If I had to choose my favourite London hotel restaurant Theo Randall at the InterContinental would be a very strong contender. Located in the heart of London’s Mayfair Theo’s restaurant consistently serves wonderful Italian cuisine, food that made me a fan from the first time I visited.
I’ve been eating regularly at Theo Randall’s restaurant since he took up residence at Mayfair’s InterContinental nearly a decade ago. I still remember my first visit, excited at the prospect but slightly nervous about entrusting my evenings dining to a new chief. I remember leaving the restaurant that evening thinking I’d eaten the best fried squid I’d ever tasted and that I needed far more of Mr Randall’s lemon tart in my life. Many years have since gone by and slices of lemon tart passed my lips, the excitement of a visit to Theo’s remains but any sense of apprehension has long since disappeared.
The restaurant has its staple dishes: starters with delicious pasta and fresh seafood, main courses with seasonal cuts and accompaniments. Theo’s fish and game main courses are amongst my favourites, as soon as I see pigeon on the menu I have eyes for little else. The seafood taglierini with it’s rich tomato sauce is another stand out dish for me, I’ve travelled far and haven’t tasted many finer seafood pasta delights. The pan fried squid with fresh cannellini beans is always fabulous, worth a trip to the restaurant on its own. I remember first seeing it on the menu, squid and beans – two of my least favourite foods – not for me. Husband ordered the dish and convinced me to try a little, needless to say I was instantly hooked, if memory serves I remember convincing him to swap starters.
The restaurant itself is a enjoyable place to eat, contemporary in design with views of the kitchen through a large window. I always enjoy getting a table just behind the bar so I can see the chefs go about their work. A special mention has to go to the staff who despite all the awards and accolades the restaurant has attained over the years still maintain a friendly informal atmosphere. There’s little pomp at Theo Randall at the InterContinental, just damn fine Italian food.
The InterContinental is like a second home to my family and I. We check in, get a drink in the club lounge and head down to Theo’s for seafood Taglierini and lemon tart, it all makes for a relaxed evening in the centre of the madness that is London. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
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