Independence Day: Best American Restaurants in London
Wondering where to celebrate Independence Day on 4 July? Or simply craving a taste of US indulgence this side of the pond? Our American cousins may not be known for their culinary refinement, but that’s not to say they don’t dish up some seriously delicious food. Whether you’re in the mood for chicken and waffles or California-inspired goodness, we’ve got you covered with our round up of the best American restaurants in London.
Independence Day: Best American Restaurants in London
The Polo Lounge at The Dorchester
For the first time in its 90-year history, The Dorchester has launched a rooftop restaurant – complete with spectacular views across Hyde Park. Over the summer the glamorous spot will play host to a series of al fresco culinary pop-ups overseen by executive chef Mario Perera. Next up: an appearance from one of the most famous American restaurants, The Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel, offering a taste of California in London. Think candy striped decor, pink bougainvillea flowers and classic dishes from the restaurant including the famous McCarthy Salad. dorchestercollection.com
Cult chicken and waffle spot Sweet Chick has made its way from Manhattan to London, taking over the Carluccio’s site on Market Place just off Oxford Street. Think American comfort food done well: alongside its staple dish the restaurant dishes up ‘shrimp and grits’ (scallions with poached egg and cheddar grits), chicken wings, mac and cheese, maple glazed bacon and the like. Wellness fever may be sweeping the nation – but there’s still a place for downright indulgence. sweetchick.com
CUT at 45 Park Lane
This glitzy steakhouse is the first London foray for A-list US chef Wolfgang Puck, who rose to fame with Beverley Hills hotspot Spago. It’s part of Art Deco hotel 45 Park Lane, which belongs to the Dorchester Collection, and the décor is fittingly chic – all polished floors and leather banquettes, with Damien Hirst artworks adorning the walls. Naturally, steaks are the star of the show here: prime cuts of New York sirloin, Japanese rib-eye and trendy (albeit pricey) Wagyu, paired with sides including La Ratte potatoes, wild field mushrooms, tempura onion rings and crispy fries. Got a sweet tooth? Try the US-style afternoon tea, featuring savoury bites like mac & cheese and maple and bacon macarons followed by an array of American sweet treats, including New York cheesecake and Mississippi mud pie. dorchestercollection.com
For serious Jewish soul food made with love, head to Monty’s Deli. One of the only places in Britain to make its own salt beef and pastrami, Monty’s keeps its recipe a secret a la the school of Katz’s in New York, and Langer’s in LA. Choose from its stellar brunch menu – think salt beef, latkes and eggs – or keep it simple with one of the cafe’s famous bagel boards, served with a choice of smoked salmon, pastrami, avocado or salt beef. montys-deli.com
Malibu Kitchen at The Ned
Enjoy a slice of sunny California at Malibu Kitchen, tucked in the corner of swanky members’ club The Ned. Taking its lead from health-conscious LA, the Mediterranean-inspired menu offers bright, vibrant dishes which taste as good as they look. Yes, there are lots of raw and plant-based options, but Malibu Kitchen is by no means a vegan spot – a number of meat and fish dishes feature on the happy, hearty menu. Friendly waiters recommend sharing a few dishes, which is great as there are so many delicious things to try. Start with a few bites for the table: avocado dip with crudités and taro chips, raw vegetable rolls (a healthy alternative to spring rolls), and padron peppers with almond aioli. For mains, we recommend the “brick” chicken, served with spicy yoghurt and grape; and the sea bream taco, with panic, green papaya and pico de gallo. Alternatively, get a selection of raw and cured fish: ahi tuna poke with avocado and brown jasmine rice, sea bass ceviche with plantain chips, and scallops with miso, hazelnut and ponzu. Grab a seat in one of the window booths, and pretend you’re an A-lister popping in for lunch before an afternoon on the beach. thened.com
The Blues Kitchen
If you’re looking for dinner that merges into partying, Blues Kitchen is sure to fit the bill. It’s all about Texan BBQ food here: buffalo chicken wings, chargrilled shrimps, pork ribs and Cajun squid all feature on the hearty menu – not one for veggies. There are three different locations across London (Shoreditch, Camden and Brixton), all of which host live blues and soul music each night, so bring your dancing shoes for some post-feasting fun. theblueskitchen.com
Eggslut began as a food truck in LA, known then as Old Bessie. The brainchild of chef Alvin Cailan, the truck had locals queueing for hours to get a bite – and a snap – of the action, which came in the form of Instagrammable egg dishes. Alvin went on to open numerous other sites around the US, before launching a site this side of the pond earlier this year. Famous dishes include the Slut: coddled egg on top of a potato puree, poached in a glass jar and served with baguette; and the Fairfax: scrambled eggs with cheddar, chives and caramelized onions in a warm brioche bun. Shocked by the name? According to Whitney Myrus, the man responsible for Eggslut’s London opening: ‘it’s a chef’s term, it just essentially refers to somebody who always just says “add an egg to it” when they’re cooking.’ eggslut.com
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