NEAR FAULTLESS COOKERY.
The Ritz Restaurant has been serving the upper echelons of society since the 1920’s and has maintained an elite reputation for decades. With patrons including Hollywood actors, international politicians and the Queen. You can safely say that a meal at this restaurant will be a memorable occasion.
Having frequented the venue a few times, I can say with assurance that you will struggle to find a more decadent and grand dining room. The setting is how I imagine royalty of yesteryear would have dined. Antique chairs, lavish artwork and vintage chandeliers adorned with gold all add to the majesty of the room.
As expected the atmosphere is extremely formal. With men required to wear a blazer & tie and many of the women dressed to the nine. The Ritz Restaurant is not really the type of place you will stumbled into, many will have this date circled in their calendars for weeks.
The most important part of any restaurant is the food and the cookery at the Ritz Restaurant is near faultless. Every plate is full of flavour, with each gel, puree or jus packing a punch. The menu is full of seasonal ingredients that are handled with great care and passion. Executive Chef John Williams MBE has been at the helm for over 15 years and he continues to invigorate and modernise the menu with success.
Every dish I had was of the highest quality in terms of produce and taste. However, I do have a particular soft spot for desserts at the Ritz Restaurant. These are some of the most intricate and attractive in London.
On this occasion I had the Exotic Fruit Soufflé with Coconut Sorbet, and it was simply sublime. The soufflé was light with a sweet pineapple flavour, and some caramelised chunks on top provided an extra indulgence. The towering dessert was perfectly paired with a stunning coconut sorbet to balance the dish.
The service is usually above and beyond what you would expect from a Michelin star restaurant. Unfortunately, in this instance there was definitely room for improvement. One waiter filled my drink to the brim and then spilt it on our table. On request a new drink was brought to the table promptly without debate.
Eating at this establishment will comfortably cost around £250 for two and that is without delving into the extensive drinks list. For those who do not want such a large outlay for this experience, there is a 3 Course Lunch menu at £59 per person.
Ultimately people go the Ritz Restaurant for more than just the food, but even in any other setting I would still recommend the culinary delights on display here.
150 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London, W1J 9BR
020 7300 2370
Nearest Tube Station: Green Park / Piccadilly Circus
Article By: Gurpreet Singh