Theo Randall at the InterContinental Park Lane

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Silver Award
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SquareMeal Review of Theo Randall at the InterContinental Park Lane

Silver Award

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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Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Italian
Ambience
Quiet conversation, Traditional, Widely spaced tables
Food Occasions
Breakfast, Dinner
Special Features
Chef’s table, Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Special occasions
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InterContinental Park Lane, 1 Hamilton Place, Green Park, London, W1J 7QY

020 7318 8747

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Opening Times

Breakfast
Mon 06:30-10:00
Tue 06:30-10:00
Wed 06:30-10:00
Thu 06:30-10:00
Fri 06:30-10:00
Sat 06:30-11:00
Sun 06:30-11:00
Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue 17:30-22:00
Wed 17:30-22:00
Thu 17:30-22:00
Fri 17:30-22:00
Sat 17:30-22:00
Sun Closed

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Lloyd S

Italian Food at it’s Best
18 October 2021  

We’ve been wanting to come here for a long time so it now gives me great pleasure to say that I can finally tick it of my list. My only regret really is that we left it so long because the food was amazing and this was  matched by fabulous Italian cocktails and wine along with excellent friendly service.

 

We arrived at the intercontinental hotel on saturday where we were given a nice welcome before heading inside. The restaurant is literally just on your right. We entered to receive a delightful welcome from manager Anne Marie before she escorted us to our table. It’s a fabulous dining room with a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere which was matched throughout the evening by each member of staff. Once we were seated our evening got of to a great start as from the kitchen came Theo Randall himself. He came over to our ltable for a quick chat and hoped we had a fantastic evening before heading back to prepare for a busy service.

 

We were then introduced to our waitress Giovanna who I have to say couldn’t have looked after us any better. She started by leaving us the menu and asking if we’d like to start with a cocktail. My wife went for a martini and I just had to have a negroni as I’d seen Theo rave about it on the television. But to be fair it was a good one. Giovanna then came over to guide us through the menu and also give us some great recommendations.

 

First up was the antipasti where we opted for the Carne Salata - thinly sliced Angus Beef with zucchini , pine nuts , parmesan and the Anguilla Affumicata - smoked eel , red and golden beetroots , italian leaves , fresh horseradish. They were both absolutely amazing and a fantastic way to begin.

 

We’d now finished our cocktails so it was time to meet the sommelier to discuss wine pairings for our next two courses. Here he recommended a couple of absolutely stunning italian wines that matched the food to perfection. The first was for myself a fabulous Barbera D’Asti 2017 Superiore a full bodied beauty that was so good I had to have a second glass. For my wife he chose a delightful lighter and fruitier Langhe Nebbiolo 2019.

 

Now it time for our pasta course. My wife chose the Cappelletti do Vitello - pasta stuffed with veal and pancetta with porcini mushrooms & parmesan that not only looked delicious tasted it to. I decided to opt for the Pappardelle con ragu di manzo - pasta with slow cooked beef in chianti & san marzano tomatoes that was absolutely italy on a plate.

 

Next it was on to the main event and if what we’d already had wasn’t amazing enough what was to follow was absolutely stunning. We chose the Orata - sea bream fillet with potatoes , tomatoes , capers , olives and white wine with the look on my wife’s face was all I needed to see to realise how good it was. I chose the Grilled Beef Sirloin ‘Tagliata’ with cannellini beans , salsa verde , datterini tomatoes and wild rocket. I was literally in food heaven. We accompanied these dishes with a salad and the best zucchini fritte ever.

 

Now it was time to finish with dessert. My wife opted for the Cheese course (apologies for no pic) a selection of italian cheeses with mostarda and homemade crackers. For myself I chose the Ricotta Cheesecake with pears , sultanas marinated in marsala & vanilla. This was the best cheesecake I’d ever tasted. Along with this and on Giovanna’s recommendation I also had the Soft Chocolate Cake with crema di mascarpone an absolutely chocolate lovers dream dessert.

 

We finished with an espresso to round of an absolutely amazing evening. You can clearly see why so many people say it’s the best Italian restaurant because the food is simply stunning. I literally cannot wait to come back and would highly recommend anyone to pay a visit themselves.

 

Thank You Theo and all your team for a fantastic evening and look forward to seeing you all again soon. Ciao for now.

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Andrea B

06 August 2019  
I love that Theo Randall works most evenings in the restaurant and will always make the effort to come out and engage with his guests. The portion sizes are very generous and overall the food is so delicious and wholesome.

Anne B

26 July 2019  
Amazing food - very friendly team - felt really at home.

Paul H

15 July 2019  
Consistently excellent.

Lynn O

28 June 2019  
Did the masterclass at the restaurant . Was brilliant. Meal after was also delicious and so plentiful. Staff were welcoming and knowledgable . Sommelier produced some lovely accompanying wines. Lucky enough to win a Bruch for two and can't wait to return.

don C

28 June 2019  
Everything is excellent at this super restaurant.

Caroline M

10 July 2018  
Great menu, fair pricing, great service and ambience which is why I keep going back.

Jan T

10 July 2018  
Great Italian food with very attentive service.

Caroline M

15 June 2017  
Great food, cooked really well. Theo will mingle with his customers. Good staff and nice atmosphere.

Paul A

Top class
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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