The Best Chef’s Tables in London10 May 18
The Best Chef’s Tables in London10 May 18
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For a sophisticated dining experience that promises exclusive access to the culinary expertise of the world’s most esteemed food gurus—Heston Blumenthal, Gordon Ramsay and Angela Hartnett, to name but a few—a London chef’s table experience certainly delivers. Menus are bespoke, created using the finest ingredients, and often served by the head chef in a private dining suite adjacent to the kitchen, while wine is skilfully paired by a sommelier. For the select few who choose to dine at the chef’s tables of London’s best Michelin-starred restaurants, this is gastronomic entertainment at its most indulgent.
A deliciously intimate chef’s table in the heart of London, Michelin-starred Kitchen Table seats 20 for its 12-course gourmet tasting menu. Seated around the restaurant’s chic kitchen area, the relaxed layout invites you to engage directly with Head Chef James Knappett as he prepares your food in front of you. The menu changes on a daily basis to accommodate the freshest ingredients; Knappett is fastidious about sourcing locally foraged produce. His wife is skilled sommelier Sandia Chang, who successfully pairs the evening’s wines from Kitchen Table’s private cellar.
Tucked away in Carnaby Street’s stylish Kingly Court is this gourmet homage to very fine seafood. The private dining table is situated in the restaurant’s busy open kitchen, however its intimate feel is preserved by the caged screens that enclose it—reminiscent, Wright Bros. Ltd. points out, of a lobster basket and in keeping with the restaurant’s marine theme. The menu includes the freshest chargrilled Cornish mackerel, tempura oysters and yellowfin tuna tartare.
Famous for her down-to-earth approach to high quality ingredients, Angela Hartnett’s Michelin-starred restaurant serves good, honest Italian-inspired dishes. A window into the kitchen invites diners at her chef’s table to observe Murano’s chefs at work as they prepare typically Hartnett-esque dishes such as crab ravioli with almond pesto and artichoke-garnished loin of venison. Hartnett’s wine pairings are impeccable; her signature crisp Prosecco toasting some excellent canapés.
Unusual ingredients are combined with Heston Blumenthal’s notoriously eccentric flair to produce a Michelin-starred chef’s table experience with a uniquely traditional flavour. Drawing on British gastronomy throughout the ages, the menu voltas from Meat Fruit—chicken liver parfait redolent of the early 16thcentury—to a sherried scallop inspired by the 70s. Seating four to six guests at a time, the bespoke menu is served to your table by the head chef, with a private sommelier on hand to advise on wine pairings.
Enjoy a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of celebrity chef Marcus Wareing’s exceedingly popular two Michelin-starred dining room. A five- or eight-course tasting menu is served for up to 10 guests in a private space overlooking Marcus’s kitchen, with a gloriously simple but perfectly executed array of dishes. Ingredients include caviar, lobster with squid, and duck with wild garlic, all paired with sommelier-selected wines.
For a truly memorable gastronomic experience, private dining at Gordon Ramsay’s Michelin-starred Pétrus, situated in prestigious Knightsbridge, will certainly impress those looking for London’s best chef’s table experiences. Guests are invited to observe the head chef creating their seven courses—and are welcome to participate if they choose—from their table. Serving four to eight people at a time, sample menus include culinary classics such as foie gras parfait, Hertfordshire beef and sea bass.
Feature images © Marcus; Kitchen Table; Murano; Pétrus
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