Few other world cities boast the variety of cuisines that London offers. Every enclave, district, and borough has its fair share of eating establishments, often catering for an expansive range of tastes, with every international cuisine represented in one way or another. Knightsbridge, best known for its luxury fashion emporiums and architecturally-stunning residential mansion blocks, is no different.
Whether you live in Knightsbridge or are just visiting for the day, foodies need to know where’s best to eat. Here are some of our restaurant recommendations for foodies.
Most foodies will be familiar with Heston Blumenthal’s culinary accomplishments, and may even have eaten at The Fat Duck in Bray. This restaurant, Heston’s first in the capital, is housed inside the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London. The menu is inspired by ‘historic British gastronomy’, while the décor and interiors use only the most natural of materials, in a nod to historic craftsmanship. If you’d like to delve a little deeper into Britain’s gastronomic past, and delight your taste buds at the same time, this is the place for you.
If you’re feeling especially hungry, there’s nothing quite like a generous portion of the finest Middle Eastern food to fill the void. The Mamounia Lounge can be found on the Brompton Road. Step inside, and prepare to be dazzled. A strong palette of carmine red and gold greets you, while the plush seating and crystal chandeliers convey a sense of opulence. A good start? Yes, because the food lives up to its environment. Expect authentic Lebanese and Moroccan dishes, mezze, the tastiest tagines, colourful cocktails, and…belly dancers.
Marcus Wareing’s reputation precedes him, and his name is well known in the restaurant/dining/TV Masterchef world. So much so, that his eponymous venue at The Berkeley is named, simply, ‘Marcus’. No surname necessary. The restaurant has already pocketed no fewer than two Michelin stars. The menu celebrates the best of modern British cuisine. The sommeliers are superb, the service impeccable, the food outstanding. This is a dream destination if you have something to celebrate. But really, we recommend dining here whenever the mood strikes.
When in Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, head up to its Fifth Floor. There’s more than just a bar. There’s a Café and Terrace where you can go for all-day dining and tasty European-inspired food. There is also a food market, wine shop, champagne bar, and, the ideal place for foodies: Burger & Lobster. If you’re in search of sustenance after a day spent shopping then the food served up here will revive you. But it doesn’t stop there. Meat devotees should drop in at Zelman Meats, the most recent addition to the Fifth Floor. Quality beef is the order of the day here, washed down with some first-rate wine.
Partial to sushi? This is the place to eat it. Zuma offers ‘a sophisticated twist on the traditional Japanese Izakaya-style of informal eating and drinking’. There’s a sake bar which boasts over 40 different varieties of sake, while the dishes are fresh, tangy, and delicious. From crispy fried sole to rib eye steak, and from sushi and sashimi to an assortment of fish and meat cooked on a robata grill, there is something for everyone.