In restaurant news this week: Dining out in the UK is predicted to fall by over a third in September, London wine bar Top Cuvée gets ready to open a shop, and a MasterChef: The Professionals finalist prepares to open a West African restaurant in October.
WLC Eats: Wilder
WLC’s resident hedonist, Lucy Shaw, heads to exciting newcomer Wilder in Shoreditch for pig’s head on toast, pollock with trotter relish and a beguiling young Burgundy.
WLC Eats: Ampéli
WLC’s resident bon vivant, Lucy Shaw, heads to smashing Greek newcomer Ampéli on Charlotte Street for sensational smoked cod’s roe, subtly spiced potato burik, and a cherry-scented Xinomavro.
WLC Eats: Davies and Brook
WLC’s resident gourmand, Lucy Shaw, heads to Daniel Humm’s Davies and Brook at Claridge’s for heavenly honey and lavender dry-aged duck, a silky Côte Rôtie, and milk and honey soft serve.
WLC Eats: Trivet
WLC’s Lucy Shaw heads to Fat Duck duo Jonny Lake and Isa Bal’s new venture in London Bridge for the best chicken of her life and a bizarre yet beautiful potato pud.
WLC Eats: The Grill at The Dorchester
WLC’s resident gourmand, Lucy Shaw, indulges in one of the most decadent dinners of her life at The Dorchester’s new look Grill, where she is charmed by a lobster thermidor tart.
WLC Eats: Circolo Popolare
WLC‘s Eleanor Field heads to Big Mamma’s flamboyant Circolo Popolare in Fitzrovia for decadent servings of pesto burrata, truffle pasta and a Pecorino from Abruzzo described as the “Ryan Gosling of whites”.
WLC Eats: Kanishka, Mayfair
WLC heads to Atul Kochhar’s new restaurant Kanishka, which promised to showcase cuisine from India’s lesser-known regions, and discovers plates of soft shell crab with peanut and mango chutney, steamed sea bass and a ‘cheeky’ peanut butter and salted caramel parfait adorned with gold leaf.
Restaurant reinstated into Michelin guide against chef’s wishes
A chef who publicly withdrew his restaurant from the prestigious Michelin guide has been re-entered into this year’s listings, despite relinquishing his three stars.
WLC Eats: The Baptist Bar & Grill
WLC’S resident sybarite, Lucy Shaw, heads to the sumptuous Baptist Bar & Grill at L’oscar hotel in Holborn for divine smoked cod mousse, sinfully good Dover sole and a heavenly Sauternes.
WLC Drinks: The Bar at China Tang
WLC’s resident hedonist, Lucy Shaw, heads to The Bar at China Tang at The Dorchester hotel for exotic cocktails, jaunty jazz and delectable dim sum.
WLC Eats: Kym’s
WLC’s resident foodie, Lucy Shaw, heads to A. Wong’s second act, Kym’s, in the Bloomberg Arcade, for giant rice crackers, heavenly Ibérico pork char sui, and Sichuan Sours.