland and maple syrup so precious he packed it in his own suitcase. Elena Reygadas's restaurant Rosetta is currently number 33 on the list of the World's 50 Best Restaurants, and back in May she served up specialities such as insects, flowers, avocado and kale (pictured).
This week's sold out dinners will be cooked by Olle Celton of Babette in Stockholm (with wines chosen by their sommelier, Johan Agrell), but booking will soon open for December, when celebrated Swedish chef Daniel Berlin will be in charge. Or wait until January for Bertrand Grébaut, whose restaurant Septime is rated five stars on Time Out Paris. The set menu costs £49 per person, which is no steal. But considering you can barely cross the Channel for less than that these days, it's not a lot to pay for a taste of the exotic.
Visit The Guest Series's website for details of upcoming events or call Lyle's on 020 3011 1547