The new sister restaurant to the ever-popular Kitty Fisher’s in Mayfair’s Shepherd Market draws inspiration from the life of Cora Pearl – a much celebrated 19th-century courtesan who became the toast of Paris. As one might expect, dishes are suitably decadent: a fat, aky chunk of curried cod makes the perfect bedfellow for devilled crab and cauliflower. You will be seduced.
30 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8NA. 020 7324 7722. corapearl.co.uk
This intimate Japanese restaurant pulls you into a world of low lights, dark wood and uttering noren (traditional fabric dividers) to deliver a spot of food theatre. An ishiyaki, or grilling stone, is brought sizzling to your table, ready for searing cuts of beef that include Argentinian sirloin or rib-eye and wet-aged Wagyu. Still, it would be churlish not to leave room for the extensive range of excellent sushi and sashimi on offer.
8 Heddon Street, W1B 4BU. 020 3405 7230. sakaguralondon.com
Following a two-year renovation that saw the Hotel Russell transform into the swish Principal London, Neptune is the hotel’s all-day dining destination and a seafood lover’s paradise. With a raw bar that makes a show of the crustaceans on offer, the multi-tiered seafood platter – laden with oysters, langoustines, crayfish, sea trout tartare, mackerel escabeche, crab and cockles – is the dish to order here.
Corner of Guildford Street and Russell Square, WC1B 5BE. 020 7520 1806. neptune.london
Offering the perfect blend of Asian cuisine and a Latin bar, this tucked away spot overlooking the Thames gives fresh meaning to the term 'hotel restaurant' – it's sumptuous and innovative dishes make this a supper spot not to miss. Boasting a hugely varied menu of Japanese tapas-style plates, each with a Latin twist that will treat your tastebuds to a frenzy of flavours, it features courses such as a Chilean seabass and crayfish gyoza, lobster taquitos, amarillo maki rolls and blow-toched salmon nigiri. Here's a tip – head over on a Thursday to enjoy the Havana Rum Sundowner mojito masterclass before dinner.
18 Albert Embankment, SE1 7TJ. 020 7769 2500. chinolatino.eu/london
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