Restaurant: Le Caprice (Sunday Jazz Sessions)
Where is it: Piccadilly
What kind of food: Innovative British dishes with European flair. It opened back in 1947, with a relaunch in the 80s. It’s a London dining institution.
Who goes: A glamorous crowd of Londoners enjoying date night and international jet-setters seeking Sunday night vibes.
The concept: The restaurant has joined forces with Martell cognac to create the only London experience worth leaving your sofa for on a Sunday night – La Caprice Jazz sessions. Chose from two sittings on the last Sunday of every month – 7pm or 9:15pm – and enjoy dinner, cocktails and jazz. We picked the earlier time (so we could make it home by 10pm) and saw the amazing Nina Ferro.
The interiors: Cool, old-school glamour, complete with framed David Bailey photography. Think wall-to-wall monochrome, from the ivory granite dining counter to the gleaming black marble floor.
Hero Dishes: Thai Baked Sea Bass, which the waiter almost insisted we order. His exact words were ‘you’ll never want it to end’ and he wasn’t lying. Mouthwatering doesn’t even come close – it was unbelievably tasty.
We also tried: Dorset Crab and Tuna Tataki with jalapeño dressing & Asian salad from the perfectly-cooked shosu menu. We fancied something sweet afterwards and opted for LeCaprice Plate – a selection of three puds large enough to feed as many people, which is great value at £9.
Anything unusual: Well the Jazz which isn’t just confined to Sundays at Le Caprice. Stop by for Saturday brunch and catch Dom Pipkin — the lead guy from Paloma Faith’s band, known for his authentic New Orleans sound.
Star cocktail: Sunday night cocktails come courtesy of the mixology experts at Martell, so expect them to be cognac based and befitting of a smokey underground jazz bar.
What made it unique to them: Le Caprice have found a way to prolong the weekend. Book now for Michael J McEvoy and Jocelyn Brown in April, or Cecilia Stalin in May, then grab a nightcap at the Ritz around the corner afterwards for a Sunday night that’s a whole lot more memorable than a Netflix marathon.