Restaurants in England
Michelin-starred Indian is not easy to come by, and that makes Gymkhana in Mayfair that much more a treat. Styled to recall the Colonial Indian gymkhana clubs of yore, the atmosphere is social and slick, with lots of dark woods, stone walls, and paneled ceilings.
Notting Hill's E&O remains a fashionable reservation more than 10 years after opening. The Pan-Asian food is light and flavorful, the menu diverse (chili salt squid, caramel pork), and the atmosphere is vibe-y without being impossible-to-hear loud.
The Delaunay has secured the pre-and post-theater set in town. Just minutes from many of its West End venues, the food is high in caliber and character, with a touch of Viennese influence. From moules frites to wieners and schnitzels, there's a lot to love.
Home to aristocrats and artists since 1792, Dean Street Townhouse has history abound. Distinctly British, the décor is elegant and at times formal, with heavy velvet curtains and rich leather banquette seating.
These aren't your soggy, day-old gas station doughnuts. Everything at Cross Town is made fresh daily, investing in local, seasonal ingredients wherever possible (and trans fat-free).
The doors first opened in 1984 here, and the formula has remained fairly consistent ever since. Sally Clarke has traveled the world and takes influence from her favorite cuisines: French, Italian, and Californian.
Thanks to this group's outposts in Soho to Old Street in the city's East End, as well as a spot in Kingly Court, Peruvian food is quickly picking up momentum in the city. Ceviche offers residents excellent food in a colorful, lively setting.
The Cambio del Tercio group is a budding empire, with its ham and sherry bar, gin and tonic bar, tapas and paella outpost, smaller tapas bar, and more formal restaurant—all of which are in West London, mostly cornering a section of the Old Brompton Road in South Kensington.
Originally a scant, cozy, authentic tapas bar in Soho, Barrafina has expanded to include two more locations, both in Covent Garden. In 2014, it garnered its first Michelin star for its is traditional but expertly constructed menu.
They don't take reservations for dinner and Sunday is only open for private hire, but do not let that put you off. This upscale causal eatery with about 15 closely positioned tables serves outstanding fare led by Aussie chef Cameron Emirali.
Under Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant group, this 90-seat restaurant inside the boutique York & Albany hotel has a more casual feel than his other establishments. The airy upstairs bar features gray walls, high-back chairs, and huge glass windows overlooking a patio.