European Dining

Belgo

A unique chain of Belgian restaurants offering the best of Belgian food, including their specialitiy mussels and fries.Several locations in Covent Garden, Holborn and Camden. A vast selection of Belgian beers is on offer here. The waiters dress as monks and balance long planks, full of drinks, inbetween the tables.

Bouillabaisse

Found on a side road in the heart of Mayfair this is London’s first speciality coastal cuisine restaurant by the legendary Kurt Zdesar, whose Chotto Matte restaurant in Soho is one of Anomalous London’s Top 5. From the moment you step into Bouillabaisse you feel as if you are on a boat with interesting seating arrangements, simple décor, live lobsters in tanks, caged cabinets  storing crockery and candles with sea shells.

The fabulous locally sourced seafood menus are clipped onto boards similar to those used in fish market auctions and have the location's longitude and latitude coordinates.

Jordan Sclare the executive Chef, inspired by his travels to various fishing villages abroad, has created exquisite flavoursome dishes using simple cooking techniques with the most basic ingredients. Highly recommend the diver scallop carabineros tartar, which has prawns, fennel and an orange dill dressing, inspired from Jordan’s trip to Venice. The lobster ravioli is another must try with snow crab, morecambe bay prawns and sweet potato. Dishes prepared in a woodfired oven are a main feature and range from clams and langoustines to the iconic whole lobster.

Anomalous London was treated to a special off the menu spiny lobster which was cooked twice, first with olive oil and salt; then chopped up and cooked a second time with garlic butter. It was delicious. Spiny lobsters have roe in it but have no claws compared to a traditional lobster. This is served with sautéed spinach and garlic butter fries.

Bouillabaisse is the place to visit for any seafood connoisseur and with an all-day menu option, including breakfast from 8am, there is no limit to sampling all the dishes on the menu. Wine is a must with any seafood and the selection here focuses on coastal vineyards worldwide. If you are a fan of Rose wine, you will be spoilt for choice with over eight varieties by the glass. Unique to Bouliabaisse is their wine chiller cabinet where the doors never open. This allows the wine to be stored at a constant temperature without any disturbance. The wine is dispensed via a straw which is placed in every bottle. A novel idea and needs to be seen to be appreciated.Seating is on two floors and downstairs has an open kitchen, chefs table and seafood tanks. So you can actually ‘see’ the ‘food’ you eat. Finish off your meal with a light refreshing dessert, the strawberry scone with clotted cream ice-cream is a perfect reminiscence of the coast.

Bunga Bunga

Located in battersea, this is an Italian Bar, Restaurant, Karaoke Bar and Oberservatory. A stirking gondola-shaped bar sets the scene with pictures of Venice Canals on the walls. There is a stage which hosts nightly performances, from Opera singers to Elivs impersonators. The Aperitivo menu offers innovative drinks, such as the Colosseum and the Fiat. The restraurant is informal with Italian memorabilia, such as Vespa helments and iconic Italian paintings. Amusingly named Pizzas are on the meun such as 'Julius Cheeser.' London's most opulent staircase can be found here which has a reproduction of Michelangelos's Sistine Chapel adorning the walls and ceiling. The Karaoke bar has been inspired by the Eurovision Song contest and there is memorabilia and drinks menu which reflects this. And finally, the Obervatory offers stunning views across the Capital and there are telescopes provided for the star gazers.

 

Ciro's Pomodoro

A family-run Knightsbridge establishment, which offers simple Italian cuisine with nightly live music from a selection of bands. This small, intimate, basement restaurant may require diners to share tables to allow for the dancing waitresses to serve easily. The high, energetic atmosphere has made this venue very popular with a celebrity cult whose pictures adorn the walls.

Gallery Mess

Found adjacent to the Saatchi Gallery in the Duke of York Square, this hidden gem serves British cuisine with some French specialities. The room is spilt in two, with the front room having floor to ceiling windows overlooking an impressive lawn. The back room is great for private parties. The listed interior provides an authentic look to the restaurant with exposed brickwork and vaulted ceilings. There are some quirky artworks around the restaurant being part of the Gallery, look out for the ‘Shoe.’ The ambience at night with soft lighting and floral displays is perfect for a romantic dinner. During the day enjoy a leisurely lunch or a spot of afternoon tea, after having visited the magnificent Gallery next door. The menu is seasonal using only the finest ingredients. The cured salmon with shaved radish was amazing and if you are a ‘fish and chip’ addict, the Mess provides a great dish which was fresh and flavoursome.  For a healthier option try the Superfood salad. Staff were friendly and attentive and there is an amazingly large alfresco dining area. Best place to soak in the atmosphere of Kings Road and the heart of Chelsea. Note the restaurant closes early on Sunday.

Holborn Dining Room

Found in the ever so magnificent Rosewood Hotel in Holborn, this great space of British style brasserie dining offers something unique with several different areas to sit in depending upon if you are just drinking, snacking or having a full meal. I loved the oyster and seafood counter. There is a quirky delicatessen which has a great selection and also serves fresh coffee and pastries. The bar runs along one side of the room with plenty of high stools. The dining room’s red leather seating against the dark wood panels makes it look grand and inviting. There is a lovely courtyard where seating is very comfortable and catered for both the summer and winter months. A different alfresco dining setting in the daytime and at night the candles come out making it an ideal place for romantic dinner dates. Sitting in the courtyard you can also admire the grandeur of the Edwardian Grade II listed building. The cocktails to try are ‘Fire Side Sour’ and ‘Countryside Collins.’ Food wise there is a good selection of cold starters and mains as well as hot dishes. The crustacean selection offers lobster, prawns and crab which are something to try. From the charcuterie, the chorizo and salami selection served with wafer thin toast was very tasty. For mains, for any seafood lover, the grilled lobster was amazing and highly recommended. There is always room for dessert and one which is very unique is the Pimms jelly and green apple sorbet.  The staff are ever so friendly and can suggest items on the menu suited to your palate.

Iberica

A great quirky Spanish venue found in the quite part of Great Portland Street. With a split level mezzanine floor which can also host private parties, this is the perfect place to meet up with friends. A nice, airy space with floor to ceiling windows, quirky décor and some hidden corners makes this a very charming location. A good selection of seasonal tapas from the land, (the serrano ham croquettes just melt in your mouth) and sea, (try the Octopus!). The renowned Iberico ham is available here, which includes the ‘Juan Pedro Domecq’ from Jabugo, Huelva. This exclusive ham has been cured for 45 months and has an exquisite taste. As well as having an extensive Wine list there is a selected range of cocktails each with a Spanish twist. Iberica is the only place to serve ‘Cava Sangria’ in London. This amazing cocktail has a quirky addition of cava and peach liqueur. If you want to observe the perfect art of cocktail making with all its intricacies then order the ‘Smokey Old Fashioned,’ you will be astounded. Gin is also a speciality here with the most perfect gin tonic served with lemongrass, grated tonka beans (amazingly used in designer fragrances) and lemon zest which gives it a snowstorm affect. The ambience at this venue is superb with all the staff passionate and knowledgeable of what Iberica has to offer. In addition to being an all-day dining restaurant and bar, there is also a delicatessen which has a selection of rare Spanish gems for those in the know.

L'Eto Caffe Brompton Road

The infamous café, famed for its quirky cakes and savoury delicacies, Brompton Road location offers ‘A La Carte’ dining for lunch or dinner. Using the best in produce, this brand continues its philosophy of healthy eating by offering a unique selection of starters, diverse pasta dishes and mains ranging from meats to seafood. If you like your seafood, highly recommend the crab avocado salad with soya lime dressing, ‘black ink’ crab tortellini and the pan-fried sea bass with quinoa and cherry tomatoes. To accompany your meal try one of their immune boosting and cleansing juices. This venue does get busy so expect to wait for a table or book in advance. For group bookings there is a cosy private room downstairs, cordoned off with heavy curtains, where a large round table can seat upto 10 people. All the cakes, dishes and drinks are prepared by resident chefs. The cake display is one of the best seen in London so make sure to try a few treats, including their signature ‘Dulce Di Letche’ ‘Honey Cake’ and the 3 tier Chocolate Cinnamon Cake!

Little Bay

This quirky little Mediterranean restaurant has a very reasonably priced A La Carte Menu with a good selection of dishes. But what is the highlight of this venue is the live opera singer. Performing twice a week on Thursdays and Saturdays at 8pm and 9pm for half an hour at a time, the singer walks around the restaurant engaging with the diners whilst singing his operatic notes. A very enjoyable atmosphere and good fun in a big group. This restaurant has a few venues around London. 

Maison Bertaux

A tiny, quaint, two-story patisserie dating back to 1871, in the heart of Soho. French wedding cakes are a speciality here. The interior is whacky where unmatched furniture and crazy art work adorn the walls. Considered to be the best patisserie in London. Favoured by the celebrities. Be warned that it is a very small space, but there is outdoor seating.

Obika

The world’s first Mozzarella Bar is in South Kensington. This unique ancient Italian product, forms the foundation of the fresh, healthy and distinguished menu. All of Obika’s authentic and artisnal Mozzarella di Bufala are freshly sourced and imported from Italy three times a week.

Ping

This Earl's Court Italian Kitchen, Bar and Games Room concept is inspired by the popular game of Ping Pong. It is the ideal hangout for those who want to relax and unwind in a visually stimulating and interactive environment. The walls are an interesting background of wallpapers, street art, prints and mirrors. Pictures of famous people playing ping pong adorn the walls.

The Colbert

Watch the world go by at this unique neighbourhood cafe, in the heart of Sloane Square, inspired by the boulevard cafes of Paris. At the junction where Chelsea, Knightsbridge and Belgravia meet, open from breakfast till late.