Why try one dish when you can sample pretty much everything in the kitchen? Wave goodbye to FOMO, throw restraint out the window, and tuck into some of the capital’s finest multiple-course masterpieces. From some of the cheapest tasting menus in London, to some of the most lavish, trendy to sophisticated, French to Indian, we’ve got it covered.
1. Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester Book Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
7 courses £140
If you’re going to go to a 3 Michelin-starred restaurant, you may as well do it in style. Seven courses of 3 Michelin-starred food in an iconic hotel is about as swanky as it gets. A masterclass in contemporary French cuisine, the Alain Ducasse tasting menu includes saddle of venison with parsnip and peanut, lobster with truffled chicken quenelles, and an assortment of French cheeses to finish.
2. Roganic, Marylebone Book Roganic
Short tasting menu, £65
From Simon Rogan, the man behind 2 Michelin-starred L’Enclume, Roganic showcases Simon’s innovative take on modern British cooking. The short tasting menu features 8 dishes including monkfish with mussels and seaweed, and caramelised apple with Douglas fir. For £95, the long tasting menu is even more indulgent, with 12 exquisite dishes served.
3. Picture Marylebone Book Picture
6-course tasting menu & a cocktail £35
Building on the success of Picture Fitzrovia, Picture Marylebone brings the feel of a neighbourhood restaurant to the city centre. Offering one of the best value tasting menus in London, Picture’s flavour-packed menu features lightly smoked pork with roasted carrots and baked apple purée, stone bass with braised endive, celeriac and orzo, and dark chocolate mousse with banana and peanut crumble.
4. sketch – Lecture Room, Mayfair Book sketch Lecture Room
8-course tasting menu £110
Well at home in the upper echelons of the London fine dining scene, the sketch tasting menu is certainly a little special. Once you’ve stopped marveling at the exquisite decor, expect course after course of 2 Michelin star food, including poached skate with foie gras and chablis jelly, and roe deer flavoured with juniper and served with mango and onion chutney.
5. Club Gascon, Farringdon Book Club Gascon
5-course tasting menu £85
Michelin-starred Club Gascon takes diners on a journey across south west France. The tasting menu may begin with the likes of hibiscus and cabbage ‘dashi’ with snails and gladiola, before proceeding to wild halibut with coffee emulsion, via marbled duck with figs, and ending with caramelised rhubarb with mulled wine and frosted pink praline.
6. Jazz Lounge at The Wellesley, Knightsbridge Book Jazz Lounge at The Wellesley
5-course tasting menu £65
If music be the food of love, eat a tasting menu whilst listening to live jazz. Shakespeare may have had a slightly different meaning in mind, but there’s no denying the appeal of the Jazz Lounge tasting menu. It’s hard to leave a room in a 5-star hotel with a grand piano centrepiece, so it’s lucky that the Jazz Lounge’s 5 courses of Italian fine dining will ensure you’re in for the long haul.
7. Bonhams, Mayfair
7-course tasting menu £70
Found within one of London’s oldest and most prestigious auction houses, Bonhams offers 7 courses of Michelin-starred French cuisine. Head chef Tom Kemble brings precision and flair to the Bonhams menu, with dishes like fallow deer with chestnut and juniper purée, and mackerel sashimi with elderflower vinaigrette.
8. Fera at Claridge’s, Mayfair Book Fera at Claridge’s
5 courses & champagne £85
Fera at Claridge’s is all about serving the finest British produce in 5-star surrounds. Imaginative flavour combinations on the Fera tasting menu include halibut cooked in pine with leeks, nettle and whey, and stout ice cream with buckwheat and verjus.
9. Craft, Greenwich Book Craft
Shorter tasting menu £38, longer tasting menu £55
Serving both a longer and shorter tasting menu, Craft is an innovative project in Greenwich which builds creative menus using produce from its own gardens, smoke house and bee hives. Tuck into 4 or 6 courses of modern British cooking, all whilst looking out at Greenwich Peninsula Gardens, the Thames and Canary Wharf.
10. The Frog, Brick Lane
4-course Tasting menu £45
The first solo restaurant from TV chef Adam Handling, The Frog is all about innovative fine dining in a laidback setting. And settings don’t get much cooler than Ely’s Yard off Brick Lane. Tasting menu highlights include beef with artichoke and black garlic, cheese doughnuts, and the intriguingly titled ‘beetroot, beetroot and more beetroot.’