Knightsbridge offers a wealth of superb restaurants. With fine establishments boasting cuisines rich in culture and diversity from around the globe it would be difficult not to be able to delight and impress even the most sophisticated of palates.
Foliage Restaurant – 66 Knightsbridge
Set in the splendid Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Foliage is a highly regarded restaurant with a beautiful dining room boasting magnificent views over Hyde Park. Designed by interior designer Adam Tihany, the restaurant projects clean lines and geometric shapes combined with soft lighting, luxurious fabrics and rosewood panelling. Head chef is Chris Staines who creates masterpieces such as artichoke, confit potato, black truffle & quails egg or scallops, cauliflower, ceps & sherry followed by Dover sole, burnt butter, cockles & dried grapes with hazelnut parfait with poached pear & coffee syrup for dessert. This Michelin star restaurant is home to leisure and business travellers alike as well as the odd celebrity, but most of all, those who are simply passionate about fantastic food.
Mr Chow – 151 Knightsbridge
On opening in 1968, the restaurant immediately attracted the likes of Jackie O, Mick Jagger, Princess Margaret and Peter Sellers. Forty years later Mr Chow still is an iconic and successful dining institution and a firm favourite of Sir Michael Caine. The menu is a varied list offering the regal cuisine of Beijing, the more robust essence of Shanghai cooking along with Cantonese banquet dishes and Dim Sum, a range of light dishes served alongside Chinese tea. Gambler’s duck, velvet chicken and drunken fish are just a few of the traditional dishes served along with other delights such as braised prawns with walnuts, sea bass, seaweed, chopped chicken with lettuce and squab, beans, mixed dumplings, rice-paper-wrapped prawns, and not forgetting Peking duck, the most famous dish at Mr Chow.
Zafferano – 15 Lowndes Street
Since opening in 1995, Zafferano has won a number of awards including a prestigious Michelin star. Today, the restaurant still produces consistent quality Italian dining, with its cooking as assured, authentic and flavourful as ever. As Chef-Patron Giorgio Locatelli is now busy with other projects, former sous-chef Andy Needham has taken over as head chef. Tiramisu, served in a shell of the lightest pastry is both different and delicious and still on the menu today along with desserts such as orange and pine nut tart with Cointreau Ice Cream and dark chocolate terrine with chocolate ice cream both providing a suitable conclusion to any of the indulgent feasts on the menu. Slices of pork fillet rolled around a herb stuffing, large pan fried prawns, gamberoni with borlotti beans in a piquant sauce, ricotta parcels with aubergine and walnuts or perhaps ravioli parcels filled with a new potato puree are just a small selection of Zafferano’s honest and wholesome Italian cuisine.
Petrus – Wilton Place
Tucked away inside the plush Berkeley hotel, the glossy black, plum and crystal interior of Petrus is a fitting backdrop for the gutsy and robust cuisine of celebrity chef Marcus Wareing. A firm favourite of stars such as Madonna and Leonardo DiCaprio, Petrus is regularly referred to by critics and guidebooks alike as the best fine dining restaurant in London. Wareing has won critical acclaim for his modern French cuisine including Michelin’s top-secret inspectors to the Queen. The restaurant is named after a famous wine chateau in France, however, training under Scottish chef Gordon Ramsey, his strong flair for British cooking is still very much in evidence. Menus feature complex dishes such as Anjou pigeon poached and pan fried on a liver and truffle crouton as well as other culinary delights such as veal filet topped with glazed butternut squash and baked sea bass with shallots braised in port with the chocolate fondant drizzled in butterscotch sauce, a desert to die for.
Viktor Restaurant - 116 Knightsbridge
Located on the ground floor of a Georgian townhouse, Viktor has retained many of the building’s original features. The warm, glamorous and sophisticated environment creates a delightful dining experience with a mixture of modern and traditional Japanese dishes. The use of luxurious fabrics, rich textures and striking colours has produced a luxuriously warm ambience throughout. Traditional favourites are almond honey shrimp tempura and duck leg sake perhaps served with a pear poached in sake and orange. Modern dishes include delights such as yellowtail taradito marinaded in garlic, asparagus, truffle oil and yuzu juice. Downstairs, guests can enjoy cocktails as well as a range of sushi, sashimi & other Japanese inspired bites freshly prepared at the newly opened Vbar.