Everything from the fairy lights to the fireplace is cosily soft focus at Clos Maggiore, often billed as the most romantic restaurant in London.
Romantic settings don’t get more splendidly over-the-top than this. Take your pick from the wood-panelled restaurant or the atmospheric conservatory, bedecked in a forest of fake white blossoms that seem to extend into eternity as they bounce off the restaurant’s mirrors. Fairy lights, candles and a fireplace add to the soft focus vibe. On our early evening visit, tables were filled with mature couples and curious tourists. It’s a Provençal-inspired menu, and although à la carte choices are pegged at the sharp end, the pre-theatre menu offering is a bargain. A cavernous bowl of gazpacho topped with crunchy croûtons and diced cucumber blew our socks off (in a good way) with its unashamedly pungent garlicky kick. Satisfyingly filling, a trio of meaty bites – foie gras terrine, herby pork shoulder confit and a tasty kofta – made for a carnivore’s delight. Less memorable, chunky roasted pollock fillet was tender and juicy, but overshadowed by a rich moat of vermouth cream, buttery crushed potatoes and softened leeks (more butter) – not one for the faint-hearted. Service is polished, if a tad austere, and the wine selection seriously impressive.
|Venue name:||Clos Maggiore||Contact:|
33 King Street
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-2.15pm daily. Dinner served 5-11pm Mon-Sat; 5-10pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Covent Garden or Leicester Square tube|
|Price:||Main courses £17-£29. Set meal (lunch Mon-Fri; 5-6pm, 10-11pm Mon-Thur) £15.50 2 courses (£19.50 incl half bottle of wine), £19.50 3 courses (£23.50 incl half bottle of wine); (lunch Sat; lunch, 5-9.30pm Sun) £22.50 3 courses (£26.50 incl half bottle of wine). Set dinner (5-6pm Fri, Sat) £22.50 2 courses. Tasting menu (lunch Mon-Fri; 5-10pm Mon-Sat; 5-9pm Sun) £49 (£81 incl wine), (lunch Sat, Sun) £39 (£64 incl wine)|
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