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Once a chattering trend-setter, this clubby, cosmopolitan, civilised blue-chip continues to carve out a special niche within London’s social scene. With its quiet, understated glamour, it still
seduces a cast of well-dressed media, arts and money moguls with its monochrome interiors, riffing piano player (in the evening) and David Bailey photographs. Salmon fishcakes with sorrel sauce and
other long-serving classics queue up on the menu, which takes diners on a familiar trip from caramelised onion tart with sautéed ceps or lamb’s sweetbreads with a crispy fried egg to rhubarb
Bakewell pudding or passion fruit meringue via the legendary Caprice burger, Thai-baked sea bass or roast rack of lamb with smoked aubergine and tapenade sauce. ‘Highly professional’ service
reliably hits the mark, while weekend brunch, live Sunday jazz and an alfresco terrace add further magic to a winning package.
The s.o. has been doing his research, lovely guy that he is. As a treat for my birthday he took me to Le Caprice, a West End institution going strong after 30 years (I know, shocking). He has earned himself a whole load of cookie points and then some.Le Caprice is tucked away in Arlington Street in a surprisingly quiet spot behind the Ritz. If it sounds glam, it’s because it is.In a restaurant like that, the little details in service are what really set a place apart. We walked in with a booking and the maître d’ managed very discreetly and without me realising, to confirm a special little something that the s.o. had requested. Now that, is class. From our seats at the bar (we love the counter if you recall from my Bocca Di Lupo post) I could see the maître greeting the regulars like a pro (handshake for the men, sometimes a hug for the ladies or a peck on the cheek)...
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Le Caprice is one of my favourite restaurants in London, I went there for my 21st birthday a couple of years ago, and fell in love. A couple of months ago I was very fortunate to be invited to have lunch with the manager, Jesus Adorno, who has worked at Le Caprice since it re-opened in 1981. He started working there as a waiter, and gradually worked his way up to Manager. His stories of Le Caprice are fascinating, and his passion for hospitality inspiring. While listening to the smooth sounds of Dom Pipkin tinkering on the ivories, I thought how absolutely lovely it is at Le Caprice, and why it is one of my favourite restaurants. We discussed Le Caprice's history, the restaurant industry, and how they've recently started their Jazz Brunch. Le Caprice has long been popular with movie stars, musicians, and even Princess Diana, and has been an institution since it originally opened in 1947...
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