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AA Notable Wine List 2018-19
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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Franco-Italian cooking for true romantics

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At a glance

Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

The official 'world's most romantic restaurant' isn't just a Valentine's Day pitch. Clos Maggiore is in the mood for love all year round, and to that end sports a fantastical decor reminiscent of a permanent Japanese cherry blossom festival in the hot-ticket glass-ceilinged courtyard area. The setting may be soft focus but there’s nothing whimsical about the cooking: ingredients are well sourced and skilfully handled, with easy-on-the-eye presentations adding to the lustre. Traditionalists will encounter plenty of decadent depth in silky-smooth chicken liver and foie gras parfait with red onion and ginger marmalade and toasted hazelnut bread. At main course, slow-cooked Berkshire pork neck and shredded ham hock are partnered with braised lettuce, capers, raisins and an intense pork sauce, while fish fans could be seduced by oven-roasted turbot with a casserole of Paimpol beans, mussels and courgette. Desserts are a beguiling proposition too – perhaps caramelised Valrhona chocolate sensation with burnt honey ice cream and Armagnac jelly.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 24–25 December
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 5
  • Dinner served until: 11

Chef

  • Chef(s): Marcellin Marc

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: French, Mediterranean
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 10
  • Wines over £30: 2000+
  • Wines by the glass: 54

Price guide

  • Starter from: £11.90
  • Main course from23.50
  • Dessert from: £8.90
  • 3-course lunch from: £24.50
  • Tasting menu from: £65
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 70
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 23
  • Off-site parking available: On street, NCP

Getting here

Nearest train station

Covent Garden, Leicester Square
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