Restaurant reviews: Three to Try
Tom's Kitchen,Somerset House,Strand,London WC2R 1LA.Tel: (004420) 7845-4646
Tom Aikens has a brace of Michelin stars to his name, and this is his casual eatery in the splendiferous Somerset House once occupied by Elizabeth I. Casual food and a wonderful terrace make this a great venue. Dishes range from foie gras to fish pie and spicy crab cake to shepherd's pie
Coq au vin with mash
The Restaurant at the Royal Academy OF ARTS
Royal Academy of Arts,
London W1J 0BD.
Tel: (004420) 7300-5608
A stunningly dramatic location run by Mayo's Oliver Peyton, familiar from BBC's Great British Menu. The all-day menu covers breakfast through lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner
Gurnard en papillotte with rhubarb
41 Beak St,
London W1F 9SB.
Tel: (004420) 7734-4479
A long and narrow bacaro behind Liberty, off Regent Street, which rapidly achieved cult status, spawning Polpetto and Spuntino. There's a basement Campari bar -- so have one as you wait for a table upstairs. Tapas-size portions. Spaghettini vongole to fritto misto
Prawn and monk's beard risotto. Chocolate salami
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