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Rhodes W1 - Louise Elgin was impressed by Gary Rhodes' latest West End venture
If you like to eat fine French and modern British cuisine in a grand style with plenty of attentive service in a theatrical setting then Rhodes W1 will not disappoint. It is an impressive experience from start to finish and certainly a place in which a sense of occasion and formality is the order of the day. The modern and spacious dining room is dominated by glittering Swarovski chandeliers, elegant antique French chairs and lavish mirrors in sensual dark fabrics. It is dramatic in every sense of the word, making it the ultimate intimate backdrop for a perfect night of romance.

Gilgamesh Restaurant - Opera nights at the round table
Gilgamesh is the celebrated chef Ian Pengelly's uber trendy north London dining room, and has to be seen to be believed for its wealth of interior opulence and its surreal awe inspiring setting.

The Wallace - French feasts for both eyes and palates
The Wallace has one of the greatest collections of French art outside France so its most appropriate for the dining room to showcase classic French cooking. With its diverse gourmet landscape and fabulous produce, France is the country par excellence for fine food. For a unique exploration of the wonderful gastronomie française, look no further than The Wallace, Oliver Peyton’s brasserie modernes, situated in one of London’s most opulent art galleries.

Natural Burger Company - Where the meat is 100% grass fed Aberdeen Angus
The Natural Burger Company, a small diner in St John’s Wood is trying to put things right. The meat in their burgers is 100% Aberdeen Angus Scotch beef from cattle that they guarantee are grass reared. This is not only to do with animal welfare but gives the meat enhanced taste and flavour.

Brunello - Louise Elgin dined in style at this top notch Italian
The dining tables are large with deep comfy armchairs to settle into, the room is predominately black and gold with stunning black Murano glass chandeliers throughout. Jazz is played at a very low volume and overall a sense of occasion and formality have been installed. Other interesting design features include a wall of tumbling water and a beautiful large screen filled with retro style black and white photographs. But would it all be a triumph of style over substance?

Langtry's - Oscar Wilde never ate this well in his day!
Last September Langtry’s was relaunched in its own right after a makeover – and here the Cadogan has stuck to its historic guns with a very restful and romantic room, full of sinuous burgundy velvet and gilt chairs, well spaced tables draped in heavy linen and subtle lighting from a mix of real and artificial candles. The night we visited was between Christmas and the New Year. Thus, expectations were not of a room buzzing with people and fizzing with the wonderfully creamy, and fittingly Art Nouveau house champagne – Perrier Jouet Grand Brut – which of course we had to sample whilst deciding on what to eat..

The Westerly - Chef Jonathan Coomb’s new restaurant in Reigate, Surrey
Chef Jonathan Coomb’s new restaurant in Reigate’s London Road is clean lined and modern with comfortable seating, rather small plain wooden tables and vibrant art, currently by Claire Benn, on the walls. It looks every inch the Modern Bistro and the menu strikes just the right balance between foodie adventure and bistro simplicity. The roots of many dishes have been transplanted successfully from The Stephan Langton, Jon’s previous country pub-diner.

The Queens Arms - Barons Court, West London W6
The dark wood floors, tables and chairs - almost wilfully unstylish in design - give the restaurant area an already lived-in, familiar feel after only a few weeks of operation. This place is not new, it’s established and working well, is the reassuring mood! A modest oblong slot passes as an open kitchen plus serving hatch, through which is passed a tasty selection of beautifully presented plates of food, all radiating tender loving care, prepared by head chef Paul Foster – ex Ivy and J.Sheekeys – and his team.

Preston Cross Hotel - A modest Surrey hotel dining room
We quite often drive past this little country house hotel and, seeing a recent sign advertising the reopening of the restaurant as a Bistro called the Adam Room, we thought we'd give it a try. The hotel is a very popular wedding venue but there's a separate function area so wedding guests do not impinge on the normal dining facilities. French windows open onto spacious lawns with distant tennis and squash courts. It would be a great little place for a weekend break - within 20 minutes drive there's Denbies Wine Estate, Wisley RHS gardens, and three important National Trust properties including Polesden Lacey just up the road. And right now there's a veritable Hallelujah Chorus of nightingales on Bookham Common!

The Bull - A really good Highgate pub eaterie
The Bull has that imposing air of 18th Century elegance which epitomises Highgate. As one approaches there is a definite feeling that you are about to enter an establishment with an element of comfort and luxury. The décor is modern and tasteful and the room is spacious; there is an atmosphere of relaxation. The kitchen, on full view of the restaurant is a hive of professional activity without adding an intrusive element to the proceedings. The Bull is a serious dining room - make no mistake, this is not pub grub. The management have stressed only the best will do when it comes to quality of the produce that is being served and the prices reflect this.

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