So, you want to become a top class chef? One of the best things you can do to develop your knowledge of fine dining is simply visit some of the best restaurants London has to offer. Of course, we’re not just talking about: ‘oooh, that’s a nice place to go for a spot of dinner’; instead, we mean the big players, those destined to become the best of the best via their ever-rising number of Michelin stars.
The next time you’ve got a bit of spare cash, head straight down to one of these:
1. Pollen Street Social, London – Owned and run by Jason Atherton, this one Michelin-starred restaurant offers a two-course lunch from Monday to Saturday for less than £30! There’s a whole host of tantalising treats on the menu as well, from braised West Country ox cheek with roasted parsnip and potato mash, to black pudding – which will no doubt convert even the squeamish amongst you. If you’re looking to enter the leisure jobs industry as a chef, get yourself along to this venue to pick up some top hints and tips via your own lunch. Take in the presentation, the flavours and even the service and set out to offer a similar standard yourself when you eventually make it as a chef.
2. La Gavroche, Upper Brook Street – With two Michelin stars, Michel Roux Jnr’s La Gavroche has been described as ‘an experience in a million’. The chef’s flagship restaurant, located in Mayfair, offers beautifully-dressed tables and formal dining, complete with sparkling silverware. Open from Monday to Saturday, the restaurant offers the very finest in food, from lobster salad to roast milk fed lamb. If you’re a fan of French food, this is undoubtedly the place to go; it’s not only one of London’s best Michelin-star restaurants but possibly one of the world’s.
3. London Hilton, Park Lane – On the 28th floor on London’s Park Lane, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the capital with a two-course lunch at this Park Lane spot. Served at Galvin at Windows, the courses include Cornish Pollock for mains and delicious dark chocolate fondant for dessert. If you’d really like to push the boat out, you can enjoy all three courses for an additional £4.
And here’s a bonus restaurant to keep an eye on…Ambleside’s Lake Road Kitchen, run by trained Lancashire chef George Norrie, is pipped for its first Michelin-star later this year. It’s only been open a year, but if reviews via TripAdvisor are anything to go by, this is ready to be one of the north’s – if not the UK’s – finest dining experiences. Add it to your diary and pay it a visit before the waiting list gets too long!
If you’re looking to make your mark in the culinary world, don’t forget to take a look at the relevant courses available to enrol on here in the UK. From diplomas to one-day cooking courses, you’re bound to find something to tickle your taste buds.