Ask the chef: Michel Roux Jr’s favourite restaurants in London

The man behind Le Gavroche, Roux at Parliament Square, and Roux at The Landau, Michel Roux Jr is a very familiar face to anyone interested in dining out. We caught up with him to find out where he’s eating when he’s not at his own restaurants:



1)      What are your favourite fine dining restaurants in London?

Modesty prevents me from mentioning my own projects, however I am very proud of the changes that have taken place in Roux at The Landau, where we’ve refreshed the menu and added a fantastic counter where guests can watch the chefs prepare their dishes. For me, it is an example of how fine dining can be also relaxed, and I’m really excited to see it continue to make its mark on the London restaurant scene. When I’m looking for fine dining elsewhere, it has to be Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, The Ritz, and Alyn Williams at The Westbury Hotel.

The Ritz

The Ritz

2)      Where would you recommend for a trendy restaurant in London?

To find the latest trends, just go outside of central London, go to the suburbs where there are really exciting places like The Dairy in Clapham. I’m also a fan of Kricket in Soho and Kitty Fishers in Mayfair.

Kitty Fisher's

Kitty Fisher’s

3)      What are your top spots for a quirky restaurant experience in London?

For something different I’d head to Oblix in the Shard, St John’s or Bob Bob Ricard.

Oblix

Oblix

4)      Where are your 3 must-visit places for brunch in London?

I love The Wolseley, Dishoom Covent Garden and St John’s Bread and Wine.

The Wolseley

The Wolseley
Image source: The Wolseley

5)      Where would you recommend for a pre-theatre dinner in London?

For pre-theatre dinner I would recommend Café Murano, Brasserie Zedel and Terroirs.

Café Murano

Café Murano

6)      In your opinion, what are the 3 best steak restaurants in London?

For steak it has to be Hawksmoor, Goodman or Cut at 45 Park Lane.

Hawksmoor

Hawksmoor

7)      What would you choose as London’s 3 best French restaurants?

Besides my own restaurant Le Gavroche of course, I would choose Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, La Petite Maison, and Brasserie Zédel.

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

8)      What are your top picks for Italian restaurants in London?

My favourite Italian restaurants in London are Locanda Locatelli, Padella and Bocca di Lupo.

Padella

Padella
Image source: Padella

9)      Where would you go for the best seafood in London?

For seafood, I go to Scott’s, Bentleys and Wright Brothers

Bentley's Oyster Bar and Grill

Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill

10)   What are your favourite Indian restaurants in London?

For Indian food, head to Gymkhana, Benares, or Brilliant in Southall.

Benares

Benares

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