Home to some of London’s finest restaurants, Victoria’s recent regeneration has brought many leading culinary names to the neighbourhood. At The Rubens at the Palace, The English Grill celebrates the best of British cuisine, while its sister restaurant, The Curry Room serves an inspired three-course menu created by Chef Arun Kumar. Joining the ranks of premier restaurants in the area, you can sample everything from South African bobotie and Spanish tapas to sourdough pizza and homemade pies at these six dining destinations in Victoria.
The English Grill
Serving traditional English cuisine with a contemporary twist, The English Grill welcomes its guests to dine like royalty within regal surroundings. Sharing suppliers with the Royal Family, the menu showcases succulent grills cooked to perfection on the Josper Grill. Diners can feast on dishes such as Kobe Beef Fillet, the signature Aubrey Allen Tomahawk steak, homemade pies and classic roast dinners. For a theatrical touch, signature grills and roasts are carved at guests’ tables from antique silver- domed trolleys by The Grill’s Master Carvers. Accompanying the mouth-watering menu is a comprehensive wine list that includes bottles sourced from the rolling vineyards of South Africa and the hotel’s sister property, Bouchard Finlayson.
With six outposts across London, Ibérica is one of the city’s most successful Spanish restaurants. Serving a wide selection of authentic tapas dishes as well as traditional paella and grilled meats and fish, some of the most popular menu items include chorizo lollipops, octopus a la gallega and chef Nacho Manzona’s famous ham croquettes.
Hai Cenato is part of super-chef Jason Atherton’s restaurant empire, and is his ninth London restaurant to date. This pizza emporium is proud of its patriotic ethos, sourcing most of its ingredients from British producers. While ravioli, risotto and grill options feature on the menu, pizza is the undisputed draw. Fusing classic with inventive, expect sourdough pizzas topped with speck d’Aosta, confit lamb neck, taleggio, mushrooms and stracciatella.
Located next door to Hotel 41 and The Rubens at the Palace, bbar serves a wide selection of South African dishes and Cape wines. Choose from classic comfort dishes like hearty South African bobotie and aromatic Cape Malay curry, served up within bbar’s colourful, African-inspired surroundings. The cigar terrace is the perfect place to enjoy al fresco dining, fine wine and classic cocktails. For a relaxing lunch, try the mini bunny chow tea selection, which features smoked salmon, creamy avocado and cured pancetta as well as zesty apricot and amarula scones.
Celebrity chefs Michael Reid and Shannon Bennett have joined forces to found M, an award-winning, multi-dining venue. The Raw restaurant menu features fragrant sashimi and tempura super bowls, while the Grill is renowned for its superior steak and fresh seafood. Menu highlights include wood smoked lamb cutlets and burnt butter gnocchi, and duck served with refreshing coal compressed watermelon.
The Thomas Cubitt
Named in tribute to the 17th century master builder responsible for creating large swathes of the city, The Thomas Cubitt is an elegant, lively bar and restaurant. The dining room on the first floor serves a sophisticated menu that celebrates the finest British produce. Tuck into starters like Trecorras Farm kid croquettes with bacon and bourbon jam, gooseberries and radish, followed by a meaty main of White Park sirloin & brisket with bone marrow, crispy tongue and watercress mash.
Image credits: Main image © M Restaurants. Rubens at the Palace © Red Carnation Hotels. Ibérica © Ibérica. Hai Cenato © Hai Cenato. bbar © Red Carnation Hotels. M Victoria © M Restaurants.