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London Restaurant Recommendations For Assistants
As a PA or EA having a little black book of the best restaurants in town can be an absolutely lifesaver. Need to book a last minute lunch meeting for your boss? Planning a private dinner for the board? Looking for a fun restaurant to host an team lunch at? Booking restaurants comes as part of the job, it sounds simply, but the truth is, choose the wrong venue and you've ruined the occasion, choose the right one and you've totally made it.
There are so many restaurants in London and without a good recomendation any of them will lead you to beleive that they would be the perfect place to host whatever occasion it is you're planning. Therefore, to cut through the mass of promises and reviews we've taken the matter into own hands and will be writing our own reviews of all the restaurants we visit as a team. We're a foodie bunch at Anderson Hoare so this isn't exactly a chore! But we hope that it proves helpful to you if you ever find yourself in a sticky situation with no idea where to go.
This list will be a constant work in progress and is based purely on our own experience of a certain restaurant. We'll be updating it reguarly and if you would like to contribute please let us know!
Decimo – Kings Cross
Located at the top of The Standard Hotel in Kings Cross, Decimo is one of those restaurants that feels cool as soon as you walk through the door. You’ll travel up to the 10th floor in a bright red, glass fronted lift and on entering the restaurant be greeted by staff in outfits that resemble Emerates cabin crew, cacti and succulents in every corner, retro patterned carpets and lots of dim lighting. It sounds ludicrous, and it is, but it also really works; from the views to the interiors and even the staff uniforms, everything combines to exude an atmosphere of glamour and sense that something very exciting is about to happen.
And that something exciting is the food. The menu is a blend of Spanish and Mexican style tapas dishes created by 2 Michelin Starred chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias and it’s stunning, both to look at and to eat. While everything we ate was mouth-wateringly delicious a few star dishes were the marinated red peppers – you will never have tasted peppers so good, Spanish tortilla which oozed with runny yolk, cauliflower tacos and the leek, which paired with its rich, creamy sauce was, quite frankly, a thing of beauty. The downside though is the price, this isn’t a cheap eat, that beautiful leek cost us 8 quid. Was it worth it? Yes, but only if a) someone else is paying or b) it’s a special occasion and you don’t mind paying a bit more or c) you don’t drink and order mainly from the veggie options. C is what we did and we loved it! It would be great for a fun work dinner or lunch but I wouldn’t recommend it for your boss unless they are a foodie and don't mind going somewhere slightly too trendy for its own good.
Visited by: Lottie Date: 10th December 2019 Price: £££ Meal: Dinner Good for: work Christmas lunches or dinners, dinner with friends Not good for: anyone who doesn’t like heights or favours 'an oldfashioned, proper meal' Visit the website
Vardo – Chelsea
I've just been for lunch at Vardo in Duke of York Square, Chelsea and I cannot recommend it enough. The newest restaurant from the Caravan group, Vardo is housed inside a striking cylindrical pavilion on Duke of York Square. Both the inside and outside are intriguing and eating here feels strangely unique, there's something about its circular shape, being surrounded by glass and looking onto the happy bustle of the Kings Road that feels rather nice. On walking in the atmosphere is buzzy, with a low, steady stream of music and background chatter which engulfs you in a rather pleasing way. The focus on the cooking is 'low and slow', which essentially means everything on the menu is absolutely packed with flavour. Expect plenty of spice-tossed meats, tahini-smeared plates, grainy bowls and pickled accompaniments. To pin it somewhere in the world, you could say Vardo is Middle Eastern-inspired, but then again pizza and Chinese dumplings also appear on the menu. And all are delicious! The service was quick yet unintrusive and this is the kind of venue I would highly recommend for client entertaining, lunch meetings and fun team meals!
Visited by: Lottie Date: 4th December 2019 Price: ££ Meal: Lunch Good for: fun work lunch with colleagues, dinner with friends, lunch meeting for your boss Visit the website
La Goccia, Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden
We visited La Goccia for our team Christmas party and had pre-selected to eat from their festive set menu; we weren’t looking for a deal but 3 courses of sharing plates, a glass of prosecco and an oyster for £55 in a beautiful looking venue in central London sounded good by any standard! La Goccia is one of the two restaurants at the Covent Garden branch of Petersham Nursuries, it’s the more informal of the two and is described as offering Petersham’s interpretation of Italian aperitivo – small plates of Italian inspired seasonal dishes. Being a small team of 6 we wanted an informal restaurant that we could all relax in yet somewhere that felt special enough to get dressed up for and excited about.
La Goccia was perfect, and not to beat about the bush, we absolutely loved it. In true Petersham style the tables were topped with charming vases of fresh cut flowers and the chairs has been chosen for their beautiful carved backs that looked like intertwined branches, while the open bar and grill created a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Our food was delicious, each dish was simple, yet done extremely well while our cocktials were as beautiful to look at as they were to drink. Mouth-watering chicken liver pate, Tuscan creamed borlotti beans and an orange chocolate tart with mince pie ice cream really stood out and ensured that we all left feeling wonderfully full. Our waiter was charming and when we had previously explained on the phone about the allergies one of our colleagues has they hadn’t battered an eyelid and offered to adapt the menu for her.
I got the feeling that La Goccia would make a wonderful choice for a lunch meeting; the perfect place to meet a client for an informal meal that feels like a bit of treat. The staff were charming and, in the summer, the open courtyard just off the main buzz of Covent Garden is a little haven in the middle of the city.
Visited by: Our whole team Date: 12th December 2019 Price: ££ Meal: Christmas Dinner Good for: Work lunch meeting, girls lunch or dinner Visit the website