Cookbook Cafe

The Intercontinental Hotel, 1 Hamilton Place, Mayfair, London, W1J 7QY
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Address
The Intercontinental Hotel, 1 Hamilton Place, Mayfair, London, W1J 7QY

Telephone
020 7318 8563

Cuisine
British

Region
Mayfair

Nearest Station
Hyde Park Corner (0.21 miles)

Cool, casual and delicious times lie ahead at Cookbook Cafe. Munch on seriously good tucker - that's seasonal, sustainable, British and proud!

At Cookbook we're big on British breakfasts and fabulously famous for our Saturday and Sunday Bubbles and Brunch. So make yourself nice and cosy and push your nose into a couple of cookbooks from the hundreds scattered around Cookbook Cafe.

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All In London Review

A lavish buffet that’s worth every penny

The Intercontinental Hotel on Park Lane boasts two eateries of note: Theo Randall’s eponymous, highly acclaimed Italian restaurant, and the equally commendable Cookbook Café. The latter are known for their display of cookery books, seasonal produce sourced within 50 miles, and most of all, their weekend all-you-can-eat brunches.

As part of brunch you can help yourself to the cold buffet, a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. Plates of sashimi, smoked salmon with dill crust, cold duck salad and prawns with sweet chilli sit alongside more conventional buffet fare like cured meats and cheeses. Eggs and waffles can be made to order from a separate counter; we try the eggs Benedict, with thick, salted ham and a lovely, rich hollandaise, and a golden crispy waffle that we greedily top with a drizzle of maple syrup, Chantilly cream, chocolate chips and pumpkin seeds.

And this is but a mere preamble to the main courses, which are brought to the table “family style”, in other words as small plates. Today’s hot dishes are tagliatelle with loin of salmon and a creamy sauce made from crab meat, peas and capers, crunchy cauliflower and courgette in a canary-yellow ragoût made from poppy seeds and flavoured with cumin, and best of all, the eight-hour braised ox cheek, so soft it falls apart with the slightest prod, with onion squash mash, morel mushrooms and deliciously offaly sweatbreads.

The desserts table is filled with canapé-sized treats: coffee and walnut sponge with coffee-flavoured cream, supremely rich flourless chocolate cakes, strawberry trifles, meringues, berry brûlées in shot glasses… the choice seems endless.

Moreover you can wash this all down with unlimited bellinis and/or sparkling wine. Priced at just £49 per person, this lavish buffet is worth every penny.

Reviewed by Leila
Published on Oct 15, 2012


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Sit back, loosen your belt and tuck into about the best thing our US cousins have ever given us.

At weekends the Cookbook Cafe offers a lavish, all-you-can-eat brunch that includes a cold buffet with sashimi, prawns with sweet chilli, duck salad, cured meats, cheeses, and a separate counter offering waffles and eggs cooked to order. If that was't enough, there is also a selection of hot plates to share, a mouthwatering array of desserts, and unlimited bellinis and/or sparkling wine.

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If you're looking for a luxury buffet look no further than the Cookbook Cafe, where for £49 a head you get limitless helpings from the cold buffet, egg station and dessert counter, as well as a selection of hot food to share and unlimited bellinis and/or sparkling wine. Weekend brunch only.

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The more casual of the two restaurants at the InterContinental Park Lane (the other being Theo Randall’s eponymous restaurant), Cookbook Café prides itself on using seasonal produce sourced as locally as possible. The weekend brunch is evidence of this, when a large “market table” is filled with appetising fruit, veg, cheeses, cold meats and seafood, but Paul Bates’ delectable à la carte is a prime example of British food at its best.

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