Visit London Blog » luxury restaurants Enjoy the very best of London Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:40:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Launch of JW Steakhouse in Mayfair Fri, 14 May 2010 12:30:08 +0000 Last night I attended the launch party for new restaurant JW Steakhouse at Grosvenor House hotel in Mayfair. As lucky guests we were able to sample much of the menu in canapé form, or by helping ourselves to platefuls of food canteen style!

The American steakhouse’s menu is centred (unsurprisingly) around beef. But not just any beef, this is USDA prime corn-fed Kansas beef and select cuts of Aberdeen Angus. The signature steak is “The Tomahawk”, a 32 ounce, on-the-bone rib eye.

I tasted the Aberdeen Angus, cooked rare, and, although I often get overenthusiastic about steaks and declare they’re the best I’ve ever eaten, this one really is up there.

It’s hard to describe everything else without drooling uncontrollably but I’ll try! Delicious rich crab cakes, salty rock oysters, mini burgers and mustardy steak tartar.

There’s not much choice for vegetarians on the menu apart from salads (again, not surprising at a steak house) but personally, I wouldn’t have minded eating a whole plate of side dishes as they were so good; bourbon sweet potato mash with marshmallow crust, buttery mash, green beans and sautéed wild mushrooms.

And then to desserts, I tried whoopee pie with Bailey’s milk shake – a bit like the adult equivalent of Oreo cookies and milk. Whoopie pies look like a macaroon but are made of two pieces of round chocolate sponge with frosting in between. They were sweet and yummy and the Bailey’s milkshake took the edge off the richness.

Other desserts I saw but was too full to try included a JW cheesecake and carrot cake. They were being snapped up off the plates though so I’m sure they were just as tasty.

JW Steakhouse is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch

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Altitude 360: Graze While You Gaze Mon, 22 Mar 2010 16:48:24 +0000 The buffet Enjoying dinner The restaurant

If you like a room with a view and taking several hours over your lunch, then Altitude 360 is definitely worth a visit. The Westminster-based events venue is now open to the public on Sundays, serving up brunch with a 360-degree panoramic view across London.

High up on the 29th floor of the Millbank Tower, we played the most amazing game of eye spy while we dined; The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, The London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, St Paul’s Cathedral and Wembley Stadium were among the sights on view. Even though the weather was overcast, the views were still fabulous.

I was impressed with the food which was a posh buffet with delicious salads, oysters , fish, a carvery and an incredible selection of sweet treats for dessert. I felt like I was in Las Vegas!

The ambient music and minimal design made me feel unusually relaxed. There were even newspapers and magazines in the lounge area to read while enjoying a complimentary Bellini. I don’t know who would want to read the papers with such dizzying, distracting views though!

Altitude 360 is open for brunch on Sundays between 12:30 and 4pm. £65 per person.

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Visit London Asks: What’s Your Favourite Restaurant in London? Mon, 12 Oct 2009 09:22:05 +0000 Oysters and wine

In honour of this week’s ongoing London Restaurant Festival, we want to know:

What’s your favourite restaurant in London?

London really does have a fantastic range of different places to eat out. You can sample pretty much every style and variety of cuisine in the world in the city: here are 43 to whet your appetite, but we’re sure there are more!

There are cheap and cheerful cafes and budget restaurants perfect for grabbing a quick bite alongside really posh places where you can splurge on a special occasion… and everything in between!

But is there something that stands out for you? Let us know!

You can also vote for your favourite London Restaurant Festival Menu on toptable today: Have your say…

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