ome to the lion’s share of London’s Michelin-starred restaurants, if you’ve got pockets deep enough, there are few finer places to settle in for a long lunch or decadent dinner than Mayfair. But, with big name chefs serving up tasting menus on every corner, where to begin? From fine dining Indian to the capital’s greatest classical French cooking, we’ve found the best restaurants in Mayfair…
Ollie Dabbous’s Hide is home to not one but three restaurants, each of which is found on a different floor and has its own identity. Below is principally a bar, where a wine cellar is stocked by the restaurant’s co-founding partner Hedonism, while Ground offers an all-day menu and Above focuses more on fine dining, with a tasting menu served for lunch and dinner. One of the most hotly-anticipated restaurants when it opened in 2018, Hide secured its Michelin star within just five months of launch, and has held onto it ever since.
Hand & Flowers alumni Sofian Msetfi heads up Ormer Mayfair, which has been praised as one of the best dining experiences in the capital. Found in the basement of Flemings Hotel, the restaurant serves five-, seven- and nine-course tasting menus of seasonal British dishes, made using locally-sourced ingredients and foraged herbs. Expect options such as roast rack of Dorset lamb with confit lamb breast, cucumber and dill, cured Cornish mackerel with sesame, Kombu and spiced nage, and warm Ibérico ham with parmesan, Bramley apple and Nasturtium.
More of an entertainment empire than a straightforward restaurant, Novikov comprises an Asian restaurant, an Italian restaurant and a standalone bar – so it's well worth a return visit. Putting its brigade centre stage with an open kitchen, the Novikov Asian restaurant is all about super-fresh sushi, world-class dim sum and upscale classics. Think wagyu tacos, Peking duck with caviar and green salad with truffle. Over in the Italian restaurant, meanwhile, it's a wood-fired over that steals the show, turning out pizzas with black truffle and roasted langoustines, accompanied by traditional carpaccio, gorgeous homemade pasta and some of the freshest fish dishes in London.
Inspired by high society clubs in India, where members eat, drink, socialise and play sport, Gymkhana reopened in 2020 following a fire and subsequent refurbishment, which saw the already chic restaurant become all the more elegant. Owned by the same siblings behind Trishna, Hoppers and Bao, Gymkhana is as pleasing on the palate as it is on the eye, with its North Indian cuisine earning the restaurant a Michelin star in 2014. Try the five-course tasting menu for the full experience, with dishes including Muntjac Biryani, chicken butter masala and Aloo Chat.
Hélène Darroze at The Connaught
There are only five three-Michelin-starred restaurants in the capital, and Hélène Darroze at The Connaught is one of them. Specialising in a traditional French cooking style learned under her former mentor Alain Ducasse, Darroze serves seasonal tasting menus using largely British ingredients, with the menu detailing the origins of each dish – think wagyu beef from the Scottish Highlands, brown and spider crabs from Davrik in Cornwall and lamb from the Rhug Estate organic farm in North Wales. Refurbished in 2019 by Pierre Yovanovitch to mark 10 years since its opening, the restaurant is an elegant and welcoming space with wood panelling and a soft pink colour scheme throughout.
Isabel is the sister restaurant to Notting Hill's equally glamorous Casa Cruz, owned by Chilean investment banker-turned-restauranteur Juan Santa Cruz. Mixing Chinoiserie with sexy, seventies glamour, the dining room is a glossy milieu of golden tones and dark ebony, with no less than 300 polished brass lamps that have been artfully positioned to ensure patrons are shone in the most flattering light. The cocooning bathrooms are a destination in their own right, beautifully decorated with silk De Gournay wallpaper, hand-painted with Oriental gardens, flamingos and tropical jungles.
Drawing on Mediterranean influences, the diverse menu spans colourful salads, seafood and pasta dishes, while sizzling Wagyu steaks, jumbo prawns and monkfish are cooked on the grill. Be sure to order the crispy crushed potatoes, which are arguably the best in London. The restaurant buzzes from lunchtime until 2am, allowing dinner to effortlessly segue into cocktails until the small hours.
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Founded by brothers Albert and Michel Roux Snr in 1967, Le Gavroche is one of the capital’s most famous fine-dining restaurants, and has churned out almost as many great chefs as it has hot dinners – Marco Pierre White, Gordon Ramsey, Marcus Wareing, Pierre Koffmann and Monica Galetti among them. In testament to its prowess, Le Gavroche was the first restaurant in the UK to receive one, two and three Michelin stars. Michel Roux Jr took over in 1993, and the French restaurant has been under his guise ever since. Don’t miss the signature Soufflé Suissesse, a cheese soufflé cooked with double cream.
Tucked between the art galleries and high end boutiques of Maddox Street, stepping into Bombay Bustle is like entering the busy, vibrant hubbub of an Indian marketplace. Which is exactly the point. Everything from the communal seating and patterned upholstery fabric on the booths ot the extensive menu of upscale Indian comfort food is inspired by Mumbai – and more specifically the city's network of Dabbawalas, men who use local transport to deliver home-cooked meals across the city. Tasting menus, Sunday brunch and delivery options are all available but, for the full experience, settle in for a multi-course dinner from the a la carte offerings. Highlight include Malabar chicken wings, Rarah keema pao and Junglee masa mutton curry.
Regularaly voted the best Chinese restaurant in London, dispel any notions of bright orange sweet and sour sauces or deep fried 'seaweed' – at Michelin-starred Hakkasan they do things a little differently. And while some favourites remain on the menu – sesame prawn toast, salt and pepper squid and the restant's signature Peking duck are all there – these are your go-tos ramped up to 11. That Peking duck, for example, is best served with caviar while Hakkasan's char sui is made using 24-hour slow rosted Iberico pork. The dim sum are also a highlight here; opt for one of the four set menus to really get a taste for what Hakkasan does best.