Back for its third year, London Restaurant Festival kicked off on October 1st and runs until the 15th of October. An idea brought to life by Fay Maschler and Simon Davis, the London Restaurant Festival was designed to raise the profile of the extraordinarily diverse range of restaurants that we have in London, and to give everyone the opportunity to experience them at affordable prices.
Incorporating a series of dining events and fabulous festival menus, London Restaurant Festival is an eating-out extravaganza.
Over 600 of London’s top restaurants are running specially created Festival Menus, which fall into £10-£50 menu price categories. Restaurants are showcasing the best that they have to offer and thousands of Londoners are enjoying their dining experiences as a result.
A few of my favourites are:
Trishna – 2 courses, £10 per person – Michelin star
Rewarded with a well-deserved Michelin star this week, Trishna delivers an innovative twist on the coastal cuisine of south west India. London Restaurant Festival provides the perfect opportunity to try one of London’s truly amazing Indian restaurants at an unbeatable price.
Ping Pong – 2 courses & a drink, £10 per person
If you love dim sum, you’ll love Ping Pong. On the London Restaurant Festival offer, if you have never tried Ping Pong, there has never been a better time. Their menu consists of a mixture of fried and steamed dim sum, comprising 10 pieces in total, along with your choice of drink.
OXO Tower – 2 courses, £20 per person
Boasting some of the best views in London and just a few minutes’ walk from Waterloo, the OXO Tower’s festival menu includes Thai spiced coconut pumpkin soup, grilled black bream and plum bakewell with fudge ice cream, amongst other dishes.
Kettner’s – 2 courses & a Kettner’s cocktail, £20 per person
One of the oldest restaurants in Theatreland, Kettner’s London Restaurant Festival menu includes delicious dishes such as; game terrine, Loch Duart salmon and pecan & caramelised apple pavlova.
Roast – 3 courses, £30 per person
Perched atop the gourmet retreat of Borough Market, Roast showcases fine British cuisine. Read all about my colleague James’ London Restaurant Festival dining experience at Roast here.
One-O-One – 3 courses, £30 per person
At an enviable location inside the Sheraton Park Tower hotel, One-O-One was voted 6th best restaurant in Great Britain on The Sunday Times’ Food List 2011, and serves delectable creations in chic Knightsbridge surroundings, as my colleague David found out on his London Restaurant Festival dining experience.
sketch – Lecture Room – 3-course lunch £40 per person – 2 exceptional Michelin stars
Elegant and sumptuous, sketch Lecture Room & Library has held a Michelin star since 2005, and was awarded a stunning 2nd star in the 2013 list. The sumptuous 3-course lunch for just £40 is an amazing offer, not to be missed.
Asia de Cuba – 3 courses £40 per person
With vibrant and sleek design, Asia de Cuba is housed in the chic 5-star St. Martin’s Lane hotel in London’s West End. Drawing in a trendy crowd, the fusion of Cuban and Asian cuisine at Asia de Cuba is delicious and the desserts are amazing.
Awarded both Best Traditional British Restaurant and Best Seafood Restaurant by Zagat 2013, Wiltons is an English fine dining institution, and is a must-try on this amazing London Restaurant Festival lunch offer.
If none of these take your fancy, then take a look and book at over 600 other top London Restaurants running Festival Menus on Bookatable.com/LRF.
But London Restaurant Festival isn’t just about the festival menus; it’s also a great opportunity to attend some truly unique dining events.
There are over 30 dining events that you can experience this London Restaurant Festival but I have picked a few recommendations:
One of my personal favourites includes the Graze events that are being held in neighbourhoods all over London. The concept involves the pre-purchase of a key ring that serves as your pass to a free glass of wine and a discounted tasting dish from up to 6 restaurants within a set London area (such as Soho.) Read more about my Graze event experience or visit http://www.londonrestaurantfestival.com/events/graze to experience one for yourself.
Ever wished you could have a starter in one restaurant, a main in another and dessert in a different restaurant again? Then this is the event for you and you can still book tickets for the Saturday 13th October event. After a Laurent-Perrier Champagne reception, you will get to ride on an iconic red Routemaster bus – with Parmigiano Reggiano snacks – across the capital and enjoy a lunch in Novikov, Novikov (Asian room), Banca and Brasserie Zedel.
In partnership with the Old Vic Tunnels and Kerb, London Restaurant Festival will see the capital’s most extensive streetfood market alongside music, poetry and other exciting performance arts on Saturday 13th October in the atmospheric, graffiti-adorned Leake St tunnel. This will be the perfect, free-to-enter, foodie family day out.
For more information on any of the London Restaurant Festival events visit the website here: www.londonrestaurantfestival.com
I don’t think there is any better way to brighten up these damp autumnal days than by immersing yourself in London Restaurant Festival; this wonderful celebration of dining out.