10 of the Best European Cuisine Restaurants on TheFork
This neighbourhood restaurant in West London’s Kensington is highly deserving of its Michelin star, awarded for the fantastic contemporary European cuisine that they serve. With such exceptional cooking, you might expect an uptight atmosphere, but rest assured, Kitchen W8 is a relaxed and friendly spot that takes pride in making you feel at home. Starters range from the delicious Ox tongue salad to the Cornish crab risotto served with seaweed and lemon. For mains, expect to sample the flavours of the sea in the roast cod with cauliflower and the sea bass with chorizo, octopus and beans. Vegetarians should try the gnocchi with fricassed girolles and broad beans; fresh but filling, this is one worth trying!
The marvellous menu at Bokan 37 offers inspired dishes made out of ancient and adapted British ingredients. Executive chef Guillaume Gillan runs his kitchen with wisdom and passion, crafting his expertise into every fold of every dish. With breathtaking 37th floor views over London, the food here is every bit as elevated as the setting. There is plenty on the menu to get excited about; a decadent range of starters and mains that dare you to get the fork out. Specialist seafood dishes range from the crab with honeydew and jalapeno chimichurri to the shellfish carpaccio with watermelon in lavender oil. Gigha halibut comes with an artichoke tapenade and a date and seaweed jus.
The Winter Garden Restaurant at the opulent Landmark Hotel in London’s Marylebone is a must-see destination now that the colder season is upon us. Palatial high-ceilings give host to an impressive dining room; a maximalist marvel that is filled with verdant rainforest trees. If you love to dine in photo-worthy surroundings, then this might just be for you. As is to be expected from a heritage hotel destination, the menu here is full of luxurious fine-dining favorites. Delicately prepared starters, from the crab to the carpaccio, arrive at the table elegantly. A tough act to follow, but main courses of pan-seared stone bass and steaks of sirloin and fillet, crowd pleasers all, are definitely up to the job.
To Marylebone once more, and The Langham, where the pleasant Palm Court restaurant calls home. One of the city’s longest-standing hotels, the historic and decadent art deco dining hall is a sight to behold while you enjoy the menu of modern European cuisine. With hand-selected cuts of choice meat and the freshest ingredients sourced from around the U.K, this luxury hotel restaurant has stayed consistently committed to excellence. You can find that excellence in every dish, from starters like classic soups of chicken broth to salads like the ricotta and prosciutto ham with pea and citrus, or the Cotswold chicken salad with croutons. The mains here provide something for everyone, whether that be delicious lamb curry biryani or delicious homemade gnocchi stuffed with comte and basil.
No3 Clapham is a hip restaurant and bistro situated just opposite Clapham Common, and is definitely worth a look next time you're in that part of London’s South. With its sophisticated modern dining room and its sumptuous selection of sharing dishes for two, this park-view restaurant is the perfect location for date-night. Sharing dishes include freshly caught plaice, succulent chateaubriand and fragrant roasted chicken - and they all come expertly paired with wine and an entrée. For a group day out, try the afternoon tea with bottomless prosecco to keep you quenched! Be sure not to overindulge, or you might find yourself with a hangover. But nothing that No3’s breakfasts, from the full-english to the avocado toast, can’t cure.
The Old Compton Brasserie is a hip location in London’s historic borough of Soho. Founded in recent years, this brasserie has boldly claimed its place among the bars and clubs of London’s original party district. With a diverse menu of contemporary European cuisine on offer, this popular spot is the perfect place to stop by during your night on the town. Table snacks include buttered sourdough, smoked almonds and chicken wings with mojo picon sauce. These transition seamlessly into starters of Kedgeree scotch eggs, burratina and hummus with hazelnuts, or decadent sharing side-plates like the charcuterie board and the truffle-baked camembert. The mains offer some intriguing dishes, like seafood linguine and confit leg of duck, alongside classics like beer battered cod & chips and bacon chop with egg and fries.
The Tiffany Blue Box Cafe concept is a collaboration between Harrods and the famous legacy jeweller, and it’s the perfect spot for your very own Breakfast at Tiffany’s. With a selection of fabulous fizz from Moet & Chandon and Harrods own label among others, you can pop bubbles as you break your fast in style in this fun and fancy cafe. As well as the champagne breakfast, you can come later in the day for afternoon tea, where you are treated to amuse bouche and delicious sandwiches while you taste the finest exotic teas, before moving onto the cocktail list, if you feel daring. The desserts here are divine, cheesecakes of passion fruit and tarts of blueberry are fluffy delights, but the real jewel is the Tiffany Blue Egg; a fragile coconut chocolate eggshell with a decadent yolk of vanilla mousse.
This stylish continental style restaurant in South Kensington is led by rising chef Julien Baris, and he leaves his mark on every dish, each more tempting than the last. With beautiful arched frontage and tables to dine al fresco, enjoy 28-50’s modern take on European cuisine in-style in the upmarket borough. Dishes here take you on a journey throughout continental excellence. Snack on starters of smoked almonds, nocerella olives and chorizo before tucking into lavish sides of calamari and tiger prawn. The 28-50 classics section of the menu hosts their signature dishes; Chicken breast with beet & truffle jus, mushroom risotto a halibut with fresh bok choi and shitake.
You might find yourself lucky to get a table in the art-adorned dining room of Sketch, in West London’s Mayfair. WIth its puffy pouf seating and sketches on the walls from illustrator David Shrigley, this in-demand spot serves as the perfect backdrop for a lunch or dinner you’ll want to shout about. The dishes here are pure decadence, with formidable starters offering high-end French cuisine, like the provencal frog legs, or scallop tartare with shrimp and mackerel. Main courses are every bit the show-stopper, from the Dover sole and the lobster fricassee, to the chicken and courgette tagliatelle and the Irish lamb saddle with kale.
Nonos is an ambitious contemporary Greek restaurant serving up sophisticated cuisine near St Pancras, in London’s King’s Cross. Here, chef Klodian Cevani cooks with love and passion, helping to elevate Greek food to God status through his inventive dishes and bold use of flavour. Starters are served, of course, in meze style, so expect to enjoy a range of lovely sharing plates like the humus, aubergine salad, kalamata olives, pita and feta salad to begin proceedings. This sets things up nicely for the next course, freshly prepared and grilled before your eyes. Skewers of delicious chicken, lamb and vegetable are met with heat and spice, before being chilled by cool home-made tzatziki; an unrivalled fusion of flavours.
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