London’s restaurant scene is broad, dynamic and eclectic – here we pick out five must-visit restaurant’s around Centre Point.
Hakkasan Hanway Place
Hakkasan launched in London over a decade ago and was awarded a Michelin star for its polished Cantonese cooking; Hakkasan Hanway Place is unrivalled in the capital for Chinese cuisine.
The dimly lit restaurant is seductive and intimate, decorated with intricate wooden lattice screens carved in dark English oak. The atmosphere makes it the perfect venue for business lunches or small group dining.
There are a number of menus to choose from to suit any occasion from a la carte and Chinese New Year to Dim Sum lunch menu and a Signature menu. A favourite among regular clientele is the ‘Dim Sum Sunday’ menu, which not only offers a variety of exquisitely prepared Dim Sum paired with cocktails and Champagne.
Whatever your reason for visiting, Hakkasan is the answer for a cool, sexy spot near Centre Point.
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon is one of Covent Garden’s stand out restaurants. Awarded the accolade of ‘Chef of the Century’ by the Millau guide, Joël Robuchon has a dozen restaurants in cities across the world and has won a total of 25 Michelin stars – more than any other chef in the world.
L’Atelier opened in London in 2006 and it has built a reputation over the years for theatre, precision and exceptional menus making it one of London’s leading restaurant experiences. Seasonal dishes, inspired by classic French cuisine, are deliciously uncomplicated and beautifully presented.
The restaurant is divided into three different areas; the ground floor, Atelier, is for more casual dining, the middle floor is for fine-dining, while the top floor is an intimate and glamorous bar with rooftop terrace, which is worth visiting for its excellent cocktail menu.
Clos Maggiore is perfect for a romantic occasion, but steers away from being too clichéd. It has a sweet dining room lined with foliage reminiscent of a Midsummer Night’s Dream set and it is above all polished and comfortable.
Example dishes from the menu have included Lobster, Prawn and Scallop Ravioli and seasonal stuffed Morels with Chicken Mousseline, roasted Turbot with Brown Shrimp and a Suckling Pig Shoulder with Petit Pois and Alsace Bacon sauce that was rich and delicious, and came as a generous portion.
This classic fine-dining restaurant is traditional with a golden Gallic touch.
The acclaimed Parisian restaurant from husband and wife team Greg and Marie Marchand opened in Covent Garden in 2016.
The menu echoes its Parisian counterpart with simple, impeccably composed modern European small plates that are heavily influenced by Greg’s travels, experience in kitchens and his classical French training growing up in Nantes, north west France.
Dabbous is a restaurant and bar that opened to much hype in 2012 and for good reason.
The menu, which changes with the seasons, offers exemplary contemporary European cuisine. Dabbous’s cooking is innovative, but flavours are kept clean and simple; example dishes include salad of fennel, lemon balm and pickled rose petals, and barbecued Iberico pork, savoury acorn praline, turnip tops and homemade apple vinegar.
The restaurant’s industrial chic décor – exposed brickwork, sheet metal and copper pipes, natural wood accents – gives this fine-dining restaurant a relaxed and informal feel.
The basement bar, Oskars, offers a menu of classic drinks and signature cocktails such as the Dillusion – cucumber, elderflower and dill muddled with Bloom’s gin, ice and lemon – along with limited selection of bar snacks to be offered alongside the full restaurant menu.