9 Of The Best Food & Fine Dining Experiences

If you’ve got a special occasion coming up, there are lots of new luxury experiences on our radar this season. From private dinners cooked by Michelin-starred chefs to the four-figure seafood platter making waves in London, here are the food launches to know about.

THE CHEF SERIES:

Angela Hartnett & Luke Holder At Lime Wood

‘Hosted at Backstage’ is five-star New Forest hotel Lime Wood’s exclusive new private dining series, offering guests a rare opportunity to be cooked for by Murano’s Angela Hartnett and the hotel’s Luke Holder in an informal ‘at home’ setting. Guests will meet them both, watching them cook a special dinner from a large rustic kitchen table seating ten. From October through to spring, the pair will be hosting two dinners a month for £3,500 a night.

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THE HOTEL LAUNCH:

Mauro Colagreco At Raffles London At The OWO

Taking over Whitehall’s Old War Office, Raffles London at The OWO is currently the city’s most anticipated opening. It’s just announced a partnership with Mauro Colagreco, the acclaimed Argentinian chef behind three-Michelin-starred Mirazur on the Côte d’Azur, which made the ‘Best of the Best’ category in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards last year. When the hotel launches in late 2022, Colagreco will open a brasserie, fine-dining restaurant and multi-sensory chef’s table. His dishes will also be available for in-room dining, private events and for residents of The OWO Residences by Raffles.

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Hotel Café Royal
JUSTIN DE SOUZA

THE EAST LONDON RESTAURANT:

Cycene At Blue Mountain School

Blue Mountain School in London’s East End is swapping Mãos for a fresh concept this autumn. Cycene will be headed up by chef Theo Clench, who previously cooked at excellent African restaurant Akoko. Cycene will take over two floors of the restored townhouse, with a diners-only bar on the ground floor offering cocktails, minimal intervention wines and kombuchas. Guests will then be led upstairs and behind the pass into the 16-seat restaurant for a 10-course meal, where dishes could include the likes of Carlingford oyster with cucumber and kaluga caviar; and slow-cooked turbot with lettuce sauce, sake and oscietra caviar. Private dining will be offered in an adjoining hearth room, which will seat up to six guests around a bronze wishbone dining table.

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THE PERMANENT RESTAURANT:

Koyn

Koyn, a modern Japanese restaurant from Samyukta and Dinesh Nair – the duo behind Jamavar and MiMi Mei Fair – has opened on Grosvenor Square. On the ground floor, guests will be in the hands of experienced sushi masters who serve lobster tempura sushi rolls with chargrilled red pepper and creamy yuzu lemon; and applewood-smoked Japanese A5 wagyu sushi rolls with asparagus and black truffle. The lower floor is the place to enjoy the theatre of the open robata grill, with freshly grilled dishes including hojicha-smoked lamb marinated with spicy kuromame miso; and wagyu ishiyaki.

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Koyn
STEVEN JOYCE

THE PRIVATE CHEF EXPERIENCE:

Celebrity Experiences

Whether you want a Michelin-starred host for your private dinner, a hands-on cooking experience with a TV chef or just want to meet your food hero, hiring a celebrity chef is the way to make an occasion extra special. Enter Celebrity Experiences, which can book noted chefs for Bake Off experiences, cooking masterclasses or private dinner parties. Current chefs on the team’s roster include Tom Kerridge, Michel Roux Jr, Sunday Brunchs Simon Rimmer and Jean-Christophe Novelli.

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THE A-LIST HANGOUT:

The Twenty Two

The Twenty Two is the capital’s hottest destination right now, with everyone from Tom Cruise to Jeff Bezos spotted there this summer. This hotel, restaurant and members club has transformed an Edwardian manor on Grosvenor Square into a richly decorated west London hideaway with 31 bedrooms and suites – including a mews house – in addition to the public restaurant and private club. When it comes to food and drink, the private dining room is the place to book for a party – we like the sound of the Devon crab salad with cucumber, radish and sea greens; grilled langoustines with seaweed and garlic butter; and slow-cooked beef pappardelle.

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Black Tomato
SIMON ROGAN

THE MICHELIN-STARRED FOOD TOUR:

Tasting Notes Of England

Eager to lift the lid on all the UK has to offer food lovers, Black Tomato has teamed up with Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan to create a week-long deep dive into British cuisine. Guests will kick off with a night at Heckfield Place in Hampshire, followed by an exclusive winemaking experience at Exton Park. Next, it’s three nights at Brown’s hotel in Mayfair for a private tour of Borough Market and a dinner at Aulis before ending up at Rogan’s signature restaurant, L’Enclume, up in Cartmel in the Lake District. Along the way, guests will have the chance to get behind the pass with Rogan, as well as joining him on ‘Our Farm’ to learn more about the local produce he has championed throughout his career.

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THE NEW NAME:

Alex Dilling at Hotel Café Royal

Hotel Café Royal’s newest restaurant has just opened its doors. Alex Dilling’s first standalone restaurant is due reward for the success of his time at the helm of two Michelin-starred kitchens, The Greenhouse and Hélène Darroze at The Connaught. Pretty hand-painted silk panelling surrounds the dining room – which seats just 34 guests – and its cosy booths, which are the perfect place to enjoy Dilling’s contemporary French-style cooking.

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THE DISH:

Miro

Miro is the latest restaurant from the team behind Cirque Le Soir. As well as dishes such as linguine in a parmesan and caviar sauce, the most eye-catching meal on the menu is the ‘Sunken Treasure Chest’. With a price tag of £3,000, the visual extravaganza includes a truffled beef tartare and the finest Oscietra caviar, surrounded by an array of nibbles including blinis, mini brioche buns, mini croissants and assortment of condiments. Miro’s drink offering also includes a menu dedicated to rare and vintage cocktails with prices ranging from £500 up to £50,000. Highlights include a world record-breaking ‘Vintage French 75’ made with a rare 1950s gin and a bottle of 1970 Dom Perignon champagne priced at £5,000.

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