Here at Haute Time we love to eat out. On any given night you’ll find us filling our boots in one of London’s haute restaurants. From Malasyaian to Modern European, Gastropubs, Greek,Thai, Turkish, African and American dining venues, we’ve tried them all. But when it comes to eating out, a great brasserie takes some beating. Here’s five of the hautest brasseries in town
BBC power players and well heeled Barnes residents gather in this West London institution with almost religious devotion. You can dine indoors overlooking the Thames but while the weather remains unseasonably warm, you’ll do best to dine al fresco in the front courtyard. Sourdough with avocado, coriander, lime and sea salt, grilled Manx kipper with poached egg and omelettes all feature on the menu, as do delicious juices and an extensive selection of tea and coffee.
Tideway Yard, 125 Mortlake Street, SW14
2. Duck and Waffle
Duck and Waffle has been making waves in London and rightly so. Situated at the summit of Heron Tower, this is the highest restaurant in the UK so, if you suffer from acrophobia, you may want to cross Duck and Waffl off your bucket list. However those with a head for heights can enjoy unrivalled views of The Gherkin, River Thames and St Paul’s Cathedral - plus on-trend dishes like the ‘fat boy’ toasted pbj (brioche, banana, peanut butter, strawberry jam, fried duck egg and maple-glazed bacon). You’ll leave with a lighter wallet but a lot happier than when you arrived.
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2
3. Holborn Dining Room
Situated inside the newish Rosewood Hotel in what was the former banking hall of Pearl Assurance, the interior design by Martin Brudunizki at this new Des McDonald brasserie, is a treat. Expect sumptuous ‘Routemaster’ red leather banquettes, antique chandeliers and oak finishes that reflect the site’s great British heritage.Meanwhile the well executed menu encompasses breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. This is a slick, stylish, reliable brasserie that you’ll want to return to – it really is that good.
252 High Holborn, WC1
Famous faces love to breakfast and brunch at Villandry and when you see the appealing menu you’ll understand why. The food is exceptional and characterised by seasonal ingredients in flavoursome combinations. Factor in a stylish setting and warm service and little wonder that Villandry has opened outlets in Holborn and Chiswick too. For exceptional food in an elegant setting (we love the high level of natural light), head here.
170 Great Portland Street, W1
5. The Wolseley
Entering this gorgeous grade II listed building – that was once a car show room and then a Barclays Bank – is the equivalent of walking into an episode ofFriends: everyone looks happy to be there. And for good reason. The location – next door to The Ritz on plush Piccadilly – can’t be bettered. The black, gold and cream colour scheme is suitably handsome. The smartly clad staff are attentive and efficient, yet never prissy and the food is perfection on a plate. Whichever dish you try, trust Haute Time: it will send shivers down your spine, especially when accompanied by a great cup of coffee (there are 14 varieties to choose from). You’ll need to book (ask for a balcony table for the best views in the house) but trust Haute Time: The Wolseley is worth it.
160 Piccadilly, W1