THE MAYFAIR DINING REPORT: WHERE TO GO THIS WEEK
I have visited some brilliant restaurants in Mayfair this year and I am still struggling to keep up with the ever changing menus that come and go with the seasons! I wanted to produce a weekly round-up of the best breakfasts / brunches / lunches / dinners / afternoon teas / drinks, in order to celebrate the incredibly talented chefs and restauranteurs we have been blessed with. Our renowned kitchens, vibrant worldly cuisines and impeccable decor complement high-quality dishes year after year. It is absolutely no wonder that locals, workers and visitors to the area are developing a deep love for certain hot-spots.
This week, I have included some festive treats, although for those of you who already want to punch a Panettone, I have sourced some Christmasless goodness. Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to check in with any dining related enquiries.
1.) Breakfast at Aubaine Mayfair
I recently visited Aubaine in Mayfair for a hot breakfast with clients. I ordered avocado on cereal toast with poached eggs, slow roasted cherry tomatoes, toasted feta and toasted seeds. It felt wholesome and healthy and tasted divine, a wonderful way to start the working day.
Other hot breakfast favourites:
- Portobello mushroom and goats’ cheese on potato rösti with kale and red pepper purée
Full French: Toulouse sausage, eggs any way, Portobello mushroom, Alsace bacon, baked beans, potato rösti, kale, slow roasted tomatoes
French toast croissant with Alsace bacon, caramelised banana and maple syrup
View the full menu here.
2.) Lunch at ROKA
ROKA's exciting tasting menu is £90 per person and is for a minimum two people. ROKA brings its unique style of contemporary Japanese Robatayaki cuisine to Mayfair. At the heart of the restaurant is the Robata grill, an integral and functional design element of the room. Enjoy a delicious lunch whilst surrounded by beautiful decor: reclaimed natural wood, flashes of crimson and Japanese prints.
- Seared sea bass with smoked soy
- King crab with daikon and caviar
- Wagyu sushi, oscietra caviar
View the full menu here.
3.) Afternoon Tea at The Connaught
The Connaught's festive afternoon tea is served until 1 January. The wintery seasonal edition of afternoon tea includes a celebratory glass of Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée champagne and a collection of cakes made by the hotel's extremely talented pastry chefs especially for the season.
Make a reservation here.
4.) Dinner at Corrigan's Bar & Restaurant
Corrigan's has a fabulous seasonal set menu available throughout the winter months, perfect for groups of colleagues / friends / loved ones.
- Beetroot cured salmon, crispy oyster, cucumber chutney
- Virginia Park Lodge beetroot salad, pine nuts, whipped goat cheese
- Pressed ham hock, black pudding and apple
- Line caught cod, prawn and bacon colcannon, red wine
- Ballotine of pigeon, duck liver, shallot
- Roast breast of duck, celeriac, orange and bay
2 courses £28 | 3 courses £34 | All mains are appropriately garnished | Only available up to 7 guests | The menu is subject to change.
5.) Drinks at Benares
Benares has created 'A Mary Christmas', a special edition Bloody Mary with Olmeca Tequila, Nuestra Soledad Mezcal, fresh tomato juice and a homemade spicy masala mix. It's served with a cooling salt, spice lassi on the side and garnished with fresh carrot and celery sticks - perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up or a brilliant Christmas hangover cure!
View the full cocktail list here.