Theo Randall at the InterContinental Park Lane

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"VERY GOOD"

13 reviews

InterContinental Park Lane, 1 Hamilton Place , London, W1J 7QY

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020 7318 8747

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SquareMeal Review of Theo Randall at the InterContinental Park Lane

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"VERY GOOD"

One of the nicest chefs in London, Theo Randall celebrated a decade at the InterContinental in 2016 with a refurb intended to channel the more relaxed mood of the 2010s, rather than noughties fine dining. Gone are the tablecloths and moody lighting, replaced by an expanded bar area and a lighter colour scheme: it still feels very corporate, although no one is here for the surroundings. Instead, the unaffected charm of Randall’s “superb” cooking is the main attraction: pasta has always been the star, eschewing clichés in favour of fresh ideas such as plump ravioli stuffed with ricotta and cime di rapa, but there’s much more besides. Pan-fried calf’s liver is embellished with cavolo nero and earthy Castelluccio lentils, beef tagliata features a really excellent piece of Longhorn sirloin, while juicy scallops are spiked with chilli, vinegar and anchovies. The Italian wine list is oddly divided by season, although helpful staff are on hand to advise. “Fantastic cocktails” and notable private rooms, too.
 

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Theo Randall at the InterContinental Park Lane Location

InterContinental Park Lane, 1 Hamilton Place , London W1J 7QY

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Theo Randall at the InterContinental Park Lane's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 8.3

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Service: 7.6

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Atmosphere: 7.5

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Value: 8.0

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 5

Platinum Reviewer
01 September 2016

Theo Randall has the happy knack of taking the best ingredients and turning them into relatively simple but very pleasing dishes in the best of the Italian tradition. Add to that a comfortable dining room with decent space between the tables and efficiently friendly staff, an example of their quality being the way they held our starters while we finished our pre-dinner fizz (something that would not have been the case in Greenhouse two evenings later) and you are well on the way to satisfying the desires of even the most demanding diners. The chef’s selection tasting menu was based on the day’s fresh deliveries and the wine pairing sounded good, so that was what we opted for. Authentically straightforward and typically tasty canapés, tomato and marjoram bruschetta and oil soaked foccaccia, set us up perfectly for the delicious antipasto of a pyramid of Devon crab, fennel, dandelion, radicchio, and bottarga, which was a superb match with the shellfish. The primo maintained the high standard, combining the best homemade pasta with a slow-cooked veal stuffing, pancetta and a porcini sauce - a remarkably light textural and flavour combination. The secondo continued the utilisation of the best of British ingredients with Italian counterparts, supremely tender Somerset lamb rack with globe and Jerusalem artichoke, carrot, sweet red and white beetroot, a nod to fennel, turnip and leek, and proper salsa d’erbe with some body, a really lovely dish. Cheese followed, more or less the same selection as on our last visit, Robiola, Taleggio, a goat’s cheese, and Gorgonzola, with pear mustard, but this time elevated to another level by the amazing match-up with four different versions of Vermouth. The beautiful signature Amalfi lemon tart with crème fraîche brought the meal to a satisfyingly successful conclusion. Well done to everybody involved!

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 4

Bronze Reviewer
11 August 2014

I had had Theo Randall on my places to dine at for some time. I finally went on Saturday and had an amazing experience. Firstly Theo was there greeting guests and later on was chatting to guests at their tables. Secondly the food was fantastic, the flavours and textures of the dishes were excellent, the portion sizes were huge! The service was impeccable, not too much attention nor too little. I was so impressed I shall definitely be considering the private dining room for future events!

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Food + drink: 4

Service: 3

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 3

Platinum Reviewer
26 January 2013

Food that never disappoints. In fact one of the best Italian food in town. Think about it as River Cafe (where he was head chef for many years) just without the buzz (and without the wait for getting a reservation …). Only drawback is the location inside the IC hotel which leads to a lack of atmosphere also given the oversized dimension of the restaurant. Try the fabulous lobster spagheti and limousin veal, amongst many other great dishes

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