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London's most beautiful dishes
Top grub, looking pretty
They say you start eating with your eyes. Which is weird - cos you eat with your mouth, everyone knows that. Not even babies try and eat with their eyes - and they're stupid.
But there's certainly no better way to get the juices flowing than with a plate of food that looks darn-right delicious.
So if you want to find a plate of food that's as pleasing to the peepers as it is your palate then take a look at these esteemed establishments...
Rathbone Place W1T 1JHRegion:
Tottenham Court Road (0.1 miles)
Michelin-starred Lima serves food that looks as good as it tastes. The octopus is not a creature renowned for its beauty, but here after being lightly braised with olives and white quinoait’s prettified with leaves and flowers. Served as a starter, you’ll wish there was more of it.
- SOUTH AMERICAN
- USERS 10/10
15-17 Broadwick Street W1F 0DLRegion:
Oxford Circus (0.2 miles)
At Yauatcha they’ve cleverly positioned their mouth-watering confectionery in a glass-fronted counter so it’s one of the first things you notice when you enter. The brightly coloured macarons and petits gateaux are enough of a reason to visit, before you tuck into their acclaimed dim sum.
- OUR REVIEW 9/10
34 Portman Street W1H 7BYRegion:
Marble Arch (0.1 miles)
Texture shows how a pigeon claw can be beautiful rather than savage. Chunks of ruby-red meat are paired with chargrilled sweet corn and bacon-flavoured popcorn.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
66 Knightsbridge SW1X 7LARegion:
One of Heston Blumenthal’s most famous dishes is the meat fruit. It looks like a perfect mandarin, but slice it apart and you’ll find silky chicken liver parfait. The whole process – alcohol reduction, terrine, mandarin jelly and creating a perfect stem – takes five days.
- OUR REVIEW 7/10
- USERS 8/10
Oscar Wilde Bar at Hotel Cafe Royal
68 Regent Street W1B 4DYRegion:
Café Royal’s Oscar Wilde Bar has one of London’s most ostentatious afternoon teas. One of the desserts is the Passion Banana Opera, a cake sumptuously layered with banana sponge and passion fruit cream, topped with dazzling fruit tuilles.
Pollen Street Social
8 - 10 Pollen Street W1S 1NQRegion:
Oxford Circus (0.1 miles)
Nothing is what you’d expect at Pollen Street Social. The quail served “brunch” style with cereal bowl, tea and sandwich is in fact quail terrine on a brioche, a cereal bowl of wheat, barley and mushroom risotto and a cup of quail stock and lapsangsouchong “tea”. Oh, and there’s a wooden box with a drawer that reveals confit quail leg and breast.
- OUR REVIEW 8/10
- USERS 9/10
32 Rivington Street EC2A 3LXRegion:
The CityNearest Station:
Old Street (0.2 miles)
Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder, but whatever your ideal is Tramshed’sIndian rock chicken with stuffing and chips is a show-stopper. A whole chicken arrives on the table upright on a skewer to be carved by the diners, covered in crispy skin and dripping with gravy for you to mop up your fries with.
301 - 303 Chiswick High Road W4 4HHRegion:
Chiswick Park (0.1 miles)
There is no fixed menu at Hedone, but for a while they served squab pigeon, the leg of which was left whole with a claw. Chef-proprietor Mikael Jonsson manages to beautify it by adding roasted red and golden beetroots along with colourful dabs of jus.
Yashin Ocean House
117 - 119 Old Brompton Rd SW7 3RNRegion:
South KensingtonNearest Station:
Gloucester Road (0.2 miles)
Presentation is everything in Japanese cuisine. At Yashin Ocean House the Vegetable Garden Tempura is served on a garden naturally, with the tempura in a plant pot and dipping sauce in a metal watering bucket.