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Where Top Chefs Eat In London


Overhead photograph of table of dishes in fine dining restaurant.

Time in a chef's life is a rare and magical thing, and where these masters choose to dine when they do manage to carve out moments off the clock says so much about them.


Some take the opportunity to explore what their competitors are up to on the culinary scene, while others just want to get down and dirty with a comforting plate of carbs.


We caught up with a few of our closest to find out where they're hanging out when they've finally hung up their apron.

Jean-Philippe Blondet from Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

Michelin starred chef from London restaurant Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester hotel.

Pigeon dish at Caractere fine dining restaurant in West London.

The top spot: Caractère

Why?

I love the casual atmosphere with the classic taste and sophistication of the dishes.


📍 Notting Hill





Tom Aikens from Muse

Michelin star chef Tom Aikens at Muse restaurant in Belgravia London.

Woodfired dish at Michelin star Brat restaurant in Shoreditch London.

The top spot: Brat

Why?

I love cooking over fire which is why I love Brat in Shoreditch. The flames are a focal point and the first thing you notice when you walk in. It’s the perfect place for sharing amazing whole pieces of meat and fish cooked over a lump wood charcoal. The house special turbot is a must try! It is cooked Basque-style in an iron cage and just melts in the mouth. Portions are generous and almost a struggle for two people to devour so make sure you arrive hungry.


📍 Shoreditch



Clare Smyth from Core by Clare Smyth

Michelin starred chef Clare Smyth at Core restaurant Notting Hill London.

Fish course dish at London institution restaurant Scott's in Mayfair.

The top spot: Scott's

Why?

It’s always got a buzzing atmosphere and everything they do is always consistent. They also serve some pretty brilliant oysters.


📍 Mayfair





Endo Kazutoshi from Endo at The Rotunda

Japanese chef Endo Kazutoshi at Endo at The Rotunda restaurant in London with Michelin star.

Asparagus dish at River Cafe restaurant in Hammersmith London.

The top spot: The River Café

Why?

It's my ultimate comfort place and let me tell you why. In 2007, when I moved to the UK, Rose Gray and I met at my former workplace and connected. Somehow, she organically became my mentor: not knowing the language, suppliers, and the hospitality scene in general. She took me under her wings, and for those reasons, I associate River Cafe and the food as a place that feels home. Also, I am a big pasta fan!


📍 Hammersmith



Richard Corrigan from Bentley's and Corrigan's

Renowned chef Richard Corrigan in London restaurant kitchen.

Crispy Peking duck dish at Four Seasons Chinese restaurant in China Town London.

The top spot: Four Seasons

Why?

I have a number of favourite restaurants, but with Chinese New Year around the corner I have to mention some of my China town haunts. The crispy Peking duck with pancakes at the Four Seasons in Chinatown is one my all-time favourite dishes. They have specialised this for years and it shows in taste and quality. It's naturally grown as one of the best places to get your crispy duck.


📍 China Town



Tony Parkin renowned fine dining chef in UK restaurant.

Michelin starred restaurant dish at Da Terra in Bethnal Green London.

The top spot: Da Terra

Why?

It’s not only food at the top of its game, but you genuinely feel like you’re sitting in Rafael and Charlie’s house. The service and food is so personal and Rafael’s food really shows its roots! Plus, if you’re really lucky, you’ll get to see Rolo, Raf and Charlie’s dog, at the end of your meal.


📍 Bethnal Green




Sally Abé from The Pem

Female chef Sally Abe in her London restaurant The Pem.

Fish dish at Maison Francois restaurant London, overhead photograph on table of food.

The top spot: Maison François

Why?

They do really classic cooking executed brilliantly with a great wine list - that's all you really want from a restaurant isn't it? Oh, and the dessert trolley!


📍 St James's




Rafael Cagali from Da Terra

Michelin starred chef Rafael Cagali in his Da Terra fine dining London spot.

Crab and tomato dish at traditional Italian restaurant Mele e Pere in Soho London.

The top spot: Mele e Pere

Why?

I used to go there quite often for a nice bit of Italian small bites and vermouth.


📍 Soho





Alex Dilling from ION by Alex Dilling

Celebrated chef Alex Dilling at former restaurant The Greenhouse London.

Table of food dishes at The Cow pub in West London Notting Hill, pie, prawns and fish stew.

The top spot: The Cow

Why?

It’s a spot I always go back to in my neighbourhood. The atmosphere is fantastic - a true old school pub full of characters. The food is simple but very well executed from their tiny open kitchen. Great oysters, pint of prawns, Welsh rarebit etc., are all perfect with a cold beer. They also have a little fireplace which is especially nice in the winter time.


📍 Notting Hill



Matt Abé from Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

Chef Matt Abe in kitchen at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay Michelin starred in London.

Tartare fine dining dish at Trinity restaurant in Clapham London Michelin star.


The top spot: Trinity

Why?

Its simplicity and excellence in execution.


📍 Clapham





 

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