3 Extraordinary Culinary Experiences in London to Taste in 2016
By Norah Bradford.
Like the literary character Alice, a visit to London offers many unique experiences and a few gastronomic rabbit holes into which—lacking good advice and information—a visitor can fall. On your 2016 visit to this iconic city, place these three dining opportunities at the top of your list and depart with a smile to rival that of the invisible Cheshire Cat.
Mirror Room at Rosewood, London
An architectural wonderland in its own right, the recently opened Rosewood Hotel sits in High Holborn, at the intersection between the legal, media, and original financial districts of London. The interior décor offers the visitor a high-end sense of wonderment not seen since the millennium opening of the Sanderson Hotel or the refurbished Savoy.
The Mirror Room possesses both exquisite décor and ambience which keep pace with the style, quality, and excellence of the work of Executive Chef Amandine Chaignot and her staff. The new menu, “Citrus and Winter Root,” which offers a rustic interpretation of English and French cuisine, has been designed to awaken the senses with an array of fresh and intriguing seasonal root vegetables, citrus fruits, and fresh herbs, presented with a flourish that Heston Blumenthal, the George V in Paris, and Il Bulli stalwarts would appreciate. Try the Wintery Roots and Clementine and Long Turnips.
Roux at the Landau, Langham, London
Nestled discretely just a short stroll from the busy Oxford and Regents streets in Central London lies the Langham, London. The 150-year old hotel has been successfully refurbished in recent years to blend traditional design and modernity. The Landau room is a beautiful dining destination in its own right—a circular room with a number of discrete dining alcoves with classic glass windows to illuminate the scene. The Landau is the perfect stage for father-and-son chef prodigies Albert and Michel Roux, Jr., with a supporting cast including Chef de Cuisine Oliver Boon and Manager Franco Becci to bring their style of cuisine to London’s West End. Experience Sunday Brunch with classics such as Beef Wellington or Forman’s smoked salmon, and make your Sunday a “day of Roux” as opposed to day of well-deserved rest.
Northall at the Corinthia Hotel, London
The Northall restaurant offers diners a unique celebration of English cuisine under the hand of Culinary Director Garry Hollihead, served in a space at the apex of the hotel, located conveniently close to Trafalgar Square and the Embankment. The environment feels like dining during the golden age on a luxury ship traversing the gastronomic gems that make up British cuisine, such as the delicious Roast Rump of Cumbrian Lamb with caramelized shallots, buttered kale, and minted jus.