Whether it’s for a special occasion or out of curiosity to see the inner workings of their favourite Michelin-starred establishment, our members can’t get enough of kitchen table experiences at fine dining restaurants in London. Read on for our top 10.
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Claridge’s, 49 Brook Street, Mayfair
We don’t say this often, but we were blown away when we visited the development kitchen at Simon Rogan’s Michelin-starred Fera at Claridge’s. Mirroring the set-up at his Lake District flagship L’Enclume, it’s where chefs Alex Beard – formerly of the Waterside Inn – and Dan Cox experiment with new dishes before they are perfected for the main menu. Read our review.
Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge
If you’ve ever been intrigued to know more about the history of your meal at Heston’s two-Michelin-starred restaurant, then the chef’s table experience will answer all your questions. In between whipping up eight courses, the chefs will explain the origins of each dish: from the 14th-century frumenty – grilled octopus in smoked sea broth – to the 17th-century powdered duck breast.
118 Piccadilly, Mayfair
With three open kitchens – including a ceviche counter and a charcoal grill – the cooking is always something of a spectacle at Arjun Waney’s atmospheric Peruvian restaurant. However, the private dining room is the most exclusive space, featuring French windows looking into the kitchen, where up to 12 diners can enjoy a bespoke set menu of sharing plates such as grilled ox heart skewers.
22 Upper Grosvenor Street
Sit back at Richard Corrigan’s chef’s table and you’ll have a view of kitchen goings-on through the floor-to-ceiling window. The chefs may move too fast for you to garner tips on turning out generous portions of British cuisine with the upmost sophistication, but it’s certainly exciting viewing while tucking into seasonal dishes such as the braised rabbit shoulder cottage pie.
29 Maddox Street, Mayfair
A seat in the workshop of Claude Bosi’s refreshingly unpretentious, two-Michelin-starred restaurant not only allows you to experience first-hand the workings of a senior chef, it lets you sample a six-course tasting menu of the signature French cuisine at remarkable value. It is rare that a space at the counter is left unfilled, so we recommending reserving all six for exclusivity.
The Berkeley, Wilton Place, Belgravia
When Marcus Wareing’s two-Michelin-starred flagship re-emerged in ultra-sleek fashion in 2014, the elevated chef’s table was – and still is – its crowning jewel; positioned in between the kitchen and dining room. For his VIP guests, Marcus prepares a Modern European menu of five courses for lunch or eight courses for dinner, with the option of wine pairings by sommelier Michael Deschamps.
25 Old Broad Street, the City
The display of Michelin-starred cooking competes with prime views of the capital at Jason Atherton’s chef’s table on the 24th floor of Tower 42. Luckily, diners are well positioned to see both simultaneously – until plates of seasonal British cuisine with international influences such as Brixham crab with Caledonian prawn and pickled kohlrabi demand their full attention.
10-13 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair
The kitchen table experience at Gordon Ramsay’s French-Asian restaurant is the most interactive on our list, with diners encouraged to get involved with the making of specialities from cocktail mixing to dressing desserts – when we visited we were piping meringues and blowtorching crème brûlée. The full experience lasts four hours, but there’s an express lunchtime option – contact us for details.
12a Berkeley Square House, Mayfair
On a raised platform, the chef’s table at this sleek Indian restaurant affords six diners a bird’s-eye view of the kitchen through a window running the width of the room. As each course arrives, the chefs will explain Atul Kochhar’s Michelin-starred British twist in dishes such as the Cornish mackerel with dill raita and lime gel.
58 Poland Street, Soho
In the basement space of Jason Atherton’s third London outpost, up to eight diners can perch at the wraparound counter and peer into the Michelin-starred kitchen as chefs prepare a nine-course Modern European tasting menu. So you can get a feel for the entire Russell Sage-designed venue, the experience starts with champagne and canapés in the speakeasy-style upstairs bar.
Last updated on 14 March 2016