Having recently been awarded a Michelin star and 3 AA Rosettes within its first year of opening, Ametsa has been widely hailed for its quality New Basque cuisine. Ametsa is a collaboration between The Halkin and a team that includes chef Elena Arzak along with her father Juan Mari Arzak, Mikel Sorazu, Igor Zalakain and Xabier Gutierrez.
Win: Three course dinner for two with a bottle of wine
Assado, a new restaurant from chef Cyrus Todiwala, is designed to ensure effortless dining with an emphasis on quality and flavour. Located at the heart of Assado, the live kitchen showcases hot meals as they are prepared for diners.
Win: Lunch or dinner for two with a bottle of house wine
Serving up comforting American-inflected cuisine, such as lobster mac and New England clam chowder, Avenue offers art-focused interiors and a French and American-driven wine list.
Win: three course meal for two with sommelier's wine choice
The award-winning Bar Boulud is a French-inspired bistro and wine bar at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. The menu is based on seasonal, rustic French cooking, including an array of charcuterie, house-made terrines and pâtés specially prepared on-site.
Win: Three course lunch or dinner for two with wine pairings from the sommelier
One of London's most famous Thai restaurants offers a new menu inspired by the award-winning Blue Elephant Bangkok. It's overseen by Nooror Somany-Steppe, one of the founders of the group, established some 25 years ago.
Win: Three course meal for two with a bottle of house wine
Both menu and design of Chop Shop combine influences of New York and London, creating a lively neighbourhood restaurant. The menu itself includes some favourites from the group's Altamarea restaurant in New York City, including Morini meatballs and the patty melt burger sandwich, as well as new collaborative dishes such as the cottage pasta pie.
Win: Dinner for two with a bottle of house wine
Located just off Smithfield market in a former Lyons Tea House, chef Pascal Aussignac’s Club Gascon kitchen boasts seasonal produce cooked in a style originating from South West France. The Michelin-starred restaurant pays homage to the gastronomy of Aussignac's native Gascony.
Win: Three courses from Le Marché menu with sommelier’s wine pairings
Flesh & Buns
Flesh & Buns is the first restaurant in London to specialise in hirata buns (DIY filled steamed buns) and offer what is best described as Japanese drinking food. The menu at Flesh & Buns is divided into four sections: ‘raw and snack’ and ‘small dishes' (hot and cold), followed by ‘flesh and buns’ and ‘desserts’.
Win: Sunday brunch for four guests
House of Ho
Bobby Chinn opened The House of Ho in January 2014 on Old Compton Street in Soho. The House of Ho’s contemporary Vietnamese menu echoes Bobby’s 18 years living and working in both Hanoi and Saigon.
Win: Dinner for two, with a house cocktail on arrival and a bottle of house wine
An award-winning Italian restaurant in the heart of London’s city, L’Anima offers contemporary Italian cooking in sleek and elegant surroundings, overseen by chef Francesco Mazzei.
Win: Four course tasting menu for two, plus a glass of prosecco on arrival
Plum + Spilt Milk
Renowned chef Mark Sargeant oversees the kitchen at Plum + Spilt Milk, creating a menu based on British ingredients cooked simply yet creatively, in a relaxed yet elegant environment.
Win: Three courses plus a bottle of house wine for two people
10 years ago Roka Charlotte Street opened in London, specialising in contemporary Japanese Robatayaki cuisine. Group Executive Chef Hamish Brown has created an extensive menu, featuring signature dishes including lamb cutlets with Korean spice and black cod marinated in yuzu miso.
Win: A seasonal tasting menu for two people plus matching wine
Overseen by husband and wife team, Alex and Saiphin Moore, Rosa’s Carnaby serves Thai classics alongside recent additions, including 15 freshly developed dishes inspired by Saiphin’s recent trips to Bangkok and Hong Kong.
Win: Three course meal for two with a bottle of house wine
Salt Yard is an award-winning bar and restaurant, serving modern tapas inspired by the flavours and produce of Spain and Italy, plus a selection of charcuterie, cheeses and Ibérico hams carved to order. Head chef Dan Sherlock works alongside Chef Director, Ben Tish, to create a wide-ranging menu of tapas dishes.
Win: Meal for two with wines chosen by the sommelier
Chef-patron Arnaud Stevens launched Sixtyone restaurant in November 2013, and the focus is on modern British menus, with strong seasonal flavours. Dishes include mussels with bread soup, crispy suckling pork belly and rabbit confit.
Win: Three course meal and a bottle of wine for two
Spice Market offers a menu inspired by Southeast Asian cuisine. Guests can enjoy sharing Vietnamese or Thai street-style food with their companions.
Win: Tasting menu for two with a bottle of house wine
SUDA’s team has created a celebration of rice, from the classic to the more adventurous, with the common theme of Thai flavours running throughout.
Win: Three course lunch or dinner for two with a bottle of house wine
Tartufo is a fine-dining restaurant at No.11 Cadogan Gardens. Chef Manuel Oliveri concentrates on a menu of mainly northern Italian dishes, but is also inspired by the likes of the French cooking of Gauthier Soho, resulting in light 'Modern European' cuisine.
Win: Three course dinner for two with matching wine
Theo Randall at the InterContinental
Celebrated chef Theo Randall blends local ingredients with hand-picked Italian imports to create rustic fare. The daily changing menu is inspired by his regular trips to Italy and dictated by the best seasonal ingredients available from the market every day.
Win: Three course meal for two from the set menu
The Begging Bowl
This Peckham eaterie opened in 2012, offering Thai street food by chef Jane Alty. Colour-coded by price, and designed for sharing tapas-style, the dishes include only a few of the usual suspects (Thai fish cakes, for example), the rest of the menu is built around less familiar options and ingredients.
Win: Four courses and a bottle of house wine for two people
The Truscott Arms
The Truscott Arms is an independently owned pub in the heart of Maida Vale, with a smart and spacious dining room that uses seasonal British ingredients to create a menu with plenty of ambition.
Win: Three course dinner for two with a bottle of house wine
Discover a delicious snapshot of London’s exciting restaurant scene as Taste of London, sponsored by Electrolux, returns to Regent’s Park this June 18-22. Attendees will get to taste tapas-sized dishes from 40 of London’s hottest restaurants, watch world-class chefs live on stage and explore the finest food and drink from top producers.
Between bites, you can get kitchen secrets in a programme of live demonstrations on the Electrolux Taste Theatre from chefs including Tom Kerridge, Michel Roux Jnr, Monica Galetti, Massimo Bottura, René Redzepi and more. For more information, head to the Taste of London site.
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Demoiselle by Galvin
Located at Harrods, just around the corner from the department store's Georgian restaurant, this new dining spot from the Galvin brothers' stable benefits from a bucketload of light. There's a terrace too, if you feel the window frames, grilles, jambs and whatnot are getting in the way of your sun. An accessible food menu ranges from shellfish bisque with cheese straws, charcuterie boards and Galvin-cure smoked salmon to spatchcock poussin cooked on the Josper grill. Lemon sole meunière with brown shrimps and cucumber and a baked lobster fishcake also feature. Desserts include crème caramel and tarte-tatin with crème Normande. French and English cheeses are available, too.
Venue says: “Join us for the two best meals of the day - brunch and afternoon tea!”
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