Restaurants with the best tasting menus

Strap yourself in and prepare to taste

This is it... this is the mother-load, the end of the rainbow, this is a restaurant's chef show-boating and laying before you the very best their kitchen can produce. But it's more than just one, great stand-alone dish: it's an entire journey. It's a meticulously-planned tour through tastes, textures, smells, temperature, design and technique.

Tasting menus can include anything up to 11 or 12 courses (and can take 3 or 4 hours to demolish), but don't think that you'll be bloated; this is all part of the skill: balancing richness and freshness to keep your satiety on the edge of its seat for the next course.

Even with such an abundance of skill and volume of produce a tasting menu doesn't necessarily have to break the bank, our list of London's Best Tasting Menus below, includes something for every wallet.




Dabbous
39 Whitfield Street W1T 2SF
Region: Fitzrovia
Nearest Station: Goodge Street

AIL Says: It’s easy to run out of superlatives when describing the food at Ollie Dabbous’ first restaurant. The best way to experience it is with the well-priced tasting menu, which is £59 per person.

  • BRITISH
  • 50/100
  • OUR REVIEW 9/10
  • USERS 3/10
The Grain Store
1-3 Stable Street N1C 4AA
Region: King's Cross
Nearest Station: King's Cross St. Pancras (0.3 miles)

AIL Says: Bruno Loubet’s newest restaurant in the newly developed Granary Square gives vegetables centre stage. The surprise menu leaves things up to the chef and is superb value, priced at only £40 for six courses.

  • INTERNATIONAL
  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 8/10
Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs
70 Charlotte Street W1T 4QG
Region: Fitzrovia
Nearest Station: Goodge Street

AIL Says: Tucked behind the champagne and hotdogs concept Bubbledogs, Kitchen Table offers a menu of 12-14 courses that varies each day according to what catch or produce is available. Dishes are described by one word - ‘goat’, ‘scallop’, and ‘rhubarb’ may appear on the menu, leaving you guessing as to what’s been cooked up.

  • EUROPEAN
Maze
10-13 Grosvenor Square W1K 6JP
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Bond Street (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: The tasting menu at Maze offers five courses of Japanese-inspired food, plus a choice of very English desserts. Priced at £70 for a menu that includes sushi, sea bass with truffle oil and lobster dumpling, it’s very good value for a Gordon Ramsay restaurant.

  • EUROPEAN
  • OUR REVIEW 9/10
  • USERS 9/10
l'Atelier De Joel Robuchon
13-15 West Street WC2H 9NE
Region: Covent Garden
Nearest Station: Covent Garden (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Robuchon is the only chef to have won 28 Michelin stars, and although the man himself isn’t in the kitchen you can try his modern French cuisine with either the5 or 8 course “menu decouverte”.

  • FRENCH
  • 64/100
  • USERS 9/10
HKK
88 Worship Street EC2A 2BE
Region: The City
Nearest Station: Bethnal Green (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Part of the Hakkasan stable, HKK offers 15 courses of Cantonese delicacies prepared by Tong Chee Hwee, himself formerly of Hakkasan. Dishes include Jasmine tea-smoked Wagyu beef and monk fish noodles with truffle sauce.

  • CHINESE
  • 46/100
The Square
6-10 Bruton Street W1J 6PU
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Green Park (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: There is a variety of European flavours on the tasting menu at the Square, and the presentation of each dish alone merits top marks. Phil Howard’s Michelin-starred restaurant has been going strong since 1991.

  • FRENCH
  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 9/10
Sketch Lecture Room & Library
9 Conduit Street W1S 2XG
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Pierre Gagnaire’stasting menus focus on textures and smells as much as on flavour. The 7 course selection is £95, with a separate option for vegetarians.

  • FRENCH
  • 8/100
  • USERS 9/10
Texture
34 Portman Street W1H 7BY
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Marble Arch (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Choose from the fish, the Scandinavian or the standard tasting menus (although the latter is anything but standard), and sample Icelandic-inspired dishes such as lightly salted cod with avocado, brandade, chorizo and squid.

  • MEDITERRANEAN
  • 37/100
The Ledbury
127 Ledbury Road W11 2AQ
Region: Notting Hill
Nearest Station: Westbourne Park (0.3 miles)

AIL Says: London’s best restaurant has an 8 course tasting menu. Chef Brett Graham shows off his skills with dishes like jowl of pork with girolles and apricots and flame grilled mackerel with pickled cucumber.

  • FRENCH
  • 3/100
  • OUR REVIEW 10/10


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