Mayfair's Best Restaurants
Half members club, half Latin American restaurant, restauranteur Arjun Waney's Coya has recently received another testament to its fantastic reputation by branching out to Dubai, following the example of Waney's other popular spots Zuma and La Petite Maison. In opulent surroundings perfect for a group dining experience, Head Chef Sanjay Dwivedi is the man behind an extensive menu filled with Peruvian dishes that surprise and enchant the palate. Coya's ceviche choices, particularly the unique corvina trufa, are quite simply not to be missed as are the pork ribs glazed with tamarind.
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42 Albemarle Street
Traditionally, 'Gymkhanas' originated as colonial establishments during the British Raj; with an aim to pay homage to this gentleman's club ambience, siblings Karam, Sunaina and Jyotin Sethi opened Indian restaurant Gymkhana and have since gained a Michelin star for the mouth-watering cuisine. Particularly remarkable is the segmented devotion to Game-centric dishes like the wild muntjac biryani, uniquely served with a pastry casing. In addition to the array of flavourful options, the wine and cocktail list is equally as impressive, boasting the must-try Quinine Sour cocktail, a mind-blowing concoction of gin and tonic flavoured with ginger and curry leaf.
17 Bruton Street
Michelin-starred restaurant Hakkasan has consistently maintained its reputation as 'the benchmark against which all high-end Chinese restaurants should be judged.' Set on two buzzing floors, the lower ground floor consists of a sleek dining space with mood lighting whilst the bar on the ground floor attracts London's glamorous movers and shakers. Executive Head Chef Tong Chee Hwee serves up the deliciously irresistible dishes that include grilled Wagyu beef with enoki mushroom and black truffle roast duck, although every regular Hakkasan diner has a particular favourite!
50A Berkeley Street
Arkady Novikov's Mayfair venture doubles up as both an Asian and Italian restaurant; the former featuring an open kitchen headed up by experimental Japanese-trained chef Jeff Tyler and the latter resonating a rustic, candlelit feel with its wood-fired oven and Italian wines. It must be said that Novikov's strength lies in Tyler's generous offerings of Pan-Asian cuisine – the juicy langoustines and the signature Novikov black cod are both unmissable. Be sure to also pay a visit to the New York-style lounge , where guests can kick back and enjoy a drink or three from the extensive cocktail menu.
Novikov Restaurant Group is delighted to offer Quintessentially Lifestyle Members a discount of 20% on purchasing a benefit card (Dedicated Membership) and a free 10% benefit card of Novikov Restaurant Group (Elite Membership).
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
53 Park Lane
Alain Ducasse's venture at The Dorchester is a three Michelin-starred restaurant that stands as a reflection of his creativity, attention to detail and, of course, unparalleled cuisine. Located in the prestigious Park Lane, Executive Chef Jocelyn Herland puts his own twist on Ducasse's contemporary French cooking with a refined approach, bringing the best out of seasonal ingredients. Perfect for lunch outings as well as dinner, highly recommended are the Tasting Menus, which encapsulate the stars of the menu with dishes like the 'sauté gourmand' of lobster and truffled chicken quenelles. Additionally, sommeliers are on hand to perfectly pair all dishes with a wine counterpart.
Quintessentially Lifestyle Members will exclusively receive a complimentary bottle of house champagne when booking the Table Lumiere.
Berkeley Square House
An Asian seafood restaurant from Caprice Holdings, this wildly popular venue paris contemporary cuisine with cutting-edge art and design to create a dynamic new dining experience. Overseen by young British-born Head Chef Ben Orpwood, the menu veers towards the East with a focus on fish and shellfish. Art plays a vital role at Sexy Fish with a showcase of extraordinary works from the likes of Frank Gehry and Damien Hirst. The Coral Reef Room on the lower level is the dramatically designed private dining space at Sexy Fish with its own integral bar, largest live coral reef tank in the world and seating for up to 48.
17 Berkeley Street
Inspired by the 1930's, Park Chinois brings together the Big Band sound and Dinner Dance aesthetic in surroundings fit for a Chinese Emperor. Brought to us by restaurateur Alan Yau, the man behind Wagamama, Park Chinois is the place for Contemporary Chinese served in surroundings that hark back to mid-twentieth century Shanghai with diners treated to piano and string quartets through the afternoon and jazz and swing later in the evening. Expect the likes of Cornish crab Wonton, Angus beef short ribs and Kagoshima beef Shabu Shabu.
15 Old Burlington Street
Bursting with flavour, surprise, stunning presentation and new experiences, Street XO captures the essence of creative gastronomy that has become so synonymous with three-Michelin star Chef David Muñoz. Much like it's original sibling in Madrid the London Street XO draws from European, Asian and South American cuisines, yet most dishes stem from a Mediterranean or East Asian heritage. Akin to that of an Asian street market, the chaotic yet controlled ambience is tempered by intricate and sophisticated dishes, such as: Pekinese dumpling, crunchy pig's ear and strawberry hoi sin, aioli and gherkins.
10 Dover Street
Found on the former site of Dover Street Wine Bar in Mayfair, MNKY HSE is Mayfair's newest addition bringing Latin America to the buzzing restaurant and nightclub scene. Pablo Peñalosa Nájera, previous head chef at the Four Seasons in Bogotà, heads up the kitchen which serves Latino inspired cuisine with a British twist. The fun and quirky design lends itself perfectly to the late night lounge vibe, and with a Mexican mezcal influenced cocktail list, you are encouraged to come and dine, drink, and play the night away. Menu highlights include the duck tacos and salmon tostadas, as well as fun and inventive cocktails such as MNKY Business and Floating Garden.
4 Mill Street
Successful restaurateur Kurt Zdesar, owner of Chotto Matte in Soho and Ping Pong, launched Black Roe Bar & Grill with the traditional Hawaiian dish poke at the heart of this restaurant's inspiration. Black Roe Bar & Grill is a champion of Pacific Rim cuisine, serving the freshest fish, oyster gratin and the ultimate in indulgence - whole lobster mac 'n' cheese. The restaurant takes its produce very seriously and works closely with the farmers and fisherman from which they source their ingredients. The restaurant interior is more akin to a trendy bar than a restaurant, tables are few and the decor is chic and simple making the dishes the real star of the show.
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