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The Ritz Restaurant

150 Piccadilly, LONDON, W1J 9BR

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Not an establishment to hide its light beneath a bushel, the Ritz announces itself as 'The world's greatest hotel, as conceived by the world's greatest hotelier'. And it would be a brave person indeed who tried to argue The Ritz wasn't the most famous hotel on the planet. The place has a weight of history and expectations to live up to, a task which it pulls off with aplomb. Entering the grand dining room often provokes a sharp intake of breath, as if you had taken a wrong turn and ended up in Versailles Palace, with its floor-to-ceiling windows looking over Green Park, and rich Louis XVI-inspired decor of murals, statues and glittering chandeliers, reflecting from mirrored walls. It's an extravagantly opulent space that requires gentlemen to turn up in jacket and tie. An army of waiting staff (four sommeliers, no less) set the scene for theatrical dining with classic tableside service which, while knowledgeable and skilful, is not at all stuffy. Harking back to the days of Auguste Escoffier, the menu explores the classical repertoire with classics such as goose liver terrine with Sauternes and peaches, but executive chef John Williams MBE has created his own distinctively contemporary repertory, so a starter matches veal sweetbread with grated and puréed parsnip, truffles, and rich veal jus. Given the surroundings, and the prices, luxury ingredients abound, among them lobster as a main course with carrot fondant, ginger and lime. Elsewhere, ingredients are of the highest order, as in a superb fillet of turbot served in a walnut crust with ceps, roasted celeriac and brown butter sauce. At dessert stage, a light and perfectly risen banana soufflé comes with banana and rum ice cream, or you could invoke the spirit of Escoffier and bow out with crêpes Suzette flambéed theatrically 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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