Set within the five-star Capital just a stone’s throw from Harrods, this revamp of the hotel’s dining room exudes classic British hospitality, from the setting through to the menus and staff. It’s ideally located for lunch following a morning’s sightseeing and shopping around Knightsbridge and South Kensington, while hotel guests, locals and Londoners who fancy a taste of the high life might like to stop in for dinner.
As is de rigeur, The Restaurant at The Capital relies heavily upon independent local suppliers and farmers for its ingredients, which are then carefully crafted into classic British dishes by head chef Adam Simmonds and his team. In order to showcase the freshest seasonal produce and newest creations from the kitchen, the menus change frequently, but an idea of the kinds of dishes you might encounter on your visit include oysters with cucumber, English wasabi and lardo or veal sweetbreads with watercress, lemon and liquorice to start, and the likes of salt-aged duck with grapefruit, turnip and fennel, or John Dory with curd, cuttlefish, kohlrabi and caviar to follow.
Desserts such as elderflower ice cream with blossom honey, oats and yogurt, and white chocolate brownie with peanut parfait and cocoa sorbet ought not to be missed, though if you’re in the mood for something savoury, a British cheese plate should do the trick. A seven-course tasting menu affords a treat for those looking to splash out, while the set lunch menu is ideal for corporate lunches or anyone struggling to choose à la carte.
A very impressive collection of wines, many from small artisan producers, rounds off the dining experience nicely, so whether you allow the team to guide you to a bottle to share, or opt for a carefully curated wine flight to accompany your meal, you’re sure to land on something delicious.