Wine Dine and Play: LTI Top London Restaurants

LTI Top London Restaurants

London, England, United Kingdom
April 29, 2018
By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
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On the 19th of April 2018, CNN Travel released an article from Luxury Travel Intelligence on the best eclectic London Restaurants. LTI is a global members-only luxury travel rating organization for the discerning traveler as they have advertised and charge $700.00 per year to be a part of there organization. Though I have not been to there website since you have to pay the fee to go on it, I take their rates like a grain of salt as I would other big company review sites like San Pellegrino’s Best 100 Restaurants, Elite Travelers top 100, yelp, OAD, and many others.  

Here is that list:

Smith & Wollensky, Located in the Adelphi Building, in Covent Garden Riverside, at 1-11 John Adam St, London; Smith & Wollensky is an American Steakhouse with three branches in Chicago, Columbus, and New York with this being their first international location.

Mere is located at 74 Charlotte St, Bloomsbury, London and is pronounced Mary, is overseen by former Le Gavroche duo Monica Galetti and her husband David Galetti.

Locanda Locatelli is an Italian restaurant, with an emphasis on letting the natural quality and flavors of the ingredients shine through, with many elements imported directly from Italy. They are located at 8 Seymour St, Marylebone, London.

Henrietta is an experimental cocktail cub come together to create a French hotel restaurant with real personality located at14 Henrietta St, London. 

Benares is an innovative, sophisticated and modern Indian cuisine restaurant using British ingredients located at 12a, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London. 

Barrafina A tapas and robust Catalan cuisine restaurant located at 26-27 Dean St, Soho, London.

The Ivy is one restaurant on this list that I did dine at back in 2012 before the refurbishment and rates at #56 on my top 100 best restaurant experiences.The Ivy celebrated its 100th year in 2017 and is a city icon in the theater district of London. With countless accolades over the years that include the Best Buzz award by Tatler Restaurant Awards 2016, Timeless Classic Restaurant of the Year by Food and Travel Magazine, Best restaurants Eater London, and previous award for best London restaurant by the Harden’s restaurant guide, this hot spot is a place to mark for a visit like other actors, singers, and politicians do. They are located at 1-5 West St, London.

Scott's is a seafood and champagne restaurant located at 20 Mount St, Mayfair, London. 

Chiltern Firehouse covers 4,000 square feet, the hotel restaurant accommodates 120 people with André Balazs's hot entrée into the London hotel and dining scene from 2013. They are located at 1 Chiltern St, Marylebone, London.

StreetXO is run chef David Munoz (Diver XO) has brought his Avant-garde style cuisine to London, complete with a lot of artistic showmanship. Located 15 Old Burlington Street. Mayfair, London 

Zuma is a contemporary Japanese restaurant with locations in Dubai and nine other countries, that focuses on Izakaya style of dining, where the food is served to share and is a casual after-work Japanese drinking establishment that serves food to accompany the main highlight…drinks. Rated in the top 100 restaurants on San Pellegrino from 2014-16, and #44 best bar in the world out of 50 on the Forbes list, with a hefty price tag, this is a spot to add to your list. I dined at the Dubai location in 2016 and it sits on my best 100 restaurant experiences list at #20. They are located at 5 Raphael Street in Knightsbridge, London. 

The Colony Grill Room is at the Beaumont, 8 Balderton St, Brown Hart Gardens, London and is inspired by grill rooms of the early 1900s that offered gentlemen a welcome respite from the constraints of formal evening dress and dining, the atmosphere at Colony Grill Room is quietly cozy and relaxed, even when the dining room is full.

Spring is a seasonal menu British restaurant with a daily changing menu in a beautiful contemporary space with chef Skye Gyngell at the helm. Located at the
Somerset House, Lancaster Pl, London 

Park Chinois pays homage to 1930s Shanghai glamour whilst serving the finest dim sum and Chinese cuisine. Alan Yau's high-end Chinese restaurant is a sight to behold located at17 Berkeley St, Mayfair, London 

Sexy Fish sounds like a fun name but gives away part of cuisine style by the name.
It is a super glamorous addition to the Richard Caring empire, with Asian-inspired fish and seafood and German chef Bjoern Weissgerber in command. Located at the Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square 

Hakkasan Mayfair is a contemporary Cantonese cuisine with a twist, this second London outpost of the now international Hakkasan brand located at 17 Bruton Street, London 

The Delaunay is modeled on the grand cafés of Vienna and Budapest, with Old World charm in spades. Imposing chandeliers and leather banquettes add to its grandeur. The menu is split into lots of sections, from soups, starters, and wieners to crustacea, caviar, cakes, and coupes. They are located at 55 Aldwych, London 

Duck & Waffle sounds like a play on an American Southern brunch menu of Chicken and Waffles. Bringing 24/7 dining to new heights, Duck & Waffle is based on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower. This modern British cuisine staple feature crisp duck confit, fried duck egg, and waffle, accompanied by mustard maple syrup which is among the restaurant's most popular dishes. Located in the Heron Tower, at 110 Bishopsgate, London 

Coya is a restaurant I first heard about in Dubai that I am planning to visit in August of 2018. With other locations in Abu Dhabi and now London this modern Peruvian restaurant offers fresh, contemporary cuisine from one of its three kitchens -- the ceviche bar, charcoal grill, and central kitchen. Its extensive menu requires lengthy perusal before ordering, but the fun and lively atmosphere helps keeps things casual. They are located at 118 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London,

Elystan Street follows two Michelin star chef Phil Howard With the menu not being too complex as but still very innovative, adventurous and fun. They are located at  43 Elystan Street, Chelsea, London

Other Noteworthy Top-Listed Articles and Restaurants:
Top 100 best Restaurants This list covers the experiences on Wine Dine and Play from 5 continents in fine dining
Alinea Highly creative new American molecular gastronomy tasting menus in Chicago, Illinois
Aubergine Restaurant Innovative East meets West in Cape Town, South Africa
Attica Innovative and eclectic tasting menu restaurant in Ripponlea, Australia
La Colombe Country-Style local ingredients w/French flair in Cape Town, South Africa
La TABLE de Joël Robuchon Haute French restaurant in Paris, France (Now L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon)
McCrady’s Tavern Acclaimed high-concept inspired farm-to-table tavern in Charleston, South Carolina 
Quay Restaurant Quintessential modern Australian cuisine in Sydney, Australia
Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud Impeccably prepared French & Irish fine dining in Dublin, Ireland
Tetsuya’s Eclectic French-Asian tasting menu restaurant in Sydney, Australia
The French Laundry French-American fine dining restaurant in Yountville, California 
The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français African-French tasting menu in Franschhoek, SA
The Test Kitchen Modern eclectic and Nouvelle Latin cuisine in Cape Town, South Africa
Vue de Monde Elegant modern Australian with molecular gastronomic dining in Melbourne, Australia
Zuma Contemporary Japanese restaurant, sushi, and cocktail mixology in Dubai, UAE

See the whole list by visiting “The Wine Dine and Play Article Glossary

Other London restaurants and articles on Wine Dine and Play:

Modern British cuisine in Art Deco Space
Theatre District, London, UK
Medieval-style British cuisine banquet plus 2-hour dinner show 
London, UK
1800s warehouse dockside style British pub
London, UK
Vibrant Pan-Indian Cuisine
Colnbrook, Slough, England, UK

See the whole list by visiting “The Wine Dine and Play Article Glossary by country

“Culinary perfection consists not in doing extraordinary things, 
But in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.”
-Angelique Arnauld (1591-1661)

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