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With a kitchen headed by ex-Claridges chef Brian Fantoni and a luxurious dining room with mirrored walls, gold chandeliers and velvet chairs, The Gallery aims to take diners on a five-star flight of fancy. Expect modern, informal dishes such as pork-and-pistachio terrine with Italian lardo and mustard fruits, or slow-cooked brisket of veal with baby artichokes, fresh peas, celery and lemon confit.
Looking for a new bar for Friday night? The Drift, in the newly developed Heron Tower on Bishopsgate, offers wine flights, skinny cocktails and punch bowls for thirsty nine-to-fivers looking to unwind, plus an antipasti area for casual dining and a seasonal all-day menu in the first-floor restaurant.
VOC, short for Vereenigde Oo-Indische Compagnie (aka the Dutch East India Company), is a cute candlelit cocktail bar that takes its inspiration from the Far East. Sakés, stirs, homemade infusions and robust punches use painstakingly sourced ingredients such as chywanaprash (a sweet-and-sour Ayurvedic tonic oft referred to as ‘the elixir of life’), and come beautifully presented in covetable stemware. The Italian head bartender’s passion is tangible and his attention to detail pays dividends.
The final instalment of this year’s Square Meal Martell Amateur Critic of the Year competition is fast approaching, and the main prize – an all-inclusive two-night trip to Cognac for four people plus a tour of the Martell vineyards and distillery – is still there for the taking.
JULY 2011: This Sloane-meets-tiki playground for the famous and the wannabes has added a ‘motel room’ to the mix, complete with karaoke machine for the lyrically inclined. Join the models, OK! faces, Chelsea hoorays, flash Ferraris and the occasional Windsor in the Polynesian Lanai bar and order mini Mahiki burgers or other American diner classics in its new dining area, before continuing the party downstairs.
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