Set menus can be really hit or miss. If you don’t like one ingredient, a type of herb or that specific cut of meat, it can really spoil the whole affair. But when you catch them just right, they are perfect. A space where the talented chefs flavour combinations, ideas and expertise can be married together without fault.
Whether you’re looking for a light lunching option or you’re hoping to lock down a prospective client over dinner, here are the best set menus right now that are sure to impress.
Angler, situated atop South Place Hotel, is a Michelin-starred restaurant dedicated to seafood. Headed by executive chef Gary Foulkes, the restaurant brings the best sustainable seafood from the British seas.
For those wanting a Michelin-starred experience without the hefty price tag, look to their special three course set lunch menu. For £38pp, the menu boasts the likes of line-caught polock with pea puree, pommes macim and alsace bacon; and black cherry tart with coconut sablé breton and basil.
Enjoy inside the restaurant or head out onto the terrace for an alfresco lunch.
Get your Italian fix courtesy of Mayfair’s Bocconcino and their seasonal lunch set menu. The Berkeley Street favourite is renowned for bringing the best of Italy’s flavours, tastes and traditions to the heart of London.
Created by head chef Marco Corsica, the menu features Italian favourites, including buffalo mozzarella with basil, pesto and baby plum tomatoes; chargrilled chuck eye steak; grilled salmon with salsa verde; and tiramisu.
Old Compton Street’s ROBATA offers a set menu of dreams. Enjoy small plates of chilli pepper squid, pork gyoza and salmon rolls, before choosing between four delicious mains. We love the black cod with spicy miso and Japanese pickled cucumber and the miso aubergine with pickled shimiji mushroom and robata red chilli. There’s also a delicious vegetarian option too for the veggies out there.
The Soho spot is renowned for its robata style dishes, using the traditional Japanese of charcoal cooking.
Dine high in the sky at Searcys at the Gherkin and their summer special set tasting menu. Throughout August, the sky high restaurant is hosting a series of sunset dinners where guests can wine, dine and watch the sun as it sets over the city.
Running on select dates, guests can expect to tuck in dishes such as Scottish diver caught scallop in the shell samphire with herb breadcrumb; rump of lamb, pomme fondant heritage carrot puree and red wine jus; and lemon tart chantilly crème fraiche.
Where: 30 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8BF
Don’t have a three hour gap in your day for lunch but still fancy taking your client somewhere nice? Look to Isabel, a Mayfair institute that’s becoming renowned for its interiors, food and atmosphere.
Their express lunch is perfect for those wanting a quick fix but that’s still guaranteed to impress. Enjoy starters of gazpacho andaluz with basil; charentais melon with prosciutto; or tomato and black radish toast, before making your way through mains of chicken caesar salad; mushroom risotto with aged parmesan; or rigatoni with tomato ragu, buffalo mozzarella and chilli.
Seal the deal with dessert – their matcha cheesecake is a real winner.
With international flights still off the cards, get your travel with Hutong where you’ll travel by taste to Sichuan, the southwestern Chinese province.
Located high up in The Shard, Hutong awaits with its diverse flavours and moody interiors. Their signature lunch menu is a pure dream – expect dishes such as their lobster dumplings with a spicy Sichuan chilli sauce and Hutong’s famed roasted peking duck, that’s carved tableside and served with pancakes.
Where: Level 33 The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, SE1 9RY
Feast in style with Cinnamon Kitchen. The popular Indian restaurant has a delightful dish sharing feast available for the month of August.
Priced at £29pp, this menu is designed with sharing in mind. Guests can tuck into a tasty selection of starters and mains, including crab and cod cake with beetroot and raisin and kasundi mustard; Rajasthani chicken breast soola with coriander chutney; and Indo-Chinese chilli paneer.
Save space for dessert. You’ll want a bite of the sticky ginger toffee pud with cinnamon ice cream.
Where: 4 Arches Lane, Nine Elms, SW11 8AB
For those looking to party, look to Mayfair’s Frescobaldi for inspiration. Their set menu of dreams comes in three forms, depending on your budget. You’ll be able to enjoy authentic flavours of Tuscany, including octopus salad with potato, Taggiasche olive, celery and Laudemio olive oil; Tagliolini with butter sauce and black truffle; and beef fillet with spinach and peppercorn sauce.
Enjoy Japanese dishes in style when you tuck into Nobu London Old Park Lane’s new set menu. Launching earlier this summer, their menu features their signature dishes including handcrafted sushi, black cod miso, baby tiger shrimp tempura and ice cream mochi.
Founded by chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa and actor Robert De Niro, Nobu has gone on to become one of the best globally recognised brands serving up the flavours and tastes Japan is so renowned for.
Alongside all of the cabaret, theatrics, music and electrifying performers, enjoy a set menu filled with hearty favourites.
Expect to be tucking into dishes confit salmon, prawns, tomato dashi and chilli; duck breast with red wine risotto and basil foam; and chocolate fondant with nougatine biscuit and toffee sauce when you dine at The London Cabaret Club.
Where: Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, Holborn, WC1B 4DA
Summer set menus don’t come better than this. Head to Noble Rot Lamb’s Conduit and expect to delight in dishes such as Panzanella; baked Cornish lemon sole with rainbow chard; and apricot mess, a fun take on the classic. Paired with their perfect wine pairings, you’ll never want to eat anywhere else.
Where: 51 Lamb’s Conduit Street, WC1N 3NB