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Old 16-02-2013, 19:34
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I want to surprise someone with a meal at one of Londons best restaurants. So which one, in your opinion, is the best?
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Old 16-02-2013, 19:39
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Depends on what you're after.
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Old 16-02-2013, 19:42
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The Ivy is supposed to be top notch. Never been.
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Old 16-02-2013, 20:13
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I've been to a few but the run away leader is Le Gavroche.

http://www.le-gavroche.co.uk/
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Old 16-02-2013, 20:35
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What's your budget? The very top places will easily set you back 100 a head with drinks (as will some of the decidedly average places).
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Old 16-02-2013, 20:38
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What's your budget? The very top places will easily set you back 100 a head with drinks (as will some of the decidedly average places).
And the rest!
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Old 16-02-2013, 20:41
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mcdonalds op?

a piece of string is how long??
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Old 16-02-2013, 20:48
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The Ivy is supposed to be top notch. Never been.
Been to The Ivy once, and "nice enough" but I would say far from the best.

Really depends on what you're after food wise but if you're after something traditional I can recommend

http://www.rules.co.uk/restaurant/
or
http://www.simpsonsinthestrand.co.uk/
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Old 16-02-2013, 20:51
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The caribbean scene stratford.
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Old 16-02-2013, 20:55
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my favourite is marcus wareing at the berkeley

http://www.the-berkeley.co.uk/knight...arcus-wareing/
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Old 16-02-2013, 21:18
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I want to surprise someone with a meal at one of Londons best restaurants. So which one, in your opinion, is the best?
If you're going for name recognition wow factor then The Ivy probably gets it tbh, but it's a bitch getting a table, it's expenseive and it isn't the best food in London, although it is up there near the top.

Lots of different cuisines out there, here are a bunch that are really rated in their area of speciality and most are central London:

Hakkusan is amazing for Modern Indian
Painted Heron is also a great Indian in Chelsea (so a bit less central)
Arbutus or The Wolseley is great for Modern European
Pollen Street Social gets rave reviews for British (although I haven't been there myself)
Nobu for Japanese
Le Gavroche or The Square for French
Scotts for Fish
Murano or Bocca de Lupo for Italian

Most of these are pretty pricey so if cost is something you care about have a look on the Square meal website. There are loads of really amazing restaurants that are cheaper than most of these. However for Wow factor most of these have got it. Enjoy
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Old 16-02-2013, 21:26
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pretentious, hope you can keep it up for the ladys sake


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Old 16-02-2013, 21:48
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Lovely Jay Rayner recommended Joel Atunes place to me last year ... food was good, but a bit pricey

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Old 16-02-2013, 22:00
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The last time I was in London I took my girlfriend up the Oxo Tower. She loved it.
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Old 17-02-2013, 03:11
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I've eaten at a lot of the restaurants mentioned above. I couldn't say enough about El Parador near Mornington Crescent station - it's perfect . . .
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Old 17-02-2013, 06:47
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If your after a bit of a wow factor this is ok

http://www.galvinatwindows.com/
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Old 17-02-2013, 08:01
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Lovely Jay Rayner recommended Joel Atunes place to me last year ... food was good, but a bit pricey
Lovely Jay Rayner?
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Old 17-02-2013, 09:03
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If you go on Michelin stars then there's two choices, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay or Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester. You're looking probably 150 each at least though.
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Old 17-02-2013, 09:04
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The Ivy is supposed to be top notch. Never been.
Good for celeb spotting and decent food but hasn't even got a star.
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Old 17-02-2013, 09:22
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This has one of the best views in London, and great food
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Old 17-02-2013, 10:43
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The last time I was in London I took my girlfriend up the Oxo Tower. She loved it.
That does sound like a euphemism

There really is no answer to this as there are thousands of restaurants in London of all cuisines and budgets with places opening and closing all of the time. I've had poor meals in 100 a head places and great feasts in greasy spoons.

Some websites for ideas
http://www.toptable.co.uk/london-restaurant-listings
http://www.timeout.com/london/restaurants
http://www.london-eating.co.uk/
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Old 17-02-2013, 11:07
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That does sound like a euphemism
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It is. There was a brilliant review of the restaurant on tinternet a few years back, I will try and find it.


Eta - http://sevitz.com/2003/11/taking_her_up_the_oxo_tower
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Old 17-02-2013, 11:19
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The Ivy is supposed to be top notch. Never been.
The Ivy is good but I wouldn't say it is the best
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Old 17-02-2013, 11:24
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I've met jay Rayner a few times and he's a really lovely chap.
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Old 17-02-2013, 11:26
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How about Langhans by Green Park Station? Its busy and buzzy and you can star watch. Very attentive service and not that expensive and I had the best fish and chips ever there a couple of weeks ago.
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