Please note: Theo Randall at The InterContinental reopened in February 2016 following an interior refurbishment. The review below pertains to our visit in 2013. Eating & Drinking editors, Feb 2016.
Since 2006, when Theo Randall, long-time head chef at the River Café, opened this eponymous restaurant its reputation (and Randall’s media profile) has gone from strength to strength. The colourful, spacious dining room is high on comfort, if a little corporate, with cream leather, walnut wood and olive green shades. Service is caring and warm-hearted and the cooking, in our experience, is joyous. The carte is not cheap, featuring luxury produce such as Limousin veal and wild salmon. However, the set menu at lunch and early evening is not dumbed-down, and provides more than a glimpse of the kitchen’s quality output. We were blown away by the subtle combination of smoked eel, golden and red beetroots and horseradish – the dish was simple yet every component sang. Then, a perfect risotto with sea bass, prawns, vongole and monkfish nudged the flavour dial northwards. Wood-roasted guinea fowl, stuffed with parma ham and mascarpone, and served with porcini and portobello mushrooms, brought memories of long sunny Tuscan holidays. Indeed every part of our meal (bread, zucchini fritti, coffee) evoked sighs of pleasure. Portions are generous too; we were so full we had to forgo the Amalfi lemon tart.
Marvellous seasonal ingredients are selected to prepare simple but exciting dishes. Delicate antipasti selections include smoked prosciutto with trevisse tardivo, parmesan and aged balsamic. Dynamic main courses can be seen with such dishes as wood roasted guinea fowl stuffed with prosciutto di Parma, mascarpone and thyme roasted on pagnotti bruscetta. Theo Randall at the InterContinental also offers special vegetarian taster menus.
There are light, subtle desserts on offer, such as Amalfi lemon tart, as well as a comprehensive wine list. This, along with early suppers and post-theatre menus, ensure that Theo Randall at the InterContinental caters for a huge selection of tastes.
With chocolate and pistachio styling and subtle lighting, Theo Randall’s Mayfair restaurant gives diners relaxation and refinement to mix and contrast with their vibrant, colourful Italian fare. The historic London Hyde Park and Green Park are both a five-minute walk away.
|Venue name:||Theo Randall at the InterContinental||Contact:|
1 Hamilton Place, Park Lane
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Fri. Dinner served 6-11pm Mon-Sat, 6-10.30pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Hyde Park Corner tube|
|Price:||Main courses £28-£38. Set meal (lunch, 5.45-7pm, 9-11pm) £27 2 courses, £33 3 courses|
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Average User Rating
4.1 / 5
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First time booking online, it was very easy and reassuring. When we arrived we were meet by lovely service and experienced the same the whole night, plus the food was outstanding, thank you for a good time.
I've always tried to cook risotto at home, and my wife is always disappointed, where as all I had to do was bring them here, loved the food, and service, just wow!
We dined, last night and order off the 2-3 set menu, we had the cold meat selection, which was good, but trumped by the smoked eel, which was fantastic! The main was risotto & egg zucchini, both very good, as was the wine, and the service, highly recommended, especially the eel!
Smart but subterrarnean. Smart linen and service. Small portions but beautifully executed. Couldn't fault but I do like a restaurant with DAYLIGHT.
Ugh. This is the worst 'nice' restaurant I've ever been to. We came as a party of 8, all ordered different stuff and none of us could bring ourselves to eat more than half a plate. The food was universally bland. The service and staff were good but it doesn't matter when the food is this bad.