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Get the glad rags out, order the limo and roll out the red carpet. Celebrity chefs – Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver and alike - are all over London and they have a host of great restaurants under their command. Whether resplendent with Michelin Stars or Remy Martin Awards, those celebrity chefs have cooked up a storm with their London restaurants. The best of British, European and International food is available at Celebrity Chef restaurants around London, so why not be a celebrity yourself for the night and get on the A-list with the Fluid London Top 10 Celebrity Chef Restaurants; the best of the best restaurants in London.
By Naheen Madarbarkus
Image courtesy of Flickr user gordonramsaysubmissions.
The Gallery at Sketch
Mayfair / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Modern European
Mayfair's Sketch bar and restaurant - with French chef Pierre Cagnaire at the helm - has three themes that offer excitement before even viewing the menu. The spacious lecture room follows an 18th Century theme, but the highlight is the garden Glade, bringing a flavour of the outside in. A glance at the menu, and although there are many unpronounceable choices, sticking to a salad seems best, before settling back with some wine to have a nice cosy chat with the girls.
City of London / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Pan Asian
The first thing to notice is the medieval-esque ceiling of Ken Hom's Imperial City restaurant next to Bank tube station in The City. The drapes and lattice screens characterise the dining room further, although the choice of red lighting can make the menu difficult to see at times. As a date restaurant, the intimacy of a quiet booth is appreciated, cosy for a catch up (or chat up), undisturbed throughout the meal. The menu sees all Asian flavours, with crab cakes at a mouth-watering best.
Gordon Ramsay Maze
Mayfair / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: International
Gordon Ramsay's Mayfair Maze is a date restaurant from start to finish. The posh surroundings set the butterflies off in my stomach; if I weren't already engaged, this restaurant would be it for me. The kitchen is in view from most tables and the chefs certainly look on the case - and on my lamb shoulder. Maze is a dressy-up restaurant, and its brown-cream colour scheme give it a warm feel as my dinner arrives with five star service, giving me a taste of celebrity.
London Steakhouse Co. City
City of London / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Steak House
It's a totally English experience at Marco Pierre White's Steak and Alehouse in The City. The dining room has magnificent chandeliers and black and white prints with huge circular tables that could have a little more room between them. The menu more than makes up for the lack of space as the signature 10oz sirloin steak comes with beer battered onion rings for a taste of the British. The restaurant's pudding menu looks delectable too, and European ales on tap help the food down.
Mayfair / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Indian
Having recently received its first Michelin star - the second for Chef-Patron Atul Kochhar - Benares delivers acclaimed modern Indian cuisine as chic as its location in central Mayfair. The vibrant menu explores delicately flavoured dishes from all corners of the subcontinent, with sophisticated modern presentation from the food down to the elegant décor. The restaurant offers a fully inclusive set menu for lunch and pre-theatre and all food served is Halaal. Surrounded by magnificent hand-crafted Indian furnishings and water pools, vegetarians are also well catered for.
Fifteen by Jamie Oliver
Shoreditch / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Modern British
Approaching the restaurant, I feel like a pink princess as Jamie Oliver's taste in décor gets the thumbs up. The pink palace continues in the basement dining room, feeling a bit like home with its bright carpet, leather chairs and wooden table assortment. I opt for the risotto bianco for a touch of the Italian, which is doubled up with polite service. The portions look small upon first glance, but once eaten, fill my stomach with ease; a pukka taste of Europe in OId Street, thanks Jamie.
Le Gavroche by Michel Roux jr
Mayfair / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: French
Corrigan's Mayfair by Richard Corrigan
Mayfair / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
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