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‘It's like dining at Versailles with Liberace as artistic director', quipped one convert to the Ritz's fabulously gilded dining room. Chandeliers, mirrored marble walls, garlanded columns and a
statue of Poseidon set the mood, and guests are expected to don their best bib and tucker – but it's worth the effort as ‘poster boys of decorum' waltz through the room showering guests with a
series of complementary treats. This is the last place you might expect to find an egg yolk cooked sous-vide, but the kitchen has exorcised the ghost of Escoffier in favour of ‘phenomenally
precise', aspirational dishes such as a mosaic of duck and smoked eel, seaweed brioche and green apple or tournedos of beef with turnip, tongue and truffle. To finish, crêpes Suzettes are given the
time-honoured flambé treatment, while ‘heavenly' cherry clafoutis comes fittingly garbed in gold leaf. Thirsts are sated by an exhaustive, eye-wateringly highbrow wine list. All in all, unbeatable
for special occasions.
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Posted on March 11, 2013 by SamphireAndSalsify
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Since its opening in 1906, the Ritz has brought glamour to 150 Piccadilly and this opulent hotel has become something of a London landmark. The afternoon tea, served in the elegant Palm Court, is booked up several months in advance. I’ve always wanted to go for a meal in the Ritz restaurant so was super excited when my gentleman companion finally agreed to go with me... More from Samphire and Salsify »
As a birthday gift I was treated to lunch at The Ritz by the other half of No Expert. We had some concerns as you do, when visiting somewhere so prestigious and potentially wallet busting. High profile venues like The Ritz all too often live off past glories. Fortunately this was not the case here, although there was no getting past the cost factor. The wine was very expensive. Don’t expect to find bottles at the £30 mark, the lowest price is around £50, but give it its due, the bottle of Marlborough Pinor Noir we ordered was delightful. We very sensibly chose on this occasion to go for the set lunch which consisted of three courses for £45, rather than go a la carte, where you could pay the same price for a single course!... More from No Expert ...but I know what I like - Food Blog, Restaurant reviews »
When we do want to splash out on a meal, I guess we do want the linen, the crystal glasses and the silverware.
The Ritz restaurant ('The Ritz') offers this holy trinity as a matter of course and has never stopped doing so. This is altogether fitting, as there is hardly a restaurant in the UK that has a richer history and tradition than The Ritz. The dazzlingly grand... More from Elizabeth On Food »
British chef John Williams took up the prestigious post of executive chef at The Ritz in June 2004. The son of a Tyneside fisherman, he developed his passion for food at an early age. He studied catering at South Shields College & Westminster College, after which he enjoyed periods at the Royal Garden Hotel, Le Crocodile in Kensington, the Berkeley hotel & Claridge's, where he was maitre chef des cuisines for nine years until 2004. He also holds the highly influential post of chairman of the Academy of Culinary Arts. Williams is supported by Gordon Ramsay protege Frederick Forster, who is responsible for the restaurant at The Ritz.
Essential Details for The Ritz Restaurant
Address:The Ritz London, 150 Piccadilly, London W1J 9BR
Available: Les Arts de la Table menu is limited to 40 covers per day. Advanced reservations are required. The menu should be requested at the time of booking. All diners at a table must order from Les Arts de la Table menu
Expires: 01 Jan 2014
Booking in advance is essential. Please mention offer when booking.
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