With double-height windows that face Hyde Park and a commitment to using locally and sustainably sourced British ingredients across all its dishes where possible, Island Grill makes a strong impression. Each dish on every one of its menus is carefully crafted by the chefs to ensure that flavours come through strongly, and are a feast for the eyes (and Instagram) as well as the palate.
Island Grill is one of several restaurants situated within the striking Royal Lancaster London Hotel, which is conveniently located right next to Lancaster Gate tube station. Popular with guests at the hotel, as well as locals and visitors to west London, Island Grill is a comfortable spot in which to enjoy a working lunch, romantic dinner or a relaxing weekend brunch with friends.
The restaurant interior is laid back and welcoming, thanks to its earthy tones and friendly waiting staff. Wooden floors, chocolate-coloured upholstery, house plants and pendant lighting all come together to create an ambience that’s as suited to a quick bite at lunchtime as a leisurely evening meal.
Menus here change with the seasons, but guests can bank on finding plenty of crowd-pleasers across the à la carte, set and weekend brunch menus. Starters such as smoked salmon, pea soup and Dorset crab salad give way to mains that include the likes of smoked and sticky beef rib, steamed stone bass and a vegetarian halloumi burger, that are then rounded off by tempting desserts like honey cake and banoffee doughnuts. The set menu is particularly good value at £17 for two courses plus a glass of wine or beer, and the kitchen can accommodate almost any dietary requests.
The weekend brunch menu at Island Grill is just as appealing, with dishes including poached organic eggs, buttermilk pancakes and rump steak. Free-flowing sparkling wine can be added too to make it extra special.