The Handbook
The Handbook

Restaurant Reviews…

By | 2nd August 2013

Knowing where to go to in London for dinner, brunch, lunch or even just cocktails can often be daunting, are the rumours that they really are that good, true? Should you steer away from the steak and opt for the chicken? Do you really need to book a month in advance? Well luckily at The Handbook we have got things covered for you, we have been brunching in Mayfair, dining in Soho and indulging in Knightsbridge, here’s a heads up of where we’ve been recently, and where we suggest you go too.

Hyatt Regency Churchill

Service can really make or break an experience… and the Churchill bar would go straight to the top of the class for service, 5 stars all round.

Want to bask in the last of the evening’s sun well the Churchill Terrace at the Hyatt Regency is where you need to be.  Love Pimms but want something better? Then their new Portman Summer Cup is in our opinion better than the summer classic. For those who regularly order Aperol Spritzs, we say try the Sloe Gin Spritz, it’s a new favourite. Add a feast of sliders, mini scotch quail eggs and of course, plenty of olives.

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The relaxed atmosphere spilled through the open doors out onto the street 

Midweek and don’t want to cook, fancy a something a little special on a Friday? Champagne cocktails, simple but delicious pasta dishes, gorgeous calamari and a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere, makes Franco’s on Jermyn Street a top choice. 

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Damson & Co 

The extensive range of charcuterie and cheeses highlight the very best of British produce 

Bustling during the day, The Great British Deli is still a bit of an undiscovered gem in the evening. For a light summer supper opt for the sharing plates especially the chef’s pick – Oxspring air dried ham, wild boar chorizo, buffalo blue cheese and our winner,  the “Sharrock bomb” soft cheese served with chutneys and toasted flat breads. It is safe to say cheese will never be the same again!

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Harrods have given the Midas touch to their menu with the introduction of the Menu Deluxe

For the ultimate in opulence and luxury, you have to experience the new Menu Deluxe at Harrods, running throughout the restaurants this summer and using only the finest ingredients. Think lobsters, tiger prawns, camel meatballs and wagyu beef and foie gras burgers. And one for the pudding connoisseurs, the Godiva chocolate bullion: chocolate cream, sponge and raspberry confit, all encased in 24kt gold leaf. You could go to celebrate a special occasion, but we say go just because you can, as a treat to yourself! 

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The chef came out to offer us a fortified wine, ready to knock your socks off, served with sweet almond biscotti to end the evening

Looking for somewhere to take a date? Then intimate Italian restaurant, Tinello just off Sloane Street is your answer. Don’t miss out on the zucchini frittes, we didn’t see a single table who hadn’t ordered them. You also can’t wrong ordering, the rich Chocolate tart with pistacchio ice cream, simple but brilliant. 

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It felt a little like we were goldfish in an extremely glamorous tank!

The Hutch Club is decadent restaurant, Quaglinos’ glamourous cocktail and jazz pop up bar, paying homage to its hedonistic origins. Start with cocktails and nibble on gourmet gin and tonic flavoured pop corn, we know, brilliant! Make supper a seafood affair, beginning with oysters, and following it with the crab and lobster burger. For pudding finish with a light, fruity and very refreshing sorbet.

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Dense, rich and dark it had to be one of the best chocolate fondants we had tried

Brunch needn’t be  humble with toast and eggs, as Aurelia are proving, with the recent launch of their jazz brunches, where you’ve guessed it, there is live jazz being played whilst you eat. What you might not know is that there are free flowing bellinis throughout! Go for the salmon burger which is served with chips made from fried chick peas, denser than potato chips but much less greasy and chickpeas mean they are almost healthy, and almost healthy is definitely reason enough to indulge!

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