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The Best Restaurants in Mayfair

A foodie's guide to London's fine dining mecca

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London’s most upmarket area, Mayfair boasts an abundance of top class restaurants, with more Michelin stars than anywhere else in the city. And while it’s been criticised for stuffiness in the past, many of its high-end eateries – including iconic hotel The Dorchester – have revamped their offerings to meet modern needs. We’ve also seen flurry of exciting, buzzy openings, heralding the beginning of a new era in fine dining. Here we highlight some of the best restaurants in Mayfair.

Hide

Hide

Rumour has it over £20 million was spent on putting together the dining emporium that is Hide, Ollie Dabbbous’ hugely ambitious multi-floored Piccadilly project. The venue is home to three different spaces: all-day restaurant Hide Ground, the more expensive Hide Above, and bar Hide Below. All food served here is great, but Hide Above’s tasting menu-only offering is exceptional, with plates presented as works of art. Heading up the drinks side is Hedonism Wines: guests can choose from an extensive list displayed on a millennial-friendly iPad. Evidently, the name is ironic: with wraparound windows overlooking Green Park, Hide is very much on display. hide.co.uk

Benares

Benares Indian Food

This Berkeley Square haunt remains one of the finest Indian restaurants in town and is the brainchild of Atul Kochhar, renowned culinary star and the first Indian chef to receive a Michelin star. Though you’ll recognise the classic curry names on the menu, the food here is a far cry from your usual curry house with its modern twists on dishes and exceptional quality of ingredients. Luxurious options fitting of the location are plenty – the Lobster Biryani, for example, or a Venison and Chocolate Curry that featured on Celebrity Masterchef. But what really stands out is the use of excellent British ingredients like the huge, juicy Scottish scallops that are pan-seared and served with homemade chutney and spiced root vegetables for an unashamedly decadent starter. The wine list is impressive if scarily long at a whopping 26 pages, but well worth pairing to each dish in true Mayfair style. For a fascinating insight into the workings of a Michelin-starred kitchen, book the nine seat chef’s table. CJ benaresrestaurant.com

Amazónico

Amazónico

Berkeley Square has had a Latin American shake-up, thanks to an exciting new opening from acclaimed husband and wife duo Sandro Silva and Marta Seco. Taking over the 13,000 sq ft space in the former Allied Irish Bank Building, Amazónico has been launched in partnership with D.Ream International, the restaurant group behind Coya and Zuma – and you can expect equally opulent, striking interiors as seen their previous projects. Amazónico promises to offer a sensory experience for guests, with rainforest-themed décor, live music and a vibrant culinary offering, featuring everything from Peruvian sushi to traditional Brazilian dishes. amazonicorestaurant.com

The Grill at The Dorchester

The Grill at The Dorchester

While upholding tradition is a key part of The Dorchester’s charm, even the most iconic of venues need to move with the times. One of its restaurants, The Grill, has been given a new lease of life with a big revamp, spearheaded by new head chef, 26-year-old Tom Booton. Offering a more relaxed approach to fine dining, Tom’s modern menu includes a new take on the classic lobster thermidor, alongside a prawn-filled Scotch egg. They’ve also introduced a dedicated Pudding Bar, where guests can have a chinwag with Tom while tucking into banoffee tarts, home-made ice cream and fresh doughnuts. dorchestercollection.com

MNKY HSE

MNKY HSE Restaurant Interiors

If you’re looking for great food and a party atmosphere as opposed to stiff white linen tablecloths, MNKY HSE on Dover Street is pretty near perfect. The Latin American restaurant headed up by Pablo Peñalosa Nájera (ex-Four Seasons Bogotá) strongly encourages its ethos of ‘eat, drink, play’ in something that results as a vibrant mix of reggaeton and Mayfair glitz. It’s flashy, club-like and at times exaggerated – but this is its appeal, and the reason it’s the location of choice for many a Fashion Week party. If you’re in the mood to go all out (and if you weren’t when you arrived, you certainly will be within the hour), order the BLUE MNKY cocktail which packs quite the punch with lashings of whisky, a £55 price tag and accompanying electric cigar. Food-wise, everything we tried was delicious, but with options such as wagyu tostadas, toro tartar, black cod, king crab and yellowtail truffle ceviche, beware of the bill as it’s very easy to get carried away. Stay late enough for the DJs and you’ll soon be dancing the night away…mnky-hse.com

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Gymkhana

Gymkhana

Just a year after opening Gymkhana was awarded with a Michelin star, and if you go there you’ll quickly see why. An elegant dining room from the team behind Trishna and Hoppers, the restaurant is inspired by Indian gymkhana clubs, where high society types meet to dine, drink and socialise. Most importantly, the food really is top notch, with a focus on bold, intense flavours: highlights include paneer tikka with cashew nut and corn chaat, Bengali mustard salmon and guinea fowl with Benne dosa. gymkhanalondon.com

CUT at 45 Park Lane

CUTcakes and tea

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 their 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

45 Jermyn St

45 Jermyn Street Interiors

45 Jermyn St. in the heart of St James’ takes inspiration from the ‘golden age of glamour’ – and it shows. With its signature orange leather, Eau de Nil accents (it’s owned by Fortnum & Mason) and sophisticated furnishings, it’s the ideal spot for a real grown-up dinner in town. Leave any doubts about Modern British cuisine at the door as this is truly some of the best we’ve tried – there’s everything from the classic Piccadilly smoked salmon to Beef Wellington which is dramatically flambéd at the table, as well as some Asian-inspired dishes thanks to Head Chef Jamie Shears. Every dish comes with added panache; the braised veal cheek is served with luxurious bone marrow, while the Dover Sole is exceptional cooked à la Meunière. Order the triple-cooked fries on the side for some extra indulgence, and end with the chocolate sphere topped with hot chocolate, melting to reveal tangy orange ice cream within. For an extra special occasion order from their selection of Caviar which includes the finest Iranian Beluga, and hit the cocktail list hard. CJ 45jermynst.com

The Lecture Room and Library at Sketch

Lecture Room & Library at Sketch

A Narnia-style hub of restaurants, bars and art on Mayfair’s Conduit Street, sketch is a dining emporium like no other. Dreamed up by restauranteur Mourad Mazouz, it’s made up of four uniquely designed restaurants and a bar which sits beneath the Instagram-famous pod-style toilets. Though the least well-known of Sketch’s offerings, The Lecture Room & Library is the most high-end, recently being awarded with a third Michelin star – making it one of only five restaurants in London to hold this accolade. Somewhat hidden on the left side of the three-storey 18th century townhouse in which Sketch is housed, the restaurant has a notably exclusive feel. Upon entering guests are greeted in a dark corridor and taken up a red-carpeted staircase, before being welcomed into the palatial ballroom-like dining room through a set of grand double-height doors. Inside you’ll find everything you’d expect from a Michelin-starred venue: spaciously laid out white-linen tables and innovative dishes served with artistic flourish. Yet there’s something extra special about this fine dining spot. Perhaps its the impeccably slick service? The theatrical element? The glittering Swarovski-encrusted black marble bathroom? Whatever it is, go hungry, and prepare to be wowed. sketch.london

Wiltons

Wiltons Jimmy Marks Room

London’s second oldest restaurant (and that’s only because Rules got their liquor license first…), Wiltons is the height of sophistication and old-school elegance. The Jermyn Street eatery has long been a firm favourite amongst politicians and celebrities not wanting to get papped; since 1742 it’s become synonymous with discretion, impeccable service – your name will be known after just one sitting – and of course, delectable food. Tradition is at the heart of this refined dining spot with a carving trolley available daily, serving up roast leg of Romney Marsh lamb and Blythburgh pork amongst other meats. If fish is more your thing (or even if it’s not), we urge you to try the Wiltons’ famed Dover Sole; as one of the last restaurants to offer fork filleting service at the table, it’s an experience in itself, and one so delicious that it accounts for 90 per cent of the main course orders at Wiltons. Wiltons has been supplying the Royal household its oysters since gaining their first Royal Warrant in 1836, so you can rest assured that when you pull up a seat at the oyster bar, you’ll be sampling the very best. For extra special occasions (anything from a client lunch to a romantic proposal) the restaurant’s private Jimmy Marks Room is perfect. Utterly elegant, it can accommodate up to 20 guests for a seated meal – we suggest hiring the carving trolley as well. wiltons.co.uk

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