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Best Tasting Menus in London

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For those who struggle to pick a dish when dining out, tasting menus can be a godsend. These leave tricky decisions in the hands of those who know best – the chefs – and the whole table is usually required to join in, eliminating the ever-present fear of food envy. Done right, a good tasting menu will offer a whirlwind of different tastes, textures and visuals, nailing the portion sizes to leave diners satisfied but not overly full. Prepare to be wowed with our pick of London’s standouts.

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Best Tasting Menus in London

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  • Six by Nico

    Six by Nico

    After proving popular in cities like Edinburgh, Belfast and Manchester, Scottish-Italian chef Nico Simeone brought his innovative dining concept Six by Nico to London last year. The Fitzrovia branch follows the same unique format as its siblings: an ever-evolving six-course tasting menu that changes every six weeks, each following a different theme. Up next: a ‘Chippie Menu’ to celebrate the opening of its new branch in Canary Wharf, featuring a unique take on traditional scampi plus Nico’s Fish Supper. £37 for six courses, an extra £33 with matching wines. sixbynico.co.uk

  • Muse

    Muse by Tom Aikens

    Muse is the latest venture from chef Tom Aikens, who returned to London’s fine dining scene at the start of 2020 following a five-year absence, bringing with him years of experience in the world of high-end restaurants. Aged 26, Tom became the youngest British chef ever to be awarded two Michelin stars, going on to cook at the likes of Pierre Koffman’s La Tante Claire, Pied-à-Terre and Joel Robuchon in Paris. Muse is a culmination of all this: a ‘gastronomic autobiography’, as he puts it. You’ll find the restaurant tucked away inside a tiny townhouse in a residential Belgravia mews, spread across two floors and seating just 25 diners. The eight-course tasting menu tells a story, with each dish reflecting a part of Tom’s life. A salmon and cucumber creation titled ‘5 minutes and a few seconds more’, for instance, is an ode to Pierre Koffman, who would race Tom in prepping a whole salmon. And for dessert? ‘Wait and see’, says Tom – a nod towards the often-used mother’s response he remembers from childhood. £130, with a vegetarian option also available. musebytomaikens.co.uk

  • Restaurant Story

    Restaurant Story

    Chef Tom Sellers earned his stripes working in top kitchens across the world before opening his own restaurant aged just 26, Restaurant Story in London Bridge. After five months it gained its first Michelin star, which it has held onto ever since – and this year received a second. As the name suggests, Tom likes his dishes to have a narrative behind them. Upon arrival you won’t receive a menu: instead you’re asked for your likes and dislikes and a parade of exceptional tasting dishes will arrive on your table. There are some signatures though, like the famous beef dripping candle, an edible candle which creates a dipping sauce for your sourdough, and the ‘Storeos’ – a savoury spin on Oreo cookies filled with cheese. Not a meal you’re likely to forget any time soon. £120 for seven courses or £170 for 10 courses. restaurantstory.co.uk

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  • Hot Stone

    Hot Stone

    Sushi lends itself naturally to tasting menus, with lots of small bites being the norm. This is demonstrated to perfection at buzzy Islington restaurant Hot Stone, which offers two tasting menus: one focused solely on seafood, another adding wagyu beef into the mix. Both begin with salty edamame beans and sashimi, before venturing in separate directions – the seafood option towards tuna carpaccio, miso black cod and Japanese yellowtail, and the other towards sirloin Japanese wagyu served with yuzu soy jalapeno sauce. Each finishes with a green tea matcha cheesecake and mochi selection, with the option to add wine and sake pairings. Seafood Tasting Menu is £85, Seafood & Wagyu Tasting menu is £110, £45 extra for wine and sake pairings. hotstonelondon.com

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  • Kitchen Table

    Kitchen Table

    After 15 months of closure, Michelin-starred Fitzrovia restaurant Kitchen Table is reopening this July with a fresh look and an exciting new menu. Spearheaded by husband-and wife-duo, Noma-trained James Knappett and sommelier Sandia Chang, Kitchen Table used to sit at the back of gourmet champagne and hot dog restaurant Bubbledogs, which sadly closed for good during the pandemic. It’s been repurposed as a cocktail bar though, while Kitchen Table continues to serve as an intimate dining room seating just 18. The setting may be low-key, but the two-Michelin-starred food is anything but: diners will embark on a dazzling 20-course gastronomic feast. Prepare for some surprises – the daily-changing menu is intentionally enigmatic, with one-word descriptions of dishes, but the chefs will talk you through their magic along the way. £250 for up to 20 courses. kitchentablelondon.co.uk

  • Cinnamon Club

    The Cinnamon Club

    Since launching back in 2001, Vivek Singh’s Cinnamon Club has become a stalwart on the city’s Indian food scene. This year it celebrates its 20th anniversary with a special eight-course tasting menu, designed to take diners on a culinary journey spanning two decades of the restaurant. Begin with canapés and starters including chickpea and yoghurt gnocchi, Shetland salmon carpaccio with curry leaf and spiced lamb mille-feuille, followed by two mains: grilled Spencer Gulf king prawns with curry sauce, and tandoori-spiced venison. All this culminates with the 20th anniversary special dish: a succulent slow braised lamb leg with nutmeg and pepper sauce, rounded off with an Alphonso mango kulfi dessert. £85 for eight courses, £170 with paired wines. thecinnamoncollection.com

  • Chicama

    Chicama

    The second restaurant from the Pachamama group, Chelsea’s Chicama is a charming restaurant named after a coastal town in Peru – not the word chic, although that does describe it well. Unlike its sister, Chicama is meat-free, focusing instead on fish served small plates-style, with seafood delivered daily from Cornwall and given a South American twist. The classic tasting menu features sea bass ceviche with soy tiger’s milk and sesame, for instance, while the tuna is served with an avocado jalapeno sauce. Vegetarian or vegan? Fear not: the plant-based dishes are equally delicious, with tasting menu highlights including fried aubergine with plantain miso and charred sweet potato with BBQ plantain. Don’t knock the tapioca marshmallows before you’ve tried them: made without eggs or sugar, these bitesize snacks have the texture of fluffy marshmallows but the flavour of cheese – they’re made with deep-fried parmesan, and served with a chilli sauce. Pisco Sours are the natural drink of choice, though the Spicy Margarita shouldn’t be overlooked. Eat al fresco on the lovely plant-filled outdoor terrace, or watch the chefs working their magic up close from the pastel pink marble counter, which looks onto the open kitchen. £55 for eight courses. chicamalondon.com