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The Ritz Restaurant

150 Piccadilly, LONDON, W1J 9BR

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'Ritz' has entered the vocabulary to mean luxury and glamour, and a visit to the world-famous hotel explains why, with its soft deep-pile carpets, glittering chandeliers and sconces, and yards of sumptuous fabrics. The restaurant is magnificent without being overwhelming, with an opulent Louis XVI-inspired décor, painted ceiling, gold statuary, garlands of chandeliers sparkling in mirrored walls, and vast floor-to-ceiling windows hung with drapes overlooking Green Park. Impeccably liveried staff are skilled, knowledgeable and just the right side of formal without being stuffy. The menu pays due deference to the great Auguste Escoffier, the man who gave the world peach Melba, among other things, and, while the cooking is founded on the great French cuisine, executive chef John Williams has created his own distinctively contemporary repertory. Among starters, for instance, is pig's head, served with a slow-cooked duck egg and pickled vegetables, and steak tartare is unusually complemented by caviar and parsley. Given the surroundings, and the prices, luxuries abound as you'd expect, among them truffle in Jerusalem artichoke soup, and lobster as a main course with carrot fondant, ginger and lime. Elsewhere, ingredients are the best money can buy, often joined by humbler accompaniments, so beef tournedos, timed to the second, is served with deeply flavoured ox cheek and celeriac, and sea bass with pork belly and kale. At dessert stage, put the kitchen to the test and order banana soufflé (it will be light and perfectly risen), served with malt ice cream, or go for crêpe Suzette for the theatricality of staff flambéing at the table.

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Tel: 020 7300 2370
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Open all year.
Sunday lunch available.

Restaurant information

Cooking type: British, French
Chef: John T Williams MBE
Number of seats: 90
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.
Parking available.

 

Restaurant price guide

3 Course lunch from: £49.00
A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £38.00
3 Course dinner from: £59.00
Sunday lunch: £59.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

 
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