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AA Notable Wine List 2017-18
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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 is got up a little like a stage production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, the vertical surfaces covered in foliage and hung with gilded baubles, opening to a glass-ceilinged courtyard area where a filigree mesh of twigs and blossoms is suspended overhead. Don't even think of noticing that none of it is real, it's safe to say it looks charming when darkness falls and the fairy-lights are twinkling. The cooking is pitched in a metaphorical Alpine pass, halfway between France and Italy, with plenty of the classical underpinnings of the former allied to the bracing simplicity of the latter. Ingredients are well sourced and conscientiously treated, with highly professional presentations adding to the lustre. Duck liver from the Landes in south west France is pan-roasted and served on an oat biscuit for textural contrast, with garnishes of smoked duck ham and roasted plum in flawless balance, or you may start instead with octopus salad fragranced with lime zest and basil, accompanied by a pig trotter croquette and some salad leaves. At main course, fish is handled with all due respect, for Irish sea trout in a classic sauce maltaise with crushed new potatoes, braised leeks and a little brown crabmeat, while Scottish cod receives the bourguignon treatment, with potatoes and bacon in red wine sauce. The occasional modernist note creeps surreptitiously in, as in a serving of superlative slow-roast shoulder of milk-fed Pyrenees lamb for two, which comes with goats’ cheese gnocchi and swede and prune gratin in a deeply meaty lamb jus, but there is more of old-school richness in serving a chicken leg stuffed with truffled duck liver in Madeira sauce spiked with green peppercorns. If you're a truffle nut, there are truffle-oiled saladings and truffled mash among the sides. Dessert traditionalists will likely be contented with beguilingly pretty Paris-Brest and hazelnut ice cream, but there are more avant-garde propositions at this stage than hitherto, such as Greek yogurt cheesecake with white chocolate and mandarin sorbet. The dessert for two is the caramelised Valrhona chocolate sensation, served with burnt honey ice cream and Armagnac jelly, which should seal the deal on any romantic business (though they do also have a fine digestif list).

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: 1900
  • Wines by the glass: 19

Price guide

  • Starter from: £9.90
  • Main course from: £21.20
  • Dessert from: £8.90
  • 2-course lunch from: £24.50
  • 3-course lunch from: £29.50
  • 2-course dinner from: £28.50
  • 3-course dinner from: £33.50
  • 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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