Thursday 8th of October 2015
Located in the trendy Soho area of London, Barrafina is the holder of one coveted Michelin Star. The owners of this popular Spanish restaurant, Sam and Eddie Hart, grew up in the Balearic Isles with their Spanish mother and they learnt Spanish and Catalan dishes first hand. Step inside this quirky little venue and you’ll soon discover that this is much more than your average restaurant; it’s also part-theatre. Sit in awe as you watch the busy team of chefs preparing your meal in front of your eyes, while you relax at the bar with one of the many delicious cocktails that are served in Barrafina. The restaurant doesn’t take bookings, so make sure that you’re prepared to wait for a table once you arrive – and we promise you that it will be worth the wait.
2. Gordon Ramsay
You’ll be hard pushed to find a food fan that’s escaped the brilliance of Gordon Ramsay. Famous for his food, and his interesting command of the English language, Gordon Ramsay has emerged as one of the shining stars of British cuisine, spawning numerous hit television shows and a trail of massively successful restaurants in his wake. Gordon Ramsay (the restaurant) is located in the affluent London area of Chelsea and the kitchen is headed up by the brilliant chef Clare Smyth MBE, who has been instrumental in achieving the restaurants three Michelin Stars. Whatever you order from the extensive, yet simple menu will leave you wanting more, and wishing to return time after time. Table service is a quintessential part of this special dining experience, and the waiting staff make sure that your evening is as perfect as it can possibly be.
Another fine, established restaurant based in Soho is Arbutus; holder of one Michelin Star, this restaurant serves up an amazing array of flavours, from aromatic crab salads, to an avocado, peanut and mango guacamole. If you’re heading for an evening at the theatre, then Arbutus is the restaurant for you; offering a perfect and affordable set menu, catered around the local theatre times, so that you can make sure that you’re not late for your show.
4. Helene Darroze at the Connaught
Holder of two prestigious Michelin Stars, Helene Darroze at the Connaught is located in the upmarket area of Mayfair. Specialising in refined French cuisine, this restaurant is not one to miss, even if the price may be slightly higher than others on this list. If the food wasn’t enough, then the aesthetic charm inside the restaurant coupled with the sophisticated, suave staff attire will leaving you feeling like you’re dining royalty. Take a seat inside this beautiful historic dining room, with original features – a nod to its decadent past, while taking in the stunning artworks on the walls from esteemed artist David Hockney. And if real art wasn’t enough, then the food that is served in the restaurant also resembles art; choose the chocolate dessert that resembles a globe and you’re in for a treat. Helene Darroze at the Connaught is located less than 30 miles from our Easirent hire car depot at London Gatwick Airport.
5. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
If there’s anyone more famous than Gordon Ramsay for his innovative cooking techniques, it’s Heston Blumenthal. Famous for his experimental style of cooking and a radical use of ingredients, many people are so intrigued by his food, that they have to try it for themselves. If that’s you, then you’re in luck, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is the eponymous two Michelin Starred restaurant from the food pioneer himself and is located in the London area of Belgravia. Hop in your Easirent hire car at our London Gatwick Airport depot and head to this divine restaurant for the signature dish of Tudor-inspired ‘meat fruit’ bears that resemble a mandarin.