If you like see-and-be-seen eateries that ooze wow-factor, book a table at one of these celebrity chef restaurants that sparkle with top-notch cuisine and highly attentive service. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of your food hero!
Acclaimed TV chef Michel Roux Jr, who fronted Masterchef: The Professionals for six years, is the chef-patron of this heavenly French restaurant. Earning themselves two Michelin stars, Le Gavroche reopened its doors in February 2014 after a kitchen revamp and the addition of an intimate private dining room called Chef’s Library. Boasting a rich history, Le Gavroche was first opened by the famous Roux brothers in 1967 with a slew of A-listers like Charlie Chaplin and Robert Redford attending its star-studded opening bash. Top celebrity chefs like Marco Pierre White and Gordon Ramsay are all protégés of this Mayfair-based restaurant, which Roux Jr took over from his father in 1991.
An eight-course tasting menu with matching wine costs £194 per person, or without wine at £124. Book at least three months in advance.
The acclaimed Irish TV star chef Richard Corrigan helms this eponymous, Michelin-starred eatery in London’s Mayfair. Famous for its 25-foot marble-topped bar where you can eat or sip cocktails, this handsome restaurant is adorned with fine art. Expect down-to-earth, homely cooking inspired by Corrigan’s rural upbringing, with stand-out dishes including Rump of Lamb with Sheep’s Cheese and Slow Cooked Ox Cheek.
A six-course tasting menu costs £75 per person, while Sunday Lunch is a snip at £29 per person.
Formerly known as Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley, the Marcus has earned itself two Michelin stars since its reopening in March 2014. Run by Marcus Wareing, star of BBC’s Great British Menu series, this restaurant is situated in the five-star Berkeley Hotel in London’s Knightsbridge. Diners are treated to modern European menus with British influence. The À la carte menu is priced at £60 for two courses, £85 for three and £95 for four courses.
The eight-course tasting menu starts at £120, while the three-course lunch menu is £38.
Pukka television chef and bestselling author Jamie Oliver opened his philanthropic restaurant venture Fifteen in London’s Shoreditch in 2002. The daily-changing menu consists of modern, rustic British food, served up on small sharing plates, which can be washed down with tasty cocktails from the restaurant’s snazzy cocktail bar. As well as enjoying the food, you can feel good about eating here because the restaurant has a not-for-profit ethos; all the money from your bill goes towards training apprentice chefs from disadvantaged backgrounds. On a budget? Eat instead at Jamie’s Italian, a group of neighbourhood restaurants that offer affordable Italian-style fodder and can be found throughout the UK.
The best thing about Fifteen is the daily-changing menu. Average Lunch prices are £19 for two courses or £24 for three courses. Dinner prices vary with the starters approx. £5-£10 and the mains approx. £20-£30.
With a dazzling three Michelin stars under its belt, industry bigwig Gordon Ramsay‘s eponymous flagship restaurant in Chelsea is famous for its elegant, modern French food, faultless service and impressive wine list. While the fiery Hell’s Kitchen star owns the restaurant, Clare Smyth MBE is the chef-patron, making her the only female chef to have retained three Michelin stars in the UK.
The seven-course Menu Prestige is £135, while the three-course lunch menu is £55. Ramsay runs a bevy of other restaurants in London, including Maze, The Narrow, Bread Street Kitchen, Petrus, Savoy Grill, Union Street Café, York & Albany, and Plane Food at Heathrow Airport.