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Leicester Square Kitchen

Restaurants, Pan-South American Leicester Square
5 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
Leicester Square Kitchen
Venue says Celebrate Christmas Day with our five-course menu that includes lobster, beef Wellington and Champagne palate cleansers: £95 per person.

Time Out says

A restaurant from the Edwardian Hotels London group promising a mixed Mexican and Peruvian menu.

Leicester Square Kitchen says
As seen on BBC One’s Celebrity MasterChef, Leicester Square Kitchen embraces the art of shared dining in the heart of London’s most iconic square. Showcasing a selection of contemporary Mexican & Peruvian small plates, complemented with the finest wines and signature cocktails, a variety of memorable dining experiences await.

Alternatively, our popular Saturday Margarita Masterclasses allows you to take lessons from the professionals in crafting delicious Margaritas and other signature favourites, while enjoying a selection of canapés and a well-deserved dinner of contemporary Mexican and Peruvian cuisine. Every Tuesday, delight in our entire range of 10 hard and soft tacos, paired with your choice of two signature Margarita cocktails for £35 per person with Our Taco & Margarita Experience. Dinner reservations on Fridays and Saturdays will be accompanied by our live DJ. Take advantage of these offers by selecting the 'offer' time slot when booking online via our reservations widget.

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Address: 31-36 Leicester Square
London
WC2H 7LH
Transport: Tube: Leicester Sq
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Tastemaker

The newly refurbished Hampshire Hotel is lovely. A great mix of classic and contemporary. The Kitchen is great,I had cocktails there and my rum cocktail was paired with a cone of chocolate to go with it,such a great touch. It's a smart place to go to but is relatively unknown,which means it's a nice and calm atmosphere of guests at the adjoining hotel and passer by's.For the people who know,it's a perfect meeting place for central london eats and drinks but shhhhh! don't tell to many people or they will all want in ;P 

tastemaker

Leicester Square Kitchenis the third restaurant from Edwardian Hotels. Based in the center of London, it offers contemporary small dishes based on the unique, vibrant and freshflavoursof Mexico and Peru. 

Large windows create a light, airy space with dark partition walls and a ceilingwhich seems to be covered in dried grass. The white marble topped tables that are becoming synonymous with 'the Kitchens' come in different heights to create a stylish, welcoming and relaxed environment to enjoy a bite or two. 

Homemade nachos with guacamole arrived at the table first, which were delicious. A generous bowl of creamy guacamole with warmingchilliand nachos which left your fingers coated with a fine orange dust.

The balance of spice on the Mayan-spiced marinated chicken with black lime, garlic salsa and cayenne pepper mayo was perfect. The soft tacos almost melted in your mouth and the cayenne pepper mayo tied everything together in a creamy but warming way. This was in no way an elegant dish to eat – as you bit into it the filling came out and oozed around your mouth.Icould have just eaten these for the rest of the right, but I’m quite glad I didn’t. 

The chicken tacos were swiftly followed by the sea bass ceviche. The sea bass was soft and smooth, the avocado ripened to perfectionand creamy, the sauce tangy and sharp – a fabulouspalatecleanser. 

Don’t think that you’ll be let down by thevegetarian disheshere – the Mexican street-spice asparagus isgrilled on skewers and still retains a crunch. It is thensmothered in a rich, thick, glossy saucewith bags offlavourand spice which will hit you with every mouthful, andlightly toasted sesame seedsthat addtexture

The stone bass flakes as soon as your folk touches it. A crust of Andeanchillilime sea salt doesn't overpower the delicateflavour, but enhances it, almostdraws it out,so thatyou are stopped in your tracks. 

If you only try one thing on the menu, try the robato pisco-glazed smoked paprika ribs. They arrived sizzling hot, with the sauce bubbling around the meat. They were coated inathick, sumptuous sauce that was spicy and sticky andcoatedeverything it came in contact with – including my fingers. There is no elegant or clean way to eat these so have an extra stash of napkins at the ready because you will need them. It is worth it though as these spicy treats are addictively good. 

The tostadas were not what I was expecting. When I think tostada I think something covered in cheese and not particularly elegant, however Leicester Square Kitchen took them to the next level. If I had one criticism it would be that the smoked tuna could have been a touch more smoky, but it was soft and smooth in your mouth and again the tequila lime mustard cut through with a unique sharpness from the tequila.I will definitely remember this restaurant for its amazing saucesand salsas

Make sure you save room for dessert, especially the LimaSensación.Aring of the softest, creamiest, most delicate coconut mousse isfilled with a sweet, sticky guavapurée. Texture comes from a crisp and tacky raspberry tuile that sticks your teeth together, and a lime sponge adds a tartness to cut through the sweetness of the dish.

The Esfera de Chocolate were good, but not quite as satisfying. Warm chocolate doughnuts explode with gooey chocolate and pistachio as soon as your spoon hits it. Like everything else in this restaurant, the filling tasted divine, but the doughnuts themselves were slightly chewy and not as crisp on the outside as I would like. Thedulchede leche ice cream that was served with it was smooth and sublime and rich, and thecaramelisedpistachios like little explosions of sugar in your mouth. All they need to do now is perfect the doughnut. 

What tops off the experience at Leicester Square Kitchen is the service – it is impeccable. Our waiter for the evening, Antonio, was brought in from Monmouth Kitchen after its fantastic success. He also had a brilliant memory, remembering us from the previous time, remembering what we had liked and disliked, and making spot on recommendations. Good service is simple. Great service takes time, practice and dedication, and the service at Leicester Square Kitchen is great. 

Leicester Square Kitchen did not disappoint and if you are looking for a restaurant where you can enjoy some interesting and unique food, Iwouldwhole heartedly recommend coming here. Fantastic food, friendly service and a relaxed environment – what more do you need? 

Tastemaker

I am so impressed with the food here. I was not expecting such great and affordable food in a hotel restaurant. The atmosphere was also casual and not stuffy. Service was probably the best I have had in the past year. Big shout out to our waiter Antonio who by the end of the night left us feeling like we had known him for years. All his recommendations were spot on, and he even encouraged us to order a repeat of the amazing desserts! Will definitely be back and this is a much cheaper alternative to some of the other top peruvian places out there.

tastemaker

New addition to Leicester Square, serving contemporary Mexican and Peruvian food. It has a good atmosphere and I felt this launch was much better than the one at Monmouth Kitchen. They had a DJ, but we still managed a conversation. This will be the place to be once summer arrives, with the layout and location of the place. 

Food was good, again, the tacos were a perfect mouthful, but there needs to be more of it! My favourite was the shredded crab tostadas and definitely the deserts, lima sensacion and frescura de mango, which were light and summery. Many of the dishes seemed to be topped with the same salsa so they tasted similar after a while though. 

Our waiter, Aaron, was enthusiastic and passionate. He was helpful and seemed to really know the menu and actually cared about the place so had a great attitude. 

Wheelchair access: It's part of the Radisson hotel so had accessible toilets and step free entrance. 

Tastemaker

Located in the newly refurbished Radisson Blue lobby in Leicester Square, it's hard to imagine a good restaurant coming into fruition in the heart of the tourist trap district. But lo and behold, Leicester Square Kitchen manages to deliver on both taste and presentation. Going for the industrial chic look, Leicester Square Kitchen cuts a fine figure as you walk into the restaurant, with tastefully chosen silver furniture and a running black and grey theme through the venue. It's pretty fancy to say the least.


The restaurant specializes in Mexican and Peruvian food, and handily divides the menu into two so you can take your pic from both countries. We ordered a total of 6 dishes for two people. Seeing as they had tacos, we were delighted, and ordered their signature chicken soft tacos, their prawn hard tacos, and their crab tostadas. The chicken tacos were an absolute delight, like a tiny burst of incredible flavours in your mouth. The other two were good too, but somehow the idea of cold ingredients in a warm taco shell didn't quite sit well with us. Nonetheless, they were flavourful and spicy, a good way to whet our appetites. Take note that these are really tiny portions, and one taco literally fits in the palm of your hand, so don't rely on just having them for a complete meal.


For the mains, we ordered their calamari served with a tequila-lime mayonnaise. The calamari was of a decent size, and warm and crispy, and although a little strange at first, we quickly got used to the dip, which, laced with tequila, made for a very different taste. This was followed up with a seared scallop ceviche, which was really good, as seared seafood goes, but take note there were only three scallops served so don't expect an entire bowlful of seafood (although the greens served were fresh and went very well with the ceviche sauce) We also ordered the chili cheese sliders (small but tasty!) and the spare ribs in a pisco-paprika sauce. The ribs were definitely the highlight of our meal as the sauce was lip-smacking good, and the meat on the ribs done to fall-off-the-bone perfection.


Their cocktail menu, being mexican/peruvian only had tequila mixes (and a bellini). Not being the biggest fan of tequila, one hopes that in future they might expand to include pisco inspired cocktails as well! 


All in all, a very good experience at Leicester Square Kitchen, and we had a great waitress attending to us too, and service was very attentive. Although a tad on the pricey side for the tiny portions you get, it's central London after all, and for the quality of the food you get, it's a pretty worthwhile experience. For the money-savvy, take advantage of their first week opening half off food and savour these innovative creations.