Continuing with our totally terrific top ten countdown towards London’s best restaurant, take a look at Chiltern Firehouse in Marylebone, which has been crowned as number one!
They should have called it Chiltern Celebhouse. From the Hollywood stars to home-grown talent, everyone who’s anyone has been. If the paparazzi are waiting outside to see who Harry Styles is going for dinner with, it’s usually an indication that the rest of us are better off elsewhere, but Chiltern Firehouse is hot whether you’re A-list or on no list. It’s an attractive room, with sweet service plus an excellent transatlantic menu from talented chef Nuno Mendes, dispensed from the best-looking open kitchen in London. The brigade of chefs practise a cooking technique that’s innovative without going overboard, such as monkfish cooked in a sealed pan with charcoal and pine. On any criteria you can think of, it’s one of the most enjoyable restaurant experiences that we’ve had anywhere in the world. There is a catch – it’s almost easier to get a dinner date with Brad and Angelina than to snag a same-month table here. But persist: find out when the next tranche of reservations are released, book in advance, circle the date in the calendar and pass the days eating at the less busy breakfast and lunch servings.
Star dish: Crabmeat-filled slider ‘doughnuts’.
1 Chiltern St, W1U 7PA. 7073 7676. Bond St or Baker St tube. Meal for two with wine and service: around £160.
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